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					UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST
CHURCH OF THE RESTORATION




2009-2010 ANNUAL REPORT
    The Reverend Larry Smith, Consulting Minister
             Marilyn Dyson, Moderator
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                                                        TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive Reports ................................................................................................................................ 1
Minister’s Report .................................................................................................................................... 2
Moderator’s Report ................................................................................................................................ 3
Assistant Moderator’s Report Restoration Church Council ................................................................... 4
Religious Exploration – Sunday School Program .................................................................................. 5
Minutes of Restoration Annual Congregational Meeting ....................................................................... 6
Finance Annual Report .......................................................................................................................... 8
Profit & Loss Budget vs. Actual ........................................................................................................... 10
End of Year JMS Endowment Portfolio & Wachovia Special Funds Savings Account ....................... 11


Ministry Reports ................................................................................................................................. 15
Growth Ministry Report ........................................................................................................................ 16
Multicultural/Anti-Oppression/Accessibility Ministry Report................................................................. 17
Religious Services Ministry Report ...................................................................................................... 18
Social Justice and Community Action Ministry Report ........................................................................ 19


Administration, Program and Activity Reports .............................................................................. 20
2009 Service Auction ........................................................................................................................... 21
Audit Report ......................................................................................................................................... 22
Bookreaders ......................................................................................................................................... 22
Building & Grounds Maintenance ........................................................................................................ 23
Building Security .................................................................................................................................. 24
Computers and Audio/Visual Equipment ............................................................................................. 24
Committee on Ministry ......................................................................................................................... 24
Congregational Cultivation Task Force ............................................................................................... 25
Covenant Groups ................................................................................................................................. 26
Folk Factory ......................................................................................................................................... 26
Internal Communications ..................................................................................................................... 28
Miscellaneous Fund Raising ................................................................................................................ 29




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                                  EXECUTIVE REPORTS




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                                    MINISTER’S REPORT
                                     The Reverend Larry Smith

During the church year the minister preached or led worship approximately nineteen times. A
funeral and a memorial service were officiated. Non-church weddings and union ceremonies were
referred to the Reverend Florence Gelo, a Unitarian Universalist minister not currently serving any
local churches.

The minister was present at most church events including the church auction. The minister worked
extensively with the Religious Services Ministry, Committee on Ministry and the Covenant Group
leaders. The minister made every effort to report to the Board of Trustees at every meeting and
spoke almost every week with the Moderator of the congregation to coordinate and plan leadership
functions. Congregants were met with as requested and at the minister’s availability. The minister
met every month with the Religious Educator. To maintain connections with the larger Unitarian
Universalist community, the minister met regularly with two small groups of minister, one a spirituality
group and the other the Southern New Jersey minister’s cluster.

In the autumn of the church year a small group of congregants, including the minister, accepted the
Board of Trustee’s invitation to join in a Mission/Vision process at a Saturday retreat at the Unitarian
Society of Germantown. As the church year progressed it became apparent that the mission and
vision from that process were unsatisfactory to the majority of congregants. Unfortunately, clarity
around the church’s vision and mission failed to emerge during the church year.

These are pivotal issues for the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration. The lack of a
clear, written vision and mission for the congregation is the root cause for numerous minor conflicts
that undermine the church’s energy and morale.

 If the congregation can communicate a compelling vision of its future it will probably prosper. The
congregants are intelligent and very likeable. Despite the problems of an aging building, the
church’s campus is attractive and spacious for a small congregation. In short, the Unitarian
Universalist Church of the Restoration has every possibility before it if the community can envision a
shared ministry together with agreed upon goals.

It is my fervent hope that the next ministry will bring the congregation together around a common
purpose.


In faith,

Reverend Larry Smith,
Consulting Minister




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                                 MODERATOR’S REPORT
                                           Marilyn Dyson

This is my last article as moderator and must say it’s been a wonderful and exciting journey. We
have come far in the two years [that I have been Moderator]. I am proud of how we have worked
together to pick up the pieces and stay a vibrant community. In the past two years, the congregation
as accomplished a lot.

   We have new social activities that bring in young families thanks to Amy and Jeff Adams’ Game
    Night.
   We have a balanced budget.
   We have a task force that is examining our structure and finding ways to strengthen our
    membership.
   Five new families have joined our congregation this year.
   We have Second Sunday Pot Luck.
   We established split plate and are contributing to the larger community.

We found new ways of connecting with ourselves and our neighbors. Now we are looking for ways to
strengthen these connections and to build more.

Sunday, June 8, we [elected] offices and a new Board. I know that with Harald Grote’s leadership,
we [will] be able to accomplish even more. As I’ve noted in each of my spring articles, summer will
not be a time of rest. There is a lot to do to ensure a great year to come. We are looking forward to
your help to Restoration’s continued success.


Marilyn Dyson




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                        ASSISTANT MODERATOR’S REPORT
                         RESTORATION CHURCH COUNCIL
                                          Julia Bradburd


Planning for the Church Council is the responsibility of the Assistant Moderator.
The Council this year was structured with the following purposes:
   A. To advance the mission and goals of the Board and the congregation.
          Board: Growth, Community Outreach, Financial stability
          Congregation: Growth, RE development, public face (external and internal)
   B. To facilitate communication among member ministries (committees).
   C. To monitor scheduling of committee activities and programs.

