Seasoning From Your Co-ministers

Revs. Barbara and Jaco ten Hove

Christmas is just around the corner and soon it will be 2015. The holiday season is both a wonderful and a terrible reminder of how quickly time flies. We’re happily into our seventh winter season at Cedars. Our first Christmas here was in 2008 when there was so much snow and ice that cars couldn’t get safely to our new setting at The Island School so we held an impromptu candlelight service at our offices in the Sterling Building. As we write this it’s a balmy 55 degrees and the likelihood of a white Christmas 2014 is extremely low.

Between that Christmas in 2008 and today our congregation has celebrated many holidays together. We’ve watched babies grow into kids and kids into teens. We’ve said good-bye to people we love and welcomed new folks among us. We’ve witnessed difficult moments in the life of our world and nation and been blessed by amazing gifts of love and hope as well.

As we head inexorably toward a New Year we celebrate the many ways Cedars has grown in size, energy and spirit. We’re proud of you and so glad that we are your co-ministers. We hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday season and that you spend at least some of it with your Cedars community. Speaking of which, it’s not too late to commit to a few things that, we believe, will make your holiday season even more bright.

First, do come to our services, perhaps especially the Christmas Eve candlelight event at The Island School on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. It’s a magical event! If you can’t make that (and even if you can), come to the two Sunday services on either side of it, this week’s all-ages Solstice celebration and the now-annual meditation service on Dec. 28–a great (and centering) way to come together during those exhaling days after Christmas.

Second, if you haven’t already, consider giving through the Cedars Alternate Gift Program’s online catalog. Your friends and family will appreciate it and so will the important organizations pre-screened by our AGP team.

Third, make a New Year’s resolution to lean in to Cedars even more. There are so many fulfilling ways you can mingle your skills and energy to help build community even more. See the list of upcoming activities elsewhere in this Beacon or volunteer to help with the ongoing support of our thriving group. We hope to see you in and around the wintery branches of this Cedars grove!

Bright Blessings to all this holiday season!
Fondly, Barbara & Jaco