Steeple Preservation Project


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Chalice Circle has successful first year

The Chalice Circle Steering Committee is pleased to report a successful first year of Chalice Circle meetings. We recently surveyed the 80 members and facilitators to get feedback about the program, its value and its topics of discussion. We had a response from 27 participants and 9 facilitators. The feedback in general was overwhelmingly in favor of continuing these groups with some suggestions for how we might improve, including how the meetings are structured and how the service projects were organized.

Mercers receive Steeple Award

Harold Babcock gave this citation on June 5: “On behalf of the congregation of the First Religious Society, it gives me great pleasure to present the Steeple Award for Outstanding Church Service to John and Florence Mercer. The Steeple Award is awarded periodically to a person or persons ‘who illustrate concern for and devotion to the First Religious Society by giving unselfishly of time and energy to the work of the church.’

Friendship Table crew laments well-oiled machine

Our last Friendship Table at the Salvation Army was held May 19. As of Sunday, nine people signed up to bring lasagnas and we needed thirteen. I wrote a few emails to people whom I know to be faithful contributors, and all was well. Thank you.

Everything went so well that I lamented to the kitchen crew that I was not going to be able to report on any drama. I am usually wringing my hands, as I count the lasagnas come in, wondering if I will need to resign my "job" due to poor planning skills. We are a well-oiled machine!

Summer schedule for our ministers

Harold will be attending the UUA General Assembly from June 20-26. On July 16, he leaves for Amsterdam to attend the bi-annual meeting of the International Council of UUs. This will be followed by an international ministers gathering. From Amsterdam, he will fly to Romania to meet up with the FRS pilgrimage group to Transylvania in Cluj/Kolozsvar. When he returns to the US on August 8, Harold will be fully retired. 


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