January 23, 2017

From Your Emeritus ministers

Revs. Barbara W. & Jaco B. ten Hove

Gratitudes Galore

Dear Cedars Members and Friends,Jaco-Chalice-Drawing

It is with extraordinary appreciation that we thank all who helped make our Retirement Weekend (January 21-22) so wonderful and meaningful. We are humbled by the many people who came out on a rainy Saturday night (and after a big Seattle march) to spend time with us, remembering and honoring our ministries.

There are so many people to thank but we especially want to note the Retirement Celebration Planning Team. Led by the warm, caring and capable Penny Brewer, this team featured skillful contributions from Linda Andrews, Steve & Vicki Johnson, Jane Martin, Kassia Sing and Jenny Weaver. They worked so hard to make the evening shine! They were aided by so many but we can at least mention two other couples, Bob & Carolyn Meredith and Dean & Pat Sampson, who went above and beyond the call of duty in their help and support. What a fun and special evening it was!

Then the Sunday morning farewell service was deeply moving. As we walked out through the congregation, carrying special candles, the choir blessed us with song and our hearts were full of joy, sadness and love! Many thanks to Keri Schmit who did such a great job leading the service; to our niece Julie Bridstrup whose words brought us to tears; to Dea Brayden who came all the way from Colorado (and the UUA) to share her vision of how our faith will move forward; and to Nancy Philip, whose leadership of Cedars is exemplary.

We are so grateful for the important gifts we were given, including a gorgeous flower arrangement by Shayne Chandler, an absolutely splendid chalice created with love and spirit by Terry Siebert, and a photo book put together by Vicki Johnson with pictures by Richard Wilson (who gets additional well-deserved credit for the pictorial centerfold in the programs, plus the historical clergy photos now on display at Cedars Center).

We also must thank the magnificent staff of Cedars. Chris Smellow’s music blessed us on our journey at both events. Jennifer Conway brought tears to our eyes as she gathered the children to honor and thank us on Sunday morning. And Tammie Tippie worked so hard behind the scenes to create the beautiful program and Order of Service that graced the events.

There are so many others we want to acknowledge – – really all of you who wrote us cards and favored us with your words and gifts, large and small. We would like to name each and every one of you, but for now we can only say, to this beloved congregation that will always be a part of us – – thank you, thank you, thank you!


Your Emeritus Ministers,




Barbara and Jaco ten HoveMay 24, 2016

Dear Cedars Members & Friends,

 With enormous affection and appreciation for the many gifts of our time as your co-ministers, it is with mixed feelings that we announce we have decided to retire from Cedars effective January 31, 2017. These past eight years have been wonderful and we believe that Cedars is stronger as a community and clearer as a religious institution than it was when we began in August of 2008.

However, in recent months it is has become clear to us that we are ready to finish our endeavor at full-time settled parish ministry and try some new things. We believe that the summer, fall and holiday season ahead will enable all of us to work together to say good-bye in meaningful ways as we work out the details with Cedars leadership in a spirit of camaraderie. We have great confidence in them to help navigate the changes that are ahead.

Congregational life in the 21st century is exciting and meaningful; it is also undergoing some significant transformations. We are aware that energies both in Cedars and all around us are shifting, with new ideas and creativity needed. We feel it is time to let others work with you on the challenges ahead. We expect to provide support for the beginning of this next phase in Cedars’ evolution and gently get out of the way as you explore what’s to come. 

We both plan to be at Cedars this coming Sunday, May 22, and we look forward to seeing many of you then. (Jaco will be back in town briefly for medical appointments as well.) And there is a lot of time to say good-bye between now and January. Feel free to contact Barbara, and then Jaco, too, when he is able to fully return from Family Leave.

With love and gratitude, we remain, until the end of January 2017, your co-ministers,

Revs. Barbara & Jaco ten Hove

From Your Board of Trustees…

Dear Beloved Cedars Community,

Barbara and Jaco ten Hove have delivered news that now puts us on a new path. Your Board of Trustees stands ready to carry us through this transition and ring in a new season of congregational leadership.

We have much to process together as a community as we also help Jaco and Barbara wrap up their ministry, retire and head into their new life. We will have several productive months to make this adjustment. In order to answer questions and help us all process this change, one or more Board members will be available after each Sunday service to talk through the next steps we will be taking together into the future.

We are seeking a consultant from the UUA’s Pacific Western Region and Nancy Philip has had a handful of constructive conversations with members of their Healthy Congregations Team to begin ironing out details of what we need in the way of consultations for moving forward.

We are happy for Barbara and Jaco and plan on our next few months together being ones that both celebrate their long distinguished careers and deepen our planning and excitement for the future of Cedars Church.

With Much Love, Your Board of Trustees