Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekly Update

Weekly Update . . . Greetings on this glorious September afternoon! We are having the most delightful weather. Sometimes our lives give us ‘sunny weather’ and sometimes they aren’t nearly so joyous. I have spoken to several of you recently who are facing personal pain and struggles. The best part about coming to church, for me, is that in times like that I remember that I am not alone. I am reminded that after dark times, sunshine does come . . . as I look around me at people who have weathered their own stormy and dark times to come out the other side. Both the Jewish Scriptures and the New Testament shows us, that by studying people’s stories, and how they cope, we can become closer to a sense of the holy.  We can learn goodness of human spirit. We UU’s believe that revelation is not sealed. That God or goodness is still speaking. And one of the blessings of coming to church, is you can look about you, and be inspired, be made whole. Week after week, I feel this grace as I am in your presence. I hope that you can feel it too!
Tonight marks the first night of the New Year in the Jewish calendar . . . so let me wish all of you who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the happiest of new years!
See you in church! Keep on living and loving!

This Sunday
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Service “Fall Equinox”
We will celebrate autumn and the lessons it offers us on our spiritual Journey with
song, drama, poetry and joy! Our Children’s Choir will sing for us.  During our service for all ages, children join their parents in the Sanctuary (although the nursery is still open for the youngest children). Led by Rev. Eva Cameron, the Service for All AgesTeam, & Deblyn Russell as Worship Associate.
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11 00 am Children’s Chapel
11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth
11:15 am Adult Classes
Sixty for Six: This is a new offering this year which consists of sixty minute classes that last for six weeks in a row. The first class is UU perspectives on Current Events. (under the balcony)
Buddhist Path: Join Rev. Eva and others in exploring Buddhist spiritual practices. (balcony)
Walkin’ The Talk: Ruth Walker will speak to us on September’s Social Action focus – the Sabeel Conference. (fellowship hall)
Conscious Living: “Art as Environmental Activism” will be Margaret Whiting’s topic. (sanctuary)
Garden Meditation: Join Julie Fischer and others in the garden.

This Coming Week
WOW! Workshops on Wednesdays
5:00 pm Children’s Choir
5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)
6:15 pm Adult Choir
6:30 pm Self Realization Workshop (high school room)
7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)
UU Camp Out – Contact Betsy Brant for more details: <>
6:30 pm Creative Expressive Healing Workshop for Women
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Rental
Parking . . . there are some things about growing bigger that are a lot of fun. Parking is seldom one of them! Please, if you can, park close together in our lot. If you can plan to arrive even a few minutes early,  park at AEA : enter the drive for the mobile home park just north of our lot, and turn left into the AEA back lot. There is a LOT of nice space up there. Be friendly to visitors and come just a couple minutes early and park up in the AEA, so the lot near the building will be open to visitors and late-comers.
As we return to our fall schedules, this is just a reminder . . . your pledge checks arriving regularly mean we can pay our bills and pay checks regularly. It’s a big help. Let’s all get back to our routines! Thanks!


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