GRAND RIVER UNITARIAN CONGREGATION

Upcoming and Important Dates:

Wed. June 14:     Board & Leadership Meeting BR – 7:00 p.m.

Sat. June 17:       UU Stitch Group – 10:00 a.m.

 

Next Week:

June 18, 2017

 “The Good Stuff:  Reflections on Father’s Day.”

 Rev. Jessica P. Rodela

 

Author Robert Fulghum’s daughter entrusted him with a set of keepsakes that remind him of the treasures of parenthood.  What relics and rituals of fatherhood are we entrusted with?

 

 

FROM OUR CONGREGATIONAL LIBRARY

Dr. Pausch's Last Lecture is available as a Carnegie Mellon 1 hr. 16 min. TED talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo. In our library, the Unitarian Congregation of South Peel gathered several of the sermons of Mark Mosher DeWolfe into the slim volume Time to Live (BX9842.D2), to treasure his eloquence and dedication to social action, particularly ministering to those early victims of the AIDS epidemic. Among our interesting collection of kids' books is an Inuit adventure, Very Last First Time (PZ7.A5665). Lyn MacLeod staffs our library today following the service.


SERVING WITH SPIRIT: NUURTURING UU LEADERS

July 21-23, University of Waterloo.  Do you wish that you experienced your participation in your congregation as an expression of ministry, not primarily an obligation to do your part? We invite you to a weekend to explore where you find the “springs” which fill your life’s well of energy, and how you can live out of that rich resource. There will be opportunities to connect with and be informed by other UUs; times to engage with others as we learn new and hone familiar strategies; and space to do deep reflection, identifying and strengthening the rich practice potential in your own life. This event will begin on Friday at 1 p.m. and end on Sunday at 1 p.m. During the weekend you’ll spend time exploring, with other participants and on your own, through a variety of activities, the ways in which you can make connections between what you do, in service to the congregation and who you are.  We’ll sing, make art, sit in silence, talk, chant, meditate and more during our time together.For registration and information visit http://cuc.ca/event/serving-spirit-nuurturing-uu-leaders-eastern

 

GOOD DEATH SYMPOSIUM:  OCTOBER 28

Rev Jess is partnering with other community leaders for an afternoon at Williamsburg Cemetery to explore burial alternatives and offer a Death Cafe.  Details will be available this fall.

 

CLASSROOM RENOVATION

The classroom renovation is going ahead in July.  We will need all pledged amounts at that time.  Thank you all for your support!

 

LAST LECTURE

Unitarian Universalist Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture:  Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," referenced in this week's service, is available for viewing at

 https://www.ted.com/talks/randy_pausch_really_achieving_your_childhood_dreams

or reading at

 https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/Randy/pauschlastlecturetranscript.pdf

 

SUMMER RENOVATIONS!

Renovations to the classroom area will be starting in July and continuing through August.  Keep an eye out for areas that may be restricted during renovations and things from that area being stored in various locations around the building to accommodate the improvements.  We're also looking at furniture needs throughout the lower level so you might see us trying out a few things to see how it works.  Look forward to the grand opening of Whitton Hall and the new classroom space at our ingathering in September!

 

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE -SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

The Social Action Committee invites you to send a letter again to the Ontario Government about limiting Solitary Confinement in our prisons. Today, after the service, letters will be available to sign downstairs.  Too little progress has been made this year, and there is a need to urge the government to keep a promise to enact legislation adopting the sensible limits upon this practice which follows United Nations as well as Ontario ombudsman Paul Dube's recommendations.

 

Beyond Our Doors

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

“Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) is currently recruiting volunteers to help people live in their own homes through programs including Meals on Wheels, free gentle exercise classes and transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store. If you could help out, please give us a call at (519) 772-8787 or fill out an application on our website at communitysupportconnections.org

 

Coming Soon at GRU

 

Sunday, June 18 – GRU Song Circle   7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 25 – GRU PICNIC   12:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 25 – Amnesty Int’l Action Circle   12:00 p.m.

Monday, June 26 – Women’s Book Group   1:30 p.m.

Monday, June 26 – SAC Meeting   7:30 p.m.

 

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Office Hours: Mon. 1:30pm-5:30pm, Thur. 1:30pm-5:30pm, Fri. 2:30pm-5:30pm