There will be Town Hall Meetings on
- Sunday, December 1st
- Sunday December 15th (between services
- Sunday December 29th (after the one service)
Information will be presented about the budget, in preparation for the January Congregational Meeting. The presentation will be the same at each meeting, giving everyone an opportunity to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara S (financeocuucorg) . or Katherine M (presidentocuucorg) .
The Mission Taskforce wants to hear from YOU! Through a series of small-group conversations we will discern what vision the congregation has for OCUUC’s future.
Please sign up:
- Online using this link
- Sign up with Katherine Martin on the patio on Sunday morning
- Contact Katherine via email (presidentocuucorg)
- Contact Katherine by phone (see directory)
Have you considered just walking over to their houses and talking to each person personally like people used to do before all this new fangled technology? Ah… too much work, eh? Signup Genius is an online tool that will help us connect.
Board members are taking active roles on these task forces, and the Board is seeking a few more interested individuals for each one.
The Mission Task Force
The Mission Task Force, which will include the minister, is charged to revise and write a new OCUUC Mission Statement after gathering responses from the congregation received during upcoming Cottage Conversations. (More on the Cottage Conversations in the coming weeks.) We have not reviewed our Mission Statement since about 1994.
The Visible Church Task Force
The Visible Church Task Force has a dual charge that is ultimately aimed at helping draw new members/friends and helping them feel welcome and integrated from their very first visit. This Task Force will research, recommend and help implement (with the minister and appropriate committees), new communication methods, technologies, and programs.
The Foundational Task Force
The Foundational Church Task Force is charged with conducting a comprehensive review of OCUUC’s governance structures and associated documents. This Task Force will research various governance structures; review current Standing Rules, Bylaws, and organizational structures; and ultimately recommend to various committees and the Board the best practices and changes that may be needed in order for the committees, leaders and staff to best live out the mission of the church. It will provide the Board with resources and training to continue updating and revising our foundational documents as needed. The Foundational Church Task Force will take approximately 2 to 5 years to complete its work in its entirety.
Foundational Church Task Force: Brief Informational Meeting, October 13th, 10:45 a.m., conference room.If you are thinking about participating in the Foundational Task Force, come find out more about it on October 13 between services. The books the task force will be reading and discussing will be available for your perusal.
The Board has charged The Foundational Church Task Force with conducting a comprehensive review of OCUUC’s governance structures and associated documents. The Task Force will research various governance structures; review current Standing Rules, Bylaws, and organizational structures; and ultimately recommend to various committees and the Board the best practices and changes that may be needed in order for the committees, leaders and staff to best live out the mission of the church. It will provide the Board with resources and training to continue updating and revising our foundational documents as needed. The Foundational Church Task Force will take approximately 2 to 5 years to complete its work in its entirety. Board members are taking active roles on the this task force, and the Board is seeking a few more interested individuals for it.If you have questions about this task force or the meeting, please contact Maureen McConaghy.
Due to lower attendance during the summer months OCUUC has only one service, and finding a seat is usually not a problem. We expect attendance to increase in August. Are you an early bird or are you one of those folks who arrive just as service is about to begin?
- If you arrive early, take a seat on the north side of the room (closest to the choir risers) and regardless of the section in which you sit, move to the middle of the row so others don’t need to scoot in past you.
- Since our choir will not be back in the service until September, please sit in one of their seats. It may give you a whole new perspective on the service!
- Place your belongings on the floor rather than on the seat next to you.
Katherine wrote this article from Tainan, Taiwan on July 25th:
Here on this small, green island I am reminded what it means to be the Stranger, the person who cannot understand the language, read the signs that line the city streets, and is unfamiliar with customs.
I thought about the idea of OCUUC as a foreign country and how we welcome those who are new to the community. Are our signs clear and informative? Is information easy to obtain about the church, its ministries and programs? What do first impressions tell people about our church culture? Do we ask guests what brought them to church, what their interests are, what they want to give and receive at OCUUC?
I had an interesting experience during lunch today. A group of graduate students took us to the small lane where they buy their lunch each day. The lane is full of vendors, selling fresh fruit, chicken with noodles, pork with rice, milk teas, papaya salads and more. The search for vegetarian food took the group to stalls they had never visited despite going to this street nearly every day for years. When I suggested that they could get their usual lunch items, they declined, saying that this opportunity allowed them try something new.
Once again I thought about OCUUC. Are we open to ideas that new members of the community bring to it? Are we willing to try something new? Might new perspectives enrich the experience of church life in ways we haven’t yet imagined?
With these thoughts in mind, I am very happy and excited as Rev. Sian Wiltshire begins her settled ministry with us on August 1st. I believe that with Rev. Sian’s arrival we can expect an increase in attendance on Sunday mornings, including people who are first-time or returning guests. Please take a moment when you see someone you don’t know and ask if you might help them find their way at OCUUC.
