Historical Highlights of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville

Updated 12/13/2016.  For more information, contact webmaster@macuuf.org

Highlights:

  • Tracy Springberry begins as our second quarter-time minister on September 4th, 2016.
  • Mary Gear, our first minister led her first service on October 4, 2015.
  • UUFM is accepted as a “Welcoming Congregation” by UUA on April 4th, 2011
  • UUFM is accepted as a member of UUA in November, 2010 and officially recognized at the General Assembly in June 2011.
  • Monthly gatherings/meetings of membership since April, 2007. Twice monthly Worship services began in September, 2008. Sunday morning services were initiated in January, 2009.
  • Until June, 2008, when we began conducting Worship Services, our meetings were divided between spiritual nurturance and organizational business at which time we adopted a standard Order of Service (see bottom of home page) and conducted business at Quarterly meetings.
  • Membership:
    • November, 2016: 59
    • November, 2015: 58
    • November, 2014: 54
    • November, 2013: 50
    • November, 2012: 48
    • November, 2011: 45
    • November, 2010: 42
    • November, 2009: 38
    • November, 2008: 34
    • November, 2007: 26

 

Significant Milestones:

2016

  • 2016-17 Board Members
    • John Braun, Chair
    • Susie Godsey, Vice Chair
    • Denise Patton, Treasurer
    • Stephen Bjorlin, Secretary
    • Sandra Coates
    • Joanne Douglas
    • Marilyn MacGregor
    • Kathleen McKinney, Past Chair
  • Search and hiring of our second quarter-time minister, Tracy Springberry.
  • Membership decides to include the full cost of employment for a quarter-time minister in the budget. The subsequent pledge drive achieves this goal, which, at $57k, effectively doubles the annual budget.
  • Bi-Laws changed in the way Board officers are determined.
  • OWL (Our Whole Lives) conducted for kids in 7th to 9th grades.
  • UU101 conducted.

2015

  • 2015-16 Board Members
    • Kathleen McKinney, (Chair, and past chair)
    • Susie Godsey, Vice Chair
    • Denise Patton, Treasurer
    • Phoebe Newman, Co-Secretary
    • Vicky Wilbanks, Co-Secretary
    • John Braun
    • Wendall Kringen
  • Search and hiring of our first quarter-time Minister
    • February: The Ministerial Feasibility Committee presented the results of their research and the membership decided to form a Ministerial Search Committee to look for a quarter-time Minister.
      • This ministerial decision was the first use of “Consensus” of our newly adopted method of making important membership-wide decisions.
    • May – Mary Gear was accepted by the Board as our quarter-time minister to start in October.
    • July – A Ministerial Transition team was selected in order to assist Mary Gear, our new quarter-time minister in learning the ropes about UUFM.
    • October – Mary Gear leads her first regular service as our quarter-time minister.
  • April: Started first OWL classes for Kindergarten through 2nd grade

 

2014

  • 2014-15 Board Members
    • Kathleen McKinney, Chair
    • Jay Teller, Treasurer
    • Phoebe Newman, Co-Secretary
    • Vicky Wilbanks, Co-Secretary
    • Madeline Bishop
    • Greg Valentine
    • Denise Patton
    • Wendell Kringen
    • Nakota Ashstarte – Past Chair
  • April: First OWL classes for 4th through 6th grade
  • September: Started meeting every week with the inclusion of our “Simplified Services” after an experimental period in Spring of 2014.
  • November:
    • The membership decided to initate a study of the feasibility to hire a minister;
    • Vision statement completed and approved
    • Hired new Religious Education Coordinator, Dominique Bjorlin

2013

  • 2013-14 Board Members
    • Nakota Ashstarte, Chair
    • Jay Teller, Treasurer
    • Ken Moore, Past Chair
    • Greg Valentine, Music Director
    • Brian DeMarco
    • Madeline Bishop
    • Kathleen McKinney
    • Genevieve Woodard
  • March: All membership business meeting to discuss potential for joining St. Barnabas Episcopal or the Combined Ministries.  Ultimately, service schedule conflicts were not resolvable.
  • Circle Suppers reinititated for families and others

2012

  • 2012-13 Board Members
    • Ken Moore, Chair
    • Barb Roush, Treasurer
    • Phil Newman, Ex Officio Past Chair
    • Nakota Ashstarte
    • Brian DeMarco
    • Lynn Hughes
    • GenevieveWoodard
  • Fall: “Covenant of Right Relations” the central goal of which is to adopt the principles of “everyone being heard” and “disagreeing agreeably” is adopted.

2011

  • Organized Children’s RE around three groups (Toddlers, Elementary, and Middle/High “TAO”)
  • UUFM accepted as a “Welcoming Community” by the UUA on April 4, 2011
  • Formed the “Social Justice” Committee
  • 2011-12 Board Members
    • Ken Moore, Chair
    • Barb Roush, Treasurer
    • Barbara Valentine, Secretary
    • Phil Newman
    • Marcia Blevins
    • Lynn Hughes
    • Alene Jacobs
  • Intiated our first “Parent RE” Program in October
  • Conducted our first “Mystery Friends” program in October-November

2010

  • Created the “Care Concerns Committee”
  • Worked enthusiastically toward becoming a “Welcoming Congregation”
  • Held Circle Suppers monthly from September, 2009 to May, 2010
  • Held a series of workshops led by Linda Olds on “Moving Beyond Ego,” an exploration of personal religious experience.
  • Began a monthly movie series at the 3rd Street Pizza in Mac.
  • November, 2010
    • Our congregation, “The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville, Oregon” was accepted as a member congregation in the Unitarian Universalist Association of American Congregations!
  • August, 2010
    • Hired our first Director of Children’s Religious Education, Christi Olsen
  • May, 2010
    • Third annual meeting with election of new Board and approval of the 2010-2011 budget, which included money to hire a part-time RE director, starting in July, 2010.
    • Makeup of our 2010-2011 Board, with new officers to be elected at the first meeting of the new Board in June, 2010.
    • Phil Newman — 2 year term
    • Marcia Blevins — 2 year term
    • Barbara Valentine — 2 year term
    • Kris Gabrielsen — last year of 2 year term
    • Bev Halverson — last year of 2 year term
    • Ted deChatelet — last year of 2 year term
    • Lynn Hughes — last year of 2 year term
  • March, 2010
    • The Fellowship voted to apply for membership to the UUA.

