From the Minister of Congregational and Community Engagement
I was talking with a member recently, who observed that she loves to greet new people at coffee hour, but given the size of our congregation, she can’t always tell who is new! It’s true that we are a community of about 1500 people of all ages — larger than some small towns. We can’t know everyone by sight or by name, though week by week, we can intentionally meet and learn a few more. But our conversation helped me to realize that maybe it isn’t as important to know whether or not someone is new, but more important to cultivate a coffee hour where no one is a stranger; where we are truly present to one another — young and old, new and seasoned, shy and outgoing. What brought you here today? What did the worship service spark for you? How is your week going? Would you like a donut or a cup of tea? Thich Nhat Hanh once said, “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” May we be generous with this gift as we build the Beloved Community together. See you in church!
Rev. Lisa Friedman
Minister of Congregational and Community Engagement
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