Come Join Your UUCSV Family at the Next Steps Weekend!

THE UUCSV IS OUR CHURCH! HOW DO WE MAKE IT BETTER?
The “Next Steps Workshop” sessions, primarily on Saturday, November 8, gives you an opportunity to help identify and discuss our strengths and assets as a congregation. This is a necessary discussion as we move towards decisions on where we want our Church to go and grow. We will discuss what we most love about the church and what possibilities each and all of us see for it in the future.
WILL MY OPINION REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
The meetings on that Saturday are intended primarily for your participation and will not work without it. The purpose is to encourage our church community to come together at the grassroots level and include as many congregants as possible. It is for the congregation as a whole, regardless of how involved or uninvolved in church activities you may be. As is the normal practice for these consultations, our minister will not attend the Saturday sessions and the role of board members will be limited.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SO I CAN CHOOSE WHEN TO PARTICIPATE?
A copy of the draft agenda for the Next Steps Event follows – we will also distribute copies at the Sunday service on October 19.
WHAT IF I CANNOT ATTEND ALL OR PART OF THIS EVENT?
No worries! Receiving your opinions is the most important thing. You are invited to submit your input in writing at the event, or by email directed to : Mark Lore, mslore1@verizon.net or Katie Mack, kmack18477@juno.com
HOW WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ABOUT THE EVENT?
Our UUA Consultant, Mark Ewert, will give a brief synopsis to our membership during/after our Sunday Service on Nov. 9. Following this, he will communicate a more in-depth review to Rev. Britner and to the board the same afternoon. Mr. Ewert will then send us a final written report with recommendations on the “next steps” that we might wish to follow. The results will also be posted on our Church website for those who wish to read a full account later.

UUCSV NEXT STEPS WEEKEND
On the weekend of November 8-9, Mark Ewert, a certified UUA Stewardship consultant, will visit to conduct a “Next Steps Weekend” with our congregation. The purpose of the NSW is acknowledge our strengths as a congregation and how to build on them as we face decisions on how to deal with change, growth and connection. Following his meetings, Mr. Ewert will provide us with specific recommendations on working towards our long-term goals.
With the exception of the Sunday afternoon board meeting, all congregants are strongly encouraged to attend any and all meetings that are of interest, whether or not they are members of the indicated committees. If you want to attend the luncheon, please register on the list below.
Please direct any questions to Mark Lore, Katie Mack or Lana Hurt of the Stewardship Cmte.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
8:00 AM STEWARDSHIP OF OUR PHYSICAL PROPERTY: Mr. Ewert tours building & grounds: Building Committee, Grounds Committee, Memorial Garden, Green Sanctuary TF.
9:00 AM LIFE LONG LEARNING: Religious Education, Youth, Teachers, DRE, Adult Education
10:00 AM GROWING OUR COMMUNITY-MEMBER RECRUITMENT & RETENTION: Social & Sharing Suppers, Membership (including Caring & Newcomers Sub-Committees), Communications, Auction & Yard Sale Task Forces
11:00 AM EMPOWERING OUR LAY LEADERSHIP NETWORK: Council on Committees / Open to all congregants to attend as an “outer circle”
12:00 Noon Mr. Ewert dialogues with the “outer circle” of previous forum
12:30 PM DINE AND DISCUSS: OPEN FORUM: Opportunity to meet and discuss UUCSV with our consultant over lunch. All membership is encouraged to attend.
1:30 PM OUR WORSHIP SERVICES: Committee on Ministry, Worship Committee, Concerts, Music Director
2:30 PM SOCIAL ACTION & OUTREACH: Social Action & Justice Committee,
3:30 PM FINANCIAL AND FUNDRAISING EFFORTS: Stewardship, Finance, Treasurer, Endowment Fund Committee, Auction & Yard Sale Task Forces
4:30 PM GROWING LEADERSHIP FOUNDATIONS: Nominations Cmte, Leadership Training.
5:00 PM COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS THROUGH COMMUNICATIONS: Communications Cmte
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
10:00 AM. DRAWING FROM OUR WISDOM: Special Session for Mr. Ewert to meet with our Elders/Long time Members who have a strong investment in UUCSV but may no longer be active on committees and /or might find it most convenient to meet on Sunday morning before Service.
12:00 PM Mr. Ewert shares summary w/congregants.
12:30 PM
Closed Mr. Ewert meets with Board of Directors to discuss conclusions in more detail.
2:30 PM End of assessment visit