During a party for members of the fellowship group of the First Unitarian Church of Toledo hosted by Phyllis and Ford Cauffiel at their home, a handful of folks decide to begin serious discussions about forming a new Unitarian Universalist Church in Northwest Ohio.
April 13, 1984 (Friday the 13th)
Twelve people attend the first planning meeting at the home of Lynn and Steve Israel. The group begins by sharing the religious and spiritual pathways that each has taken. Steve records information on a large piece of paper that became a familiar sight at future gatherings. One person starts referring to it as the “Sacred Scroll” and the name sticks
April 27, 1984
Inch by Inch
At a business/planning meeting, Lynn Israel teaches the group the song “Inch by Inch” (really named “The Garden Song”) and it becomes our unofficial anthem.
June 16, 1984
Meeting with Ohio-Mead
A meeting is held with Bill DeWolf, consultant from the Ohio-Meadvilled District office of the UUA, and plans are initiated to affiliate with the UUA.
Church in a Trunk
From April to September, members continue to host Friday evening meetings in their homes for the purposes of planning for the new church and nourishing the collective spirit. Occasionally, meetings are held at friendly Perrysburg churches such as St. Timothy’s Episcopal and First Presbyterian. The nomadic lifestyle makes it necessary to store and transport all-important supplies (like a coffee pot) in a car trunk, leading the group to start calling themselves “The Church in a Trunk.” In late September, the group begins to hold services on Sunday evenings at the Perrysburg Recreation Center (a.k.a. “The Beehive”) in downtown Perrysburg. By November, the meetings move to Sunday mornings. At the first Sunday morning service, there is a candlelighting ceremony and the group sings “We Gather Together.”
November 18, 1984
We Are Named
The group votes to adopt the name Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
Adult Services Move
The MVUUC adult service moves next door to Schaller Hall. Religious Education classes and child care remain at the Beehive.
January 14, 1985
Our First Pledge Party
The first official pledge party is held at the home of Ron and Jan Partin in BG.
March - April 1985
On March 2, MVUUC officially applies to the UUA for membership. On April 7 at Schaller Hall, Bill DeWolfe officiates as thirty-eight charter members sign the MVUUC membership book. On April 20, MVUUC is chartered and is officially confirmed as a member congregation of the UUA.
MVUUC has its first Labor Day weekend retreat at Lakeside , a historic community located on the Marblehead Peninsula, halfway between Toledo and Cleveland on Lake Erie's south shore. This activity continued for many years.
1987 - 1991
Rev. Bob Hadley
After a May visit and service by Rev. Bob Hadley, the congregation votes on June 7, 1984, to accept Bob as our extension minister. He came to us as part of the UUA New Congregation Ministerial Program. This program matched us with Bob and provided substantial funds to help pay his salary. He remained MVUUC full-time minister until 1991 when he returned to his east coast roots to serve as minister for a UU Church in Provincetown, MA.