The Rev. Wendy Pantoja
Welcome back, members and friends!
Welcome, newcomers and first time visitors!
I hope you have all had a restful summer. The start of a new congregational year is always very exciting. We bring new stories to tell and look forward to all the wonderful ministry that we can do together.
By the time of the ingathering service, the Board of Trustees and the Committee on Ministry will have had their retreats with the facilitation of the Reverend Wendy von Zirpolo, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marblehead in Massachusetts. The Worship Committee will have had their retreat with yours truly and all groups are busy preparing for the tasks that will contribute toward another successful congregational year.
Returning to a recent trend in Unitarian Universalist congregations of what we may loosely call a liturgical calendar, I have selected themes to guide our worship services each month as well as other parts of our ministry. This year’s themes are as follow:
September – Building Community February – Love thy Neighbor
October – The Learning Church March – Am I My Siblings Keeper?
November – Gratitude April – Doing Church Together
December – Our Diverse Theologies May – Celebration
January – New Beginnings June - Appreciation
These themes are meant to weave a thread of continuity in our spiritual explorations and our work together. While some specific topics have already been chosen, there is still room for suggestions. And, if you have a topic that fits within anyone of these themes and would like to lead the congregation in its exploration during a lay-led service, please let the Worship Committee or me know so we can put you on the schedule.
Building Community is a natural topic to begin a new congregational year. Our life experiences always make an impact on us and change us in some ways. After a time in which many of us have been apart from each other, it is always good to explore how we are going to reconnect and make this religious community stronger than before.
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.