Come join Moonspirit CUUPS
to celebrate Imbolc!
Thursday, February 1st
Come early for craft making and potluck dinner!
Craft Making at 4:30 pm
Ritual at 6:00 pm
Potluck to follow. Please bring food or drink to share.
Imbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner. [Read more here.]
For more information, contact Donna Johnston.
2018 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING / ELECTION
Sunday, January 21st at 12:15 pm
–– EARLY VOTING Jan 21, 8:00 to 11:00 am at UUWC ––
- Welcome—Nan Porterfield, President of the Board
- Words From Our Consulting Minister—the Rev. Dr. Nancy Hitt
- Election of Board and Committee Members—Nominating Committee
- Financial Report and Approval of 2018 Budget—Michelle Martin, Treasurer
- Endowment Committee Report
- Announcement of Election Results
Potluck lunch following
Nan Porterfield, President
Rev. Nancy can be reached either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at her home phone: 505-717-2899. If you call either the church (896-8192) or her home, please leave a message so she can return your call.
Pursuing the Vision…..
UU Westside resides in the City of Vision in the Land of Enchantment. What more could anyone ask for in accepting a call to ministry?
Having assumed the duties of your Consulting Minister on the first of the year, it’s been an exciting beginning in many different ways. As your Consulting Minister I am charged with being your “spiritual guide and partner” and to “direct your congregation in its unique growth process”. Consulting Minsters are always part time and, unlike Interim Ministers who are (usually) forbidden to accept a full time call at the church they are serving, the Consulting Minister may do so. The duties of the Consulting Minister are less comprehensive than a full time Called Minister and are decided by the people and the minister based on the needs of the congregation and the skills of the minister. Another primary difference is that a Called Minister is decided upon by majority vote of the membership as stipulated in its by-laws. The Consulting Minister is called on the basis of the governing board’s vote.
So here I am, working 20 hrs./week at UUWC. I am contracted to lead Sunday Services twice a month and to do whatever other clergy tasks arise in the life of the community. That pretty much covers the role of “spiritual guide and partner” as well as the task to “direct your congregation in its unique growth process”. I am thoroughly enjoying the Sunday Services and the opportunities for pastoral care that have arisen. I really love the opportunity to engage people at the levels of heart and mind in all sorts of circumstances. As I shared in a recent sermon, I am a process oriented person. That doesn’t mean that I don’t care about results; I surely do! What it means is that I will use my existing skills to support the processes of communication and growth at UU Westside.
I realize that this article doesn’t really tell you very much that’s specific about what I expect to happen at Westside. That’s because it’s more of a “getting to know me” article than a “here’s what’s going to happen article.” I can’t tell you what’s going to happen because that’s not up to me; it’s up to you. What I can tell you now is that whatever the congregation comes up with, I will do my best to provide spiritual guidance and to nurture our ethical growth into an ever larger and healthier community. I know you all have ideas about that, so please share them with me!
Rev. Nancy Hitt
Quoted material in this article is taken from the uua.org website in its description of consulting and interim minister.
Moonspirit CUUPS(Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) Celebrates the Solstice with Crafting, Song and Dance.
The weather has finally turned cold and blustery. The nights are long and dark and the Holiday Season has begun! Time to hang up the lights and decorate our world, warming our homes with hearth fires and hot ovens full of fragrant seasonal goodies we can’t help but celebrate the Turning of the Wheel every chance we get! Please join us Saturday AFTERNOON at 2:00 pm for our YULE celebration! Priscilla will bring gingerbread dough so we can make and decorate dancing gingerbread Goddesses during the crafting hour beginning at 2pm. Other crafting ideas as well.
At 3:00 pm we will begin our YULE ritual with ceremony, decorating an evergreen tree and a special dance and Yule Carols led by our Carole! Wassail and Pfeffernusse too! Our potluck dinner will follow at 4. We know that it will be a busy day for many but please come for part or all of our celebration and have a merry time!
The festivities will not necessarily end at 5. For those who want to stick around, Mary Moseley and Donna Johnston will continue the merriment on accordion and drums! All are welcome to join in dancing and drumming with us!