Monday, March 27, 2017

What's new from Council? March 20 meeting

As promised, here is your update on what happened at our March Council meeting.

We continued the leadership support you requested for us.  Joe Retzer helped us think about community, connecting his comments to Hebrews 10:24-25.  We're planning a Council retreat for August 19 to spend time together doing some in-depth work.  We concluded the meeting with our traditional time to share celebrations and concerns.

We will be bringing you the recommendation that Robert Parrish serve as CUCC's official delegate to the UCC's Southern Conference Annual Meeting.  (You will vote at the June 11 congregational meeting.)  Robert will be joined by a team of folks (3 so far!) who can help him network with other congregations and bring resources and ideas back to CUCC.  You can help by contributing hotel rewards points or $ to help defray their costs.  This effort is toward your goal of building closer relationships with the UCC and local congregations.

Community Outreach Ministry enlisted our help in a new service endeavor - CUCC child/adult pairs walking in the Glenaire Foundation fundraising walk.  Funds assist residents who are experiencing crippling medical costs.  Consider inviting a CUCC child to walk with you!  Just as you requested - more ways to get people of different generations together.

During the transition you expressed a desire that CUCC improve how we help people find activities for learning and service that would interest them.  Pastor Jenny told us about Breeze,  a new database that CUCC will be using.  We'll be able to focus our emails to people who are interested in specific activities or service areas.  Look for more about Breeze throughout the summer.

The idea of a new photo directory came up - again.  Looks like it is time, folks.  If you would be interested in being on the team working on this project, please let me know.  Yet another way we are trying to get to know one another more easily - as you requested.

If you would be willing to serve as a co-chair of the Property Ministry, please contact Marty Lamb.  We have a great list of people signed up to do the work and a Property Technician who can handle emergency repairs.  What we need is a pair of co-chairs who will delegate throughout the year and organize 3 workdays.  If you are organized and a delegator, this is the job for you.  Absolutely no knowledge of how to do repairs or use a tool is needed.

Please take a moment to thank God for the gifted, funny, tenaciously dedicated, Spirit-centered people who serve on CUCC's Council.  If you see one of them, please thank them in person.

- submitted by Jane Smith, Moderator 2017