President’s Message, April 2021

“Spring reminds us that all is not lost. In fact, it comes back around again,
no sooner or later than nature intends.”

Mother Nature has her own schedule, which has no regard for the schedule (calendar) that we
humans have put together. While we have had snow in what we define as spring and 70-degree
temperatures in what we define as winter, the change of seasons is continual and constant – it’s just on Mother Nature’s timeline. We really have no control over it. The same can be said for the COVID-19 virus. While immunizations, mask wearing and social distancing can dramatically influence the virus’s timeline, at the end of the day, we still need to patient and wait for the time when the virus is no longer such a threat to the members and friends of the UUFP. At that time, we will re-open the fellowship for in-door Sunday services. The board is currently working on guiding principles and metrics that will inform when it is OK to re-open. When this document has been completed, it will be shared with you.
The good news is that, just as Mother Nature’s activity is increasing, the activity at the fellowship is also increasing. The Garden Committee has started their work by cleaning up the beds and planting cover crops. In addition, the children were invited to participate and even walked away with marigold seeds that they will grow at home, and when the time is right, plant them at the fellowship. Thanks to the Garden Committee and Ruby Barnthouse for coordinating this activity. Other outdoor activities are being offered to enable friends and members to come together safely in an outdoor environment. These activities include more bonfires at the fellowship and outdoor walks coordinated by the Walking Club. Please come out to these events to enjoy the outdoors and the camaraderie of your UUFP friends.
Other activities that are being planned, include the kick-off of our annual pledge drive (more information to follow from our Treasurer, Linda Pallay) and our Annual Congregational Meeting, which is scheduled for June 13. While the date is firm, how we conduct the meeting is still fluid. Since we are still not meeting in-person at the fellowship, we are currently planning to conduct the meeting via Zoom. We realize that some members may not have the video capability for Zoom. Those members may be able to participate either by teleconference, or in certain circumstances, by mail. More information will follow regarding this so stay tuned.
Finally, the UUA General Assembly will be held on June 23 – 27 and will be conducted via Zoom.
Our fellowship is allotted two voting delegates and those delegates will be Allan Pallay and myself. More members of our fellowship may participate (just not as voting members). If you would like to virtually attend, you may register at All are welcome.
In closing, I hope that you all enjoy the beautiful spring weather that Mother Nature sends us – whatever it might be.

In gratitude,
– Linda K

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