There were eight important areas of church work to be represented:
   Religious Services Ministry
   Religious Education
   Social Justice
   Growth/membership/caring
   Multi-cultural/Anti-oppression/ Accessibility
   Communication
   Building/Grounds
   Stewardship

The first five areas were represented at every meeting. Communications and Building /Grounds
submitted written reports when not attending. Stewardship was not represented.

The Council met three times. In October it was an organizing meeting to confirm our purpose and
goals.

In January there were reports of current work of each group.

The April meeting asked for budget requests from each group, and a brain-storming to explore how
each group was currently and actively engaged especially in efforts toward Growth. It was a
wonderful session, with lots of good and creative ideas.

The proposal to have each ministry (committee) report directly to a Board meeting one time during
the year was not implemented.

While most of those attending seemed to feel that the meetings were interesting and productive,
there is no way to evaluate the effectiveness of the Council. It’s function needs to be reviewed and
evaluated.




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         RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION – SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM
                                Eric Wilden – Religious Educator

The last year was one of slow but steady growth and success for the RE program at Restoration.
We started the year with just a few regular students, but grew to a regular attendance of 7 or more.
We welcomed as new members to the church (with their families) James and Nara Buch and Jacob
Friedenberg, each of whom brings wonderful energy to the program. We have also been blessed
with regular attendance by Jane and Larry Hain’s granddaughter Maddie and Vivian and Bill
Dikeman’s granddaughter Natalie.

Our curriculum for the last year was the ―Toolbox of Faith‖, a 16-week program that examined a
different Unitarian-Universalist value each week as represented by a particular tool. Examples
included Questioning (represented by the magnifying glass), Reflection (mirror), Humor (sandpaper),
and Love (gloves). We had a lot of fun with stories about famous UU’s, arts and crafts, music, and
plenty of sunny Sundays that allowed us to spend some time outdoors. We also went on field trips
to UU House to spend time with residents and to Snipes Farm for apple picking and a corn maze.

The ―Message for All Ages‖ became a regular part of Sunday services this year, with Rev. Larry
Smith and Eric Wilden providing most of the stories for our youth. We also held several
intergenerational services throughout the year that gave Restoration’s children opportunities to
spend time with the larger congregation. The year wrapped up with another wonderful Bridging
Ceremony, in which we acknowledged our graduating seniors – Anna Flynn-Meketon, Calli Lloyd
Sobolow , Ben Polson, Isa Rieser and Greg Windle.

We are looking forward to another year of growth for the program, which will include two curricula –
one for school-age children and another for preschoolers. We hope to include special classes from
interested congregants and some new volunteer teachers, as well!




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                        MINUTES OF RESTORATION ANNUAL
                          CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
                                             Amy Adams

                                   Meeting Minutes: June 6, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 12:33 PM by Marilyn Dyson (Moderator of the Board of
Trustees). Amy Adams took the minutes for this meeting. 35 members of the congregation were
present, and the meeting, having been duly convened, was ready to proceed with business.

Budget for 2010-2011

The proposed budget for the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year was distributed by Dot Feely, Treasurer. The
following revisions had been made to the budget since the Budget Review Meeting that was held on
May 23:
 A Mathematical error in line 760 of the budget was corrected from the amount of $650 to $450.
 The PUC Matching Grant was added to income for Building and Grounds ($1,600)
 An expense of $3200.00 was added to Building and Grounds for the PUC Matching Grant (This
     reflects the $1,600 given by the PUC, plus the $1,600 Building and Grounds has to match on
     any project that uses the PUC GRant Money)
 The previously reported $10,000 Carryover was stricken from the proposed budget, since it
     cannot be listed as income. Instead, the budget reflects a deficit of $9270.53 and will be covered
     by "Cash on Hand" as of June 30, 2010.

A motion to Approve the Proposed Budget was made by Harald Grote and was seconded by Mike
Foy.

Discussion Items:

   There is no money in the Flood Remediation Budget for the coming year because the damage
    caused by the flooding has been repaired.
   The news cards that are being distributed fall under the printing costs for the Newsletter in the
    Budget.
   There is no money budgeted for the annual report because it is sent electronically to most, and
    few copies are actually printed.
   The amount currently in the Contingency Fund is $1812.69. It was also noted that 1.5% of the
    Endowment earnings is deposited monthly into the contingency fund.
   Several people felt it was important to have money in the Budget for the search committee,
    especially looking forward to having a full-time minister within the next few years.
   The matter of the History Window's need for repair was brought up. Building and Grounds is
    researching all of the options available and getting costs before deciding how to act.

A friendly amendment was made to the motion to approve the Proposed 2010-2011 Budget by
Arnold Bradburd. The amendment was accepted by Harald Grote and Mike Foy. This amendment
will remove the cost of a Costco Membership (Line item 786) from the "Expenses" column. Church
Members who currently have memberships to Costco will use their current membership cards to
purchase items needed for the church.

It was moved by Ron Soper to further amend the proposed budget. Ron moved to add a line item to
the budget that would set aside $5,000 for the Search Committee. This motion was seconded by



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Harald Grote.

