Membership Matters by Barb Richards

We honor members, friends, visitors


Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  

Janet Salmons who asked us to remember the young man who died, alone, in a Border Patrol security cell; and for all those that are being detained along our Southern border. Eliot Rowe had the Nuss Procedure, on December 17th, to surgically correct his Pectus Excavatum (aka sunken chest). It’s a minimally invasive technique (yet painful) where a metal bar is inserted behind the sternum in order to push it into a normal position.  The bar is left in for 2-3 years and then removed. This will relieve his symptoms of shortness of breath and loss of endurance. As with Eliot, it often becomes noticeable during rapid adolescent growth. He is home from the hospital and doing well. He has strict limitations for at least a month. Len Ackland whose wife, Carol Stutzman died December 14th after her courageous fight with cancer. Her memorial will be Saturday, January 18th at 2:00pm, at UUCB. Megan Murphy asked us to gently hold Alana Chen’s memory, who died of suicide last month after being continuously pressed by “mentors’ in the Catholic church to participate in gay conversion therapy.  A foundation for spreading awareness about LGBTQ suicide has been founded in her name, Sally DuGar had a heart test last month, and she has been scheduled for heart surgery on January 10th. She has a leaking heart valve, but is not severely restricted in what she can do. She just has to get it taken care of, or it could threaten her life in the future.


Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to: Barbara Molfese’s Aunt Anna Erickerson, who celebrated her 101 birthday, on November 24th, in Holden MA with Barbara in attendance. Marika Barth graduated December 14th from UNC with a degree in Special Education. Partner, Arin Moriarty graduated on December 19th from CU Boulder with a degree in Integrated Physiology. They recently returned from a Caribbean cruise celebration, and both have already started their new, excellent jobs. Marika’s mother visited from Germany to attend both graduations, and was in church last month. Paige Henchen is pleased to share that baby Teddy was born last month. Rev. Posa announced on December 15th that Rev. Dana Lightsey’s contract has been extended two more years along with a new title!…Assistant Minister, she is no longer an “acting” Assistant Minister.


Random Thoughts: As we head into the new year 2020 we are hopeful that everyone stays healthy, and we return to church with renewed energy, ready to participate, and volunteer to Beth Elliot — our awesome Congregational Life Director! It does take a village to operate our church — so make it happen! We also need Sanctuary Now! door volunteers, as we continue to honor our commitment to Ingrid and her family. A volunteer training is scheduled for mid-January. If you make New Year’s resolutions think about UUCB because we need YOU.


With Love & Care,