President Pamela’s Words


November 5, 2017 – Our Thanksgiving and Abundance Journey

 

Throughout the ages, the great prophets, sages, and scientists have recognized that all beings are formed of energy and vibration. Many of us like to think our “being” or “sense of self” is almost wholly unseen. Today we invite each other to start a process of awareness of this unseen part of ourselves. From this exploration of that place, perhaps we will manifest our desires by using our thoughts and our feelings.

Getting right into the feeling place when manifesting, is like super charging our desires, and speeding up the receiving process, rather than just repeating ideas and affirmations. From this important self-love or self-work, we can become more conscious of ourselves. From that place of inner awareness, we can create an extraordinary life for ourselves, our congregation, and our community. All of this simply by being who we truly are and in doing so help others do the same.

If we just focus on the “reality” we see around us now, we will only keep getting what we have. We must strive to let go of how things are now as they are only the product of what we have previously thought and believed. We are a dynamic energetic vibrational beings and we CAN create our life however we wish it to be. The only limitations that exist are the ones we put on ourselves.

So this November, I challenge each of us…

Use our amazing imagination… get playful with it. We might feel like a bit of a crazy person when we start or we may feel like we are lying to ourselves. That’s ok. All we are doing is taking our attention off what is or what we have already created in our life and telling a new story that will show up the more we believe it, the more we speak it, and the more we live it.

Now here’s the tricky part… the start of each new day. Take a moment and find our center. If our minds wants to go back to complaining about the way it is now, we must work to relax, not give those thoughts too much attention, and to fill our thinking up as much as possible with our new story.

We will and we must change our  lives and our community!

May this journey bring each of us…

Abundance in Faith.

Abundance in Spirit.

Abundance in Life.

Abundance in Hope

Abundance in Compassion.

Abundance in Love.

Abundance in Thanksgiving and Gratitude..

– President  Pamela


October 11, 2017 – Happy Fall Y’all. 

Although it still feels like summer here on the Grand Strand, the fall season is actually here.

Our many Fall celebrations:

9-22 Autumn Equinox

9-30 Yom Kippur – Jewish Day of Atonement

10-04 Sukkot – Jewish “Feast of Booths or Tabernacles” Celebrates the Harvest of the Fruits

10-05 St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals

(Although we are recognizing this event on Oct 15th at 3pm)

10-09 Indigenous Peoples Day (Never mind… that one guy Columbus)

10-11 National Coming Out Day

10-19 Diwali – Hindu Festival of Light

10-22 United Nations Day

10-31 Halloween, Harvest Festival, and Samhain – Gaelic Harvest

11-01 All Saints Day Catholic Remembrance of Ancestors

11-02 All Souls Day Catholic Remembrance of Ancestors

11-05 Fall back our clocks 1 hour

11-11 Veterans Day

11-20 Transgender Day of Remembrance

11-23 Thanksgiving and Football

That is  a whole lot to celebrate!

Our theme word for the month of October is “Courage.” 

How appropriate Courage is for this month. We are weary following the damaging hurricanes and wildfires not to mention the horrific shooting events in Las Vegas. The unpredictable drum beat of war rings loud these days.

Many of us may want to turn off the news and pretend the world is not as chaotic and hate-filled as it appears. We want to pull the covers over our head.

Courage helps us face these unwelcome changes and challenges. It gives us grace under pressure. It gives us strength to stand up and speak out.  It gives us energy to help those less fortunate in their overwhelming times of need.

Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to act in the presence of fear.

Remember it is easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to lead it.

And so… with that said… let’s roll up our flannel shirt sleeves… grab our pumpkin spice lattes… and get out there and make a difference by whatever means we can.
Blessed be to all.
Pamela

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September 17, 2017   Welcome home

As the incoming President of the Board for our beloved All Souls Waccamaw Unitarian Universalist Congregation, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all our members and guests in  the new 2017-2018 church year. I hope each of you had fun, productive and safe adventures this summer. Our end of summer pool party was a big hit on September 3rd.

I am sure we are all busy this week. Hurricane Irma brought us more than we bargained for with our Homecoming Water Communion last Sunday September 10th. We are resilient, hard working, and a positive bunch of people and will recover. I am pleased to announce that there is no visible damage to our sanctuary. The few fallen limbs will get picked up this week to tidy things up. If any member or friend to the congregation is need of help, please let us know. Many hands make light work.

Speaking of many hands…

On behalf of the congregation, I want to extend a sincere thank you to our to previous board members: President Katie Reitman, Vice President Michael Beeler, Treasurer Chuck Wimberly, and Secretary and RE director Kristen McClellan.

I also want to acknowledge the efforts of our former Pulpit Chair Rho Anderson, our Membership Coordinator Sally Hattig, and our dedicated volunteers maintaining the grounds Don Skleener and Veronica Walters. To each of you and many more, thank you so much for your commitment and contributions.

We are looking for volunteers for the many tasks required to maintain the health of our church. There will be a brief board and membership meet and greet following the service on September 17th with more info.

Our theme word for the month of September is “Welcome.” 

We have some outstanding speakers lined up this fall to inspire and strengthen our community. We have planned a fun kid’s curriculum for Religious Education, too. We will be learning about World Religions and reflecting on the universal oneness of all people. Visit our calendar for more info.

“Welcome back!”

I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces and enjoying our fabulous potlucks this year!

President Pamela Lynn  Ray