A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE RIVER OF GRASS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION DAVIE, FLORIDA
WE ALL LIVE IN A VIBRANT RIVER OF GRASS By Steve Tepper, Board President
So we had this idea, this wild, crazy idea. We’d move into a new home, a storefront practically on the highway. We’d fill our calendar with events, including faith development classes, concerts and coffee houses, as well as weekly worship. And we thought if we did this, things would happen that haven’t happened in many, many years: People would join us! And we’d hear the wonderful commotion of young children bounding about our sanctuary and halls! It was a crazy idea. Yes, it was logical and rational, but it was still a leap of faith. But the craziest part is it looks like it just might have worked! The Beatles Blast that marked the inaugural of our new Now, it’s only been two months, but the short-term River of Grass sanctuary included a rendition of Yellow trend is encouraging. Last Sunday, five people signed our Submarine, complete with cardboard cut-out. membership book. And we are already planning our next Pathways to Membership class. New visitors find us each week: Singles, couples, families. And more children every week. We have always been a strong and vibrant congregation, but now we have lots of new faces, fellow travelers joining us on the journey. Each new friend brings fresh energy and a different perspective. Each soul that joins us makes us stronger. Last month began with our Grand Welcoming, with a full house for the Beatles Blast and standing room only for our Sunday worship, which featured the Girl Choir of South Florida. The rest of the month was equally jam-packed. We had our flower communion service and a spectacular Easter service featuring the music of Brother Sun. We had a full house for our Passover Seder fundraiser, and our middle school children turned out in force for a workday at LifeNet 4 Families. And one more big event occurred at last month’s Florida District assembly in Orlando: Our own Diane Lade received the Excellence In Religious Education Award, recognition of her devotion for many years to our teens, and confirmation that we have an extraordinary faith development program for our youth. There will be no letup in May: We have two music worship services planned, as well as Faith Development ............. 3 our bridging ceremony, and Mother’s Day service. We will also participate in the Postal Food Drive, and host a concert event with Grammy-winning guitarist Mark Hanson. There Pastoral Care Team ........... 4 will be several auction events, including Domino Duel, Polymer Clay Day and Murder Mystery Party, and on May 22, we will conduct our annual business meeting. Mark Hanson Concert ....... 5 So many things are happening that it may seem like turmoil and disorder. Well, it is! We are a diverse congregation and our members have many different interests and passions. Calendar ............................. 6 No one is expected to participate in every event. But if you look at the calendar and identify several opportunities for involvement each month, then we are on the right track. Marianne Lawless Farewell 7 So here we are. We didn’t know what would happen. We knew that even with all our planning we couldn’t control the outcome. We had our dreams, and now we are seeing our Nomination Committee ....... 8 dreams become reality. Yes, there is still much work to be done, but perhaps we can let out Service & Social Justice ..... 9 a little sigh of relief, appreciate what we’ve achieved, and enjoy the magnificent chaos.
In This Issue
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SERVICES May 1
Bridging/Coming of Age – River of Grass Musicians
The Original Mother’s Day – Women’s Group
This I Believe – the bUUkies, led by Diane Diaz
If I Had a Million – Finance Committee
Remembering Those Who Served – River of Grass Musicians
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS By Vickie Koutoulas, Membership Co-Chair The Membership Committee wants to try a fresh new approach to our usual Second Sunday Lunch by hosting a brown bag luncheon at our new home. Members are to bring their own lunch and beverage to dine together after our hospitality time. We are also planning to hold another Pathways to Membership Class in May. A sign-up sheet will be out on the Literature Table for anyone interested in attending. You may also contact us at Membership@riverofgrass.org.
OUR PRINCIPLES We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
OUR SUNDAY LOCATION 11850 W. State Road 84, Suite 1, Davie, FL 33325
EVERY SUNDAY Faith Development Classes: 10:30 to 11:30am Worship Service: 10:30 to 11:30am. Hospitality Hour: 11:30am to 12:30pm.
FRIENDLY REMINDERS FOR OUR MEMBERS There is plenty of parking outside the sanctuary, but please leave the closer parking spaces for our guests and physically challenged worshipers. All meetings are held at 11850 W State Road 84, Suite 1 in Davie unless otherwise noted.
