December News

Thanks to those who attended the Dec 2 monthly meeting.  Here’s the notes if you missed it.


It is time to get ready for our biggest ritual of the year! You can download the PDF schedule as a 2-up here.  Come for it all or just the bits you like best. Cut it in half and share one with a friend.  We really do go all night!

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Yule Schedule OOS Insert 2017


Are you interested in helping out ? There are several opportunities.

Small Job When
Clean Candle Holders, Make Booklets, Decorate Log

  • Put me to work. I’ll get that old wax off, fold paper, staple, whatever you need!
  • I’ve got cotton fabric or ribbons in red, green, or white to help with the Yule Log.
Show up Dec 15 from 7 PM – 9 PM for Craft Circle in the Assembly Room and pick a station to work at.
Words for All Ages

I’m in the simple skit. I’m coming to rehearse.

  • Joanna = Julia
  • Apple Tree = Jim
  • Mother Winter = Barbara
  • Bread/Oven = Position Open! Is this you?
Show up Dec 15 at Craft Circle to rehearse.

Show up Dec 21 between 6 PM and 6:30 PM for sound check.  6:30 rehearsal.

Setting Up

I can help move things into the Sanctuary and help set up main altars and put out Yule candles

Show up on the day. We’ll be bopping back and forth between Room 1 and Sanctuary.
Kitchen Witches Team

6:15 PM – 7 PM Put out holiday cloths. Make punch in crockpots. Receive cookies and treats from guests. I will help label and plate them up nice on the tables and then lock up before heading to service.

7:45 PM – Open up again and get ready for the wave of singers. At this point, it is mainly traffic management. They come in one door and out the other.  Help children/elders get punch and keep the lines moving.

9 PM – Condense punch into one, then set up the other crockpots to cook the casseroles.

11:30 Get ready to serve Midnight Buffet, condense cookie plates, make space on food tables, etc

Periodically check in the night and wash dishes, condense plates so it’s done “along the way” and not all piled up at the end.

7 AM — Ziploc and label leftovers.

Show up in Assembly Room at 6:15 and find Cat.

BYO aprons.

7 PM Children’s Dance Leader

I can lead the parents and babies in a simple “go around in a circle” movement while the others do the more complicated spiral dance all around us. We stay safe inside the labyrinth.

Show up Dec 15 at Craft Circle so we can show you the space and explain what to do at that point of the service.

Show up on the Day and do it.

8 PM ish – Break Down Main Altar

I can help move things out of the Sanctuary and over to Room 1.

Show up at Main Altar at the end of service. Follow directions from Mary.
9 PM Bardic Circle

I will help kick off by learning just the chorus or the whole song:

Come and Be Welcome

Show up Dec 9 at Circle of Song.

Show up Dec 15 at Craft Circle

Or learn it at home an come Dec 21 ready to sing.

10 PM Altar Table Set Up

Help Set up Table for Last Hour Ritual and later clean it up at 7 AM.

See Cat on the day.
1 AM Bardic Circle

I will help kick off by learning just the chorus or the whole song:

Santa Clause is Pagan Too

Show up Dec 9 at Circle of Song.

Show up Dec 15 at Craft Circle

Or learn it at home and come Dec 21 ready to sing.

7 AM Morning Ritual

Afterward everyone helps clean up and close down.

Show up on the day.

As always, bring your instruments, readings, poems, games, movies, camp chairs or tents if you want to nap, etc.


Imbolc:  Twisted Oak will be our guest ritual leaders for this event.  It will be done in the Alexandrian tradition.  Details and  RSVP info here. 


Tarot 2: Minor Arcana has its class party on Thursday Dec 14.   Guests welcome to come see student works, explore the study hall centers, play games, and swap.  Bring your tarot decks, books, and other goodies that you are done with and wish to pass on to another student. Maybe you will find something that calls to you?

Requiem Study Group CANCELED until Jan 12,  7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall 

Dec 8th session has been canceled so students can enjoy a holiday break in December. We will resume on January 12. If you wish to keep working on your planners over the break, consider filling out your “Key Contacts” tab. This is the “address book” section. (If you wish to join class in January, you are welcome to just jump in. Bring one of the suggested planners and start working on your tabs. ) More info here. Enjoy the holiday season!

Circle of Song is a new “drop in” friendly class on 2nd Saturdays from 1 PM – 3 PM if you would like to learn to sing in a family friendly environment.  This is “easy choir” for the non-singers and experienced singers wanting to play!  Childcare is provided on the coop model.  If you are bringing a child or grandchild, please RSVP over email with your name and ages of children so we can have enough supplies in the Kid’s Club.  The next session is Dec 9. This is our Holiday edition.

3rd Sunday Movie Nite

Our 3rd Sunday movie nite will come back in the Spring Term now that we are settling into the newly remodeled spaces.  We are taking suggestions for the Spring Term movie list.  If you have ideas? Email us! 


CUUPS Convocation 2018: Ignite the Flame   —  April 20-22, 2018 in Ft. Meyers

This year’s convocation is in Ft. Meyers.  Some of the speakers are John Beckett and Jerrie Hildebrand. The event is about many earth and nature centered traditions. There will also be vendors and a table to purchase your chapter’s CUUPS materials. Rituals will be led by the CUUPS Chapter in Ft. Myers.

Several Mystic Grove members are thinking about going.  Would you also like to come?  

All are welcome to attend from CUUPS, to the UU universe to the local and regional earth/nature centered and Pagan communities in Florida. 

Read more or register here. 



Here’s what is coming up in the next month until the next meeting.

Dec 7
7 PM – 9 PM
Room 1
Thursday Class Tarot 2: Some Final Thoughts (Class 9)
Dec 8
7 PM – 9 PM
Gore Hall, Classroom B
Monthly Study Group  Requiem Class 3 Canceled for Holidays
Dec 9
1 PM – 3 PM
Assembly Room
Monthly Class  Circle of Song Easy Choir Holiday Edition
Dec 14
7 PM – 9 PM
Room 1
  Thursday Clas  Tarot 2: Final Project & Celebration (Class 10)
Dec 15
7 PM – 9 PM
Assembly Room
 Monthly Class Teaching Craft Circle: Decorate Yule Log and More!
Dec 21
7 PM – 8 PM
Worship  Winter Solstice Evening Service
Dec 21-Dec 228 PM – 7 AM

Assembly Room & Courtyard

Annual Event Annual Yule Bonfire Vigil
Dec 1
7 PM – 9 PM
Assembly Room
 Craft Circle  1st Friday BYO Craft Circle


The next 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting is Jan 7, 2017 at 12:30 PM in Room 1. This is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Guests welcome to attend.

Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting.

Questions or more info?  Please email us at

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