Category : From the President and Program Council Chair

The Season of Giving and Receiving

A Note from Your President and Program Council Chair

As we enter the holiday season we are grateful for the kinship, camaraderie, loving-kindness, and opportunities to serve that we enjoy here at Accotink. We look forward to the Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Solstice celebrations here at our little church in the woods and with family and friends.  It’s the season of caring and sharing, giving and receiving. We are very grateful for the wonderful auction and everyone’s participation.

Our thanks to Kumutha Lane and Ken Heller for heading up the committee and to everyone on that committee for their contribution to making the afternoon so entertaining. This certainly put the “fun’ into fundraising. The auction has brought in around $20,000, giving our operating funds financial security. Thank you all for being there and for your generosity.

We look forward to continuing our process for improving the physical appearance of our building and its surrounding areas. The Memorial Garden is certainly one of the big enhancements, but in a 20-year old facility there are always needs for maintenance and upgrades. We are now focusing on replacing the windows in the sanctuary and the church office and enclosing the lawn mower storage area. These enhancements and improvements are above and beyond our operating funds but can be accomplished with a little help from you, our Accotink members and friends.
Please include a special holiday gift to Accotink as you develop your gift list (and this might be the last year that such donations are tax-deductible). Dick Robison is heading up a campaign to collect funds (around $16,000) to complete these two projects.

We both wish you and your extended families a healthy and happy holiday. We look forward to the New Year and new adventures. We thank you for your spirit, your involvement, and your presence in our unique faith community. Without you all, AUUC would simply be a church in the woods.
In faith,
Connie Diamant, Congregational President
Judy Usherson, Program Council Chair

Looking Forward: A Note from Your President and Program Council Chair

There’s a good reason why we start our church year in September. Fall is a time of transition and reflection—a time to take stock, assess progress on our path, and plan for the future.

By the time you read this, your AUUC Board of Directors, Program Council members, and staff will have met in a half-day retreat on Saturday, August 29, to develop enhanced communication channels and brainstorm ways to energize our collective experience as a spiritual community beyond belief.

We have several major events to look forward to this fall: Ingathering on September 13; the NOVA UU Music, Faith and Fun Fest on Saturday, October 3 here at AUUC; and our ever-popular Auction on November 21, to name a few of the “biggies.” Please mark your calendars now, and please do read the weekly emails, this monthly newsletter, and check our website for many other fabulous, fun, and rewarding events and activities—we have a lot going on!

None of these events and activities would be possible without the support of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. We are so grateful to the many folks who make all of this happen. If you haven’t already signed up to help with something, please do – it’s so rewarding and fun to collaborate with other members of our vibrant and loving community.

And please do share your ideas, concerns, and suggestions. We’re all in this together.

In faith,

Connie Diamant,
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Judy Usherson,
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