Membership Matters – October 2022

We honor members, friends, visitors
Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:
  • The family of Jana Rudnick who died last month.
  • Young Owen Bailey who had several trips to Urgent Care, but after three weeks is back in school.
  • Neighbors, Shelia & Nathan Wright asked that we hold their son, Silas (14), close to our hearts.  Rev. Schwartz and Deborah Berioli provided the Celebration of his Life.
  • Klaus Puska would like for us to hold his recently departed mother, Hermine “Hermie” Puska, close to our hearts.
  • Renee Loewen’s (our bookkeeper) mother died Monday, September 19th.  Her father died in this past year as well.
  • Jon Scull, beloved long-time member died during that same week. He was in hospice care.
Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  
  • Our own Jon Bond earned an armed services Honor Flight trip, last month, which included a free, escorted, all expense paid trip for him to Washington, D.C.
  • On Sunday, September 4, 2022 Jack & Kay Doggett celebrated 49 years of marriage.
  • Susan Secord’s son was married in a four day celebration at Seneca Lake, NY
  • Henry Kroll wished us all Jewish New Year’s blessings which started Monday, September 26th.
Random Thoughts:
  • I/we are so grateful for the time that we had Rev. Dana Lightsey as our Second Minister.  She was with us through our ups & downs, the pandemic, and steered our Religious Education program as well.  You will be missed, but you are being called to do what you do so well!
  • More about recent visitor Jana Rudnick.  Fred and I had the pleasure of welcoming her a week after our annual water communion.  She arrived at our greeters table with a small pitcher of water.  Fred said, “…that was last week, but I can still include yours.”.  He poured her water into a cup which we brought home to add to UUCB’s waters.  During our brief interaction we found out that she was from River Road UU church in Maryland, and had just moved to the Academy.  She was outgoing, full of energy, and looking forward to becoming a part of our community. During the week, Sam Henderson, our Office Manager, asked if we knew her, as her family had called to say that she had died suddenly.  We know too well that life can turn on a dime, and surprise you.  I’ve always taught our children “Be kind everyday to people as it may be the last time you interact with them.”