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Co-Presidents' Monthly Column

June 2019          

A LETTER FROM THE CO-PRESIDENT

 

Summer is a period of luxurious growth. To be in harmony with the atmosphere of summer, awaken early in the morning and reach to the sun for nourishment to flourish as the gardens do. Work, play, travel, be joyful, and grow into selfless service. The bounty of the outside world enters and enlivens us.” ― Paul Pitchford

For me, June is the end of the school/work year, so I am looking forward to the next couple of months to take a deep breath and enjoy the sun. June also signals the end of our church year, and what a year it’s been!  But I don’t anticipate much rest and relaxation as we continue our work here at All Souls.

If you have not already read the 2018-19 annual report, I encourage you to find your copy, sit outside and marvel at the incredible amount of work being done within and beyond our walls.

In this newsletter I don’t think I need to repeat all the accomplishments highlighted in the report. Instead I looked back to last summer’s first letter from the president where Laurel and I shared our stories. I wrote that it was a joy to reunite with old friends here at All Souls and how I was looking forward to hearing your stories. I am amazed at the relationships I have developed within this community in just one year. Oh, the stories I can tell (only kidding)!

Seriously, my greatest realization has been how many hands it takes to keep our ship afloat. I’ve gotten to know many of you and deeply appreciate what you bring to accomplishing our mission here at All Souls. I appreciate the greeters who smile and keep our hymnals neat and the observers who watch out for us. I admire the efforts of teams and committees that bring us music, worship, coffee, cards, and conversations. I am so grateful for the folks who build handrails, take down and set up Unity Hall and those who plant flowers. I thank those who ask for money and raise funds to help keep us fiscally solvent and for those who tirelessly work for justice and equality by keeping us informed and awake. Also, those that welcome new members and those that guide our youth and cultivate our leaders… and Jessie!

Carolyn, Caitlin and Perry, continue to be cornerstones of our church community and the work of All Souls. Love you! And of course, let’s not forget our hardworking staff. Thank you!

Lastly, I would like to acknowledge my friends on the Board for their dedication and service to All Souls and special thanks to my co-president and sister

Laurel. I would also like to welcome all the new members to the Board and say a sad goodbye to Judy Beahan and Andy Derr as they complete their terms. You both will be missed terribly!

 

In our tumultuous world of chaos and conflict, we have each other. Enjoy some peace, and some joy during these brief summer days. We need it!

From William Blake:

Joy & woe are woven fine,

A clothing for the soul divine;

Under every grief & pine

Runs a joy with silken twine.

 

Find the joy, my friends,

Maggie