River of Grass UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION P.O. Box 290058 Davie, FL 33329-0058 Phone 954-723-7877 www.riverofgrass.org email@example.com
Newsletter Editor ................................................ Bev Kaufman Design & Production ....................................... TBA Copy Editors..... .. Esther Sampol & Janet Schwartz
Congregational Administrator TBA Board of Trustees President ................................................ Steve Tepper Vice President .................................. Marjorie Loring Secretary ................................................ Johnnie Peck Treasurer ................................... Kathy Jens-Rochow Trustee ................................................... Susan Juncosa Trustee .................................................. Janet Schwartz Trustee ................................................... Jody Dowgray Trustee ................................................ Tom Robinson Youth Representative ................... Spaulding Basham Committee Chairs Annual Giving ...................................... Susan Juncosa Auction ........................................................ Elly Keane Caring ................................................. Kristine Barkley Celebration ....................................... Pam Schrimsher Concert ................................................... Aaron Stang Community Awareness .................... Esther Sampol Facilities ................................................. Susan Juncosa Faith Development ........................ Deb Giblin-Davis Finance ........................................................ Scott May Green .................................................................... TBA Membership .... Linda Meerow, Vickie Koutoulas & Lynn O’Brien Nominating ..................................... Rob Giblin-Davis Service & Social Justice .......... Alan Meerow & Judi Oltmans Shared Ministry ........ Diane Lade & Janet Schwartz Worship .................................................... Brit Lundell
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COME SHARE THE JOURNEY WITH US!! By Deb Giblin-Davis, Faith Development Chair “Religious education is about much more than curriculum, classroom activities and service projects – it is about believing in each other, sharing a journey and trusting that providence will, in good time, take us where we need to go.” – Pat Infante, Regional Consultant for Faith Development Bridging Ceremony Please join us May 1st as we honor our graduating senior, four very talented and thoughtful young adults – Elaine Golden, Shawn May, Sara Oltmans, and Shane Richardson. Teaching Opportunity! Are you new to Unitarian Universalism? Have you ever wondered if you may have a special talent in working with kids? The best way to learn something is to teach it and what better way than in our Faith Development setting with a team of fellow UU’s. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Deb Giblin-Davis at FaithDevelopment@riverofgrass.org . RE Volunteer Opportunity! Now we look to the future! The children and youth need your loving input and they need your time and commitment. Do you have some creative ideas for Faith Development? Are there new programs you would like to see happen? Consider joining the Faith Development Committee. Please contact Deb GiblinDavis at FaithDevelopment@riverofgrass.org.
TWO TO BE ORDAINED AS UU MINISTERS Amy Carol Webb, a talented singer who has performed at River of Grass, will be ordained on May 1st at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton (UUFBR), 2601 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33434. The processional will begin at 5:00pm. She has been serving as an Intern Minister at UUFBR. Another ordination of a former member of River of Grass will take place at the same date and time in Virginia. Pat Tinker reports that the ordination of Jan Taddeo will take place in the Sanctuary of the UU Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, VA, on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at 5:00pm.
Our new sanctuary has been adorned with beautiful chalices created by two of our gifted artists. The wood carving above, which hangs on the bamboo screen behind the pulpit, was created by Board Trustee Tom Robinson. The ceramic chalice to the right was made by Rob Giblin-Davis, who heads the annual Empty Bowls project.