Discussion:
 This would not add another $5,000 to the deficit. The money would come from our current
    budget
 It was concluded that the Board would make the decision on what budget items would be cut in
    order to have the money available.

A vote was taken to add this amendment to the proposed budget. 14 were in favor. 10 were
opposed. 5 went on record as abstaining from the vote.

After further discussion, the vote to approve the Amended 2010-2011 Budget was taken. 15 were in
favor. 7 Opposed. 6 went on record as abstaining from the vote.

Incoming Board Officers

The following slate of Officers for the Board of Trustees was presented to the Congregation

Moderator- Harald Grote
Assistant Moderator- Michael Alexander
Treasurer- Dot Feely
Secretary- Barbara Paulach
Board Members at Large: Pat Evans (2 year term), Mike Foy (2 year term) and Bridget Flynn (1
year term)

It was moved by Arnold Bradburd and seconded by Annabel Grote to accept this slate of officers by
acclamation. The motion passed.

Nominating Committee

The following slate of members for the 2011 Nominating Committee was presented:
Barbara Bunkle
Gary Bamberger
Jim Walters

It was moved by Arnold Bradburd and seconded by Harald Grote to accept this slate of members by
acclamation. The motion passed.


Thank you to Marilyn

Marilyn Dyson was thanked for serving UUCR as moderator and presented with a gift of
appreciation.

Adjournment

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 1:40 PM


Respectfully submitted,
Amy Adams, Recording Secretary




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                               FINANCE ANNUAL REPORT
                                           Dorothy Feely

                                 Operating Budget for 2010-2011




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                       PROFIT & LOSS BUDGET VS. ACTUAL
                                           Dorothy Feely


                           Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2009-2010




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               END OF YEAR JMS ENDOWMENT PORTFOLIO &
               WACHOVIA SPECIAL FUNDS SAVINGS ACCOUNT
                                           Dorothy Feely

In October 2007 Restoration’s endowment portfolio, which over the years had consisted of a variety
of stocks, bonds and funds, many of which the church had inherited or had been spun off from
stocks, and which was managed somewhat loosely by members of various investment committees,
was converted to a group of funds in the Calvert Socially Responsible Fund Family. This portfolio,
which conforms to the recommendations of the UUA for socially responsible investing, is maintained
by the Janney Montgomery Scott Company, the same Philadelphia brokerage house that has held
Restoration’s endowment funds for many years. Restoration is also the beneficiary of $250.00 each
year from the Haney Trust.

Following the guidelines of Restoration’s Endowment Policy, which was approved by the
congregation on April 6, 2008, $6131.16 was withdrawn from the endowment portfolio for operating
expenses during the 2009-2010 fiscal year. $2627.64 was withdrawn from the endowment portfolio
for deposit into Restoration’s Special Contingency Fund for emergencies, which is held in a savings
account at Wachovia Bank. A loan of $10,000.00 @3.25% interest for 60 months was taken from
the endowment in October 2009 to cover the costs connected with the Fellowship Hall floods in
August 2009. Repayment of this loan at $184.26 per month will begin in July 2010. According to
this schedule this loan will be fully repaid to the endowment in June 2015. Withdrawal of $3800.00
was also made from the Special Contingency Fund in October 2009 to cover the afore-mentioned
flood remediation costs.

$1164.24 was paid back to the endowment portfolio on the loan of approximately $5000 @ 6%
interest that was taken from the endowment portfolio in November 2007 to cover work on the
handicap ramp. At the current repayment schedule of $97.02 per month, this loan will be fully repaid
to the endowment in May 2013. Other additions to the endowment fund in the 2009-2010 fiscal
year were: $250.00 from the Haney Trust, $122.55 from a class action settlement with Quest
Securities, which had been owned by the endowment, and $345.00 from the US Treasury for
overpayment of 2008 taxes on the Caroline Thomas Trust, which was dissolved and distributed in
2008.

The value of Restoration’s endowment portfolio on July 1, 2009 was $160,147.40. The value of the
endowment portfolio on June 30, 2010 was $162, 078.39.




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                     SPECIAL FUNDS: July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010

Restoration’s Special Funds are maintained in a savings account at Wachovia Bank. Each fund is
dedicated to a special need or purpose.

The Contingency Fund was established in January 2008 to provide monies for emergencies only.
1.5% of the endowment earnings distribution as calculated from the average of the market values of
the endowment on March 31 of the prior three years for the following church budget year are
transferred electronically each month from the JMS endowment account to the Wachovia Bank
savings account.
                        Balance on July 1, 2009       $3204.02
                        Balance on June 30, 2010      $2031.66

The Memorial Building Fund was set up in 1985 to receive memorial donations, which can be used
for the physical and aesthetic improvement of Restoration’s buildings and grounds.
                       Balance on July 1, 2009       $25.00
                       Balance on June 30, 2010      $201.00

The Stenton & Gorgas Fund was established in 2001 to provide monies to improve our buildings
and grounds. The Hale Hall renovation was paid for out of this fund.
                     Balance on July 1, 2009        $123.98
                     Balance on June 30, 2010       $1392.79

The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is a long-standing fund that provides our minister with monies
to use at his/her own discretion.
                        Balance on July 1, 2009     $331.00
                        Balance on June 30, 2010    $271.00

