Welcome Rev. Nickel!

Dear UUCB Members and Friends,

 

We are pleased to share several important items with you.

 

Welcome Rev. Nickel!

 

Please give a very warm welcome to Reverend Jeremy Nickel who will be serving UUCB for the remainder of the 2020-2021 church year. We are delighted that he is joining us!

 

Before introducing Rev. Jeremy we want to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to our staff: Reverend Dana Lightsey, Acting Lead Minister; Beth Elliot, Director of Congregational Life; Debra Hammond, Music Director; Amy Szen, Office Administrator; and Amanda Williams, Accompanist.

 

In addition to handling the transition since Reverend Eric Posa’s departure with aplomb, they have also taken on numerous new projects while embracing the many changes brought by COVID-19. Our staff members have been working with the Worship Ministry to add variety and creativity to our online services, planning new and important racial justice programming, introducing and welcoming new members to the congregation, and continuing to improve the countless behind-the-scenes activities and processes that keep the church functioning.

 

We want to especially recognize Rev. Dana, whom we asked to serve as Acting Lead Minister during this summer in addition to her existing responsibilities. She readily took on this responsibility and brought her experience, numerous gifts, and tremendous heart to the congregation during the past three months. Thank you, Rev. Dana!

 

We also want to acknowledge Beth Elliot’s many contributions to UUCB over the past year. We will miss her many talents and energy as she leaves us to pursue her goal of becoming a minister and begins her studies at Iliff Seminary. Our very best to you, Beth!  

 

Rev. Jeremy will join UUCB  on August 31 to serve as our Lead Minister and will be preaching on September 6.  Jeremy’s bio can be found here.   Please also read Reverend Nickel’s welcoming post on our Touchpoint Blog.

With Rev. Nickel and Rev. Dana on board, we are fortunate to have two very talented and qualified ministers working with UUCB. As we shared at the Annual Congregational Meeting in May, to achieve a balanced budget our plan was for Reverends Jeremy and Dana to be working less than full time during the remainder of the year.  However, considering Beth’s departure, we will be working in the coming weeks to determine what reallocations and staffing changes may be required and will update you accordingly.

Great budget news!

You may recall that the Congregation adopted the 2020-2021 budget with a $27,000 gap between pledges and expenses. We are very pleased to share that through your generosity the Stewardship Council recently completed a highly successful “Close the Gap” fundraising campaign.  They are excited to report that we exceeded our goal of closing the budget gap with over $30,000 received to date. Thank you, all!

Two other important activities have also been ramping up this summer:

 

 

  • We have created a COVID-19 Task Force, led by Whitney Wheeless, to formulate a clear and comprehensive plan for when and how we phase back to meeting in person, including worship services, church meetings, and other building uses. We recognize that in-person contact is desired and an important part of our experience, but only if done safely.  The Task Force will be providing recommendations following guiding principles that consider safety first, consideration of the vulnerable, adherence to state and local requirements, and maintaining inclusion through a number of options.

 

Lastly, we want to assure you that your Board has been working diligently along with our staff and numerous committees during these unprecedented times. To ensure that we’re all communicating with one another, starting next Sunday we’ll be hosting bi-weekly “Your Board Is Listening” sessions following the service. We would love to see you, to answer your questions, and to hear your comments and feedback. 

 

Yours in faith,

 

UUCB Board of Trustees

Chris Zanoni, David Hughes, Jim Rowe, Burton Lee, Robert Leland, Scharmin Dorostkar, Sarah Vollmann

 

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