President’s Message — February 2023

“Can February March? No, but April May” ~ Unknown.

Even though February is the shortest month, it can also seem like the longest month, depending on how the weather plays out. And so far, our winter can best be described as dreary (hence trying to bring a smile to your face with the opening quote). However, February and March usually hold some surprises for us with some nasty winter storms. It is important to remind everyone, that if our area is impacted by a storm (snow and/or ice), the Board of Directors will decide whether to hold Sunday Services in person on the day before. If in-person services are cancelled, it will be posted on our website and an email will go out. Please note that your safety is important to us. Even if services are being held in person, if you do not feel comfortable driving in the conditions around you, please stay home and join us via Zoom.

With the start of the new year, came some changes to our UUFP family. First, I would like to welcome Meghan Mickle as our new childcare attendant for our nursery. Meghan comes to us with an extensive background in education and we are thrilled to have her. She is in the nursery from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm on Sundays. Please stop in and say hi to her and her little one Hailey. In addition, we have a new Choir Director, Anna Swansun. Anna has a broad background in music, including composition. She has been very generous with her time, volunteering to take on this role. The choir has grown and has never sounded better, thanks to Anna’s expertise.

Our choir is not the only thing that is growing in number. We have had quite a few requests from individuals who would like to become members of the UUFP. If you are interested in becoming a member, please reach out to Miranda Van Horn, head of the Membership Committee to find out more regarding the path to membership. There will be a UU-101 class scheduled in the upcoming weeks for prospective members as well as anyone else who wants to learn more about Unitarian Universalism. Stay tuned for the dates of this class.

Lastly, I would like to address a question that I have been receiving regarding donating to UUFP on-line. More and more people are utilizing that tool for the convenience that it offers. For pledges, you can set up recurring payments, so you never miss a month with your pledge. For Giant Cards, you can pay online and not have to remember to bring a check to the fellowship. The recurring question has to do with the “Fee” that you are asked to see if you would like to add to the total for your transaction. Please note, this fee is a processing fee for any credit card transactions. UUFP is paying that small fee for each credit card transaction. If you chose not to add the cost of the fee to your transaction (and that is understandable), please know that your donation is technically reduced by the fee amount. If you would like to avoid this fee, you can set up payment so that it comes directly from your bank account. (This is how I do it and I have had no issues.) Regardless of how you donate to UUFP (cash, check, online), your donation is greatly appreciated.

With gratitude, Linda K.

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