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Message for April

This month we are exploring the spiritual value of Interdependence. With warmer weather and longer days, many of us have the opportunity to get out and enjoy interacting with the great outdoors – be it playing sports, getting our gardens planted, or simply taking leisurely walks – celebrating our interdependence with the Earth and ALL its inhabitants. And this month marks the 54th anniversary of Earth Day, which we will mark as a congregation with a special Sunday service “Weaving a Web of Love for the Earth” on April 21st. Children are encouraged to bring a small amount of soil for the Time for All Ages and a “Dirt Communion.” Later that week, we’ll celebrate with a special Spring Sing – a mini concert and community song circle Celebrating Earth Day with Ash Devine and friends. Meet at the lower firepit with instruments and snacks and a song in your heart!

We’ll also have opportunities to explore our interdependence with each other as a congregation. Those who are relatively new to UUC are encouraged to attend our Newcomers Orientation on Saturday, the 27th, to meet with members of the Connections Committee, other new folks, and me to learn more about this congregation and Unitarian Universalism. This is one of my favorite gatherings of the year, getting to know new people and what brought them to UUC. And the snacks are always tasty! Contact Pauletta Copenheaver by April 24 if you plan to attend. We will be providing childcare for families (try to let us know your needs by the 20th).

The next day, Sunday, the 28th, we’ll celebrate our interdependence with an activities fair after the service. Every committee, team, group, or gathering is invited to have a representative available to offer information or sign up new members. This will be a great opportunity to find new ways to connect with each other. We’ll also celebrate the Stewardship Committee, who have worked hard to help us support the work of this congregation. As of this writing, we are 93% of the way toward our goal. I encourage you to read more about the pledge drive, especially if you haven’t had a chance to watch the hilarious videos the committee created to inform the congregation. We are indeed blessed by their enthusiasm and comedic talents. Special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make our Pledging Party possible and to chair Mary Ann Hansen for producing the videos and baking the Danish pastries. There is still time to get your pledge in to help reach our goal and for a chance to win one of those delicious pastries.   

We have welcomed our new administrator, Bekah Parker, who is being trained this month by outgoing administrator, Ericka Kelly. This transition highlights all the moving parts within UUC and the enormous breadth and depth of the administrator role. Please practice patience and extend grace as Bekah brings her own gifts to us. She might do some things differently, just as Ericka did, and those changes might just help us grow. If you offer what you believe is constructive feedback, please also point out what you appreciate. It takes time to learn about all that we do here in this lively, compassionate community.

Finally, we have the opportunity to recognize our interdependence with other Unitarian Universalists across the continent by participating in the annual UUA General Assembly, June 20-23. This year’s event will be online, making it much more affordable. Still, I encourage you to register before May 15th to get the discount. In addition to worship and workshops, we will also be voting to approve (or not) the proposed wording for Article II, making the business meetings much more exciting.  If you are interested in representing UUC as one of our five delegates and voting on the bylaws, please contact our President Fred Piercy. The board will appoint delegates at their May meeting.

I wish you all the joys of springtime as we head toward the end of the congregational year. We’ll mark many milestones in May. Until then,

In faith and interdependence,

Rev. Pam