Was depressed driving there. Expected only a few people and that turned out to be true. However, the service went well; there were 15 there in all. Bernice did a good job with it. Ann read the Stone Soup story very well. My high point was singing “I’ve Got a Dream” by Gene Navias. Shared the singing with Bernice (the only two in the choir) but I stood out and improvised and got some applause afterward. Bernice asked after Ann’s reading if people had things to present or say. Several did. I did Yeats’ “Had I the heavens embroidered cloths”. Had some turkey soup afterward and then came home. Called home twice from church. Heather talked to Mom about dropping in sometime to play music.
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We had a great Mem Day service in church today. That’s our UU church in Norway, Maine, pretty small as churches go, but we’ve picked up great enthusiasm in the last few weeks. Not sure why. But there you are. But getting back to the service today: Richard (that’s our minister) was in great form and had some wonderful thoughts. The thing about him is that he’s a regular person, not at all remote as some ministers, with their egos, tend to be. I get along with him great. He’s got a self-effacing sense of humor, just like me. But getting back to his thoughts, he emphasized memories, memorials, throughout the service. We were all asked to speak out and mention names of loved ones who have passed away. Many people spoke out. We must have had a good 25, maybe 30 people in attendance today. Our music went well too. Heather, our music director, led us in an enchanting and mesmerizing anthem about the Goddess, our returning, etc. Right now as I write this I can’t remember the details. So much happened today, I just can’t reproduce specifics. But we did pick up a new church member today, a very nice person named Trudi, didn’t get her last name. Our Growth Group met after church and Trudi became a new member of that. “An Inconvenient Truth” was shown at 1pm for those who hadn’t seen it. And now people are chatting and laughing upstairs while Clarissa and Eryn prepare supper so that Cynthia doesn’t have to do it.