Time to Submit Budget Requests for Next Fiscal Year

program budgetTO:   All Committee Chairs, Program Directors, Staff Members, and others with budgetary authority.

FROM:  Gene Wenninger, chairperson, Finance Committee

SUBJECT:  Budget submissions for next Fiscal Year. Please submit to MaryBeth, Church Administrator by paper or email by January 10.

The Finance Committee is beginning work on developing the Church budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on July 1 of 2015.  We need your input as we begin this process.  As you know, while our fiscal resources have grown over the past two years, our aspirations have also grown.  We do not anticipate a significant increase in resources this next year. Hence we still find ourselves having to carefully match our resources to our vision and needs.  Please base your budget requests upon this assumption. Based upon your experience or that of your predecessor we ask for your best estimates as follows:

  1. Dollars needed to meet the basic needs of your committee, program or office.
  1. Dollars needed to add extra value to the work of, or charge to, your committee, program or office, and provide a description or explanation.
  1. You might also list whether  #2 could/should be considered for possible separate fund-raising if the opportunity arises next year.

If a figure is not submitted, the Committee will work from this year’s budget and our expenditure records.  Thanks for your cooperation with this very important request.

Can We Talk? – December 16, 2014

A Community Conversation between Community Leaders and the Cleveland Police

The West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church is sponsoring a community-wide conversation about race, racism and police interaction on Tuesday, December 16, from 7 – 9 p.m. with Dr. Ronnie Dunn and Mr. Joseph Worthy who will be in dialogue with two officers of the Cleveland Police Department.   We are hoping for a turn out of 200 people from both West Shore and the wider community.

Download – Can We Talk? flyer       Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)
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Northeast Ohio Clergy Release Statement

Standing on the Side of Love logoThe ministers in the North East Ohio portion of our district have released a statement in response to what is happening with Ferguson, Cleveland and New York. The statement is attached.

Download – Clergy Statement (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)
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Christmas Eve Services – December 24, 2014

christmas eve service-17-X24:30 pm – Young Family Friendly Service
Led by the Rev. Renee Zimelis Ruchotzke and Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus
This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children who are sure to be filled with wiggles and excitement. Dress your child in their Christmas finery or their Christmas pajamas – whichever will be more fun – and come join the celebration.

          Cookies and apple cider will be offered during a simple fellowship time immediately following the 4:30 service. 

6:30 pm – Family Friendly Service
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with families with school aged children in mind, this service of lessons and carols features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir and Tone Chimers as well as uplifting story, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

          Nursery care for infants and toddlers will be offered only at this service.

          A Christmas Eve coffee hour will be held between the 6:30 and 8:30 services. 

8:30 pm – Adult Oriented Service
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with adults and older teens in mind, this service of lessons and carols also features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir and Tone Chimers as well as inspiring poetry, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

Annual Christmas Movie Night Potluck Dec.8th at 7 P.M. in Fessenden Hall

Santa_Claus_Conquers_the_Martians_1Come Join us on Dec 8th, at 7 P.M. for our Annual Christmas Movie Night. Come see the silliest and funniest Christmas movies,cartoons and t.v. shows ever made. We will begin with the classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, then a slew of classic cartoons from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and if you were a kid in the ‘sixties, you will appreciate our classic spy Christmas T.V. shows.This is a potluck,so please bring your favorite holiday food. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spoehr.