Humanist Union will meet on
February 10 for a potluck lunch at
Noon, followed by an informal discussion with Shawn Francis Peters
about his new book The
Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and
Resistance in the Vietnam Era.
technically challenged Program Committee
is looking for
volunteers to help them operate the new sound and projector
systems. On Sunday Feb10, after the service, Al Nettleton
be training volunteers. Help save us from the potential
disaster of a Sunday when both Al and Dirk are out of town!!!
next Soup Sunday will be February 17.
Stay after the service for a soup lunch and excellent conversation! A
donation of $5 is requested, but, as always, guests and visitors
are on us!
Board of Trustees will meet on
Monday, February 11, at 7:00pm at
Wild Wintering! Meet up at
Cherokee Heights Middle School for sledding at 1:00pm, then come back
to Prairie for snacks, hot cocoa, and a Dr. Seuss movie. Everyone is
welcome to attend!
Prairie's service auction will be held on Sunday, March 17, after
the service. There will be a Soup Sunday as well. Please send your
auction items to Dan Klock (firstname.lastname@example.org
has been a busy time for Prairie. The Board is concentrating
creating a Policy and Procedure manual. The house next to
Prairie became available and we have met, both in committee and as a
body, to consider if we should offer to purchase
it. As a
community, we responded to the emergency needs of the some in the
homeless community during the extremely cold weather by providing
shelter for two nights. That is enough to keep any group
let alone our relatively small congregation.
how are we doing with all of these challenges. On the
front, we hosted people for two nights at Prairie. That effort has
now been shifted to First UU Society to provide the space with James
Reeb folks doing most of the
staffing. We were never the best, or
even the logical, facility for this effort, but were aware of the
urgent need, thanks to Dorothy Krause, and managed to step up in the
crunch. We housed 15 people the first night including some
children and about 8 the second night. For those of us who
to meet and talk with our visitors, homelessness will never again be
an abstract problem. We now will attach names, faces, and
stories to people who find themselves homeless in our
the meeting last Sunday on the house, I was very pleased with the
tone of the discussion. It was thoughtful, varied in
perspective, polite, and respectful. Reports will be coming
soon on the results of our “straw poll.” From what
I have heard
so far, there was not a definite trend one way or the other, so more
consideration will be needed to come to any conclusion.
the least interesting area of effort to most people is the
development of the Policy and Procedures Manual. The effort
that front is slowly progressing. Several people are working
coming up with an easy to use, consistent format.
a congregation, we are clearly very busy, so let’s have some
together. As a break from all of this work, be sure to come
the Valentine’s Day Dance at Prairie, Friday evening, Feb
15th. This will be fun and a fund raiser.
there and thank you for being such a wonderful community.