April News

labyrinth_mjamesThanks to those who attended Ostara on March 24 and the April 1st monthly meeting!  Here’s the notes if you missed it.

This month’s photo is by M. James of the 1U labyrinth at sunset.

CALENDAR

The calendar has been updated with a new class! We will be offering the Odyssey of Homer on Thursdays starting on May 10.  For more info about new and ongoing classes visit these links:

RITUALS

Our next solar ritual is Beltane on May 5, 2018. Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: Red, white, green, yellow, etc in bright tones. Floral headbands encouraged. Ritual begins at 7 PM.  Potluck to follow at 8 PM. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients.

The Jan – June block of Moon Circle is CLOSED, but registration for the new July – Dec block will open July 1. We will continue our study of various deities and esbat celebrations.

TEACHING CRAFT CIRCLE

This month, we learn to make calendula salve. Cost is  $5.

MOVIE NITE

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! This month we watch “My Neighbor Totoro.(G)” This is a 1988 award winning Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten.

In post-war rural Japan,  two young girls, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros. They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures.

Next month, we screen “Something Wicked This Way Comes. (PG)”

PAGAN PRIDE

Mystic Grove is co-hosting Pagan Pride 2018 on Sept 29th at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando! If you want to help out contact either Orlando Pagan Collective or mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

BOOKS WANTED

Mystic Grove was given several collections of pagan interest books from folks who are moving away and from a dear member, Mary Ellen Mayo, who passed away.  We will be having a book table at Pagan Pride.  If you have books you have outgrown, considering donating them at any Craft Circle on 1st or 3rd Fridays.  We will be accepting them all summer.

FIELD TRIP

Mystic Grove is thinking about taking a field trip to visit Guang Ming Temple.  25 years ago a group of Monks came to Florida only to discover that there was no place to honor the Buddha’s teachings. Today we have the Guang Ming Temple. Founded in 1992, Guang Ming Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Central Florida. In Mandarin Chinese, “Guang-Ming” means “bright light.”

Are you interested in coming along? Plan to come to the May 6 monthly meeting as we pick the Sunday that works out best for those wanting to go.  We plan to do the 11 AM Tour, and stay for the 12:30 PM Vegetarian Lunch.

If you cannot make it with the Mystic Grove, you can attend one of their other Sunday tours. 

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT MONTHLY MEETING

The next 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting is May 6 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.

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

Questions or more info?  Please email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

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