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Let the Joy Continue
We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us.
We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds
and see our destiny in grains of sand.
- Robert McCammon
March is our month of joy, of celebrating, of being a little silly, but underneath it is the firm belief that what we are actually doing is reminding ourselves of a deep part of our true nature.
After the darkness and hardships of winter, we touch inside to remember sweetness and joy. Last Sunday, I mentioned two books several of you have asked about:
The Dalai Lama and Arch. Desmond Tutu's,
The Book of Joy
The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger
The two books are a nice balance for this liminal time of year.
Join us this Sunday for the next installment of why joy matters!
Also, let me take this Flash moment to thank our awesome staff:
Sarah, Susan and Sheri for leading on #ADayWithoutAWoman.
Our staff is nimble, willing and joyous. A pleasure to work with you, ladies!
Sunday, March 12 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
No 9:00 AM Program
0:30 AM Service: "
Purim: How to Face An Oppressor"
Many cultures re-enact chaos (Mardi Gras, Purim) and role reversals prior to the Spring new year.
UU writer Sharon Wylie writes:
For millennia, people have gathered together to hear stories, to root for the underdog, to jeer the evil and the unkind. We see in our stories
mirrors to our own lives where we hope good things will happen to good people and that evil will be vanquished."
This morning we gather for story, for cheering and jeering, for hope and for justice.
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.
CHILD / YOUTH OF THE MONTH!
Our Child of the Month is Jack Matchett!
Make sure you take a moment to greet Jack when you see him, and check out the poster featuring him in the social hall all of this month!
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? Contact the office!
Sundays in March
As a congregation we will be exploring the theme of joy - and what better way to tie that into our lessons than celebrating nature and the changing of the seasons! Through lessons based on our 6th UU Source - the Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature - we will happily welcome the spring together!
Suggested readings for families/parents this month
- "Sitting Still Like a Frog - Mindfulness Exercises for kids (and their Parents)" - by Eline Snel
Friday Night Out - March 10!
5:30 - 9:00 PM
by noon, Thursday, March 9
Save the Date! Spring Break!
hat's Going On At UUCGT?
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon
Please contact UUCGT office to schedule meetings & events
UUCGT Vocal Ensemble: Meets every Thursday at 7:00 - 8:30 PM.
All are Welcome! Contact
for more information.
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, classroom, presented by
and Kat Brown. Come for a joyful, creative, and transformative experience - fun & insightful! See flier
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, sanctuary. Contact
UU Book Club: Sunday, March 12, 2:00 PM, "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion, hosted by Marcia Bellinger
Wednesday Potluck! March 15, 5:30 PM social time & 6:00 PM dinner
Join together in fellowship, conversation and a delicious shared meal!
Meditation for Spiritual Awareness
Thursday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 PM, sanctuary. Free class facilitated by Elisabeth Treefon. See flier
Friday, March 17, 10:00 AM, social hall. Contact
for more information.
UUCGT Board Meeting: Monday, March 20, 5:30 PM, classroom
Reminder to Pledge for 2017-2018
A reminder to return your completed pledge either online, at UUCGT or through the mail by March 19. If you have not received pledge materials, you can pick up a packet after Sunday Services, or contact
Kay Sturgeon at
PLEDGE DRIVE CELEBRATION
~ Please Join Us ~
March 19 after service
F Y I
UU Benzie Program:
March 15: "T
aking Care of the Self in Times of Turmoil" by Laurie Mason. Contact Laurie at
UU Social Justice Workshop:
Saturday, March 18,
9:30 - 2:30
We need you!! Yes, YOU!! Please join the Social Justice Committee on Saturday, March 18, in helping to determine the one or two issues that we will prioritize as a congregation. We will be guided by Kat Norman using an excellent program she has designed based on UU principles. A thoughtful discussion of what is important to us, a chance to engage with fellow congregants and a delicious lunch (a $5 donation is appreciated) are all great reasons to attend. Please RSVP your intent to Paula Jo Kemler
Night Dinner & Program ~ March 22
Featuring our current Art Exhibit -
5:30 social time, 6:00 dinner, 7:00 program
RSVP to Ellie Smith, 231-620-4183.
for more details!
Brewing Community: Thursday, March 24, 5:00-7:00pm, Rare Bird.
This is a great way to meet people,
laugh with friends, family-friendly!
Contact Sarah with questions.
17' x 18') rug or carpet for large classroom -
contact the office.
We've welcomed many new members to our beloved congregation in the past year. Some of you may not be aware that we have string groups, brass groups, an impromptu orchestra, as well as other instrumental groups from time to time on Sunday mornings. If you play ANY instrument, we welcome your presence up front on Sunday.
In particular, I'm looking for string players we're unaware of to participate with us March 26. If you're interested or unavailable but would like to play some time, please send your contact information to me, Judy Weaver, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you play another kind of instrument, please make your presence known to our Music Director, John Bailey, at email@example.com.
we must hold out the chalice of our being
and give back.
phone: l(231) 947-3117 website: www.uucgt.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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