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PASTORAL CARE TEAM ESTABLISHED By Marjorie Loring, Pastoral Care Team Leader River of Grass made the transition from a minister-led congregation to a lay-led congregation almost a year ago. In addition to leading Sunday worship services, professional ministers provide many different services for a congregation. Pastoral care is one of those ministries. During the past two years, our lay leaders have led or engaged others to lead our Sunday services and have performed some of the pastoral care duties. However, there is one aspect of Pastoral Care that congregations without a professional minister need to address. Recognizing this fact, our Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of a Pastoral Care Team, under the direction of Marjorie Loring. What Is Pastoral Care? In many congregations, ministers are called Pastoral Care Team Pat Katz, Riley Cothran and Marjorie Loring “pastors.” Pastor is derived from Latin meaning “shepherd.” A shepherd, of course, is the leader of his or her flock of sheep and therefore a pastor is the leader of his or her “flock” or congregation. But priests, rabbis and ministers all have duties that can be labeled “Pastoral Care” that involve caring for their “flock” by visiting members who are sick, hospitalized, homebound, or bereaved, as well as offering support, guidance and counsel to those who are dealing with personal, family, religious, spiritual, or any other issue that may be troubling them. How Are the Caring Committee and the Pastoral Care Team Different? The Caring Committee members provide an important part of the pastoral care ministry. Their ministry involves maintaining personal contact, supporting and caring for members who are sick, hospitalized, infirm, bereaved, and homebound by sending cards, making telephone calls, and making personal visits as well as providing meals, transportation, and shopping. Kristine Barkley, succeeding Laura Secord Tepper, is the new Caring Committee chair in a long line of caring and compassionate members that provide our congregation with this important ministry. The Pastoral Care Team will offer the second part of pastoral care mentioned above. This team will provide a confidential resource for those members who need to talk about a troubling issue in their lives with someone they trust who will listen with compassion, empathy and understanding without being judgmental. In addition, team members may provide resources for self-help and/or make referrals for professional help. This is the pastoral care role that has been missing without a minister and this is the role the team is committed to fulfill. It is important for all members to let someone on these two care ministry groups know by phone, email, or in person if you or someone you know has a need that requires their service. The Caring Committee and the Pastoral Care Team will coordinate closely with one another to see that you receive the care and support you need, but can do so only if we are made aware of that need. As a team, our pastoral care members are available to answer your request for pastoral care and support by calling the congregational office at 954-432-7737, or via email at PastoralCare@riverofgrass.org. You will be contacted by a team member within 24 to 48 hours. You may also feel free to approach a pastoral care team member after services on Sunday to express a need and arrange for a convenient time together. Each member of the Pastoral Care Team will be identified with a lavender-colored name badge that indicates “Pastoral Care Team”. All team members sign an agreement of confidentiality. (Continued on page 5)
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MARK HANSON TO LEAD RIVER OF GRASS CONCERT SERIES By Aaron Stang, Concert Chair The River of Grass Café will present its first concert event on Saturday May 14th at 7:30pm. This inaugural event will feature Mark Hanson, a Grammy-award-winning acoustic guitar master from the Pacific Northwest. Mark’s influences include Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins and Les Paul. Mark’s concerts are enjoyable affairs, highlighted by blazing fingerpicking, haunting ballads, fun songs, and good humor. Mark has performed with guitar greats Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, Laurence Juber, Guy Van Duser, and Pat Donohue and has also had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Mark’s most recent CD release, The Great American Songbook for Guitar, is a solo guitar collection of classic standards. Aaron Stang and Gary Gonzalez will open for Mark. Tickets will be $20; refreshments, wine and finger foods will be available. To purchase tickets, go to www.riverofgrass.org and click on the Events tab.
PASTORAL CARE (Continued from page 4)
Who Are The Members of the Pastoral Care Team? The Pastoral Care Team is a small group of three members: Marjorie Loring, Pat Katz and Riley Cothran. In their own words: Marjorie Loring – “As a Pastoral Care Lay Leader, I will be here to celebrate your joys and those special moments in your life; I will be here to listen, to comfort, and to help you find strength during difficult times; and I will be here to make sure that you know that you are not alone, that you belong, and that you are loved.” Pat Katz – “As a member of the Pastoral Care Team, I am committed to exploring issues and empowering you to develop options during periods of life challenge. I strive to provide a non-judgmental and empathic listening style and a safe environment that prioritizes confidentiality.” Riley Cothran – “As a member of the Pastoral Care team, I offer my commitment to being an active and compassionate listener, and a trustworthy person who will be there when a member needs someone they can talk to confidentially about issues that are troubling them.” Working together, the Caring Committee and the Pastoral Care Team will fill most of the pastoral care roles a professional minister would normally fill. We are committed to helping River of Grass put into practice our covenant: “Love is the spirit of this congregation and service is our law. This is our great covenant: To dwell together in peace, to speak the
Capital Fund Trustee Nominations By Pam Schrimsher, Capital Fund Board President The Capital Fund has an open two-year trustee position. If you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, please send or give a written petition, signed by at least one member, to any of the current officers or trustees by May 2, 2011. Election of the trustee will be at the Capital Fund annual meeting, held immediately following the congregation annual meeting on May 22nd. For more information, contact CapitalFund@riverofgrass.org.
DREAM, DREAM, DREAM By Kathy Jens-Rochow, Women’s Group Facilitator What is the meaning of our dreams? If we look carefully at our dreams, can we better understand what is happening to us while we are awake? Or are they a foretelling of the future? This month the Women’s Group will talk about dreams: Recurring, nightmares, or prophetic – dreams we remember can mean many things. The Women’s Group meets the fourth Monday of every month. This month the meeting will be May 23rd at 7:30pm. The group is open to all River of Grass women and their women friends. For more information, contact Kathy Jens-Rochow at WomensGroup@riverofgrass.org.
