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MVUUC will soon be hiring a Hybrid Worship Service Tech Specialist!

Click on this "We're Hiring" image to find out more.

We invite you to forward this job description to anyone you would like to share this opportunity with... 

 


Click on this Happy Hour button to join
our Zoom Gathering at 7pm tonight:
This Week's Calendar of Events

07/22 - Happy Hour Zoom Online - 7:00pm
07/24 - Chair (or Mat) Yoga Class - 9:00am

07/25 - Hybrid Worship Service -10:30am
07/25 - RE Sunday Service  - 10:30am (Hybrid)
07/25 - Justice Coordinating Committee -
12:30pm via Zoom

Information for these events can be viewed in the announcements below and also on the MVUUC calendar.

View our
MVUUC Events Calendar Here: 

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Can you help move the mulch?

This Saturday morning we will be gathering to move the mulch pile from our sidewalk & driveway into the fenced area. 

please contact Bob Taylor if you are available to help.

thank you!
Click on this "Touchstones" banner below
to read the Journal for this month.

Our theme for the month of July is: Journey

Let's plan to gather
and offer our love & best wishes to

Rita Salama
as she begins her new journey

THIS SUNDAY!
July 25th

Come hear Rita share our Wisdom Tale
and we will sing some of her favorite hymns


Shhh! Don't tell Rita!
...but we have some other surprises planned too! 

😉

light refreshments will be served on the patio after the Sunday Service

Greetings from the President

July 22, 2021

 

Recovering from 16 months of limited activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be difficult! Not just for me trying to get out and about, but also for our beloved MVUUC campus. There are areas of our facility that have had little use during the shutdown, and these areas are in need of some TLC. This includes our landscaping, patio, and classrooms. 

Our infrastructure is also having difficultly as it is being used more and more.  There are potential issues with our water supply that may have considerable short-term impact on the use of some of our facilities. The Board and the Facilities and Finance Committees are prepared to deal with these issues as they arise.

The Board is also aware that we need to improve the technical aspects of our Zoom hybrid Sunday Services.

 

Moving Forward:

There are several exciting and important activities coming up between now and the end of 2021:

1. The update to the MVUUC By-Laws (aka our Constitution). A working copy of the revised By-Laws is being reviewed. The schedule is to have the copy-edited document shared in time to be ready for Congregational approval in October 2021. There will be a Special Congregational Meeting with the sole agenda being the approval of the changes, and adoption of our updated By-Laws.

2. The Contract-to-Call process is underway. The current schedule is that the formal “Call” process will begin on September 12, 2021 with guest minister Rev. Anne Hines speaking about the importance of Called Ministry. A Congregational survey will be unveiled at that time, followed shortly thereafter by small groups meetings to gather more information about how our congregation wants to direct our future. A Special Congregational meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2021 with the sole agenda item to be to offer a Call to Settled Ministry to Rev Maggie Yenoki.


The Board of Trustee met on June 16, 2021 and here are some of the highlights:

The Board agrees to continue the current policy that ALL people inside the building wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. When outside of the building, wearing a mask is optional IF social distancing is used.

The Board voted to approve renew both of our Zoom licenses for one year.

Motion 2021-0721-01: Move to renew two (2) Zoom licenses at a cost not to exceed $150 per license. Funding source is from budget group #6400 General & Admin Expenses, not Spirit Level Grant fund.

Passed unanimously.


Thanks, to each of you for your support of our Beloved Community!

Alan Worley
MVUUC Board President

We're in the Black & tickled Pink
with the news that

Carissa Mohr is our new
Finance Committee Chair! 

thank you and hooray! 
At their last meeting the Board offered their gratitude to:

Bob Taylor for his service in many aspects of our congregational life
Our Hybrid/Zoom Tech Crew: George Yenoki, Steve Shirley, Don Mohr, Bob Taylor
Bruce Mount for his work as Chair of our Facilities Committee
 

The Pacific Southwest District of the UUA (PSWD) 
announces a special business meeting
from 10-11am PT on Saturday, August 21.


 


Please see below for the agendaRegistration is open. 
Delegate certification is also open (please see attached instructions). See www.pswduua.org for details.

