UUCGT Flash 
August 2, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 545
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Information & Gatherings
Piano Accompanist Wanted
Save the Date!
UUCGT Calendar of Events
End Note

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Reflection...

Shhhh....
Listen to the sounds that surround you.
Notice the pitches, the volume, the timbre,
the many lines of counterpoint.
As light taught Monet to paint,
the earth may be teaching you music.
 
~ Pete Seeger
                           How Can I Keep from Singing
 
Sunday Service 
Sunday, August 5
10:30 AM:   "Life Calls Us On"   with Jolynn Paige

This month, we will be embarking on the 2nd Annual Music-themed Series: A UU Theology of 60's Folk Music.  Come to celebrate the life and music of Pete Seeger as Mike McDonald teaches us about Pete Seeger and protesting through the ages.  Community singing will be a large part of this service.

Lifespan Experience
f or Children,  Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in August ~  preK-8th grade

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Our 7th annual Specialty Class Summer continues to be fun and exciting! This month we will spend time "meeting the trees" that live on our property, grounding ourselves with some mindfulness games, and much more!

Suggested reading for families/parents this month:
This month I am suggesting a book to spark the imagination and get children thinking about grand adventures...

Atlas of Adventures:  A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
by Rachel Williams
A 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (National Council for the Social Studies-Children's Book Council)

"Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world.  Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil, or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together more than 100 activities and challenges to inspire armchair adventurers of any age.  Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every destination.  With epic adventures from the four corners of the globe and discoveries to be made on your own doorstep, this book will inspire you to set off on your own journey of discovery".

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Friday Night Out!
August 10, 5:30-9:00pm
Contact Sarah ASAP to reserve a spot!




E-blasts will include a variety of readings and resources, meditations and thoughts for parents.   Please email Sarah if you are interested in being added to our list for future editions! 
 
Information &  Gatherings


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UUCGT Summer Potlucks!

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Vocal Ensemble Summer Potluck & Meeting
 Thursday, August 9 @ 5:30 pm
Hosted by Mary Kiner
All VE members old & new & spouses are Welcome!

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Take a memorable stroll through the UUCGT hallways...into the 60's!
New exhibit provided by UUCGT Arts & Exhibitions Committee
Thank you!

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BCUU - Benzie County
Have an idea for a BCUU program?  
Interested in conducting a service?
Want to see how this crazy thing works?  
Looking for free food?
Then, you need to join those planning our BCUU services for 2018-2019!
 
When:  Monday, August 6
When:  3:00-4:30 PM
Where:  Ann Strehle, Barb Skurdall's home
 
You may be inspired by the ideas that have already been generated.
Join us on the 6th to share in the framing of our 2018-2019 services!

BCUU August Gathering
Wednesday, August 29
(location TBD)
6:30pm, bring a dish to pass, BYOB, chairs & a smile on your face!

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Local Community Needs
Piano Accompanist Wanted
 
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse is in need of a rehearsal accompanist for our Vocal Ensemble.  The Vocal Ensemble meets Thursday nights from 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. during the school year.  Pay is $60 per Thursday evening rehearsal.  The position is for rehearsal only with no Sunday morning commitment.
 
Please contact John Bailey, Director of Music, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse office:

6726 Center Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
231.947.3117
office@uucgt.org





Save the Date!
~ Saturday, October 20 ~
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
UUCGT Visioning / Objective Setting

Your Board of Trustees is planning a day of Visioning and Objective Setting for Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at UUCGT.   We plan to develop a Vision of where we should be going for the next three to five years and set some objectives for the next year to move us towards that Vision.  

Our session will be facilitated by UUA Consultant, Dori Davenport Thexton.  Dori has served UU congregations for fifteen years and has been on the UUA Field Staff for nineteen years.

The session will be open to any congregant who wishes to participate.  Board members will be attending and we would like Committee Chairs to be present or represented by someone else from their committee.  

Sign-ups for the session will begin in mid-September.  Watch the Flash, Beacon and Order of Service for more information in September.  In the meantime, please save the date!

Mike McDonald, President, Board of Trustees

UUCGT Calendar of Events
(Please contact  office@uucgt.org  to schedule all meetings and events)


Wednesday Potluck!  August 8, 5:30 pm @ Cindy & Bob Clement's -  Click here for Summer Potluck Schedule

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, August 9, 9:30am, sanctuary

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday, August 9, 1:00pm, library

Peaceworkers Needleworkers:  Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall

Vocal Ensemble Potluck & Meeting:  Thursday, August 9, 5:30pm @ Mary Kiner's

Community Needs Committee:  Friday, August 10, 10:00am, library

Friday Night Out:  Friday, August 10, 5:30-9:00pm,  classrooms

New Moon Women's Circle:  Saturday, August 11 - contact Carolyn Kelly

Singing Sisters:  Saturday, August 11, 10:00am - 2:00pm, sanctuary

Sunday Services Committee:  Sunday, August 12, 8:00am, classroom

Program Council:  Sunday, August 12, 9:00am, classroom

End Note...

The happy heart runs with the river,
floats on the air,
lifts to the music,
soars with the eagle,
hopes with the prayer.

~ Maya Angelou


 

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