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MAY 2011 Sun. 1st
Our Whole Lives (Grades 10-12) 10:30-11:30am Bridging Ceremony 10:30-11:30am Faith Development Classes 10:30-11:30am Worship Service 11:30am-12:30pm Hospitality Hour 11:30am-1:00pm Membership Committee
Sat. 7th 10:00-11:30am Sun. 8th
Wed. 11 Thu.
Mother’s Day Faith Development Classes 10:30-11:30am Our Whole Lives (Grades 10-12) 10:30-11:30am Worship Service 11:30am-12:30pm Hospitality Hour 10:30-11:30am
Sat. 14th 10:00am-7:00pm 7:00-10:00pm Sun.
Domino Duel (Auction event) Wildpine Covenant Group
Board Meeting Men’s Group Postal Food Drive Mark Hanson Concert
Dinner and Show / Neil Zirconia (Auction event) Newsletter Deadline 9:30-10:30am Our Whole Lives (Grades 10-12) 10:30-11:30am Faith Development Classes 10:30-11:30am Worship Service 11:30am-12:00pm Board Report Back 11:30am-12:30pm Hospitality Hour
Wed. 18th 7:15-9:00pm
bUUkies Book Group
Polymer Clay Play Day (Auction event) LifeNet 4 Families Volunteer Day Spiritual Arts Group
8:45-11:30am 6:30-9:00pm Sun. 22nd 10:30-11:30am
Classes 10:30-11:30am Worship Service 11:30am-12:30pm Hospitality Hour 12:30-2:30pm Annual Meeting / Capital Fund Board Meeting Mon. 23rd 7:30-9:00pm
Wed. 25th 7:00-9:00pm
Executive Board Meeting
Thu. 26th 7:00-9:00pm
Murder Mystery Party (Auction event)
Sun. 29th 10:30-11:30am
Faith Development Classes 10:30-11:30am Worship Service 11:30am-12:30pm Hospitality Hour
June Highlights Fri. 17th to Sat. 18th
Mother-Daughter Pajama Party (Auction event)
Wed. 22nd to Sun. 26th
UUA General Assembly
GOT JOY? By Karen Gonzalez The theme for SUUSI 2011 is Joy! So fitting, as joy is pretty synonymous with this Southeastern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute. Held in the mountains of Virginia at the Radford University campus, this camp of 1000+ UUs and their friends creates a joyous community for explorations and fun of all kinds. Do you find joy in music? worship? nature? food? expanding your mind? creating things of beauty? being in community with likeminded thinkers? watching children grow their spirits? Join us this summer for another week of total joy! Learn more at www.suusi.org or see Ambassadors Karen and Gary Gonzalez and this year’s catalog at hospitality hour on Sundays.
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Marianne Elizabeth Lawless Lane
A beloved River of Grass member, wife, mother, and grandmother, Dr. Marianne Elizabeth Lawless Lane, 68, shed her earthly body on April 24th, 2011, Easter Sunday morning.. She is survived by her husband, JP Lane, three daughters, Marilisa (a River of Grass member), Melinda, and Melanie, one son, James, two step-children, Andrea and James, and three grandchildren Braedan, Shani (a River of Grass member), and Sherrie.
Marianne was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Union Institute and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Thomas University. As a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (and a Registered Nurse), she began, along with her daughters, Marilisa and Melinda, a thriving psychotherapy private practice in Davie, Florida - the Transformation Project, which she called her spiritual practice. She was a creative, discerning, generous, and amazingly brilliant, radical feminist family therapist who was a gentle, resourceful, compassionate, and down-to-earth mother to many. Marianne has graduated into the world of orbs to be rejoined with the Universal Essence – and with her departed son, Eddie. We will miss Marianne greatly as a member and friend of our congregation. A memorial service will be held here at River Of Grass at a date to be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to: LifeNet 4 Families (formerly The Cooperative Feeding Program of Broward County).
