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Sun. 27 May, 2018 - Sat. 2 Jun, 2018

Sun. 27 May, 2018

Let Me Flower, Help Me Flower (Sun. 27 May, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

This Sunday, we’ll celebrate the renewal of spring by sharing in our annual Flower Communion service (bring a fresh flower to share, if you can; and, if you can’t, extra flowers will be available for the ritual). This tradition, which originated among our Unitarian cousins in Prague in the early 20th century, invites us to behold the beauty of human community. On Sunday, through story, song, and a child dedication ceremony, we will honour that beauty and explore the many ways that we depend on one another.

You’ll notice, upon your arrival on Sunday, that the sanctuary is set up in a horseshoe configuration that some will recall from many years ago. This seating arrangement will allow for both more intimacy and more interactive services—and it is part of an intentional move to make our services more inclusive. This Sunday will also offer a taste of some experiments we’ll begin in the fall to provide services that speak to a wider range of people, personalities, and worship temperaments.

This Sunday will be my last with you until mid-August. Over the summer, I will be preparing for my comprehensive exams for my Doctor of Ministry program at UofT, so I’m taking an extra bit of time from my sabbatical bank to add to my regular vacation and study leave and hopefully make significant progress in my writing! Thank you for your ongoing support as I work toward the end of this degree.

Happily, Rev. Carly Gaylor and Curtis Murphy will be returning to First in June to serve as our ministry team for the summer. Carly grew up at First and was ordained by our congregation a few years ago. Curtis was our Intern Minister three years ago. Carly and Curtis were married last year and are expecting the arrival of their first child in July (meaning that Curtis will handle more of the preaching). They are excited about this opportunity to serve at First, and I know it will be a treat for the congregation to share in their joy as their family grows. Carly and Curtis will be available for emergency pastoral care; our listening ministry team of Lay Pastors are also available to provide support, as needed.

Wishing you a wonderful summer!

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Amnesty International (Sun. 27 May, 2018 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

For Amnesty letter signing during coffee hour we will write to the President of Nicaragua urging him to immediately guarantee rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and to release those detained on the grounds of their peaceful exercise of freedom of expression. Please join us in Workman Hall to sign letters to President Ortega.

Annual General Meeting (Sun. 27 May, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

The Annual General Meeting of members will be held in Sunderland Hall.

Business to be carried out includes:

  1. Receipt of the 2017-18 annual report.
  2. Election of new members to the Board and to the Nominating Committee.
  3. Approval of the audited 2017 financial statement.
  4. Social Justice projects for 2017-18.
  5. Minutes of the February 2018 budget meeting.

A light lunch will be available.

Peace and Quiet (Sun. 27 May, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Mon. 28 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 29 May, 2018

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 29 May, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

We Agnostics is a program like Alcoholics Anonynmous in which participants are not asked to believe in anything except that recovery is possible. See WeAgnostics.com for more information.

Wed. 30 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 31 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Fri. 1 Jun, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 2 Jun, 2018

There are no events on this day.

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