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April Reflections

Spring is definitely in the air. I can’t stop being glad about that. This spring – is making my world feel like a more welcoming place. It’s making me feel more human; making my body lighter, my spirits brighter, my heart more hopeful. Spring is a metaphor – and it is a manifestation – of hope.

Hope holds us – if only we would take hold of it. If only we would keep hold of it. In this religious community we can hold and strengthen one another in those times when holding on is more that we, ourselves, can do.

Hope moves us forward. Just when winter has endured long enough, comes the spring – a metaphor and a manifestation of hope. May you take hold of it, and may you never let it go. May it take hold of you, and may it never let you go. May we hold on to one another – and may we never let go.

In this irrepressible season of Spring, blessings on you, and on all that is your life.

Be safe, and be well. -Sally

 March Reflections

The COVID pandemic offers us a reminder that life is precious, and fragile,
and unpredictable. Let us take this to heart. Let us resolve never to take loved ones or our friends for granted – instead, let us take them to heart – to our hearts. Let us tell them we care about them; have those conversations we’ve been wanting to have; reach out and connect now, instead of putting off that phone call, that email, that handwritten note. Let us resolve to live each day as fully as we are able. It is tempting to wish that spring would come, that COVID would be vanquished, that we could move around freely. But every day is a blessing – even the cold and rainy ones, even the waiting-for-your-vaccine ones, even the lonely ones – and even these days will not come again. A wise person I know makes a practice of doing “one fun thing a day.” It is a practice worth cultivating! I am trying to practice what I preach here, as the days of my ministry with you steadily count down. Are there conversations we’ve been wanting to have – or conversations we need to have? Are there walks we’d like take?
Questions we haven’t yet asked – or answered? Are there fun things we’ve been meaning to do? Now is the time. Now is the only time. Let’s talk. Let’s walk. Let’s seize this day.

Blessings on you, and on all that is your life.
Be safe, and be well.
Sally

February Reflections

  • We are spiritual beings, gifted with wonder and imagination. We are rational beings, gifted with good brains. And we are physical beings, gifted with bodies.
  • One key to good health is caring for, is balancing all three aspects of our beings: body, mind, and spirit.
  • I wish you health in body. When you can do so safely, take time to move your body; breathe fresh air; feel the wind and the sunshine and the rain. Pay attention to a flower, a plant, an animal, woods or water. Eat well, and sensibly.  Sleep well.  Wash your hands, wear your mask, and keep a safe distance from others until we are all safely protected from COVID.
  • I wish you health in mind. Good books to read, good conversations that stimulate and challenge and enlarge and enrich you.

I wish you health in spirit.  I wish you laughter, and healing tears.  I wish you singing, and nurturing silence.  I wish you joy that bubbles up, and hope and dreams and satisfaction.

Blessings on you, and on all that is your life.

Be safe, and be well.

Sally

Pastoral Care Tip for April:

If you or anyone you know does not have health insurance, find out about low cost options by contacting our county Obamacare Affordable Care Navigators. Special open enrollment available until August 15th. The Navigators are Karen Baggott, Barb Thomas and Helene Kelly (all UCF members)!

 

The UCF Pastoral Care Team is here when you need us!  Call on us.  Call or email or text us.  We will see you, hear you, be with you.

Chair: Kate Reavis 910-358-2034 or katereavis@yahoo.com

Helene Kelly 252-269-0775 or helenekelly1@gmail.com

Holly Rogers 509-607-2055 or hollyer54@yahoo.com

Joan Burton 201-669-1519 or Ldybg223@aol.com

Terri Thomas 252-314-4110 or territhomas00@gmail.com

Rev. Sally White 252-622-1978 or sb.white@earthlink.net or ucfministernew@gmail.com

 

January Reflections

As this most challenging and difficult year of 2020 ends,

As we approach the beginning of a new year,

I wish for you,

Health,

And moments of joy,

And hope that lifts your spirits,

And sustaining love to see you through 2021.

I will be on study leave beginning Monday, December 28, and will return to work on Tuesday, January 26.  If you have a pastoral care issue or concern during that time, please contact a member of our pastoral care team (names and contact information elsewhere in this issue).

Blessings on you, and on those who are gifts in your life.

Be safe, and be well.

Sally

Pastoral Care Tip for January

****As the Covid 19 pandemic rages on it is very important to get an annual flu shot. Encourage the others you care about to do the same.  It’s not too late!****

The UCF Pastoral Care Team is here when you need us!  Call on us.  Call or email or text us.  We will see you, hear you, be with you.

Chair: Kate Reavis 910-358-2034 or katereavis@yahoo.com

Helene Kelly 252-269-0775 or helenekelly1@gmail.com

Holly Rogers 509-607-2055 or hollyer54@yahoo.com

Joan Burton 201-669-1519 or Ldybg223@aol.com

Terri Thomas 252-314-4110 or territhomas00@gmail.com

Rev. Sally White 252-622-1978 or sb.white@earthlink.net or ucfministernew@gmail.com

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Pastoral Care Offerings:

Making A Place At The Table: A Supportive Group For Grief In This Season Of Gathering

As we approach the holidays, a time of gathering as best we can, many of us will set fewer places at the table than we have in the past, due to the loss of loved ones and the ways the pandemic has forced us apart. Meeting this difference, and managing the grief that accompanies it can be particularly challenging, especially when we try to do so alone. You are invited to join Kate Reavis, social worker, Zen chaplain in training, grandmother, activist, lover of loss in a confidential and supportive Zoom group, where we will share all the ways our separations have changed us in 2020, have opportunities to form new connections, and a safe space to talk about the ways we may invite our  sadness, as well as our gratitude, to the process of loss, acceptance, and healing.

Group size is limited to 8, with interest in attendance dictating the number of of groups.

Archived Reflections from 2020 

January 2020 Reflections from Sally

February 2020 Reflections from Sally

March 1 2020 Reflections from Sally

March 23, 2020 Reflections from Sally

March 25, 2020 Reflections from Sally

March 26 2020 Reflections from Sally

March 27 2020 Reflections from Sally

March 29 2020 Reflections from Sally

March 31 2020 Reflections from Sally

April 1 2020 Reflections from Sally

April 3 2020 Reflections from Sally

April 7 2020 Reflections from Sally

April 8 2020 Reflections from Sally

April 12 2020 Reflections from Sally

April 19 2020 Reflections from Sally

April 26 2020 Reflections from Sally

May 2020 Reflections from Sally

May 3 2020 Reflections from Sally

May 17 2020 Reflections from Sally

May 31 2020 Reflections from Sally

June 2020 Reflections from Sally

August 2020 Reflections from Sally

September 2020 Reflections from Sally

October 2020 Reflections from Sally

November 2020 Reflections from Sally

December 2020 Reflections from Sally

 

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