“Making the Most of Ministry”

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

Our congregation is what we make of it. The same can be said of the invitation we face each day to live a life of integrity; it is, as always, what we make of it. In the year ahead, from many different angles, we will take up that invitation by asking ourselves: "What Does It Mean to Live a Life of ...?"

Beginning in the fall, we'll focus that question on a particular theme with each month. This approach, called Theme-Based Ministry, is an invitation to go deeper. With weekly services, a shared collection of readings and resources, and monthly small reflection circles called Heart & Soul Groups, we will live for several weeks with a series of questions on each topic. This approach to ministry will be a challenge to walk our talk-to take up the question of how shall we live?-with growing intention. I'm excited to think about the possibilities that might unfold from our deepening in this way together.

I'm pleased to announce that our topics for 2013-14 will be the following:

      September: Listening       February: Passion
  October: Purpose   March: Knowing
  November: Courage   April: Wonder
  December: Connection   May: Honesty
  January: Discipline   June: Play

In the coming months you'll be hearing much more about this new way of doing ministry. As you do, I hope you'll give serious thought to joining one of the Heart & Soul Groups as a way of deepening your own journey.

Finally, I will be away a bit longer than usual this summer, combining this year's month of sabbatical time with a vacation with Bob and a trip to attend the UUA's General Assembly in Kentucky (where Dallas will lead the choir). While I'm away, Rod and our Lay Pastors will be available to support you should a pastoral need arise.

I wish you all a wonderful, restorative summer, and look forward to seeing you toward summer's end.

In faith and love,

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