Articles, Reflections, & Announcements


This Sunday! Backpack Blessing and Backpack Tag Pickup

Bt Helen Cassara

Hello and Bright Blessings! I am so excited for our Backpack Blessing service this Sunday, August 8th!

The service will take place via Zoom at 11:00. After the service, from 1:00-2:00 PM, Rev. Holly and I will be on the veranda at the church for you to come by, say hi, and pick up a special tag for your backpack, work bag, etc. We have plenty of tags and this is open to everyone!  Masking and social distancing will be required for all participants ages 2+, regardless of vaccination status.

There will be no RE, Youth Group, or Minecraft this Sunday. We encourage community members of all ages to join us for this multigenerational service as we wish our kids well in their new school year and take some time to reflect on what we choose to carry with us, and what we may be ready to set down.

If you cannot make it to the church to pick up a tag, please let me know via email at and we will arrange to get one to you.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Second Harvest of the Big Bend: Share-the-Plate August 8-22

By Robert Deyle

Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s mission is to feed the hungry in 11 counties through their network of 135 partner agencies, and to educate and engage the community in the fight against hunger. With their partners, they operate a wide variety of programs including a senior grocery program, mobile food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and several programs to alleviate child hunger – backpack program, after school meals, summer meals, food on the move, and school pantry.

Their primary operation is a food bank, stocked in part through a food rescue program work with retail grocer partners. They also grow fresh produce for the food bank at Lott’s Community Garden near Monticello.

Second Harvest of the Big Bend also serves as one of Feeding America’s three emergency food distribution hubs in Florida. As part of the Big Bend Community Organizations Active in Disasters, Second Harvest provides food, water, and other necessities pre- and post-disaster event. Second Harvest also works in conjunction with Feeding Florida and its other 11- member food banks to cover disaster situations throughout the entire state of Florida. Currently, they are providing emergency food assistance to an additional 52,000 Big Bend neighbors who have been impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, which has increased the food insecurity in our service area by almost 50%

Your share-the-plate contributions go to work immediately Volunteer opportunities also are available working in the food bank warehouse and at Lott’s Community Garden:


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 proposalThe survey is open until August 12th. If you would like to provide feedback after the survey closes, please email me at 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


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 for more information.


Volunteer Opportunity – Auditor

By Dan D’Arcangelis

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