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"The Guest House"
by Jalâluddîn Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Sunday, July 15
"Life Is Not Always Fair" with Hal Gurian & Friends
Life is not always fair....when we acknowledge this, we are called to use tools of restoration, not retribution, in our relationships. We, as individuals, can set an example for our communities of how this can be done.
Sundays in July ~
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Our 7th annual Specialty Class Summer is off to a great start!
This summer will be filled with outdoor fun (as weather allows) - lots of games, exploration, and building friendships.
This month will include outdoor eye-spy nature activities, work on our UUCGT "Forest Fort" and more!
Suggested reading for families/parents this month:
This month I am suggesting more activities for the summer!
Ella's Summer Fun: A Kid's Summer Yoga Book by Giselle Shardlow
"Join Ella as she experiences a week full of fun summer activities with her grandparents. Be a surfer, skater, and swimmer. Discover summer, explore movement, and learn the days of the week. The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.
Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story".
Friday Night Out is full this month!
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We're excited to announce that our first
bi-monthly Family Ministry e-blast will be going out today, July 12!
It will include a variety of readings and resources, as well as meditations and thoughts for parents.
Please email Sarah if you are interested in being added to our list for future editions!
~ Please check
Lost & Found for your lost items! ~
(Items will be donated to Goodwill after July 30th)
Sunday, July 15
UUCGT Social Justice Meeting I
11:45 am - Pizza lunch in Social Hall
Meeting noon - 1:00 pm
GT congregation in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau and Antrim Counties, the state and the nation.
Director of Religious Experience and Music Director Contracts
The Staff Resources Committee is pleased to announce that we have reached agreement with our Director of Religious Experience, Sarah Montgomery-Richards and our Music Director, John Bailey, to continue to serve UUCGT for our 2018-2019 Fiscal Year. Please join us in welcoming both Sarah and John back for another year.
UUCGT Staff Resources Committee: Phyllis Jessup, Karl Love, Laura Matchett, Mike McDonald and Kay Sturgeon
UUCGT Financial Report as of June 30, 2018:
Please click here
Be A Greeter!
Do you like being greeted Sunday morning with a Smile and an OSS?
Please help out this Summer!
YOUR UUCGT needs Greeters on July 15 and 29;
and each Sunday in August.
Serving as a Greeter one Sunday would be a tremendous help!
Serving includes: Greeting, Counting attendance, Collecting offering
PLEASE Pitch-In, Show-up and Share!
Sign up on the Bulletin Board near the Office
Thank you! ~ your UU Membership Team
UU Benzie ~ August Gathering
Wednesday, August 29 @ Jan & Rick Robb's in Frankfort
6:30pm, bring a dish to pass, BYOB, chairs & a smile on your face!
UUCGT Calendar of Events
Meditation Workshop: Thursday, July 12, 5:30pm, classroom
Facilities Committee: Friday, July 13, 10:00am, social hall
Friday Night Out! Friday, July 13, 5:30-9:00pm, classrooms
New Moon Women's Circle: Saturday, July 14, contact
UU Social Justice Committee: Sunday, July 15, Pizza lunch @ 11:45am, meeting @ 12:00 noon. All are welcome!
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, July 15, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am - Everyone is welcome!
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, July 19, 1:00pm, library
Peacemaker Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Policy Committee: Thursday, July 19, 5:00pm, library
Meditation Workshop: Thursday, July 19, 5:30pm, classroom
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