Membership Matters by Barb Richards

We honor members, friends, visitors

Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  This newsletter we have nothing but good news!


Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to: February a perfect month to share two love stories ending in engagements! From former members now living in Northampton MA, Laura Upham & Aaron Gerber write “We’re engaged! We’re so excited to make it official! We’re planning a very small wedding with family next summer in southern Vermont”. Their Christmas letter also shared photos, one which was her very beautiful engagement ring. Emily Snyder, former Office Administrator and graphic artist, and her partner Nick became engaged during the holidays.”We had a lovely holiday visiting both of our families for the holidays, and went to Manhattan for New Year’s.That’s where he proposed”! Our Young Adults are getting engaged, and others are having babies — life is happening at UUCB. On January 9th, 2019 Ramona Rye Hinkberg arrived to proud parents Lauren Hinkle and Dan Tillberg who had the flu. All are now doing well! Cole Hart graduated from the Turing School of Software & Design on January 10th with a certificate in Front End Software Engineering. He is actively seeking Front End Engineering roles focusing on React, Redux and other front end technologies. The course was very intense so congrats also goes to his partner Krishna Pattisapu. Hilton Fitt-Peaster turned 80 on January 13th, and Fred Cole did the same on January 27th.


Special Welcome to New Members: Dave & Holly Brown, Barbara Farnsworth, Jennelle Freeston & children River & Talan, Sally Hall, Esmee Halsted, Paige Henchen & child Cassidy, Rob Leland, Julie Neway, Kathryn Wardell, and Carol Wilkinson. We are so pleased you have joined us on your spiritual journey.


Random Thoughts: A different stage of life has been happening in Fred’s and my lives. In October an “out-law” cousin died, “Out-laws” is what all my real cousin’s partners named themselves — as they often said “…they were also better looking than we were.” In November, the youngest of my 14 cousins died, and in December another “out-law” died, after a valiant fight against cancer. Also came news during December that a college classmate had also died. He was the “Bruv” to my “Zister”; and a business partner, and property owner with my Mom in Kansas City MO after we graduated. Our senior year he was Class President and I was the Treasurer, so we ruled. In the 1/13 Sunday Daily Camera, Fred’s first boss when he was at CU and a colleague at IBM had both died in the same week — causing him to attend both a Greek Orthodox funeral , and a life celebration at our partner church Caiirn Christian. Each morning we awaken grateful for the days arrival, and for the fond memories of those we have lost.


Clarification for last week’s (1/13) second service where anyone who has been a Unitarian Universalist for 50+ years were honored I stated that what I have appreciated about my journey is learning leadership skills and being able to use them. Second service I forgot to say that I was elected your president twice and each for a two year term. I feel I earned my stripes during those years as they were hard, but helped get us where we are today.


With Love & Care,