President’s Message for February 2019 

John Isham


“Can we afford it?”

At last year’s special meeting we voted to step up to the plate and hire a full time minister. We knew that it would result in negative cash flow in the initial months and years, but the argument was that it was the only way to grow and over time we would adjust with increased membership pledges and fund raising programs. I hope to soon augment that with the selection of a growth oriented registered investment advisor.

This fall has been expensive. In addition to the everyday operating expenses, we have installed security cameras for increased safety at $1500, rebuilt a bathroom which was falling apart at $1700, tented for termites at $5200, replaced a failed air conditioner at $4800 and replaced the failing lighting system in the sanctuary for $1200. Additionally, we have spruced up the entire building with needed paint and ground mulch plus other refinements in a number of places.

We are doing all this to enhance the appearance and ambience of our place of worship for everyone. It is too early to tell whether these expenses have resulted in the attraction of new faces, new friends, new UUs. We hope so; we are trying.

But nobody is perfect. We all have our flaws and imperfections. Rather than dwell on people’s quirks and small shortcomings, we need to celebrate the inherent worth of all our members and our minister and support their efforts. In the next few weeks we will have the yearly auction. It is a robust, fun, fundraiser and all should come and bid on some goodies, even if they are doing it just to support MUUF. Bring your friends! Following that we will have the annual stewardship drive. Especially this year and next, each of us will be asked to evaluate what MUUF means to us and to raise our commitments to the future of MUUF. As Kennedy, and recently amplified by Fred, said, “Ask not what MUUF can do for you, ask what you can do for MUUF.”

Presidents Since the 50th Anniversary
John Isham  2018 to 2020
Carol Bartz   2016  to 2018
Martha Pelletier 2015
Bill Peruzzi:(winter) and Martha Pelletier (summer)   2014
Bill Peruzzi (winter) and Joan Butcher (summer)  2013
Grace Hirsch January 2012
Lorraine Berry  2009-2011