President's Message for November

Mark your calendars! Perhaps it’s too generous or optimistic to say that it’s starting to cool a bit here in the desert, and many Members and Friends are beginning to return for the Coachella Valley’s anticipated cooler months. We’ve had our ingathering and it’s time to get church things done.

Looking ahead, how fortunate are we to showcase the great contributions of talent, time, and treasure of so many Members, Friends, and visitors who make so many high-quality events possible!? Thanks to the diverse group of individuals comprising our beloved community, it seems like something’s always going on at church. It’s a high-quality problem to have.

For example, this year, through no one’s fault, the Auction takes place the same weekend as Social Justice Committee’s Annual Palm Springs LGTBQI Pride Parade participation. Did you know that this year the Social Justice Committee put together a new UUCOD float and vehicle contingent complete with new t-shirts, music, and crowd pleasers? Riders and walkers will come together to form a more visible UUCOD presence than in recent past parades. Wow!

Aren’t you thrilled to see the re-emergence of the live auction? Our many special offerings and talents and/or prized possessions are sure to attract high bids. Of course, just spending the fun time together post-pandemic is to be particularly treasured.

Don’t miss a thing! Be sure to check the online church calendar here: Calendar Events. Here’s a summary of upcoming events to be saved and not missed:

Silent and Live Auction: 11/3 – 11/4

UUCOD Float at Ann. Palm Springs LGTBQI Pride: 11/5

Rev. Riddell’s Installation: 11/12

S2S2S’s “A Very Holly Moosemas:” 11/17 – 11/18

New Member Induction: 11/19

Celebration Garden Blessing: 12/3

Special Double Holiday Services: 12/24

Desert Canyon Habitat Demonstration Garden Dedication: 1/7

S2S2S’s “Let It Rain:” 1/26 – 1/27

Pledge Drive Kick-Off: 1/28

Who are your unsung heroes? As these events show, here at UUCOD we are fortunate to have so many individuals who make sure “the trains run on time,” usually without reward and anyone even realizing it. Let’s remember to acknowledge these folks and thank them for what they do.

This month, I’m thinking of, shouting out, and thanking Tracy Flynn, Margaret Manson, Bill Masco, Linda Savard, Sandy Sladen, and Randy Steele. If I missed you, please don’t hesitate to call me out! We are a culture not only of generosity but also gratitude.

If you have an idea, suggestion, comment, improvement, or criticism, please contact me or any Members of the Board and convey your thoughts. You can also bring them to the next Voices of the Congregation forum during the next Board meeting. Recall that this year’s Board meetings are hybrid online on Zoom and in-person in the Community Room. Come as you can! By the way, this month, our next regular meeting is advanced to November 14.

—Bob Rancourt

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