The Blessings of Imperfection ~ Reverend Eric Meter
As this coming Saturday, Dec 3, marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, this morning FirstU member
Christine Switzer will share some reflections as someone
living with blindness and Rev Eric offers a perspective on Leonard Cohen's immortal words, "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
Please Note: There will be NO Fellowship Hour after service this Sunday. We encourage members and observers to attend our online Fall Congregational Meeting. Click HERE to register in advance and receive the zoom link.
This Sunday is the last day of Friendship Finders!
Our theme will be "Why we love our UU Community" and we'll have a fun snack to celebrate the completion of our Friendship Finders curriculum. During December we'll focus on Christmas activities, including Spreading Christmas Cheer and celebrating the Christmas season at Messy Church (see below).
Join us for Messy Church! Sunday, December 4
10am in the NOW Room
Kids 8 and under (plus parents and grandparents) can join us next Sunday, December 4, in the NOW Room for our monthly Messy Church service!
December's Messy Church will have a Christmas theme, including a pancake breakfast, DIY ornaments, a festive sing-along, and a story read by an Elf!
We'll have a collection box available for your Spreading Christmas Cheer non-perishable donations: Details HERE.
Our Fall Congregational Meeting
After reconsidering timing and logistics of an in-person meeting, we have decided to present the Fall Congregational Meeting as a ZOOM-only meeting again this year.
The Fall Congregational Meeting will be THIS SUNDAY, November 27th starting at 1:00pm.
Please plan to join the Meeting early, around 12:30pm, to socialize and to register for voting if you are a Member.
All attendees will need to pre-register to receive a personalized Zoom link for the Meeting. The pre-registration link is available here.
The Meeting will approve the 2023 budget, elect members to the nominating committee, and discuss our Charitable Purposes.
The Agenda and all meeting materials are posted on the Members' Page; you may contact the office if you forgot the password or you need help accessing the materials. If you are a Member and cannot attend, please arrange for a Proxy to vote for you; see the meeting materials for details.
Pledge Campaign Status By the Numbers
We are encouraged with the Financial Target progress while concerned with the comparatively low Participation.
The current 2023 PC metrics are: 63% Participation achieving almost 97% of our financial target. Your pledging Participation, no matter what the amount, will help us move towards at least an 80% Participation level (our historical level).Your Pledge demonstrates your connection with and commitment to FirstU. Click HERE for current Pledge Campaign Progress information.
The collective Participation (%) is a measure of how together we are as a community. Pledging Participation is our primary focus. Reaching or exceeding the financial target ($335K) is a natural outcome of our Participation in Pledging. Achieving a Participation of over 80% correlates directly to providing and improving upon our valued Programs and Services.
Pledge Calling to those still un-pledged has begun. If you receive a call, please welcome the Caller, and engage with them in conversation about pledging and its critical importance. You may state your Pledged amount and method of contributing towards your pledged amount over the phone in confidence to the Caller.
Cleary Detour In Effect
Effective as of November 21, people will use the new detour for Cleary Avenue to enter our campus. Please drive slowly and pay attention to new detour signage. See details on Cleary Detour page.
Spiritually Alive IntervUUs
Are you a proud Unitarian Universalist, interested in helping us define what we believe at FirstU?
We're looking for congregants to record a personal video testimony (with minimum 1920 x 1080 pixels) that briefly answers all or most of the following questions in 4 minutes or less.
Allison, our Communications specialist, will then edit parts of all received videos into new media that we can display on our website and youtube channel, as well as share on social media to give the public an idea of who we are as a spiritually diverse congregation.
What is my name and faith background / In addition to UUism, which faiths are part of my life?
What got me interested in Unitarian Universalism? Was that before or after I started practicing my other faith(s)?
How do my other faiths and Unitarian Universalism complement each other? And what do I love about that?
Is there anything else I would like to talk about?
For those unsure of how to record a personal video or who need assistance in doing so, please contact Carl.
Please send all completed videos to the email address below and if the video is too large to send by email, please upload to your favorite online file sharing service and send the link to the file to: email@example.com The subject line of your email should be “FirstU Spirituality Video - [your first and last name]”.
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Our news and activities this week include a report on our Extension Cord Protest, urgent actions you can take - before Monday, November 28 - on Ontario Bill 23, and news about this year's UN Climate Change Conference!
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.
Anne Karoline Orton (née Campbell) passed away peacefully at the age of 84 in the company of close family on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. She was an extraordinary woman, a wonderful artist, and a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. You can find her full obituary here.
Read All About It!
