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If you’re looking for a liberal religious community that is a “Welcoming Congregation,” sees the sacred in the ordinary, draws wisdom from many religions, celebrates children, enjoys music, works for peace and justice and encourages every person to follow their own reason and conscience then you may have found your spiritual home.
I am hearing a lot of groaning and griping lately about the premature display of seasonal decorations, and especially in retail establishments.
We always seem to be one or two seasons ahead of ourselves, with Christmas tinsel shocking our senses before we have even begun to enjoy the apple crisp and pumpkin carving and other joys of autumn. As I write this, it is mid-September and I noticed a big, friendly ghost flying suspended from a neighbor’s porch last night. Halloween is still six weeks away, neighbors! But these things are catching, you know, and I put out a dapper skeleton figure on my own porch, and I quite enjoy seeing him there. Anticipation is fun, but I can’t complain about pushing seasons along if I’m participating in it myself.
The season of church ingathering reminds us how good it is to be together, to see each other’s faces, to share our joys and concerns, to cope with all that life has to offer together, to learn, to worship, to serve, to connect.
I want you to know how to connect with me, because we are still working on upgrading our church phone system and I am concerned that I am not getting your phone messages at church and that you might think you can’t call me at home. My church extension hasn’t functioned in a year, so you absolutely should call me at home if you need me! Call me at 781.599.6364 or e-mail me at Victoria.email@example.com. I only give out my cell phone number to people who are in crisis and need to be in frequent touch, and our staff and board president have it, but I prefer to get church business calls on my home line or by e-mail.
I am available to meet with you when it is convenient for you. My schedule is busy but flexible, with Wednesday as worship preparation day and Fridays off. I am in the church office on Tuesdays and Thursdays doing administrative work, and often on Monday afternoons to meet people for counseling and to prepare for evening meetings. I am happy to receive dinner invitations, as that is a great way for me to get to know you where you live. Please do not consider your minister a guest who requires special treatment. Pizza with the kids is fine and actually preferable to fancy goings-on. I have to dress up a lot for work and appreciate sharing relaxed family time with you.
October’s ministry theme is The Journey. Our lives are a journey from birth to death, and in keeping with that aspect of our theme, I will again be offering a workshop on Preparing For End Of Life. Last year’s session was very well attended and a great time to share very important questions and information. This year the workshop will be on Wednesday, October 15th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. Please RSVP to Linda Enrico, firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can get lunch for everyone.
Another important date to note is our annual Blessing Of the Animals Service, which we will hold on October 12. All creatures great and small are welcome to the sanctuary, and you are also welcome to bring photos of your beloved animals or beloved stuffed animals. Animal companions are precious witnesses to our lives. We don’t mind if they bark or howl or mewl or squeak. Please have your dogs on a leash and all other four-legged or winged friends in a secure carrier.
In faith, hope and love,
~ Rev. Vicki