New Members, Gratitude, and an Ordination

Dear Ones,

What a joyous day last Sunday was! We welcomed new members Elizabeth Jenkins-Sahlin, Rose Rodriguez, and Albert Douk to our community and celebrated community together with a beautiful cornucopia of gratitude. Thank you to Darlene Anderson-Alexander and all who participated in putting together a wonderful multigenerational service.

Then, in the afternoon, so many of you joined in person or by Zoom to ordain me into the Unitarian Universalist ministry! I can’t thank you enough for your support and gifts. Special recognition goes to Norris Wakefield and Janis Stahlhut- our Zoom hosts- who made this multi-platform ordination possible. Also thank you to Lynne Lane, Maria Lassman, Bonnie Currie, Nancy Furnas, and Helene Devin who put together, along with UUFNW folks, a beautiful reception (with a very delicious cake)! Thank you for the beautiful helping hands stole that you gave me. I plan to wear a stole- the symbol of ordination- each week in leading services going forward. And thank you to Darlene and the RE Children for the hand-knit stole that is on its way- wound with the yarn to symbolize the many parts of my journey to ministry. Please do take a piece of braided yarn from the box on our greeter’s table as a symbol of your part in this journey. And remember your charge from our regional representative, Rev. Erica Baron, to live into the covenant of shared ministry- both within our congregation and beyond with our fellow UU congregations.
As we move forward into the winter season, please remember to check the eblast each week for updates. Rising COVID numbers and winter weather could impact plans for in-person Sunday services. Lynne and I will be making a determination each week, in case we need to move a service to Zoom. This week we do plan to meet In-person (with Zoom livestream) and I look forward to worshipping with you then.
In peace,

Reverend Terri