UUCGT Flash 
June 1, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 484
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
UUCGT Annual Meeting
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note

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"We bless this space and each other with our intention for connection.
May this truly be a sanctuary that radiates with the warmth of relationship. May it be a place that nurtures and sustains human kinship,
offering shelter and comfort, and creating bonds of affection and care.
May it provide opportunities for collaboration and
interfaith work that does not end at these walls,
but reaches out into the larger community and world.
May we be woven ever more artfully and lovingly
into the interconnected web of life of which we are all a part."   

- Sandra Frees, UUA Worship Web 

Friends, as the cycle of our services on forgiveness culminates this Sunday in a beautiful ritual of blessing I learned at the MidAmerica Regional Assembly, I invite you, from the bottom of my heart to join with us in healing, blessing and celebration.  For the last few weeks we have laid the groundwork for this moment of welcoming each other into (or back into) one another's hearts. 
Prior to the service, the family of Bill Wells will be with us to greet the congregation starting at 9:30 AM.  Following the service, we are offering a light brunch for adults and pizza for the children so we can enter the Annual Meeting feeling fed physically, intellectually and spiritually.  

Additionally, at the Annual Meeting, we are very honored that we will be awarding the first ever "John Ort Spirit of Welcome Award".  What a great celebration of a wonderful man.

Please join us for a very special UUCGT day.  I welcome you with all my heart. 

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava

Sunday Service 
Sunday, June 4 -  Rabbi Chava Bahle with Amanda Mangiardi
1 0:30 AM Service:   "What Will You Bring to the Feast?  A Water Communion " (based on a Service by Rev. Erika Hewitt)

Join us for a joyous, creative (and brief) worship service prior to the Annual Meeting!

How does our garden grow, this community of love?
We each plant seeds that blossom forth, and harvest the fruits thereof.
How does our garden grow?  With stewardship and care:
Our hearts and spirits take their strength from our gifts freely shared.

Families, please have children remain with you in the sanctuary during this short service.  Thank you.
Lifespan Experience  f or Children,
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 June

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

Friday Night Out

June 9th, 5:30 - 9pm - spots are going quickly! 
Contact Sarah ASAP to reserve a spot!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 - following service
The Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, June 4th following the service and a brief break.  Please plan to attend this important meeting!

Absentee ballots will be available on Sunday, June 4 before the 10:30 service for those members who are unable to attend the meeting.

All absentee ballots must be returned and submitted before the Annual Meeting commences. 

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

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

To schedule meetings, please contact  office@uucgt.org
If you need the code for entrance to the building, please make arrangements during office hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9-4

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***   Weekly Activities & Meetings  ***

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

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

Stretch & Strengthen:  Monday & Wednesday, 10:30am (time change)

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, 1:00-4:00pm, social hall

Wednesday Summer Potluck:  June 7, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm dinner @ John & Pinkie Hoffmann's .   BYOB - please RSVP to 275-3602 or
jandphoff@yahoo.com .   P arents with young children are welcome!  Lots of room, large yard for playing and having fun!

International Dances:  Wednesday, 7:00pm, classroom

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

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

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

***   Additional Meetings & Gatherings  ***

Shantideva Fan Club:  Bi-weekly Tuesday evenings 
(6:00pm) OR 
Thursday mornings (9:30am) options - June 1 through October 26.  
A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, by Thumpten Jinpa, PhD.  Click Here for more information and meeting schedule, or c ontact Chris Innes,  cainnes409@gmail.com

Facilities Committee:  Friday, June 2, 10:00am, social hall 

UU Men's Group:   Monday, June 5, 5:30pm, Minerva's.   Topic:  Our National Parklnds, presented by Max Old Bear.   Hand-outs are available on the front entry table.

InterPlay Workshop:   Saturday, June 10, 10:00am-1:00pm, sanctuary
All are welcome!  See flier here 

UU Book Club:  Sunday, June 11, 2:00pm,  "All That Man Is" by David Szalay.  Please note:  No meetings in July & August.

UU Benzie:  Wednesday, June 14, potluck/program at Cliff VanDyke's
231-651-0208 or ccv901@gmail.com  for directions.


FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednes days - email office@uucgt.org
BEACON articles are due by the 25th of each month to 

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Please Note:  Celebrating 4th of July Weekend - There will be no Sunday Service on July 2nd. 

FREE with Pick-up:  Two Hon 4-drawer metal filing cabinets - 26.5" deep, 15" wide, 52" tall.  Call the office if you are interested.

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Local Community Needs

End Note....


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