I am very excited about how we are doing. Socially, spiritually, financially, personally. All is not perfect, of course. If it was I would be incredulous.
What I am excited about is the wonderful leadership the present Board has provided, and the coming opportunity for them to retire from that work and prepare the way for new leadership. This is one of the gifts of congregational polity. The passing of the baton to those who then take on the true leadership of the church. Not symbolic, but, in our faith, real and responsible leadership.
I am also excited to lead the first of many Pathways to Membership Classes coming this month. We don’t know the exact date but will let you know as soon as all is clear. Watch for congregational emails with details.
For newcomers, know that this class is the way that we welcome you into the fold. During those three + hours we will, first, eat, then we will do welcomes, experience a couple of exercises to help us get to know each other.
There will be an opportunity for you to explore your beliefs and discover others who believe just as you do. A little UU history will be mixed in. Enough to help you know where we come from. Then you have the opportunity to “Sign the book.” That is, to become a pledging member.
One who takes his/her/their responsibility seriously to make a difference in the world. There is NO pressure to pledge more than you can afford. AND, it is important that all of us stretch to do what we can. I do. It’s important. This is an age when people are flocking AWAY from churches in increasing numbers. A more secular time than when many of us grew up. But one time of the year always brings many back for one Sunday. Easter. There is so much to take from that celebration. The combination of spring and its flowers and bunnies, and the hope of the resurrection make for a powerful time. We will have many visitors, we hope, that day. Please go out of your way to greet them and make them feel truly welcome. A chance for each of us to come out of our own dark places and turn our faces to the light. Many Blessing to you all. Barry
From the minister