News, Upcoming Events, and Announcements

Testimonial from Lisa Key

As your Board President, this is my third and final year as a board member.  Before time escapes me, I want you to know what an honor it has been to serve our congregation.  Ten years ago, I was a visitor who fell in love with the warmth of this community.  A few years later, I reluctantly joined the Family Ministries Team, worried that I didn’t have the know-how to serve our children and families.  The next three years I chaired that team.  I found my inner leader through the support of my team and our fabulous Director of Family Ministries, Melinda Einander.  I became a board member shortly after that, ready to do to whatever work was asked of me.  And it was work!  Fulfilling, yes, but a lot of work.  My first two years on the board, I felt the weight of the congregation on my shoulders.  There were leadership holes to fill, budgets to balance, stewardship events to plan…the list went on.

 Then it changed.  During our board retreat last August we began shifting our focus from “how” to “why.”  New leaders emerged, our Petal Leads and team leaders, who embraced the “how.”  I am blown away by the creativity and collaboration of these leaders and their teams, who are now empowered to act.

 

By letting go of the “how,” board work has changed.  Much of our time during this initial shift has been devoted to creating policies that support it:  deciding how the board will function, defining the role of the minister, and clarifying the relationship between us.  The visionary work has only just begun, as we continuously weigh our decisions against the values and mission of the congregation.  It is deeply meaningful work and I am so grateful to be a part of it.  I don’t feel the weight of the congregation on my shoulders anymore, because it is now shared by so many.  Thank you for creating this opportunity by embracing the change.

From the Nominating Team

Have you considered serving our church community in a leadership role as a member of the Board of Directors? One of the main goals of the board is to promote the mission and vision of the congregation by continuing progress toward our Saltwater Church Vision 2020. This is an exciting time for our church family and the board as we look forward to calling and working with a new settled minister. At our Congregational Meeting in June, we will be voting to approve two new board members for 3 year terms, beginning July 1st.  If you are interested in learning more about serving on the Saltwater Church Board of Directors, please contact anyone on the Nominating Team.

Judy Featherstone:  judyfeatherstone@yahoo.com

Joanne Loeliger:  ejloeliger@aol.com

Meri Murphy:  tomandmeri@gmail.com

Joy Werlink:  

A Message from Stewardship


Saltwater is in the midst of our annual pledging time. Thank you to everyone who has already turned in their 2017-2018 pledge. Though the goal is to get all pledges for the coming year turned in by April 2, we do not expect this new pledge amount to start until JUNE 2017. So keep thinking about what will feel good and right to start giving your church community in June and turn in that pledge. Feel free to change it, too, if you already turned it in and are moved to pledge more by recent testimonials! You can place your pledge card in the Welcome Table in the Welcoming Room, mail or turn in to the church office or drop it in the offertory basket on Sunday. And here is another
testimonial!

MY PLEDGE IS MY PRAYER
By: Saphronia Young

James used to say you can pray three ways: please, thank you, and “wow!” Today, you will hear my prayers.

 

First, thank you. I came here for the first time on the Sunday after 9/11. My beloved sister, who was already fighting cancer, worked in tower 2. I came to Saltwater Church. I came to grieve, and I came to feel grateful that my sister survived. I was fearful, and confused. I found a wonderful religion. I found you.

You comforted me. You talked of love, when so many in this country were spouting hatred. You surrounded me with laughter and chalice circle discussions and invited me into your homes. You even showed up when I invited you into mine. You held me during a divorce from a good guy everyone here liked. Later, I found my Tom here. THANK YOU!

 

You also cause me to catch my breath and say, “Wow.” I close my eyes during the service when the music transports me to the eternal. This choir—and often we - sing so joyfully, so passionately, that I feel that connection to the divine. Your art, and writing, infuse me with the beauty and sweetness of the world. In the welcoming room, here in this space…WOW. This church invited a transgender child to speak here last week. Where  else can I find that? WOW.  This church gives my children the message that they are beautiful and perfect and holy just as they are. This community takes our message out there, marching and lobbying and saving the planet as a spiritual practice. WOW.

 

Now, for “please.” A few days ago, advertisers in Britain pulled out of Google when they discovered their ads were associated with violent content.  They had not been able to persuade Google to change their filters. So, they pulled their money. Now, Google is changing their filters. When I pledge here, I am voting for social and environmental justice, for acceptance and love of all people. I am sending my spiritual values out into the world on the river of my intention.

