During the month of November, our UUCNC Social Action Committee encourages members and friends to donate gently used household items to the Thrifty Kitty (59 E Main St, Westfield NY) for their holiday sale. The Thrifty Kitty (716 326-2404) raises funds to support the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue.
If you wish to bring your donations at the Grange Hall on Sundays, they will be collected and delivered for you. Or you may deliver them directly to The Thrifty Kitty at the address above.
Thanks to all who responded to our special Call to Action to support the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in its emergency appeal in the wake of the collapse of part of its historic Coburn Block building. We have received word that they and now back in their building.
Watch for a food drive to support Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, coming in February.
Is Hospitality a gift you would like to share with the congregation?
Volunteers are needed to set up and clean up on Potluck Sundays (first Sunday of each month starting in November). The Leadership Development Committee suggests a team of volunteers who would know/learn the process, so at least some of the team would be available to lead/mentor additional volunteers each month. If you might be interested in this as your personal ministry this year, speak with Amy O’Connell.
Our first potluck has changed. It will be a finger food brunch as part of the Thanksgiving worship service on Sunday, November 15.
The search process continues. Members of the search committee have interviewed and heard one candidate preach and are scheduling meetings with the Executive Board and committee chairs.
Co-chairs of the Ministerial Search Committee are Cynthia Littleton and Amy O’Connell; other committee members are Claudia Ansell, John McAlevey, LoVetra Rose and Janey Wagner.
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 retired from settled ministry on 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.
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.
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
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.