Lemonade Stand to Benefit Syrian Refugee Children
During Farm Market hours
This Saturday, 9:30-11:30 AM at UCG

The children of United Church of Granville are partnering with Granville Elementary School 3rd grade teacher Jane Ludwig to fill 40 backpacks with the items below. The backpacks will be given to children living in a Syrian refugee camp on the Greek Island of Samos. Click here for an article about the camp.

We're setting up a lemonade stand on Saturday morning (May 27th) to raise money to buy the backpack items. We may be inside if it's raining. 
If you would like to stop by on Saturday from 9:30-11:30 to bring cookies to sell or have a cup of lemonade, we'd love to see you. If you'd like to bring any of the following items to donate, that would also be wonderful! Thank you all for your support.

Items needed:
Coloring books, for young and older children
Crayons or colored pencils
Small flashlights
White board markers
Rubik's cube or other small game
Soccer balls (small to medium) uninflated - or I can deflate - need at least 40
Tennis balls
Any small fun activity - that does not require batteries and will fit in backpack

This Sunday, May 28th
Worship & Communion, 10 AM
Lunches on the Square &
Equal Exchange after worship

This Sunday we celebrate communion & recognize our high school graduates.  After worship, all are invited to gather in the Chapel to make sack lunches for our "Lunches on the Square" program & to visit the Equal Exchange Fair Trade table, which will be open, as well.  All sales from Equal Exchange benefit small farmers, our Lunches on the Square program, and the Baptist Fair Trade Project.

P.S. Remember!
Next Monday is Memorial Day -- the Church Office will be closed for the holiday.

Are these your intentions?
Make your voice heard about the recent 
Federal Budget proposal!

UCG is a "Creation Justice Church," so we're sharing that our partners at Interfaith Power and Light have alerted us to some disturbing elements of the 2018 budget proposal that was released on Tuesday...

It proposes unprecedented cuts:

* It would cut the EPA's funding by over 31 percent, the largest cut for any cabinet-level agency.

* The budget proposes eliminating ENERGY STAR, a program considered the international standard for energy efficient products that has saved consumers billions of dollars on their energy bills while reducing carbon pollution.

* The budget calls for nearly an 80 percent cut in the Department of Energy's energy efficiency program portfolio.  

* The budget includes zero funding for the Green Climate Fund, an international fund designed to address the critical climate change mitigation and adaptation needs of developing nations. This has been a high priority for us at Interfaith Power & Light.

We, along with many Creation Justice advocates fear that this budget would hamstring our ability to advance clean energy and energy efficiency technologies that create jobs and reduce global warming pollution. It eliminates programs that help low income people weatherize their homes.

If these aren't your hopes for environmental protection in the US, you are urged to contact your representatives today.

Summer Sunday Brunches
are back!
Starting Sunday, June 4th, after worship

With the glorious summer days fast approaching, it's time to mark your calendars for our Super-Fun, Sunday Brunches hosted by our UCG Congregational Life Committee.  The brunches will be  held in our Church's Annex immediately following our Sunday worship from approx. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 4;  Sunday, July 9 and Sunday, July 30.  They're open to all our church families and guests!   Everyone is welcomed!  
This will be our 3rd season of enjoying delicious food together, nourishing our bodies & souls around the table, and discussing community & mission amongst us.  The Congregational Life Committee will handle the set-up & clean-up and will provide the main dish.  Our beloved congregation can help too ... please look for Super-Fun, Sunday Brunches sign up sheets in the Church on Sundays.   
The 2017 summer  brunch theme is:  Enjoy Local Food for Your Health & the Benefit of the Planet.   Again all are welcomed.  Our Sunday brunch organizers for this summer are:  Marsha Crawford - June 4;  Susan Richardson - July 9 and CeeJay Cook - July 30.  
For questions or more information, please contact Kitty Leatham, Chair, UCG Congregational Life Committee via e-mail at kitty.leatham@gmail.com.   Please join us for these Super-Fun, Sunday Brunches on June 4, July 9 & July 30!!

Circle News
UCG Circles are member-organized groups which provide opportunities for people to gather together to do something they enjoy or to explore a common interest!  Thank you, Circle conveners!

The LGBTQ Support & Advocacy Circle (the PRIDE Circle) will be offering an activity after worship on June 4th (which you're invited to participate in while enjoying/'after enjoying the Sunday Brunch) -- "we need to put stickers on over two thousand pride flags, in preparation for this year's Columbus Pride Parade on the 17th!  The stickers will invite people to our Open & Affirming area UCC. All are welcome to help out!"

The Denison school year is over!  So Sitting Zen (Zazen) is now meeting back at UCG on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-7:20 PM,  If you're new to sitting, an orientation is available every Tuesday at 6:30.  For more info, see the FB Page-Granville Meditation

NOTE! Growing Older Together is taking a break during the summer months! 

The UCG Dinner Circle...
had a wonderful gathering last Saturday night at Mark Uher's home, with food provided by Mark & Kitty Leatham, and guests.  Thanks for a great evening!

Coming Soon!
June 5-9th, 9 AM-Noon

The 34th Annual Granville Ecumenical Vacation Bible School is being cooperatively organized by UCG, First Presbyterian, Centenary UMC, St. Luke's Episcopal and St. Edward's Catholic churches.  First Presbyterian is hosting this year, and the theme is "Hero Central: Discovering your Strength in God."

"From the Ashes" Screening at UCG
Friday, June 9th, doors open at 6:30; showing at 7 PM

A compelling look at the lives and issues behind the "war on coal," From The Ashes premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and will air globally on National Geographic later this summer.  Through Interfaith Power & Light, UCG will be able to screen this film in early June--
before it's available on television.  Invite your friends & neighbors!