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2011: ETHICAL EATING This year’s meeting is the UUA’s 50th General Assembly and marks the 50th anniversary of the Association. More than 4,300 Unitarian Universalists, including delegates from many of the UUA’s 1,022 congregations, will gather June 22 to 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. General Assembly delegates will consider a draft Statement of Conscience entitled “Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice.” If adopted, the statement would officially encourage individuals and congregations to commit to using organic, fair-trade, and ethically produced foods. The draft statement calls on individuals to purchase food that minimizes the pain and suffering of food animals, is organically produced and/or responsibly farmed, requires a minimum amount of transport, supports a fair-trade organization, is healthy and does not lead to obesity, and is from organisms that are low on the food chain. Excerpt from UU World, April 2011, Michelle Bates Deakin )
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NOMINATING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES SLATE FOR ELECTION By Rob Giblin-Davis, Nominating Chair Each year we work through the Nominating Committee to select a slate of nominees for the upcoming officer and trustee positions at River of Grass. This year we were charged with finding nominees for a two-year Presidential candidate, a twoyear Vice-Presidential candidate, and a one-year and two two-year trustee candidates. In addition, we were recently asked to solicit a nominee for a one-year Secretary candidate. The committee, which was composed of Leana Bresnahan, Riley Cothran, Bev Kaufman, Audrey Stang, and myself, wishes to thank all of those members who were approached and considered our inquiries, and is especially thankful to those who accepted our nominations for these important roles in our congregation life. The following brief biographical sketches are presented to help introduce our slate. For President: Marjorie Loring, who is our tireless but retiring Vice-President at River of Grass, is a founding member who has faithfully served in many other capacities for our congregation such as faith development teacher, Pastoral Care Team Leader, Full Moon Daughters facilitator, chairperson of the Service and Social Justice Committee, choir member, worship leader, guitar player and singer extraordinaire, etc, etc. She is wonderfully supportive of this congregation and it shows every time we see her smiling face in service. For Vice-President: Ken Bresnahan has been an active Unitarian Universalist for about 31 years, having served on boards at UU congregations in Monterrey, CA, and Manassas, VA, before arriving in South Florida to become a founding member of River of Grass. Since our congregation was founded, he has served diligently as chair and member of the Worship Committee, taught Religious Education, served on the Welcoming, Interim Transition and Settled Minister Search committees, as well as served as past Board Secretary and as a past Trustee. For Secretary (One-year replacement position): Susan Juncosa is a retiring member of the board after joining to help fill a position that was prematurely vacated. She has been a member at River of Grass for the past five years, where she is BOARD MATTERS known for her dedication and commitment (her shared gifts By Johnnie Peck, Board Secretary include choir, Spiritual Arts Committee, Full Moon Daughters, At its April 11th meeting the Board: Adult Faith Development, among others). Set May 22nd as the Annual CongreFor the first Two-year Trustee: Diane Diaz is a past gational Meeting date. All members Trustee who brings experience and passion to everything that received an official email notice of she does for River of Grass. She has been a member for about the date and the agenda for the nine years and has been deeply involved in activities such as meeting on April 20th The meeting the Spiritual Arts Group (which she founded), the Service And will be held after Sunday’s service. A Social Justice Committee, the Auction Committee, the Garage light lunch will be provided by memSale Committee, Full Moon Daughters, and “anything green.” bers of the board. She brings her enthusiasm for literature to the bUUkies and Please contact Board President Steve Tepper or Secher occasional readings for all ages in the Sunday services. retary Johnnie Peck if, after you review the agenda, you For the second Two-year Trustee: Grant Basham has feel there is an item that should be added. Any addibeen a UU for the past 40 years and involved with River of tions must be submitted in writing. They are needed by Grass for at least the last eight or so years. He has been an May 6th to insure that members can receive the required integral part of the critical coffee delivery team for many seaofficial notice of the agenda additions 14 days before sons with his wife Pam Schrimsher and teammates Mary and the meeting. Tom Robinson. Many a service ends with a friendly smile and Approved dUUdes as a new small group ministry. The cup of java from Grant. He says that his nomination was apgroup’s purpose is to “build an intergenerational comproved by his better half, Pam. munity of men and boys, centered around activities in And lastly for our One-year Trustee: My better half, Deb nature, focusing on the 7th Unitarian Universalist prinGiblin-Davis, is our past Director of Faith Development and ciple.” The group is being formed by Allen Giese and current chairperson for the Faith Development Committee. Alan Meerow. She has been a member of River of Grass almost from its in Designated the back door as an exit only at the request ception and has been deeply involved with myriad aspects of of the Leadership Roundtable. The back door will be the congregation, including “Empty Bowls,” the Service And kept locked. The board arranged to place signs on the Social Justice Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Fiinside and outside of the back door and authorized nance Committee, the Auction Committee, the Garage Sale $100 to be spent on the signs. Committee, and Full Moon Daughters. She was also chair of the Mission Statement Committee. Discussed a proposal to change the name of the “Faith In addition, our nominees for next year’s nominating comDevelopment Committee “ back to its former name: mittee are Gayle Giese, Riley Cothran, and Audrey Stang. “Religious Education Committee.”
