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  • 2013-2014 ANNUAL REPORT

    The Reverend Doctor Kathryn L. Ellis, Minister Tim Styer, Moderator

    UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST

    CHURCH OF THE RESTORATION

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration 2013 - 2014 Annual Report

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    EXECUTIVE REPORTS

    MINISTERS REPORT ...................................................................................................................................... 1

    MODERATORS REPORT ................................................................................................................................. 4

    MINUTES OF RESTORATION CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS ...................................................................................... 6

    FINANCE ANNUAL REPORT .............................................................................................................................. 9

    MINISTRY REPORTS

    JUSTICE COUNCIL ........................................................................................................................................ 19

    RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION & SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM ...................................................................................... 21

    ADMINISTRATION, PROGRAM AND ACTIVITY REPORTS

    2014 SERVICE AUCTION ............................................................................................................................... 25

    BOOKREADERS ........................................................................................................................................... 26

    BUILDING MAINTENANCE & PROJECTS ............................................................................................................. 27

    JAZZ VESPERS ............................................................................................................................................ 28

    FOLK FACTORY ........................................................................................................................................... 29

    INTERNAL COMMUNICATION ......................................................................................................................... 31

    EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION ......................................................................................................................... 32

    BUILDING RENTALS ..................................................................................................................................... 33

    MISCELLANEOUS FUND RAISING ..................................................................................................................... 34

    AUDIT REPORT .......................................................................................................................................... 37

    BYLAWS ................................................................................................................................................... 43

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    MINISTERS REPORT

    The Reverend Doctor Kathryn Ellis

    It was a good year for Restoration. We continue to grow in spirit, in members and in worship attendance. You have strong lay leadership who work well together; the board and moderator want to be transparent and open in their work for the congregation. This year, we were fortunate to have a student minister. Maria McCabe completed her field experience for Lancaster Theological Seminary and has asked to be our intern minister for 2014-2015. Worship Our worship continues to deepen and strengthen. This was the third year for our worship associates program. Many of you have told me how much you appreciate their contributions to worship, and the worship associates continue to appreciate the opportunity for learning and spiritual growth. Worship Associates for 2013-2014 included Jeanne Allen, Cynthia Bradley, Sharon DuPree, Rita Fitzgerald, Sandy Fulton, Annabel Grote, Holly Jobe, Bernadette Lloyd-Sobolow, Sarah Skochko, Jim Walters and our ministerial field experience student Maria McCabe. Jim concluded his service during the year. Cynthia, Jeanne, Sandy and Bernadette completed their 3-year terms at the end of this church year. They will take a break as worship associates and may return if they like after a year.

    The worship associates and I met monthly to plan worship and to think about our liturgy. This year in addition to my training, David Glasgow, who is music director at the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley, presented a workshop for our worship associates. David is also a speech coach and an actor. He was very encouraging to our worship associates and gave us all new ideas. Together, we continue to learn, refine and experiment with our audiovisual equipment. We post video of the four most recent sermons on the website and have begun experimenting with live-streaming our entire worship service. We continue to use monthly themes for worship; each month I showed a movie related to the months worship theme and showed it in the sanctuary with our. You probably wont be surprised to hear that I learned a lot about our varied taste in movies! Attendance at the movies ranged from 2 to 20. This years themes and movies were:

    September Community Babettes Feast October Hospitality Babe

    November Gifts/Discernment Akeelah and the Bee December Love Despicable Me January Justice To Kill a Mockingbird February Healing The Hedgehog March Vision Howls Moving Castle April Mission Whale Rider May Nurturing The Rise of the Guardians June Play Toy Story

    By the end of June, I led 34 worship services at Restoration and one at West Chester as part of the ministers sabbatical exchange program; attendance at our worship services averaged 52 with a range from a low of 25 to a high of 75. We cancelled one worship service because of dangerous icy conditions.

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    Our music director, Jane Hulting, the Restoration Singers and congregational musicians continue to provide us with high quality, varied music on Sunday mornings. Domita Satchell initiated the return of Jazz Vespers in February with support from Tim Styer, Brenda Ridley and with my encouragement and participation. We are so fortunate to have these skilled musicians coming to Restoration. We began a new way of expressing joys, sorrows and prayers. In the transept under the Universalist history window, we now have a low table and a carpet donated by Steve Workman and Mike Foy. One can sit in this space to meditate before our worship services or at other times, light a candle and rite your joy, your sorrow or your prayer into ta leather bound book. Membership Brenda Ridley hosted a successful Visitors Breakfasts. Jim Walters and Brenda led a New UU group. We welcomed 6 new members in October and certified 82 members with the Unitarian Universalist Association in January. We gladly welcomed 5 more new members in March. Pastoral I do short term counseling with individuals and families as requested. I visit hospitalized members and members at rehabilitation facilities. This year, I celebrated two legal same sex weddings. The first was for Cynthia Bradleys daughter Tamara and her wife, Kristen. The second was for our members Mike Foy and Steve Workman. What a joy both these ceremonies were! Board and Leadership Restoration has effective, hard working leadership. I met monthly with the board and approximately weekly with our moderator, Tim Styer. I led a board retreat on October 25 and 26. The board discussed their sense of purpose and their sense of Restorations vision and mission. I also met monthly with the Ministers Sounding Board and with my mentor, Rev. Howard Dana until I was awarded Final Fellowship by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee this winter. Adult Spiritual Development This year, my primary adult spiritual development work was Beloved Conversations which I co-facilitated with Portia Hunt. We had 10 participants in this small group that explored racism in our lives in the light of the spirit and the sources of our inspiration. Thanks to a gift from Mike Foy, Jim Walters and I were able to show the Unitarian Universalist history DVD series, Long Strange Trip. It was well attended with great questions and discussions. Its an interesting way to learn more of our religious history. Religious Exploration (Children and Youth) I met regularly with our Religious Exploration Coordinator, Katie Hughes, and with Fern Culhane, our RE committee chair. We said goodbye to Katie at the end of the year. Fern and I met with parents and teachers to plan for the future of our childrens religious exploration program. We will begin to search for a new coordinator as soon as possible and hope to fill the position in the fall.

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    Justice and Service August celebration service, bell ringing for 50th anniversary of 1963 civil rights march on Washington PUP Americans in Struggle Film Series Heeding Gods Call t shirt Memorial to the Lost in May showing of the movie Trigger NPIHN four families Change for change Denominational Affairs Part of a ministers responsibilities include meetings, worship and work beyond the congregation for Unitarian Universalism. I attend a monthly Unitarian Universalist Min