While living in the sleepy town of Croton-on-Hudson, New York just after the birth of our daughter, Lisa, Sunday mornings meant breakfast in the warm and cozy Country Breadboard with snow swirling outside. For the next several years, after moving to Putnam Valley, we were Sunday morning regulars at the locally famous Grandma’s Pie Shop, where Lisa got treats while we waited to be seated, and the host knew her by name.
But then, as Lisa got to be school age, we wanted something more meaningful for our Sunday mornings. We began attending the nearby Unitarian Fellowship where we found a warm and inspiring group of people of all ages, with a large and active Religious Education program. Sunday mornings became a respite from the pace of the week, a chance to gaze out the wall-to-wall windows at the surrounding woods and enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons, while being inspired by the varied and interesting programs. Of course, not every moment was peaceful bliss, as we became actively involved in the workings of church life and often spent potluck Sundays corralling children from straying too far into the woods. Even so, attending fellowship and connecting with other UUs was a special time that we looked forward to each week.
Today, Sunday mornings mean enjoying the beauty of our UUCVH sanctuary as morning sun illuminates the beautiful stained glass window graciously donated by Charlotte Dufresne Holley in memory of her husband Jacques Dufresne. Sharing the ritual of the service, hearing inspirational words, listening to music, feeling a connection with people of shared values is a special time I treasure. I hope that you find Sunday morning in our congregation to be a renewing experience each week, as I do. Gathering together in this way is an integral part of the many ways we support and benefit from UUCVH.
“See you at church!”