2009

  • September, 2009
    • The revised By-laws were adopted by the Membership.
  • August, 2009
    • Began donating cash collections from the offering to local non-profit organizations.
  • May, 2009
    • Second annual meeting with election of new Board and approval of the 2009-2010 budget.
  • Makeup of our 2009-2010 Board:
    • Kris Gabrielsen, Chair (3 year term as a Board Member, 1 more year as Chair)
    • Bernie McGinnis, Vice-chair (1 year term)
    • Bev Halverson, Treasurer (3 year term)
    • Pam Bergen, Secretary (1 year term)
    • Patriciafaye Marshall (2 year term)
    • Ted deChalet (2 year term)
    • Lynn Hughes (2 year term)
  • March, 2009
    • UUFM attains tax free status from the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • January, 2009
    • First Sunday morning Worship Service.

2008

  • November, 2008
    • On a vote of 15 to 5 (75%), the membership authorized the Board to make the decision to move the time of the service to 10:30am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.
    • The board then met and voted unanimously to change the time to 10:30am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, to become effective with the first service in January, 2009.
  • September, 2008
    • Began celebrating worship services twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays
    • Initiated Children’s Religious Education classes
    • Participated in the Linfield Faith Fair
    • Participated in the Interfaith Peace Fair and Walk (16 UUs attended!).
  • August, 2008
    • First Pledge Drive initiates with $16,400 in pledges; Not yet complete with some members still un-pledged!
  • June, 2008
    • First service including our children for a story.First service that is strictly a “worship” service
  • May, 2008
    • First annual election meeting was held and the first Board of Directors was elected as was the first Nominating Committee.
    • The First meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors was held and the following officers were elected, with randomly determined terms of office s:
      • Kris Gabrielsen – Chair – 1 year
      • Bernie McGinnis – Vice Chair – 2 years
      • Pam Bergen – Secretary – 2 years
      • Bev Halverson – Treasurer – 1 year
      • Leah Bloom – Director – 3 years
      • Beth Dell – Director – 3 year
      • Susan Marrant – Director – 3 year
  • April, 2008
    • Our first anniversary as a fellowship was celebrated on April, 13.
    • Presentation to the membership of the first slate for the Board of Directors, a new nominating committee and the first annual budget for 2008-2009.
    • Liability insurance acquired.
    • “RE Supervision Policy” introduced and adopted.
  • March, 2008
    • Bylaws unanimously adopted by a unanimous vote at the regular monthly meeting on March 16, 2008.
    • Donations since November, 2007 totaled more than $5,000.
    • A Membership Committee was established with the primary goal of achieving a signed membership roster of forty-five members by October, 2008
  • February, 2008
    • Articles of Incorporation were filed in Oregon.
    • A special Nominations Committee was formed to determine the candidates for our first Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.
  • January, 2008
    • Budget for the first 6 months of 2008 was adopted by the Steering Committee

2007

  • December, 2007
    • Donated XMAS gifts to YCAP that took up half the hallway.
    • Arranged for UUCS to handle our accounting while we seek Tax Exempt status.
    • Treasury initiated with the receipt of first cash donations.
    • Arranged for subsequent membership meetings to be held at the McMinnville Senior Center, providing space for our RE program.
    • Held a Holiday potluck; the house was jammed with adults and children.
  • November, 2007
    • Received commitments (financial and service) from 26 members to support the establishment of our Fellowship as a member of the UUA. In addition, 46 other individuals have joined our email list.
    • Established a Worship Committee, staffed our Treasurer and Co-treasurer positions and launched a Bylaws Committee. Proposed Bylaws now under review by the Committee and expect proposed Bylaws to be presented to Steering Committee in January and to the membership in February.
  • October, 2007
    • Visited by Rick Davis, minister at the UU Congregation in Salem, Oregon, who presented a sermon of support, advice and encouragement.
  • September, 2007
    • Our name was unanimously established as “The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville”
    • Held a well attended potluck.
  • August, 2007
    • Establishment of a Steering Committee to lead the way until we can get organized.
  • July, 2007
    • Special membership wide planning meeting and potluck in late July to define our goals for the first year. Attendance was about 25 and the following goals were set for our first year:
    • Creation of Chalice Circles
    • Planning and implementing Religious Education for the children of members: eleven children between the ages of one and seventeen. (Status: Initial curriculum driven RE underway since September, 2008.)
    • Community Involvement (Status: Established connections with two community groups in the McMinnville area supporting those in need.)
    • Arranged for temporary membership meeting space at the McMinnville Senior Center.
  • June 24th, 2007
    • 3rd meeting at Marcia Bleven’s house. We decide to have a visioning retreat in the form of a membership-wide planning meeting and potluck.
  • May 20th, 2007
    • 2nd meeting at Susan and Joel Marrant’s
  • April 29th, 2007
    • 1st meeting at Beth and Roger Dell’s

Historical Highlights of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville 2/6/2011

Updated by Bernie McGinnis 1/18/2014