Aug. 26, 2020

Dear Ones,

With September comes the formal beginning of the church year.  There are things that we rely on being the same and others that we know will be different.

There will probably be a lot of new things about this church year.  Two of the most obvious ones are that you have me as your minister, and then there is COVID-19 and all of the things that have come with it.  Our lives are constantly revolving around the changes in them.

Change can be unsettling.  But change can also be something that can give us joy, too.  We just need to be able to shift our gaze sometimes.  What are the changes in your life that have given YOU joy?  Better yet, in what do you find joy … period. Take some time.  Think about it.  Music is something that gives me joy, and one musician that I have listened to often over the years is Carlos Santana.  He once said, “If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment,” and I think that is so true.  It is important to carry joy in our hearts when we can, but sometimes we have to cultivate it.

Coming together for the Homecoming service on September 13th is one thing that will be the same, and hopefully it will be an occasion that will bring us all joy … in spite or, or perhaps because of, the way that it will be different, in that it will be virtual and accessible to so many more people.  So, don’t forget to send Tracy Brune your pictures of water for the service, as well as your “if wishes could come true” “no limits” place you would travel to if you could.  Please send them to her by September 2, 2020, at

And, if you would like a little Carlos Santana joy, here is a link to a version of “Imagine,” as re-imagined by him and his wife Cindy Blackman Santana!

In peace and love,
Rev. Viola

Rev. Viola Abbitt
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