Diane Melvin (Big)The Gifts of Winter

One of the things I appreciate about this time of year is that the short days and long nights make me want to hibernate. In the summer when it is light until 10:00, I am outside going and doing until then. But when it is dark by 5:00, I long to cocoon inside and spend more time going within.   I value the ebb and flow of the external seasons and appreciate the change of rhythm I feel internally to match them.

Though December always provides many additional opportunities to gather with family and friends in winter holiday celebrations, January often provides the rare opportunity for more time for solitude, quiet and stillness which I find imperative for my spiritual growth. I find winter snowstorms a particular blessing when unexpected snow days foil plans and activities and create spaces to stay home and slow down the hectic pace of our lives.

Whether curling up with a good book or enjoying time with family and friends, I try to appreciate the gifts of each season and make the most of it. Of course living with a Siberian husky provides much incentive to enjoy being outside in the snow each day as well. While it is important to notice the ebb and flow, as always, finding balance is the key.

I hope you all can appreciate the short days and long nights of winter as the light gradually returns to this part of the earth.

Blessed Be,

Diane Melvin, Director of Religious Education

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Guest at Your Table Wrap-Up

It is time to wrap up the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Guest at Your Table fundraiser. This annual tradition supports the UUSC programs that help ensure people around the world have access to basic necessities such as clean water, food and shelter.  Please return your donations to the RE mailbox or supply room (14) this month. You can return your jars of change or even better a check for the total made out to UUSC.  Thank you!

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Children are needed to light the chalice in the Sunday Service each week.

Please sign up on the clipboard on the   kiosk in the foyer.

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Parent’s Night Out – Saturday February 14th – 5-9 pm

Drop your children off at church for a fun filled night with our youth group and enjoy a date night out . Only $12 per child (max of $25 per family) which includes a child friendly dinner and an evening of fun with church friends while helping to support the youth group trip fund.

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Elementary OWL

The 5th and 6th grade OWL program will kick of January 25th with the Parent Orientation after church. The class will take place on Sundays from 9:00-10:30 A.M. in February and March.

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Youth Group – For all 9-12th graders on First Sundays

January 4th from 1:00-3:00pm

Enjoy fun games, worship, and social justice projects together! For more information contact Karen Friedel.

 

Young Adult UU Group – First & Third Tuesday at Church

All 18-35 year olds are invited to participate in our young adult group on the first and third Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. at church. Enjoy fellowship with fun games, activities and meaningful discussions.  For meeting location information contact group coordinator, Ted Schering at tdschering@gmail.com.

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