UUCGT Flash 
April 26, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 531
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Information & Gatherings
UUCGT Calendar of Events
End Note

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Reflection...

"There is a direct relationship
between sound and light,
and in fact there can be no light
in the Universe without sound
because light is only created
when atoms collide with each other,
and such collisions are sound.
So light and life owe their existence to sound."
- John Reid
 

Join us this Sunday as we experiment with sound and silence and the beautiful practice called kirtan, call and response chant.  Moving from chant to silence opens and steals the heart.  Please join us!
 
Also a reminder that we will be meeting at 9 AM for our continuing discussion of Karen Armstrong's "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life".  
 
In blessing,

Rabbi Chava

Sunday Service 
Sunday, April 29  -   Rabbi Chava Bahle and Amanda Mangiardi
 9:00 AM Adult Program:  "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life"
10:30 AM Service:  " The Sacred Pause:  Present Moment, Wonderful                         Moment - A Contemplative Service "

"In a world so filled with brokenness and sorrow it would be easy to lose ourselves in never ending grief, to be choked by our outrage, to be paralyzed by the enormity of suffering, to feel our hearts squeeze tight with hopelessness.  Instead, this morning, let us simply breathe together as we hold our hearts open.  Breathing in as our hearts fill with compassion ..."
- from "Meditation on Hope and Love in a Time of Struggle," by Alice Anacheka-Nasemann
 
Using the well known symbols of our services - the chalice, the bell, joys and concerns - we will share a contemplative style service with chant and reflection to deepen our work of being present in the moment.  
 
Lifespan Experience
f or Children,  Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in April ~  preK - 8th grade

We're very excited to be continuing our "Environment Horcrux" in April! 

We will spend our time engaging in lessons and stories that promote environmental stewardship, as well as considering the ways in which we can get involved in our community in this regard.  Some of the wonderful ways we will accomplish this will include working with the Landscape Committee on learning about native plants, invasive species, and planning our own Children's Garden.

Suggested reading for families/parents this month!

In April, we have a lovely poetry collection that coincides with Transcendentalists in Sunday Services with selections from this collection offered in Story Wisdoms.

Poetry for Kids:  Walt Whitman, edited by Karen Karbiener, PhD -
A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English)

Introduce your children to the beautiful words of classic American poet, Walt Whitman.  Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman makes the work engaging and easy to understand...This collection of thirty-five of Walt's best works has been carefully curated for kids.  Each piece of work is lovingly illustrated, and are both presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbenier, PhD, a primary authority on Whitman's poetry.
Walt Whitman includes enlightening commentary for each poem, definitions of key words, and a foreword by the expert so that kids, or even parents new to poems, will understand.  Starting off with "I Hear America Singing," the collection includes excerpts from "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!", poems from Leaves of Grass, and many more thought provoking, descriptive, and kid-friendly selections".  Go to  https://goo.gl/7Azsaj  for more information.

Information &  Gatherings

Coffee Orders are due Sunday, April 29!
 
Memorial Reception 3rd Co-Chair and Volunteers are needed!
Contact Lauren Keinath (342-0617) or Sandra McDonald (935-3759) if this is an area where you would enjoy serving the UU community!

Wednesday Summer Potlucks!  We are looking for hosts for Wednesday Night Summer Potlucks!  Please contact Sarah if you'd like to volunteer to host one of these events in your home.  Thank you!

2018-2019 Pledge Drive 
Have you "Shown Up" yet to support our UUCGT Congregation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year?  If you have not already done so, please make your financial pledge for 2018-2019 now by returning your pledge form or by visiting our website   www.uucgt.org .  You should have received a pledge packet at Sunday Services or through the mail.  If you have not, or have misplaced your packet, please call our Business Administrator, Sheri Novak, at 947-3117 and she will send you another packet.  
Thanks for your continued support of UUCGT.

Safe Harbor Thank You!  
Due to the unprecedented snowfall and cold temperatures, Safe Harbor has stayed open to protect those experiencing homelessness for an extra two weeks.  Once again this week, members of UUCGT have stepped up to fill some of the volunteer slots.  
Many thanks to Tom Darnton, Jane Fochtman and Dave and Judith Halsted who helped us prepare and serve dinner this past Saturday; to Dusty Culton and Bernie Hanchett who helped serve breakfast and clean the shelter this Monday morning; and to Linda Fletcher and Chris Innes who served as overnight and early morning volunteers this week.  
Being able to extend Safe Harbor for two weeks has kept the most vulnerable of our neighbors safe in these unusual weather conditions.   Mike and Sandra McDonald.

Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Northern Michigan
Thursday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm
Central United Methodist Church, Room 106
222 North Cass Street, Traverse City
All are welcome - men, women, parents, non-parents, grandparents, friends
Meetings are last Thursday of the month @ 6:00pm
C ontact  Liz Bruning  for more information. 

Benzie County UU
May Day Celebration!  Tuesday, May 1:  
    4:00pm making of crowns and walking the land (bring ribbons, flowers,            etc. to contribute)
    5:00pm potluck
    6:00pm May pole celebration
    7:00pm Bonfire, drumming, songs, etc.
15398 Homestead, home of Peggy & Jeanne (call 275-2244 if you need directions)  Come for as much as you like.  All ages and genders welcome!

Wednesday, May 2:  Marty Litherland will lead a discussion entitled,  "Release to Regain:  Creating a Space to Nurture and Rejuvenate Ourselves".   In part, the discussion will reference the book " Sabbath" by Wayne Muller as we look at questions like, "What practices restore our faith and open us to new inspiration?  How do we seek times of dormancy and rest?  How does our time away from those things we believe to be urgent rejuvenate us to focus on those things that really matter?"
As always, potluck at 6:30pm, program at 7:15pm @ Grow Benzie.  
We welcome our UUCGT friends!

Big Screen TV Training:  Sunday, May 6 @ 9:00AM  ( Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life  discussion group will not meet on May 6)
Anyone interested in learning how to operate this equipment is welcome - bring a smart device - phone, laptop, tablet with you!

UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, May 7, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
Topic:  "How Evangelicals Lost Their Way" - presented by Mark Gustafson Articles are available in the front entryway - pick one up!
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Save the Date!
Monday, May 14 @ 7:00 PM
Mark Gustafson presents
"Finding My Truth Through Literature"
Traverse City Public Library
sponsored by Grand Traverse Humanists
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"Does Art Speak?"  Corridor Gallery Exhibit - Many thanks to Members & Friends who loaned meaningful works of art, and thanks to the UUCGT Arts & Exhibitions Committee for organizing this exhibit!

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


9 AM Program:  Sunday, April 29, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, April 29, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

Stretch & Strengthen:   Classes meet Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am - Great for strengthening for those summer hikes!

Board Executive Committee:  Monday, April 30, 5:30pm, library

Community Lunch:  Tuesdays - Volunteers meet at 10:30am / Lunch at 11:30am.  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.  To volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email  marykiner@charter.net


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

Wednesday Potluck:  May 2, 5:30pm/social & 6:00pm/supper
All are Welcome!

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, May 3, 9:30am, sanctuary

Policy Committee:  Thursday, May 3, 5:00pm, library

Meditation Workshop:  Thursday, May 3, 5:30pm, classroom

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursday, May 3, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Committee:  Friday, May 4, 10:00am, social hall

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, May 5, 10:00am, sanctuary
All are Welcome! Come & Play!  See flier here

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