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Elora & Fergus
Unitarian Church

P.O. Box 3
Fergus, Ontario
Canada N1M 2W7
519-603-2550
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Services Archive - 2008/2009

June 14/09: FLOWER SERVICE
June Gilbertson, Chaplain from the Guelph Unitarian Fellowship will lead us in our closing service of the year.  Location to be announced.

June 7/09: THE SPIRITUALITY OF STEWARTSHIP OF THE EARTH
With guest speaker Ric Holt
Service Leader: Dwight Pile

May 31/09: AT HOME WITH RELEGIOUS PLURALISM
A sermon by Rev. Jane Bramadat presented by David Steuernol.

May 24/09: THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY
Reflections on the Healing Traditions of the Bushmen of Africa.
Dr. William Sutherland will be joining us this Sunday to talk about what he learned from his experiences with the healers in Namibia.
Service Leader: Dwight Pile

May 17/09: SHORTENED SERVICE FOLLOWED BY THE AGM
The Worshipful Poetry of Rumi
Service Leader: David Steuernol

May 10/09: MOTHER'S DAY SERVICE
Melissa Rockenfield and Susan Deefholts from the Waterloo Congregation will be presenting a service with Mother's Day in mind.
Service Leader: Dwight Pile

May 3/09: THE FIRST SOURCE OF OUR RELIGIOUS TRADITION
Direct Experience of that Transcending Mystery and Wonder. A sermon by Rev. Jane Bramadat presented by David Steuernol.
Music: Heather

April 26/09: TRANSITIONS
This is the next service as part of our Becoming A Welcoming Church process. With guest speakers Jack Vulpe and Chris Yang.
Service Leader: Leigh Brownhill

April 19/09: NATURE IS MY TOUCHSTONE
I return again and again to Nature to renew me, heal me, fill me with joy and wonder. I am part of nature and my finest moments come when I am immmersed in it. I will talk about this and invite other service attendees to also talk about their relationship with nature.
Service Leader: Don Beals

April 12/09: EASTER SUNDAY
Come join with us to celebrate our 15th Anniversary as a church in this community. We are expecting friends old and new for this very special service.

April 5/09: WHAT TO DO WITH GLOOM
A sermon by Rev. A. Powell Davies, D.D., presented by David Steuernol.
Music: Heather

March 29/09: MUSIC SERVICE
Exploring the 7 UU Principles in Music and Words
Join the Unitunz Band for a delightful and stimulating musical presentation. Bring your voices and your tapping feet as we will share songs that demonstrate the UU Principles. The Unitunz Band is comprised of members of the Guelph Unitarian Congregation's Community.

March 22/09: UNIVERSALISM
"So What's the Universalism Bit All About?"
While the Unitarian part of our tradition has its focus on thought and reason, Universalism has its roots in the heart. We will look at 'the other half' of our faith this Sunday.
Service leader: Dwigth Pile

March 15/09: DO I WALK THE TALK?
Living by the Unitarian Principles is a tall order. How do I measure up?  A critical self assessment.
Service leader: Don Beals
Music: Heather

March 8/09: This Sunday Linda Reith will be joining us. 
International Women’s Day Call to Action:  the community gives wings to individually held convictions.  Together, let’s explore the power of being a group in pursuit of justice.
Service Leader:  Dwight
Music:  Don & Heather

March 1/09: MAYAN CIVILIZATION
Alison Normore from Guelph will share her knowledge of the life and times of the spiritually and culturally advanced Mayan civilization.
Service leader: Dwight Pile
Music: Denis Roulet

Feb 22/09: CU*UL SCHOOL - A Celebration of Leadership
Service with Catharina, Ellen and Helen Prinold from Guelph - all graduates of the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Leadership School. They will talk about what the experience offered them as individuals and as members of a church community.

Feb 15/09: ALL ABOUT LOVE
Corny as it sounds, Love needs some love and attention every so often. This Sunday, the day after Valentine's Day, we will lavish appropriately with words and music. Cynics, devotees, and other strangers welcome.
Service leader: Dwight Pile

Feb 8/09: UNICAMP AND SHARE THE FAITH COMBO SERVICE
Service leader: Jim Sannes

Feb 1/09: USING NATURE AND THE UNIVERSE AS A SPIRITUAL PATH
An address by Dr. Paul Harrison presented by David Steuernol.

