Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
Happy 2018! Although the thermometer is registering below zero, my heart is warm as we wrap up 2017. It was a wonderful year and holiday season! As we begin a new year, I find it fitting to recognize our dedicated staff. The staff at Unity of Greater Portland make my job easy and keeps everything running smoothly.
- I want to give a shout-out to Steph Plourde, my assistant and the go-to person that many of you bring your questions to — she either has the answer or knows where to get it.
- Jan Strout handles the finances as well as the Unity Book and Gift Store. If you haven’t been in recently, you are missing a treat. She has been a part of this community for a couple of decades and carries much of the history of Unity of Greater Portland.
- And to Deana Gurney, our music director extraordinaire. She is the one who week after week selects just the right music to complement my message. She is unflappable!
- Our newest team member is Andrew Williamson in the AV booth — already I can see he is up to the task.
Now a look at our volunteer staff.
- Christine Wolf plays a dual role as office support to Steph and creates and puts out Heart Thoughts every week. She readily says “yes” whenever asked to take on an extra task.
- Leah Rush is doing an outstanding job leading our Youth Education Department. She is the idea person and has so much passion for supporting the teachers and the children.
- Maria Lundy — we all know Maria and her passion to feed us. She can be found in the kitchen with her strong team making sure everything is ready once the service is over; she knows many will head for the food! She can be found long after everyone is gone doing little extra things in the kitchen to make it easier for her crew and more enjoyable for all of us.
Our attention turns toward the new year and we see great events and programs already on the calendar. We begin with two new classes. The first one will be led by Mindy Rosseland, “The Ultimate Catch and Release: Living Life Passionately.” The second class, kicking off the Season for Nonviolence, will be facilitated by Jack Seery and is titled “Way to Peace.” Visit our calendar to view all that is happening.
And ladies, this one is for you: I will be facilitating a new program for Women Empowering Women. This will be a once-a-month group that will focus on spirituality and nonviolence. It is based on the book Traveling with the Turtle. The first group will be on Tuesday, January 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mark your calendars right now!
Don’t miss being with us this Sunday for our annual White Stone Service. This is where we celebrate who we are and our new freedom. See you there!
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey