News (Page 3)

News (Page 3)

New for WellCome Back Sunday: Blessing of the Backpacks

On Sunday, September 10th, WellSprings will celebrate our annual “WellCome Back” Sunday – the special service which marks the end of summer and a return to the work, school, and worship schedules we follow through most of the year. This year, we’ll be holding our first-ever “Blessing of the Backpacks” at our 10 am Sunday service. All students (of any age!) are asked to bring their backpacks to Bell Hall to be blessed during our Sunday service – and to…

YOU can Host a “Soul Bite” Discussion Group! We’ve Made it Easy

Do you ever wish you could “dig deeper” into something you heard, on a Sunday morning? Or wish that you had a place to explore your thoughts and feelings on the message topic, with other folks in our community? This year, our Small Groups Team is trying something new: with help from Rev. Lee, we’ll have a ready-made “Soul Bite” outline available, for every message series in 2023-2024. A Soul Bite is a single-session group gathering, for discussion and connection –…

This Year, at WellSprings…

We’re busy planning for the year ahead at WellSprings! Our Fall message series starts in September – but scroll down to get a taste of the conversations we’ll be having (on Sunday mornings, in YouthSpirit, in small groups, etc.) all throughout the year… Off The Fence our Fall Message Series With battles raging all around us, and voices getting louder, it’s tempting to back away from controversy and conflict. We try not to get involved, hope things will work out,…

All About Our “Neighbors & Helpers” Message Series this August

An August tradition at WellSprings returns… We see the world through our own eyes – and sometimes we assume that’s just “the way it is” for everyone. But when we engage with our neighbors, we start to realize how much our own limited perspectives never showed us. There are so many shades and colors of what it means to be “us” – to live in Chester County, or to be a Unitarian Universalist – beyond our own experiences. Once again…

Celebrating 10 Years of Rev. Lee!

A Note From Tonie Scullion, on the WellSprings Board of Trustees Ten years ago today (August 1, 2013), WellSprings was introduced to our newest ministerial intern, Lee Allison Paczulla. Generally, when an intern comes to a congregation, they stay for two years and then leave to go to what will become their home congregation. However, Lee was such a perfect fit for WellSprings that the UUA permitted her to stay. How fortunate for us! With her sermons that always leave…

We Have a New Mailing Address

WellSprings, you might remember the news from our Congregational Meeting this past June, where we discussed some changes we were making to accommodate an expected deficit this year. Among the biggest changes is the closing of the WellSprings physical office space in the Marchwood Center. To help cut costs, we are switching to a PO Box at the Chester Springs Post Office. Beth Trandahl, our office manager, has been handling the bulk of this transition, covering everything from selling our…

Looking for a Way to Support WellSprings? Volunteer with YouthSpirit!

For some time now, we have been, and continue to be in need of volunteers for the WellSprings nursery and YouthSpirit.   The pandemic caused so many changes in our lives: new schedules, new routines, new definitions for “connection.” It’s understandable that they way many families interact with WellSprings looks different today than it did a few years ago.   We are also finding our way back, as a congregation. We have a core group of young, inquisitive friends who regularly attend…

Farewell from Rev. Beth…

On June 18th, WellSprings came together to ordain the Rev. Beth Monhollen to the Unitarian Universalist ministry! Rev. Beth served as our Beldon Ministerial Intern for the past two years, bringing so much joy and spirit to WellSprings as she shared her tremendous gifts for ministry with our congregation. Later this summer, Rev. Beth will begin a new position at the UU Congregation of Urbana Champaign. We will miss her presence among us, dearly – and, we are so excited to see what…

Check Out our July Lineup for SpiritFlix

This summer at WellSprings, we’ll find meaning in the stories we watch on our screens during our annual SpiritFlix message series. Each Sunday’s service will draw wisdom from a different movie or show – check out our lineup for July, and mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of your favorites! We hope to see you this summer, Sundays at 10am. Join us at 10 AM each Sunday in person at the Montgomery School, or online at our YouTube Channel.

Our Intern Is Being Ordained This Sunday!

On Sunday, June 18th, we are gathering together to celebrate both beginnings and endings, as we ordain Beth Monhollen, who has served as our ministerial intern for two years. She will be leaving us to begin her new ministry at the UU Congregation of Urbana Champaign. In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, it is the congregation which ordains new ministers, and we hope you can join us for what will be the third ordination in our congregation’s relatively short history of…

It’s Time to Cast your vote, WellSprings!

WellSpringers, if you couldn’t make it to our congregational meeting on Sunday the 4th, we have you covered! At the links below, you can view the PowerPoint presentation used during the meeting, you can view the meeting itself on YouTube, and you can cast your vote in the election of Board Members. Kindly view the materials and submit your vote by June 11th. Thank you for your participation! Cast Your Vote Here’s where to cast your vote! Please vote by…

Here it is: The Results of Our Engagement Survey

At the beginning of May, we experimented with starting a new practice at WellSprings. After all the changes of the past few years, we invited you all to consider, and asked without judgment: where are you, in your relationship to our community, today? We received 135 responses to our Engagement Survey, and we thank everyone who participated! The information was very helpful for understanding a bit more about the shape of your lives, and our community, right now – and, for those folks who primarily follow…