It’s mid-December and it feels like time is flying by at unbelievable speed. This time of year is extra busy and I do hope you are taking care of yourselves: your body, your mind, and your spirit.
The Soul Matters theme for this month is Hope. In our Sunday services, we’ve been exploring what hope means and how to put it into action in our lives and at RVUUF. We’ll be talking about Hope in the Hanukkah story, at Yule, in the traditional Christmas story, and as we enter the new year. One of the goals of our Worship Team is to take each month’s theme and bring it to life in ways that are relevant, thought-provoking, and real.
No matter what the holidays hold for you: hope and joy or grief and stress (or maybe all these at once) here are some ideas I hope will help you get through these next few weeks with a little more ease and kindness:
December 14—Write down three things for which you feel grateful.
December 15—Spend a few minutes just sitting with your eyes closed, listening.
December 16—Indulge in reminiscing about a favorite happy memory.
December 17—Come see your RVUUF family and learn about Hanukkah.
December 18—Give something away.
December 19—Say “I love you” to yourself and mean it.
December 20—Make a phone call to someone you love.
December 21—Tonight’s the longest night of the year. Revel in the darkness.
December 22—Look for a reason to smile, chuckle, even belly laugh! Do it!
December 23—Think about the people who helped you make it through the year.
December 24—Come to RVUUF twice! First at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Yule and also to the traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service at 4:30 p.m.
December 25—Look for real gifts and say thank you.
December 26— Make time to rest, relax, recover.
December 27—Be a secret giver now, when no one’s expecting it!
December 28—Give a hug—to yourself or someone else.
December 29—Think about your hopes for the next year. Say “yes.”
December 30—Take time to say goodbye to the things you want to leave behind.
December 31—Come to the 10:30 a.m. service for a time of looking back and looking ahead.
Thank you for all you do for RVUUF. There are both so many reasons to be grateful and to be hopeful.
Love will guide us,
View and sign up for Rev. Sean’s monthly messages, as well as RVUUF’s weekly “News to Note” via RVUUF’s email campaign archive.
RVUUF is examining the Soul Matters theme of “Hope” during December 2017, and this theme will be reflected in its Sunday services. Services take place each Sunday morning in RVUUF’s Great Hall. Gathering music begins at 10:25 a.m. and the service starts at 10:30 a.m.
In his latest message to members of RVUUF, Rev. Sean Parker Dennison addresses “Abundance,” the Soul Matters theme for November. Rev. Sean shares that he feels “very connected to the goodness and gifts of life right now.” View and sign up for Rev. Sean’s monthly messages, as well as RVUUF’s weekly “News to Note,” via RVUUF’s email campaign archive.
Many people have requested, and received, information on registering to participate in a Soul Matters group. RVUUF appreciates your interest and reminds you that registration is now closing. If you haven’t completed your part of the process, with the form and your times, please do so by Oct. 1. For more information, use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with Mary Rexford.
Registration takes place from Sept. 10 to 24 for Soul Matters Sharing Circles at RVUUF.
In 2014 I was told by the search committee that what RVUUF was looking for in a minister was to help you move from an “I” church to a “We” church and to help you practice right relations and compassionate communication.
As I write this article for April, it’s the first day of spring and sunny outside. I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the earth and her turning seasons, especially the visible transformation from winter to spring. As long as the winter has remained with us this year, the reality of all the work done in the dark, underground, and out of our sight, is astounding to now see the colorful beauty that is bursting forth each day.
March is blowing in with a flurry of activity at RVUUF and the Soul Matters theme asks, “What does it mean to be a community of risk?”
When we moved to Ashland three years ago, RVUUF offered us a community of people who became friends to walk with us on our journey through life. We found a community of people that we could help support and who we could turn to when we needed support.
“Thank you.” Words spoken, and written, to ensure you understand that gratitude abounds within me and the leadership and members of RVUUF.