By Laura Cerier
Monica Mathis and Jimmy Vogel
Jimmy and Monica both grew up in the greater Detroit, Michigan area-Monica in Troy and Jimmy in Milford. Jimmy and Monica were both attending the University of Michigan, when, as freshmen, they had to get themselves down from Central campus to South campus for band class. Monica plays the saxophone and Jimmy the euphonium. Monica was already at the bus stop when Jimmy came along. Every bus to South Campus kept passing by, full of students on the way to a basketball game. When they realized they were going to be late for class, they decided to run all the way to the band hall, instruments in hand. In Michigan. In January. They arrived a little late for band class, but the clock was set in motion. With the help of Monica’s friend, who was playing match-maker because they were both shy, Jimmy and Monica kept finding themselves together at the same events. Study group. Movie night. Laser tag. Hmmmm!
Jimmy graduated a year earlier than Monica, since her degree program took her five years to complete, and went to work in Illinois. When Monica graduated last Spring, she moved to Franklin and began working as a Naval Architect for Gilbert Associates in Hingham (now Braintree) in June 2015. Jimmy left his job in Illinois, luckily found a job as an Electrical Engineer at Waters Corp in Milford, and joined Monica in August.
Jimmy and Monica enjoy snowboarding, hiking, biking, cooking, traveling, exploring, and anything involving an adventure! Jimmy took an amazing trip after graduation-a month backpacking and traveling by train to 10 cities in Europe: London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Innsbruck, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Paris. Monica joined Jimmy for the first leg of his journey and then left for a summer internship at a Wisconsin shipyard. Monica and her family cruised on the Adriatic last summer; this summer’s trip is cruising on the Baltic. Did I mention that they both love to travel?
Monica is a life-long UU. She actually found FUSF at her mom’s suggestion! Mom mentioned that Monica should go to church to meet people and develop community since Monica knew no one in Massachusetts. “There is a big church right down the road from your apartment!” wrote Mom. Monica walked through the doors at FUSF only 1 week after she moved to Franklin! She found it very easy to find community at a UU church, particularly FUSF.
Jimmy and his immediate family are atheists. He had never heard of Unitarian Universalism before he met Monica. Last year Jimmy attended a Christmas Eve service at Monica’s home UU church in Troy with her family and really enjoyed it. When she moved to Franklin and found FUSF he wanted to check it out, too. When he experienced FUSF for the first time he immediately loved it!
What do they like best about FUSF? Monica: “I enjoy the network of people and variety of activities offered (on Sundays and throughout the week). There is also always something to help out with, which is great because I tend to want to help or organize. If I’m not contributing, it doesn’t feel right!” Jimmy: “I love the services. I find the beautiful music and thoughtful sermons a great way to reset the brain after a long work week and get us thinking again about the important things in life. I also really appreciate everyone sharing their joys and concerns with the congregation, as it’s a good way for everyone to get to know each other and their personal struggles.” Please join me in welcoming Jimmy and Monica!