Once a month Rev. Talk offers an opportunity for us to hear from our Board chair, Don Jones. This month, Don has a great family story. He then gets real about a few immediate needs we have as a congregation. See if one of the opportunities is right for you!
When it rains it pours
This past Sunday, we held an early 8th birthday for our daughter Harper. Having a Thanksgiving birthday, she had to make due with a “Zoom party” with her friends last year, and this year, we would have been stuck doing the same if we didn’t throw the dice with October weather to have something outside a month early.
But, as we got closer to the date, the forecast became increasingly rainy, and not just light rain, but major rain, the kind that makes your leaky basement shudder in fear. What were we to do? Deal with a disappointed daughter or deal with a deluge?
In different times, we may have just thrown our hands up, blamed the pandemic and assuaged her with ice cream and presents and yet another Zoom call, but at this point, we had weathered so much, and all we wanted was to once again gather with friends to celebrate and reconnect, so we decided that come hell or high water (literally!), the party would go on!
We bought a tarp and hung it over the pergola. We cleared out our garage and converted into a party space. We put the fire pit under a canopy and let our guests know no matter how wet it would get, we were going to have a good time!
So, boots and jackets donned and masks worn, we celebrated! The tarp leaked, the fire smoked, the space heater wouldn’t start, but the kids joyfully ran around, the parents caught up, and there wasn’t a complaint or sad face in sight. Here we were, confronted with dark clouds and incessant moisture, and within it we found joy and a party for the ages!
In hindsight, the rain actually added to the joy and memory making! We had to “go with the flow” (again quite literally) and by doing so, we were able to be present in the moment, not worried about things being perfect, but rather on what was important, being together, as we weathered the storm.
The lessons of the rainy day party will stick with me as we continue to walk through these unsure times, and hopefully after. We can’t control everything, and sometimes we have to make the best out of what we are dealt. We improvise, we let go, we focus on what matters.
We can find joy in the storm clouds, especially when we decide to face them together.
Your help is needed!
We need help! Without being fully in person, we’ve had some challenges filling some critical roles for the church. Volunteering on a board committee/task force is a great way to get involved in the life of the church and have a voice in its future, especially if you are newer to our community. If you are interested in helping in any of these capacities, please reach out to the people mentioned:
Assistant Treasurer: Are you an organized person by nature and are looking for a way to give back to our church community? We are seeking an assistant treasurer to support Laura Hartman, our current treasurer. You do not need to be a “numbers person” for this role, organization and attention to detail are most important! You will transition to treasurer for the church at the end of the year when Laura’s term is done.
The treasurer of First UU handles things as precise and exacting as the payments to vendors and credit card charges, to tasks as large and encompassing as writing and presenting financial updates at the Congregational meetings. Along the way, the treasurer takes care of any issues that come up with the various bank and other accounts, completes loan applications and paperwork, and tracks the budget. The treasurer attends monthly Finance Committee and Board meetings, with presentations to both to keep everyone updated. Something is always coming up, and we look to the treasurer to figure the issue out and take care of it. It can be a pretty big job at times, but it is hardly thankless; everyone is very appreciative and supportive. Again, you don’t have to be a “numbers person” as long as you are organized and have an attention to detail! Please reach out to Laura Hartman to learn more.
Personnel Committee: Do you have experience in Management or Human Resources? We are looking for a new member on the Personnel Committee. This committee works with the board and staff on formulating and documenting employment agreements as well as compensation. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the personal information involved confidentiality is a must. Please contact Gretchen Faulstich for more information.
Strategic Visioning Task Force: Do you enjoy strategic visioning and planning? We are currently forming a strategic visioning/planning task force to help drive a repeatable process for us to envision where we as a community want to be in the next 5-10 years. This task force will plan and facilitate workshops and processes by which we will develop an actionable strategic plan for the community. If you are interested, please contact Don Jones to learn more.