August 25: Water Communion
Members and friends bring water from their summer travels and adventures to contribute to a community vessel of water. This is our in-gathering to begin the new church year. A bring-your-own lunch will follow the service.
From uua.org: The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year. Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It is often then blessed by the congregation, and sometimes is later boiled and used as the congregation's "holy water" in child dedication ceremonies and similar events.
November 24: Cornbread Communion
During this service the Sunday before Thanksgiving, members, friends and visitors are i nvited to share cornbread and cider in honor of the fall’s harvest and in appreciation of our abundance. We will also continue the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's Guest at Your Table program to learn more about UUSC's human-rights partners and projects. This service will be followed by our annual Chili Cookoff.
December 15: Holiday Pageant
Children and youth share their talents in a pageant celebrating Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and/or other winter holidays. A cookie reception follows this service, with half of the cookies donated to a local homeless shelter.
April 20: Flower Communion
In this unique Unitarian Universalist ceremony, members and friends celebrate Easter and the coming of spring while honoring the foundational ministry of Norbert Capek. A potluck lunch and Easter egg hunt follows the ceremony.
From uua.org: The Flower Communion usually takes place in the spring near the time of Easter. In this ceremony, members of the congregation are asked beforehand to bring a flower to the Sunday service. Upon entering the sanctuary, each person places his or her flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The flowers are blessed by the minister or congregation during the ceremony, and the sermon usually reflects upon the flowers' symbolism. At the end of the service, each person brings home a flower other than the one that he or she brought.
Reginald Zottoli wrote "The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. Together the different flowers form a beautiful bouquet. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community: it would not be the same without each and every one of us. Thus this service is a statement of our community."
The Flower communion service was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. The service was later brought to the United States by his wife, Maya
May 18: RE Celebration & Bridging Ceremony
As another year of Religious Education draws to a close, we honor the growth and development of our children and youth and also recognize the contributions of our wonderful RE volunteers. Graduating seniors are recognized for their accomplishments and welcomed from adolescence into adulthood. An ice cream social follows the ceremony.