This weekend is the culmination of something I’ve been thinking about and planning since I arrived at my congregation six years ago. Starting tomorrow, we spend the weekend celebrating South Valley’s 25th Anniversary.
On Friday night, we begin with a concert by singer/songwriter Judy Fjell, who used to be a member of the congregation and is still a good friend. She’ll perform and lead us in a singalong, and there will be desserts! It starts at 7 pm and we’re requesting a $5 donation at the door.
On Saturday night, we’ll have good wine, good hors d’oeuvres, good art and music and great conversation. We’ll begin at 6pm with the wine and edibles, along with background music provided by congregants. (And the sanctuary adorned in artwork by congregants too!) There will be pictures, scrapbooks, and mementos from the church’s history and at 7 pm we’ll have a short program honoring all the dreamers that brought South Valley into being. Former ministers, former congregants, friends, and new folks who hope to get to know us will all be there!
On Sunday morning we will have a worshipful celebration of our anniversary, featuring Rev. William Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations preaching a sermon called “Memory and Hope.” All the former ministers, as well as Judy Fjell, our children’s choir, adult choir, and other special musicians will all take part in the service. Afterwords, we’ll have birthday cake and more fun.
Everyone is invited, whether you’ve known the church since it’s birth or never even heard of us. All events will be at the church itself, 6786 S. Highland Drive in Salt Lake City. Come enjoy the fun and learn about this amazing gathering of amazing people who are committed to being a liberal religious presence in the South Valley.
Hope to see you there!!!