March, as the old saying goes, came in like a lion—with snowfall on the 1st and a more snow since then, the latest wintry mix just last Friday. I love the beauty of winter. I love bare tree branches kissed with silver and the earth blanketed in white. I love the memories I’ve made thus far of arriving at UUCSH as light snowfalls swirled around me. Or in the case of one surprise Sunday morning ice storm: of congratulatory hugs shared with others celebrating we made it safely! Admittedly, by this time of winter, I like it lots more viewed through a window in a cozy room than out in the elements. Yet, I love living in a part of the world that fully experiences the awesomeness of nature’s four seasons. I love that each season has an impact: on my physical being, my emotions and my spirit. Each season allows me to appreciate more fully what the next one will bring. The stillness and cold of winter helps me to better see and feel what blooms and grows in the warmth of spring.At UUCSH, we will celebrate the kick-off for our annual stewardship season as spring begins. It is the time when we recognize and appreciate what we each contribute to tend and nurture, in togetherness, the garden that is our spiritual home. It’s the season that helps us determine what may be planted for future harvest. And in turn what we can rely on as provisions to sustain us, and the wider community of which we are a part.
Your visiting steward will be in touch with you by month’s end. Please take them up on the opportunity to talk in person. For that is the time we want to learn with you:
- What within our garden provides the most nourishment? That is what within our ministries most impacts your life and supports your living day-to-day?
- What are the ministries you most enjoy tending? What allows you to grow and thrive as a Unitarian Universalist?
- What do you envision for our coming seasons? Just how what we might plant now sustain us in years to come?
As you consider your contribution for the coming year, we ask you to pledge in a way that makes a personal impact – spiritually, emotionally, viscerally. Our goal for stewardship is that it celebrates your commitment to UUCSH and, very importantly, makes you feel good! We are Dedicated to our Future. One that we envision as Bright, Strong & Growing! In this coming season of generosity and abundance, that arrives just at winter’s close, I share with you these words from Unitarian Poet May Sarton, “Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.”
We are so grateful to you, faithful gardeners of the spirit. You are light.
With abiding love, Rev. Jennifer