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Committee News

Below lists the most recent committee news as published in the Connection. To view news by category, choose the appropriate council link to the left.  Each council page provides a description of what that council covers and lists published articles for that council.

Lifespan Education and Social Justice news is not included. For those items, go to their webpages by clicking on the menu above.

Legacy Friends’ Social Event

FeatherPenAll Legacy Friends are invited on Saturday, March 3 , 4-6pm, to celebrate our commitment to supporting UUCOV’s mission and values far into the future. We’ll gather at the Bird Bay Clubhouse in Venice, 606 Bird Bay Drive South for refreshmentsn wine, beer, soft drinks, and hors d'oeuvres. Kirstin Fulkerson of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation will give a short presentation on Charitable Gift Annuities, which can be structured to provide lifetime income, a tax deduction, and a donation to UUCOV. Legacy Chair John Spitzer encourages those not presently a Legacy Friend, but wanting to share a commitment to UUCOV’s future, to make a donation to the UUCOV Endowment or include UUCOV in their estate plan and join in the March 3rd event. To learn more, contact John 319-331-5914 or .

Your Last Chance to be Heard

The last Congregational Conversation about a revised UUCOV Mission will be held Friday, February 2nd at 10am in the Sanctuary. We will review the workMission Statement completed in the previous three conversations and come to a consensus on the wording for a proposed mission statement to be presented to all members and to be voted on at the Annual Meeting scheduled for March 24th.

Visit the UUCOV Library!

book shelvesLooking for a thought-provoking book or video? Visit UUCOV’s library in Waters Hall! You’ll find books in a variety of categories, including LGBTQ, Meditation, Mythology, Parenting, Social Justice, Spiritual Traditions and Wellness. There is no sign-out required. Simply borrow the materials that interest you and return them on the honor system. Waters Hall is typically open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, but you can also contact one of the “Library Ladies” (Ruth Boysworth, Suzy Choate, Janet Knudsen and Janet Lemoine) if you’d like to arrange access at another time.


The 2018/19 Stewardship Campaign will be kicked off by a raucous musical event to celebrate our thankfulness for our UUCOV family. percussion partyThe event will be held February 10th with the bar open at 5:30pm and the music beginning at 6pm. Come with joy in your hearts and bring your musical instruments- tambourines, maracas, drums, bells, etc as we will make beautiful music together. The musical theme is appropriate as we work to support our musical program expansion with our generosity. If you can, please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Tip of the Hat

tip of the hatYou may ‘tip your hat’ to a group, a team, or an individual. Email submissions with “tip of the hat” in the subject line. Your message should include who is being recognized or thanked.

To Sandy McHenry (of Venice United Church of Christ) A huge “Thank You” for coordinating two weeks of hosting Family Promise during the winter holidays. Paul and Cindy O’Dell

To Ray Goins  A BIG Tip of the Hat to Ray. On the night of the VICA event held in the sanctuary we had a full house and Rev. Walker announced that his choir was unable to come. Ray stepped up to the piano and led us in several songs that saved the night. Ray is our hero !!! And it was an excellent night with Rev. Walker, as usual. Linda Underwood

To Kindra Muntz Deep appreciation for your leadership in corralling UUCOV energy for collecting petitions to restore voting rights in Florida. Leie Carmody (See Social Justice)

To Steve Batchelor and Phil Veach A Big Thank You. Community Outreach Committee (see Social Justice)

To Stephanie Zoernack and her team, Marianne Koerner, Lori Baribeault, Marty King and Donna Schafer Tip of the hat to all of you for your Winter Candle Light Solstice service. It was was well appreciated by all who attended. Coordinating Council.

To Social Activities Team, Catherine DiSante, Kim McHugh and Janet and Bob Knudsen You hosted a beautiful Christmas Day Open House in Water's Hall. It was a festive event with wonderful food. Coordinating Council

To Nancy Ryder and Dick Pastore Thank you for sharing the celebration on your nuptials with the congregation. So nice to be included in such a joyous occasion. And Nancy's Spiritual Fellowship Group hosted a wonderful coffee hour for us all. Celebrations are a good thing. Linda Underwood

A New Service, A New Opportunity

safety committeeThe Board has created a new committee, a Safety Committee, to not only check on and improve building and grounds safety, such as lighting and smoke detectors, but also to plan ahead for possible disasters, and to evaluate the safety of our community in terms of interpersonal relationships and how we treat each other.
We need your help to make UUCOV safer.
At our initial meeting, we will evaluate our current levels of safety, and at ongoing meetings we’ll discuss how best to implement needed safety measures. If you are interested in the topic or have a background that could be useful, please contact Stephanie Zoernack .

Say Hello

10 new members were welcomed by the congregation on December 10th. They are (left to right): Doug Choate, Suzy Choate, Nancy L. Wilson, Ray New members Dec 2017Goins, Janet Lemoine, Stan Majors, Mary Erceg, and Jill Majors. Not pictured are new members Janet Knudsen and Bob Knudsen.
Our next Pathways class is scheduled for January 23 and January 30 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Waters Hall. We encourage folks who are interested in becoming a member or just want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation to attend. Sign up at the welcome table or contact Claire Harrison ,-or- 941-244-0151.

The Search is On

musicA committee of five (Bill Harrison, Chair, Bob Allen, Barb Griffin, Dawn Spitz, and Wayne Strife), has the responsibility of finding a person (or persons) to run UUCOV’s Music Program. We have been able to find strong interim music talent so that the committee will have the time they need to find the right fit for UUCOV. We were fortunate enough to have a great number of people volunteer and we thank everyone for their offers to help.

Fun, Frivolity, and Fund-Raising!

Yes, all at the same time, cause it’s AUCTION time! Show up in the Sanctuary, Saturday, January 27th beginning at 4:00 pm for a greatGavel afternoon/evening, dinner included, and quietly make the rounds to select what you want to ‘silently’ bid on before the live auction gets underway.
There’s still time to contribute to the fun and fund-raising by offering a party, a brunch, a lesson, an art item, a service, a ‘whatever’ for fellow UUCOVers to bid for; we can accept donations until January 14th. Check out the 2015-2017 auction brochures on the lanai to stimulate your own ideas, then pick up a donation form from the lanai or contact Diane de Grasse, to get listed in the auction brochure. The fatter the brochure, the more fun, frivolity, and funds. The Auction is our biggest fund raiser at UUCOV - last year we raised well over $10,000. Let’s do it again.
If you’d like to be in on all the action by volunteering, contact Joel Morrison .

A Congregational Conversation

Be part of refreshing the UUCOV Mission Statement on January 8th, 1:00 pm, in the Sanctuary We will look at our long range planning ideas to see if our mission reflects those ideas. What comes first? Mission/purpose or actions. Perhaps doing this planning in tandem helps in our work?