February 2015R2web - Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda

The Olinda Outpost
Monthly Newsletter of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda
R.E. Class and Service held at 10:30
(followed by refreshments)
Rev. Christine Hillman
Sunday Services
February 2015
Feb. 1 Talk on Medita on Bonnie Malanoski Feb. 8 Music: Carabel Ringrose Michael Faraday (1791‐1867) Natural Philosopher Bill Baylis Feb. 15 Music: Toni Janik Come Sing a Song With Me Music: Lorie Lyons Reverend Chris ne Hillman Feb. 22 The Immense Journey: Loren Eisley Reverend Chris ne Hillman Music: Bobbye and Bill Baylis with Ray Stone & Sam Stanley Annual Meeting
Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda Sunday, February 22, 2015 following the church service The Annual Reports will be available on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 John and Sharon van Abbema during a new member ceremony
with Reverend Christine Hillman and Bill Baylis
Tea with the Minister
will only be on the third Wednesday of this month, from 3-4:30
pm. Rev. Christine is out of town
during the first week of February.
Join her and whomever else show
up to enjoy afternoon tea and conversation on February 18. FromtheBoard
At the first Board meeting of 2015, on January 15, our current Board, together with Rev. Christine Hillman and John Upcott, were joined by Carol Hylton and Elaine Stevenson. John represents the Caring Committee and offers sage advice on property, history, and such, while Carol
came with the report of the nominating committee. In business arising, (1) Stuart Miller confirmed that the wintry weather has delayed completion of work by P&S Building Systems on the
south wall of the church, probably until spring. However, John has been pulling back snow and
grading the surface where possible to keep unwanted moisture away. (2) The new sound system seems to be working as envisioned, with several members saying that they could hear the
service clearly for the first time in years. The speakers still need to be mounted on the walls,
and we’ll try to connect the older back speakers as well. (3) The kind offer from John van Abbema to purchase and help install a larger and higher toilet for the first-floor bathroom was accepted. John Upcott will discuss details with him and investigate the possible use of a dualflush model. (4) A speaker was announced for the service before the International Dinner on
March 15: local social activist Tracey Ramsey. An appropriate charity will be designated for
donations collected at the dinner, and the Olinda Choir is trying to work out a schedule that will
allow it to join the “Big Sing” later that afternoon, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the First
UU Church of Ann Arbor.
We are thrilled with the new visitors attending services. The van Abbemas are becoming members here on January 18, bringing their experience and wisdom from the Unitarian Fellowship
of Fredericton, NB. Enough children are now attending to hold vibrant Sunday School sessions. We hope this will continue and encourage other families to join or return to the church.
Of course the new activity not only makes coffee hour more competitive, it also places new
demands on Religious Education. Our RE Trustee, Stuart Miller, is working on signing up more
church members as assistants, although the process is complicated by child-safety procedures
set out by our insurance company. Further glad tidings came in the Treasurer’s report, showing
that the church finished 2014 with a surplus of over $4700, in spite of transferring 3 k$ less
from the Lloyd fund than last year and facing a budgeted deficit of $14,700. Details are in the
Annual Report for 2014 prepared for the congregational meeting on February 22.
Carol’s report gave the Nomination Committee’s slate of officers and trustees for 2015. It lists 6
people for 9 slots, with vice-president and Membership&Publicity positions vacant, both Treasurer and Sunday Services filled by Helen, and RE and Property taken by Stuart. Although
some recommended a smaller Board as an efficiency matter, we lack the strong standing committees and member participation to drive important ministries like Membership. Also, by regulations of the Canadian Revenue Agency, with fewer than nine members on our Board, we can
have no more than one couple on the Board; other Board members must all be at “armslength” relations. If you would consider serving as an officer or trustee of the church, please let
us know!
The Board added the date for the annual Bake Sale: Saturday, May 23. This and other events
can be viewed in the Church Calendar on our website, www.uuolinda.org. Also available there,
under “Members Only” (look far down the home page on the right-hand side) is our passwordprotected directory and telephone tree. These will be regularly updated. Zoom in as needed to
read. (The password was described during a recent service. Speak to any Board member if
you need it.)
The Annual Convention and Meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council will be held in Ottawa
May 15-17, 2015. Some financial support is available for attendance. Please contact a Board
member if you would like to represent our church there. Our next Board meeting is scheduled
at 7 PM on Thursday February 19, 2015. All members of the church are welcome to attend.