The Steven Lee Memorial Fund was set up in September 2004 to honor the memory of our
member, Steve Lee, who died unexpectedly. It was funded by donations from his children and is
dedicated to programs to aid needy children.
                      Balance on July 1, 2009      $625.00
                      Balance on June 30, 2010     $625.00

The All Ministry’s Fund history and purpose is not clear to the current treasurer.
                      Balance on July 1, 2009         $219.87
                      Balance on June 30, 2010        $219.87

The Youth Group Fund serves as a repository for monies received from Youth Group Fund raising
projects. Monies are dispensed from it to cover Youth Group activities.
                       Balance on July 1, 2009       $47.16
                       Balance on June 30, 2010      $47.16

The Children’s Collection Fund serves as a repository for the offerings collected at the children’s
services on Sunday mornings. Monies are dispensed from it to cover special Sunday School
activities.
                     Balance on July 1, 2009       $263.30
                     Balance on June 30, 2010      $263.30

The Social Justice Fund was established in 2001 to support social justice and community-related
initiatives.
                     Balance on July 1, 2009        $506.83



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                       Balance on June 30, 2010         $506.83

The Music Fund was established in 2001 to enhance Restoration’s music program. Donations to
this fund have been used for special initiatives such as the repair of our handbells.
                      Balance on July 1, 2009           $369.54
                      Balance on June 30, 2010          $369.54

The Theological Diversity Ministry’s Fund history and purpose is not clear to the current
treasurer.
                     Balance on July 1, 2009       $54.63
                     Balance on June 30, 2010      $54.63

The Growth Ministry’s Fund history and purpose is not clear to the current treasurer.
                     Balance on July 1, 2009       $41.46
                     Balance on June 30, 2010      $41.46




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                                   MINISTRY REPORTS




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                              GROWTH MINISTRY REPORT
                                        Pat Evans, Convener

The Growth Ministry had ceased any formal functioning during the prior year, though many groups
and individuals carried on with services and tasks that would fall under the auspices of the Growth
Ministry.

One of these was the Congregation Cultivation Taskforce, which studied best practices for
congregational growth. As that group (report elsewhere in the Annual Report) began to contemplate
how these best practices might be implemented at UUCR and which Ministries might own pieces of
this work, the need for a functioning Growth Ministry became apparent.

Two taskforce members, Pat Evans and Cynthia Bradley, volunteered to be co-conveners of a
revived Growth Ministry, to be renamed the Congregational Life and Growth Ministry. In a proposal
to the Board, the mission of the revived ministry was revised: ―to increase Restoration’s church
membership and overall active participation of church members. We aim to accomplish this through
promoting a caring congregational climate that promotes inter-connectedness and implementing
effective processes for welcoming visitors and nurturing their connection with our congregation.‖ This
mission differed from the Growth Ministry in that outreach was not listed. It was noted that outreach
would become a formal part of our mission once these initial goals are stabilized.

The proposal continued: ―As conveners we are not volunteering to do all the work required for this
Ministry to further its mission. We are volunteering to provide collaborative linkages among the many
committees and functions (see below) that would fall within the Ministry’s scope. We would take
responsibility for efforts to fill needed gaps and would help people drawn to our ministry find the best
match between their interests and the needs of our congregation. We will be in regular
communication with representatives of each committee or function, and we will hold periodic potluck
meetings to which all members of any group under this ministry would be invited. We will strive, for
the health of the church, to see that all jobs are shared so as to avoid burning out volunteers or
creating gaps if someone should suddenly leave a job. We look upon all the tasks within our Ministry
as opportunities to build connections and community.

―Current committees and functions that would be linked by this ministry include: Bookreaders, Caring
Committee, non-RE classes and discussion groups for adults, Coffee Hour, Covenant groups,
Dinners for Eight, Games Night, Greeters, Shawl Ministry, Welcome Table, 2nd Sunday Potluck.‖

The Board voted to approve this proposal.

We hope that the Congregational Life and Growth Ministry will have much success to report in the
next Annual Report.




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            MULTICULTURAL/ANTI-OPPRESSION/ACCESSIBILITY
                        MINISTRY REPORT
       Grace Sherer (July - Dec.) and Bruce Pollack-Johnson (Dec. - June), Conveners

We started off this church year with a potluck picnic and hootenanny at Maryka and Ken Goldberg’s
home in Cherry Hill on September 7th, getting caught up with each other after the summer and
singing songs of the civil rights movement.

Our steadiest program has been the UUCARES (Unitarian Universalists for Continuing Anti-Racism
Education and Support) monthly anti-racism discussion and support group on Tuesday nights. This
program, open to those interested in anti-racism work from all congregations in this area and led by
Jeff Adams, ran from July through June, skipping only December, February (due to snow), and May.
Members from the Unitarian Society of Germantown (USG) especially (as well as UUCR) have been
regular attendees. It grew out of the Building the World We Dream About workshop series, which
ran from January 2008 through March 2009.

On October 17, Bruce Pollack-Johnson attended the Joseph Priestley District (JPD)’s Journey
Toward Wholeness (JTW, the UUA’s anti-racism program) annual conference in Annapolis, as well
as other meetings and teleconferences of the JPD JTW team, and the annual retreat in June.

