I feel as though Mother Nature was playing tricks with us on Sunday mornings last month. Snow, ice, and frigid temperatures in February were certainly obstacles for folks to attend regular worship at UUCSH. Thanks to our dedicated Buildings and Grounds Committee for making sure it was safe for the brave souls who attended services!
Spring is on the horizon! Temperatures are inching up towards more normal levels. We “sprang forward” on March 8 to get an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day with Daylight Savings Time beginning. I’m looking forward to seeing those of you who kept your spiritual practice at home on Sundays during our recent cold spell.
Our Access project is nearing completion! It’s been over five months of work to make our building handicapped accessible, and we’re almost there! In a couple of weeks, we’ll need some UUCSH volunteers to help with cleaning, moving and organizing as we move into the new space. Please let me know if you’d like to help with this important ministry.
Last year’s UUCSH budget included money for enhancements to our web site. We’ve engaged a new web designer, Elwood Studio. You can now access www.uucsh.org on a smartphone. We added a feature called a “sticky bar” that allows us to post a visually prominent announcement on the home page of the web site to announce, for example, changes due to inclement weather. I tested that out last month! Interested folks can now subscribe to UUCSH blogs using an RSS reader.
Along with the long-awaited springtime blooms and warmer weather comes the annual Stewardship campaign at UUCSH. This is an exciting time of looking toward the future and putting our collective resources together to ensure a year of meaningful ministries at UUCSH next year. When contacted by a Visiting Steward, please put aside that hour to meet and chat with him or her. A face-to-face meeting is an important part of the process.
There are many ministries at UUCSH that we can and should be proud of! The Social Action Committee held another successful lunch-making session for the homeless and others in need in our area. The UUCSH Choir went on the road for the first time to a fundraising concert for the UU Legislative Ministry of New Jersey on Sunday, March 8. A number of participants are learning to “Articulate their UU Faith” in the Adult Faith Development course taking place now.
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