Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands


From the President

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Sep 17, 2013

Dear Friends,

On the surface, things slow down at UUCSH during the summer.  Let me tell you, there was much activity here.  For those of you who attended the summer services, you know that they were moving, motivating and thought-provoking.  Big thanks to the Worship Associates and all who played a part in making the summer services come together.  Excellent work!!

In August, our little army of volunteers pulled off amazing work at the Somerset County 4-H Fair where our food booth offerings of salads, drinks and (the much sought-after) waffles and ice cream served to build community among our members,

  • empower our youth to help their congregation,
  • increase awareness of our congregation in Somerset County,
  • raise $1200 for 4-H, an important organization for the youth in our community, and
  • raise over $2700 for UUCSH.

Thanks to everyone who played a part, especially the co-chairs, Carol Levin and Ann Perry.

Under the leadership of Kira Edgar and Chris Buja, the congregation held two successful lunch-making events.  The bag lunches were given to the Samaritan Interim Homeless Program (SHIP) and Chance II housing in Somerville.  Over two dozen folks participated in these community-building and community service sessions.  I am so proud of our children, youth and adults for their efforts!

In case you missed it, there were also Improvisation workshops, meetings, First Friday Game Nights, and so much more!!

The highlight of the summer, in my opinion, was on August 1 when our settled minister, Reverend Jennifer Kelleher, started her ministry with our congregation.  She has been very busy getting to know many UUCSHers and planning for our upcoming year together.  I love the positive energy, thoughtfulness, and warmth that she shares generously with everyone she meets.

Please join us as we kick off the congregational year on Sunday, September 8, with our annual Water Communion service.  I’m sure it will be a fabulous start to our 2013-2014 congregational year.

Stay tuned for all that’s coming this year:  Sunday services with our new settled minister, progress on our ACCESS handicapped-accessibility work, Social Action initiatives, Circle Suppers, installation of our new settled minister, exciting Adult Faith Development programs, our annual holiday pageant, and more.

I welcome your input, feedback, and suggestions, always.

With joy and peace,

Nadine Kadell Sapirman

President, UUCSH