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We invite you to attend our worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30.
Children are welcome in our Religious Education Program. We hope to see you this week!
What to expect on a typical Sunday morning
As we continue to build the children's program, they will begin in the Sanctuary with their families and go to their Religious Education activities after the “Story for All Ages.”
The worship service includes singing, readings, a sermon, sharing of significant milestones in our congregants’ lives, and a time for prayerful silence or meditation. We also take a monthly offering for a local charity or other needs outside our community.
The social hour after the service is a good way for you to get to know us, and we you. Dress at our services varies. Wear what is comfortable for you. Here is a short video of fun times together, this one was a baby shower after one of the services for a couple expecting a new baby.
Music by Unitarian Universalist composer, Peter Mayer: click for video "Blue Boat Home"
Unitarian Universalists value the many contributions of time and talent that our members and friends bring. Dedicated volunteers wear many hats. Whatever the contribution, we appreciate it as a gift that supports the ministry of the congregation as a whole. Lay leaders and task-oriented helpers—along with the minister, office assistant, and musicians—all play an important role in creating the Beloved Community we aspire to be.
Board of Trustees
Dennis Shaw, President
Frank Wilmer, Vice President
Ellen McGill, Treasurer
Joseph Fenty, Secretary
Board of Trustee Members: Herb Levin, Don Liermann, Gustavo Reynoso, Jennifer Rose, Delmar Wooden
Our Senior Minister
The Reverend Amy Kindred, Our Senior Minister (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chris McCoy, Church Administrator (email@example.com)
Marty Wilmer, Lifespan RE Director
Joani Mountain, Membership Coordinator
Christina Joy & John Lee, Kitchen Assistants
A Brief History
1969: The Port Charlotte Fellowship is founded. Twelve people sign the membership application and begin meeting in each other’s homes. Shortly thereafter, they accept an offer to meet in Temple Shalom , a local Jewish synagogue.
1977: We purchase 1.85 acres in Port Charlotte with the dream of building “a home of our own.”
1978: Dr. Carl Westman, a retired UU minister living in Lakeland, is hired as a part-time minister.
1983-84: The present building is erected. UUA President, Rev. Dr. Eugene Pickett, speaks at the dedication ceremony. Name is changed to Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.
1990-92: Rev. George Brooks serves as part-time minister. He is now our minister emeritus.
1993-99: Rev. Sam Trumbore is called as the first settled minister. He is followed by two interim ministers: Rev. Susanne Nazian and Rev. Herbert Adams.
2000: The Fellowship conducts its first all-member fundraising canvas and collects a 140% increase in pledges.
2002-06: Rev. Sara Zimmerman is called as the second settled minister.
2004: Category 4 Hurricane Charley hits on Friday, August 13th, devastating Charlotte County. Our building suffers only minor damage but the lovely old oaks are destroyed. Many neighboring UU congregations help clear the debris on the Fellowship grounds and at the homes of members and friends. Many suffer great losses; some are evacuated for almost a year; others never return to their winter homes. Rev. Sara busily visits local congregants and telephones snowbirds about the condition of their property.
2005: Early in the year, when congregants were still reeling from Charley’s blow, our beloved co-president, Jan O’Rourke, is murdered. A popular community activist, her memorial service draws many mourners.
2006-08: Rev. Sara resigns to pursue her doctorate; two interim ministers follow: Rev. Hannah Wells and Rev. Margaret Beard. We craft and adopt vision and mission statements and hire a professional bookkeeping service. Significant renovations to the Social Hall are completed.
2008-09: Rev. Dr. Pam Allen-Thompson is hired as a consulting minister with a two-year contract. Our first website is developed. We become an official Welcoming Congregation, embracing people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender. Five of our members attend General Assembly in
Ft. Lauderdale, and our Board President, Ginger Abraham, is elected to the District Board.
2009: The Fellowship celebrates its 40th anniversary with a successful $40,000.00 capital fund drive. Funds are used for building enhancements and necessary improvements. New initiatives include a Children’s Religious Education program and a ministry of racial justice and inclusion. Our membership exceeds 100.
2010: Rev. Pam Allen-Thompson is called as the third settled minister. A number of new initiatives aim to help us move further toward our vision, including: Long-Range planning, “Passages” weekly support group, a Blue Ribbon Commission on Giving, and participation in the 24-unit UUA curriculum to promote anti-racism and multi-cultural competency called “Building the World We Dream About.”
2012: Rev. Pam Allen-Thompson announces her resignation as our settled minister. The Rev. Amy Kindred is chosen as our Contract Minister for a 2 year contract period beginning August 15, 2012
2013: Amy Lynne Menard is hired as our new Music Director in February, 2013 after our long-serving Pianist, Evelyn Haymaker retires. Amy Menard retires later that year.
2014: Rev. Amy Kindred becomes our settled minister.
2016: Katie Romano Griffin serves as our intern minister for the 2016-2017 year.
Becoming a Member
If you feel in sympathy with the UU Principles, resonate with this congregation’s mission and wish to deepen your connections with the larger vision of Unitarian Universalism; and if you enjoy attending services here and want to keep growing spiritually and personally—expanding heart and mind; then we welcome you as a companion seeker in the religious journey.
To become a member:
1. Express your interest in membership to our Minister or someone from the Membership committee.
2. Turn in the member data card to the Administrator or Minster to become connected to the larger Unitarian Universalist Association.
3. Make an annual financial pledge of support for our community to the extent that you are comfortable, and consider how you might like to share your gifts of time and talent, as you are able.
4. Sign our historic Membership Book. WELCOME!