Happy New Year to one and all! 2017 was an eventful year, bringing so many experiences and emotions to each of you in your own lives, to Accotink UU Church, and to our world. Now, even before we have had time to absorb it all, the New Year is upon us, and 2018 calls to us.
May this year be one that we approach with intentionality, as Abraham Lincoln said, that we may be “touched by the better angels of our nature.” Our worship themes for the winter are Justice and Love. I will be leading a small group to invite us into deeper consideration of what those qualities mean in our lives and our church. We will also be asked to join in the process discerning Accotink’s covenant, what we promise to one another. And the Transition Team and I will continue to ask people, “What makes you come alive? What do you love?” Think about these things, and let your answers guide your pathway into this New Year!
Reflections from Accotink UU
A Note from Your President and Program Council Chair
As we enter the holiday season we are grateful for the kinship, camaraderie, loving-kindness, and opportunities to serve that we enjoy here at Accotink. We look forward to the Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Solstice celebrations here at our little church in the woods and with family and friends. It’s the season of caring and sharing, giving and receiving. We are very grateful for the wonderful auction and everyone’s participation.
Our thanks to Kumutha Lane and Ken Heller for heading up the committee and to everyone on that committee for their contribution to making the afternoon so entertaining. This certainly put the “fun’ into fundraising. The auction has brought in around $20,000, giving our operating funds financial security. Thank you all for being there and for your generosity.
We look forward to continuing our process for improving the physical appearance of our building and its surrounding areas. The Memorial Garden is certainly one of the big enhancements, but in a 20-year old facility there are always needs for maintenance and upgrades. We are now focusing on replacing the windows in the sanctuary and the church office and enclosing the lawn mower storage area. These enhancements and improvements are above and beyond our operating funds but can be accomplished with a little help from you, our Accotink members and friends.
Please include a special holiday gift to Accotink as you develop your gift list (and this might be the last year that such donations are tax-deductible). Dick Robison is heading up a campaign to collect funds (around $16,000) to complete these two projects.
We both wish you and your extended families a healthy and happy holiday. We look forward to the New Year and new adventures. We thank you for your spirit, your involvement, and your presence in our unique faith community. Without you all, AUUC would simply be a church in the woods.
Connie Diamant, Congregational President
Judy Usherson, Program Council Chair