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2/22/24 Pew Chairs + Nominating Committee

So far we have received over $5,000 for the Pew Chairs, which cost $9,939. If you haven’t already bought the place for your derriere in church, please consider. A chair cost $75 and a few generous donors have brought that price way down. Consider $50 or even $25 or buy 10 chairs for $750!! You »

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2/15/24 Pew Chairs

It is important to know that the pews have been discussed for some time. Multiple people with knowledge of wooden things have said our pews are not antiques or in any way precious or salvageable. They have been repaired and repaired again over the past 20 years of their life with us and have become »

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2/1/24 Quarterly Meeting

The Quarterly meeting packet contained reports from Fred and me, as well as the prior meeting’s minutes and a summary financial report, showing really strong result. Fred’s report includes his goals for the coming year. Becky Martin, Carry Bailey, and I met with Fred in lieu of a performance review. We had well established Fred’s »

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1/25/24 Giving Statements

Last Saturday, I sent out giving statements for the calendar year 2023 to all who made a contribution to the church, for your taxes. The donations are divided into Tax-deductable and non-tax-deductable and I added a pledge update for good measure—your pledge year-to-date for the fiscal year, from 7/1/23 to 630/24. The reports are generated »

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1/11/24 Quarterly Meeting

Each Quarter, we have an all-church meeting that occurs following the 10:30 church service, about noon.  You have time to get a cup of coffee and treat and visit—before we meet. This is an opportunity to make announcements about the business of the church—keep you abreast of our finances—and sometimes make decisions. This meeting will »

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1/4/24: Unsung Heroes

Nancy Wilkerson so excellently directed and produced a retelling of the Christmas Story for the Christmas Pageant. Thank YOU Nancy. It was spectacular—in part also because of the amazing costuming. Did you know that our costuming director is Sherri Morgan, who works mostly in the background during a performance. Not only did the camel make »

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12/28/23: Christmas and beyond

Wow! That was an amazing Christmas Eve service. Since there were so many in attendance (230, as compared to 164 last year), you were probably there. I arrived early so was near the front. When the Carols were sung, I was blown away. I don’t think I have ever heard that big of sound in »

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12/21/23: Home for Christmas

I have been missing from my people here at UCC Ashland whilst Al and I went first to Utah to bury his younger brother, then to Delaware to Celebrate his noted life. We had a rich time with Al’s family AND with his university colleagues AND with his wife and son.  We are back home »

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11/29/23: New format for eWeekly

Breeze has rolled out a very extensive Design Email software that we have switched to from using MailChimp. I hope you agree that this is a cleaner, cheerier eWeekly look. Wendy is doing a great job creating the eWeekly these days and she and I are getting additional training from Breeze this week. I have »

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11/22/23: Pies & Stories of Gratitude

Last Sunday, we served up about a dozen pies to those gathered after church—over 50 people. I left with a sugar high! From pumpkin to key lime, peach cobbler to chocolate cream pie, and more. And whipped cream. Nice preview to Thanksgiving dessert! And while we ate, we heard Anya Tatarenko tell us their family »

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