WellSprings News

WellSprings News

Interested in Joining Our Congregation? Start with a WellSprings 1.0 Session!

Our WellSprings 1.0 gatherings are a chance for you to learn more about what it means to become a member of our spiritual community. If you’ve been attending services for a while and feel like WellSprings might be your new spiritual home, you are warmly invited to join us for these special small-group discussions. Since we are still distancing, 1.0 sessions will take place over Zoom. WellSprings 1.0 takes place across three separate sessions. Each session will be held on…

“Heirloom Connections” Our May Message Series

We’re more aware than ever these days, that we are all living through history. All of us inherit the world our ancestors created, and future generations will be shaped by the choices we make today. How might we be enriched, by building relationships with people at different ages and stages of life? In this message series, we’ll take inspiration from “pen pal” exchanges between ten members of our community – ranging in age from 5 to 82 – who’ve agreed…

Moving Towards a Post-Pandemic Era: A Letter From Rev. Lee

Dear WellSpringers, There’s a joke ministers often tell – a groaner… really, “joke” might be a strong word. A well-worn line for when strange problems come up in the life of a congregation. When a family of racoons builds a nest in the church bell tower, for example. Or when a mischievous eight-year-old gets into the storage room, and writes “butt” on the inside cover of every hymnal. “Well,” we say to each other, “…they didn’t teach us how to…

Renewing Our Membership Commitments

This Sunday, we’re welcoming new members to WellSprings at our Belonging Sunday service online. But because Belonging Sunday is a celebration of all members, not only our newest, we are also inviting you to renew your membership commitment this spring. Here are two ways to renew your commitment: The “New Member” Website Section – We’ve created a section of our website specifically for new members. There, you’ll find all the new information we hand out to members during our revamped…

What’s Belonging Sunday?

Coming up on April 11th, WellSprings is celebrating a new twist on an older tradition. Introducing: Belonging Sunday! In past years, we’ve welcomed new members at a special New Member Sunday Service; usually once in the Spring and once in the Fall. This year, we’re introducing something new. We’re celebrating WellSprings membership at a special service, and we’re inviting our existing members to come meet our newest members as part of this all-ages service. Rather than offering membership twice a…

Easter Sunday at WellSprings

This Sunday at 10 AM on our YouTube Channel, we hope you’ll join us for a special Easter Sunday service. We are keeping our physical distance again this year, but we have plenty in store to make it a special day for all. Here’s what you can expect this year: A Virtual Easter Egg Hunt: Like last year, WellSprings is once again participating in a virtual Easter egg hunt. Go on a tour of UU Congregation websites, and see if…

Some WellSprings Easter Treats are On the Way!

In a non-pandemic year, Easter Sunday would be marked at WellSprings by an Easter egg hunt ranging over the hills and playgrounds at The Montgomery School. YouthSpirit kids would spend a happy morning searching for hidden prizes and treats. This year – our second Easter in a pandemic – is going to look a bit different, but we’re committed to making this a charged-full experience for our young friends. Over the past few weeks, WellSpringers have contributed to a project…

We’re Giving You an Hour Back this Sunday

This message is available as a video, and as a letter. Dear WellSprings, This past weekend, we all lost an hour of our lives, when Daylight Savings Time pushed the clocks forward. This Sunday, we’re giving you that hour back. To be honest, this wasn’t our plan. One of our lay preachers was scheduled to offer the message this weekend – but called me on Monday, stressed and fried like so many of us are, asking if it was possible…

We’re Modeling “Taking a Break” in YouthSpirit this Sunday

YouthSpirit will mark its own one year anniversary online – 52 weeks – this Sunday, March 21st. If you’ve read Rev. Lee’s letter to the congregation, you’ll understand the intention behind joining the congregation in a morning of rest and reflection. There will be no YouthSpirit ZoomRoom.  The ongoing engagement of our kiddos, coming to our program every week for the past year, reveals their continued resiliency and curiosity. YouthSpirit friends attendance is also due, in no small part, to…

“New Normal (Or, How Not to Waste an Apocalypse)” Our Spring Message Series

One year ago, “normal” was ripped out from under us – and in those first, stunned moments, many of us began to dream. Just how well was the “old normal” working for us? How might this time change the way we live? How can we rebuild our world for the better? This Spring we’ll consider what new doors have opened to us in the past year, and how we might choose to live our lives differently, in light of what…

Together Towards Tomorrow with Our Board

Did you know that we have congregational goals? The Board of Trustees is inviting all of you to join us at upcoming Zoom sessions (pick one), to provide input into these goals, for the coming year. We’ll provide updates on our existing goals and listen, as we all share visions for the future of our beloved community. Registration in advance is not required, but is appreciated. Click each date below, to RSVP on Realm for one of these conversations, or…

Share The Practice of Lectio Divina at this Sunday’s Service

On Sunday, February 21st, WellSprings welcomes guest preacher Rev. Michael Bush. He is the Senior Minister of the Casas Adobes Congregational Church (UCC) in Tuscon, AZ. Prior to that he was the pastor of the nearby to us United Church of Christ in Valley Forge.  He’s bringing us a message as part of our Coming Home series, and he’s chosen to share the practice of Lectio Divina with us. The Four Part Lectio Divina Lectio Divina is Latin for “divine…