Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
“We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”
Sunday Mornings at 10:30
BHK Building (700 Park Ave. in Houghton).
Enter on north side, off Waterworks Drive.
5 Bill Leder; 9 Linda Baker; 14 Betzi Praeger, Jon Brueggeman; 21 Ted Bornhorst; 21 Barry Pegg, Kate Little; 26 Paul Frair; 27 Nanno Rose.
Note: Did we miss your birthday, or do you not wish it identified? If so, notify Lynn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“In the Interim,”
by Rev. Gabi
By now you all have had a chance to look at the proposed budget for 2014/2015; and you will have realized that the largest chunk of money KUUF will need is for the salary of a full-time minister.
Did you ever wonder why ministers get paid so much a one hour appearance on Sundays? Well, you see, we are not just “preachers.” In fact, most of the work of a UU-minister is done behind the scenes:
• The biggest chunk, time-wise, is writing the sermon: 15-20 hours every week! That includes the research, the finding of quotes and illustrations, rehearsing --and rehearsing again.
• There is at least another hour spent with finding Chalice Lightings, Stories for all Ages, Readings, and Hymns; then coordinating everything with musicians and the music director; finally writing and submitting the order of service.
• My colleagues and I spend an average of two hours a week calling congregants who are dealing with problems; and often three to four hours a week counseling members who are asking for advice. We often get together with individuals who want support on their spiritual journeys.
• We sit in on two or three committee meetings in some weeks, and attend every board meeting. We frequently meet with individual lay leaders to discuss various issues. In addition, we plan lay leader training and retreats.
• Most ministers teach at least one Adult Religious Education class each semester, which demands hours of preparation.
• We encourage and often organize social actions, such as letter-writing campaigns, vigils, or protest marches.
• We meet with parents who want a child dedication, couples who want to get married, and bereaved folks who need to plan a memorial service.
• Of course then we officiate at child dedications, weddings, and celebrations of life.
• We meet with fellow clergy to be up-to-date with events in the community and to do interfaith work, thus promoting tolerance and cooperation, and spreading our UU message of the inherent worth and dignity of all.
• These days, ministers spend much time with e-mails, not just communicating with congregants, but also disseminating messages from the UUA or the district.
• We write monthly newsletter columns (like this!).
“New to UU” Program Meets on
Saturday, April 5th
The next New To UU program occurs on Saturday morning, April 5th, from 9:30 to 11. Location: KUUF Office at Trinity Church.
A light breakfast will be provided along with lively conversation about UU beliefs and practices. Everyone is welcome to attend, and to Invite friends too. Please let Jack Jobst (482-7584 or email@example.com) know if you are planning to attend.
If you need childcare, call 482-5586 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Kraft’s Family announces
Time/Date for Memorial Service
Ken Kraft's daughters, Karen and Jennifer, have announced the dates for their father’s memorial service.
The event will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Samuel and Grace Horner Lobby of MTU’s Rozsa Center.
A potluck picnic will follow at 1 p.m. in the large pavilion in Centennial Park in Chassell.
Earth Day (4/22) Events
On Earth Day, April 22, Public Television will celebrate with “A Fierce Green Fire” at 9 pm. This film is an exploration of the environmental movement -- grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years. If inter- ested in watching as a group, contact Carol Ekstrom (email@example.com).
Alice Boyce’s Family Requests
Remembrances, Sets Date for
The family of Alice Hobbs Boyce requests that friends and family jot down rememb-rances of her. Please send them by May 1st, via snail mail to Alice’s daughter, Anne DePompolo, at 4501 34th Avenue North, Golden Valley, MN 55422-2850.
These notes will be copied into binders for sharing at her Celebration of Life Service on the afternoon of May 31st in MTU’s Rozsa Center lobby. The memories will later be distributed to Jim and each of Alice’s three children.
Please consider helping the family reflect on all her achievements, accomplishments, contributions, exploits, gifts and love that this extraordinary woman brought to all.
Green Sanctuary Book Group Announces Title for April Meeting
The book group will discuss The Wealth of Nature by John Michael Greer on Monday, April 28th, 7pm in the KUUF Office.
Finance Committee Reports on KUUF
Finance Committee chair Bill Leder reports on the KUUF finance status for the current fiscal year that will end May 31, 2014.
The budget for this year includes $75,973 in pledges, memorials, and other donations.
Through January (67% of the fiscal year), we have received $55,898, or 74% of the total. (Continued on next page.)
In the following graph, the dashed line identifies the actual monthly income required to meet the budget.
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In this second graph, we see the income per month for this current fiscal year. For example, in June, July, and December, members contributed over $10,000 in each month toward their pledges. In other months the income was less, but the point is that we reach the average/month that is indicated by the broken line. Clearly, KUUF folks have been fulfilling their pledges.