April is shaping up to be an exciting and festive month for our congregation. I hope you will be able to participate in all that we have in store!
I always look forward to our Easter service which promises, again this year, to feature the “Flower Communion” ceremony. Started in 1923 by the founder of the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia, Norbert Capek, this ceremony provided a symbolic ritual that would bind people more closely together, without alienating anyone who had forsaken other religious traditions. I love this part of our UU faith that honors and welcomes people from diverse religious backgrounds. I hope you will be able to celebrate with us on Easter Sunday. And I’m sure there will be some special activities for the children in our midst as well.
A little later in the month you will be invited to a fun and festive “Canvass Dinner”. What is the Canvass you may ask? Come to this party and find out! This will be a time to enjoy some great food and entertainment while learning about your financial role in supporting our church and all the wonderful things is provides for us and the larger community. Our canvass chair, Cindy Lopez (aka “party planner extraordinaire”) has a magnificent Mexican-themed evening planned. Watch for further details, and I hope to see you all there!
We have a special outreach opportunity on Saturday, April 25, when UUCVH will have a booth at the Crescenta Valley “Hometown Country Fair” at Crescenta Valley Park. This is an all day event featuring carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment, a dog parade, pie-eating contest, a wide variety of vendor booths and much more. Our booth will be an opportunity to let people know about our church while providing some fun activities for children and families. The Sidewalk Astronomers group has agreed to set up their telescope as an attraction for our booth. What we will need from you is ideas for activities and displays, and volunteers to take shifts at the booth throughout the day. Watch for sign-ups and please let me know your brilliant ideas for our booth!
I love the sense of community in our congregation, and this month will give us multiple opportunities to celebrate our connections with one another and the larger world.