UUCGT Flash 
March 2, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 471
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
What's Going on at UUCGT?
Article Headline
FYI
End Note
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Reflection...

When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom."







- Marianne Williamson

Beloved Community,

Sundays in March will be devoted to exploring the topic of joy.  How can we find joy when there is so much in the world about which to worry?  

I would say that this is exactly the time we need most to connect with joy so that we can laugh and also be hopeful about the future.  We have some extremely exciting programming coming, including this Sunday.  A community that cannot laugh together, and even laugh at itself, needs to do more of its spiritual homework.  :-)

I also ask you if you are able to join us next Wednesday, March 8th for #ADayWithoutAWoman from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Throughout the day we will have workshops, conversation and opportunities for meditation so that we can be happy, centered peacemakers.

I wish you the blessings of a smile each day.  And if your Joy cannot make you smile. maybe your smile can bring you Joy.

Blessings - 

Rabbi Chava

Sunday Service 
Sunday, March 5 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
No 9:00 AM Program
1 0:30 AM Service: "Let There Be Joy!!"

Let there be joy in our coming together this morning.
Let there be truth heard in the words we speak and the songs we sing.
Let there be help and healing for our disharmony and despair.
Let there be silence for the voice within us and beyond us.
Let there be joy in our coming together.

The UUCGT Committee on Ministry will participate in this special Sunday service.

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. 

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
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UU Potluck & Family Movie Night!
Friday, March 3 - 5:30 PM


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Friday Night Out is March 10th!
5:30 - 9:00 PM
RSVP to Sarah by Monday, March 6th

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Save the Date!

 
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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Mindfulness Meditation:   Sunday, March 5, 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
(1st Sunday, four hour extended sitting time)  

UUCGT Vocal Ensemble:  Meets every Thursday at 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  
All are Welcome!  Contact John Bailey for more information.

Family Potluck & Movie Night:  Friday, March 3, 5:30 PM @ UUCGT
See flier above.

The Activist Hub Training Session:   Sunday, March 5, 9:30 AM
Find out how to use the online communication program, The Activist Hub, chosen by the Social Justice Committee for sharing information about pertinent issues and actions.  It is really easy to use, especially if you have the pleasure of learning from Lynnette Rhodes.  Should you be keen to use The Activist Hub but can't make the training sessions, please contact Lynnette at  lynnetterhodes@gmail.com

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

#ADayWithoutAWoman:   Wednesday,  March 8 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Women's March has called for a general strike.  UUCGT will host a day of learning, meditation and community.  Bring a brown bag lunch.
Watch your Beacon for details.  

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

Meditation for Spiritual Awareness Class - New!  
Thursday, March 9, 5:30-6:30pm, sanctuary.  Free class facilitated by Elisabeth Treefon.  See flier HERE

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, classroom, presented by Lee Edwards and Kat Brown.  Come for a joyful, creative, and transformative experience - fun & insightful!  See flier  HERE 

Singing Sisters:  Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, sanctuary. Contact  Linda Hebert

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

Death Cafe:  Friday, March 17, 10:00 AM, social hall.  Contact Donna Stein-Harris for more information.

Pledge Drive

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 twodogk@aol.com or (231)  929-0895. 

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  S ave the Date!  UU Social Justice Workshop:  
    Saturday, March 18,  9:30AM - 2:30PM
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 ( pjkemler@me.com ) by Wednesday, March 15. 

Wanted:   Large (approximately  17' x 18') rug or carpet for large classroom -   please  contact the office.   Thank you!

   UU Benzie Program:   Wednesday,  March 15:  "T aking Care of the Self in Times of Turmoil" by Laurie Mason.  Contact Laurie at laurele52@charter.net 

   
Special Wednesday  Night Program ~ March 22
Featuring our Newest Art Exhibit  -   PROTEST!
Wednesday, March 22nd, 7:00 PM  ~  
Click  HERE for more details!
 
 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.  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 weavmusic@aol.com.  If you play another kind of instrument, please make your presence known to our Music Director, John Bailey, at peracola@gmail.com.   John will be directing other music groups that day.  Thanks!

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End Note....


Let yourself be silently drawn
by the strange pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.
 
~ Rumi ~
 
(Essential Rumi, version by Coleman Barks)
 

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