The Rev. Wendy Pantoja
Summer is here and that means vacation time for many. What to do with the week, two weeks, or whatever amount of work-free time we have on our hands? Some go away to exotic places, get together with faraway friends and family, catch up on some reading, and indulge in home projects.
I like to think of vacations as mini-sabbaticals. According to Wikipedia, a sabbatical is an “extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something.” Sabbatical is a derivation from the word “sabbath” whose origin is found in the Hebrew “Shabbat,” meaning day of rest. Today professionals take sabbaticals to write a book, do some extensive traveling, take classes or work on a special project-all to enhance their skills and deepen understanding in their field of choice. It is a time to put aside the usual work-related responsibilities to nurture one’s professional self.
As spiritual beings, we need to restore and renew our spirit. During our vacations, let us seek out times and places that are uncluttered with tasks, must-dos, and must-sees. Let us find our sabbath or sabbatical at home or in some wonderful getaway. Let us take time out to be with the people and do only those things that restore us, nurture our spirit, and get us in touch with the core of ourselves.
Have a wonderful summer! Happy Sabbatical! And don’t forget to bring back water from your travels and from your sabbatical for our Water Ceremony in September.
Blessings to all!!!
En paz y fe,
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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.