Jan 25/09: THE INHERENT WORTH AND DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON:
A Sermon on Becoming a Welcoming Congregation
Being a Welcoming Congregation implies much more than support for any so-called "gay agenda." Rather, our commitment to build an inclusive community springs from the realization that each one of us has a unique personality and a special contribution to make. Finding our own voice, learning to love and care for ourselves in the way that enables us to care for others, is work that concerns us all, male and female, gay and straight. It's a task inseparable from our commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of every person. It begins with ourselves, and, with care, extends to all.
Speaker: Leigh Brownhill
Service Leader: Ellen Papenburg

Jan 28/09: CHAPLAIN JILL’S INSTALLATION
We are privileged to have Jill Davey join Ellen as a Lay Chaplain to our church. This service will be her 'official' installation. The nature and approach to Unitarian Universalist rites of passage is unique in our community's religious offerings. We will talk about that approach, and what it can mean to those who are looking for a rite that is right for them. Dwight Pile, former Chaplain, Ellen Papenburg, current Lay Chaplain, presiding

Jan 11/09: A PILGRIMAGE OF THE HEART, THE SOUL AND THE FEET
Orsi Baird, an Aura-Soma practitioner, will speak of her experience during her Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.
Service leader: Dwight Pile

Jan 4/09: OUR RELIGIOUS PATHS
For many Unitarians, theology is a product of life experience. Therefore, if you have 50 Unitarians in a room, you have 50 unique theologies as well. Today we will invite the congregation to participate in the exploration and description of some of those paths.
Service leader: Dwight Pile
Speaker: The congregation
Note: we may also be recognizing and welcoming new members this Sunday.

Dec 28/08  No service

Dec 21/08: 
Bruce Iserman will return to read another of his Christmas stories. Come and celebrate the season with Christmas carols, mirth and joy. Heather will provide the Christmas piano. All ages welcome.
Service leader Don Beals

Dec 14/08:   8:30 Yoga followed by:
A Crystal Christmas.  Once again we are thrilled to have Zak Martin-Kilgor come to our church to celebrate the beauty of the season.  Sorry, no donkeys this year!

Dec 7/08:     8:30 Yoga followed by: 
"This program brought to you by..."  From old TV commercials to 1950s ear Women's Day articles, a playful and telling look into the roots that have deeply influenced our development--both as individuals and as a society.  Brought to you by:  Colgate, Mattel, and Betty Crocker, with sound bites from Dwight Pile.  Warning:  parts of this program will be in colour.

Nov 23/08:    8:30 Yoga followed by:
Random Acts of Kindness.  One of our members, Kerry Boyle, as a random act of social action has been encouraging the congregation to perform random acts of kindness.  Kerry will be joined by other randomers to talk to us about the ideas and the effects such acts generate.  Service Leader: TBA

Nov 16:   Our Spiritual Roots: 
Part of a series looking at our 'roots'.  It is interesting to contemplate the difference between the mystic and the spiritual.  We will look at the interweave of the two, and how we breath life into our soul. 
Service by Dwight Pile
Please note:  This Service will be held at the Elora Centre for the Arts!
No Yoga will be offered today.

Nov 9/08: 8:30 Yoga followed by:
Journey Into Pantheism:
Pantheism is the belief that all that is sacred arises not from outside the universe, but is the universe.    
A sermon by Tony van der Mude
Presented by David Steuernol.       

Nov. 2/08 - Where am I Going, and What am I doing in this Handbasket? 
Part of a series on our personal journeys.  This service will offer the members of the congregation an opportunity to talk about their personal journey or journeys they have found themselves on so far.  Please bring yours. 
Service Leader:  Dwight Pile. 
Speakers:  The congregation.

Oct. 26/08: AGING, DYING AND OTHER PASSAGES
We plan for just about every stage of our lives. It is hard to face up to our own mortality and the mortality of loved ones. What kind of plan do we need?
Service by Don Beals

Oct 19/08: OUR MUSIC ROOTS
Part of a series looking at our ‘roots’. Sometimes the word root refers to the past. In this series, however, it refers to the things we have in our lives that ground us.
Service leader: Dwight Pile

Oct. 12/08: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
Gratitude is an attitude that when whe choose it, it seems to choose us.
A sermon by Rev. Mike Young presented by David
Steuernol.  
Sunday School
Thanksgiving - Both classes will be integrated into one lesson and a craft.

Oct. 5/08 - WELCOMING CONGREGATION This service will continue our series on what it means to be a congregation that is truly welcoming to those who are looking for a spiritual home that is free of gender and sexual orientation bias.
Sid Bater will present a service entitled "The Road to Celebration."
Led by members of the Welcoming Congregation Committee

Sunday School will tie in with welcoming congregation service.  Juniors will discuss being inclusive to everyone despite difference (Around the Church, around the year Session 5).  Seniors will discuss the idea of justice (In Our Hands Session 2).

Sept. 28/08 - COPPER KETTLE SERVICE
Some of the Copper Kettle musicians will return to share their love of music.
Service Leader: Don Beals

Sept. 21/08 - THE IMPORTANCE OF JOURNEYS
We often choose certain destinations because those places fill spiritual needs: reverence, relaxation or refreshment to name a few. For this service, we ask members of the congregation to bring along a favourite memento or photo from a recent trip an come prepared to briefly tell us what meaning this trip held for you. Service leader: Jennifer Hewitt

Sept. 14/08 - PAY ATTENTION!
A sermon by Rev. Mike Young presented by David Steuernol. Your freedom and your power is right in your own hand.

Sept. 7/08 - ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Celebrating the start of a new church season.

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