Yet two nights ago we saw a beautiful coming together of a whole lot of parts of our church to create our annual Elder Dinner.
So ... this dinner grows out of the tradition of the Women's Alliance Spring Luncheon. Today it is our annual event to recognize and honor the "elders" of our congregation -- those who have passed the 70 year mark. At one time it was the responsibility almost entirely of the UUpity Women. But this year was a different story.
- The UU Women's Network (under the guiding hand of Carol Saliba) handled the bulk of the dinner itself (with help from others, of course!).
- Lovely bouquets of paper flowers were lovingly made by the Covenant Group which meets on Tuesday mornings at church.
- Children from our Religious Education program made personalized coasters for guest to take home with them.
- Two of our youth, as well as three cute youngsters, provided post-dinner entertainment.
- Staff were represented by Leia, Alex, and myself.
- And the leftovers were packaged and frozen to be offered as food by CareNet to members and friends who could use a little help during challenging times.
I am sure that I've left out someone or some group, but do you see where I'm going with all of this? The story that all of the groups and activities at TJMC cause us to fly off in different directions may, at times, be true, yet it's not the only truth.
More and more we are looking for ways to bring our efforts together in common cause. And we're finding them. Whether it's a social justice ministry creating sessions for our Covenant Groups to use, our Board President serving food at a celebratory dinner, or an older adult whose children have grown teaching in RE -- we are increasingly becoming truly one community even when we're doing many things.
Where do you fit into this mix? Where could you?
Something to think about.