Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2008 Year in Review: New Ministries in 2008

Here are some of the NEW ministries taken on by members of our community in 2008:

Women’s Wellness Retreat—In the spring of 2008 Susan M. and Carol E. organized a day-long retreat for women that included yoga, spiritual writing, and nature appreciation. Approximately 40 women participated.

Julia’s Voice—A steering committee including several members of our church planned the Mother’s Day “Stand for Peace” event and lifted up the profile of historic Unitarian Julia Ward Howe.

Children’s Performance Group—Under the direction of Joy I., our Children’s Performance Group prepared and led a worship service in December based on the book On the Day You Were Born.

ContinUUm—The group formerly known as the 30-somethings has a new name and new leadership thanks to Nancy D. They meet for a potluck dinner on the second Saturday of each month. You can find them on Facebook.

Website—If you have seen the new church website, it is a thing of beauty. The updated site came on-line in 2008. It was lovingly created by Kerrie G. and is maintained and updated thanks to the care of Penny B.

Campfire USA—We have a thriving chapter of Campfire here at SMUUCh thanks to the dedicated commitment of Gretchen S. This group provides meaningful activities to younger children in accordance with the values we hold as UUs.

Capital Campaign / Facilities Task Force—Dale T. and Kenna B. are ministering to the future of our church by agreeing to co-chair our Capital Campaign Committee. While the Facilities Task Force is not new, new members Keith D. and John D. have joined with Phil H., Susan B., Penny B., Randy B., Nancy D., Dick R., and Vickie T. to help drive the work of fulfilling our facilities vision.

Youth Group—With the guidance of Roger P. and RE Assistant Brandon Jacobs the youth group is stronger than it has been in years, occasionally joining together with the youth group from All Souls for activities.

Teaching Congregation—Key to having an Intern Minister is having a fantastic group of lay leaders for coaching and support. Our Intern Committee is chaired by Fern A. and includes Elizabeth B., Susie F., Leslie G., and Bill R.

DrumBeat Newsletter-It may have a new editorial team with Kim M., Pam M. and Deb M. putting it together, but the DrumBeat continues to be the best newsletter in the Prairie Star District.

Connection Circles-Thanks to the tireless work of Fern A. along with a team of fantastic circle leaders our small group ministry program is revived and thriving.

These are just some of the new ministries that debuted or were reinvigorated at the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in 2008.