Bill Baylis, President
February –2 FromtheHillparson
So far, this has not been a very “bleak midwinter” as the hymn goes. More blue sky
days would be nice but at least the very low temperatures didn’t last a long time and
the snow is markedly lower than last year’s winter season. Hallelujah!
Even as Winter remains, a certain kind of Spring is clearly present at Olinda. John
and Sharon van Abbema have joined the congregation as members and that is a
lovely reality, though their loss to their former Unitarian Universalist congregation in
Fredericton is likely noticeable for them. Olinda is happy! In addition, the congregation is experiencing an influx of families which is an immeasurable joy. Welcome!
Welcome!! And Welcome!!!
For the new folks finding a home at Olinda ask every question you can think of. For
every longer time Olindan, get to know these great new people.
One of the realities of new people coming in, for both the newcomers and the longer
participants, is the sometimes itchiness of change. Knowing who everyone is, how
things work, what all our acronyms and abbreviations mean, etc. A most important
reminder, in regard to change, is to wear your name tag. From my own experience it
takes a long time to get to know folks! Our R.E. program is not bursting at the seams
yet but it IS sturdy, and held with strength with our R.E. Trustee Stuart Miller.
A note that adult programming will begin again in March, timing, topic, to be determined. And as to timing, if you have thoughts as to when a good afternoon, evening,
day might serve the most the best, do let me know: 519-733-3905 and [email protected] . I have never known a church who could figure that out in a way that
met everyone’s needs but, in working together, we can do our best. Churches do want
to do their best, I know that to be so at Olinda.
ImportantDate
Feb. 4
3 pm
No Tea with the Minister.
Christine is away!
Feb. 4
7 pm
Book Club: People of the Book, A
Novel by Geraldine Brooks
Feb. 8
10 am
Annual Reports Available
Feb. 12 7 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Feb. 15 noon
Social Responsibility Committee
Meeting
Feb. 18 3 pm
Tea with the Minister
Feb. 19 7 pm
Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb. 22 noon
Annual Congregational Meeting
Feb. 26 7 pm
Choir Rehearsal As we live our lives into and through the month of February may we all have good
health, good weather and a bright spirit. In case any of these do not go so well, coming to church can help, calling the minister can also help!
Faithfully and in faith,
Rev. Christine
September –2 February–3 OlindaBookClub
This group of congregants and friends gathers once a month (1st Wednesday) at
the home of book club members, the Church, or other arranged venues.
During the meeting a selected book, author, or theme previously selected by
each member in turn is discussed. The ‘fun-loving’ group is into another year of
reading, learning and socializing.
Everyone is welcome – Contact Chairperson Pat Haynes, or Stuart Miller
Book for Month – January 2015:
Title:
People of the Book,
A Novel
Author: Geraldine Brooks
Summary: In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator
is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundredyear-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the centuries-old
book, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up.
Location of Meeting: Crowder Residence
Leader: Leona Crowder
Date: Wed., 04 February 2015; 7 pm
FinanceCommitteeReport
At the risk of ruining the surprise, I cannot resist sharing the good news that, instead of a
deficit of over $14,000, we will have a surplus of nearly $5000 for 2014. The generosity of
our members and friends is truly astonishing: nearly $12,000 came in during December
alone! Because we have been using money in the Capital Fund for important improvements
to the basement, we had assumed that there would not be much of the church’s money
(from Special Funds) sitting in the Lloyd Fund gathering interest and other income. However, partly due to a healthy Memorial Fund, there was enough that we received an unexpected $2500. Further good news, the Lloyd Fund Committee has assured us that, with the
addition of the $6850 per year coming into the Lloyd Fund from the Solar Panels, that fund
will have no difficulty continuing to support our church with about $30,000 per year.
February— 4 You will be pleased to hear that we have set the date for the ever-popular aUUction as Saturday, April 18. We all need to start thinking right away about dates for events we want to
offer and about foods and crafts we might want to sell at the aUUction. Toni Janik and
Elaine Stevenson are already planning an event, a Pancake Breakfast, for Sunday, April
26. A list will appear soon in the Coffee Room (Tea Room? Refreshment Room?) for you
to fill in your events, goods, and services.
