For our family, as we still having one school age child, Summertime is an especially special time of the year. We have more freedom during this season than any other to plan vacations and take spur-of-the-moment adventures and spend time together as a family, and with friends, mostly unhindered by the demands of other things. We know we are fortunate for this. It is a blessing we are grateful for every day. Our wish is that every family can experience this kind of freedom, and, when they do, to choose to take the time to deepen the bonds of love with those who matter most to them.
May we remember that we belong to each other.
And use our time in ways that show we do.
May we be blessed to witness that which we have long ago planted, continue to bloom, year after year after year.
May the first blossoms of Spring inspire our hearts to open and embrace life.
May our tables be set to welcome all those peaceably seeking spiritual sanctuary.
DeReau K. Farrar, music at First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, found himself faced with questioning what kind of ministry he wants his to be:
“What pulls me toward church work? Is my service based in a desire to help people find a way toward abundant life, or is it based in my need to provide a venue for like-mindedness?”
He discovered that it is more than simply, “both/and.” Then he explains why!
I encourage you to read his reflection on the Braver/Wiser website.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Friends, join us as we do something to give back to those on military deployment.
We are hosting a night to create and assemble items to be included in Care Packages for our active duty military women and men on deployment. At Twinkle’s Place we will be mixing up sugar scrubs, making clay talisman, and making greeting cards.
Some will be bringing handmade items like crocheted washcloths and goats milk soap (Thank you Waggin’ Tale Farm). Others plan to contribute books, poems and artistry.
Yes, the theme for the care package is all about pampering these women and men. If you have something you would like to contribute to the care packages, please join us!
If you cannot attend, please feel free to drop something by this week.