The rains have wrought their miracle of green hills, and blooming flowers and trees everywhere. The wisteria has been particularly glorious this year. My back deck is covered in a 2 inch layer of fallen lavender blossoms: the best “snow” anywhere.
The Fellowship is blossoming with new families and young children. The joy these children bring is immeasurable: hope, promise, energy, enthusiasm, curiosity, and generosity. They remind me that despite the difficulties and worries of our adult lives, there is much to be grateful for. I am thankful for the joyous reminders our young ones bring. Have you seen the two little girls dancing in the center aisle during our hymns and the music from the choir? They radiate pure bliss as they freely twirl and sway, unencumbered by self-consciousness or fear. Seeing this every Sunday is a gift they give and aren’t even aware of!
I extend an invitation to all to continue to get to know this Fellowship by participating in our Spring activities and events. If you are not receiving our weekly email updates, please sign up on the homepage of our website. This will provide you with information every Thursday about upcoming events and activities for the week ahead, as well as links to future activities.
There are three upcoming events that I encourage everyone to participate in. The first is our Annual meeting following the service on May 19th. This meeting is an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments of this year, which include selecting our Search Committee for our next settled minister! It’s also a way for all members to participate in the democratic process by voting for our Board members for the next fiscal year and voting on our budget. If you’re not a member we encourage you to attend to learn more about us. You will have the opportunity to vote for the organizations that we will share a monthly offering with next year.
The second is the Ordination of Ellie Kilpatrick on June 8 at 3 pm. Ellie is a member of UUFRC and has completed and passed all the educational and experiential requirements to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. By ordaining her, we are confirming and acknowledging her as a minister and launching her out into the ministerial world. An Ordination service is powerful, beautiful, loving, and not to be missed. If you’d like to participate in making it happen, please sign up to volunteer for set-up, help with the reception following the service, or clean-up.
Lastly, mark your calendars for our All Fellowship End-of-the-Year Picnic following the service on June 9th. The Connections Committee will bring sandwich fixings and beverages. Everyone else is encouraged to bring munchies, sides, and desserts. This is our third year holding the picnic and it is a wonderful way to relax together and meet friends both old and new as we close out the church year. Hope to see you at all these events!