The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey is a diverse group of spiritual seekers who welcome people willing to share ideas about their religious quest. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey exists to offer an open, tolerant, religious community to nurture spritual growth and to value diversity. For a complete version of our mission statement, see www.unitarianpetoskey.org/purpose.shtml.
Special events will be announced in the Thursday issue of the Petoskey News-Review. Times and location are printed in the weekly Harbor Springs Light church directory. Each upcoming service is announced by e-mail several days prior to the Sunday program. Call the program Chairperson's number - 231-373-2999 for more information on the group and its activities or Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Also, in case of extreme inclement weather, call to see if there is a meeting cancellation message. To be added to our mailing list, contact Mark Kinney @ email@example.com
July 20 Service: Wildwood Tribute/Memorial Florence AilesBring any photos and/or memories of Florence Ailes out to Wildwood. Also bring a chair, food to share and any special beverage you enjoy.
August 3 Service: GA UpdateOur delegates to the UUA GA in Providence will give us an update on their participation at the general assembly. Come and expect an interesting, interactive service.
August 10 Service11am Oden The LGBT Community Gene Barfield
August 17 Service11am East Park on Little Traverse Bay, Petosky Annual Water Service
Book Discussion: July 27
The next meeting of the book discussion group is July 27 at 2 p.m. The book group will meet to discuss Barbara Ehrenreich's Living with a Wild God: A Non-Believer’s Search for the Truth. The book group will meet at Kathy Bruehl's home: 1069 Linwood Lane, south of Petoskey, on Walloon Lake.
The Building Future CommitteeThe Building Future Committee is in exploratory talks with the folks at the Oden Community Center as to how that building could be a year round home for UUCOP.
Bylaws Committee RecommendationA big thanks goes out to our Bylaws Committee, Kim Nowack, Pat Hartlep and Tom Beukema for their great work on bringing our bylaws up to the present. The big change that you will be asked to vote on at the Annual Meeting in June is how we elect our board. We will ask you to support two year, staggered terms for members with the president and vice-president elected in the even years and the secretary, treasure and program chair elected in odd years. This should allow experience always caring over. Ask us about it.
Board meetingsThe next board meetings will be May 11, and June 8 after the services.
By-Laws changes proposed for Annual MeetingWe will be having our Annual Meeting on June 15, 2014. As part of that meeting, we will be voting on proposed amendments to our congregational by-laws. The following links explain and show the proposed changes.
Services Guide Available
The board has developed a Services Guide to assist leaders in creating their services. The guide is available at the following link. It includes a possible order of service, suggested readings for Chalice lighting, Chalice extinguishing, and much more.There is also now a special Second Sunday Service Template for those who are helping lead those services.
Our newly elected officers for 2013-14 are from left to right, Betty Palm, treasurer, since replaced by Gary Nitz; Pan Godchaux, President; Kim Nowack, Vice President; Patricia Hartlep, Secretary; and April Myers, Program.
Our Adopt-A-Highway Project
We will have to view a safety video either on-line or on you-tube and we will have to get safety vests at the Emmet Co Rd Commission garage.We may be able to use their parking lot since they don''t open that early, or there is parking on the street. A map to the location is at: Legs Inn Map.
Highway Clean Up Planned!!
We are picking up this Sunday the 27th. We will meet at Leggs Inn parking lot at 10:30am. We will have lunch at the Moose Jaw Junction following the pickup. The rain date is Saturday May 3rd.
Adopt-A-Highway program has new safety video
A new safety video has been posted under "Safety Information" on the Adopt-A-Highway page on the MDOT website at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway. The video was updated just in time for the first Adopt-A-Highway pickup of the year. All volunteers are required to view the safety video before going out on the highway. There is also an MDOT announcement about it below and you may find some useful details there too.
Road Clean Up Dates for 2014
We had a successful year with this program and we will have a break now until next spring. A hearty thanks goes to all the volunteers that helped throughout the year. Due to our work, our section of road is free of trash and we all got some good exercise and had some fun social outings.
MDOT has set the pickup weeks for 2014 as follows:
- Spring: April 26 - May 4
- Summer: July 12 - 20
- Fall: September 20-28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup begins April 26 for northern lower Michigan, Upper Peninsula April 21, 2014 -- Volunteers participating in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program will be picking up litter from April 26 to May 4 along state highways in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Where there still is snow on the ground, MDOT regional coordinators will work with individual Adopt-A-Highway groups on extending the pickup periods for their areas."Adopt-A-Highway volunteers provide a valuable and needed service," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Their work helps MDOT direct its limited resources to repairing pavement that was battered during the brutal winter."
In 2013, Adopt-A-Highway groups collected an estimated 70,000 bags of trash, a cost benefit to the state of $5.5 million. Volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations when working within a highway's right of way. MDOT provides the vests and trash bags for free, and arranges to haul away the trash. Current volunteers include members of various civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people.Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Groups are asked to adopt a section for at least two years. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing a group's name are posted along the stretch of adopted highway. There is no fee to participate. For more information, people should visit http://links.govdelivery.com/track?ty.
Joy and Care Program Committee
Since we formed the Pastoral Care Committee @ UUCoP, my task is to establish a Joy and Care Program to send out greeting cards or notes on birthdays, anniversaries or other significant occassons, including sympathy or get-well cards. In order to accomplish this, I need your help.Send me the dates you would like remembered. I would appreciate being informed if one of our congregation is ill or hospitalized. Please help me with this task You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or catch me at Sunday service to give me your info. Thank you for your co-operation.
Board meeting minutes
A general board meeting summary will be posted to the website beginning with the September board meeting. We will be taking special care to limit the names and other information which may be personal. These summaries will be available at: unitarianpetoskey.org/boardminutes.shtml.
If you are interested in copies of Board Meeting Minutes, please give your email to Patricia Hertlep, Secretary and she will send a copy of each month as they are approved the following month. We will also have a few copies printed and available @ a service if you don't have email service.Back to Top
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