At the beginning of September, we had our In Gathering to welcome back our children and their parents and teachers. Lisa did a wonderful job reviewing the curriculum for this year. The exciting part was that we had more people than we anticipated, more children and more parents. I hope this keeps up for the whole church year until next June.

At the September Board meeting, I reported the good news from our treasurer that as of September 7th we had survived our lean months of giving (June, July and August) with more collected that spent. It looks like we have a real chance to come out ahead or even this year. I am very excited to see that. We will send out the statement of income and expenses by email soon.  Every Sunday when I come to church I notice that we often do the same things over and over until they become rote. I would like to jolt us out of this rut about our affirmation. I hear the congregation reciting it in a monotone that sounds like reading from a telephone book. Next Sunday when you say the affirmation, really listen to the words and think about what they mean.

Love is the spirit of this church. I see this every Sunday. We gather in the Social hall before and after services to talk, to greet each other, sometimes to hug or shake hands, to console each other for losses and troubles, to celebrate our triumphs and joys and watch our children play.

And service is its law. You see this in our committees, in our Board, in the volunteer work we do in the office, in the kitchen, in the classrooms, in the building maintenance, in the ground’s maintenance, in the work we do for the Social justice Committee, the UU Service Committee and the United Nations Committee.

This is our great covenant: Our faith does not recite a creed of beliefs, but rather we have a covenant with each other.

To dwell together in peace. We covenant to dwell in peace with each other. Are we always at perfect agreement, no, but we try to resolve differences face to face and courteously.

To seek the truth in freedom. We allow each other to find the truth based on our own conscience. I am a Humanist, but I have friends here who are atheists, and Christians and Jewish and Wiccan. We are all free to seek our own truth.

And to help one another. We are very good at helping when members are ill or hospitalized or suffer losses or just need a friend. We send cards, write letters, make phone calls, give rides, run errands and just be friends. I would like to see us expand our ability to help in the future by setting up and funding a minister’s discretionary fund to confidentially help members who have financial emergencies.