This month we are honoring Meg Rohal for Generosity in Action! Last Spring, Meg spearheaded the campaign to host a book fair at Arlington Heights Elementary through our special collections recipient, READ USA. Through her efforts, we donated $5,000 to READ USA, sponsoring the book fair and giving three new books to each Arlington Heights student. Meg’s dedication to this effort made a real-world difference to the community and to the lives of our neighborhood children. Thank you, Meg — you’ve truly demonstrated service as prayer!
Our Generosity in Action honorees this month are Jake Mehrman and Bowen Barrs! Bowen is the Hospitality co-chair. He and Jake do the shopping every Sunday morning and then come in and help the coffee host — and they have happily filled in when we had no host! Jake and Bowen installed our lovely new coffee brewing and water filtration systems, and Jake got the power back to the kitchen the morning of the Spaghetti dinner fundraiser.
They routinely (and without fanfare or recognition) come and do landscaping upkeep on the property — most notably the ongoing upkeep of the asiatic jasmine bed between the sanctuary and the parking lot and keeping the upper parking lot free of leaves and debris.
Bowen was one of the speakers for Mark Stewart’s Christmas play, and Jake is the leader of our safety team that helps us stay safe by keeping a vigilant eye out Sunday mornings.
Next time you see them, make sure to give them a BIG thanks for all that they do…and wish them a happy 30th anniversary as well!
July’s Generosity in Action honoree is Darlene Larsen. Darlene did an amazing job this year on our Service Auction, spending countless hours spearheading our annual fundraiser: advertising, collecting auction items, creating the auction catalog, arranging food and drinks, keeping our volunteers on task, and organizing a silent auction that featured our first-ever online auction. Juggling all those tasks is no easy feat, and Darlene accomplished it with grace and aplomb. Thank you, Darlene, for all your dedication in making this year’s Service Auction successful and one to remember!
Do you know a church member that goes above and beyond their offering of time and talent to the church? Then nominate them for Generosity in Action so that their efforts are recognized by our community! Just email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org — along with a description of what they’ve contributed to UUCJ — and we’ll put them in the running for honorees next quarter.
The Generosity in Action honoree for March is Jennifer Tucker! Jennifer has been a hard-working leader within our church community, heading up many committees and projects within UUCJ. It is her third year leading O’Leno as Registrar or Director — so stay tuned as she helps to create an amazing adventure for us this year! Jennifer was co-chair of the LDC (Leadership Development Council), which created the leadership workshops in the much-lauded Journey program last year. She led Special Events for three years, managing the annual parades that UUCJ participates in. She is on the Committee on Ministry, and has envisioned and spearheaded our partnership with Arlington Heights Elementary. Jennifer has invested countless hours in enhancing the community experience for all of us over the years, and we are grateful for all she’s done!
Our Generosity in Action honoree this month is Karen Smith-Scott. Karen is a caring and vital part of our church community: She organizes our Social Hour, recruiting and training volunteers as well as providing food for the snack table. She is on the Keepers of the Church Committee, the Green Sanctuary Committee (ensuring that our kitchen is “green”), and is a worship associate. She offers wonderful auction items, including a tea party that members laud as being truly special. Finally, Karen stepped up to spearhead the Pride Parade this year, making sure our float sailed without a hitch! Thank you Karen, for all the fantastic work you do!
November’s Geneoristy in Action honoree is Nancy Ratnour. Nancy has been part of the fundraising committee. As a talented artist, she has headed up the annual craft fair, contributing her own hand-crafted jewelry to help raise money for the church.
She also has been a part of the group that feeds the church cats on a regular basis. She is a big cat lover and advocate.
Nancy has had cancer for some time, and has received many treatments (including proton therapy which she is currently undergoing). However, she never complains, and she continues to grace us with her smiles, attend church functions and contribute her talents to our church community.
Next time you see Nancy, be sure to thank her for all she does!
The Generosity in Action honoree for this month is Michael Plummer. A long-time member of our UUCJ family, Michael has been the invisible hand behind the development of the 2003, 2008, 2013, and the 2017 Triennial Members Surveys. He also handled a mini survey this year designed to determine congregational priorities. The survey results help our Board and the COM determine current conditions and align future plans and programs with congregants’ hopes and desires.
Mike’s unselfish sharing of his expertise is greatly appreciated as are his silent partners in the development of surveys; his wife Linda Plummer, and his daughter, Amanda, who helps with deciphering and categorizing hundreds of respondents’ comments.
For July, our Generosity in Action nominee is Sunnie Baber! Sunnie is the chair of the Membership Committee, working hard to put together introductory materials for new members and making them feel welcome. She leads our songs during Sunday services, manages our social media, and has served on the Mission Funding Team. Sunnie also gives many hours to the church youth — she is an RE and nursery volunteer and an exemplary OWL teacher. She hosts the renowned Taco and Beer party every year for the Service Auction, and is, in Phillip’s own words, the church’s “minister wrangler”. Make sure to thank Sunnie for all of the tireless hours she puts into our beloved community!
This month we are honoring the Bannisters as for their Generosity in Action! They are always doing their part to build community, and continue to do so much for our church. Juzer leads the covenant groups, and Maria has joined the mission funding team. Almaas has always shown dedication and love in her service to RE. The Bannisters help out with social hour, and have hosted fabulous dinners for our service auctions. They always help out whenever there is a need, and there is no action of service too small or too big for them. We are blessed that this wonderful family is part of our community!