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Membership Matters

barbWe honor members, friends, visitors 

Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  our Ministerial Intern Diana McLean,  whose father died on October 4th. Beckett Coppola who is now the Ministerial Intern at Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC) is recovering from recent surgery, as is our former Assistant Minister, Amy Rowland who recently had a meniscus tear repaired. Our son Brandon is recovering from an arterial condition which required emergency surgery, originally thought to be a bleeding ulcer. The Fitt-Peaster & Martin family asked us to help them commemorate the 20th anniversary of their daughter/sister Rachaell’s death on October 19, 1994.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings and Thanks to:  On October 6th, Rev. Gretchen Haley our former Ministerial Intern, and wife Cari Ratazzi, were the second couple to receive a marriage license issued by the Larimer County Clerk.  Later in the day, Rev. Nancy Bowen married them at Sunrise Ranch near Loveland.  The event was witnessed by 20 UU Ministers from Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming who were gathered for their annual fall retreat.  Laura Upham who created our very attractive Ministerial Search committee logo, and to Hilton Fitt-Peaster who presented us with business cards for YOU with our website address.  Nancy & Peter Holt announced with joy the birth of their grandson, Charles Otis Holt at 4:12 AM on Sunday, October 12th in Boston. Parents are son Brian & wife Kelsey!   Happy birthday to Janen Wright on Sunday, October 19th.  Kate & David Weinstein shared that they celebrated their 25th anniversary on October 14th. Suzy Belmont said “Yeah!”  her brother Nick is engaged to be married!.

Random Thoughts:  The  past three weekends I took a walk down memory lane at First Unitarian Church in Denver where I first became a UU in 1963.  The first time was to attend the installation of the Rev.  Julia McKay as Minister of Columbine UU. The following week Fred and I attended the celebration of the UU Ninth Grade Trip — “50 Years Goin’ Down the Road”.  On Saturday evening, 70 former Trippers, RA’s (Responsible Adults), and parents gathered at Govnr’s Park to socialize.  Then on Sunday afternoon 100+ gathered at the church for a special service honoring Rev. Betty Pingel who started the Ninth Grade Trip, as we know it today, in 1963-64.  My final visit was Saturday, October 18th when I attended a special luncheon with about 24 other people — where we discussed the history of the Civil Rights movement and FUSD’s involvement.  Their then Minister, Dick Henry, was a driving force behind establishing a CORE chapter in Denver.  My former husband, Dick Richards, and I were on a committee made up of black & white members working on race relations.  We all donated monies toward the purchase of Point-Of-Pines Camp in Allenspark.  At the end of our time together we gave the facility to the black members of the church to operate. One hope was to bring inner city youth into the mountains.  Unfortunately that dream did not materialize, and they gave the property back to the church.  Later the camp was sold  to the Presbyterians, who were the next door neighbors, at what is now Highlands where UUCB goes for our retreat weekend.  My old friends said, “…please come back to 1st Unitarian”, but I told them I was really quite happy here at UUCB! 

It was nice to visit with Paula Baase, who was in Denver for the Mountain Desert District Board of Trustees meeting.  Paula was recently appointed as the Board Secretary.

I’ve been getting some questions on what happens when members have not come to church in awhile. If a member has not attend for six months or so and we don’t know why, someone from the membership committee contacts that member to follow-up with them.

With Love & Care, 

Barb

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