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SERVICE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE (SSJC) By Judi Oltmans and Alan Meerow, Service and Social Justice Co-Chairs The Postal Food Drive is one of the SSJC’s big annual events, and traditionally the one that gets the best congregational participation. This year, it is on Saturday, May 14th, and once again we will be in the Lauderhill Post Office just east of Oakland Park Blvd. and NW 64th Ave. Please sign up for a shift on that day! There are three to choose from: Shift 1: 10:00am to 1:00pm Shift 2: 1:00 to 4:00pm Shift 3: 4:00 to 7:00pm We tend to have far too many people for the first shift before much food comes in; please consider signing up for Shift 2 or 3 instead. Look for sign-up sheets at the SSJC display area in the hospitality area, or email Alan and Judy at SSJC@riverofgrass.org. Thank you to Jack and Peter Lundell, Olga and Luda Dickson-French, and Jake Tepper for participating at our River of Grass Saturday Volunteer Day at LifeNet 4 Families on April 16th. Our middle school group and their teachers, Laura Tepper, Dan French and Judi Oltmans, got to see first hand what happens to the canned food and dry goods we donate to LifeNet 4 Families each week. They worked with volunteer manager Chris Polzer, assisting him with a variety of projects that morning: stocking the shelves, preparing school supplies and even shrinkwrapping pallets of boxes. Our middle schoolers are awesome volunteers! If your committee or group is looking for a special way to spend a Saturday together, consider signing up for a Saturday Volunteer day at LifeNet 4 Families and help us make difference in our community! There is ample parking at the facility and someone from the Service and Social Justice committee will be there to help. The next two Volunteer days are on May 21st and June 18th. Service is a core value of Unitarian Universalism and volunteering at LifeNet 4 Families is a way to share a part of yourself and give back to our community. Thank you to Scott and James May, Esther Sampol and Marjorie Loring and their grandson Matthew, Pixie Wright, Audrey Stang, Bev Kaufman, Gary Gonzalez, and Alan Meerow for turning out for the Davie Waterway Cleanup on March 26th (Karen Gonzalez also participated, but with her Silver Ridge Elementary Ecology Club). A reminder that each Sunday we are accepting donations of canned foods and nonperishable items. Look for the donation basket in the hospitality area. At this time, LifeNet 4 Families is in need of peanut butter, canned vegetables and baby food.
7th Principle Practices in Our New Home
If you are replacing the tube fluorescent lights in your home, please consider using fixtures with the newer T5 bulb. They are more efficient than the older T12 bulbs. The number refers to the diameter in eights of an inch; hence T5 bulbs are 5/8 of an inch in diameter and T12s are 1.5 inches wide. The new tube fluorescent lights in our sanctuary are the narrow T5 size, so they are more efficient than the older, bigger size in the office and classrooms. The intermediate size T8 is between T5 and T12 in efficiency. – Submitted by Steve Jens-Rochow, former Green Committee Chair
By Karen Gonzalez Now that we’re in our new home, and the unpacking has ceased, and the celebrating has begun, we need to be mindful of being good stewards of our space, both at this Park of Commerce and on the planet. Lucky for us, we have a recycling dumpster located behind our facility that is serviced weekly. The company is working on getting us new dumpster and is trying to catch illegal dumpers using it. In the meantime, you should be aware that this particular recycling company (SUN Recycling) takes many more items than what our neighborhood curbside recycling contracts for (or what’s posted on the outside of the outdated dumpster). Basically, we can place any type of clean plastic, metal, paper, Styrofoam, glass, etc. in this dumpster. The key word here is clean. Anything that has food on it is not welcome. You can find recycling containers in our kitchen and office at River of Grass. Please remember to rinse anything that is sticky or can attract insects before placing plastic cups, bottles or cans in the recycling bins. And put used paper products (for personal hygiene or eating) in the garbage cans so as not to contaminate the recycling. Let’s be mindful of our disposal of waste at our new home. Please don’t drop it in the container unless you know where it’s been and where it’s going!