Sunday, September 24, 2023 Online AND In Person Starts at 10:30am
Reconciliation in Action With Reverend Eric Meter
Reconciliation is a bold, necessary and often complex undertaking. This Sunday, Rhonda Huneault and Billy Akavak from Tungasuvvingat Inuit will share with how they, a settler and an Inuit, have found ways forward that give them hope.
This Sunday, UU Kids will start in the Sanctuary for an Indigenous story during our Truth and Reconciliation Service, then we'll go outside to walk our Story Garden and read our new book that reflects the principle "Be Kind in all we do". Please remember to dress for the weather.
This week the Board met with a busy agenda, which included the following appointments:
The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Cloutier as a Director (Member-at-Large) for the Congregation, replacing a vacancy on an interim basis until the next Annual General Meeting (AGM). We are very glad that Nancy approached us to fill this vacancy.
Independently, Mary Ella Keblusek has announced her resignation from the office of Vice-President, for personal reasons. Mary Ella remains as Director (Member-at-Large) and we are grateful for the energy she continues to bring to FirstU.
Filling the role of Vice-President - and implicitly President by next AGM - is a challenge, and we are asking the Nominating Committee to help find an appropriate candidate.
To aid that search, the Board appointed Mike Fletcher as chair of the Nominating Committee, and appointed Lisa Sharp as an interim member of the Nominating Committee until the next Fall Congregational Meeting.
Finally, I thank the many wonderful leaders at FirstU for all of the work done throughout the congregation. Together we do great things, and we do great things together.
Thank you to all those who submitted early bird pledges! There's still time - one more week - to be an early bird: Find the pledge form on the website, download this print-at-home version, or pick up a paper copy in the Volunteer Room.
Help Keep the Ajashki Project Moving
The Ajashki project is looking for volunteers to help in two areas:
to repair bikes that have been donated to the program
We are all interconnected, interdependent and minister to each other in many ways. Our monthly Caring Contacts take your phone calls and emails when you wish to alert us to a need or a concern or have a joy to celebrate. We try to ensure no one is forgotten and that appropriate help is provided when requested.
Memorial for Reverend Rod
A Celebration of Life for Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel will be happening on Saturday, September 23 at 5:00pm in the sanctuary of Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in Toronto.
Donations to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda (where Rod had been the settled minister for 5 years) can be made in Rod's honour - via cheque or by eTransfer to email@example.com.
Fall Fair, FirstU's annual bazaar and major fundraiser, is coming up on Saturday, November 18! We've updated our Donation Page to list the accepted donations for this year's sale.
And please volunteer. There are tasks for everyone, from baking and set-up to promotion and intake, and we do have fun! Contact FallFair@firstunitarianottawa.ca for more information.
You're Invited to Our Story Garden
Explore FirstU's gardens, and discover a story that reflects one of our eight UU Principles. Enjoy it with your child and continue the conversation at home! New stories every two weeks!
Jewelry Donations for Fall Fair
Do you have jewelry you want to donate to Fall Fair? Our Jewelry team would love to receive it from you asap! Cleaning, sorting and repairing takes time. Please leave items at the Office.
Drop In and Sing with the FirstU House Band
Join us to sing contemporary music - think folk, blues, and soft rock - during Sunday services. Rehearsal is on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Want to check us out or join the band for a Sunday? Stop by the Sanctuary at 9:45am on the Sunday, October 1 to find out what we're singing. All ages welcome to join us. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry Sharing Group
Friday, September 22 - 1:30pm on Zoom
We welcome poetry lovers to join us in celebrating the power of imagination and expression found in poetry (even bad limericks). For details and to get the zoom link, contact Clea Derwent.
Gentle Yoga Wednesday, September 27 – 10am in the NOW Room
Come to the NOW room on Wednesday mornings at 10am, from September 20 to Oct 25, for an hour of gentle yoga. $72.00 for six sessions ($120.00 for couples), or $15.00 for drop-ins.
