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Welcome to June! I hope everyone’s schedule is slowing down a bit or at least shifting. It’s PRIDE month! It is a month full of opportunities. Mark your calendar for our annual picnic at Riverside Park. We will meet there rather than the sanctuary. Bring a dish to share and your own plate, utensils, and napkin (let’s be green!). For those of us on Zoom, we will do our best to get online by 10:15 am with a short meditation at 10:30 am.

There is another holiday for our nurturers: Father’s Day. Additionally, Juneteenth comes 4 days later. There are so many important ways to celebrate our human family.

I want to give a big shout out to our board members who have rotated out of their positions. Audrey has been on the board since I arrived and it has been a pleasure to work with her. Special thanks to our outgoing President Betty Corbin, who has been tireless in her work for our congregation (and to Michael for being her behind-the-scenes helper). Stacy Yoder steps in as our fearless leader, while Matt Canning moves from being Secretary to President-elect. Welcome Bettye Chambers to the board as a Trustee; Theresa O’Dell as Secretary; and Tina Barnes on Endowment/Planned Giving. We are happy that Finis, Miles, and Jim will continue in their positions. Of course, we all owe a great debt of gratitude to Courtney Sinha (and her helpers Kim and Nora), who always goes above and beyond in her wonderful work for our congregation. It has also been a gift this year to now have Maile Shay-Mountain as our office staff. Emily Yap Chua continues to enrich our lives through her music.

This time of year, as we look back over the activities and adventures of our congregational year, let’s take time to express our gratitude to all those who have helped in such an amazing array of events and simple activities. From facilitating to cleaning tables, from
soup making to social time goodies, working on committees to gardening, greeting to teaching. These are just a smattering of the many ways you have nurtured our congregation and each other.

I am so grateful for our amazing community.