by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller.

Well, here we are at summer. It seems like the year flew by. It was a challenging year as events pulled our attention in one direction and then another. And with every news story and every tweet, it started all over again. So, we are going to work on hiring the assistant minister, then I am going to take a little vacation and then I am so looking forward to our next congregational year together.

Thinking about the things that bring and hold religious communities like ours together, one that stands out is the opportunity for us to get together just to experience fun or joy. In a bygone day, and still when we are at our best, events centered around communities like UUCF help bring people together in ways that help weave a fabric that strengthens our community as a whole.

So I am asking for a group to work closely with me to help do just that.

I invite anyone interested in this committee to come forward. The name Joy Committee seems fitting, because we will spend this upcoming year providing and participating in opportunities to experience the joy of being in community, of playing together and of connecting more deeply. There are all kinds of examples of this type of joy. What about a quarterly potluck where we tell stories, play games or just be together? Another example is a Fall Harvest Festival I’m proposing for next year. There are joyful ideas about this event, but we need help to make it happen.

Alice and I just hosted our Auction bowling party and, I have to say, a UUCF bowling night would be a blast. We are also planning a Holiday Party for Dec. 2 here at UUCF where we will light the Hanukkah candles and celebrate the Christmas season with a potluck, carol singing and arts and crafts for children.

If you are interested in spreading much needed joy, please email me at revd@uucf.org and we will try and schedule a meeting for the last week of July to start planning for a joy-filled year.