August 19, 2018

Rev. Dr. Neal Jones Returns!

Rev. Dr. Neal Jones returns to our pulpit!

 

Our former minister of ten years recently returned to our pulpit for a day of inspiration, festivities, and suggestions for a path toward healing.  His sermon was up to his usual standards, and if you missed it, or want to see it again, it can be found here.

Pot Luck luncheon following the sermon:

Neal Jones celebrationNeal Jones celebration

 

 

Neal Jones Q&A session
The day wrapped up with a meaningful Q&A session.

It was a nostalgic day for all of us.

 

August 8, 2018

New Kitchen Sink Installed

What a journey!  We began this project in early April 2018.  One quarter of a year later…we had an amazing sink.

It all started with Julie and Quillen Davis, who generously donated an extra $1,000. beyond their Capital Campaign Pledge to give us our badly-needed kitchen sink.  Then Peck Drennan, Linda McLeod, and Lis Turner stepped up to figure out which sink and faucet would work for the size opening the old sink would leave.  When we found that this dollar amount would not quite cover the sink/faucet/plumber expenses, Regina Moody offered to cover the extra costs. She was determined to be sure that the sink, faucet, AND installation were covered.

Kitchen before shotOnce the old sink was removed, it was discovered that the old countertop was too rotten to handle a new sink.  At this point, Phil Turner, working with the Building and Grounds Committee, priced out the cost of various counter options.  Cost and weight

John Logue and Bill Dolley installing countertop
John Logue and Bill Dolley installing countertop

considerations for granite or quartzite, as well as Pat Mohr mentioning that she and Don had put the old counter in over 30 years ago, resulted in the decision that laminate counters would be the way to go.  So, Phil and his band of Merry Men (a.k.a. John Logue, Glen White, Bill Dolley, and Quentin McGrievy) spent two long days installing the countertops.  Despite the many challenges along the way, like holes and gashes in the drywall backsplash, a sink that was 6 inches too wide, and many structural defects in the cabinets including the fact that some were higher than others, the finished results are amazing.

The members of the kitchen committee (Jeanette Walton, Connie Quirk, Joan Watterson, Regina Moody, Patty Drews and Linda McLeod) pitched in to empty and refill the cabinets.  It truly takes a village!

Working on backsplash
Phil Turner tiles backsplash

 

Sink/Counter/BacksplashWood plane and shavings

April 21. 2018

We enjoyed our third annual picnic this year, but had so much fun that none of us remembered to take pictures!  We ended up with only one and share it with you here.  You’ll just have to believe that we had a big crowd (over 50 people!), games were played, there was fishing in the lake, and we had lots of wonderful food!Annual Picnic Fun

 

April 14/15, 2018

We welcomed our new members with a Saturday night Dinner and an official ceremony during the service on Sunday.  We were still in the midst of our renovation, but that didn’t dampen our spirits or diminish our decor.  A group met early Saturday to decorate the social hall.

Fixing table for New Member DinnerFluffing tissue paper garlands

Cute kid helping with decor

With a little extra prep, we were ready for a fun evening.

Helpers at the New Member Dinner. Yummy cake

On Sunday, we all enjoyed cake after the ceremony to celebrate the addition of the New Members!

Special New Members Welcome Cake

April 8, 2018

Rev. Zsolt visits us from our sister church in Transylvania, Romania

Rev. Zsolt speaking to us from the podium.Our Partner Church Committee did a great job in bringing Rev. Zsolt to us and organizing a week of celebrations.  Rev. Zsolt is the minister of the Beszterce Unitarian Church in Romania, is fun to be around, and delivers informative, thought-provoking, entertaining sermons.  Thanks to the Committee for all of their fund-raising activities to make this happen, and for putting together such a fun week!

Rev. Zsolt delivering sermon.

Rev. Zsolt speaking to children
Rev. Zsolt telling Children’s Story…to be continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 1, 2018

Easter Bonnet Parade and Egg Hunt

Silly Easter Bonnet MomentOur elementary school aged children decorated Easter bonnets while the high school students prepared and hid the eggs.

After the service, those of us with bonnets followed the children around the church for our Easter parade.  This terminated in a contest for the best bonnets and an Easter egg hunt.

Easter egg hunt

Happy Easter family

Thanks to the hard work of the CYRE team, baskets overflowed and the children had a wonderful time.

November 30, 2017

Decking the Halls

Special thanks to Santa’s Elves for helping to get our Halls Decked in time for our first December service.  Santa has moved y’all to the NICE list, so you can expect big things under the tree this year!

Carolyn West

 

 

 

Janet Swigler
John Logue
Phil Turner

 

 

 

Holiday Decor

 

 

Side of church with wreath

November 19, 2017

Chili Cookoff!

Sabine and Quentin win the veg. chili contest Quentin and Sabine McGrievy, grandchildren of Lis and Phil Turner, were the big winners at the chili cook-off taking two, yes TWO categories!  Their chili won the Best Vegetarian and the Kid’s Choice awards.   Congratulations Sabine and Quentin!  And Linda McLeod’s Linda wins for best meat chilichili stole the prize for the best meat chili.  Special thanks to Mckenzie Scott for the great job she did this year in organizing the Chili Cook-Off that had 19 delicious entries. A big thanks to all of the chefs for sharing their chilies.

 

October 7, 2017

Volunteers working at Harvest Hope

Volunteering at Harvest Hope Making Boxes
Making Boxes

 

 

 

 

Packaging up food for distribution…

 

VolunteersPacking Bags at Harvest HopeHelping out at Harvest HopeVolunteering at Harvest Hope

 

Piles of bagged food
Many hands can accomplish great things!

Come and join us next time.  It is fun and rewarding work.