Sun 6/3, UUCD annual meeting
Mon 6/4, DIMH dinner. Head Chef: Julie Price
Sun 6/10, 11.30 am – Social Justice Committee meeting
Wed 6/13, 7-8.30 pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS
Wed 6/20, 6.30-8 pm – Board meeting at CBS
Wed 6/27, 7-8.30 pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS
Save the Date
Annual Meeting – Our annual meeting is on June 3rd after the service. There is a lot riding on our ability to balance our budget. We have more work to do in trying to find a suitable replacement for our minister, and being able attract one will be harder if we put too much on the fundraiser or leap of faith slots. I am going to ask everyone to examine their financial representation of the value of our church. I personally will be increasing my pledge amount by just over 10 percent. In looking at my ability to pay my pledge and spend at the auction, I would rather work on filling the gap without so much riding on the auction or other efforts.
We certainly should continue to do those as well, but how would it feel to know we are building up a little savings? Do we want to stay in the same location? Want to add other staff? We are certainly capable of growing and we should be expecting our budget to need increases as we grow.
If you are able to increase your pledge please send an email to the stewardship committee at: email@example.com
Spring Fling A Success – The Spring Fling Auction was a success! Thank you to everyone who put in the hard work before and on the day of. Thanks to our working together we raised over $6400, not quite as much as last year, but not far off and with less people able to attend. Some of the fun was having a menu that was outside our normal restrictions. The use of the fellowship hall at Christ Church was a joy to have and the kids room downstairs made the night fun for all. We will likely have another chance or two to use the same space, and the cost is minimal for all we get. Pot luck gathering, paint night, carnival night, wine raffle, maybe even bingo? What do you think?
We have a number of options and we need someone else to be the point person on fundraising planning. Please think about how you can help for our collective future. Many of us have more than one role ensuring this church functions weekly. Please volunteer if you can. We need everyone in order to succeed in growing our presence in central Delaware.
July Services – Thank you for the 39 thoughtful replies to our survey about July Worship Services! After considering the information and discussing options, the Worship Committee has decided that, for the five Sundays in July, the committee will not be responsible for scheduling or providing services. Since many people are interested in continuing community gatherings in July, the building will be open for “Community Gathering” and conversation. The Worship Committee, Hospitality, Greeters, Child Care providers, Pianist, and Fellowship Team will step back from their usual duties, but may support informal gatherings as individuals, if available.
To accomplish this, we now need volunteers to be in charge of each Sunday in July – someone who will open and close the building and coordinate whatever preparation they wish to perform in order to conduct a Community Gathering. One possible format might be to simply prepare coffee, light a chalice, and gather round for a discussion on a topic. If needed, the Worship Committee may be able to suggest options and support as individuals. Please let us know if you would like to “be in charge” of a Sunday in July by contacting Laura Parks, Worship Committee Chair, or Rev Greg.
Link of Love – The UUCD Social Justice Committee has been tasked with developing a Study/Action plan in response to the UUA’s direction to address Escalating Income Inequality. The Social Justice Committee has identified those re-entering society in our local community as the demographic for our attention. The UUCD commitment is to assist ex-offenders toward an independent, self-sustaining life for themselves and their families. We are partnering with Link of Love, an organization which targets this population through their New Beginnings program. Our UUCD family will be asked to contribute the plate collection on six Sundays throughout the year for the specific needs of ex-offenders who have been able to secure housing and employment. Direct appeals to the congregation may be made throughout the year as specific needs arise.
The purpose of this initiative is to be a part of the solution to Escalating Economic Inequality. The Study part of this initiative is in the planning stages and will most likely include gathering information and conducting discussion opportunities.
DIMH Dinners – The first Monday of each month UUCD members prepare and serve dinner at the Dover Interfaith Men’s Home (DIMH). Prior to the meal, we gather and listen as some residents share joys and concerns. After serving, we join them for dinner. Kitchen clean-up is the responsibility of the residents. Those of us who have been part of this experience return to help because we realize we are gaining as much or more than we are giving. Each month, one person serves as “head chef,” and is responsible for planning the menu and gathering all necessary ingredients. If you would like to serve as head chef, contact Sara Russell.
Mini Kids Libraries – The Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) set up miniature “libraries” in the outpatient areas for kids who are waiting for imaging or lab studies with their parents. Kids can read the books and return them or take them with them. So far the libraries have been a big hit. If you would like to donate books, they can be delivered to (Dover or Milford) Bayhealth hospital’s Volunteer Services department.
Calling All Opera Lovers – Would you like to take a bus trip to a Saturday opera matinee at the Met in NY? If interested, contact Greg.
Calling All Bridge Players – If interested in playing bridge, please contact Greg.
Mindfulness Practice Group – This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month. We are led by Abby Miller who has practiced mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for many years. The group meets from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at CBS. Guided Meditation, Walking Mediation and Silent Meditation are included. If you could benefit from some tools to reduce stress, join us as we follow out breath to focus on the present moment.