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7/1/2013activeHard to hear speaker from pulpit when sitting elsewhere on chancel. Problem exacerbated in summer when fans are on. Related issue is whether musician (e.g. Todd) can hear.8/21/2013: Robert will attempt to get 2 monitors for chancel -- 1 for each side. Todd has a monitor that works. He can hear without it and therefore offers to let us turn his monitor toward the Worship Leader.
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7/1/2013closedNew speaker proposed -- Jay Kaplan of ACLU to discuss gay rights.Recommended by Linda Darga and Danny Rebb. Added to guest speakers spreadsheet.
8/21/2013: Discussed at Worship Committee meeting. This seems like a good topic for our church. We just need to put some energy into this (and all) guest speakers so that we get a message which works as outreach for our church.
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7/1/2013closedPractice our clapping? Seems harder than it should be. Are we clapping on first beat, or attempting some sort of syncopation?8/21/2013: Todd and choir will practice.
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7/1/2013closedShould we put milestone slips in pews and collect with offering?Suggested by Kathe Stevens. Endorsed by Dan S and Danny. Could always go back to old way. Feedback:
Joan Smykowski: Or give them to people as they enter the church. After the service, the greeters or ushers could collect them in the pews and return them to the narthex. The church is used by others during the week and I think it's a good policy to leave an area cleaner than you found it.
Linda Darga: I like having them in the pews and tell people we only have time for a few and if their's isn't announced, we're sorry. That is after all why we went to this method. Obviously, they'r'e vetted even now. They don't know if all are currently read. Could even have a statement on each form that says "if time permits."
Dan S: With regard to keeping the pews clean, there are slots in the pew backs where we keep offering envelopes. Perhaps we could put the milestone slips in with the offering envelopes?
Nancy ON: I like this idea. In addition, re: Joan's comment, don't we leave the hymnals and the crayons in the pews in between services? We could just make sure there is a supply of the forms in each row, and/or have someone who can give one out if it's not in the pew.
Joan S: Regarding the crayons and clip boards, someone suggested to me to have the Greeters hand them to families with children when they arrive. First time families have no idea where the crayons and clip boards are, and it can make for a very long hour without them.
Linda D: Sounds like an excellent Idea.
Sherry:
This sounds like a better idea. I doubt they are in every pew as it is. And it would help the children feel greeted, too.
I agree with Nancy on leaving them in the pew holders as we do hymnals and crayons--I don't think those holders are used by others during the week. 
Putting milestones in the offering plate means a quick review--we may need someone separate for that because we have only a song between Offering and Squircle. That's about 3-5 minutes.  And tactfully saying we'll read as many as we have time for and. . .
I am still trying to come up with a portable board to hang temporarily on the door to the Social Hall or to stand next to the service copying setup where the announcements read from the left pulpit, and likely these milestones, too, could be pinned after the service for those who didn't get all of what was said or are more visual.
So ones not read could go there, too?!
Corrine:I think this is a really good idea to have the greeters do this. Maybe we could also get some activity books or other small, quiet, mess-free pew activities and put them in a canvas bag. I'd be happy to pay for and put together something like this.
Dan S: Corinne please go ahead and do this (taking some of the load off of Joan). Thanks! (Corrine is travelling July 5 - July 23.)
Dan S; It seems like we have consensus on the following:
Put some milestone slips in the pews along with offering envelopes / hymnals. Any of these that are submitted with offering plate should be merged with put in the narthex box and given to the minister at the end of the service.
If everybody is okay with this, I suggest that we ask Tamara to print/copy some of the slips and put them in the pews. We can discuss with her on Sunday.
Danny, Nancy, Rev Roger: Words such as these from Rev Roger: Agreed, as described. Thank you!
8/21/2013: This is closed. We have put these in the pews.
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7/1/2013activeShould we submit all or part of 6/30/2013 Welcoming Worship service to UUA - to share with others?8/21/2013: Still waiting for description of "Worship Salad" (Elayne) and call to "Join Us" (Mary Lou). We will then have a fairly complete service to share with UUA or whomever.
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7/1/2013activeStreamline routine processes to reduce email clutter and otherwise simplify.For example, the process of putting together an order of service could mostly be done using shared documents on Google Apps. Currently Todd sends this out to 20 or so of us on then Worship email list, then Tamara converts to format for printing and sends to Dan via email. Dan converts to pdf format and publishes to web. Also, Rogers send reading out to everyone. If this information could just be entered on our Google Apps site, then we wouldn't need to send around all these emails.
8/21/2013: Dan S is working on this with Todd and Tamara. Will include Gwen and Reverend Roger as appropriate.
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7/7/2013closedIntroduce visitors during squircle and/or at least have them wave hello.Nancy did this in 6/30/2013 squircle and I thought it was very effective. It's fun to look around and see someone waving his/her hand, then to recognize that person with welcoming applause and for possible conversation after the service.
8/21/2013: Closed. We are now doing this.
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