Sailing Forward Together

Sailing Forward Together

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

Dolly Parton

What can I say about Dolly Parton? I just love her. She is the gift that keeps on giving and what she has given me today is this nugget of wisdom to reflect upon. 

Think of all the ways we personally and as a church community have had to adjust our sails to adjust to the winds of change brought on by Covid-19. In my humble opinion, thanks to our talented and dedicated staff, volunteers and elected leadership, we at OCUUC have done a terrific job of sailing forward together through strong headwinds these last fifteen months.

Rev. Sian, Rev. Judy and Beth have all had to make significant changes to the way they conduct Sunday services, pastoral care, religious education and music ministries respectively. Steve Morihiro and Nina Smith have been chief among those who have given many hours of their time and talent to keep us going technically. Many of you have risen to the challenge of learning how to use Zoom in order to keep participating in church activities.

It hasn’t been easy to accommodate all of these changes, hats off to you all!

Some of the changes we have had to make due to Covid have turned out to be of long-term benefit to our members. Conducting church services and meetings on Zoom has meant people who have moved away, are traveling or are no longer physically able to come to church can still participate in our church life. We are working on how to keep the Zoom participation option available to all as we are able to return to onsite services and meetings.

The annual operating fund pledge drive is currently underway. The funds we raise from this pledge drive are critical to keeping our staff paid and our doors open. We have made good progress but have yet to receive pledges from some members and friends. If you have not yet made your pledge, please take five minutes to do so now so that we can complete the pledge drive campaign and build the budget for our next fiscal year which begins July 1.

You can make your operating fund pledge by completing the pledge card that was mailed to you or by completing your pledge online. If you have any questions on how to pledge, please contact our pledge drive chairperson, Sandie Martin.

The UUA General Assembly is again going to be held online this year due to the pandemic. The good news about this is that it is much easier and affordable to attend GA online than in person. I attended last year’s GA online and thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much about the broader UUA community goals and initiatives. And, drum roll here please, the UUA recently announced that Stacy Abrams will be one of the keynote speakers this year!

If you would like to attend General Assembly, please register. If you would like to be a delegate to GA representing OCUUC, please let me know. 

Please keep watching the Reach and Blast publications for updates about the steps we are taking to safely reopen and resume in person services and meetings. I can’t wait to see all of you in person again. 

With warm wishes,

Debra Quam, president@ocuuc.org

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