On January 3, our ministry organized a Sunday service entitled ―The Multicultural Anti-Oppression
Ministry: Why Is Our Name So Long?‖, with a sermon by Chris MacDonald-Dennis and music by
Rev. Rhetta Morgan. On May 23, we organized another Sunday service entitled ―Reflections on the
Peace Walk: Building Community Across Religious and Cultural Lines‖, with the sermon and music
provided by Rev. Rhetta Morgan.

On January 31, Bruce Pollack-Johnson and Marion Napper attended an anti-racism workshop at
USG by Paula Cole Jones, and on February 28 they (with Linda Pollack-Johnson and Ben Polson)
joined USG’s Ending Racism Committee at Blue Door at the Arden Theater, followed by a
discussion with Robert Anu of USG (understudy for one of the two characters in the play).

On May 1, our ministry provided funds for UUCR to have a table at Mt. Airy Day, and we are
planning to have a presence at PrideFest in June.

In May, the Social Justice Ministry approached us about forming a ―super ministry‖ to join forces and
focus on justice issues in the next year or two, to be called the Justice Council. The details have not
yet been finalized, but there is support in our ministry for doing this, at least temporarily. Now that
Chris MacDonald-Dennis and Maryka Goldberg are no longer members at UUCR, and Cynthia
Bradley and Grace Sherer have become less active in this ministry, our critical mass of energy and
momentum has eroded significantly, and a year or two of combining energy and resources with
Social Justice seems like a good idea. Both groups want to do more to engage actively with the
local East Mt. Airy/Cedarbrook neighborhoods, and we hope to spend next year looking for projects
that meet needs of our neighbors and suit our skills, interests, and energy. One idea is to survey
participants in The Singles Scene and the Line Dance group, to see what we might do that would
interest them or their friends, family, and neighbors.




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                     RELIGIOUS SERVICES MINISTRY REPORT
                                            Annabel Grote

Convener: Annabel Grote; Members: Carol Auerbach, Julie Bradburd, Bridget Flynn, Holly Jobe,
and David Meketon. Advisor: Rev. Larry Smith

Mission Statement: The charge of the Religious Services Ministry is to promote and sustain the
philosophical and religious diversity of the Restoration ministry, within a framework of respect for all
traditions.

While our mission statement outlines broad goals, the real work of this ministry is to oversee and
help plan all aspects of each Sunday service and the music program.

Policy Changes: Our first order of business during this year was to change our name from
Theological Diversity to Religious Services, intending to have a more direct connection to our
responsibilities in our name.

We implemented one major policy change, which was to discontinue the Announcement portion
during services. Feedback from many members and our own observation of how announcements
interrupted the flow of the service prompted us to do this. While this transition was difficult for some
members, we have adjusted to having some announcements made by the lay leader, if the item is of
concern to the entire church community. Other announcements are made during coffee hour.
We also revised the Sunday bulletin, responding to feedback from members that the Principles
should be highlighted, as they are now on the back page.

We met monthly, usually with Reverend Smith in attendance. Since we meet at Holly Jobe’s home,
we started to publicize our meetings in the newsletter, since they do not appear in the church
calendar.

Sunday Services: We continued our efforts to include many of our members and friends as lay
leaders. Thirty of our congregants served as lay leader, some serving several times. Our goal was
to involve as many people as possible in this leadership role, and many who had never or seldom
been lay leader were called into service.

Reverend Larry Smith, our consulting minister, delivered and planned a wide variety of services.
There was more inclusion of the children this year, with Stories for all Ages delivered by either Rev.
Smith or RE Director Eric Wilden. There were two cancellations of services because of the severe
winter weather; these will be re-scheduled for next year. Bridget Flynn filled in with marvelous story
telling on short notice when our minister was suddenly ill. We were blessed to have a lot of services
prepared and delivered by church members. Jim Walters completed his sermon series with a service
on Prayer and was in the pulpit on Easter. Annabel Grote, Pat De Brady, Andy Lamas, Sandy
Fulton, Bridget Flynn, Bernadette Lloyd-Sobolow , Ione Vargus and Jeanne Allen all did services
during this past year.

We were supported by our friends at Unitarian Society of Germantown, Mark Bernstein and Sam
Gugino (he was snowed out) and Kathy Bonnanno. Dr. Stephan Papa of the UUA did Association
Sunday for us. Liz McMaster graced our pulpit for the second year. Rabbi Arthur Waskow inspired
us to activism about the environment, speaking about the Gulf Coast disaster. Members of the
Social Justice ministry did three services with year, with the Multi/Anti ministry did two. Their
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Behind the Scenes:
Audio-Visual Support: Our audio-visual team, Bob Holtzman and Jeff Adams, oversaw the
amplification and taping of each service. Bob continued to make DVDs available for those who
participated in each service or those who missed a service. He also provides an archive record of
each Sunday’s events. Jeff shared the responsibility of running the AV program and consulted on
new technology as needed. We continued the practice of using the hand-held mike during Joys and
Concerns. Harald Grote served as manager of the microphone as needed.

Décor: Chris Kenty and Jane Hain continued their quiet co-ordination of beauty on the altar each
week, bringing in glorious flowers, artfully arranged, changing the colors, following the seasons. The
beauty of their creations nourished all of us. Bernadette Lloyd-Sobolow and others did traditional
Christmas décor.

