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Seva Appreciation: HeartSangha Choir
The HeartSangha Choir has really impressed us all. The dedication and talent of each member stirs our hearts with joy. Dalton Fitzgerald has truly been a master in bringing forth their voices from the heart. Every Sunday that they perform we are left spellbound. The variety of music they present keeps us open to the many ways that music has a message for us. The smiles and genuine sincerity with which they perform stirs a passion of awakening in each of us. I applaud the success of the choir in their way of enriching our services. Judy Preble’s continual dedication of offering her skill and expertise makes the Dalton and Judy team unbeatable. Thank you, Choir, Dalton and Judy, for all the ways you open our hearts to Spirit. We deeply appreciate your dedication of Seva through music. The added boon of wonderful social hall gifts of food enhances our appreciation. You are a team that we value in so many ways. You give tirelessly to our spiritual community and we say thank you.
Children's Garden Planting
The children's garden is ready to be planted out this year. This spring we will lay the decomposed granite for the pathways on April 14th, we will be planting out the annual garden on May 13th. If you have any starts or plants you'd like to contribute, please let Laurie Buckman know. We have been doing starts in children's church and there are several more starts and plants in my sun room to be planted. The 2nd Saturday of each month will be the monthly work day to weed and prune the plants. During Children's Church each Sunday, we will be doing a deep watering and harvesting. It will also be available to all the Youth programs for circle time and supervised play. Please contact Laurie if you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer during the summer season to help keep the garden going.
New Youth Director Announced
First of all, thank you Diana Johnson! Diana has championed our youth at every age level. She has been instrumental in keeping childcare for the young adults a priority for each person’s spiritual journey. She makes sure that each child has the support and spiritual roots that keeps them safe and awake on their journey. For the parents, she has made sure they have the opportunity to enrich their lives in spiritual study and community with child care support. She has worked tirelessly to build the team of teachers and arrange curriculum to brighten the lives of our children. She has made the decision to release her role as the youth director and concentrate on her ministerial studies, be in service as a Practitioner, continue as a teacher for both advanced spiritual studies and certificated coursework, and focus on supporting the Next Generation. Her personal goal as well is to continue her music ministry with Chris. We raise and praise her for all that she has accomplished. We are in deep gratitude.
Laurie Buckman Massengale has accepted the position and will be assuming this important role in service to our youth starting April 1st. Laurie is a qualified teacher and is passionate about the spiritual teaching and supporting our children in every way for their highest and best. We are thankful for the team of teachers who are strong and determined to stand by our children. From the infants to the teens, these next generations will be guided and directed with a strong spiritual foundation. We value our children and we value the leadership of the parents and teachers who support them in maturing to be wise stewards of Truth. Thank you, Diana and Laurie, and blessings to you both as this graceful transition unfolds.
SEVA Appreciation: Bliss Team
"The Bliss Team is a gathering of friends who love to help. The name is an acronym for 'Being Love In Sacred Service.' It is a team of dedicated and willing participants who truly show up when the call is made. I can’t even list all the names because the list is broad and includes many who have various talents and skills to make our events shine. Diana Woolfstead is lead for the team as a representative of the Board. She sends out an email and the responses flood back in. We were able to provide a beautiful “Open House Gathering” celebration because so many showed up with amazing appetizers, wine and cider. The very next day, some of the same people were hosting tables and creating the atmosphere of love that filled our Center. This is just a sample of what the Bliss Team accomplishes. They support the Board and the major events and they support the Center by saying yes to the call to serve. It is wholesome Seva at heart. It is pure joy to work with the team. We meet once a month just to look ahead and see what we can do. If you are interested in joining us, let Diana or Rev. Sue know. It is all about being a part of the energy of love and support for our spiritual home. Thank you, Bliss Team. You know who you are and I appreciate you and value your time and dedication." - by Rev. Sue MillerBorn