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Rev. Tracie Barrett

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Monthly Message – February 2019

The new year is already in full swing and chugging along. January saw us welcome twelve new members to our congregation. This is fantastic and a sign of the health of our congregation. Well done to all of you being welcoming and inviting to our visitors. To our new members, welcome and I hope you continue to find a spiritual home here.

February is traditionally a time when people look towards love and relationships. I encourage you during this month to not just focus on romantic love. I encourage you to think about what it is about our free faith of Unitarian Universalism that you love. What is it about UUCLC that you love? What is it about our community here in Lake County that you love? It is so easy to focus on the negative things that we don’t like about what’s going on around us. I encourage you to take a bit of time to focus on the things that bring you joy and love. For it is those things that you love about our community that I’m sure other people love about our community. It is those things that attract more people to not only Unitarian Universalism, but to our congregation. Focusing on those things we are doing well, those things that attract us to UUCLC, will help us make a plan for the next church year.

In the upcoming months, our leadership will draft next year’s budget. They do not do this in a vacuum. They rely on the input of our various committees to know what the needs are for the following year. But it’s not just that.

The truth of the matter is that in order to have a working budget, they rely on the members and friends who pledge. You see, it’s not just the gifts that are given in the basket each week. To create a budget, the finance committee needs to know what to expect for the year. They need to know what the members are pledging for the next year. I encourage you, if you love this congregation, begin thinking now about how much you give. Think about if you can give more. Then pledge that amount when the time comes. Let the leadership know, through your pledge commitment, that these things are important to you.

I’ve heard some of your big dreams for this congregation. I know we can make them reality. We need the help of all of you to make that happen. Time, talent, and treasure. Together we can do what we cannot do alone.

...Rev. Tracie