Worship in the sanctuary at 11 am (beginning Sept 12) OR join worship online!
Sun, Sept 5, 9 am: Rev. Howard Bell (in the courtyard or online)
Sun, Sept 12, 11 am: Rev. Sarah Campbell (in the sanctuary or online)
Sun, Sept 19, 11 am: Rev. Sarah Campbell (in the sanctuary or online)
Sun, Sept 26, 11 am: Rev. Christian Briones (in the sanctuary or online)
Given the situation with Covid, please check "This Week" (sent on Fridays) for any update on worship plans.
Important deadline! Articles for the October Ship to Shore are due Wed, Sept 15. Send your announcements of 100 words or fewer or articles of 150-200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above: Flowers from the garden of Deb Peterson. These flowers were grown from the Seeds of Hope we received in the mail around Easter time in memory of Dana Blanck.
Choosing Our Life
By Rev. Sarah Campbell
As I write this-- I’m just about to head up North for a vacation—there is a great deal of uncertainty about the Delta variant, but I’m hopeful that this is the “nail in the coffin” for Covid-19, that it will finally force the issue of vaccines for everyone. Time to set aside the word “incentive” and instead pick up the word “requirement.”
So, as of today, July 31, I am choosing to believe that we will be returning to life soon, no longer under siege of a pandemic.
We’ve been changed. Some call it “churn,” but I prefer the metaphor, “the soil has been loosened.” And we’ve realized that some of what we chose this last year and a half, even under duress, is life-giving and good, like: a daily walk outside…. really seeing trees… exercising daily and eating well… less consumerism… less use of plastic… a prayer or meditation practice… more family time… less hurry-sickness… deeper community (thank you, Zoom meetings) … more honest reflection about unearned privileges in one’s life….
My hope for you and me is that we continue to choose our life as we leave this traumatic year and a half behind; that we choose our life rather than have it chosen for us. Ironically, we’ve been given an opportunity, to choose our lives. To be mindful about when we say “yes” and when we say “no.”
Here’s a gift to you from Paul, from his letter to the Romans: Be not conformed to this world but rather be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
Farewell from Eli’jah Carroll
Goodbye Mayflower. I’ll never forget you.
Picture this: June 2017. My brother headed west from Michigan to help me make the big move from Oakland, CA, to Minneapolis, MN. We packed up a trailer that was pulled by my little car through the hot flat lands of Nevada through the mountains of Wyoming and South Dakota. Everything I owned was in the little trailer, while me, my brother, and my beloved cat Bianca drove together in the car.
Moving to Minnesota was a big deal for me. Though I’d worked at many other churches in various capacities (mostly children, youth, and family-oriented positions) leading up to graduating seminary and my subsequent move to Minnesota, Mayflower would be the first time I would be working full time in a capacity that I felt absolutely called to. Mayflower, you will always stick with me because of this reason. You were my first. You are a big part of the reason I am able to go out and do what God has called me to do in the world—to be a minister.
I like to believe that over these past 4+ years, we helped each other grow in our faith. I hope you feel as nourished spiritually as you have helped me to feel. One aspect of my work that has been particularly nourishing has been teaching Confirmation. Mark Lorenzen, Maureen Engelhardt and I grew as a solid team of facilitators that care deeply about giving our 9th graders as many tools and resources as we could to help foster their faith journeys. Teaching confirmation to your children (or, YOU. . . depending on who is reading this) will be one of my most dear memories at Mayflower.
I leave you by choice, yes. Because God is still speaking. And, I try to listen as carefully as I can. And, I was recommended to apply for an opportunity that looked like a really great fit for me and the congregation. I leave you sad because I’ll always love you. Though, it’s a weird spot to be in because I am so overjoyed to be serving St. Paul’s UCC as their Associate Minister. I began the process of being considered for their Associate Minister back in April at the nudging of a colleague who works for the Conference. Apprehensive, I edited my ministerial profile and sent it to the church. Every step of the interview process felt really good.
One thing I’ve learned during this process is that loving can be even messier and more complicated than I ever thought. Sometimes, when we love something, we have to let it go to make room for growth. Sometimes. Yet, the spirit of Mayflower will never be too far from my heart. I’ll miss you.