Congregational Care Committee (CCC) Report August 2022
Carolyn Shorkey, Chair
Cards, calls, visits, meals, rides
Shopping, outings, email, zoom
Let’s see if I can elaborate on the above haiku.
We’ve had three reported recent hospitalizations, two such patients requested assistance. Support was provided by 7 volunteers including brief and extended hospital visits, follow up home visits, cards, meals, transportation, texts, calls and emails. Both have been discharged and receiving meals and visits at home.
One seriously injured person completed about 4 weeks of assistance with meals and transportation and loan of medical equipment.
Cards and phone calls and equipment loaned to another injured person.
One case of COVID reported with no request for assistance.
One minor car accident with request for help navigating the insurance/repair process and rides.
Of our five homebound congregants, 4 received assistance from a total of 8 volunteers. Assistance includes, extended visits, outings, shopping, delivery of groceries, emails, extended phone calls, and transportation.
Many, many thanks to Larry for researching, planning, shopping, installing and teaching one of our homebound congregants how to use a new, very simple phone system, so that he can be contacted with some degree of success.
A few requests for transportation were not satisfied by our committee.
Concluding the second month of my leadership, I have learned that most folks needing assistance solicit help from their family, friends and neighbors to supplement help from CCC members and other members of the congregation. Seldom are all of their needs met by our active and responsive 14 committee members alone. These dedicated committee members play a critical role for the safety network of members and friends of the UUCSV.
RE Report to the UUCSV Board - August 2022
Sunday Mornings: Online RE
I continue to post stories for families to explore on their own.
Recent stories have featured back-to-school themes, including an auto-biography of Malala Yousafzai, and growth messages of learning from mistakes, and overcoming negative messaging.
Live Offerings for fall
In light of the fact that it is late July and I’ve had no would-be teachers volunteer, my plan for fall RE is to lead it myself one-room-schoolhouse style and hopefully recruit enough volunteers to be able to offer an open Nursery each week. This is far from ideal, but seems my only real option at this low-point of volunteer support.
Look for an opportunity to sign up for discussions of Michael Sandel’s Justice at UUSCV this Sunday. If more than a couple folks sign up my plan is to host a discussion of the book/video segments starting in late September.
Those of us who attended the 8/12 Tourist’s game had a wonderful time, despite a disappointing outcome. We enjoyed each other’s company, concessions , and many stayed for a delightful fireworks show after the game!
UUCSV Auction Contributions
We began working on our contributions to the auction this week. The Students each colored 1 piece of a segmented chalice picture that will be framed. Next week we’ll create some alcohol ink ornaments I hope will prove popular.
Thanks to the wonderful folks on the Building and Grounds Committee this weekend we’ll be staining the older playground equipment (which B & G has pressure washed) to seal it against wear & weather (assuming it isn’t too wet to stain that is). I can’t overstate how much I appreciate their help with this project!
RE Committee & Volunteers
We’re still looking for new Committee members and Volunteers for the fall.!
Thanks! Susan Enwright Hicks, DRE
Building & Grounds Committee - Action Summary August 2022
The Building & Grounds Committee is asking the Board for their consideration for cancelling the Little Free Library project which the Board approved earlier this year. Zeke, the young man who proposed this Scout project, has missed several deadlines for completion.
In addition, B&G feels the stand is much too large to be in scale with our property. Attached are pictures of the work so far. There are also concerns about maintaining this large pantry/library.
UUCSV has received $181.84 from the Beautification Committee of Black Mtn to enhance the area around the structure. We have spent $85 for 2 shrubs and soil amendments. If we cancel this project, we would need to refund the Committee $96.84 in unspent funds.
Zeke had the materials donated by Lowes so has no out of pocket costs. He most likely can find another location for the structure.
I received this information too late to get on the agenda for Thursday's meeting. I would appreciate your reviewing and commenting.
Membership committee liaison report for August 25, 2022
I (Rose) met with the membership committee two Sundays ago.
We spent a little time going over the new safety policy for door locking; I reiterated that it is the responsibility of board members (whoever is doing the welcoming words) to lock door and standby in the foyer or portico for late arrivals. I provided the written policy to Heidi and Andy.
Heidi will continue to be my contact person for membership and she will also serve as the Committee’s liaison to the Board.
Diane De Grasse has taken on the responsibility for reviewing the past few months’ worth of visitor info cards and will be contacting any potential members — that is, people who have attended 2-3 or more times in that time period.
The Committee reports that in the last few months we have gained 10 new members, but we also lost 10 existing members.
Andy reminded the group that we are still expecting the welcoming sign for the church interior that Mary Soyenova will be lettering.
UUCSV Stewardship Report August 2022
Larry Pearlman and Dan Hadley are soliciting local businesses. Jim Carillon and Rochelle Broome are contacting UUCSV members re: donating to auction. Heidi Blozan had to drop out because of the situation with her Mom. David and Kathy Folsom are filling in for her.
Dan Hadley drafted a sample draft for establishing an Endowment Fund. The draft needs to be reviewed and edited to set policies for promoting the endowment and standards for accepting gifts.