Welcome to the start of another year. Autumn (as we all know) is actually the true beginning of the new year as marked by the traditional academic calendar. School has just started, and I have seen occasional appearances of people wearing Plaid. There is always a renewed sense of urgency in Autumn. Things need to get done to prepare for the winter holidays while plans are laid for next Spring. However, the best part of Autumn, for me, is the cooler weather. The hot lazy humid days of Summer leave and the cool crisp earnest days of Autumn find me venturing out of my air conditioned cave to sample the great outdoors (and maybe get something with pumpkin spice in it). Yes indeed, Autumn is a time for doing.
And we are doing much here at the First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg. Our recent Leadership Retreat was a great success in planning for the upcoming year. It focused on the themes of Worship, Religious Education and Connections. Plans are afoot to set up more religious education opportunities for adults, have a stronger presence in the surrounding community and (my favorite) to safely bring back coffee hour.
Our new Director of Lifespan Education is settling in nicely with much in the works. LE classes began September 18 with a full complement of volunteer teachers. OWL (Our Whole Lives) classes for the 4th through 6th grades as well as our Youth Group will be starting mid October as well.
Finally, don’t forget to “Get Downtown” on October 1st. We will be hosting a booth for the event and are looking for volunteers to work it. If you are interested contact Courtney Sinha.
Yes indeed, with all of this going on I am really looking forward to the new year.

Stef