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Beloved community -
I hardly have words to thank each of you who participated in last Sunday's service of blessing and the Annual Meeting. The love, kindness and generosity that is YOU was completely palpable. I was in awe.
Such good things are happening at UUCGT! This Sunday, we celebrate a beloved ritual - the Flower Communion - in conjunction with a service lovingly crafted by Betsy Emdin. Bring a flower to share and you will be blessed in return.
Also, a reminder to those who wish to attend the interment of Bill Wells here at the UU memorial garden, that will take place on Friday, June 9 at 11:00 AM. A celebration of Bill's life will take place at the Northport Marina Pavilion on Saturday, June 10 at 3:00 PM. Lawn chairs are encouraged. In case of rain, the service will move to Trinity Church in Northport. Those wishing to honor Bill's life are invited to make a donation to UUCGT.
A few notes:
- There will be no Sunday service on July 2 - we are giving the Sunday Services Committee a Sabbath!
- Rabbi Chava will be taking a sabbatical in July. The purpose of this time is to rest and reflect. I have a long reading list planned, will make pilgrimage to Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, will be doing a naming ceremony for my great niece (whose Hebrew name is also mine), and speak at a conference for the Education Sisters of Saint Francis in Milwaukee.
Thank you for supporting me in taking some time for spirit and family.
In blessing -
Sunday, June 8 -
Lay-led Service with Betsy Emdin
0:30 AM Service
"Poetry of the Earth: A Service in Song and Word"
Through poetry, story and song we celebrate the coming of Summer.
We will honor the beloved tradition of the Flower Communion.
Please bring a flower to share at the service and we will each have an opportunity to choose a different flower that speaks to us to take home.
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.
We are pleased to share that we are launching our 5th annual Specialty Class Summer - our Sunday morning Summer Program for children preK-5th grade runs June 1st through September 3rd. This program consists of fun & informative lessons led by congregants and special guests. Anyone from the congregation interested in sharing a hobby, craft, skill, or lesson is encouraged to contact Sarah to schedule a Sunday to work with the children.
Youth are invited to remain in the sanctuary throughout the summer.
Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
- Henry Builds a Cabin by DB Johnson
- Henry Climbs a Mountain by DB Johnson
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Friday Night Out!
June 9th, 5:30 - 9pm
(FNO is full this month!)
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hat's Going On At UUCGT?
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon
If you need the code to enter the building, please make arrangements during office hours: Monday - Thursday, 9-4
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Program Council: Sunday, June 11, 9:00am
UU Book Club: Sunday, June 11, 2:00pm,
"All That Man Is" by David Szalay - hosts, H.
G. & Autumn Smith
Please note: No meetings in July & August
LGBTQ Group: Sunday, 5:00-6:30pm, classroom
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday, 10:30am (time change)
Staff Resources: Monday, June 12, 1:00pm, library
: Tuesdays - volunteer at 10:30am. 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
Bridge Group: Tuesday, 1:00-4:00pm, social hall
Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 13, 5:30pm, office
Shantideva Fan Club
: Bi-Weekly options June - October on Tuesday evening @ 6:00pm
Thursday morning @ 9:30am.
Next meetings, June 13 & June 15.
A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, by Thupten Jinpa, PhD
Board Agenda Meeting: Wednesday, June 14, 1:00pm, library
Wednesday Summer Potluck
: June 14, 5:30pm at Mike & Sandra McDonald's. BYOB and a dish to share. Dessert will be provided (rumored to be homemade cherry pie!). For additional information contact Mike or Sandra at
or (231) 935-3759.
Join us for a summer evening of community friendship and delicious foods!
: Wednesday, June 14, potluck/program at Cliff VanDyke's, 231-651-0208 or
International Dances: Wednesday, 7:00pm, classroom
Rabbi Chava Open Office Hours: Thursday, June 15, 10:00-11:30am
Peacemaker Needleworkers: Thursday, 1:30pm, social hall
Introductory Meditation Workshop
: Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm, sanctuary. Contact
for more information.
Vocal Ensemble: Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, sanctuary. All are Welcome!
F Y I
BEACON articles are due by the 25th of each month to
Encourages you to go to this link (
at Citizen's Climate Lobby, and call our legislators on Friday, June 9th in support of the Traverse City students and adults who will be lobbying Congress on Tuesday, June 13th. We helped TC students raise funds for their trip, and by calling in on Friday 6/9, the congressional offices will have heard from lots of us before these climate lobbyists meet with legislators to try to get meaningful action on climate change.
No Sunday Service on July 2nd as we c
elebrate the pre-4th of July weekend.
FREE with Pick-up: Two Hon 4-drawer metal filing cabinets - 26.5" deep, 15" wide, 52" tall. Please call the office if you are interested.
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week