On Sunday May 29, the members of Monte Vista UU Congregation had a chance to meet with our new Interim Minister, Rev. Susan Manker-Seale.  Jack Little, a member of the Transition Team, introduced Susan.  The congregation gave her a warm welcome on this Religious Exploration Sunday.  She was able to visit with many members and their children, and she enjoyed the celebration picnic.  Later in the afternoon, the Board of Trustees gathered for their welcome to Susan and an informal check-in.  Truly, this was a memorable and enjoyable Sunday.

Rev. Susan will be on our payroll as of July 1st. Her first paid month will be paid vacation, as interim ministers are entitled to 8 weeks of vacation a year. She will spend July transitioning to the area, to include moving from Arizona, setting up her new household and church office and related activities. She will officially start her interim ministry duties August 1, meeting with committees and staff and getting to know our church community. Her first Sunday in the pulpit will be August 21st.

The Board wishes to express its gratitude to the Interim Team for finding an interim minister with Rev. Susan’s experience and accomplishments.  We are all looking forward to working with her over the next two years to make MVUUC an even better spiritual home for all.

Maribel Dana, Board President


Update: Great good news! After the recent Share the Plate Collection for our Philippine Partner Church students, subsequent contributions have come in exceeding our original goal of $1,000 (to provide a $50 stipend for each of our 20 elementary and high school students). As of March 30th, the total was $1,214, which has been sent to the UU Partner Church Council office in Boston for relay – along with other US partner church funds – to the Philippine UU Church headquarters in Dumaguete. This will allow time for funds to be dispersed to the various congregations on Negros Island before the beginning of the school year in May. Huge SALAMATS for such heartwarming response to the Call!

Dave Albay-Yenney and Julie Steinbach