UUCGT Flash 
February 2, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 467
 
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... Now More Than Ever Our UU Matters 

Friends, these are turbulent times.   I share with you these words from the UUA WorshipWeb by Dana E. Worsnop.  Stay strong - together we can build a congregation, a community, a world of justice. 

Often people say that they love coming to a place with so many like-minded people.  I know just what they are getting at -- and I know that they aren't getting it quite right.

I don't want to be with a bunch of people who think just like me.   I  want to be in a beloved community where I don't have to think like everyone else to be loved, to be eligible for salvation. 

I want to be with people who value compassion, justice, love and truth, though they have different thoughts and opinions about all sorts of things.

I want to be with independent-minded people of good heart.

I want to be with people who have many names and no name at all for God.

I want to be with people who see me in me goodness and dignity, who also see my failings and foibles, and who still love me.

I want to be with people who feel their inter-connection with all existence and let it guide their footfalls upon the earth.

I want to be with people who see life as a paradox and don't always rush to resolve it.

I want to be with people who are willing to walk the tight rope that is life and who will hold my hand as I walk mine.

I want to be with people who let church call them into a different way of being in the world.

I want to be with people who support, encourage and even challenge each other to higher and more ethical living.

I want to be with people who inspire one another to follow the call of the spirit.

I want to be with people who covenant to be honest, engaged and kind, who strive to keep their promises and hold me to the promises I make.

I want to be with people who give of themselves, who share their hearts and minds and gifts.

I want to be with people who know that human community is often warm and generous, sometimes challenging and almost always a grand adventure.

In short, I want to be with people like you.

Blessings - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, February 5 - Sarah Montgomery-Richards and Lay Leaders
No 9:00 AM Program
10:30 AM Service:
  "Imbolc "
Imbolc is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times.  It is believed that it was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid, and that it was Christianized as a festival of Saint Brigid, who is thought to be a Christianization of the goddess.

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

Looking Ahead to 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 Reading for Families in February
"The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey " by Louise Bordon

Friday Night Out is February 10th
Register with  Sarah by Monday, February 6th

Our Director of Lifespan Experience, Sarah Montgomery-Richards, has returned from her time out of the office following the birth of their baby girl. Many thanks to Marco Cabrera and the Lifespan Experience Committee for all of their work to support programming while Sarah was away!
 
W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

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

Please contact the office to schedule committee meetings & events

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Social Justice Action:  Sunday, February 5 after service, classroom for a discussion of current social justice concerns and activities.

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, February 5, 2:30-6:30pm (1st Sunday), sanctuary

Wednesday Supper!  February 8, 5:30pm social time & 6:00pm dinner, $5/adult & $3/10 & under.  Join together in  fellowship, conversation and a shared meal!

InterPlay ~ Transform Through Drama, Movement & Connection
2nd Saturdays starting February 11, 10:00am-1:00pm, UU Sanctuary 
InterPlay is a form of dramatic creative expression using storytelling,
movement, sound, stillness, and contact to explore yourself, your life, and connection with others.  The expression is spontaneous and self-created 
in-the-moment, using material from your own experience or your imagination, and can range from fun and playful, to profound and deep.  
No experience necessary!  Join us for a joyful, creative, and transformative experience!  Open to ages 18 and over, please email Lee Edwards to indicate your interest and get more details:  leeriver@umich.edu
or phone (231)421-3120.  

15 Minutes with Rabbi Chava:   Sunday,  February 12, 10:00-10:15am
Intended for up to 4 individuals who are already acquainted with Rabbi Bahle and/or with the UU faith, or who were unable to attend the Orientation Session on January 29th.  Registration is required by notifying the office.

UUCGT Book Club:   February 12, 2:00pm, "Babbit" by Upton Sinclair
Book Club is open to all!  Join us for great discussions!  Contact Mark Gustafson with questions.

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

F Y I

    ATTENTION UUCGT World!  Until February 15, your Leadership Development Committee is accepting names of congregants to be elected to the Board of Trustees, Leadership Development Committee, and the Endowment Committee.  You may suggest yourself, or the name of a member who cares deeply about our congregation, has experience on at least one UUCGT committee, and has evidenced leadership skills and commitment to our congregation.  Please phone or email members of our committee with your input:  Tom Darnton, Nancy Doughty, Richard Miller, Judy Myers, Ann Swaney, Mary Van Valin, or Judy Weaver.  We are all in the directory and our contact info is in January's Beacon.

  Wanted:   
6 gently used conference chairs for UUCGT office.  If you have ideas or connections,  please  contact the office.  Thank you!

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Local Community Needs

End Note...



Learn how to see...
realize that everything connects to everything else.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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