We’re reviving the Ways and Means Committee and the fundraising ideas so far have been very creative!
Did you see the beautiful “Shining Stars” quilt that JUUdith raffled off to raise funds to improve our space? That’s creative! How about the Farmer’s Market? An excellent (and yummy) idea!
Ways and Means functions best when brainstorming happens among groups of members. That’s where YOU come in! Have you seen a fundraiser at a school, business, or nonprofit organization that worked so well you thought it could work at OCUUC? Those are the kinds of ideas we need!
In reviving our Ways and Means Committee, we have planned an idea-generating (aka brainstorming) meeting:
Wednesday July 10th at 7:00 pm
in the conference room
We think you have good ideas! Come join the discussion and see if you get inspired. And ask someone else to come with you!
If you are unable to be there Wednesday, please send your ideas to us
at waysandmeansocuucorg (waysandmeansocuucorg) or call JUUdith.
Hope to see you there!
What a year this has been for all of us! In all the excitement of moving and renovating our new space on Mesa Verde we completely missed that OCUUC turned 60 in February! We had a birthday cake at the Annual Meeting and shared our recollections.
I wanted to take a moment to thank the Rev. Ed Brock for his service to our community over the last two years.
He will always be remembered as the minister who helped us in our transition from Victoria to Mesa Verde. With a vision of what the move could and would mean for this congregation, Rev. Ed worked tirelessly to make it a reality. From the initial meetings with realtors to heavy lifting at work parties, and finally working out the details of space usage and possible interfaith co-tenants, Rev. Ed has been there each step of the way.
He suggested ways in which our governance can be re-structured for growth, and helped secure pledges for the church’s future financial stability. While I am sure that we did not accomplish all that he set out to inspire us to do, we’re headed in the right direction.
And now Rev. Ed heads north from Southern California to the First Unitarian Church of Oakland where he will share his time and talent with another congregation in transition. We wish him all the best in the years ahead and hope that he will come back to OCUUC for the dedication of our new sanctuary.
will be held
Sunday, June 9th at 12:00 pm
Sunday Service: 10:30 am
Potluck Lunch: 11:30 am
Annual Congregational Meeting: 12:00 pm
FREE CHILD CARE IS AVAILABLE – PLEASE RSVP TO Katherine Martin at presidentocuucorg (presidentocuucorg)
Yes, it’s a POTLUCK!!!
We will share a potluck brunch/lunch right after the Worship Service, and before the Annual Congregational Meeting. Please see suggested items below, or bring whatever you would like (beverages welcome, too!).
- A-J: Appetizer or Side Dish
- K-Z: Main dish
- Dessert: A cake will be served AFTER the Congregational Meeting, to celebrate OCUUC’s 60th year!
Many hands make the work light – so please, stick around after the meeting and cake, to help clean up if you can. Thank you!
View the Annual Report online
before the Annual Meeting – click here
• Call to Order; Quorum Call
• Chalice Lighting
• Approval of Minutes from Congregational Meetings: June 2012 – June 8, 2013
• Awards: Unsung UU, Gillan Award※, Twenty-five year members
• Election of Officers, Trustees, Stewards & Nominators for 2013 – 2014 (see slate below)
• Adoption of 2013-2014 Budget • New Business
※ Note: Presentation of the Gillan Award will be performed on Sunday, June 23.
OCUUC LEADERSHIP SLATE for 2013-2014
Officers (one year term):
+ indicates eligible for re-election for 2014-2015
President Katherine Martin
VP Programs Amy Tompkins +
VP Finance Barbara Schilling +
Recorder Maureen McConaghy
Treasurer Jennifer Abt +
Bursar Charles Gordon +
Trustees (three-year term ending):
2014 Chris Soriano (completing Amy Tompkins term)
2014 Dolly Doran
2015 Scott Armstrong
2015 Peter Sahin
2015 Ted Lundholm
2016 Heather McCoy
2016 Jacques Kilchoer
Nominators (three-year term ending):
2014 Maurice Giss
2014 Jonathan Pearson Magoon
2015 Mary Lundholm
2015 Randy Kokal
2016 Mike Scott
2016 Kathleen McFarlin
Stewards (three-year term ending):
2014 Charlie Reed
2015 Barbara Davia
2016 Bill Stoker
There will be a
on Sunday April 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm
in the Social Hall/Temporary Sanctuary
This meeting was called by the Board.
1. Determination of Quorum
2. Call to Order
3. Chalice Lighting
4. Vote on Motion: Shall the Members of Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church call the Rev. Sian Wiltshire as Settled Minister?
Child care will be provided.
