Explore the theme of Peace with multi-generational Christmas Eve Services at 3, 5 and 8 p.m. at your very own spiritual home. Spend some time as a family singing carols and sharing candlelight in our unique Unitarian Universalist services.
3 and 5 p.m. Family Oriented “No Rehearsal Christmas Eve Pageant” – our telling of the birth of Jesus, now in its 9th year. The congregation is invited to wear a costume or use one of ours, as we re-create the story through a UU lens. There are simple non-speaking parts for Mary, Joseph and Caesar, plus a cast of stars, manger animals (zebras welcome!), shepherds, angels, and wise persons and assistants. Clara Kelly sets the mood with her solo, “Lo, How a Rose is Blooming” at the 3 p.m. and the Youth Choir regales us with song at the 5 p.m. service. Both services will feature a recital from memory of the “Night Before Christmas” so practice up! Finally, as the hour draws to a close, Sam will lead us in one of my favorite renditions of “Silent Night” interspersed with Bach’s Siciliano for the Flute Sonata #2 in E Flat. The candlelight will glow, our hearts will swell, and another Christmas Eve will be shared.
8 p.m. Contemplative Service – Less creative chaos, and no manger animals, at this more reflective service, featuring a commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Eve Armistice of WWI in folksong and story. Our beloved Choir will be adding their voices to the evening, along with carols and candlelighting.
Needed for January (Evil as theme):
- Glue Guns and glue gun helpers needed for our upcoming Harry Potter Wand MakingJam on Jan.11.
- Bullying Resources needed for January’s theme of “Evil.” Books, speakers, skits, etc.
- Snake to visit? Do you have a friendly snake who could visit?
- Co-facilitators for the book or play – “Wicked” – about the grayness of evil as an adult class.
Sunday, Jan 4, 2015 Mini Retreat: Spiritual Adventures (instead of Sunday Services). We are trying a grand experiment on Sunday, 1/4 — instead of our regular worship service, we are going to have a New Year’s Mini-Retreat “Spiritual Adventures” with
- a labyrinth and Tibetan bells in the sanctuary,
- a winter walk to Waneka Lake,
- life collage
- zen doodling
The idea is to start at 9 am, as we always do, have most of the ‘retreat’ sessions be 1/2 hour —giving two 1/2 sessions from 9 — 10 am, then a bountiful coffee hour between 10 — 11 with the Drifter Band playing gospel Bluegrass, then another 2 sessions for the “11 am service”. You may pick one service or stay for more, your choice. This mini-retreat will be for all ages, plus childcare for nursery/preschoolers.
Sunday, Dec. 28, ONE SERVICE at 10 a.m. with informal games and activities for children.
Your School of the Spirit Staff:
- Emily Conger, Youth Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ari Flauta, Early Childhood Teacher, email@example.com
- Rachel Stevenson, SpiritJam Teacher and Religious Education Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Newman, SpiritJam Teacher, email@example.com
- Katie Covey, Director of the School of the Spirit, firstname.lastname@example.org