SocialResponsibilityCommitteeReport
At our January 18 meeting we had a record 13 attendees! There were lively discussions of several topics:
 Sue Markham is keeping us abreast of the activities being undertaken to retain Door to Door
Postal Service. We also learned that even rural Mailbox to Mailbox delivery is in peril.
 Karen Miller is organizing the collection of letters to use in an Amnesty International campaign
for Saudi Arabia to release Raif Badawi, the journalist who had been sentenced to 1000 lashes, to
be delivered at 50 per week. The first 50 had rendered his condition such that he was considered
medically unfit to receive the next week’s 50, so they were postponed. The committee has agreed
that this type of protest action should be organized through the committee. Persons wanting to
collect letters in support of an activity can present their case to the committee, which meets the
third Sunday every month. On the first Sunday of the next month, the materials related to that
activity will be distributed, and the resulting letters of support will be collected on the last Sunday
of the month. They will then be bundled and delivered to the appropriate authorities.
 Kim DeYong pointed out that local water, which has never been treated with fluoride, may
eventually come under provincial legislation. This is something to keep an eye on.
 We compared the weight of news coverage and resultant public outrage given to the assassination of 4 cartoonist & other employees of Charlie Hebdo in Paris with the coverage and outrage
about the slaughter of possibly 2000 villagers in Nigeria. We agreed that greater balance is needed in the media. Since we have no power over major media outlets, committee members will prepare a list of alternative media sources.
The last page of both this and January’s Newsletter contain a survey through which the committee
hopes to learn the particular social justice issues of interest to the congregation. Please fill this
out and give it to either Gord Taylor, Mariette Preyde, or Bobbye Baylis. We will use this information to help us organize activities, suggest topics to the Sunday Services Committee, and find
themes for our International (turning local) Dinners. Those of you who receive the Newsletter by
email will also receive a word file of this survey, which can be filled in and returned by email to
[email protected]
Speaking of which, our International Dinner on March 15 will be part of Women’s History Month, in
keeping with Rev. Christine Hillman’s services for that month. The speaker during the service on
that date will be Tracey Ramsey, a local women’s rights activist.
CaringCommitteeReport
Ground-Hog Day is here and so take heart because the winter is half over and it is all down hill
from here “ I hope”.
I want to take some time here to thank Eunice Goyette and June Blacker for all their years on
this committee. In the annual report I praised their work and service, but for those who do not
get the report I want to thank them here. Eunice sends all the cards with a personal touch and
June takes care of the Windsor members, which is not as busy as it once was but is still very
important.
Sympathies go Linda Upcott on the loss of her sister on Dec. 22 and again another family member to pass away during the Christmas holidays .
A special winter hello to Jean Wallis in Brantford and to Albertina Bell and Arn and Marion
Thompson in Erie Glen Manor in Leamington.
Commi ee Members: Eunice Goye e June Blacker John Upco Rev. Chris ne Hillman John Dresser was admitted to Leamington Hospital on Sunday night with an infection and received an M.R.I. on Thursday, still waiting for results. He is able to have visitors and Christine
has been there.
October— 5 Please all stay well and remember spring is on the way.
February—5 Social Justice Issues Survey
This is a survey to determine our congregation’s interests and priorities regarding social justice issues.
Please indicate how important the following issues are to you:
(4 = most important, 3 = very important, 2 = somewhat important, 1 = low importance, and 0 = not important)
____
Environmental issues
____ Racism
____
Climate Change
____ First Nations, Inuit, Meti
____
Immigration issues
____ Reproductive rights
____
LGBTQIA Rights
____ Transportation equity
____
Income/Wealth Inequality
____ Urban sustainable development
____
Net neutrality
____ Voter rights
____
Prison reform
____ Public Service (Postal, parks, etc.)
____ Water issues (control of
resource, pollution, etc.)
____ Access to Public Data, Freedom of Speech
for Public Servants (e.g., scientists)
Another Issue that is important to you _______________________________________
What organization(s) are you currently involved in or actively support?
______________________________________________________________________
Would you like to join the Social Responsibility Committee? ______
Name: ________________________________________________
Phone number(s): _______________________________________
Email address: __________________________________________
Please place this completed form in the box on the table in the library or email it to
[email protected]
February— 6