UUCGT Flash 
May 4, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 480
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
UUCGT Spring Clean-up!
UUCGT Annual Meeting
UUA General Assembly
What's Going on at UUCGT?
FYI
End Note

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Reflection...

Friends,

As you know, the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association appointed the Rev. SofĂ­a Betancourt, the Rev. William G. Sinkford, and Leon Spencer to lead the UUA after President Peter Morales's resignation.  Coming back from our Regional Assembly, I can tell you our Association as a whole is in the process of deep soul searching about the fact that Unitarian Universalism, like our society as a whole, tends to swim in the waters of white privilege.  This is not easy to discuss, but I am proud that our congregation is beginning the conversation this Sunday.
 
We are joining 500 other UU congregations to participate in growing our awareness.  If you are interested in exploring the idea of privilege privately, there is a short awareness "quiz" here:   http://bzfd.it/2oXWFqM

Thank you for standing up when it matters. 

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, May 7 -  Lay-led Service with Margaret Wozniak
1 0:30 AM Service:   "White Privilege and Power - Our Unrecognized                          Inheritance"

Join us as we look at how the actions of our U.S. ancestors continue to benefit those of us with white skin.

Our May Pole Celebration was postponed last Sunday due to "April Showers".  We will meet this Sunday, May 7th at 9:45 am before the service.  Please gather inside near the nursery if you are interested in participating, and we will head out to wind ribbons of love onto our May Pole together.

Lifespan Experience  f or Children and Youth 
(and Fam ilies!)

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. 

Sundays in May

Due to "April Showers" last Sunday, we postponed our May Pole Celebration - we will meet this Sunday, May 7th at 9:45am BEFORE the service.  Please gather inside near the nursery if you are interested in participating, and we will head out together.

In May, we enter the last month of regular Lifespan programming for children and youth on Sunday mornings for the 2016/2017 programmatic year.  We will round out this year for our children prek-5th with lessons from "Picture Book UU" which utilizes popular children's books to teach UU identity.

Starting in June, we jump into yet another wonderful Specialty Class Summer for our younger children!  If you have a hobby or a lesson that you'd like to share with the children prek-5th grade over the summer, please contact me.  June-Labor Day our youth will attend services. 

Suggested reading for families/parents this month :
  • The Three Questions [based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] - by Jon J. Muth
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Friday Night Out
MAY 12th - 5:30pm-9pm - IS FULL !
Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in being on the cancellation  list!

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Summer Wednesday Suppers
June 7 is the remaining date for  hosting a Summer Wednesday Potluck!
Please contact Sarah if you are interested in hosting!

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Interfaith Education / Harmony Presentation
Thursday, May 4th,  7:00 - 8:45pm, Traverse Area District Library - McGuire Room.   Speakers on Judaism, Catholicism, and Baha'i share their religion's history, beliefs, and practices, and what their faith does locally to support harmony between all religions and positive life philosophies.  

This is a FREE event presented by the Area Council On Religious Diversity (ACORD).   Our own Rabbi Chava will be presenting!


Saturday, May 6
9:00 - 12:00
Yard work & window washing
Bring your own tools
Donuts provided!
Please join us as you can ~  15 minutes or an hour or more

UUCGT ANNUAL MEETING!

The UUCGT Annual Meeting is Sunday, June 4, 2017 following the service
 
A meeting notice along with a letter from the Board President and other pertinent election information will be sent out on May 23, 2017.  

Please watch for this information and plan to attend the June 4th meeting if possible.   Absentee ballots will be made available for those members unable to attend.


June 21 - 25, 2017

UUCGT is seeking members in good standing who would like to attend the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans in June as our delegates. 
Delegates are expected to remain active members in our congregation.
In addition to great workshops, worship and larger fellowship, delegates from UUCGT are asked to prepare, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, for business meetings at which delegates represent the voice of our congregation on national issues. The packet  of materials will be available in advance.  

If you are planning to attend and would like to represent the UUCGT as a delegate, please contact Linda Fletcher via email ( linlfletch@gamil.com ) by May 6th.  Some limited funds may be available for delegate funding. V isit  http://www.uua.org/ga   for more information.

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

UUCGT Website Calendar
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon
Please contact  office@uucgt.org to schedule meetings & events

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Weekly Activities & Meetings

Mindfulness Meditation:   1st Sunday, May 7, 2:30-6:30pm, sanctuary

LGBTQ Group:  Sunday, 5:00-6:30pm, classroom

Stretch & Strengthen:  Monday & Wednesday, 11:00am

Community Lunch:  Tuesday, 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.  For more information, or to volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email marykiner@charter.net
Bridge Group:  Tuesday, 1:00pm, social hall

Wednesday Supper:  Wednesday, May 10, 5:30pm social, 6:00pm dinner
$5/adult & $3/10years & under

International Dances:  Wednesday, 7:00pm, classroom

Peacemaker Needleworkers:  Thursday, 1:30pm, social hall

Introductory Meditation Workshop:  Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm, classroom. Contact  Elisabeth Treefon or click  here for more information.

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, sanctuary.  All are Welcome!

Additional Meetings and Gatherings

Facilities Committee:   Friday, May 5, 10:00am

UUCGT Spring Clean-up:   Saturday,May 6, 9:00-12:00

Finance Committee:  Tuesday, May 9, 5:30pm, office

Board Agenda Meeting:  Wednesday, May 10, 1:00pm, library

Little Spiritual Book Group:  Thursday, May 11, 12:00 noon, sanctuary

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday, May 11, 1:00pm, library

Policy Committee:  Thursday, May 11, 5:00pm, classroom

Music Committee:  Thursday, May 11, 6:00pm, sanctuary

Friday Night Out:  Friday, May 12, 5:30-9:00pm

InterPlay Workshop:    Saturday, May 13, 10:00am-1:00pm, classroom
All are welcome!  See flier  here

Singing Sisters:  Saturday, May 13, 10:00am-2:00pm, sanctuary
Contact  Linda Hebert

2017-18 Budget Review & "Meet the Candidates":  Sunday, May 21, 9:00am (this meeting replaces previously scheduled Program Council)

UU Book Club:   Sunday, May 21, 2:00pm, "My Brilliant Friend " by Elena Ferrante.  Join us!

Brewing Community & Wednesday Supper Out:  Last Wednesday
SUMMER format begins in May!  Brewing Community meets Wednesday, May 31 at 5:00pm  at  The Workshop - followed by  Wednesday Supper Out at 6:00pm.   This is a great way to meet people,  laugh with friends, and is family friendly!   RSVP to John Hoffmann if you plan to join us for dinner so we can get a general count.

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FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednes days - p lease  send via email to office@uucgt.org

BEACON articles are due by the 25th of each month to 

Thank you!

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Interfaith Education / Harmony Presentation:   Thursday, May 4th,  7:00 - 8:45pm, Traverse Area District Library - McGuire Room.   Speakers on Judaism, Catholicism, and Baha'i share their religion's history, beliefs, and practices, and what their faith does locally to support harmony between all religions and positive life philosophies.   Rabbi Chava will be presenting
This is a FREE event presented by the Area Council On Religious Diversity (ACORD).  

2017 UUCGT Directories:   Pick one up on Sunday!

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Local Community Needs

End Note....

"Most of the shadows of this life
are caused by our standing in our own sunshine." 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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