[The President’s Message from the February 2015 UUCSH Newsletter]
There is a generosity of spirit at UUCSH that warms my heart and fuels my soul. We often refer to people giving their “time, talent and treasure”. We have examples of all of these from the past month at UUCSH.
On January 14, I had the great pleasure of accompanying Rev. Jennifer Kelleher to deliver the Community Plate donation to the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Youth, in Bridgewater. UUCSH’s Community Plate program simply means that we take half of all Sunday offertory collections and donate them to worthwhile organizations that align with our Unitarian Universalist values. It’s an outreach program of which we should all be very proud. It was so gratifying to represent the congregation as we delivered a check for $1400 to Somerset Home. That amount represents half of what we collected in the months of November and December 2014.
In January, I had the pleasure of working with UUCSH volunteers to help prepare for our Director of Lifespan Faith Development to take his three month sabbatical leave. We had a pizza send-off party for Chris Buja on Sunday, January 18. I applaud Chris for all the effort he put into providing volunteers and staff with information they may need in his absence. We’ll certainly miss Chris (“Mr. B”) but look forward to seeing him when he returns in mid-April.
The generosity of our members and friends always inspires me. The Social Action Committee’s collection of hundreds of dollars worth of new clothing, toiletries, non-perishable food, and outerwear for the homeless in January was simply fantastic! These items were distributed to men and women in need during the annual count of homeless people in Somerset County.
Under the leadership of Anthony T., a team of volunteers spent several hours in Fellowship Hall cleaning, organizing and preparing the new classrooms for use. The amount of construction dust that needed to be cleaned off was impressive! As the rest of Fellowship Hall and the building addition are completed, we’ll need more help in the Moving Stuff Ministry. Please let me know if you’d like to be invited to help out. This is but one example of UUCSHers giving of their time to help the congregation.
Bringing together the time, talent AND treasure was the Winter Blast concert fundraiser on January 23. The adult choir, teen choir, other musicians and music staff worked for months preparing for the big event. The result? A wonderful showing of UUCSH talent that yielded over $1700 to enhance the music program at UUCSH.
Thanks to all of you for the ways in which you share your time, talent, and treasure to make the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills a vibrant and rich spiritual community that puts its values into action.
Nadine Kadell Sapirman