Summer is Upon Us

From Your Co-Ministers
Revs. Barbara W. & Jaco B. ten Hove

Summer is Upon Us

Ever since the early years in New England when many of our 18th and 19th century Unitarian forebears migrated to Cape Cod during the heat of the summer and inland churches closed during July and August, the pace of UU congregational life everywhere tends to slow a bit come late June.

Cedars is no exception, even though we also have a fine slate of activities to keep things happenin’ over the weeks ahead, especially with excellent services each Sunday morning, accompanied by our creative and fun children’s program, “Wagons Ho!” There are insert fliers available each Sunday morning showing the opportunities to build community in the coming weeks and/or keep an eye on the eBeacon for up-to-the-minute announcements. Do partake!

For our part, we take a bit of a break after an intense (next) week at the annual UUA General Assembly, which is a glorious gathering of thousands of UUs each late June somewhere around the country. (This year in Portland, OR, a couple dozen of us from Cedars will be engaged in seminars, panels, workshops, exhibits, special events and large, inspirational worship services.)

In July, Barbara will be enjoying the fabulous Fourth festivities in Winslow while Jaco goes to Southern California to visit his 96-year-old father. Then both of us go to our annual week of fun family camp with 250 other UUs at wonderful Seabeck (on the Hood Canal), where Barbara will be helping to lead the daily worship services and Jaco will be a discussion group leader and golf cart driver.

Late in the month, we will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary (a few months early) when relatives come from the east to join us for a week on Vancouver Island, as we happily visit Tofino for the first time. Then we’ll be around all of August, since we think there’s no better place to be during August than right here! And we especially look forward to sharing with you a Cedars Beach Party at Fay Bainbridge Park on Thurs., Aug. 27.

Meanwhile, we wish you and yours a great season ahead! Do remember to gather up a little liquid to represent your summer when we share our various waters on Labor Day Sunday, September 6, at the other end of the warm weather stretch.