           
10:00-10:05    Opening & Welcome
10:05-10:10    Establish Quorum
10:10-10:15    Approve Minutes from April Business Meeting
10:15-10:30    PSWD Proposed Dissolution Update
10:30-10:55    PSWD Bylaw Amendment Discussion and Vote
10:55-11:00    Closing
 
Here is the link to the proposed bylaw amendment:
 Proposed Bylaw Amendment for Dissolution PSWD |
PacificSouthwest District (pswduua.org)

 
For questions, contact pswdboard@pwruua.org
Chair Yoga Class
facilitated by John and Mariana Schmalstig

on the MVUUC patio
Saturdays at 9am

bring a pillow or blanket for extra support in the chair



Our MCVUUC Justice Coordinating Committee
invites all of our Congregation to participate in the 


Fairplex Humanitarian Family Reunification Efforts

Please visit this web page for ways we can help:
https://fairplex.com/aboutus/hhs-teamhope

 
Would you like to
get into the Earth
and help with our
MVUUC on-campus garden?
What a great opportunity for
getting out into the fresh air a bit
and helping with
this wonderful project! 

Covid protocols strictly observed.
Please contact John Schmalstig

John's contact info is in our directory
Three Cheers for Choir!

Choir rehearsals are scheduled for each Thursday at 7PM in the sanctuary. We are so excited and happy to start making music together again! If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Lily Popova at lilypopova@yahoo.com.

Choir participants are required to be vaccinated
and willing to follow ppe protocols

Would you like to Join our MVUUC Buuk Gruup? 

Please contact Delores Burris
for the minutes from the last meeting as well as the list of those books
to be read and discussed in the coming months.


We celebrate our
Hybrid Sunday Service

 

We invite all who are fully vaccinated and masked
to come in-person for the 'soft re-opening'
of the MVUUC Sanctuary for Sunday Services
and extend our warm-hearted welcome
to all who choose to attend via Zoom

Our RE youth will be meeting on Campus
and welcoming some of their participants via Zoom.
Youth too young to be vaccinated
will be entering and exiting through the gate.
The Youth and Teachers will remain masked
& be distanced from those of us in the sanctuary. 
Warm waves and shouts of "Hello!" are welcomed!

 

What is a “soft" re-opening? We can attend the Sunday Service in person, while embracing change slowly. We are requesting that all in-person attendees will have received their full dose of Covid-19 vaccination and the recommended 2-week wait period has passed. Wearing a mask is required and Social Distancing will be necessary inside our building. You might wish to bring a sweater as air flow within the sanctuary will be increased by the opening of all exterior doors and the continuous operation of our ceiling fans. 

There are many aspects of this 'soft opening' that will rely on our patience and kind acquiescence to help us through to a safe and healthy way forward. Each of us has unique levels of comfort and anxiety about emerging from this time of crisis and difficulty. Our individual preferences may shift several times within each day.

Let's respect one another's level of willingness to re-enter our shared spaces by using a traffic light signal as a metaphor for our comfort level:

   
Are you a Red LIght? - Stop - No contact please. Let's keep 6' apart. 
     Are you a Yellow Light? - Caution - Let's bump elbows, or bow in respect - no hugs please.
     Are you a Green Light? - Go - I'm okay with a handshake or a hug (ask first please!) 



Please hear and honor the concerns of others in our community. 
Here are some of the ways we will do that: 

* Keep your mask on indoors. 
* Maintain social distance between yourself and those outside your household. 
* Leave space between the seat you choose and where others are seated.



We will be serving coffee and tea at this early stage of our reopening. You are invited to bring your own coffee mug and snacks, but please remember that there is no sharing of food at this time.

Remember that a recorded version of the service will be available on our YouTube page soon after processing.


This Week's Sunday Service


July 25, 2021 at 10:30
both in-person and online via Zoom

 

 
 Journey: Embracing the Jostle and the Jovial

Join Rev Maggie as we explore our shared "Journey" through the lens of our Touchstones theme for July.

We've sure been on a wild ride, and it's time to sit and reflect on the experience of being both jostled and jovial as our life unfolds...

 



* please wear a mask inside the Congregation's Building
Thank you!

 


Our MVUUC Community
offers gratitude
to all who have submitted
pledges of financial support
for our beloved community

Thank you!

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