President’s Message — May 2022

“Success is easy to achieve once you set your mind on a specific goal.” ~Aristotle

It’s hard to believe that there are only two months remaining in this fiscal year. The Board of Directors is hard at work thinking about the next fiscal year that starts in July. To that end, the Board held a retreat in early March to determine what our goals are for the upcoming year. During that retreat, we spent time taking an honest assessment of how we are doing with delivering on our Mission and defining strengths and areas of weakness as well as looking at opportunities for us to better deliver on our mission.

In addition, the UUFP will face a unique challenge in that we will not have a minister in the new year. While we are continuing the search to find one, we need to move forward with our planning, and therefore, the planning assumption is that we will not have a minister for a large portion of the year. With all of that said, I would like to provide a top-level review of the goals that we propose.

  1. Ensure that the UUFP remains a viable religious community. Focus is to manage our budgets responsibly while looking for opportunities to increase income.
  2. Source Sunday Service speakers by utilizing a variety of means.
  3. Enhance support and function of the Worship Committee. Without a minister, the Worship Committee will need resources (financial and manpower) to be successful in delivering on our Sunday Service needs.
  4. Invest in Religious Education.
  5. Enhance Community Awareness of the UUFP.

A deeper explanation of each goal, as well as potential financial investments will be provided at the kick-off to the pledge drive that starts May 1. And, speaking of the Pledge Drive, I also want to make everyone aware of key dates:

  • May 1 – 14: Pledge Drive
  • June 12: Annual Congregational Meeting
  • June 26: Retirement Party for our Ministers

In closing, I want to offer my deepest thanks to the members of the Board of Directors for giving up a beautiful Saturday to develop these goals.

In gratitude, Linda K.

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