Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 10:30 am
Writing the Next Chapter, Part II
Living Generously Team
Most folks know that this is our UU search season. What that means is that congregations are inviting the ministers they think might be a good match for settled ministry, and ministers are visiting those congregations for a weekend, for an extended interview, preaching, and “getting to know you” time.
The weekends themselves are a wonderful blur. The pre-candidates fly or drive to the town where the church is, often with their spouse or partner. Friday evening may include dinner, maybe even a tour of some of the town or – depending on various things – a tour of the church. Since the process is a secret one, the search committee has to go to some trouble to be sure no members or friends will be at the church during the tour!
Saturday usually includes social meal times, town tours, and extended interview times. Then, depending on the location of the neutral pulpit, either a quiet evening in for the minister, or possibly travel to wherever the neutral pulpit is, if it’s at a distance.
A “neutral pulpit” is a congregation not at the church where the minister is interviewing. Most neutral pulpits are nearish UU congregations, but it’s not entirely unheard of for a geographically isolated area to ask a UCC, Methodist, or other congregation to be the neutral pulpit.
On Sunday morning, the minister preaches at the neutral pulpit and the search committee tries to be inconspicuous guests. The goal, of course, is to see the minister in action, and to get a sense of their preaching and worship style.
After the service, it’s lunch with the committee and then quite often, it’s time to travel again. Occasionally, the committee or pre-candidate will ask or opt for an additional evening to get to know the town or pursue things like options for work or schooling for a spouse or children.
So, your search committee is quietly at work on your pre-candidating weekends, and I am travelling to some of the congregations which invited me to be a pre-candidate.
If you’re wondering when all the secrecy and excitement comes to an end, the answer is March 30, which is “offer day!” On March 30th at noon, congregations can extend an offer to candidate to their preferred minister. With luck, a match will be made and candidating week, when the new ministerial candidate is introduced to the congregation in person, will likely take place the last two Sundays in April.
A small note: second round. Sometimes, a congregation’s preferred candidate may not accept an offer. (Similarly, sometimes a minister may not get an offer from a congregation to which they feel called.) Then the congregation or minister will enter into what is called “second round,” a shorter version of the search process. There’s nothing wrong with second round, and it is not anything like searching among leftovers. For congregations, it’s very important to keep in mind that for any number of reasons, ministers may not have entered search until second round. The pool of candidates for congregations still is fulsome. Second round usually ends in a settlement that conforms to the original timeline, except that candidating week is later (i.e., May).
My last pre-candidating trips are March 5, 12 & 19. After that, I will be back here in the pulpit, and glad to worship with you all again! Keep in mind that except for Fri-Sunday evening very late, I am in town and available. Although I don’t hold office hours, because of my Friday travel I am not taking any days off and can be contacted on Mondays if you need me.
I am also taking a break from my Facebook and Twitter habits during the Lenten season – a time when we choose to separate ourselves from things to which we have become too attached. I will still offer daily prayers, but if you’ve grown accustomed to seeing my many social justice posts, those will be missing. I’m getting back to books and long form articles in magazines like Foreign Affairs.
May the days be filled with significance – love, laughter, caring for one another, showing up for justice. All blessings, and –
see you in church,
Sunday, March 12, noon in the social hall: Cottage Conversations with the Board and our Sanctuary Congregation work group. Join us to discuss your thoughts and concerns about a Sanctuary Congregation for UUCC in a small group setting.
12:00 pm at UUCC Library
Join us, you little songbirds! We’ll learn two or three songs for our special multi-generational Easter Sunday service. All levels of experience K-6 welcome. Can only miss one of the following rehearsals:
9:30-10:00 AM practice, Sunday
April 16 – Easter Performance!
Sign up in the Social Hall this Sunday or call, text or email Ms. Marcie by Saturday, March 4th. firstname.lastname@example.org (307)-631-5649
The faith development team is assembling a special committee to plan and prepare for the longstanding tradition of our week long summer day camp here at the church.
It will be another magical summer, revisiting the very successful Harry Potter theme. Responsibilities for this wizarding team include: Reading over the exciting curriculum, a monthly creative brainstorming workshop April-July, and some availability (we can stagger staffing) the first full week of August 7-11th.
Last year, we had to turn away children to keep our camp-staff ratio manageable. With enough help, this could potentially be a great way to bring in revenue for the church and attract families from the community to UUCC.
Join us in making this the most successful UUCC Summer Camp to date! Interested high school youth & adults should contact Ms. Marcie (307)-631-5649 email@example.com
Interested in learning a new skill? We need a few new folks who are able to run our wonderful sound system! Be in touch with us to set up a time to shadow one of our gurus. This is sometimes a paid gig, when outside groups have to use our system! Contact Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org
UUCC has a team of Lay Pastoral Care Associates who are available to listen or be present with you if you’re having a hard time. Especially on the weekends as Rev. Audette is away, they are ready if you should need special care.
Our Lay Pastoral Care Associates are:
Matthew Waterman (email@example.com & 307-220-2960)
Camille Furtney (firstname.lastname@example.org & 307-631-9868)
Joan Brennan (email@example.com & 307-778-4905)
If you know of someone whose presence and listening skills are very high, and you would like to recommend them for consideration as a LPCA, please contact Rev. Audette at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not accepting self-nominations, but please do recommend your trusted UUCC companions.
Seeking teachers for our annual week long UU summer camp, the Western Unitarian Universalist Life Festival (WUULF). Enjoy fun, community and beautiful scenery in New Mexico. This year’s theme is “Find Your Fiesta,” with community ministers Nancy Bowen and Howell Lind. We have programs for the whole family. We need two or three more teachers for the youth programs that meet on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during morning and afternoon hours. Teachers get their expenses covered by WUULF. To register, see the website and catalog at wuulf.org. Prospective teachers can contact Di Mapes at email@example.com.
We have posted signs up around the church a number of times but again we must stress the importance of NOT bringing any peanuts or foods with peanuts in them into the building at all. We have a member of our congregation that has a deathly allergy to peanuts and anything with peanuts in them. When this member discovers there are peanuts in the building, they have to leave immediately. This means that they miss out on our various activities or meetings that they need to be at. The allergy is critical and we DO NOT want to alienate this member or any others who have this allergy. PLEASE, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! that we cannot allow peanuts into the building. (If you are bringing in a packaged item, please try to check that it wasn’t manufactured in a facility that processes anything with peanuts.)
|Thursday||Mar-02||7:15am – 7:45am||Meditation – Room 5|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Yoga – Social Hall|
|6:30pm – 7:30pm||NA – Social Hall|
|Friday||Mar-03||12:00pm – 1:00pm||Southeast Wyoming Islamic Group – Rms 12 & 13|
|Sunday||Mar-05||9:15am – 10:00am||Meditation – Room 5|
|9:45am – 10:15am||Choir – Sanctuary|
|10:30am – 11:30am||Sunday Service & Children’s Religious Education – Sanctuary|
|11:45am – 12:30pm||Children’s Choir – Sanctuary|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Sr. High Youth Group – Sr. High Room|
|4:00pm – 6:00pm||Volleyball – Social Hall|
Other Community Events
Saturday, March 4, 11 AM
Wyoming Supreme Courthouse entrance
Come together with faith communities, Zonta Club, and other advocacy organizations to continue the focus on ending violence and abuse of women and children and letting legislators and policy makers know that our laws should reflect the need for safe environments in which to live, learn, and work.
Special speakers, agency representatives, and supporters will join together to focus on current issues, recent information, and ways to take a stand.
We hope you will be able to join this important community event! For more information call Kathy at 631-8077.