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Open the Window to Wonder 

The UUFA Monthly Theme for December is: Wonder. The fellowship offers many opportunities and invitations to explore the theme. We will be exploring wonder in the following abundance of Sunday and special holiday services:

Dec 4 – By the Grace of Ouch and Oops! And Other Paths of Covenant
Covenant is a relationship, not a contract. Still, we encounter contracts so much in our lives that we often talk about covenant as though it were a contract. And when we struggle with being in covenant, it can feel like a failure or judgment. In this service, we seek the heart of covenant and play with some tools to help us journey in covenant.

Dec 11 – Sweet Release: The Paradox of Letting Go to Gain More
We’ve all heard the adage “less is more.” Somehow many of us keep doing more and more. Let us pause the flurry of more and take stock in this service. What is ready to be released? Oh, how sweet it is to let go of such things! This service will invite movement to water stations as we release writings in cleansing waters. Those joining from home are invited to have a small piece of paper, pen, and bowl of water available for the service. 

Dec 18 – Cultivating the Wonderful Garden: Tending the Elements and Cycles of Community
Faith communities thrive in cycles of growth and release by embracing change with creativity. As UUs, we are invited to refresh the values that nourish our faith. As members of this Fellowship, the Committee on Shared Ministry has invited us to revisit our vision as a guide for the next many years. Like turning compost and adding nutrients, these opportunities to revisit, renew, reimagine values can nourish our deepest roots. Let us join in wonder and stillness at these invitations to reflect and grow.

Dec 21 – Winter Solstice Celebration -The Wonder of Winter 6:30 p.m.
Come observe the Winter Solstice at a special evening all-congregation celebration! Listen to music and light candles in the dark of the sanctuary or make winter crafts in the Fellowship Hall. Enjoy hot cider by the fire outside and enjoy fellowship on the longest night. All are welcome. 

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve: What Is Just Waiting to Emerge
Winter offers a season of anticipation. What will emerge in the new year, what gifts await in holiday traditions, what is waiting to be unfurled in our hearts? Let us gather in wonder, holding the pregnant moment full of possibility. And let us wonder, what new light lies within us that is still waiting to emerge?

Dec 25 – Christmas Has Come!
Join Herb and Myrna for an informal Christmas morning service in the Fellowship Hall. We will share readings of the season, drink hot chocolate, sing a little, laugh a little, and enjoy each other’s company. Bring some Christmas goodies to share if you’d like.

Are you seeking more ways to explore Wonder?

Check out the minister’s reflection and Board column. You may also consider reflecting on these quotes:

“The more I wonder, the more I love.” –  Alice Walker

“Forfeit your sense of awe, let your conceit diminish your ability to revere, and the universe becomes a marketplace for you.”– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

“One way to open your eyes [to wonder] is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’ – Rachel Carson

Reflection Ideas   

Right now: Notice how these make you feel. Does one, or both connect with your life, your experience?

This month: Take this with you, or snag a picture of it. Notice if these words come to mind sometime this week.Journal about why they came to mind, what these words are telling you. Or, instead of journaling, maybe sing, or ponder, or whatever helps you think and feel together. 

Practice: Does what you noticed tell you anything about how you want to be or act?

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