UUCGT Flash 
February 16, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 469
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
What's Going on at UUCGT?
FYI
End Note
Congregational Vision
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Reflection...

Flame of our faith,
call us into the community of love and justice
this morning 
and every morning.

- Rev. Cynthia Landrum 
 
This Sunday, we honor the power that beloved communities have when they come together as a force for justice.  T he National Council of Churches (NCC) has designated Sunday, February 19th as "Race Relations Sunday".   

We will explore several turns of the crystal on race, justice and dialogue.  The NCC teaches us that when people of good faith come together, they can help change the world.  I will share some of the NCC story, and together we will vision a more just and equitable society.

Blessings - 

Rabbi Chava

Please note:  Program Council will meet at 9:00 AM this Sunday in the classroom.   9:00 AM Adult Programs will resume in April.  

Sunday Service 
Sunday, February 19 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
No 9:00 AM Program
10:30 AM Service:  "Dialogue and Justice:  National Council of 
 Churches Race Relations Day"
This day came into being in the year 1922 when the National Council of the Churches of Christ in America declared the second Sunday of February to initiate inter-racial dialogue and human rights for all races.  The NCC relentlessly pursued this goal and in 1950, NCC distributed pamphlets that contained a 'Call to Action' to promote individual and political steps to ensure dialogue between races in USA.
The NCC did not stop here:  When Montgomery Bus boycott issues surfaced, NCC stood up to support Montgomery ministers and called segregation 'a violation of the Gospel of love and human brotherhood.'  
It also supported Martin Luther King Jr.'s attempts to bring about equality irrespective of the color of one's skin, and opposed the Vietnam War.  But its most important contribution is the support that it provided for the historic 'Civil Rights Act of 1964' which dealt a death blow to hatred towards Blacks.
 
Lifespan Experience  f or Children and Youth (and Families!)
Sunday Service:  10:30 a.m.  
Sunday programming for Children and Youth throughout the remainder of this program year will complement Sunday Services in our efforts to move closer to congregational thematic ministry.  This thematic calendar will explore the Six Source traditions, and consider wisdom from around the world. 

FEBRUARY CHILD / YOUTH OF THE MONTH!
Our Child of the Month is Davis Fowler!

Make sure you take a moment to greet Davis when you see him, and check out the poster featuring him in the social hall!
Each month we will give special attention to a child or youth from our UUCGT community!  A picture of them will be featured in the social hall, along with a little bit about them.  Interested in more information and how to participate?  Click  HERE

Sundays in February
In our Sunday classes for children we will be considering the themes of inclusion, diversity and justice for all through lessons tied to the book, "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt.  Every voice is important, and EVERY CRAYON COUNTS!
 
Suggested February Reading for Families
"The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey " by Louise Bordon

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UU Potluck & Family Movie Night!
Friday, March 3

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A Thank You from Heifer International!


W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

UUCGT Website Calendar -
CLICK HERE
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon

Please contact UUCGT office to schedule meetings & events

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Program Council:   Sunday, February 19, 9:00am, classroom

UUCGT Board Meeting:  Monday. February 20, 5:30pm, classroom

Wednesday Supper!  February 22, 5:30pm social time & 6:00pm dinner - $5 adult/$3 10 & under.  Join together in fellowship, conversation and a shared meal!

Brewing Community:  Thursday, February 23, 5:00-7:00pm, The Workshop Brew Pub.  Contact John Hoffmann for more information about this family-friendly gathering!

New Moon Women's Circle:  Saturday, February 25, 3:00-5:00pm, sanctuary,  Contact  Carolyn Kelly for more information.

N ew Member Welcome Service:   Sunday,  February 26, 10:30 am with  our newest Members!  Please contact Membership Co-Chair,  Chris Walter  with questions.

New! Meditation for Spiritual Awareness Class:  Thursdays, beginning March 2, 5:30-6:30pm, sanctuary.  8 week, free class facilitated by Elisabeth Treefon.  See flier here.

UU Men's Group:  Monday, March 6, 5:30pm, Minerva's.  Hand-outs available in the office.

UU Book Club:  Sunday, March 12, 2:00pm, "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion, hosted by Marcia Bellinger

F Y I

  UUCGT Financial Summary  a s of January 31, 2017 - click  here

 UU Benzie Program: Building Your Own Theology 
Explore and clarify your personal beliefs  based on the book, Building Your Own Theology, Volume 1, second edition, by Richard S. Gilbert,  published by UUA -  10 session course.  Our first session will be Thursday, March 2 at 3:00pm, location TBA.   Please RSVP to  Cheryl Bartz at  517-897-2699 or  cherylbartz@hotmail.com

  Wanted:    L arge 17'x18' rug or carpet for large Classroom & 
6 gently used conference chairs for UUCGT office 
please  contact the office.
Thank you!

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Local Community Needs

Preside nt's Corner

Friends,
 
As we emerge from the deepest and darkest part of winter we still have several weeks before the promise of Spring emerges.  It is a quiet time for reflection and thought about what lies ahead.  In keeping with the season, I want to use this space today to address the results of the Healthy Reconciliation Task Force (HRTF), and reflect on what was learned.  For those of you who are new to our congregation, please accept my apology for addressing old business here.  This congregation is excited about the future and the many new faces in our midst, and we are delighted to have you here.  As with all congregations, we have ongoing business and issues that must be addressed.  One of these topics, a particularly thorny one, is discussed in the link provided below.  I share this information with you here in hopes of demonstrating the willingness of our congregation and the action of our leadership to deal with our issues in a caring and forthright manner, and to make changes based on the articulated needs.  I apologize for the length of these reports, but felt the subject to be important enough to explain fully.   Link to HRTF document here
 
On a completely different and forward looking note, I am pleased to tell you of the recent restructuring of the Social Justice Committee.  Functioning now from a more broadly defined platform which parallels the UUA structure, we are intent on rapidly positioning to become an active presence in the local and national quest for social justice.  Paula Jo Kemler is the new Social Justice Committee chair and Emmy Lou Cholak will continue to coordinate Social Action as a sub-committee of the larger structure.  If you would like to become involved please contact Paula Jo at:  pjkemler@me.com
 
And so.....ONWARD!  Into the promise of Spring and new beginnings.
May we go and grow in peace and loving kindness.
 
I thank you for the honor of serving this very unique community,
 
Linda Fletcher

End Note....

Two monks are walking down the road.  They arrive at a muddy stream crossing, and a well dressed woman declares without introduction, "Don't just stand there. Someone carry me across this mess."

Without pause, the older monk lifts her across.  She says nothing, not even a thank you.

The two monks walk all day.  The whole time, the younger one stews in his mind-How could he pick her up?  We're not supposed to touch women, or even talk to them.  And she was so rude, someone should say something to her, she didn't deserve our help.

Finally, arriving at the inn for dinner, he can't hold himself back.  "What were you thinking?  She was nasty, and you broke the rules, and she didn't even say thank you."

The older monk smiles gently and replies.  "Wow, I put that woman down hours ago, but you've been carrying her all this time!"




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