News – April 14, 2023

Dear Beloved Community,

Last Sunday was a joy!  Lots of us gathered this Easter, small children hunting for a few colorful eggs in the courtyard and decorating crowns they’d wear in the parade, older children on an Easter Treasure Hunt- one clue in an egg leading to a next and a next until they reach the fun with Easter jokes, candy and fun with art.  And many children, their families and members of our congregation went to the Emergency Aid Coalition for our 27th annual Easter Parade bringing food to our neighbors in need.  Many thanks to so many who contributed so much food!  We carried many, many bags and wagon-loads for donation.

We have something we want you to see, coming up soon….our YoUUth Unit, children/teens ages 11-14,  has their big culminating year-long work they’ll share in an event on Sunday, April 30.  They are calling it: “The Soul of a Family”, where they will display photos of 23 families from our church and share information gathered in interviews.  The event will be interactive and you will be sure to walk away finding out something you have in common with other families and enjoy the rich diversity of our backgrounds, rituals and ways we live out our UU values.  Please plan to join us in the Fireside room after either service for this special occasion.

Also of note, is our upcoming Day of Mourning on Saturday afternoon, April 15 in our sanctuary.  Join church members, local religious leaders and elected officials in calling attention to the loss incurred by gun violence in our communities.

On Sunday, April 23, we celebrate Earth Day in a multi-generational service.  Our older youth will join us in leading the 11:30 service and have developed the themes, written poems and shared their ideas for what we will share.  Both services will explore our deep connections to the earth, our fears as we face climate change, and new ideas for hope and change.  And join the Climate Action Team on Friday, April 28 for the monthly Plant-based Potluck – “Earth Day is for Everyone- World Cuisines”.  You are welcome to bring a food that celebrates your own background or food culture.  If you are new to plant-based eating or cooking, this is a great opportunity to explore a new variation on your favorites.   Reach out if you need help.   In addition to  delicious healthy (for people and the planet) food, there will be opportunities to visit, learn and get involved.  This month there is a special guest!

There is a joy and deep satisfaction in all we do as a church.
There are so many important actions we do together.
Life is better when you have a community of support.
It feels good to know others and be known.
It is a huge relief to know loving people have your back.
It is a blessing to have somewhere to show up each week that can help each of us live our best lives, be our best selves.   

You are invited to support the whole of the church at this time of year, when church members and friends are making monetary pledges to make what we do here possible.  The Stewardship Team, a team of loving, hard-working volunteers, asks that we get our pledges in by the end of April.  Let’s help them get this part of our work done.  Thank you!