Board of Ministries: Update

Here are the highlights from our Board of Ministries meeting on 8/8/17:

1.     CCSA (Community Christian Service Agency) Backpacks:  We exceeded our goal of 15 backpacks with the donations from our church family, and delivered 24 backpacks to CCSA.  Thanks to Linda Newton and Sue Lipovsky who purchased the items needed for the extra packs, and to Denise Jenkins for delivering them.

2.     Operation Fresh Start: Our first all-church, interfaith mission project with a goal to assemble 2,000 hygiene kits to benefit Uptown Community Service Agency and CCSA, is set for Saturday 8/26/2017.  We will be joined by a group of our Muslim friends from Love our Neighbors.

3.     Support to Uptown: POV will be collecting items to make 2 gift baskets for the Uptown fund-raising Luau to be held on 9/23/17 on The Point.

4.     Ray Newton and Rick Parks are working with Rodger’s organ and a sound professional to find the best sub-woofers to optimize our organ sound.

5.     New sound console volunteers will be trained to give Dennis Shimamoto a long-awaited rest from the sound system operation.  Many thanks to Dennis for his dedication to this essential component of our worship services.

6.     We are making plans for our Japan Sister Church – Heian Church guests who will be visiting POVUCC on Sunday, October 1st.   A worship celebration on World Communion Sunday, a wonderful lunch, an afternoon of sight-seeing, and a Hornblower dinner cruise are in the works.

7.     Plans are underway for the Annual Karaoke Party fund-raiser which will be held on Saturday, October 14th.  This all-church fund-raiser benefits our Church General Fund and also helps fund next year’s mission projects. We need lots of help!

8.     We talked about the value of having discussions over voting matters in-person (rather than email) as much as is possible, particularly when spending is involved.

9.     Looking ahead, our Missions Committee suggested re-branding our mission projects as “Igniting Hearts” projects. Suggestions for future projects included creating a joint BOM/BOCE program that targets families in our neighborhood who are looking for ways to serve their community.  Some ideas: offer fruit gleaning for the hungry or a Habitat for Humanity building project.

Susan Namba,



Uptown Community Service Center’s “Sunset Luau by the Bay” will be held at POVUCC’s The Point on September 23 from 5-8 pm. Tickets are $60 per person or $50 for senior members of POVUCC. A delicious Hawaiian dinner, a no-host beer and wine bar, silent auction, opportunity drawing, lei game, music and hula dancing are featured. Come enjoy a lovely evening with your friends while helping Uptown help our “Neighbors in Need.” If you would like to purchase a ticket, please see Linda Newton or Sue Lipovsky. Our church has also generously volunteered to make 2 silent auction baskets. Items needed for a Taste of Italy and Movie Night at Home will be hung on tags in the narthex beginning in August for you to take. These items and donations need to be turned in by September 17th. Let’s help make this a fantastic success for Uptown!


Last November, Pastor Mary Sue, Pastor Yoshi, Setsuko, Grace Takeuchi and I were privileged to visit the Heian Church in Kyoto, Japan, where we officially established our Sister Church relationship.   The warmth of their welcome truly ignited our hearts with God’s Love!

On Sunday, October 1st, we will have the opportunity to share our hospitality with eight of our Sister Church family members.  They will join with us in celebrating World Communion Sunday in Worship, followed by a POV Fellowship Lunch, including a slide show of some of our outreach activities, and a time of informal sharing and Q&A.

After church, we will take our guests to Mt Hope Cemetery to see where we celebrate our Japanese-American Community Memorial Day Service, and then a sight-seeing trip to Old Town.

Thanks to Sheri Crusberg, we have arranged a 3-hour Hornblower Dinner Cruise in the evening at a very discounted rate of $80 per person, which includes tax, landing fee and gratuity.   (Regular price is around $110).   We have a reservation for 30 people, first come, first served.  If you would like to join this welcoming party, please see Susan Namba.

To carry on the theme of World Communion, we are also looking for a few volunteers to bring a dish with a touch of “international” to add to our Fellowship Lunch.   Please let one of our BOM members know if you can help us!


Come and enjoy a western-themed evening of dinner and karaoke on Saturday, October 14th from 4:30-8:30 pm in POVUCC’s Fellowship Hall! All of the proceeds from this event will go to our church general fund and outreach ministries. Ticket prices for dinner and entertainment are as follows: Purchase before or on 9/29: Adults $25, Children (10 & under). Purchase after 9/29: Adults $30, Children (10 & under) $10. Beer and wine available for purchase. This event is presented by the Board of Ministries and sure to be an evening of great entertainment and fun! Enter to win one of many Silent Auction items! Support a good cause! For tickets and additional information, please contact Susan Namba, V Hinkle or the church office.

PERFORMERS’ SPECIAL NOTE:   Choose from our library of over 4,500 songs! Song list available at: Capability to play CD-G’s, flash drives, phones, Ipods, YouTube or internet songs will NOT be available. Please let us know your song selection in advance.