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It takes a deep commitment to change
and an even deeper commitment to grow.
- Ralph Ellison
In the second half of our Sunday reflections on setting intentions on this new year, join me as we think about what it means to grow into our intentions. Using some wonderful teachings from my teacher, Tara Brach, and others, this will be a fun, memorable Sunday with great music and your participation.
Every good blessing until we meet on Sunday -
Sunday, January 28 -
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Amanda Mangiardi
10:30 AM Service:
"The Power of Intention - Part II - Opening the Heart"
Continuing the theme of exploring the power of intention, join Rabbi Chava in a meditative service on opening the heart. As author and teacher Pema Chodron writes, "If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher."
Sundays in January
preK - 8th grade
Welcome 2018! and a new unit in our "UU & YOU at Hogwarts" curriculum! We will begin our "poverty" horcrux on 1/7/18. In this unit we explore what poverty is, and what we can do about it in our own communities.
using Support Services
Accepting donations of new household items (large or small)
through the end of January!
< Collection Tub is in the hallway by kitchen/social hall >
Suggested reading for families/parents this month!
ur book this month is once again connected to our focus in our "Hogwarts" program - this month we have a book dealing with poverty & hunger.
"Maddi's Fridge" by Lois Brandt
recommended, and is the Winner of:
- 2014 Christopher Award, Books for Young People
- 2014 ILA Primary Fiction Award
- 2015 MLA Mitten Award Honor
- Human Rights in Children's Literature Honor
"...Filled with colorful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on anti-hunger groups, is also included".
Please review your listing in the current 2017 Directory
Leadership Development Season is Open
The Leadership Development Committee is beginning its process for building a slate of candidates for positions that will be open at the Annual Meeting in June.
Between now and February 15th, there is an opportunity for any member to suggest candidates for our process. Please see the more detailed information in the February Beacon to learn how you can participate in this important work.
You can also contact any member of our committee, which consists of Joe Cook, Judy Myers, Betsy Emdin, Jan Zerbel and Richard Miller. Our contact information can be found in the Beacon article, in the membership book, or by contacting the office.
Joe Cook, LDC Chair
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Coffee Orders are due this Sunday, January 25!
UUCGT Men's Group: Monday, February 5, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
Bernie Hanchett presents talk on #MeToo Movement - articles available in the entryway
UUCGT Book Club: Meets Sunday, February 11, 2:00-4:00 pm
Selection is "Windigo Moon" by Robert Downes
ACORD (Area Council on Religious Diversity) Event
Thursday, January 25, 7:00 pm - "Discussion on Pluralism"
Sunday, January 28, 3:00 PM @ UUCGT
Benefit for Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency
(Meals on Wheels, Head Start, heating & tax prep assistance)
Donations gladly accepted
UUCGT Art & Exhibition Committee
Invites you to participate in UUCGT Art Exhibit!
Art is not a thing, it is a way
Choose a favorite piece of artwork that "speaks to you"
and you're willing to loan to UUCGT for
February - March
UUCGT Stretch & Strengthen Group
Everyone Needs Some Exercise!
Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00 - 12:00
Contact Judith Briggs, 228-4655 if you have any questions!
- If you are looking for someone to keep you motivated to exercise;
- If you are already "working out" 2 or 3 times a week; or just want to learn about strength training;
- If you are young at heart, or just trying to keep what muscle you have;
- If you want a quiet place to work out with pleasant music (no blasting Rock);
- If you want a friendly group of people to work out with - No "pumping iron";
- If you want a short workout that strengthens all the major muscle groups, but doesn't exhaust you...
February is African American History Month
"Let Every Voice Be Heard" - Sunday, February 11, 1:00-3:00pm @
TC Library on Woodmere
in collaboration with the Benzie County Historical Society and Empire Area Museum
See flier here
Local Community Needs
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articles are due by the 25th each month -
What's Going On ... at UUCGT?
Winter is here!
Please check UU calendar or website
to confirm cancellations and/or office hours
Meetings & Activities
Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, January 25, 9:30am, sanctuary
Peacemakers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Brewing Community: Thursday, January 25, 5:00pm at The Workshop in the Warehouse District (Garland Street) - Family-friendly!
Meditation Workshop: Thursdays, 5:30pm, classroom
Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
TC Sings! Big Sing Charitable Benefit and Celebration: Sunday, January 28, 3:00pm, sanctuary
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, January 28, 5:00pm, classroom
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am
Board meeting (closed meeting): Monday, January 29, 5:30pm, library
Community Lunch: Tuesdays - Volunteers meet at 10:30am. Every week for the past 25 years, UUCGT has provided a free lunch for anyone in the community who would like to come to Friends Church located at Fifth and Oak Streets in Traverse City. For more information, or to volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email
Indivisible GT: Tuesdays @ noon, sanctuary
Bridge Group: Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall
Wednesday Supper: 5:30pm social & 6:00pm supper - $5/adult - $3/10 & under.
Gather together to share warmth and fellowship on a winter's evening!
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, February 1, 1:00pm, library
Peacemakers Needleworkers: Thursday, 1:30pm, social hall
Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Facilities Committee: Friday, February 2, 10:00am, social hall
InterPlay Workshop: Saturday, February 3, 10:00am - 1:30pm, sanctuary
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week