New Sermon audio – Those People up in Boston – Rev. DL Helfer
A cottage meeting is a small gathering of friends and neighbors who share fellowship and ideas.
The UUCSC Capital Campaign Task Force has scheduled thirteen cottage meetings in May and June where you can share your ideas, discuss our future and help define our vision. As the task force members continue to work on a draft of an envisioning document, they would like you to share your thoughts so they can better understand the needs and goals of our congregation.
Our annual pledge drives provide our congregation with a budget of more than $200,000 for operating expenses, including building maintenance, salaries, and programming. The proceeds from a capital campaign would enable us to implement programs that many members want but we cannot currently afford, and would help attract new folks to our spiritual home.
What could we do with the additional funds? We could move Rev. David Helfer to full-time status; provide more generous compensation to our staff; expand our adult RE offerings; host a ministerial intern; hire a sexton to oversee building maintenance; or build up a capital fund for major improvements to the building.
Which of these goals are important to you? Where should we focus our efforts and our financial resources? That’s what the task force members would like to find out at the cottage meetings.
The capital campaign is in the feasibility and planning stages. The Capital Campaign Task Force will use the information gathered at the cottage meetings to determine the feasibility of a capital campaign. If it’s found to be feasible, the campaign will be held concurrently with the March 2019 pledge drive.
Your attendance at a cottage meeting will help the task force hear from people in the congregation they may not ordinarily encounter. The task force wants to hear everyone’s ideas about our congregation and our future.
Several UUCSC members are opening their homes to host the cottage meetings. The task force hopes the times and dates will be convenient for everyone’s schedule. They urge every member and friend of the congregation to attend one of the 90-minute sessions.
Sign-up sheets are available in the Oneto Community Room after Sunday services. You can also get in touch with a member of the task force to sign up for a cottage meeting. Here are the dates, times, and hosts:
Saturday May 12 — 10:00 a.m. — Jean Burke and Aline Couture, West Kingston
Friday, May 18 — 6:30 p.m. — Dave Ruede and Carol Layne, Narragansett
Saturday May 19 — 7:00 p.m. — Carla and Dennis Bowman, Green Hill
Sunday, May 20 — 11:30 a.m. — UUCSC
Wednesday, May 23 — 7:00 p.m. — Elise Bender, Wakefield
Thursday, May 24 — 3:00 p.m. — Linda Whyte Burrell, Hope Valley
Friday, May 25 — 7:00 p.m. — Kathy Swink, South Kingstown
Friday June 1 — 7:00 p.m. — Virginia Carter, Wakefield
Tuesday, June 5 — 7:00 p.m. — Betsy Dalton, Hope Valley
The task force urges you to sign up right away!
The Our Living Legacy Capital Campaign Task Force — David Ruede, Jean Burke, Jeff Berry, Nancy Rose, Elise Bender, Sky Kimball, Edward Avizinis and April Ruedaflores