President’s Perspectives

Greetings, fellow Tapestrians!

We are well and truly into spring. Flowers are out in profusion, the days are getting warmer and we can look forward to long, lovely summer evenings with family and friends.

Our new building is becoming more of a home every day. We had a wonderfully successful dedication on March 3 with over 200 adults and children in attendance. Our nursery is occupied every Sunday, and the children and youth are settled in their upstairs class rooms. We continue to make improvements in the kitchen and hope to have it fully functional in the near future after some minor electrical tinkering.

This month is bringing several exciting events starting with Celebration Sunday on April 7, the culmination of our 2019-2020 stewardship drive. Members and friends will have the opportunity to pledge their financial commitment for the coming year and celebrate a successful stewardship drive with other Tapestrians. Everyone who makes a pledge up to and through April 7 will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate from a premier Laguna Beach restaurant.

We don’t receive support from outside organizations and rely primarily on donations and fundraising for our income. Please consider everything that you receive from Tapestry as you plan your annual pledge. If you have questions about what might be appropriate, feel free to talk to me or Rev. Kent.

Close on the heels of Celebration Sunday will be a special Spring service on April 21, as we observe a Unitarian Universalist Easter. Flyers will be distributed to our neighbors on April 7 between 1:00 and 2:30 inviting them to join us for this service. If you would like to participate in handing out flyers, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org. This activity does not involve knocking on doors, just distributing flyers.

Earth Day is April 22 and is celebrated by 193 countries around the world. Tapestry is green 365 days a year, but everyone will notice more environmental enhancements over the next weeks and months. We will soon have a bicycle rack on the west side of the building for those who would like to ride to Tapestry on Sunday. We will be improving our outdoor area with green hardscape and landscape to make it a more inviting area for coffee and conversation on Sunday. We also are planning another clean air day, with Tapestry members and friends bringing their hybrid and electric cars to showcase.

For our members and friends with mobility issues, there are designated “Senior Parking” places near the front door. These spaces are for those folks who don’t have handicap placards, but still would like to have a shorter walk to the building. If you have no mobility issues, please plan to park a little further away and get some exercise on Sunday morning.

Tapestry is now seeing the benefits from new renters. An Armenian School is using two of our classrooms on Friday afternoon, and we are in final negotiations with an Hispanic Pentecostal Church that would be holding services several days a week. We are very excited about our new tenants, as their rent payments will give a nice boost to our annual budget.

Besides financial support, there are many other ways you can support Tapestry. As we get ready to head into our new fiscal year on July 1, please give some thought to what activities you might like to take on. There are openings for greeters and ushers, and we always need snacks on Sunday morning. Commitments for some positions can be as little as an hour or so a few times a year. If you have an interest in becoming more involved in any area, please see me, Rev. Kent, Molly Stelovich or Amanda Wainwright. We’d love to have your skills and abilities supporting Tapestry!

In peace,

Julia Rampone
President

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Julia Rampone, President