Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Third All-Meeting Retreat

May 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In our third all-meeting retreat we will build on what we learned about individual discernment to focus on tools for corporate discernment. We will spend time listening together as we think about our hopes and dreams for UFM and how we can best use the resources that we have as a community. We hope this will bring us closer to answering the questions we have been considering since the beginning of the Year of Discernment: Who are we as a community? What are we called to do?

The retreat will start at 9 a.m. and the day will include worship, intergenerational activities, small groups, a children’s program, lunch, work parties, and tea time. Please sign up on the attendance sheet outside the office and start thinking about what you would like to bring for a potluck lunch. Spread the word about the retreat and bring a Friend! Even if you don’t sign up but find that you can come at the last minute, please come. We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Leadings, Concerns, and Readings

The theme for our third Year of Discernment retreat moves from individual to corporate discernment. If you must choose among the rich offerings on the reading list in the December Gleamings, you may begin with the section “Concerns and Liberating Concerned Friends” p.78 in NPYM Faith and Practice (1993). Or you could read Paul Lacey’s Pendle Hill pamphlet “On Leading and Being Led” – my favorite. Both are available in the Library. Check out the top shelf on the hall rack near the office for an array of free photocopied selections and Pendle Hill pamphlets for sale as well.

-- Asia B

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Report on March 15 Information and Discussion Session

As part of UFM’s Year of Discernment, an information meeting regarding the needs of our building and grounds was held on March 15th. Three Committees (UFM Year of Discernment, Building & Grounds, and Finance) prepared the presentation consisting of three parts. Discussed were “UFM Ministries”, the “Planning for both the Remodel Design and the Maintenance Program” of UFM’s buildings and grounds, and the “Financial Options” generated by those programs.

The information clearly demonstrated the need for decisions in regard to the use, maintenance and utility of the Meeting House. Over fifty people attended the information session. Written details of the presentation and the discussion that followed will be available on Sundays at the Meeting. Future information sessions will be scheduled following the next Discernment Retreat, May 16, 2009.

-- Ron T