UUCGT Flash 
August 17, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 495
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note

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Reflection... Each of Us Ministers to a Weary World

There is too much hardship in this world
to not find joy, every day

There is too much injustice in this world
to not right the balance, every day

There is too much pain in this world
to not heal, every day

Each of us ministers to a weary world.

Let us go forth now and do that which calls us to make this world more loving, more compassionate and more filled with grace,

every day.

- Darcy Roake (adapted)

Friends - 

Join us this Sunday as the third Cosmology of the Beatles series continues.  Our theme is revolution - what do we need to do to change the world into the place of our dreams?  Most especially, it is time for us to imagine - to connect to the vision of a just and gentle world for all of life's creatures.  

The Vocal Ensemble will be with us to open the service.  Following the service, please join us as we bless Eileen Richards, daughter of Sarah Montgomery-Richards and Denny Richards and make a promise to her that we, her elders, friends and family, will do our best to make the world better for her generation - imagine!

Every good blessing -
Rabbi Chava

Sunday Service 
Sunday, August 20 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service:  "You Say You Want a Revolution"

UU's 5th and 6th principles remind us to aspire to "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large."

The sixth principle encourages us to build toward "a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all."
Featuring " Here Comes the Sun", "You Say You Want a Revolution", "Imagine" and "Blackbird"

Lifespan Experience  f or Children,
Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in August

As our 5th Annual Specialty Class Summer (our summer program for children prek-5th grade on Sunday mornings which runs June 1st -Resumption Sunday in September) comes to a close, I'd like to thank all of the wonderful people who made it so remarkable! 

Special thanks to Mary Cheney, Kathy Booker-Graham, Mark Dragovich, Bob Fitch, Denny Richards, and Laura Matchett. There are still great classes ahead in August which include "Meeting a Tree" and going on a "Micro-Hike". 

Youth are invited to remain in the sanctuary throughout the summer.

Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
  • "Families" by Susan Kuklin
  • "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle
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Infinite thanks to all those who helped clean our classrooms 
after service this past Sunday!  Many hands did indeed make light work!

With special gratitude to Sandra McDonald and Rabbi Chava for their extra help contributing to the post-clean up lunch!

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"UU & YOU at Hogwarts!"
Registration is Open!

We are THRILLED to announce that registration is open for our
Sunday morning curriculum September 2017 - June 2018

Most parents believe that it's important to instill social responsibility in their children, but it can be difficult to find meaningful sources or projects for children to get involved in.  In addition, many social action projects are not relevant to children, and a lack of relation can lead to a lack of engagement. The Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling are an excellent way to immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better. Harry Potter, like other pop culture, can allow children to discuss important social issues with peers.

The "Harry and UU" curriculum was originally written by Unitarian Universalist Educator, Karen Hager - creator of the Imagine-RE UU curriculum series, and we are enhancing it to meet our multi-age classroom needs.  This curriculum is a fun way to get children and middle-school youth excited about our UU principles and social justice.  Children pre-k-5th grade are invited to participate as UU Hogwarts students, and middle-school youth are invited to be "prefects", or "upper-classmen" with additional (but FUN!) responsibilities.

Don't worry!  Children/Youth needn't have read or be familiar with the storylines from Harry Potter in order to fully participate - they need only come with a creative, playful, inquisitive and open mind - ready to explore!

CLICK HERE to view the full brochure!
Print copies are available on the Welcome Table in the social hall.
Children/Youth who register by AUGUST 28th  will receive a special Hogwarts UU Acceptance Letter! 

CLICK HERE  for Registration forms!
Print copies are available on the Welcome Table in the social hall.

We Are Also Seeking Volunteer Professors ( aka classroom teachers ) For This Program!  Please contact Sarah if you are interested!

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

~ Please Note ~
Please schedule all committee meetings and events through
the UUCGT office to confirm availability and reduce double-scheduling 
UUCGT Calendar
Meetings & Activities

Congregational Care Team:    Thursday, August 17, 1:00pm, library

Peacemaker Needleworkers:  Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall.  Group will not meet on August 24 due to UU Book Sale

Meditation Workshop:   Group will not meet on Thursday, August 17. Meditation resumes Thursday, August 24

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

New Moon Women's Circle:  Saturday, August 19, 3:00-5:00pm, sanctuary

Mindfulness Meditation:   Sunday, August 20, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

Stretch & Strengthen :  Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am

Rabbi Chava's Open Office Hours:  Tuesday, August 22, 11:00am - 3:00pm.   "Open" time for shorter conversations.   If you would like 30 minutes or more with Rabbi Chava, please schedule an appointment with the UU office.

Community Lunch :  Tuesdays - V olunteers 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  marykiner@charter.net

Bridge Group:  Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, social hall

Lifespan Experience:  Wednesday, August 23, 12:00-1:00pm, library

Wednesday Summer Potluck @ 6:00pm - BYOB

August 23     Cindy & Bob Clements

August 30     Dinner out with Brewing Community @ Rare Bird
     (please RSVP to John Hoffmann)

UUCGT Book Sale!  Still clearing your bookshelves?   Bring books to UU anytime!
Book Sale
Thursday & Friday, August 24 & 25, 9:00-5:00pm
Saturday, August 26, 9:00-3:00pm


FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednes days - email office@uucgt.org

BEACON articles are due by the 25th of each month to 

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Congregation Beth Shalom Jazz Shabbat Service:   Friday,  August 18, 7:30 pm @ UUCGT  with Jeff Haas and Rabbi Sleutelberg.   Reserved free tickets are required.   For more information,  click here

UUCGT Book Club:  September 10 title is " Commonwealth " by Ann Patchett - Happy Summer Reading!

UU Men's Group:  Reconvenes Monday, September 11, 5:30pm @ Minerva's.  Mark Gustafson will lead a discussion on the 2017 TC Film Festival.

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Local Community Needs

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National Writers Series Hosts Tom Stanton :   Friday, August 25, 7:00pm, City Opera House.  "Terror in the City of Champions" highlights the Black Legion and the injustice that occurred in Detroit during the Depression era - a relevant conversation.  More information 
2018 Mindful Journey to India!  India has become a favourite destination for Mindful Journey's and has been brought back by popular demand.   
This is an opportunity to travel with other U.U.'s and enjoy the wonder and colors of India.  Daily meditations and evening reflections help to experience your travel more fully.   More information here.
Please contact Joan Walder for an itinerary of the trip and information about Mindful Journey's.   Joan Walder, saranac2@gmail.com  

End Note...

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;   

indeed, it's the only thing  that ever has.

- Margaret Mead


FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week


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