We had a busy and successful weekend. Minister Kent McKusic giving his first sermon in our meetinghouse on Sunday morning and was ordained there later that afternoon. I went to the morning service, and was impressed by Kent’s sermon and by how beautiful the meetinghouse looked. Many people worked very hard to bring that about. I missed the ordination, as I was home with the kids, but heard that it was wonderful.
Announcements and Upcoming:
Wednesday, September 21 at 7 pm ~ Choir Practice in the Sanctuary
Thursday, September 22 at 7 pm in the parlor ~ Worship Committee Meeting. Planning our Sunday services is at the heart of our organization. Come give your input. Adrienne Tuch will lead the meeting and Rev. Kent McKusick will participate.
Sunday, September 25 at 10 am ~ Worship Service led by Suzan Scott and David Strohmeyer
From Colleen Jacques:
We did it !!!
When Pastor McKusick asked to have his ordination at UUCF, I said of course; what an honor. Then I asked what all was involved. Upwards of 200 people. Seating. Parking. FOOD. Boy was I naïve. But, of course, we did it. How could we not do it.
I want the members and friends of UUCF who were unable to attend yesterday’s event to know that we out did ourselves proud for the Rev. Kent McKusick ordination. The guests and participants had only wonderful things to say about the UUCF folks that they met. The hospitality was warm and welcoming. The food was wonderful and the building has never looked better. So many people approached me to say how beautiful it is, flaws and all. The food prep and organization was outstanding. The music was awesome. There didn’t seem to be a glitch anywhere. You all worked seamlessly with the Laconia congregation. I liken it to starting our combined association by jumping in the deep end of the pool. We swam.
I can’t thank individual people because I know I’d miss someone and that would be so unfair. That said, there are folks who do need special pats on the back. Gail Morrison worked so many hours with Karen Hurst from the Laconia congregation to organize this entire event. There was no detail that was overlooked by the team of Morrison & Hurst. Barbara Sen wore 2 hats. She was the go to lady when the Meetinghouse needed to be opened up for a workman. She also was the “Hydrangea lady” (otherwise known as the Midnight Hydrangea raider) and queen of the decorating. Adrienne Tuch and her kitchen crew can’t be thanked enough. And last only in order, the repair/cleanup/ make the place look wonderful volunteers who spent so many hours painting and installing and prepping and fixing. I don’t even know where to begin other than to thank Joe Schmidl, Vince Paratore, Joel Anderson, and Paul Duncanson for their special DIY handyman skills. The entire building, inside and out, looks just incredible. We should all be grateful for each other’s time and talents that were definitely put to the test these past few months.
We are not done. This is just the first step as we all begin our journey with Rev. McKusick and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia. But we started with a heck of a big bang and we did it with grace and style. You are all amazing and I was so proud to be able to represent this congregation this past weekend.
From Gail Morrison:
Parish Committee: Thank you for the honor of representing our congregation on the ordination committee.
and from Adrienne Tuch:
I would like to offer my gratitude and thanks to everyone near and far who helped to make the Ordination a total success. It truly was wonderful to see how everyone was drawn to where their strengths lay and then just shown at what they did best! Well done everyone!!
It is really true that ‘everything always works out in the end’. Congratulations on a job well done.