Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

A Religious Education Message from Gina

Dear Friends,

Spring has finally arrived. As a matter of fact, I am writing this on the first official day of spring. It’s not especially warm yet, and my yard is still spotted with small patches of dingy, tired looking snow. But the arrival of spring is evidenced by the half dozen robins frolicking in the still bare lilac bush just outside my window, and by the purple and yellow crocuses pushing their tiny, determined heads through the earth, searching for the sun. While the winter season provides us with valuable opportunities to slow down and be introspective, to nest and to rest, I am ready to shake off the cloak of winter and embrace all that spring has to offer. Like the crocuses, I, too am ready to feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I look forward to the sense of hope and renewal that come with spring, and I am excited about all that will be happening in Religious Education and the life on this congregation over the next several months. Some of those happenings include:

  • A Family Talent Show & Coffee House (April 6)
  • A multi-generational Passover Seder and potluck (April 20)
  • An all congregation Easter worship service filled with music and story (April 21)
  • An RE Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to show our gratitude to those whose generous gifts of time and talent help make our program a success. (April 27)
  • Our Flower Communion, a beautiful UU tradition (May 12)
  • Our Affirmation Ceremony, a worship service in which our coming of age youth share their credo statements with thecongregation. (May 19, one service at 10 AM)
  • UUS:E’s 50th Anniversary Carnival, a multigenerational event featuring games, food, and fun for all ages (June 8)
  • Our annual RE Sunday Worship service (June 9)
  • A Bike Rodeo in which folks of all ages can have their bike tuned up, do a helmet safety check, ride through a course, and more (June 23)

Information and details on all of the events mentioned above can be found in this newsletter, in the Weekly Wednesday e-Blasts, the Weekly RE Updates, on Facebook, and on the UUS:E website.

I hope you will join me in celebrating all the gifts of spring in beloved community. May this spring hold for you the joy of frolicking robins, the bright blessings of purple and yellow crocuses, and the opportunity to spend some time outdoors with warmth of the sun on your face.
Gina Campellone, Director of Religious Education

With love,