Splinters from the Board

Dear Fellow Tapestrians,

Each summer I look forward to catching up on reading, spending precious time with my two daughters (who in just 1-2 years will be off to college), taking a trip to Chicago to visit my siblings and aging parents and finally completing (maybe) some home projects with my husband. But this year is like no other. COVID-19 is keeping us from taking long-distance trips for the first time in years. I’m a geographer by training so staying put is difficult for me. Even staying local is concerning as corona virus cases are increasing in Orange County. But my mom says, ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade’. So, my family pledged to support local businesses more than we have in the past. But there is always more we can do. Being heard is one way. With face masks and signs in hand, my daughter and I recently protested against excessive use of force by police. Many cars honked in support.

We left the Mission Viejo protest with more hope than when we arrived. I’m so glad that my daughter thinks that her voice can help others. Finally, on a personal note, I made a promise to go to the beach weekly to boogie board with a dear friend in the early morning to avoid the crowds. We both remarked that we feel like teenagers again. We are going strong now in week two! So, I’ll ask you, how are you ‘making lemonade’?

While we are all eager to resume our pre-pandemic lives, many of us remain at home for the most part. If you are feeling isolated, try out a new Tapestry online groups such as the Community Meditation, the TGIF lunch, or hang out at the Wednesday Night at the Movies with our friends down the road at the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach. As a congregation, we are not letting a pandemic slow us down! I’m thrilled that Tapestry’s Ways and Means Committee and several other dedicated folks brainstormed to plan our first-ever Online Auction to be held in August. The auctions are one of our biggest sources of income which helps us pay for staff, the building, and utilities. With a tight budget, we are depending on a good turnout. Please consider offering something to donate such as baked goods, dog-sitting, an online party, etc. I can’t wait to see what creative items will be offered by our fabulous Tapestry members.

Another positive outcome from COVID-19 is that many of us are ‘zooming’. It is so exciting to see excellent turnout for Sunday services, committee meetings and events. Because they are online, they are now available to those who have moved away or those who cannot make it to an in-person meeting. It’s a win-win!

Finally, a “re-opening team” is being assembled at Tapestry to help us plan for the day that we can return to the building safely once again. We do not know when this will happen, but yes, it will happen. “This too, shall pass”. Yet now that we have been ‘zoomed’, frankly, some of us don’t want to give it up completely….so there will probably be a place for Zoom in Tapestry’s future.

I hope your summer brings you relaxation, time to reconnect with others and the opportunity to make some ‘lemonade’.

Christine Krueger
President, Board of Trustees

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Christine Krueger, President