Dear Friends..., November 2021

“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.” ~ Andy Warhol
 
“Anticipation of pleasure is, in itself, a very considerable pleasure.” ~ David Hume
 
“For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.” ~ Dag Hammarskjold
 
Dear Friends,
    
When I awoke this morning, I was filled with love and gratitude for each of you and for our sacred Unity Church in Redding community. We are very blessed to have each other, a beautiful space in which to meet, and a wonderful volunteer staff to assist in the running of our daily affairs. Thank you all for being who you are and for bringing such joy to my life.
 
As I'm writing this note, I am filled with anticipation as tomorrow (I'll be home before you receive this), Ken, his wife, and my husband and I are leaving for a two-week trip. I am most looking forward to spending time at Unity Village. I was there several times when taking my tests prior to becoming ordained. This time it will be for pure pleasure. As well as being on the beautiful grounds, I will meet with someone who I know through the writing I do for Unity. We have had email contact over the past many months. Now, to meet in person will be a treat.
 
Following our stay at the Village, we will go to Branson, Nashville, and Memphis. As well as sightseeing and attending some music events while in Memphis, Ken and I have been invited to participate in the Sunday service at Unity Christian Church where a friend of mine serves as the senior minister. I anticipate this with joy!
 
I always anticipate the time of year when we head toward the holidays, but before speaking to that, I encourage you to mark November 7 on your calendar as Rev. Joe Sloan, our regional advisor, will speak at our service. You will remember that he always includes a fun Irish joke in his talks using his brogue and acting very Irish. On that day, The 360 Band will provide our music. Many of you have not heard this fun, upbeat group. You’ll love the music.
 
On November 14, we will celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Sunday. This is our time to lovingly honor our volunteers. We are a volunteer run church. Their service keeps us vibrant and alive, and we are grateful.
 
Now for holiday news. At UCIR the season begins with Advent which starts on November 28. This year we will have an after-service Advent class for the four Sundays of the season. We have Unity booklets available for everyone, and I will bring in other resources. You do not need to purchase a thing. Just bring yourself and enjoy! You will be amazed during the discussions at how much wisdom each of us has and shares.
 
On December 16, we will enjoy the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Riverfront Playhouse buyout. At the end of the month, we celebrate our Candlelight and Christmas Eve Services. I decided to step outside the box this year and have our Candlelight Service at noon on December 23. Many of our congregants are not driving at night now which prohibits them from participating in evening events. I thought we would experiment and see how this new time works. It will be our traditional service with the lighting of the Twelve Power Candles, the reading of the Christmas Story, and lighting our
 
Twelve Power Candles, the reading of the Christmas Story, and lighting our own candle. I ask that you be open to celebrating this tradition in a new way. We can all anticipate a change that hopefully works for all. Our traditional Christmas Eve Service will be on December 24, at 7:00pm.
 
You will receive all this information again in the December eNews. So that you can begin to build anticipation for the holiday season, now seemed like the time to let you know what to look forward to.
 
As I close, Dag Hammarskjold ‘s quote says it all: “For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.” We are truly blessed, and I am grateful.
 
Lovingly,