From Your Minister of Congregational Care
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~Albert Camus
Welcome to November! As colder weather ushers in a change of seasons and as we approach the end of our church year, we’re facing numerous transitions at Piedmont UU Church. Each year brings changes in leadership, and so we offer gratitude for those who have served in 2017, and we offer thanks to those who are either continuing or taking on new roles in 2018.
As the year draws to a close, we offer thanks to Rev. Leland Bond-Upson who has served as our interim minister this last year. We wish you all the best, Rev. Lee, as you continue your journey in interim ministries. Thank you for serving with us through a year of many changes and more than a few surprises along the way. We wish you blessings along your path!
We also offer thanks to Rev. Justin Martin who will be transitioning mid-November to take a new position at another congregation. Rev. Justin has served in numerous roles during his time at Piedmont UU Church—including congregational care, religious education, and as site minister for our Salisbury Gathering. We offer you our warmest wishes, Rev. Justin, as you embark on a new journey as well.
Our four ministers this year have worked together in a rotation of pulpit sharing that has allowed us to get to know folks at each Gathering. Special thanks to Lake Norman for sharing Rev. Amy Brooks with all of us.
I invite you, as a community that nurtures the spirit, to express your gratitude to Revs. Leland and Justin for the time they’ve shared and for each labor of love and service.
Since our theme for November is “Blessing,” I also invite you to express gratitude to anyone who has been a blessing to you this year. I am personally grateful for our board, our religious education program and volunteers, our music ministry, our service assistants and for the work of our teams – Congregational Care and pastoral associates, Communications, Social Justice, ADORE, the Men’s Group, Partners in Education, the Animal Ministry, and all the folks behind the scenes in the Worship Committee, the Finance Committee, the office staff, Buildings and Grounds, and Healthy Congregations team. Thank you to our membership folks and our stewardship team. Our fundraising folks and Yard Sale volunteers and auction participants. Our endowment team. Our greeters and ushers. Our choir. Thanks to each person who volunteered at the local middle school or at Charlotte PRIDE. Thank you to the folks who make coffee week after week. To everyone who helps stack chairs after the service. To the people who make sure the doors get opened and locked. Thank you for welcoming visitors. Thank you for showing up. This list goes on and on. You are an amazing group of people.
So, while it’s true that we are facing transitions, we’ve done that before, and we’re also (and always) facing wonderful new opportunities to grow together and to love one another with great intention.
Be of courage, and be blessed!
Rev. Mary Frances