Congregational Meeting Highlights

UUCM’s mid-year congregational meeting was conducted by Board President Ted Gaebler on Sunday, March 1. Here are some highlights.

  • Side with Love
    • June Fesler received UUCM’s Side with Love award for her work with San Quentin’s Project REACH literacy program and for providing meals for the Mill Street shelter and Street Chaplaincy dinners. 
  • Volunteer Awards:
    • November: Joan Smith for the Opportunity Fair 
    • December: Mikey Songster for Stone Soup Sunday
    • January: Juliet Christian-Smith for her service on the Committee on Shared Ministry
    • February: Sally Schroeder for hosting a Stewardship event
  • UUCM Vision Statement: What do we hope to be in the next 5-10 years?
    • A draft Vision Statement is now available online . Send comments to any member of the long-range planning task force: Doug Kerr, Susan Mathews, Kim Holscher, Ted Gaebler, or Rev. Marcus Hartlief.
    • Rev. Marcus drew a diagram of how the vision statement and strategic plan are developed:
      • In a set of nesting bowls, the largest bowl is our values (our UU Principles)
      • Inside that is our mission, and within that is our vision (time-bound, i.e., 5 -10 years)
      • The smallest bowl is our plan — the strategic plan that the Long-Range Task Force is developing, with input from the congregation and Rev. Marcus.
    • We will vote at the June congregational meeting to adopt the proposed vision statement.
  • Rev. Marcus: Changes are coming – resources are needed:
    • We will need to hire a full-time administrator, as Janette Morrow will work half-time next year while she interns for her degree in social work.
    • Aim to send Amanda Nelson to UU Musicians’ Network conference next year
    • Bring Director of Family Ministries from ½ to ¾ time, and possibly cover Adult Ed as well
    • We need co-chairs for Adult Ed, a volunteer to explore ways to increase parking on Sundays, and a new treasurer to replace Margaret.
  • Rev. Lynne Scarpa, our new Director of Family Ministries, has exciting goals for the coming year:
    • A salaried anchor teacher for each age group
    • Coming of Age program for middle-school youth
    • YRUU program — monthly weekend events
    • “Bridging” programs to transition from one age group to the next
    • OWL Camp in the summer of 2021
  • Financial Review – Margaret Johnston
    • The 70th Anniversary Celebration raised $27,000, but the year-end appeal brought in less than expected.
    • We will need to stretch to fulfill our pledge goal of $245,000 for the current program year.
  • Stewardship Campaign – Thomas Ervin
  • 2020 Pacific Western Region Leadership Training — Rich Cohen and Gretchen Leavitt
    • A 3-day lay leader development program was held in January in Danville, with 6 follow-up video conference calls to be held over the next 3 months.
    • Issues addressed: What makes a healthy congregation, i.e., worship styles, learning, caring, service
    • Goal: for 20%-30% of the congregation to take the training
  • Facilities Report – Jim Harrison
    • Wright Room: the leaky wall has been sealed up
    • Researching ADA access; looking at quotes for an elevator or sidewalk to the lower level
    • Evaluating the sewer system — planning to stop further backups.