In Judaism, there is a belief that the Messiah will not come until every single Jew is “all in,” praying for the Messiah in unison. I love that message. Jewish children grow up knowing that if they sit on the sidelines, they alone could be responsible for the prolonged agony of the world. True here, too. You matter, and our children matter. Your pledge is your declaration of being “all in” . That our values in action – together--can heal this broken world. Please pledge at a level that demonstrates your commitment to our shared faith.  Please.

The spring Young Adult Conference

for UU young adults, ages 18-35, will be held at Saltwater March 31-April 2. Cost is $35-70 (sliding scale). Friends are welcome.

For more info: Ask Melinda or check  https://www.facebook.com/events/230810280713395/  

You know that classic song "Spirit of Life" that's always sung at cons; the one that goes 'roots hold me close, wings set me free'? This year we have decided to embody this song in our themes. Last Fall Con, the theme was 'Roots: Where Did We Come From'. We discussed our personal & spiritual pasts as well as touching upon the past of UUism. This Spring Con is a continuation on Roots. We decided to call it "Wings: Where Are We Going From Here", personally, communally, & spiritually. In other words, what kind of things can we do for ourselves & our community to grow as UUs? Join us for a weekend of faith exploration & community building! This conference is open to young adults aged 18-35 (inclusive), Unitarian Universalist or not.

March Book Cart: Time, Treasure, and Talent

Each first and third Sunday a selection of books from the Family Ministries and Adult Religious Education libraries will be  available in the Welcoming Room for check out. In March in honor of stewardship month we will showcase a selection of books for all ages on the topics of money, consumerism, consumption, materialism, and stewardship, as well as more general titles of interest to children, youth, and adults. Check it out! 
 

The Days are getting Longer. . .and so is the Grass

The days are getting longer! Lawn mowing will be starting up soon. If any of this years new people want to go over the operation of some of our sometimes quirky equipment I would be happy to meet with you at your convenience to do a training session anytime in March. (I will be out of town April-June).  E-mail Jim Carey @ jvcarey2@msn.com and we will set up a time that works for you. If you would like to join our team, please let us know.

SCAN! Saltwater Climate Action Now!

Saltwater Climate Action Now! began in 2015.  We are dedicated to raising awareness about climate change among members of our church, to participating in direct actions to reduce carbon emissions, and to contributing to Saltwater outreach efforts by being visible as Unitarian Universalists and members of Saltwater at events we attend.  We join with other churches and with environmental organizations to further our aims.  We meet monthly on the first Sunday, following the service.  For more information, please contact Mary Paynter, payntermary@comcast.net

Invitation to the next U U and You class


Are you curious about Unitarian Universalism or membership at Saltwater Church and missed the class in February? Then join us from 12 noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2nd. Recent guests considering membership and those in the Saltwater Community interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and activities at Saltwater Church are all welcome. For more information about the class contact: Rev. Helen Carroll (minister@saltwaterchurch.org). The deadline to request childcare is Monday March 27th. RSVP: childcare@saltwaterchurch.org

Forum on Elder Issues, Session Three

The Third Adult RE Class on Elder Issues  will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at noon.

Please join the Adult RE team on Sunday, April 2, 2017 in the sanctuary for a brown bag lunch to discuss estate planning. What documents do you need in place for another person to make financial decisions for you if you are disabled?  How can you express your desires for end of life care and designate an individual to carry out your wishes?  How can you protect your minor children in the event of your premature death?  How can you ensure that your wish to make charitable bequests will be honored?  What assets are subject to probate?  When is an estate taxable?   For answers to these and other questions, please join us for an informative discussion, and feel free to invite friends.  For childcare, contact Melinda Einander.

Starting February 5, and the 1st Sunday thereafter at noon, we are presenting a brown bag lunch class on elder issues. The specific topics will be as follows:

 March 5: Resources in the Community

 April 2:   Estate Planning

 May 7:   Housing Options

 June 4:  Guardianships.

It is anticipated that each session will last about an hour, and will include time for questions and answers.

Discussion of Hidden Figures

The Adult Religious Education Team will hold a discussion of the movie and book Hidden Figures, the story of NASA's African American women computers, most of whom were math teachers at separate but equal high schools throughout the south.  Join us for a brown bag lunch and discussion April 23, 2017 in the Sanctuary at noon.