May messages from church leaders

President’s Perspective – President Iyesatu Kamara-Bush

This month we will be holding our Annual Congregational Meeting on May 19. It is an opportunity for us to live our values by sustaining our beloved community through the democratic process. Further information about this meeting will be sent out to voting members of the congregation.

May is also a month full of celebration. We celebrate motherhood in all its forms. We celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates among us. Speaking of graduates, this month we celebrate our dear minister as she earns the title of Rev. Dr. Molly Housh Gordon. Our entire beloved community is elevated and enriched by Rev. Molly’s intellect, creativity, empathy and determination. Let us all take a moment to congratulate her on her achievement.

In Love and Fellowship,
Iyesatu Kamara-Bush
2023-24 President

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Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Dear UU Churchers,

As spring gives way to the longer, luxurious days of summer, I wish you moments of joy that grow and grow even now — not just a crumb either, but a whole loaf to sustain your heart in these precarious times.

“Don’t Hesitate” by Mary Oliver

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case.
Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

Joyfully, Rev. Molly

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Jamila Batchelder, Director of Religious Education

In May we have multiple events of young people transitioning into the next chapter of the their lives.

On May 5, the Coming-of-Age middle schoolers will share their deep reflections about what they believe and where they are headed on their spiritual path. They will leave their place as children in our RE program and move into their role as teenagers and young adults.

Then on May 19, our youth who are leaving high school will join us in a bridging service as we welcome them as adults in our church community.

As always, these moments of transition are not just for the young people of our community, but for all of us. They are an opportunity for us to take stock of who we are, what we believe, and where we are going. They are a chance to reflect on how being grounded in our UUCC community and with each other allows us to continue this journey.

I look forward for the opportunity for us all to support our young people and renew our commitment to each other.

Jamila Batchelder
Director of Religious Education

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Violet Vonder Haar, Director of Music Ministry

Calling all singers!

Have you wanted to sing with the choir this year, but have been unable to commit to weekly rehearsals? Or maybe you’ve been been hesitant to join because you don’t read music? Or maybe you’re just not confident with your singing abilities and were afraid to take the leap? This is your sign to join us now!! For our final Sunday performance, before we take a break for the summer, we will be singing simple songs that most anyone can learn. Don’t read music? No problem. I will guide you through each piece, learning the songs by ear. Join us!

Final spring Sunday performance date: May 12.

Violet Vonder Haar,
Director of Music Ministry

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