“Excitement for a New Year”

Where did the summer go? The children and youth are already “back to school,” the Rummage Sale will take place on September 6 and 7, the Water Communion and Gathering of the Community is in three weeks (September 8), and I am already seeing colors on some of the leaves in our neighborhood. I have always loved Autumn and look forward to the slow growth of signs of its presence with us.

Yes, we will continue going through the “Dog Days,” respond to the transitions of last Spring that leave us a bit shocked with loss, but let us also practice resilience and open our eyes to the many possibilities before us. This is a “both/and” time for this congregation.

To clear up any confusion, the “Worship Retreat and Training” has been postponed until Saturday, September 14 from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm, so that newcomers and the curious may participate as well as our seasoned Worship Associates. Please check the info elsewhere in this newsletter. Also, “The Language of Emotions Class” will begin that morning at 10 am, also in the Sanctuary. Both are facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Gretchen Woods.

Beyond Categorical Thinking: A fascinating opportunity arrives on September 21, when everyone – UUFRC Ministerial Search Committee, Board members, other leaders, members, friends, and youth who may be interested – are encouraged to gather in the sanctuary at 9:30 am to meet the Rev. Keith Kron, head of the UUA Transitions Department, and explore previously unrecognized biases that could impinge upon the success of settling a new minister. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. We should be done around 3 pm. Childcare will be provided.

Of course, the Ministerial Search Committee is already conducting the special Cottage Meetings that will provide them with the information they need to present the UUFRC Packet to possible candidates in January. Again, Everyone is heartily invited to attend one of the Cottage Meetings.

For me, this is such an exciting time to be part of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA. You all are creating your future together in significant ways that will carry you through many years to come. I am pleased to offer my encouragement, resources, and support as this culminating year of transition transpires.

As the Rev. Susan Frederick Gray reminds us, “This is no time for a casual faith!” Let rise and take our places in the movement for positive change.

Bright Blessings throughout these exciting times,

Gretchen Woods, AIM