Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands


Preparing for a new beginning at UUCSH

Author Nadine Sapirman, Written Feb 26, 2013


 As I write this, we have just completed our annual Service Auction along with an outstanding FLASH service highlighting the work of our youth.  Thank you to everyone who helped out with the success of this weekend.  WOW!!!
This spring, along with the birds singing and flowers blooming, we will be celebrating new beginnings for our congregation. With the completion of our ministerial search work, we will be inviting a new settled minister to join our congregation. We will miss Rev. Marino. as she has worked with us to grow stronger these last 2 years.  She helped to create new children and adult choirs, healed us with a great deal of pastoral work, and worked with the lay leadership to strengthen many of our programs. It will be a new beginning for your lay leadership also. Melanie Davis and I complete our elected service to this community this June and will be handing the mantle of leadership over to Nadine Sapirman and Jen Kitchen. I look forward to serving the congregation in new ways and am very grateful for the past 4 years where I grew in spirit through this lay leadership service. Melanie and I will be conducting a worship service to share what we have learned on March 24.

Our annual stewardship campaign begins March 17 and will be needed to sustain the work of this congregation as we set off on our new beginnings. We will be using the personal connection of a one-on-one campaign so that your individual voices can be heard. Please find time to meet with your steward when he or she calls. You will be asked to give at a “fair share” level this year. This guide is adjusted for income levels and allows everyone to give as they are able. I invite you into the generosity that is the heart of this community.

Many friends and members ask how they can get more involved in our congregation. There are always plenty of opportunities both big and small. If you would like a Sunday opportunity consider making coffee, ushering, helping at the membership table, joining the Worship Associates to plan the services, or helping with Religious Education. The weekly order of service always contains groups looking for help. I encourage you to jump in and find a way to connect. UUCSH has a reputation of being one of the most open and welcoming congregations that you will find. As a starter I suggest that you attend Game night on the first Friday each month or come to Circle Supper on April 27. If you have not visited us for awhile this might be the time to check us out. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming activity.

—Ann Perry, President