My friends in South Central Kentucky have been posting pictures of flowers, crocuses and daffodils, on their social media pages for weeks now. Here in southeastern Massachusetts, we’ve been watching the snow melt ever so slowly over that same period of time. Now February has come to an end, and March holds the promise of Spring, a real Spring “with flowers and everything” as the youngest among us might say. By the end of the month, Spring will have made real progress. There will be more light in the day each and every day, earlier sunrises and later sunsets. We will be encouraged to look
Cranberry Circle Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) was formed in 2003 at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough, MA. It is an eclectic, open group of Earth-Centered pagans that encourages education and diversity. Its general Pagan beliefs fit in with the UU Principles and purposes.
On April 6, we have a unique opportunity to hear a world-class jazz concert right in our church! Our former music director, Jeannie Gagné, will be joined by Stan Strickland, Bruce Gertz, and Alberto Netto, all globe-trotting Berklee jazz artists. Anticipating our jazz concert, I’ve been thinking about Leonard Bernstein’s lectures to young people about music. He debunks the idea of “Classical Music” as static, long-haired, boring, or (worst yet) DEAD. He defines Classical Music as composed European music from about 1750 to 1820. Before that, historically, were Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. After Classical were the Romantic, 20th and 21st century periods.
Middleboro resident and business owner Jim Lane and his wife were on a very well-deserved cruise when a fire broke out and their house burned down. His home and all their possessions were destroyed in a 2:00 a.m. fire on February 24 here in Middleboro. In addition, one of his young daughters died. They now have nothing ... and are homeless.
Please consider joining us for one of our RE classes. We have a nursery with two babysitters each week for young children and infants as well as a Religious Exploration class for children. We are a small but mighty group and welcome all newcomers. If your children are older, we have a youth group bi-monthly on Sunday evenings. All our children this year are “Building Bears of Wholeness” and collecting badges that support our values. There are always new bears for newcomers no matter the age or how long they join us!
The Elsie Gaudette Award can be given this spring (the third Sunday in June) to a person who exemplifies the service and dedication to this church that Elsie did for many years. The Elsie Gaudette Award Committee will be meeting to review the nominations.
About 85% of the church’s operating budget is generously provided by congregation members through their annual pledges. Each year we hold a pledge drive to raise the money needed for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The Parish Committee, with input from the Finance Team, is in the process of drafting a budget for the fiscal year to help us determine this year’s pledge goal.
I have learned that some parishioners are concerned about the congregation's role in selecting the new minister. The contract minister process is very different from the settled minister process.