During that week, there will be many opportunities to spend time with Jordinn Nelson Long and get to know her (check the church calendar of events). We are finalizing the schedule for that week and will keep you posted. We do know a few dates for sure:
Sundays, May 8 and May 15 – Jordinn Nelson Long will be preaching
Monday, May 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Walk-in office hours at the church
Thursday, May 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Walk-in office hours at the church
Saturday, May 14, 6:00 pm – All Church Potluck Supper
Sunday, May 15, 11:45 am – VOTE TO CALL Jordinn Nelson Long
The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) is thrilled to introduce you to our candidate for settled ministry, Jordinn Nelson Long!
Jordinn possesses the skills and talents our congregation requested, as reflected in the survey and cottage meeting results. Jordinn’s sermons are extraordinarily well written, thought provoking and inspirational. A highly effective communicator, Jordinn is also compassionate and collaborative; she embodies shared ministry. Her listening skills are well suited to ministry not only from a pastoral perspective, but also with respect to developing an understanding of who we are as a congregation and the direction in which we wish to move. She is an energetic person with wonderful new ideas and suggestions that are personalized for our needs. Her energy is infectious and we expect it will catalyze the full potential of our congregation.
We sought a minister who would be innovative and help us increase and retain our membership. In addition to a warm, understanding and knowledgeable ministerial presence in person, Jordinn leads an engaging online ministry. This is a new, creative opportunity for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven.
Highly organized, Jordinn is also detail-oriented, and is already among the young leaders in our movement.
The tangible evidence told us that Jordinn was the correct person for the UUSF, but it is also the unanimous feeling of the search committee that this is the right match for our congregation. At the beginning of this process, Rev. Bob told us that we could trust that we would know when the fit was right. We certainly have that feeling, and we are very excited to be able to introduce our first choice candidate to you.
You will have the chance to meet Jordinn soon, during Candidating Week, which will be held from May 8 through May 15th. Jordinn will preach on both Sundays, meet with groups, committees, and staff members, and hold office hours along with evening events and joining us for our Saturday beach clean-up. For now, please get to know her online. Her letter to you, and more information about her and her family, can be found on her ministerial website at www.JNelsonLong.com.
Please plan to join us in welcoming Jordinn and her family to Fairhaven next month. Let’s celebrate!
Chocolate and Flowers Auction May 1st– Sign-up at Coffee hour or on our FB page (UUSF Women’s Alliance) during the month of April or contact Cathy Burton or Laurie Despres of the Women’s Alliance regarding creating/donating an item to auction.
Renters, low-income consumers, and homes without enough sun are effectively locked out of the market for rooftop solar panels. The Solstice Initiative (www.solsticeinitiative.org), a Boston-based not-for-profit organization, is changing that. If you are interested in reducing your energy bill and supporting solar power, find out how you can take advantage of the solar farm recently built right here in Fairhaven. Isaac Maze-Rothstein from the Solstice Initiative will be available to talk with interested members of the congregation TODAY at 12 noon in the Parish House auditorium. Sponsored by the UUSF Social Justice Committee.
The New England Peace Pagoda (www.newenglandpeacepagoda.org), an initiative of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order, has embarked on in its 15th annual Walk for a New Spring, and is walking for peace through Fairhaven on their way to Washington, DC. The 8-week Walk began on March 4, 20l6 at the Peace Pagoda in Leverett, Massachusetts. The call of this walk is for “Shared Security – to End War,” an effort to nurture the belief that we can truly end war and start to shift the direction of our national thinking and policies in a different direction.
UUSF will be hosting the walkerson Friday, March 25 with a potluck dinner from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Harrop Center, followed by a discussion from 7:00-8:00 in the same location. Members of the congregation have generously volunteered to provide sleeping arrangements for the 8-12 walkers. We will also provide breakfast before the walkers depart at 8:30 AM Saturday morning.
Information on the Walk for a New Spring is available today in the Parish House during Hospitality Hour. If you are interested in bringing a contribution to the potluck, please see Larry DeSalvatore or Rev. Bob after Sunday service. Sponsored by the UUSF Social Justice Committee.
The UUSF Annual Stewardship Drive for 2016/17 will begin Sunday, March 13 with the Stewardship Kickoff Luncheon. Please join us after the Worship Service to enjoy fine food & good company. Childcare and pizza in Harrop Center. Come and show your support and commitment!
Liberté, Egalité, Intendance or Freedom, Equality, Stewardship
As a follow-up to his presentation of a timeline titled “A Brief History of Earth”, Jack Dean, of the Men’s Fellowship, is planning to host a 5-week on-line course on “Big History”. Conceived by Australian professor of history David Christian, the “Big History Project” (BHP) is free and available on the internet. Composed of a number of videos and brief narratives, there are a total of 5 chapters of approximately 1-hour each. The course examines the latest scientific thinking from the formation of the Universe to present day. The session format will include an approximate 30-minute discussion of the material presented.
The course sessions will meet weekly for 1-1/2 hours following Coffee Hour on Sundays in the church office starting February 28th. The last session will be April 3rd (no session on Easter Sunday). The course is free and is open to all having an interest in our origins and how it relates to our world view and UU understanding of our place in the cosmos. Please sign up during Coffee Hour and/or let Jack know of your interest or any questions you may have for planning purposes.
It’s that time of year to start thinking about your pledge of support to all that the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven does for you, and for the larger community. The Stewardship Drive will begin with a Luncheon on Sunday, March 13th, 2016, so please save the date. Pledges can be made until mid-April. Thank you, in advance, from the Stewardship Committee.