"Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time. I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.”
"The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.”
Again this year, Sandie and I increased our pledge (by 20% this time). As I write I have little idea how well the 2017-2018 canvass campaign is doing but it got off to a great start at the 11 March Canvass Dinner. Many thanks to all those who helped!
Our canvass campaign ends in April and, as my title suggests, I poetically expect there to be much pledge raining in that month, followed by the blossoming in May as we begin budgeting for our next fiscal year operating budget. This is how we turn a rain of pledges into flowers and then into the fruit of providing for all the wonderful things that OCUUC is about. Our harvest will be manifest as we begin our next fiscal year in July.
We have our staff who support us in innumerable ways, from Reverend Sian Wiltshire, our minister, to Beth Syverson, our Director of Music ministry, Karen Magoon-Pearson, our Director of Religious Education, Sarah Jones, our office manager, David Nuñez, our Sexton, and Yesenia Nuñez who does childcare.
We have programs ranging from Community Service to Religious Education to Worship to Fellowship to Outreach, some thirty or more, and that's all in addition to having sermons every Sunday, maintaining our aging facilities, etc., that this congregation supports.
We are a force in the local community and we want to grow and flourish. This takes funding on an ongoing basis so please complete your generous pledges and help us continue our presence here for all the good we do and can do locally and in the broader world.
Let us plant the seeds of love and care for all living things, nurture the results into big, beautiful blossoms followed by the fruits of our labors - a harvest of sisterhood and brotherhood - from our sixth principle:
“The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.”