Welcome Rev. Dr. Randy Partain!
Randy arrives in Cleveland and is beginning his role as minister of UUCC on August 1! What a whirlwind it’s been for him and us since we voted to call him as our minister on June 6.
During the month of August Randy and his wife Joy will be getting settled in their new home in University Heights. Randy will be meeting with committees, staff, and leadership to plan the upcoming year. He’ll also be working to get to know the congregation and wider community. I know you all want to get to know Randy better and he wants to get to know the entire congregation as soon as he can – though realistically it takes time. There’s no hurry, we’ll be building this relationship for years to come.
Randy will be participating in worship services led by Allan Georgia and Mark Weber through the rest of the summer. The first service that he leads will be ingathering on September 12.
Should you want to reach Randy the best way will be through his UUCC email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few board notes…
We know everyone wants to know when UUCC will be back to in-person, in the sanctuary services. We have a committee, led by Ray Gonzalez that is meeting regularly about that. I think we may have hoped for Ingathering, but this Delta variant is causing the need to be more cautious. Updates will be in the Weekly Update and posted to the website.
In July UUCC received a generous gift from the estate of Millie Hathaway directed to religious education. Millie had a generous spirit, lived an interesting life, and told some beautiful stories. Her gift to support our Religious Education program is right in line with who she was.
In addition to Millie’s gift, UUCC is the primary beneficiary of Sue McKimm’s estate. Sue indicated that UUCC, and prior to that UUSC, was her family and a most meaningful part of her life. I didn’t know Sue well, but I understand the sentiment! The finance team, represented mostly by Don Stimpert, is working with lawyers handling the executor role of this estate.
The generosity of both of these women is inspiring. The board, and I’m sure the congregation, are grateful for their generosity to us.
Carol Gay, board president