This month’s theme is Mystery
‘Eunice’ photo by Meghan Mickelson
Sunday Services – start at 10:30 AM – note *special services* hours
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.
Dec 2 – Hanukkah in a changing culture, Guest speaker: Janet Erikson; Service leader: Brian Donnelly
Janet will share a bit about experiences of Hanukkah in a changing North American culture. Guaranteed to move you to the edge of your chair or put your teeth to sleep, either way – a service to be present for.
2nd Hour – Potluck in lower hall, please join us. 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.
Dec 9 – Mystery and Mysticism – Speaker Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Service leader: Kyla Huckerby; Special musical guests Nephesh Spirit.
The mystic path shows up in many religious and spiritual traditions, including Unitarian Universalism. Often misunderstood, and sometimes disparaged as fuzzy thinkers, mystics choose a less-than – conventional path and as a result, have a unique perspective on the human condition. This morning we will pause, breathe, slow down and contemplate the mystery of life in the company of the mystics.
2nd Hour – The Board is hosting the 2nd hour to continue our conversation about congregational governance and to start a series of consultations about finances and congregational vitality. At the fall finance meeting the board indicated that our financial position is quite different from the budget that was approved in May 2018.
Come with your questions and to discuss how to move forward on this. We want your ideas on what is important to you, what your concerns are, and how best to gather information from a cross section of our congregation. Members and friends are welcome.
Child care and a light lunch will be provided.
Dec 16 – Feeling Misunderstood, Service Leaders: Fary Shah (Dir. Children’s Program) & Erin Brophey
Children can often feel misunderstood, but does that really change when we become adults? Through song, story, and activities we explore how people feel misunderstood at different stages of their lives. Join us for a fun but thought provoking all ages service.
2nd Hour: The children’s program committee is putting on another Holiday Craft-eroon!! Enjoy a soup lunch, crafts, and a family friendly movie!
Dec 21 – 7:30pm-9:30pm – Winter Solstice – Labyrinth Walk
Labyrinth walk: Find a moment of quiet reflection at the still point of the year. In a darkened room, follow the twisting path inward to the centre, the place of stillness and sustenance. Then, after a pause, turn round and trace your steps back out again, into the world.
Come experience this ancient form of walking meditation. This is a free drop-in event, with live music including Chris Lindgren and Walter Hofmeister, Paul Gitlitz, and Circle of Song.
Winter solstice ritual: open and close the walk with earth-based ritual, singing and readings at 7:30 and then again at 9:15.
Bring in the light with stories, songs, and cider: After your labyrinth walk come downstairs to celebrate solstice in community with songs, mulled cider and treats. After the closing ritual everyone is invited back down for a joyous celebration.
Service Teams: Ann Coxworth, Laura McNaughton and Teresa Gagne (ritual); Kathryn Green (song leading); Siobhan Conway-Hicks and Sage Baxter (stories, songs & cider); Pam Fichtner, Kyla Huckerby and Bruce Cain (decor & set up); and Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz.
Special thanks and gratitude to Dawn Guenther for the loan of the beautiful labyrinth.
Dec 23 – Honouring Children—Personal stories from different cultures, Speakers: Panel; Service Leader: Sidney Shacter
Love of and desire to care for children is a human universal that cuts across all cultures. But exactly how children are raised varies quite a bit from culture to culture. Come hear a panel of speakers from our community share their experiences of the role of children in their home cultures.
2nd hour: Stories from childhood. Rather than a free range discussion (although I’m sure there’ll be some of that), come prepared to share a story or two (if you want) from your own childhood, and to hear the stories of others!
Dec 24, 7PM – Silent Night Candle-lit Christmas Eve, Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Service leader: TBA
In a world filled with division, singing Silent Night carries the calm and bright message of peace and love. Join us in celebrating the spirit of the season with songs and readings new and old. We will close by singing Silent Night, now in its 200th year, and lighting a candle for peace.
Dec 30 – Year End Sing Along!
In keeping with tradition, we will be doing a sing along for the last service of the year. Adrain and Hannah Muhajarine will be there to accompany us, as will iPads and an internet connection (for choosing songs that aren’t just from the hymnal). Come one, come all, sing hymns, sing folk songs, sing Disney…. It’s all up to us! Note: Extra musicians are more than welcome, as are dancers!
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