Monthly Minister Column
A Season of Joy
Near the end of October people from the Membership Committee, the people who welcome and greet you so warmly when you walk through our doors on Sunday afternoon, our Joys and Concerns team, as well as our Publicity Chair met for a day of talking about how to streamline our welcoming process for new people visiting us.
One of the exercises we went through was to come up with one word we wanted people to feel after any encounter with our congregation – be it through visiting our website through to leaving us for any reason. It took some doing – and ultimately, we were unable to come up with just one word, but we did manage to come up with two words – uplifted and fulfilled.
This month there are many opportunities to join us to be uplifted and fulfilled! From our Carols and Connections service which takes us through the history of Unitarian Universalism with carols as thread that weaves it all together, or by hearing some of the participants of our Building Your Own Theology class read their credos, or statements of belief, to the children’s pageant, our Winter Solstice celebration or our carol service. I hope you’ll make time to attend at least one or two of them – and hopefully all of them!
As we enter this holiday season – this season of darkness, warmth, and twinkling lights, I have found that the holidays are more than a date in the calendar. For me, the holidays are a mood – a sentiment or perhaps a feeling that quickens in the presence of others into whose lives we have invested a part of our own lives … into whose lives we have invested a part of our own lives.
I invite you to take time this holiday season to reflect on what uplifts and fulfils you – and as you find it, let it fill your entire being so that it bubbles out from you – giving it freely to the world. I invite you to take time to delight in the presence of those who surround you during the holidays allowing your natural compassion and humility and deep joy to surround all that you do.
I deeply wish you deep joy, upliftment and fulfilment over the holiday season.
Why I Come to Church?
Do you feel passionate about coming to church and want to share a brief message with everyone in the community about it? Starting in October, we’ll be adding a new element to our Sunday services where you can share a brief (2-300-word maximum) message about why you come to church. Please contact Rev. Samaya if you have questions, would like to sign up, or would like more information.
When to Call the Minister
Many people wonder when it’s appropriate to call the minister to deal with pastoral care concerns, particularly with such an active caring community such as SFUC and with a three-quarter-time minister. Samaya is available to meet with you in times of difficulty for pastoral guidance visits at a coffee shop, at a hospital, or in your home. Her visit with you would typically be for short-term sessions of listening, support, and spiritual guidance. If longer-term conversations are needed, she would be happy to refer you to someone with skills in the area needing assistance. For more information please contact us.
Services Available from Your Minister
Child blessings, dedications, coming of age celebrations, saging rituals, home blessings, pet blessings, renewal of vows – all of these things share a common element: services available from your minister. If you’re interested in any one of these rites of passages, please feel free to contact Rev. Samaya.
What to Expect from Your Minister
As part of the ongoing information about what you can expect from our minister, please know that when you visit our minister for pastoral conversations, you can expect that your conversation will be held in confidence. What you share will not be shared with any other person without your express permission. Our minister will encourage direct communication to resolve issues you have with other people.
Samaya’s Office Hours:
Rev. Samaya’s office hours are for those of you who are in the area and can drop by and visit with her about what’s on your heart or mind. Office hours are held from Thursdays from 10 am to noon.
You can find her at:
- Java Express today (November 29th) and on January the 6th and the 20th. Java Express is located at 15090 North Bluff Road in White Rock.
- McBurney’s Coffee and Teahouse on January 13th. McBurney’s is located at 20504 Fraser Highway in Langley
If these times don’t work for you and you’d like to arrange for a one-on-one in-home visit, please contact her to set up a time. She sets aside Tuesday mornings typically for one-on-one in-home visits, but other times are available depending on schedules.
Rev. Samaya’s office hours take a break for the holidays and will resume the week of January 13th, 2019.