This month’s theme is Renewal
Sunday Services – start at 10:30 AM
All Sunday Service programming for children, youth and adults begin at 10:30 AM
If you are new and have children or Youth, please arrive earlier – so you can be welcomed and orientated to the various programming available.
Feb 3, Seeds of Renewal, Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Service Leader: Pam Fichtner
Drawing on the work of environmental activist, poet and scholar Joanna Macy, this service unfolds in a spiral. We will begin as we always begin, with gratitude for the people present and the land we live on. Then we will honour our pain for the state of our world before following the spiral to the next steps — seeing with fresh eyes, and going forth. Along the way will explore what the theme of renewal might mean for us.
2nd hour: Please join us in the lower hall for Potluck Lunch Sunday. We like to celebrate local foods and farmers! At this month’s potluck, the Green Sanctuary group invites you to try incorporating something local and delicious.
1 PM: Special Event: We are offering a public screening of the film Reserve 107, followed by a discussion hosted by Susan Shacter and Karen Fraser Gitlitz. click for more info
Feb 10 – Starting Over, Panel: Larry Grenkow, Belinda Betker, Melanie Christopherson; Service leader: Sage (Karen) Baxter
Have you ever had something so momentous happen in your life that you had to start over? Starting over can be difficult, and arduous, but also rewarding. Come join us this Sunday and hear from some amazing people who have experienced starting over.
2nd hour: Lay Chaplaincy & Rites of Passage: How do you feel about weddings and memorials? Would you like more rites of passage in your life? Come meet our lay chaplains, Laura McNaughton and Pam Fichtner, as they lead a discussion about what ceremony is, means and can be.
Feb 17, Trust and the Rebuilding of Trust, Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Service Leader: Darren Gall
Trust is precious, but often we don’t pay attention to it until it is absent. Do you know who or what you trust? This morning we explore what it means to be a people of trust — how we build it and what we do when it’s broken.
2nd hour: Extended coffee hour, time to visit over tea and coffee, meet new people and catch up with friends and renew old acquaintances.
Feb 24, Blessing of the Insects, Guest Speaker: John Gavloski; Service Leader: Larry Grenkow
Tying in with our Monarch Butterfly and permaculture gardens which are Green Sanctuary projects, and in cognizance of the 7th principal “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”, the Green Sanctuary team is bringing to you this “Blessing of the Insects” service. Our guest speaker is Dr. John Gavloski, Provincial Entomologist of Manitoba. John is fascinated by and loves talking about insects.
2nd hour: Board – Congregation financial consultation, this is another opportunity to check in and ask questions of the board in the series of consultations on sharing your thoughts and suggestions on decisions about our financial future.
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
After tea & coffee join in one of the after-service activities. This time is a great way to get to know people and to explore topics in more depth.
Each month we focus on a theme, which we explore in our Sunday Services, in small groups, and in a variety of workshops and other offerings.
The themes for 2018-19 are:
September – Welcome
October – Courage
November – Power
December – Mystery
January – Intention
February – Renewal
March – Balance
April – Emergent
May – Creativity
June – Blessing