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"The really important kind of freedom involves attention,
and being able truly to care about other people
and to sacrifice for them,
over and over,
in myriad petty little unsexy ways,
- David Foster Wallace
"This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life"
Beloved friends -
In a nutshell, UUCGT is here to
share and to
repair the world.
In other words, our beloved community's purpose is to help us give and receive care with one another, to share our journeys (through worship, learning, small group ministries, coffee hour, and committees as loci of interest in each other), and to repair the world through social witness, including social justice actions.
This Sunday, we will have a most beautiful service about giving and receiving care in our UUCGT family. Three of our members, including Barb Gibson from the Congregational Care Team, will share parts of their journey. It feel especially appropriate to open this topic up so near the holidays.
A special thanks again to Mark Gustafson who got us all thinking last week, and to everyone who brought treasured books to share.
Please join us on Sunday. A reminder that there will be NO SERVICE here at UUCGT on Sunday, November 19 so we can all gather for our Thanksgiving Feast at Twin Lakes.
In blessing -
Sunday, November 12
10:30 AM Service: "Stories of Care-giving & Care-receiving"
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Max Old Bear
This month is National Caregivers Month. Join Rabbi Chava, Max Old Bear and speakers from the congregation who have been
receivers of care as they reflect on the joys and challenges of the journey. We will offer a special "Beatitudes for Caregivers" as well.
Sundays in November for preK-8th grade
We're off to a great start with our first session of "UU & YOU at Hogwarts"!
The children will be finalizing their "hunger horcrux", culminating with a visit to the Grace Episcopal Pantry after service on November 12. Handouts with more information have been sent home with children, but parents can contact me if they would like more details regarding the visit. We will begin our "literacy horcrux" this month as well.
Don't forget to join us out at Twin Lakes on November 19 for our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck! There will be NO Sunday service at UUCGT that week - instead we will have a brief but lovely service at Twin Lakes.
Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
- "How to Train Your Dragon" - by Cressida Caldwell "How to Train Your Dragon has been touted as the perfect book to reel in your reluctant readers. It's full of varied text and picture use throughout: maps, lists, songs, stat pages on dragons, rough drawings, even stray blots of ink strewn here and there. Mixed in with all the laugh-out-loud moments, excitement, danger, dragons, and very uncivilized Vikings, your students will find a real hero's adventure complete with a quest or two, impossible odds, a main character you can't help but like, and a story that will keep the kids thinking (despite themselves) all the way through. You'll find themes of quintessential initiation rites of childhood; dealing with intimidation by peers, parents, and even teachers; finding the leader within; depending on good friends; discovering strength you didn't know you had; learning to adapt; among many others. This book can be used as a supplement to a study on early Vikings, Norse mythology, and/or even a fun language unit (due to the many bits of dragonese that will have your students in stitches)". Books & Bunnies Book Review
- For Parents: "Why Grown-Up Muggles Should Read 'Harry Potter'" by David Busis, NY Times: http://nyti.ms/2sUZ6sF
Friday Night Out!
November 10, 5:30-9:00pm
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As part of the "Hunger Horcrux" that our elementary and middle school children and youth have been working on, they are collecting canned/dried goods for the Grace Episcopal food pantry. The donation box is located outside of the kitchen - please donate generously!
Our families will deliver the food in November, and the children/youth will have the opportunity to meet the coordinators of Grace's pantry, as well as learn more about what a food pantry is, and the community that this particular pantry serves.
Food collection will continue until AFTER SERVICE on November 12
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Maura Brennan & Steve Wade, UUCGT Endowment Fund
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Endowments"
Saturday, November 11th
Join us for our 3rd Annual Pagan Fair!
Sponsored by UUCGT CUUPS
This wonderful event will feature a variety of vendors statuary,
ritual items, and more!
We will have healers/readers on hand ... and workshops! Workshops include: Introduction to Paganism, Creating Sacred Space, "The Sidhe & Me: Renewing our Kinship with the Faerie Otherworlds" (led by Jeremy Berg)
Come feed your spirit, take some time for self-care, and support local artists/vendors (shop 'til you drop)!
FREE SOUP LUNCH &
Sponsored by UUCGT CUUPS
Sign-up for Annual Thanksgiving Feast!
Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Twin Lakes Park
Sunday, November 19
Brief Service @ 11:00 AM - Dinner to follow
Bring a dish to share (turkey will be furnished)
$5 per person / $15 for families
You can make reservations by signing up and paying on Sundays
before and after services in the Gathering Space
(No Sunday Service at UUCGT on November 19)
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