On Sunday, May 22nd, at 10:45am we gathered for the annual meeting of the congregation. The meeting was *during* our normal service time. The recording of the meeting is available on our Youtube channel HERE
The 2022 Annual Meeting packet and 2022 Staff & Committee report packets as well as the agenda, budget, voting policy, and the minutes from February’s special meeting are available for your review HERE. Please note that you must be logged into the church website as a member to view this policy. If you are a member of People’s Church and unable to do so, please reach out to the church either at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 269-375-3262.
As we have done the past couple of years, the final ballot was sent out to all members for a two week voting period. If you are a member of People’s Church and have NOT received either a paper or email with a link to the electronic ballot, please let Melissa know ASAP at email@example.com or 269-375-3262.
The Nominating Committee is proud to announce nominees for People’s Board of Trustees and nominees for the Nominating Committee. These nominees serve three-year terms and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting:
Board of Trustees Candidates:
Gordon Bolar: Gordon Bolar retired as General Manager of public radio station WMUK in 2016. He has served on the boards of The Kalamazoo Bach Festival, Oshtemo Rotary and the Richmond Center. He is a practicing playwright and has been produced and published. Gordon believes that our creativity is our most im-portant asset. He’s been a member of People’s Church for more than 12 years.
Joe Hampel:I’m a data analyst for Charles River Labs in Mattawan and my wife is a counselor at Gull Lake Middle School; she’s also wrapping up a term on the RE Commit-tee. Our daughter, Violet, is in RE and OWL. Our family has called Kalamazoo home since 2014 and People’s Church since 2017. I’ve been on the AV team since the late Dave Curl recruited me at the beginning of 2018. I’m excited at the opportunity to get more in-volved with the church, especially after being away for the last couple of years. In my spare time, I enjoy cook-ing, playing golf, photography, piano, and spending quality time with my family and friends.
Brian Lewis: Brian Lewis arrived in Kalamazoo with husband – Jeffrey Xie – and started attending People’s Church in August of 2017. Baptized at the Queen of Peace Catholic church in Salem Oregon, Brian with his family joined the Salem UU Fellowship when he was about 9 years old. UU leadership roles – Brian has served People’s Bylaws committee – leveraging his background in church polity and union work. He has served as People’s UUA delegate and writes occasional columns on UUA topics of interest. He has extensively engaged in services to various UU communities, taking active roles in 1) anti-racism & justice work, 2) stewardship to both general fund and capital campaigns, 3) adult faith formation training on “Belief and How to Write a Credo,” 4) 8th Principal forum, 5) Small Group Ministry coordination – structured like Peoples Chalice Circles, 6) newsletter editor, 7) member of the Coordinating Council, and 8) member of executive board – as operations liaison for building and grounds, safety, legal, rentals and staffing. UU District level work – Pacific Northwest: Served as young adult and youth advisor, helped create the Cascade Connection – integrating youth programing in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and took multiple roles at Eliot Institute (the UU family camps for Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia) to lead activities and programs. Professional Background – Brian is currently a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of Michigan. His motto is Worry Free Realty – helping every client succeed with integrity, honesty, and fairness. Prior to moving to Kalamazoo, he worked for the State of Oregon as a Behavior Vocational Specialist, providing trainings to staff in supporting community integration for individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, he was a union leader, officer, and board member of the Local and State executive boards, championing collective bargaining, enforcing agreements, and promoting union awareness and values. It is an honor to be considered for service on the church board of People’s Church, and should I be elected will honor the trust you place in me – Brian Lewis.
Nominating Committee Candidates:
Steven Cavanaugh: My name is Steven Cavanagh and I have been a native of the Kalamazoo area since grade school. I work as the general manager of Mattawan Artisan Creamery yogurt. My partner Teresa and I have two children that we homeschool and that are involved in the RE program here at People’s Church. We have been attending People’s since about 2018.
For the past 2 and a half years, I have been serving on the RE committee and will be done with that assignment by the end of the church year. I would be happy to serve on the nominating committee as well beginning next March.
Lois Loeffler: Being a People’s person has been a growing pleasure ever since my husband Roger and I joined the church almost nine years ago. We moved from a farmhouse we renovated near the village of Burr Oak. After retiring from 35+ years as the librarian of Mendon Middle/High School, I had become involved in several clubs and volunteer activities in the Burr Oak/Sturgis area and was hesitant to be uprooted but it became obvious that it was Time. I became a member in the afternoon Book Club, the Library Committee, and the Discussion Group and eventually joined the Art Wall Reception Committee, evening Book Club and the Membership Committee. As chairperson of the Library Committee I prepare the Library Corner article for the monthly church News & Views. Recently I have been involved in organizing the donated items for the Afghan families, the Interfaith Afghan Resettlement Committee, and the White Elephant Sale Committee. I am now fully immersed in the opportunities for enjoyment, friendship, and personal growth in the Kalamazoo area and am looking forward to experiencing another volunteer activity at People’s Church.