Flower Communion and Bridging

This past Sunday we had our traditional Flower Communion and we also wished our three seniors well as they move from high school on to college in a ceremony called Bridging.  The Flower Communion involves members of the congregation bringing in flowers for collective vases and then at the end of the service the flowers are redistributed so that every person walks away with a different bloom.  The children did a wonderful job parading the vases in and distributing the blossoms out to the full room.

At the UUSA Bridging involves rubber gloves, roses with thorns (can you see where this is going?), a book that we (and the parents) think the youth would like and a quick update from the youth on where they are going next.



At this service we also said goodbye to our Interim Minister, Cindy Frado.  We wish her well.

This summer we will be offering childcare on most of the Sundays except when Pancake Breakfasts are scheduled.  This coming Sunday the UUSA will be closed.  Please check the website for updates.

Have a wonderful summer everyone!


Good luck seniors!

It is nice to be thanked!

This past Sunday we took time in our service to thank all of the adults who have volunteered with our Religious Education.  For those who helped out downstairs once or twice (or four or five times) we gave candles.  Fort those who helped facilitate OWL and Neighboring Faiths and served on the RE Ministry we gave potted flowers.   Please see below for excerpts of my email to the volunteers.

Downstairs parent volunteers led a (not so) secret thank you project going on in the Preschool and Elementary rooms for me – thank you for MY thank you posters everyone!  And in Classroom A with the Kate’s help we met with three youth to talk about next year.  Thank you to the youth for helping me paint the senior chalice gifts and for giving us lots of good ideas for next year.

Thank you everyone,


This is what I wrote in my email to all of our volunteers:

 I am writing to thank you for helping the UUSA RE Program.  The program was successful because of the time and the effort you put into volunteering and as the DRE, I can tell you that your dedication is essential to the children and youths’ spiritual development as well as their connection to the UUSA congregation…This Sunday I am hoping you can attend the Sunday Service because there will be a short ceremony to recognize both the people who volunteered downstairs during Sunday mornings and those of you who have helped to facilitate OWL,  Neighboring Faiths and Youth Group… Again, I am so appreciative of your time and support and I hope that you will help me and the RE Ministry recruit others to become part of our RE programming.  The more people we bring “downstairs,” the more the children will feel part of upstairs and the more adults will realize that RE is integral to who we are as a congregation.