Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
Room L Proposal: We want to hear from you!
By Kerry Burner
As we work toward coming back together on campus, your congregational staff and leadership are considering a lot of possibilities. One of them is a proposal from our DRE, Helen Cassera and me in my role as VP of RE. The proposal is about consolidating child and youth RE to Room L. The board was presented with the proposal at the July meeting and has postponed further discussion until the next board meeting (unless a special board meeting is called for this topic before then). At that next discussion, we’d like to include as much input as possible. Even if you have informally shared your feedback with a board member, please complete this three question survey after reviewing the proposal. The survey is open until August 12th. If you would like to provide feedback after the survey closes, please email me at Kerry.Burner@gmail.com. The results of the survey will be anonymized and compiled into a report which will be sent out to the congregation and presented to the board. We look forward to hearing from you!
“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.” – King Whitney Jr. 1964
Share the Plate – Manna on Meridian
By Robin Gray
Manna on Meridian distributes food on the 3rd Saturday of each month at Faith Presbyterian Church. Manna on Meridian serves as many as 175 people on at any given distribution.
Volunteers bag and distribute a variety of donated staples. Healthy fresh foods are purchased as well. The staples we donate and the funds we provide through our congregation’s special offerings help to make each Saturday distribution possible. Key to the overall success of Manna on Meridian are the volunteers from all four churches who create a welcoming atmosphere.
Initiated by Faith Presbyterian, Manna on Meridian is supported by St. Stephen Lutheran, Saint Paul’s United Methodist and our own congregation. Manna on Meridian doesn’t accept donations from agencies that require record keeping and proof of need. That assures that people who go to Manna need never prove they are sufficiently poor or worthy of the gifts they receive. It also means that UUCT’s donations support our value of ‘the worth and dignity of every person.’
This Sunday’s Share the Plate will benefit Manna on Meridian.
A Final Gift of Appreciation for William
By Trudy Deyle
On Sunday, July 25 a final gift of appreciation was presented to Rev. William: a beautiful photo, taken by UUCT member Warren Brackmann, of the memorial garden with the sanctuary and veranda in the backgroud. The framed photo was not ready in time for the good-bye gathering the week before, so a small group of board members and some others who live close to the church gathered to give William the present.
As evidenced by his big smile, he was delighted! Since UUCT was his first congregation and the place where he was ordained, we thought that having the photo would be especially meaningful to William. The inscription on the bottom of the frame reads:
Rev. William Levwood
From your first congregation
the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, FL
in appreciation for three great years together, pandemic and all.
2020-21 Fourth Quarter Financial Update
Thank you to everyone for making 2020-21 a smooth financial year for UUCT. In spite of the pandemic, we wound up running a surplus again, and so we’re entering 2021-22 in very strong financial shape. Keep up the great work! Further details can be found here:
Meal Service and Preparation Volunteers Needed
By Janet Temkin
If you and your family are looking for a way to give back to our community, the Kearney Center can use your help.
UUCT has signed up to prep and serve lunches on the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Kearney Center. We will be assisting with dinners on the second Monday of each month. 4-5 volunteers are needed at each mealtime.
Meal prep is a fun way to connect with others and help our vulnerable homeless population at the same time.
You can easily sign up to volunteer using the link below:
Kathryn Schroeder is now our UUCT coordinator. Please email Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteer Opportunity – Auditor
UUCT’s Manual of Policies and Procedures calls for an ad-hoc audit committee to perform an internal review of our financial accounts and procedures every two years. The board is looking for volunteers to do this important work. A financial background is not necessary and there is a checklist from the UUA to help ensure a thorough review. While this is a significant project, prior volunteer auditors tell us that it can be done by one person, or alternatively a small committee, within a couple of weeks. Members performing these audits cannot be serving on the finance committee or serving in positions directly related to UUCT’s finances.
So are you detail oriented and willing to review our financial records and interview our treasurers? If so, please let the board know – email email@example.com.