- I began my summer break on June 18th for two months and will return on August 27th. For me it is a time of rest and renewal, but the work of the church goes on. I will not be present to lead you for this period. That means that you will more intentionally have to minister to each other as you already do. We will continue to learn and grow in how to best treat each other and more fully share the responsibility of leadership. What the congregation is doing is not letting go so much as more fully sharing some of the burden and responsibility of leadership. When I return in August to begin my third year as your minister, we will quicken the pace of growing our congregation and securing our financial future. We will do this through greater stewardship participation and redoubling our efforts to be a more welcoming, embracing community. We can do this by keeping our mission and vision alive in our hearts. Together we can be more welcoming through a radical hospitality to each other and all who visit. It is only through welcoming and retaining new members will we be able to offer more ministry time and services. With Ethan as our new Religious Education Director I see a bright hope to attract more families with children and more enriching adult programing. This is an exciting time to be an active participant in the life of UUFP. We have the ability, if you are willing, to grow our community and move out of a survivor’s mode of thinking into an active, thriving community. Until I return I wish you a healthy, happy summer.
Yours in Faith,