Earth Week Tree Planting Project
Calling all kids!
Free Trees for Earth Week!
The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is teaming up with local children to plant 100 tree seedlings in honor of Earth Week. Fifty flowering Redbud trees and 50 nut-bearing Filbert trees, both native to New York State, will be planted on Sunday, April 26 around the Northern Chautauqua County area. Participating Boy Scouts can earn a Naturalist Badge by planting at least twenty trees.
Residents of the area who are interested in having a tree planted on their property, and any local children who wish to take part may contact Janey Wagner using the information on the Contact Us tab above. Tree plantings will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, but please note that Filbert trees prefer a damp location.
Children who would like to participate, be part of the fun and make a difference, as we join together to plant trees! Meeting time and place: Sunday, April 26, 12:30 PM at the Fredonia Grange Hall (58 W Main St).
Note: The planting originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2 (2 PM meeting in Barker Commons, downtown Fredonia) was done on Sunday, April 26, because the Filbert trees arrive in time to plant both varieties at once!
Other Earth Week Calls to Action – Zoom in for best view.
Visiting Stewards, Ministerial Search
Spring into the Future!
Members of the Ministerial Search Committee, the Stewardship Committee and Executive Board are nearly finished gathering input from congregants to inform the ministerial search process.
Members and friends met with the Visiting Stewards for a one-on-one (or one to couple) conversation about the qualities and attributes of a new minister and what congregants hope the minister can do with us, as well as obtaining commitments of financial and service support for the 2015-16 church year when this new minister will be working with us. If you have not yet met with a Visiting Steward, please plan to do so soon.
Documents related to the ministerial search process are at the Governance tab above. Open the virtual Filing Cabinet, then select the link to Ministerial Search documents near the top of the page.
Rev. Theresa Kime will retire from settled ministry at the end of the current church year (June 30, 2015).
Kudos to the Social Action Committee, who documented proud moments from 2014-15 in a display for all to see at the Ohio-Meadville and St. Lawrence Joint District Assembly in Niagara Falls, NY, in late March!
The display is linked on the heading above.
Strategic Plan 2013-2016
The current Strategic Plan is linked on the heading above.
Introduction to Revised UUCNC Strategic Plan 2013-2016
The efforts of many people have gotten us to this point in our strategic planning. This document exists to help articulate strategies for our future and to move us closer to realizing the vision of our members.
In 2012-13 the congregation and Strategic Planning Team prepared a Strategic Plan. The Board requested more specific detail of timelines in the plan, which the then President and Vice President completed.
In May 2013, several people from the Strategic Planning Team formed the newly designated Threshold Team, with Rev. Renee Ruchotzke representing CERG (Central Eastern Regional Group of the UU Association). The team began to redesign the plan, using congregational areas of growth as the framework. They began by asking each committee to define their work in relation to the mission statement, “Connecting, with courage, through love, faith and service.”
In fall and winter of 2013-14, the Threshold Team worked with committees to achieve that task to “flesh out the Strategic Plan” for a vote at the 2014 Annual
In March 2014, the Threshold Team held a visioning workshop and surveyed the congregation. In May they presented the workshop and survey information to congregation. Soon after that presentation, the Threshold Team deemed the congregation lacked the stability needed for threshold status and at the June 2014 annual meeting announced their decision to dissolve the team.
In late September 2014, the congregation and committees began reviewing the vision and goals they had developed within the strategic plan.
In December 2014, the revised Strategic Plan 2013-2016 was presented to the congregation at a Sunday afternoon Congregational Conversation. That revised plan is linked on the heading above.
The plan includes five growth areas and corresponding goals and dreams. This revision is presented to the congregation so it can be an effective stepping stone to realizing UUCNC’s vision in changing times.
Recognition from UU Service Committee
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) recently presented two awards recognizing UUCNC for our support of the mission to advance human rights and social justice around the world in 2014.
- The Creating Justice Banner Society Award celebrates that at least 25% of our congregation’s members are also members of UUSC.
- The James Luther Adams Award celebrates UUCNC’s commitment to justice and human rights by our budgeted gift contributing $1 per congregation member.
These achievement awards will be on display on Sundays at the Social Action table, as well as at www.uusc.org. Additionally, UUCNC will be specially acknowledged in UUSC’s annual report and the Spring 2015 issue of UU World magazine.
Such recognition affirms our desire to build relationships with the wider UU movement in helping people become empowered and inspired. We have more opportunity for such associational growth by contributing to the current Guest At Your Table campaign.
Thank you all for your support! — Executive Board
Welcome, Kids & Families!
Welcome to Religious Exploration (RE) classes at UUCNC!
In addition to loving care in the Caterpillar Room, for children from birth to age 5, older children are welcome in the Butterfly Class (ages 5-10)! The Dove Class (grades 5-8) usually meets one Sunday each month. Learn more by clicking the About Us tab above, then selecting Children’s Programs.
Questions about Children’s Religious Exploration? Speak with RE Coordinator Karen Taverna.
Please donate your deposit cans and bottles!
The Youth Group reminds the congregation that the donation of your deposit cans and bottles is greatly appreciated! Colleen, the owner of Cash for Cans (on Route 60 in just north of Route 83; driving from Rte. 20 it is housed in a large garage with a bright green roof on the left) has generously offered to continue keeping a tab for us for this ongoing fundraiser. Call ahead to check when they’ll be open: 716 672-2274.
All you need to do is drop off your deposit cans and bottles when you are out running errands. If you ever have trouble getting there or need help with a large accumulation, members of the Youth Group will pick up your contribution.
Every little bit helps! In 2011 we raised just over $150 in four months for our trip to Boston, and each year since we have raised a similar amount. Thank you for your support!
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation has a BIG GREEN BOX for battery recycling.
Drop off your Alkaline – NiCd – NiMh – Lead – Silver – Mercury and – Lithium batteries for recycling.
Batteries can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY.
For more about BIG GREEN BOX, click the title above.