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.
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.
I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces and enjoying our fabulous potlucks this year!
President Pamela Lynn Ray