Annual meeting Aug. 23

                        

Due to Covid-19 we are having the election and annual congregational meeting differently. As a congregation, we vote yes or no on two things, the slate of candidates for the board of trustees and the budget.

Here is the slate of candidates: President Christina Sturgis; Vice President Mary Watterson; Secretary Jennifer Steffee; Treasurer John DeMasi; Joan Spengler Chair of the Sunday Service Committee; Chair of Religious Education Patricia Concannon; and Chair of Social Action Kara DeRose.

The proposed $23,770 budget is enclosed. It is a “bare bones” spending plan that reflects reduced revenue due to Covid-19 and other issues. To meet our obligations, the Board of Trustees has decided not to pay ministers and other speakers to preach during the 2020-21 church year.

We will continue to have Sunday services as follows: the first Sunday of each month will be an informal Zoom video conference, perhaps a talkback session or a virtual coffee hour.  The Rev. Larry Smith, our community minister, has agreed to present a sermon on the second Sunday of each month, except May. The third and fourth Sundays will be programmed by the Sunday Service Committee.

A hearing on the budget and candidates will be held over Zoom video conferencing from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23.  Please fill out the enclosed ballot and mail it back in the enclosed envelope to be postmarked no later than Sept. 1, 2020.

If you have questions, you may leave them on the church voice mail at (609) 444-9349 or church email at DDUUC@yahoo.com.

Sincerely, DDUUC Board of Trustees

Aug. 2, 2020

Autumn at DDUUC

Our congregation is gearing up for a fall filled with meaningful experiences and plenty of fun. Instead of having a settled minister, we schedule services individually to be lead by Unitarian Universalist ministers, other speakers and members of our own congregation. Our Sunday services begin at 10 a.m

On Sunday, Sept. 1 — There will be no service, just a thorough cleaning of the building! Starts at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8 — Our traditional Water Communion with a new ripple, a musical performance by Elaine Silver, who has studied the works of John, Paul, George and Ringo so seriously she considers herself a “Certified Beatle-Ologist.”

Sunday, Sept. 15 –The Rev. Flo Gelo will give the sermon.  Coffee hour chit chat may include the story of her chance meeting with a member of DDUUC – in of all places – Dingle, Ireland.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – DDUUC will be a way station for folks on the Bordentown Historical Society Fall House Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Sunday, Sept. 22 — The Rev. Dr. Edward Frost will return to our pulpit for our morning service, then at 7 p.m., we will meet outside our building for Drumming by the Fire to mark the waning of the summer sunlight. Participants are invited to bring drums and snacks to share. For more information, contact Joan Spengler at captain.joan@hotmail.com.

 Sunday, Sept. 29 Michele Mazakas will give us her perspective as a member of Princeton PFLAG, Parents of Lesbians and Gays. This is part of DDUUC’s ongoing commitment to be a welcoming congregation.

October services are still being planned, but we know will hear from the Rev. Dr. Frost on Sunday, Oct. 13, and from the Rev. Flo Gelo on Oct. 20, a service that will be followed by a Bread and Soup Lunch.

On Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6, we plan to staff and informational booth at Cranberry Fest.

On Sunday, October 13, DDUUC will host “Meet the Artists,” a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. showcasing artists from the A-Team organization, a separate non-profit organization that is headquartered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. A light lunch will be served. Suggested donation $5.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, DDUUC will host the Interfaith Dialogue, where leaders and adherents of different faiths discuss a topic together in the spirit of mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. Topic: How Should Faith Communities Respond to the Rise of Intolerance?

On Oct. 27, DDUUC is planning to “haunt” the Bordentown Halloween Parade.

On Sunday, Nov. 3 — DDUUC’s Spirit Circle will present a service called, “Remembering.” This will be a look at the ancient underpinnings of Halloween with a healthy dose of congregation participation. November’s services are being planned as of this writing.

December: On Sunday, Dec. 1 – DDUUC will celebrate Chalica, the uniquely Unitarian Universalist winter festival. Watch this space for more information about services and events.