Upcoming Events

Sun. Sept. 17:       Finance Task Force Meeting  SANC – 12:30 p.m.

Wed. Sept. 20:      OWL Committee MeetingSANC – 7:00 p.m.

Thurs. Sept. 21:    Choir RehearsalSANC – 7:00 p.m.


Next Week

September 24, 2017


Rev. Jessica P. Rodela

Today we introduce this season’s GRU Reads selection:  Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.  Yes, we understand the irony that we have decided to spend this autumn talking about being quiet . . .  How can you resist?





These first couple of Sundays back we will focusing on connection rather than content. This Sunday we'll be making use of the nice weather and spending some time together out in the yard. Please make sure your kids are dressed appropriately: hats, sunscreen and grubby clothes, please.



Our women's book group will meet at 1:30 PM on Monday, Sept. 25, in the Whitton Hall. Have you read the One Book One Community selection by Wayne Grady, Emancipation Day, or another by him? Bring your suggestions for our 2017-18 Sept – June meetings. We want to broaden our scope beyond a particular title, to include themes, authors, and more use of KPL book bags for groups. We welcome new members to our monthly conversations. Refreshments, always.



In keeping with Rosemarie and Rev. Jessica's theme today, the library recommends Sounding the Second : a Canadian poetry anthology (PS8295.5.O5S66 2008). Apply our Listening Hearts : 14 gatherings for reflection and sharing (Christine Robinson, BX9855.R625 2015). Our kids will be happy to read that Patrick Gets Hearing Aids, as told by Maureen Riski (PZ7.R492 Pat 1994). Lynda MacLeod will be staffing our library after the service today. (PS: Rev Jess has placed 3 copies of her new theme-book, Quiet, in the library for borrowing BF698.35.I59C35 2013.)



 newsletter was distributed via email on Friday, September 8, and is available on our new, improved website (  A no-frills print copy is available by request --  just ask Rev. Jess or the office administrator.  If you would like to be added to our email distribution list for THE WINDOW, please contact Sharon at



 Sunday October 1, 12:00(after the service). John Green is a member of Basic Income Waterloo Region and a member of our congregation. Basic Income Waterloo Region is a group of everyday people who are passionate about revolutionizing Canada’s social safety net. In this Take 40 we will review some of the problems with Canada's current income support programs and explain how basic income could improve quality of life for many Canadians.  Please be sure to attend this informative and interesting talk.



Come and join us celebrate the turning of the year, as MABON marks the midpoint between summer and winter - The Fall Equinox. This is a full church event. Women and Men of the church are invited. We will be celebrating at a private home near Victoria Park. Thursday, September 21 at 7:30pm. If you are interesting in joining us please contact Melissa Rockenfield at for more details.



 GRU member Lynda McKim is the author and developer of Personality Dimensions® and she's offering a FREE day-long workshop here at GRU on Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9am (sharp) to 3:30pm

Personality DIMENSIONS® is a temperament assessment and human relations tool based on leading-edge research into human motivation and behavior.  Personality DIMENSIONS® is presented in an informative, entertaining, group format.  The strength of this tool is that it focuses on interactive self-discovery prior to any “expert feedback” being offered.  This format results in participants having fun and taking ownership of the findings and immediately applying them to their everyday lives.  In short, you achieve a greater understanding of what makes you and others tick; why people see things so differently at times and how to treat these differences as “gifts” to be treasured not “flaws” to be corrected. RSVP your commitment before September 20 to: or at the Quest Desk required so that materials can be purchased.  This event is FREE, with materials, lunch, and refreshments provided by the QUEST team.




 Begins MONDAY, September 11, 7:00-8:30 PM. A 4 week home group for those who wish to meet new friends and refresh their spirits. For religious, non religious, spiritual or non spiritual people. Based on Anthony de Mello's book, Wellsprings.

Purpose:  Connection, Reflection, Action  
Venue:  Colin and Iso McGregors’ home, #610, 55 WILLIAM St E. 
Contact:  Iso McGregor 


 (ongoing) Begins THURSDAY, September 28, 1:15-3:00 and continues 4th Thursday of the month.
Purpose: to educate and encourage each other to act, personally and collectively to make our world a healthier, more just place for all.   
Study book: NO Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein’s latest book about winning the fair and caring world we want and need to survive.  
Cost: $20 for the book or you can borrow one. 
Please read: Introduction, Chapter 1 & Postscript before first meeting
Venue: McGregors' home,  #610, 55 WILLIAM St E. 
Contact:  Iso McGregor  519-954-4822,> 


RISE UP SINGING — Co-Ed "Choir" (8 Weeks)

with Jane Lewis and Katherine Wheatley at the Grand River Unitarian Church in Kitchener. Experience the joy of making music together! This group will meet for eight weeks and sing a selection of songs (a mix of folk, traditional & modern), learning melodies and harmony parts. "Choir" is in quotation marks because we are more fun than formal. Our main goal is to sing lots, and to enjoy ourselves. No auditions, no performance, no reading music — we'll be learning by ear. Thursday evenings, 7-9 pm, starting Oct 12, 2017

Cost: $195



Need-based scholarships available; please inquire with Rev. Jess


Beyond Our Doors


Oct. 12 to Oct. 14, 2017. The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, 84 South Service Rd. Talks, food, films, music and more. Including the Jr. Ensemble of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, John Sewell, President of Canada4Refugees, SYCA (Syrian Music in Canada), professor Miloud Chennoufi among others. For more info see the poster at GRU or  3-day passes $30. Childcare & Arabic translations provided.

Contact or (905)278-5622


           Coming Soon at GRU

Sunday, September 24 – Amnesty Int’l Action Circle   12:00 p.m.

Monday, September 25 – Women’s Book Group1:30 p.m.

Friday, September 29 – Choir Rehearsal7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 30 – Personality Dimensions   9:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 8 – Whitton Hall Dedication(during service)

Wednesday, October 11 – Board/Council Meeting   7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 14 – Introduction to Zen Workshop   8:00 a.m.

Monday, October 16 – SAC Meeting   7:30 p.m.

Saturday October 21 - Holiday Bazaar

Sunday, November 12 -  Canvass Sunday

Saturday,November 18 -  Dream Auction FUNdraising Party

Sunday, December 10 - Christmas Party Service

Sunday, December 31 -  Fire Communion Sharing Service     

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Office Hours: Thur. 8:00pm-3:00pm, Fri. 2:00pm-6:00pm


If you wish for an announcement to be put in the announcement sheet, please email the wording of the announcement (approx.100 words) to Sharon at

Office Hours: Tue. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.