Our Fellowship is still functioning and has ongoing expenses. Click the above link if you are viewing this on your email to watch the video. We will be “open and up and running” as soon as it is safe. Please find it in your generous hearts to keep your pledges and gifts up to date. Many thanks to all of you. Checks should be sent to:
Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist
P.O. Box 94
Holder, FL 34445
Joan Burnett Volunteer Appreciation Award
The NCUU Board of Directors will be commending persons and/or committees who have spent many hours before and since the pandemic keeping our Fellowship alive and functioning. The first nominee was Pam Ricker and her Sunday Service Committee, pictured here receiving their awards.
Here’s what our talented and creative clerk, Margo Wilson, wrote:
Joan Burnett Volunteer Appreciation Award
Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship relies upon the contributions of all our members. We don’t have a pastor and staff to do the work for us. We are a member-supported- and-operated community.
And that means some of our members give tirelessly of their time and talents to keep our doors open and our congregation returning.
The members of the NCUU Board of Directors have approved establishing a Joan Burnett Volunteer Appreciation Award to recognize some of our members who have contributed to the good of our congregation. We plan to give, on a regular basis, the award to a deserving individual or group.
This month, we’d like to recognize the NCUU Sunday Service Committee members, including Pam Ricker, the committee’s chair, as the first recipients of the Joan Burnett Volunteer Appreciation Award.
Throughout the pandemic, while our sanctuary was closed, Pam and the Sunday Service Committee continued getting us speakers and music. The committee not only located an inspiring and diverse group of speakers, but got the speakers to sign speaker agreements, paid the speakers, and sent them a thank you note. The committee continues its work in this area.
Pam’s committee also prepared scripts during the pandemic for the Sunday Service leaders, so things would go smoothly on Zoom. Now that we’re back in our Sanctuary, the committee continues to work with the Sunday Service leaders.
The committee, as well, met with, and continues to coordinate with, the Media and Technology Committee about the speakers’ and committee’s needs.
The Sunday Service Committee and Pam represent the best of the selfless service that comprises the essence of Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
The NCUU Board thus resoundingly chooses Pam and the Sunday Service Committee as the first recipients of the Joan Burnett Volunteer Appreciation Award.
Would the following award winners please come to the podium to accept your award? If you’re on Zoom, we’ll recognize you there:
Sally Smith Adams
Thank you once again for all you do for our congregation. You are, indeed, spirits of life, and weavers of our interdependent web of existence.
Pictured from left, front row, are NCUU President John Comer,
Sally Smith-Adams, Jean McCauley, and Sunday Service Committee Chair Pam Ricker.
Back row, Lowell Smith.
Caring from Connie
As most of you know, our dear member, Ginny Fitzgerald, passed away Dec. 11. A service will be planned in March or April. An obituary will be posted soon. Cards of condolence may be sent to Richard Fitzgerald at Ginny’s address in the directory.
Maralyn Boysen is still in a Rehabilitation Center after her fall. Cards may be sent to NCUU, Box 94, Holder, FL 34445, and they will be delivered.
NCUU Opens for In-Person/Hybrid Services
On Dec. 12, NCUU opened its doors. We had a wonderful service with speakers Kurtland and Gaia Davies. A special thanks goes to Gordon Hart and the Media/Tech Committee, for making it possible to Zoom the service live and to record it. Gordon has volunteered countless hours in this endeavor. Bree is assisting in the office.
Gordon, Bree, and I also hung the shade sails on the patio, making for a pleasant outdoor social distancing conversation spot.
Now let’s hope we can stay open!
*Pictured are, from left, Ned Davis, Lowell Smith, Carole Goodwin, and Susan Smith.
— Connie Hart
Share the Plate News – January
The “Share the Plate” collection in January will be donated to the Spot Family Center, a nonprofit Christian organization. It was started 18 years ago by Joe and Evelyn Vissicchio to do something special at Christmas for needy children. Every year, they provide food, gifts, and holiday cheer at the Christmas Jam at the Church of God’s Ministry Complex on the two days before Christmas. Throughout the year, they provide food, clothing, toiletries and other goods to those in need.
More information can be found on Facebook at The Spot Family Center.
(Thanks to Margo Wilson, who wrote an article on The Spot that appeared in the Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 11.
Our “Share the Plate” collection for December was our annual collection for Kids Christmas through the Family Resource Center. As of this printing, we collected $700!! Thanks to all at NCUU for your generosity. Our “Share the Plate” for January will be The Spot Family Center. Thank YOU to all NCUU members and friends for all you do to support our community.
Learn About Your Fellow Members
A new website section is being developed for NCUU Members!
Do you have an interest, business, or hobby you’d like to share? For example, Gordon Hart has a new photo website. Amy Haiken and Mike Taylor have started a wood craft business. Ned Davis is a ham radio enthusiast. Please contact Amy if you would like your hobby or business posted in our private section.
– Connie Hart
Religious Education Committee
Since no one is currently signed up for the Religious Education committee, I’ve agreed to be the chair and urge others in congregation to also serve on this committee.
Please also share your ideas and suggestions for a religious education program at NCUU. Once we begin meeting face to face, we would like to provide activities for young children while their parents participate in our Sunday service. Then, we would be more welcoming to young families in our congregation. We could also continue with adult religious education programs as we have in the past
Please get in touch with John Ivens (cell: 352-513-4710) or email ([email protected]) with your thoughts and suggestions soon. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
NCUU Board Member
Please Remember That The Deadline For Next Newsletter Is Jan. 23, 2022.
Please Adhere To This Deadline; Otherwise, your material won’t be included in the newsletter.
All request entries should be sent to the email address [email protected]. That will make it easier to keep all requests organized in one place. I have been getting emails sent to several of my email accounts, and it makes it very difficult to organize the items to will be in the monthly issues. I can only guarantee that it will be in the issue, if it’s sent to this email address.
Sunday Service Committee
If you would like to give feedback on any or all our speakers, please click the link and do so at any time. The Sunday Service Com. appreciates your input.
Gordon Hart ([email protected]) will put the meeting on the calendar, and send either Gordon or Amy an email so that either can create the Zoom session and send the link to the host’s email address. If you are sending a meeting request that is fewer than 7 days in advance, you should call either Gordon or Amy to alert us. The Zoom link will be included in the meeting’s detail section in the regular calendar. The host can then share the Zoom link with the committee members.
Even if NCUU is closed right now, plants and weeds keep growing! If you are looking for a way to get out of the house, maintain social distancing (6ft to whatever you comfortable with) and get some fresh air and exercise, Sally and I would be happy for you to join us on the first Friday every month between sunup and 11 AM. Even if it is for just a hour before the heat builds up, you are welcome!
Announcement E-mail Address
Our email address for announcements: [email protected].
Social Activities Committee
The Social Activities Committee is in need of volunteers to help plan Zoom Fun Activities. Some ideas include: Happy Social Hour, Bingo, and misc games. Contact Pam or Matthew if you can help. Thanks!
Loving Energy by Pam Reader
Pam Reader, one of our newest members, is a nurse, counselor and hypnotherapist. Pam has created a hypnotherapy session that she would like to share with all of our fellowship, especially with us all going through this stressful time with Coronavirus. It is highly recommended.