This year ushered my first successful garden in Las Cruces through its life and into this fall-time season of transition. It took me eight summers of frustration and dead plants to figure out what worked and didn’t work. And even now I have not found how to produce bell peppers, tomatoes, or how to avoid aphid infestations. However, this year I did three things differently that made a huge difference in my garden.
…it turned out to be an incredibly productive, abundant year.
First, I spent the winter and spring preparing the soil. Second, I planted every single last seed I had. And third, I got up at 3 AM during the hottest, driest months of the summer in order to water before the first rays of sun hit my young plants. And then, I waited. My garden was made of water, and hope – and it turned out to be an incredibly productive, abundant year.
Here at UUCLC, I feel like we’ve entered a phase of similar investment in hope. As I mentioned to you all the last time I shared with you, we spent last year “preparing our soil” by developing a prioritized list of projects to address our facility needs. With that list, and considering congregational priorities, we have begun planting the seed we have had stored up! We now have a commercial dishwasher in the kitchen, and just this month the Board of Trustees approved a proposal for a metal shade structure to be installed over the play area. This, I hear, has been an aspiration for nearly a decade. It has been a seed waiting to be planted – and now, here it is! We will soon see what beautiful things sprout from it.
I hope that we can continue to be mindful of the needs and resources we have as a community, and can invest what is needed to perpetuate abundance!
So, what do we have now? Well, we have to continue to invest our time, our resources, and our hope. Maybe it doesn’t mean a literal “getting up at 3 AM to water”… but figuratively, that feels like what we are doing as we head into our Stewardship time. As we round our way into fall, a time of transition, I hope that we can continue to be mindful of the needs and resources we have as a community, and can invest what is needed to perpetuate abundance!
Naoma Staley, Congregational Administrator
If you are interested in being a part of the Facilities Committee, would like to learn more about the project prioritization process, or is simply interested in seeing the full priorities list, please contact me! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or (575) 552-7281.