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Category: Desert Notes

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Desert Notes

9-15-2022Last week’s water ceremony featured a gift from me to VUU–a fountain! Everyone was invited to add their “drop of water” into this fountain as a symbol of our shared commitment to this community. I also invited folks to fill out a “drop of water” with the answer to what you bring to VUU and what you…
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9-8-2022 As we begin the new year together, I want to invite all of you into a conversation about what it means to belong at VUU and what it means to create a welcoming space for people who don’t yet feel they belong, either because they just walked through our doors or perhaps because they…
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Word of Warning: If you received a phishing message from an account very similar to my email address (but slightly different!) please report it and remember that I will never email you requesting gift cards or cash.  9-1-2022 The VUU Staff had a staff retreat, which included some team building activities including bowling together.  We…
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Word of Warning: If you received a phishing message from an account very similar to my email address (but slightly different!) please report it and remember that I will never email you requesting gift cards or cash.  8-25-2022 While I have been excited to be with you all on Sundays this month, I am even…
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I continue to meet members and learn more about VUU and I am looking forward to being in the pulpit this Sunday with Worship Associate Barbara Face and Music Director Katie Seiferth!  This weekend I will join Marci Beaudoin in a Faith Formation training as well.  The VUU staff is working with lay leaders to…
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Last weekend, my partner John and my kid Sol and I enjoyed being at Sunday worship with many of you and we look forward to seeing you again in upcoming weekends. My mom even got to attend online! I continue to be excited about getting our shared ministry off to a great start. One way we will be…
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I am looking forward to seeing folks at Sunday service this weekend, and to enjoying watching someone else be in charge for a couple of weeks!  So far I have had a good first week, celebrating Todd’s birthday (forever 21, right?), learning more about the important work of volunteers like the Pastoral Care committee and…
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This week I have begun meeting and scheduling meetings with VUU leadership, getting to know the people and the priorities as we begin our ministry together.  Next week I will begin regular office hours and will continue setting up one-on-one and small group meet-ups.  I hope to meet with most of those in elected and…
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Great news!  We made it across the country with 2 cats, a dog, 3 adults and one teenager in 3 cars with a trailer…in the middle of high temperatures!  From Macon, GA to Phoenix, AZ with many, many stops along the way we have arrived and begun the business of finding a home, getting ready…
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In the Meantime,

As I finish a week of candidating with VUU, I want to share what an honor it has been to hear so many of your stories about this congregation and what it means to you.  So many of you are and have been engaged in the life of this community and in guiding this community…
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