Celebrating UU Volunteers

Our church community rises to the occasion over and over, when word goes out that help is needed. But how often do we stop, look around, and count our blessings here? The Volunteer Resources Team will lead a service of celebration and appreciation of our wonderful volunteers.

Service Coordinator: Norm Cobb

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Centering Thought

Alone we can only do so much.  Together we can accomplish so much more.

~ Helen Keller

Centering Music

Nancy Wilson, The Very Thought of You


Norm Cobb

Gathering Hymn

1052 The Oneness of Everything

Chalice Lighting

Read by Carolyn Garlich

Celebrations and Concerns

Pastoral Care

Meditation on Service to Others

by Mahatma Gandhi, read by Barb Rudyk

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Reflection Struggles, Balance, and Joy

Jim Gardiner will share his thoughts on where we have been as a congregation, our strengths, and our joys in the past and the present. Jim will conclude with his musical creation, “When we’re 94” (sung to the tune of the Beatle’s song, When I’m 64)

Offertory & Share the Plate

Norm Cobb

Our Share The Plate Partner for November is RAY – Resource Assistance for Youth.

Offertory collection music is Secret O’ Life by James Taylor


On Volunteers by Peredur Owen Griffiths, read by Carolyn Garlich

Carolyn Garlich speaks about the influence of her mother as a volunteer mentor, then reads the Peredur Owen Griffiths piece.


The Power of Volunteering, Sonya Watson


Alice’s Restaurant (rewritten and led by Brian Klowak)


The Importance of Celebration, Sonya Watson

Closing Hymn

124 For the Earth Forever Turning


Norm Cobb

Closing Words

Read by Brian Klowak

Being engaged in some way for the good of the community, whatever that community, is a factor in a meaningful life. We long to belong and belonging and caring anchors our sense of place in the universe.

~ Patricia Churchland


Transition Music to breakout rooms and coffee time in the sanctuary is “Almost Like Being in Love” by Nat King Cole


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Leaders: Volunteer Resources Team, Sonya Watson
  • Coordinator: Norm Cobb
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble
  • Sharing and Caring Host: 
  • Songleading Videos: Paul Rodermond, (former) Acting Music Director and Accompanist, P.J. Buchan, (former) Music Director, Winnipeg UU Choir
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert

To contact Sunserv (Sunday Services Team), please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca