“We enter in celebration, to learn, to share, to grow together…“
We recite these words at the start of every worship service here at Mill Creek. It is more than just recitation, it is what draws us to this community — to celebrate life, to learn better how to act on our principles, to share our very selves with others and to grow as a Unitarian Universalist faith community.
We invite you to join us in reflecting upon all that we share together from the perspective of these powerful words: celebrate, learn, share, and grow.
Please read the story below, written by one of our members about their experience of celebrating here at Mill Creek. After the story there is a simple chart which represents how the budget of Mill Creek underwrites these four aspects of our life together. It is meant to illustrate that the details — the what of our budget — are but an expression of the purpose — the why of our budget.
Why we are a part of this community.
Why we come back every Sunday.
Why we are so proud to be a part of the story which is UUSMC.
Celebrating at UUSMC: What Joys & Sorrows Means to Me
I remember the first Unitarian Universalist service I attended. It was about 8 years ago. I’ll never forget my first Joys and Sorrows — a concept so foreign in the Catholic tradition in which I was raised. I remember being so touched hearing about what was happening in the lives of others and being honored that they would share intimate details of their lives. Joys and Sorrows is my favorite part of the UU tradition. I look forward to it each Sunday.
Over the years, I have smiled ear to ear hearing another’s Joy … and choked back tears hearing another’s sorrows. Hearing others’ joys and and sorrows reminds me that we are all connected as humans. It is a practice that brings me a deep sense of compassion — which I can often forget during the busy work week. The world can never have enough compassion. I often carry the Joys and Sorrows I hear on Sunday in my heart for days, weeks, and months.
I have never really asked anyone else about how they feel hearing Joys and Sorrows — however, I share my own Joys and Sorrows from time to time as a way to give back to those that have so generously shared their own. My appreciation to all who have spoken and who will do so in the future. You enrich the life we celebrate together at UUSMC.
– Adam Kegley, UUSMC Member since 2010
We enter in celebration, to learn, to share, and to grow together….
Celebrate: What Joys & Sorrows Means to Me $127,655
Learn $ 68,090
Share $ 46,865
Grow $ 15,390
Budget total $258,000
These are proportional allocation of costs for building, staff, supplies, utilities, etc.
Pledge cards for the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year have been mailed to all members of the Mill Creek church. We would like to have completed cards returned by Sunday, June 19. You can place yours in the collection plate, the drop box by the office door, or mail it.
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Thank you for your support!