THEME FOR MARCH:  Fertility, Creativity and a Touch of Madness

Fertility, creativity and a touch of madness dictated by the physical presence of the gamboling or roaring wind prevailing at any time in the month.  Hares in the Scottish fields stand up on their hind legs and box each other – mad or not it is their way of sorting out the competition; this is why they are called “mad March Hares”, and perhaps where Lewis Carroll drew inspiration for his Mad March Hare in Alice’s Wonderland.  So this month comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb – or vice versa.  It is also the month where we hop (oops!) forward into Spring  –  D. Joan Thomas, SDC

March 4th

Moderator:  Bob Winkenhower
Meditation:  Jane Warren Campbell
Speaker:  Sanjara Omoniyi
Greeter:   Marie Logan
Coordinator:  Jane Warren Campbell


March 11th – Surrender in Life

Moderator:  Laurence Beal
Meditation:  Jennifer Sager
Community Service Discussion
Greeter:  Marvelous Trudeau
Coordinator:  Laurence Beal and Linda Chan


March 18th – Community Service – Recovery from Broken Relationship and Starting Anew

Moderator:  Marvelous Trudeau
Meditation:  April Hambly
Community (Group) Discussion – Bill Israel
Greeter:  Jean Gregson
Coordinator:  Bill Israel

March 25th

Moderator:    TBA
Meditation: Linda Chan
Speaker: Paul Galewitz
Greeter: Jean Gregson
Coordinator : Marilyn Smando

Sunday Services in February


Theme for February:  Romancing the Soul – It’s All About Love

As we know, love is the elixir of life.  In his letter to the Corinthians, written more than 2000 years ago, St. Paul gives us a philosophy that still rings true today:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am becoming as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.  And although I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind;  Love envies not;  Love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;  rejoices not in iniquity but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, Love never fails.

And now abides faith, hope and love, these three but the greatest of these is Love.”

(1Corinthians 13.1-13)

Respectfully submitted by D. Joan Thomas

Sunday Services in February:

February 4th   –  All is Love

Moderator:    Marie Logan
Meditation:    Norm Smookler with his flutes
Speaker:       Rev. Joan Hopper, retired Minister Church of Truth
Greeter:        Marvelous Trudeau
Coordinator:  D. Joan Thomas

February 11th –  Connection

It’s takes energy and commitment to connect in a real genuine way in relationship…

Moderator:       D. Joan Thomas
Meditation:       Lucas White and Linda Chan
Speaker:          Brian Martin
Greeter:           Jean Gregson
Coordinator:   Marilyn Smando

February 18th:    Cultivating Compassion

Moderator:      Brian Martin

Speaker:            April Hambly

Meditation:      Mary Lapp

Greeter:            Marilyn Smando

Coordinator:    Jane Warren Campbell

February 25th:  Community Service   *** (Please note:  Following this service there will be Soup Sunday – Details below)     

 Romancing Our Community – Is it All About Love?

In this community service we will explore in a playful way the relationship we have within our community. What’s the vibe of this relationship. Can it be a romance, that fulfills our deepest desires? Is it all about love?

Moderator:         Chris Bullock

Meditation:         John Vanden Heuvel

Community Service:    Sanjara Omoniyi

Greeter:               Marvelous Trudeau

Coordinator:        Linda Chan

*** Soup Sunday –  Stay after the Community Service on Sunday, February 25 and socialize with fellow members. We will have homemade soup and rustic bread.

Looking for a few volunteers to help with cleanup.


Theme:  Visions of Oneness 

In any idea of “oneness” the key principle brought forward is the principle of relating. Because every one of us must relate with the various people and in greater collectives of which we might want to cultivate a spirit of oneness or unity.

As we move into the beginning of this New Year, the month of January will give us four opportunities to think about relationships. The count is logically from the first, the relation to Self.

The second week, we’ll find more revealed on the relationship with one other. The third week, we’ll explore the relationship with groups.

Then, on the final week of relational exploration we’ll have a fun community service where we will explore humour as a social medicine in the world heat of calamitous news.

January 7      Surrender to a greater purpose

Moderator: April Hambly
Meditation:  Jennifer Sager
Speaker:   Peggy English
Greeter:   Elsie Marie Poquin
Co-ordinator: Bill Israel

January 14       One with Other

Moderator:  Pat Miller
Speaker:   Steven Kinsella
Greeter:  Jean Gregson
Coordinator:    Jane Warren Campbell

January 21      One with Group

Co-ordinator:   D. Joan Thomas
Moderator:   Marvelous Trudeau
Meditation:   Torrey Archer (music) and D. Joan Thomas
Speakers:   Laura Lane and Chris Bullock
Greeter:   Bob Wikenhower

January 28        Vision of Oneness in the World – Community Service

We live in a complex world where many of us are stressed out, fearful and negative. World events and happening have brought us down to a level where we feel that we are powerless and the experience of complacency, hopelessness and blame has become our reality. In this Community Service, we will explore humor as a social mechanism to assist us to connect us to each other – to help alleviate the stress that is all around us, to help us change the way we think and how we act in our world. In bringing lightness to the world via humor, we can begin to cope with difficult seemingly impossible situations that we face in our world and become united through the process of flexible thinking and situational reframing.

More on this topic: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160829-how-laughter-makes-us-better-people

Moderator:   Troi Leonard
Meditation:   Marvelous Trudeau
Greeter:   John Vanden Heuvel
Coordinators:   Linda Chan, Laurence Beal and Marilyn Smando