Kristin Bray contacted me the other day with a lovely offer. Some of you may know that she manages the bookstore at the Waldorf School that Kai attends. The other day she was looking up the story I read last Sunday, Rescue and Jessica, and it occurred to her that others might also like the chance to purchase the stories I share. Here is her offer, in her words:
Would you like to purchase the book that Lauren reads in her Story for All Ages time and benefit FPW at the same time? Email Kristin Bray at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the book and the number you would like to order on Sunday or Monday. She will place order the books on Tuesdays and 10% of the cover price will be donated to First Parish!
If you order a book, she’ll contact you about payment and let you know the details of how ordering works. And she’s able to get other books as well, not just kids’ books. I’ll make sure this offer goes in the newsletter in coming weeks, and I’ll also make the list of stories I’ve told this year available to anyone who’d like to know the titles.
In other news, who’s getting excited to meet Rev. Sophia? I know I am! I have already had a Zoom conversation with the other staff members and Rev. Sophia, and she and I also had a really lovely phone conversation. The thing that’s clearest is that she can’t wait to meet all of you! And there will be opportunities coming up during candidating week for that.
For our RE program, Rev. Sophia will be joining us on Sunday, April 25 at noon for our regular RE time. This is a time for our children and younger youth to get to know Rev. Sophia, tell her about themselves, and ask questions. There will also be a time for parents and other adults connected to the RE program to meet with Rev. Sophia, on Saturday May 1, but I don’t have the time yet. And there will be a meeting for our 8th-12th grade youth to talk with her. All these meetings will take place on Zoom.
Rev. Sophia will be super busy during her week with us, meeting with as many people as she can (while somehow also not getting totally exhausted!), so please try to come to a gathering and also to the services she will lead on April 25 and May 2. Remember that our polity governance structure means that congregations call our ministers — our congregation, after meeting Rev. Sophia, will vote to call her in an important congregational meeting on May 2 after church. I know our search committee has done an amazing job of finding us a candidate who’s right for us — but in the end, the members of our congregation are the ones who make the final decision! So come and get to know your candidate!
I’m looking out the window at a snowstorm today but I swear, spring IS here. Things are looking pretty bright to me — I hope to you too.