Winter Holiday Invitations

GRU Christmas Tree.jpg

Sunday, December 10. 10:30 a.m.  “A UU Christmas Carol.”   Rev. Jess, Soulquart, and The Spirit of Life Choir.   Ebenezer Scrooge, “Jingle Bells,” and indoor Christmas trees are just a few Unitarian Universalist contributions to the way we celebrate the holiday.  Come hear how UUs “invented” Christmas, then stay for a holiday potluck party.   In this space, we enjoy eating together. Help us make that happen. When you share food here, please bring an ingredient list and don't bring nuts.

Christmas Collection for OneROOF Youth Services:
The Social Action Committee is directing this year's Christmas collection to the Housing Help Plus initiative offered by OneROOF Youth Services, whose goal is to equip at-risk youth with the tools needed to live independently. We are collecting donations for Home Set Up Packages to support youth who have secured housing. Household items such as cooking utensils, cleaning supplies and bedding would be appreciated.  A list of needed items is posted on the wall opposite the community pantry. We will accept donations until Dec. 17.
Sunday, December 17. 10:30 a.m.   "Solstice: Bringing in the Light." Rev. Jess with Rosemarie Harris and Jane Lewis.  May Sarton wrote:  “Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.”  

Thursday, December 21.  7:00 p.m. OFFSITE: “Winter Solstice Gathering 2017.”   The Women on the Not So Rigid Path invite our GRU friends to join us as we honour the earth on this Winter Solstice around a fire in the country. Please arrive promptly at 7pm on Thursday December 21*. We will gather in the tractor barn to rehearse chants and prepare for the ritual. Dress warmly and wear “sensible” shoes as we will be walking and dancing in a rough-ish field. There will be a POTLUCK and singing following – in the actual house, so please bring something (fingerfood) to share to eat, drink or play. All ages and all genders are welcome to join us on this dark cold night. RSVP and get directions from Melissa Rockenfield: (519-590-9600).  *Should we have severely inclement weather, we will cancel or relocate to the church yard. Please watch the GRU Webpage or GRU FB page for last minute updates.*

This year we are holding two very
different Christmas Eve services:

Morning:  Sunday, December 24.  10:30 a.m. "Instant Christmas Pageant."  
Join Jess and Julie for a multigenerational participatory ‘pageant from the pews’ where you are the stars (and the shepherds and the angels and the babe in swaddling clothes . . .).  

Evening:  Sunday, December 24.  7:00 p.m.  “Contemplative Candlelight Service:  A Fragile Presence.”   Tonight we’ll gather for story, song, solace, and silence.    Richard Gilbert writes:  “Give me more myth and mistletoe, more miracle and mystery.”  

And our annual Fire Communion will take place on the last morning of the year:  

Sunday, December 31.  10:30 a.m.  “Spark, Fire, Flame:  A Fire Communion Sharing Service.”  Rev. Jess. T.S. Eliot wrote:  What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”  In this annual tradition, you are invited to bring a poem, short reading, or anecdote to share on the theme of closure or beginnings.  What might you let go of from 2017 and look forward to in the coming year?