Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone had a good holiday and that you were able to safely connect with loved ones. I’m looking forward to bringing you more member spotlights this year and finding ways for us to be in community together.
Our spotlight this week is on long-time member, Ann Mowery, who says:
First Unitarian was the place I was seeking when I moved to Des Moines for a job in 1982, the day after Terry Branstad won his first term as Governor. I became a Unitarian in Minneapolis but was looking for a church that fit better. Luckily, I found it here. I was single and 32 years old. The church had a good group of single women who got me involved in our church community from the beginning. Today I’m 70, a native of Pennsylvania but loyal Iowan, married to Al Powers for 30 years and retired from a long career in health care and government. My history includes involvement in a long string of church committees. Our social life revolves mostly around our UU friends. Today I chair the Pastoral Care Team and love connecting with UU’s. In addition to church, my life is filled with making art, doing the footwork for social action, helping a political party, assembling puzzles, reading, walking our southwest Des Moines neighborhood, Zooming with friends and family, and providing a lap for two cats.