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December 20, 2011

At the Board meeting this month we talked about how using our new building energizes the congregation. A perfect
example of this positive energy was evident at the pot luck after church on December 18! Thanks to all who brought
food, ate food, visited with friends, and introduced themselves to newcomers; the room was full of joyful sounds.
The new round tables make conversation so much easier. Grateful thanks also go to an anonymous donor for the
comfortable new folding chairs!

Special thanks to Pat Westwater-Jong for her gorgeous photo exhibit decorating the hall. More thanks to all who
helped set up, and to all who helped clean up including a very enthusiastic young lady who worked magic with a
broom. You may have noticed how busy our facilities have been lately. We have hosted two weddings, several
dinner parties, lots of yoga classes and a couple of blood drives; not to mention all the usual church meetings. The
weekly schedule of building use is very full. In response to user requests, the current schedule will be posted weekly on the church website. Remember that you must schedule meetings or events through Elinor; the calendar changes several times each day so assume that the website information is already out of date.

After several years as HUUC Facilities Coordinator, Didi Chadran is ready to hand the position to someone new.
Didi has done an outstanding job of negotiating with renters; we thank him for his energy and dedication and for his
diplomacy. We hope to announce the new coordinator soon.

Still on the topic of facilities, the Board is forming a Kitchen Task Force to help organize the Fellowship Building
kitchen and oversee events. We have been researching rental policies and procedures at other local churches. The
Board will be examining our church rental policies and forms with a goal to make the process as straightforward as
possible.

The pre-Halloween snowstorm and resulting power outages reminded us to update church emergency procedures. If a Sunday morning service must be cancelled there will be a message on the church answering machine by 7a.m. that morning. Please call 978-456-8752 for any cancellation message.

If the weather is bad enough to cancel the service, consider checking in with your neighbors to make sure that they
are ok in the emergency. Together we can share the responsibility for helping each other when nature brings
unwelcome surprises.

Although we had hoped to have a Church Finance committee up and running for this year, it looks like we are going
to redefine its role and membership; stay tuned for more on this topic.

The stewardship campaign is moving along well; please do your part if you have not already sent in your pledge.

Take Joy!

Cary Browse for the Board :
Rev. Wendy Bell, Cary Browse, Chuck Agosta, Susie Macrae, Sally Steele, Darrell Wickman, Rebecca Wright

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