The movie will be followed by a short presentation from Tom Evans, an activist and specialist on carbon free tax and dividend issues, with group discussion.  Tom, who lives in Minnesota, is stopping by Granville on his way through to a meeting in Washington D.C. on the Citizens Climate Lobby. 

This showing is sponsored by UCG's Green Justice Team.

A reminder about the UCG Message Board!
Since our What's Up e-mails come out only bi-weekly, the Message Board is an important way to get news out quick!  Please sign up!

      As many of you know, the UCG Message Board is a Google e-mail group we can all use to pass along information about important events, community initiatives and even personal needs--directly to all others on the Message Board. 
      Since the bi-weekly "What's Up" e-mails that come from the Church Office contain news primarily related to events directly sponsored by UCG, the Message Board expands our communications capacity by helping people find out about, and to share information regarding events hosted by other groups (beyond the church) as well.  The Message Board also allows our Church Office to distribute important information in a timely manner between bi-weekly "What's Up" e-mails.
      Don't be concerned about "littering up" your inbox!  You don't have to receive every Message Board e-mail separately!  You can elect to receive a daily digest (this is the default option), or an abridged version.  All you need is a Google account (please sign up using an e-mail address linked to that Google account!)  So don't hesitate to sign up & stay "in the loop!" Simply navigate to this address to sign up -

Meditation & Spirituality Practices Group
Every Monday...
Meditation/Contemplation is from 3:15-3:45 PM in the Chapel
Book Discussion to follow, 4-5 PM
In the Spring, our meditation time will be on Mondays, 3:15-3:45.  This is open to everyone.  Spiritual Practices Monday Group will have our discussion from 4-5 PM.  We're discussing Thich Nhat Hahn's You are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment. Note: please enter the church through the "office" door, as the others are generally locked!

Doris Jane Conway (djconway40@gmail.com)

UCG & the UCC at the
2017 Columbus Pride Parade
Saturday, June 17th

Plan now to attend the Pride Festival with your church family, and the other participating churches in area United Church of Christ congregations!

This is an opportunity to show your support of LGBTQ equality and to experience an environment that celebrates each of us for our own unique qualities. All are welcome to attend and this year we have 2 options to participate.

1) You can... March in the Parade!  The UCC Group will have an entry in the parade once again this year. There is very limited space to ride on the back of a flatbed truck that will serve as our float. If you want to march with the group you will need to gather at St. John's United Church of Christ in downtown Columbus at 8:30 AM on 6/17/17. The parade is forming around Goodale Park in Victorian Village and then marching south down to the Scioto Riverfront.  (Pastor's note:  We will likely carpool from Granville as we have in the past--watch for details TBA!)

2) You can... Watch the parade with UCC friends at our first ever Viewing Party!
We will gather at the South East corner of High Street and Nationwide Blvd- there is a small park (Sensenbrenner Park) at the corner. This is perfect if you are not physically able to march or if you want to experience the entire parade. Bring a lawn chair and some snacks & water. There is parking near by at The Columbus Convention Center.

What to wear??? If you have a UCC Pride Pink or Purple T-Shirt from previous years please wear that. If you would like to order a purple t-shirt (same design as 2016) we can order you one if we have your request before Memorial Day. The cost is $10.   You are welcome to join us even if you don't have a UCC shirt-wear a purple shirt or something rainbow color if you have one.
If you have questions please reach out to Andrew Hill at any time ( andrew.e.hill@gmail.com or 614-314-4918).
Thank you!

BPFNA's Summer Conference
AKA "Peace Camp" 
July 17-22, Mision Mazahua, Toluca, Mexico
Registration open now!

Click here to read more about this year's Peace Camp, and to find registration information.  The registration deadline is approaching quickly!  We do have a few vouchers for FREE registration for first-time attendees.  The vouchers cover conference fees (but not room or meals).  See Dwight or Louise for details.

P eace Village this fall!
Mark your calendars - Aug. 7-11, 2017
Ceciel Shaw, UCG's Director of Ministry to Children & Families, is already preparing for this fun, week-long "camp" to be held just before the new school year starts.  Kids will be learning about conflict resolution, their connection to others and the earth, ways to gain inner peace, and how some of the world's major religious traditions encourage peacefulness and peace-making.  If you think you'd like to volunteer that week, let Ceciel know at cecielshaw@gmail.com,

May is "Personal Items" Month
for our Licking County Food Pantry collection

The donation basket for these items is near the piano in the Chapel.  Thanks for your donations!  And remember that you may give financially as well.

Coming Up!
In the next week...

Every Weekday, 9AM-3 PM
SPARK Day Program for Adults with Disabilities in the Annex upper levels
Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool is now on Summer Break!

Thursday, May 25
Property Committee, 10 AM
Granville Meditation (Zen Sitting) in the UCG Chapel, 7 PM

Friday, May 26

AA in the Annex, 7 PM

Saturday, May 27  
Kid's Lemonade Stand to support Syrian refugee children
  (the stand will be near or inside the Chapel, 9:30-11:30 AM!)

Sunday, May 28
in the Sanctuary, 10 AM
Nursery, 10 AM -12:15 PM
Lunches on the Square preparations in the Chapel after worship
Equal Exchange Fair Trade table

Monday, May 29
Memorial Day, Church Office Closed
Meditation/Contemplation, 3:15-3:45
Spiritual Book Group, 4 PM

Tuesday, May 30
Pastor's River Road (Granville) Coffee hours, 1:30-3 PM
Granville Meditation (Zen Sitting) at the UCG Chapel, 7 PM

Wednesday, May 31
Moderators' Meeting, 12Noon

Remember that you can always access a detailed calendar on the church website.
Click here & bookmark it if you'd like!