The Rev. Wendy Pantoja
Another congregational year comes to an end and we have had much to enjoy together. In the fall we celebrated the 75th anniversary of this congregation. The founders of this congregation felt it necessary to bring a liberal religious voice to this corner of the earth. In its seven and a half decades, this congregation has endured through changes of location and ministers, a hurricane or two, the construction of two sites, and the ebb and flow of membership. Your continued stewardship of time, talent, and treasure will write another 75 years of wonderful, liberal religious history for UUCM.
This year, we have said goodbye to two staff members, Zoltan Bakos and Monica Rizzo who have gone off to pursue career goals. This month and next we will be saying goodbye to two more, Carl DuPont and Jessica Brautigam. They too will be pursuing lifelong dreams. While it is sad to say goodbye to folks who have served us well, we will have the opportunity to welcome new staff members who will also bless and enrich our shared ministry.
Departures are always sad for those of us who stay behind. But we can also rejoice in the wonderful memories of how they enlivened our congregational life. We are also happy for the adventures that await them. Best wishes to Lynn Montgomery, Shawn Joost and her son, Carter, and to Derrick Mustelier, all moving to California. We also bask in the memories of two ladies who died earlier this year, Eva Kahn and Nancy Overholser. Both were long term members of UUCM and contributed greatly to its life.
As we get ready to take off on vacation adventures or stay home to enjoy a wonderful staycation, do not forget to bring back a sample of water for our Water Ceremony in September. You may also want to stop by a Unitarian Universalist congregation in your vacation area and be with other folks who have chosen the same faith as you, only in a different location. Please give them our warm regards and bring back an idea or two that you think may help enhance our ministry here.
My own vacation plans are in flux as I and a few lay leaders get ready to interview applicants for our vacant or soon-to-be vacant staff positions. I will be leaving for Ministry Days and General Assembly on or around June 20 and will be back around July 8 after visiting with my son and friends who live not too far from Providence, RI. Much of July and August will be a mix of study and work time.
So as many begin to part in different directions, let us remember why we are taking a break and be kind to our spirit. Please remember that you have a spiritual home here that will be eager to receive you when you return. Travel safely and enjoy your summer adventures.
En paz y fe,
Minister’s Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1 PM – 5 PM*
Monday: day off
Friday: Sermon writing day
Saturday: reserved for special meetings and other events
Please know that this schedule is subject to change in order to meet other ministerial and denominational responsibilities. It will also be revised over the course of the year in response to congregational needs.
Rev. Wendy is available by telephone 9 AM – 8 PM except on her days off. Emergency calls will be accepted at any time.
*It is always best to call for an appointment. If these hours do not accommodate your schedule, please do not hesitate to call for an appointment at a mutually convenient time.