April is certainly beginning with a lot of energy. Flowers are blooming and it’s warm enough for yard work, trips, team sports and baseball, and it’s exhausting. Come this Sunday to our worship service … “For the Beauty of the Earth” a meditation on the wonderful world we have. Yes, Saturday night is supposed to be rainy and maybe some snow, but that only makes things bloom bigger. Come and contemplate. We will have some wonderful music and poetry.
The following week, on April 15, we have our “Flower Communion” an original Unitarian ritual, a celebration of community. You are asked to find a flower to bring to the service … perhaps from a tree in your yard, or a friend’s garden, or along the roadside. Bring it with you to represent the gifts you bring to this community. At the door we will form it into a bouquet with all the other flowers of the congregation … many colors, many sizes, many textures. The “communion” part is that we each take a flower at the end of the service, without knowing from whence it came. It’s a sort of “blessings swap.” The ritual represents the love and talents we bring to UCN. Sharing love, growing together, and making it work are the key components of a thriving community.
Looking ahead … the following Sunday, the 22nd is Music Sunday. Director of Music, Matt Griset and the choirs are working on creating a wonderful program for that morning. Ask friends who love good music to come and “be our guest” on the 22nd. It’s a simple introduction to our community. Beyond Sundays … we are busy bees, with lots going related to our theme of “Nature and Evolution.” TONIGHT, Friday, we have Fabulous First Friday with all-ages vegetarian spaghetti at 6 and a guest speaker at 7 talking about Sea Creatures. We expect to attract many guests to this! I remind members to wear their name tags and help the community grow by welcoming visitors.
And tomorrow it’s time for a Saturday Morning Cleanup at 809 South Military Highway. Help prepare the new building – there is indoor and outdoor work. We can use you 9 AM to noon. Then at 2 p.m. it is Hampton Roads Celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility. CVUU has a table at the gathering, which is being held at New Life MCC, off Chesapeake Blvd, near Ocean View/Colonial Heights.
This Sunday we also have a beautiful chance to support UCN/CVUU at our plant sale … garden favorites available outdoors after the service! Make your place beautiful! That’s a lot of nature in one month … But there’s more! Saturday April 14 we will celebrate Adele Andrews and her life with music and stories. A week later the Caring Team has scheduled a public event called “Death Cafe” for Friday the 20th. This is a structured program of reflection and sharing. Contemplation in an otherwise busy month. The next day– back outdoors … Saturday 4/21/18 Dismal Canoe Trip– all ages– please sign up so we know how many craft to bring. (I think Paul Greggs gave the event a happier name … see him, sign up, help, come!)
Speaking of Evolution: This congregation’s growth is everyone’s responsibility. Just like promising to help with an annual financial pledge, each of us can help with a growth pledge – talking to friends about how we found this community of faith, and welcoming guests to our services and events. Because of our location, CVUU especially can welcome members of our armed forces. The Membership Committee has created a brochure specifically aimed at those in the military and retired. Pick up one at the welcome table and share it with a friend, neighbor, or relative. Relationship is how we grow!
Just as the days are getting longer, I’m seeing a brighter future for UCN/CVUU — are you?