Highlights of September 22 Board of Directors meeting
by Carol Bartz

Some items discussed at the MUUF Board meeting held via Zoom:

  • Fred spoke of the challenges our fellowship faces due to COVID-19, emphasizing that the best-scenario is that we will be meeting virtually until June 2021. Staying connected with one another is vitally important through Sunday services on Zoom, Thursday morning check in on Zoom, phone calls, and emails, but the question remains what can we do additionally, particularly for those needing assistance?   Members are encouraged to contact him directly if they are struggling.
  • Fred will host a post-election Zoom meeting Wednesday, November 4. Watch for details.
  • The board thanked the Worship Team for their work on providing meaningful Sunday services as they improve their use of technology for our virtual services.
  • We are looking into seeking professional help to improve our website as well as other online and social media presence.
  • Fred will be giving two sermons on Widening the Circle of Concern, a UUA report on institutional change, and is planning on using the UUA discussion guide for interested members to further explore the topic.
  • The possibility of small group gatherings while keeping social distance, masked, and held outdoors was discussed. We will test the logistics of small groups being able to converse while being 6 to 12 feet away from each other.  AJ Wolff will be inviting the Knitting Group to do so in November.
  • John Isham stressed the fact that members can do things individually to work towards getting out the vote and to alleviate some of the hardships in our local community due to the pandemic.
  • Bill Hayes presented the board with the newly created format for the finance report and said that our finances are doing well. The lack of plate donations is a concern as well as how to do a virtual stewardship campaign in the spring.
  • There will be an all-day Southern Region virtual assembly on Sat., Nov. 14. Registration (fee $20) is required:  https://uua.wufoo.com/turn-turn-turn/
  • Ed Janz presented his idea of holding a theatrical/musical telethon sort of fundraiser via Zoom on a Saturday as a direct request for funds. Possibly combining it with an auction was discussed–Carol Bartz will host a brainstorming session for those interested in coming up with ideas for an online auction which holds the reality of the pandemic in mind.
  • Sally Isham reported that the Membership Team held a MUUF 101 meeting via Zoom and on Sept. 20 four new members were welcomed to our fellowship. We currently have 76 members.
  • Randy McCrea reported that the Caring Committee continues to make calls and that they advise Fred when they are aware of those in need of pastoral care and/or supportive contact. He also reported that Lisa Marie Allen has joined the Publicity Committee and is helping with advertising ideas on Facebook. Possibilities for Instagram and Twitter are in consideration.
  • Bill Hayes and Cindy Evans will co-host a racial concerns group, using a variety of sources such as videos, articles, lectures, and podcasts to initiate their discussions.

Board Members

2020-2021:  John Isham –  President, Carol Bartz – Vice President, Randall Coleman – Secretary, Bill Hayes – Treasurer, Sharon Chofey – Assistant Treasurer. Members at large: Doris Sutliff,  Pat Rohrer, AJ Wolff and Sandy McCarthy, Ted Medrek.