Other support: Bill Dikeman, Water Heinlen and Carl Heinlen continued their traditional support of
Sunday services with greetings at the door, ringing the bell and taking of the collection each week.

Music: The Restoration Singers, Director of Music Jane Hulting and guest musicians Len Rieser
and Jeanne Allen provided fine music for us throughout the year. The music report follows this
document.

Summary: We are quite blessed to have Dot Feely continue to plan and execute all the
administrative duties of summer services again this summer. In addition, Gloria Galvis, office
administrator, continues her fine service each week, contacting lay leaders, service presenters and
gathering the information for the OOS each week.

We believe we have given credit to most who contributed to the success of our services each week,
hoping that no-one has been inadvertently omitted. The success of our efforts very much depends
not only on the efforts of lay leaders and staff, but also upon the active participation of friends and
members alike. We members of the Religious Services Ministry very much enjoy working together,
and feel that our work provided the structure for varied and interesting services during this church
year.

I am completing my fourth year as either convener or co-convener of this ministry. I am actively
seeking a replacement and planning to delegate more of the tasks. I hope to find a lay leader
coordinator. In the meantime, we members of this ministry support each other, reach consensus on
all our decisions and will continue with our collaborative efforts.




                    SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY ACTION
                              MINISTRY REPORT
                         Frank Gerould and Rita Fitzgerald, Co-Conveners

No report available at time of printing.




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                         ADMINISTRATION, PROGRAM AND
                              ACTIVITY REPORTS




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                                 2009 SERVICE AUCTION
                    Steve Workman and Mike Foy

        2009 Viva Cuba Auction Was Fantastic
This year’s Viva Cuba: The Revolutionary Auction was successful,
although we came up just short of our $10,000 goal. Three weeks of
silent auctions were capped by a live Havana Club dinner and
memorable performance during a live auction.

As has become our tradition, this auction was based entirely on services
we offered each other. For example, people offered classes (e.g.,
dancing, beading, wine-tasting), hosted social events (theme-parties,
dinners and poetry readings), and shared their time and talents (doing
yard work, washing windows, carpentry work or cooking), which friends
and members of the congregation ―purchased‖ in the form of a donation
to the church.

Gracias to auctioneer Jim ―Fidel‖ Cohen, whose portrayal of the leader brought the crowd to their
feet, and thanks also to all who offered services and bid on the items offered for sale.

Next year’s theme: Spirit of Motown!

                                              The Auction Committee:
                                                  — Jim Cohen
                                                  — Bridget Flynn
                                                  — Mike Foy
                                                  — Steve Workman




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                                          AUDIT REPORT
                               Elizabeth Bamberger and Eric Saunders


Audit Report will not be available until after publication.




                                          BOOKREADERS
                                         Dot Feely, Coordinator

The Restoration BOOKREADERS group has been meeting faithfully for more than twenty-nine
years. Meetings are usually held once a month on Saturday afternoons. The sites rotate between
the homes of the participants. The books that are discussed are chosen by the group and reflect its
varied tastes in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Selections for July 2009 through June 2010 were:

   The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson

   The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

   The Edge by Dick Francis

   The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

   Last Night at the Lobster by Stuart O’Nan

   Atonement by Ian McEwan

   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows

   The Black Dahlia by James Elmore

   Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire

   Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

The group enjoyed its traditional New Year’s Day brunch of the home of Marge and Gary Clabaugh.

The BOOKREADERS group welcomes new members.                   For information on the current book,
meeting date and location, call Dot Feely at 215-572-5247.




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                       BUILDING & GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
                                            Michael Foy

The building maintenance projects of note were:

   Handicap curb and Hale doorway area concrete replaced. Exit stairs and flagstone walkway
    behind Hale Hall were replaced.

   The exterior foundation wall beneath the Administrative Assistants office was excavated and a
    breach sealed.

   About 8 underground rain take-aways were cleaned and a maintenance schedule set-up.

   Damaged plaster walls were repaired in Hale Hall by volunteers on the committee.

   Apple Roofing replaced three copper valleys on Hale Hall. Two additional ones on the
    Sanctuary are being proposed. A letter was sent to the PUC requesting the additional $1600.00
    grant to be used use in roof repair.

   The bell rope in the Sanctuary bell tower was replaced and several gutter tears repaired.

   Damaged paint in sanctuary matched and repainted.

   Six squirrels were humanely removed from the Sanctuary
    roof and relocated.

   Missing baseboard in Hale Hallway replaced.

   Dwyer Heating contract signed $1539.75 for all five units.

   Pricing for magnetic internal storm windows have been
    received for Hale and Fellowship Halls. This long-term
    project will eliminate the need to use unsightly plastic
    sheeting.

   Pricing for ceiling fans have been received for the
    Sanctuary. The intent would be to make the space more
    comfortable in summer and winter.

   Several electrical issues have been addressed and
    exterior security lighting has been upgraded.

   Thanks to an anonymous gift, the 1943 Universalist's
    History Window was removed by Willet-Hauser
    Architectural Glass for restoration and the opening
    secured and the wood painted. Our goal is for a
    reinstallation around Christmas 2010




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                                     BUILDING SECURITY
                                           Peter Johnstone

No report available at time of printing.