Want to help CRE spread Christmas Cheer?
Keep an eye out for our Gift Box Sign (left) at church this weekend. You'll be able to choose an item to donate to a family in need through the Youville Centre. Details HERE.
Knitting Group - Annual Mitten Sale
FirstU's Knitting Group will be selling their hand-knit winter woolies at church on Sunday, December 11 from 9:30am to 10am. Purchase a pair or three for the Mitten Tree and help out families in need!
FirstU's Fall Congregational Meeting Sunday, November 27 - 1:00pm
On Zoom The Meeting will approve the 2023 budget, elect members to the nominating committee, and discuss our Charitable Purposes. Please join the meeting at 12:30pm. Non-voting congregants are welcome to observe: Please register HERE to get the zoom link.
Trivia Quiz Night
Monday, November 28 - 7:00pm
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
Wednesday Evening Mindfulness Meditation Wednesday, November 30 - 7:30pm
We support our individual and group practice of meditation, sharing perspectives and intentionally cultivating attitudinal behaviours like beginners' mind, loving kindness, compassion, trust, patience and letting go ~ all keys to mindfulness. All are welcome. ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 816 9549 3510 Passcode: 203029
FirstU Virtual Discussion Circle
Thursday, December 1 - 1:30pm
Discussion circles are held weekly, with a different topic each week. This week, we plan to discuss: "Freedom". No pre-registration is required, just drop in by clicking on the link. We look forward to seeing you! If you have ideas for future discussion topics, please email Andrew. ZOOM LINKMeeting ID: 638 009 136 Password: 897007
Friday Reading for Growth Book Club
Friday, December 2 - 1:30pm
Our next book, The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis, is a non-fiction thriller, describing research by "heroes" who predict the next pandemic, recommending the best public health responses in a worst-case scenario even before Covid 19. It details how governments failed to recognize the science and respond to that research. Copies of this New York Times bestseller are available at Ottawa Public Library. Contact Clea Derwent for the Zoom link and join our friendly discussion.
Into the Light - Choir Concert Sunday, December 4 - 4:30pm
The choirs of First Unitarian present "Into the Light", a concert moving from dark to light around the themes of hope, loss, renewal, and perseverance. For further details, check out our Music page!
Friday, November 25 8:00am
Men's Breakfast 1:30pm
Friday Reading for Growth
Saturday, November 26
Spirituality and Philosophy Group
Sunday, November 27 10:00am
Sunday Service Online AND In-Person
Children's Religious Exploration 11:00am
Justice and Equality Fair Trade Goods Sale 12:30pm
Voter Registration for Fall Congregational Meeting 1:00pm
Fall Congregational Meeting on zoom
Save the Date
FirstU's Annual Mitten Tree Service
Sunday, December 11 - 10:00am
Join us for our annual Mitten Tree Service on Sunday, December 11! Bring mittens and other winter woolies to hang on our tree - or purchase them before the service from FirstU's Knitting Group (immediately before the service, starting at 9:30am) - for donation to local families in need. Take part in our FirstU tradition by walking our Advent Spiral together. Drop off your non-perishable Christmas Cheer food items with Neo. AND Don't forget to collect your pre-ordered Christmas Baking from the Unitarian GoGos during Fellowship Hour.
EarthSpeaks: Crossing Canada in an EV
Tuesday, December 13 - 7:00pm
Join the Environmental Action Group for our December EarthSpeaks. It will be A Holiday Treat!
Renew ties with our faraway friend and former FirstU congregant Reverend Frances Deverell, who will acquaint you with the pleasures and challenges of travelling across Canada in an EV. Watch for the registration link.
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 all the upcoming CUC events can be found on their Events Page.
Chamberfest City Series Presents: Moss Trio
Wednesday, December 7 - 7:00pm
Worship Hall at FirstU
Moss Trio will be performing some of their favourite Goldberg Variations and pieces by Enescu, Perkinson, and Weiner. Click HERE for tickets and details.
Stories, Songs, and Santa Causes with Tom Jackson
Sunday, December 11 - 7:00pm
Worship Hall at FirstU
Tom Jackson kickstarts the holiday season with grace, style, and quirky festivity. Tickets available through Harmony Concerts.
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Joys and Sorrows
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"We acknowledge that our campus is located on traditional, unsurrendered and unceded Algonquin Anishinabeg Territory; and that the work of reconciliation is a responsibility of our congregation, and of all Canadians. "Our goal is to educate ourselves and all who have ears to hear, to be of service to those who are at risk, and to advocate for justice.