Light refreshments will follow.
Ministerial Candidating– April 5-14
What a joy it was to see the Rev. Sian Wiltshire’s smiling face on screen that fateful Sunday as Search Committee Chair, Tom Loughrey introduced her to us! (Thank you to Steve Hamre and Ted Lundholm who made the technological possibility a reality!) I know that we are all anticipating the events of Candidate week, when we will have opportunities to meet Rev. Wiltshire and converse with her. Please be sure to RSVP to all events by sending an email to mscocuucorg (mscocuucorg) , or call the person listed on the schedule.
We Are Building a New Way
It is often said that Unitarian Universalists don’t talk enough about money. Those of you who attended the congregational meetings know that we have definitely talked about money this year. The funds we discussed and voted to expend support the renovation of our new buildings, and the results to date are wonderful!
True visionaries don’t just dream of a future – they have a plan to realize that dream. The Annual Canvass, which culminates on Saturday, April 20 with a Dinner and Spring Auction, provides the resources that are necessary for members – through the leadership – to create a mission and set attainable goals. It provides the funds to plan the services and programs to engage the membership, reach the wider community, and invigorate the life of the church.
Please take some time to think about what OCUUC means to you, and about your vision of the future of the church. Think about your personal resources and decide what you can give to help make that vision a reality.
See you in church,
Early Friday morning, March 1st, we passed the final inspection for Phase 1 at Mesa Verde. It has been an amazing process; simultaneously exciting and exhausting, exhilarating and frustrating. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you to everyone who has worked to make this day possible!
See you in church,
We are entering a particularly busy time at OCUUC, please stay informed and participate as much as possible.
March 10 – Pathways to Membership class
March 13 – Last day to sign Membership book to be able to vote on settled minister in April
March 24 – The Ministerial Search Committee will lead the service on this Sunday.
March 27 – Board of Trustees Meeting
April 5-13 – Candidating Week
April 14 – Our Settled Minister Candidate will lead the service on this Sunday. A Congregational Meeting follows.
Save the Date:
The Spring Goods & Services Auction and the Canvass Dinner will be on Saturday, April 20th.
More info to follow.
There will be a Congregational Meeting Sunday, February 17th
following the One Service which begins at 11:00 am at 1259 Victoria Street
The Board of Trustees has called this meeting because a congregational vote
is needed in order to proceed with Phase II work on the renovation.
Lunch will be available ($4). Child care will be provided with RSVP to Maureen (alsklingpacbellnet) .
On February 1, 2012 the Board of Trustees held a special meeting to discuss a possible sale and purchase of buildings in order to move Orange Coast UU Church. On Feb. 10, 2013 we will process from Victoria to Mesa Verde, literally taking the final steps along a path started over a year ago.
We are a different congregation than we were a year ago. Numerically, we are a smaller congregation than we have been in a long time. Our RE program has fewer children, and if you have been thinking that there is a lot more room in the sanctuary on a Sunday morning, you are right. And yet, when I reflect on the commitment of members and friends during this long year, I am filled with gratitude.
So many have participated in helping us reach this goal. Each action taken by an individual– attending Town Hall meetings, voting in Congregational meetings, reading the “On The Move” updates, touring Mesa Verde, schlepping boxes, painting, choosing colors, sending encouraging messages on FaceBook, providing a meal for a work party, vacuuming, paying your pledge, wielding tools, cleaning, serving on a committee, taking photographs – all of these individual actions have coalesced into The Move. I am grateful for each and every one of you.
And so we will start a new chapter in the life of OCUUC this month. Yes, we are fewer in number…….for now. At the same time we are stronger because we have trusted one another, shared roles and responsibilities, lent a hand when many hands were needed, accepted the offered hand when we needed it, and maintained a commitment to the future of the church.
OCCUC has a new phone number:
(714) 55 – OCUUC
If you recall, I mentioned in October that I felt that we were on the lift hill of a roller coaster. Well, right now, as the final days at Victoria are approaching, this roller coaster of a ride that is “The Move” is barreling down the track! While acknowledging how exciting it is, I know more than a few of us are ready for it to slow down!
We have accomplished so much in such a short period of time! Work has progressed based on the decisions of the Site Committee and its subcommittees. While the Social Hall has been professionally renovated, volunteers at work parties have packed boxes; removed walls; built walls; spackled, taped and washed walls; painted walls and fixtures; moved furniture and boxes and more boxes. Freshly painted rooms have been scrubbed, mini-blinds washed, rugs vacuumed and windows washed. Delicious food was provided for hungry workers, and encouraging words and smiles were shared. Thank you to everyone who has helped out in any way!
We will be continuing to move items from Victoria to Mesa Verde over the next four weeks, as we need to be out of Victoria by mid- February.