                  COMPUTERS AND AUDIO/VISUAL EQUIPMENT
                                             Jeff Adams

No report available at time of printing.




                                COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
                                             Paul Mack

No report available at time of printing.




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                CONGREGATIONAL CULTIVATION TASK FORCE
                                           James Walters

The board of trustees had declared as a top priority this year to revise and revive our strategy for
growth. That in mind, the Congregational Cultivation Task Force was formed.
Members of the task force are: Cynthia Bradley, Bridget Flynn, Bernadette Lloyd-Sobolow, Louise
Speirs, and Steve Workman. Pat Evans and Jim Walters are co-leaders. Rev. Larry Smith
participated ex officio, and Eric Wilden, our Religious Educator, is kept in the loop.

Our task is to energize, and provide a coordinated strategy to, the efforts of Restoration ministries/
committees engaged in the 5 elements of growth:
 Concentering (outreach) ,ie attracting like-minded people of faith
 Connecting visitors and frequent attenders to our community and ―onboarding‖ new members
 Cultivating new members (and regularly attending friends) to deeper levels of involvement and
   on towards leadership participation
 Caring for the social and spiritual support of members, friends and families in times of need
 Celebrating the milestones of our members, friends and families, and memorializing their
   contributions

The major tasks of the Task Force have been to:
 Identify all activities that support each of the 5-C Processes, and for each document the current
   process: what is currently done … by whom … how … where … when … how often
 Identify the current ―throughput‖ processes that interconnect the activities of component
   ministries/committees
 Benchmark current activities and processes against best-practices and identify weaknesses &/or
   gaps
 Develop improved action-steps for each 5-C process, and improved ―throughput‖ mechanisms
  Implement cost-neutral improvements; lobby board for vital cost-added improvements (if any)
 Develop and execute plan(s) for communicating progress to the board of trustees and with their
   support to the UUCR community as a whole.

The task force completed its first year’s effort and delivered a report to the board of trustees in June.
That 26 page report titled, ―Closing Our Back Door: Welcoming Visitors and Growing Members At
The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration,‖ offered 20 necessary strategies Restoration
must employ if we hope to:
 Repel Fewer Visitors (9 recommendations)
 Turn Newcomers Into New Members (7 recommendations)
 Close The ―Back Door‖ (4 recommendations)

The first visible change you’ll notice is a new protocol for greeting visitors/newcomers on Sunday.
And because every member of the congregation needs to see him/herself as an ambassador for
growth, a training for the congregation will be held sometime in the autumn.

The Congregational Cultivation Task Force will remain intact for a second church year, this year
tuning its focus outward and looking at more strategic ways Restoration can manage outreach.




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                                      COVENANT GROUPS
                                              Mark Piechota

No report available at time of printing.


                                           FOLK FACTORY
                                           Bruce Pollack-Johnson

The mission of the Folk Factory is to promote the interactions between music (especially folk music)
and progressive social change (justice, human rights, peace, and environmental sustainability). We
also provide a "tiered career ladder" for people interested in performing music in public, from singing
a song informally in our Open Circle to being invited to headline a concert. We try to bring socially
conscious musicians to play in Sunday services whenever possible, and provide a reason for diverse
people of all ages who are the kind of people likely to be interested in Unitarian Universalism to
come to Restoration and get a feel for what we are like. Folk Factory volunteers have always been a
nice mix of UUCR members and people who have nothing to do with the church (at least initially).
We also try to produce benefit concerts for progressive nonprofits, and give publicity to progressive
events happening in the Delaware Valley.

This has been a good year for the Folk Factory. Our concerts were all successful musically and in
audience size, we had a solid volunteer base, and the Open Stage/Open Circles were mostly well
attended. We decided not to do concerts in the fall, because I was recovering from sciatica. We
have been able to continue to offer childcare for all concerts and have continued to offer sign
language interpreting available on request, although no one requested interpreting this year. We
continue to attract young families with our childcare.

Our publicity this year has been quite good, but we can always do better. Our email list continues to
grow (we're over 250 now), and many people are finding us through our Web site,
www.folkfactory.org. We are getting close to the point where we may start to lose some of the cost
savings from bulk mail for our flyers, because so many people have switched from snail mail to
email. If you have anywhere you can post flyers or spread the word about our concerts, please let
us know, or just do it! Organizational offices or meeting locations of progressive nonprofits are
especially appropriate.

The schedule during the past year included regular Open Stage/Open Circles on September 24 and
October 22, and the 4th Thursdays of January through April (People’s Choice Open Stage/Open
Circles, with audience voting), although the February and March ones were postponed to March 11
and April 1, respectively, due to snow and scheduling issues, as well as the following concerts:
April 30, 2010: Anne Hills and David Roth, with Erik Balkey opening May 23, 2010: Sharon Katz
and the Peace Train, and Voices of a Different Dream (including Restoration members Susan
Windle and Annie Geheb) June 18, 2010 (rescheduled from the 11th to accompany the top vote-
getting group, two of whom were honeymooning in Switzerland on the 11th): The People’s Choice
Concert (Spring Muse, Rabbit Stampede, Dylan, Jim West, and Drew Calvin)

We would like to thank Bruce McNeel for his beautiful flyer design and production, David and Pam
Chaplin-Loebell (and their staff) for maintaining our Web site and email list, and the following
members of the committee and volunteers for their help: Bruce Pollack-Johnson (Chair, Treasurer,
flyer composition and design, press releases), Linda Pollack-Johnson (childcare coordinator,



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food/supplies, bulk mailing Goddess), Karl Zielinski, Joe Fanning, Nancy Cunningham, June Krebs,
Kate Casano (sound), Ken Brodsky, C.J. Fitts, Jenny French, Jeanne Allen, and everyone else who
has helped.

