Monday, December 20, 2021
Many thanks to all who showed up for our Solstice Circles in the church yard. We honored the age old tradition of many generations gathering around a fire to share in the delight of songs, stories, and food over the fire as a way to honor the longest night! Ironically, we were all especially savoring the sunshine in the church yard! Special thanks to Sarah Hooker and Sarah Franklin, past / present members of the Worship and Arts team for their support and assistance.
Above: Some kids opted to roast apples. Below: Some kids opted to roast marshmallows for s'mores.
Chalice lighting by Rev. Scott Tayler
In the soft light of this flame may our lives shimmer anew.
May we notice new possibility in those relationships that seem lost.
May the turning of year give birth to a dream.
May the emerging light pull a new story into view.
May what is, give way to what might be.
May we believe again in the world we imagine.
Help us to be the always hopeful
gardeners of the spirit
who know that without darkness
nothing comes to birth
as without light
– May Sarton
To Know the Dark by Wendell Berry
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
UCM's High School Youth Back in the Building!!!
The folks receiving the free lunches from UCM's Community Lunch volunteers have an extra smile today because of the beautiful, homemade holidays cards made by the High School Youth Group. They had a holiday party in the vestry. While watching Olive, the Other Reindeer on the big screen, they crafted thoughtful cards.
I heard they also enjoyed a walk around the building, enjoying the sanctuary especially. Like all of us, they've missed it! And they exchanged some pre-made treats to enjoy at home later. Many thanks to all who participated! It was lovely to drive by the church on Friday evening, seeing the lights on in the building and know that YOUTH were inside doing some community building and community service!
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
We had a fabulous showing on Sunday and gorgeous weather! It was great to have extra firewood from the families of Esme, Leland, and Monroe! And thank you to Anthony's family for extra hot dogs and GF buns! We're feeling very supported by everyone! Here's a recap in both words and pictures.
- Being kind, safe, respectful.
- Listen when it is time to listen.
- Ask for what you need.
- Be inclusive with others.
- Drop-off down below: There was a car off the road on the drive to the Old Shelter, so thanks to everyone who adapted by doing drop-off down below. I imagine we'll want to stick with that going forward if the road is at all slick.
- Upcoming sessions: 1-3pm at the Old Shelter on Sun Jan. 9th. More details coming soon. I've gone ahead and reserved the shelter for Sun. Feb. 6th, Sun. March 6th as well. Volunteers are busy with holiday happenings so we are not having an online hangout this month.
- Want to connect before Jan. 9th? Join in the All Ages Solstice Circle on Sun. Dec. 19th 1-1:30pm (space limited, pre-register here) OR the Outdoor No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve (click here for details).
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