FirstU Virtual Discussion Circle
Thursday, September 28 - 1:30pm on Zoom
Discussion circles are held weekly, with a different topic each week. No pre-registration is required, just drop in by clicking on the link. We look forward to seeing you! This week, our topic is "What Would Be A Perfect Day for Me". ZOOM LINKMeeting ID: 847 7145 7780 Password: 350030
Friday (Daytime) Reading for Growth Group
Friday, September 29 - 1:30pm on Zoom
The September book, Sacred Nature: Restoring our Ancient Bond with the Natural World, by Karen Armstrong, explores religions and spiritual traditions that regard nature with reverence. The profound insights of these traditions can help us regain a sense of awe at the sacredness of nature, cultivating awareness to end harm inflicted on the web of life. Please join us on September 29 at 1:30pm. Contact Clea Derwent with any questions. ZOOM LINKMeeting ID: 848 6931 2703 Passcode: 002396
Friday, September 22
Men's Breakfast 1:30pm
Sunday, September 24 10:30am
Sunday Service Online AND In-Person 11:30am
In Person Coffee Hour 12:00pm
Virtual Fellowship Hour Online
Membership Task Force 12:30pm
Mental Health Support and Action Group
Save the Date
Your Right to Read: The Impact of Book Banning
Tuesday, October 3 - 7:30pm
In Worship Hall and Livestreamed on YouTube
Attempts to challenge or ban books in US school and public libraries have started to happen in Canada as well. These actions strike at the heart of having an informed citizenry, which is essential for a functioning democracy.
Join moderator Justine de Jaegher, and panelists Sonia Bebbington (Ottawa Public Library) and Mick O’Leary (Frederick Community College) for a discussion of the current situation in Canada and the US and steps that have been, and can be, taken to reduce the damage that can be caused by book-banning attempts.
Mapmaking: Navigating Your Spiritual Journey
Thursdays, October 5 to November 2 - 7:00pm
If you are a newish congregant, or even a long-time one, Mapmaking will involve you in a range of activities to: make connections with others; reflect together on your concepts of spirituality, faith and our Unitarian Universalist Principles; learn more about the congregation and its linkages with the broader world; consider what it means to belong to the FirstU community of faith and what you can bring to it; share with others your “credo” of who you are and where you are in your faith journey. Bob Armstrong and Jane Lindsay will facilitate, with Rev. Eric Meter and a few other congregational leaders participating in some sessions. Email email@example.com to sign up (registration is required).
FirstU In Person Bridge
Sunday, October 15 - 2:00pm in Room 3
Join us in room #3, on Sunday, October 15, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm for a fun game of bridge. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set up before you arrive. We're looking forward to seeing you!
Trivia Quiz Night
Monday, October 16 - 7:00pm on Zoom
Join us for our Trivia Quiz! Questions are diverse, fun, and taken from several sources, and there is no need to feel embarrassed about getting an incorrect answer: players score themselves! All you need is a pen or pencil, paper and your "thinking cap". Play alone or team up with a partner or two! For more information, email Andrew. ZOOM LINKMeeting ID: 841 2565 4674 Passcode: 222371
Justice and Equality Action Group presents:
Book Launch: The Wall Between Wednesday, October 18 - 7:00pm
This book is a call to justice that challenges the status quo of Zionism while at the same time dealing directly with the complex histories that have created the situation today. The book is both realistic and hopeful—a guide for anyone who is open to new possibilities within the Israel-Palestine discourse in the West. Join authors Raja G. Khouri and Dr Jeffrey J. Wilkinson, on Wednesday, October 18, at 7:00pm, for a reading and Q&A to launch this excellent book.
Fall Congregational Meeting
Sunday, October 29 - 12:15pm in Worship Hall and Online
Mark your calendars! It's that time of year again. We'll be hosting our annual Fall Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 29, right after Coffee (half) Hour. The zoom link will be provided via the eUU on Friday, October 27.
Unitarian Universalist nUUs
Information about events and activities at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa can be found by reading the latest UUFO Friday Notes.
Canadian Unitarian Council Information about upcoming CUC events can be found on their Events Page.
News From Our Friends
Ottawa Friends of Tibet 27th Annual Fall Fundraiser
Sunday, October 1 - 4:00pm at FirstU
Join us for an in-person inspirational heartwarming gathering including
Climate, Conflict, Gender: Women of Courage
Thursday, October 5 - 7:00pm at Christ Church Cathedral (4114 Sparks St)
Join us as representatives from KAIROS’ global women, peace, and security partners share their experiences in helping women survivors of war and gender-based violence regain dignity and reclaim rights to become critical agents for peace and resiliency in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear from representatives from Colombia, Palestine, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo about their life-changing work. Details HERE. Click HERE to register.
Ancoura Gala Dinner
Thursday, October 12 - 6:00pm at St. Elias Banquet Centre
Tickets are officially on sale for Ancoura's annual Gala Dinner! The event will be happening October 12th, 2023, at the St. Elias Banquet Centre (750 Woodridge Ave) and will include a live auction and a trivia contest hosted by the Ottawa Trivia Hall of Fame. Ticket sales go towards supporting Ancoura's mission. Click HERE to get your tickets online.
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