Here we go again! The new church year begins on the 17th of Sept. I will return to the pulpit on a regular basis (1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, except for Sept). The new cycle of Religious Education programs begins this day for our younger ones. And the music program comes back to full life with Sam Henline at the helm. The theme for that day is, or course, WELCOME. It is also the UU theme for the month. We get to have the service, a shared pot luck, and a Julie led program about some good stuff happening in our beloved community. “A good time will be had by all.” Really!
As many of you know, this is also the beginning of my 2nd, and last, year as your minister. When I met with the then existing board in the summer of 2016, I committed to a two year agreement. With your having been through the previous three years of one and done ministers, I knew that my minimum commitment to you had to be two years. So that you and I could experience enough time together to, hopefully change UUCG’s one and out karma, and to do some deeper work that would bring present healing and future prosperity to the church.
Good changes have happened. And many more are coming. Getting organized for this New Year, and looking ahead to the future by beginning the search, now, for the right person to be in the minister’s role by Sept 2018. I have pledged my support to the board, and to all of you, to remain in a support role after my June 2018 paid time is over. I have offered to volunteer in whatever capacity would be helpful for a time, until you are ready to fly into the next definition of UUCG.
I look forward to seeing you all on the 10th. May we fly into an amazing future together.
Rev Barry Bloom