Because of the connections to Accessibility, Folk Factory has been most closely connected with the
Multi-Cultural Anti-Oppression Ministry (especially the Accessibility and Anti-Heterosexism/Anti-
Racism imperatives), but we are also philosophically very connected to the Social Justice/
Community Involvement Ministry, especially through the topics of the music we bring for our
concerts, our benefit concerts and peace rallies, and the announcements we do at all events.

As always, we would be delighted if any other church members/friends would like to help us out with
flyer production and distribution, volunteering at a concert or Open Stage/Open Circle, or any other
behind the scenes work to support what we do (putting out flyers, etc.). Please call me (Bruce) at
215-848-6246 or email me at polson@igc.org if you think you might be interested in helping in any
way, or have suggestions about performers you’d like to see us bring in. We don’t restrict ourselves
to folk music per se, but try to maintain our focus on ―music and progressive social change‖. We
continue to encourage announcements about progressive petitions, demonstrations, boycotts, etc.,
at all of our events, so let us know if there’s something you want to put out or announce at any event
we have.




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                             INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
                                               Jane Hain

Internal Communications activities for the past year have involved the following components:

   Annual Report – Jane is responsible for publishing of the Annual Report.

   Directory – Jane is responsible for the publication of the Directory. It was delivered to all active
    members and friends in the fall. The entries are being kept up to date via the church database.

   Restoration Newsletter – Stephen Workman is responsible for publishing the monthly
    newsletter. He produces and prints 200 newsletters eleven times a year and sends .pdf versions
    to our members and friends who have email addresses.

   Web Site – Jane is responsible for Restoration’s web site administration  updating it with
    information from the agendas, forms and documents for the Board of Trustees and covenant
    facilitators, upcoming events and activities etc. This also includes administering the meeting
    calendars and church email accounts. The maintenance of the newsletter page is the
    responsibility of Michael Foy.




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                           MISCELLANEOUS FUND RAISING
                                       Dot Feely, Coordinator

Book Sales Members, friends and neighbors donated books, DVDs &CDs and video & audio tapes
to our Library in the Fellowship Hall. The round table and bookshelves in the Library are popular
spots for browsing during coffee hour each Sunday. Other groups that use the Fellowship Hall
during the week also browse and buy.

Every year a community ―Big Book Sale‖ is held in the Fellowship Hall on the Saturday closest to the
Fourth of July. The sale on Saturday, July 4, 2009 brought in $379.00. This is all profit. There is no
expense except for the time spent by volunteers to set-up, cashier and take down the display of
books at the close of the sale, the value of which is incalculable. We could not mount a sale like this
without lots of volunteer help.

Acme Tape Saver Program Income from the Acme Tape Saver program in 2009-2010 was
$198.40. Unfortunately, the parent company of the Acme Markets in the Philadelphia area
discontinued the Tape Saver program in March 2010. Since 2004 this program contributed
$1323.23 to Restoration. This income will be missed.

Genuardi’s eScrip Program Safeway Markets, the owner of the Genuardi’s markets in the
Philadelphia suburbs, participates in a nationwide ―eScrip‖ program. This program rewards
subscribers with rebates on groceries purchased at Genuardi’s markets locally and on purchases at
other nationwide major retailers. Income from this program in 2009-2010 was only $9.92.
Genuardi’s has no markets in Philadelphia, which somewhat limits grocery purchase participation in
its eScrip program to those who live in the suburbs. For information on how to participate in
Restoration’s eScrip program, consult the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

Staples Business Rewards Program A percentage of any personal or business Staples store,
catalog, or online purchases will be credited to Restoration’s business account by showing a Staples
Business Rewards card (#005970318-1) or giving the church’s telephone number (215-247-2561) at
the time of purchase.

In addition, if you turn in your printer cartridges to Staples (no purchase necessary - just give
Restoration’s Rewards # or telephone #), Restoration will receive a $3.00 credit (changed July 1,
2010 to $2.00) for each cartridge. These cartridge credits, along with purchase credits, really add
up. They help to defray the cost of Restoration’s office supplies.

Holiday Bargain Shoppe During the first three Sundays prior to December 25, the Holiday Bargain
Shoppe (HBS) opens in the Fellowship Hall. It has been operating since the 1980s. The original
idea was to recycle decorations and other holiday items that were no longer wanted by our members
and friends. The HBS has become a very popular and profitable fund raiser, bringing in $801.50 for
the 2009-2010 fiscal year in spite of postponement on December 20 due to snow. The types of
items wanted for sale at the HBS are: jewelry, china, glassware, pictures and picture frames,
handicrafts (great sellers are Chris Kenty’s bead jewelry and Anne Geheb’s hand-knitted scarves),
and anything else that is a ―a cut above flea market quality.‖




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