Tips for the Transition to Two Services (Beginning on Sunday, September 16, 2018)
We will all be learning together as we adjust to a new Sunday schedule and the opportunities it brings. As always, open minds, open hearts, and flexibility will carry us through! Here are some tips that can help with the transition.
- Look for an open space in the church parking lot before parking on the roadway.
- Carpool with your neighbors.
Worship Services: 9 and 11 a.m.
- The first service will start promptly at 9 a.m. when the big doors close and will end at 10 a.m.
- The second service will begin at 11 a.m. The content of both services will be the same. We suggest you try out both service times.
- The choir will sing twice a month at both services.
Religious Exploration for Children and Youth: 10:10 to 10:55 a.m.
- RE classes will begin promptly at 10:10 and end at 10:55 a.m.
- 4th graders and above are welcome at either the 9 or 11 a.m. service and materials will be provided to help them stay engaged.
- A children’s chapel program will be held in the RE area for children 3rd grade and below during each service.
Community Hour: 10 to 11 a.m.
- The Community Hour between services in the Pete Seeger Gathering Hall is an informal time for having a cup of coffee or tea, meeting new people, learning about church programs, and deepening connections. We encourage you to stay after the 9 a.m. service or come before the 11 a.m. service for this important social time.
- For quiet, more intentional conversation, you can join others at the round tables in the Linus Pauling Room.
- If you enjoy music, join the music jam in the sanctuary.
After the Second Service
- There will be an informal discussion time in the Linus Pauling Room.
- Volunteers make Sunday morning programs possible. We need you!
- You can sign up online for one of the 13 Sunday morning volunteer slots. This is a great way to get to know people better and make an important contribution.
Questions or feedback can be directed to the Growing Together Task Force or left in the dropbox at the kiosk.
Second Service News — July 8, 2018
Beginning on September 16 we will be holding two Sunday morning services — at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Between the two services, the Religious Exploration classes will meet and there will be a time for community connections, conversation, and coffee. Ayla Halberstadt will be contacting families with more information about changes in the RE program.
Growing Together Task Force Announcement — June 10, 2018
On behalf of the Growing Together Task Force I want to thank everyone who took part in one of the five focus groups that met in the last few weeks. We had a great exchange of ideas about the rapid growth of our congregation, what we can do nurture our sense of community as we grow, and how we can make a place for all who want to be part of the Sunday worship experience. Our recent growth has been truly remarkable. Over half of our current members have joined since we moved to our new home a little over three years ago, and 25% have joined since Rev. Scott became our minister in August of 2017. You may have felt that our sanctuary is wonderfully full on many Sundays. The average number of people at Sunday services since September has been 250, and we anticipate that we will surpass the sanctuary’s seating capacity in the next year. We want to be ready to welcome all who want to join us.
We heard clearly from the focus groups that we need to be intentional about the ways we keep our community connected as we grow. We also heard people’s willingness to try out a second service. The Task Force has thus recommended to the board that we move to two Sunday morning services beginning with our ingathering on September 16. We are suggesting a congregational assessment in early January to get a picture of how the structure is working and what adjustment might be needed. We anticipate returning to a single service during the summer months.
Our congregation already has the experience of doing two services at Christmas and Easter but there are many questions to be resolved: What time will the two services be? When will the choir sing? When will we have coffee hour? Will both services be the same? When will we have RE? Your creative ideas and input will be essential as we work out the details together over the summer.
From its beginning this congregation has had a long history of flexibility, creativity, and the will to make changes and respond to opportunities. We wouldn’t be in this beautiful building without that spirit. We are in a time of change in our community and our country. Bend is growing rapidly and people are increasingly drawn to the message of love, service, and inclusion that Unitarian Universalism offers. Our congregational mission—seeking meaning, celebrating life, and serving the spirit of love and justice in our world—affirms that message. Part of realizing our mission is to make sure there is a place and a warm welcome for all those who want to join with us.
The summarized notes from the focus groups will be posted soon on the Growing Together page of our website, along with names of members of the task force. If you weren’t able to come to a focus group—or even if you were—we need your ideas and would like to hear from you. And you’ll be hearing more from us throughout the summer as preparations move forward for two services in September. There are exciting times ahead!
—delivered to the congregation by Marean Jordan
The Growing Together Task Force was formed in April of 2018 at the board’s and minister’s request to engage the congregation in addressing the impact of rapid growth on the UUFCO community and planning for a second service.
Task Force members are: Mark Hickman (co-chair), Marean Jordan (co-chair), Don Hartsough, Annis Henson, Ayla Halberstadt, Judy Hurlburt, Dennis Lazzar, Chela Sloper, and Rev. Scott Rudolph. We invite you to contact the Growing Together Task Force to share your thoughts.