UUCGT Flash  
   December 24, 2020    

Fourth Sunday in December
TONIGHT: Christmas Eve; SUNDAY Farewell to 2020
Music, Religious Education, and a Link to Calm You...
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End Note: Longfellow on Faith After Tragedy
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This evening, December 24, 2020 at 8:00 PM
(Begin signing in at 7:30 to visit!)

Christmas Eve Service with Music & Candlelight
Sign in to the Zoom Service: Click this link

The Christmas Eve Order of Service is here.
 
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This Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM
(Begin signing in at 10:00 to visit!)

FAREWELL TO 2020
Sunday Service coordinated by Andi Kramer and
led by Rev. Cathy Harrington
  

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye 2020! What a year! What would you like to leave behind besides the pandemic, quarantines, and divisive politics? What will you take forward into the New Year?


Sign in to the Zoom Service: Click  this link

Sunday's Order of Service will be available
at uucgt.org by Sunday morning.

  

Sunday Services are automatically recorded and posted to our Zoom account.  Click here to view the Service of December 20 if you missed it and/or would like to re-view! A passcode is required, that code is 0hg#E!nv

Unfortunately the Winter's Solstice Service shared with UU Benzie was not recorded and there is no way to re-view it.

 


Join Rev. Cathy for a Special Christmas Morning Chat
11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Friday morning December 25th!
 



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MUSIC: "A Few Notes" 
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- from RenĂ©e Russell -  

As the year winds down, I am so deeply grateful for everyone who has encouraged and enjoyed our journey into virtual music making. It has been quite the adventure - with plenty of bumps along the way - but it has shown me such beauty in the way we can all persevere and still find connection through music in a time when connection is sorely needed. My gift of "merry" to you this week are a few of my favorite links to humorous music and a fun, interactive game. Please enjoy and please join us for plenty of beautiful music created by our UU musicians in our Christmas Eve service. 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION          
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- from Claire Crandell -            

Our theme this Sunday was "Watching for the Light". Winter is a time for many celebrations of the Light throughout the world. We began with our happy sharing of the past week and a brief standing breathing meditation. We quickly recapped our wonderful topics of this month of ways to heal ourselves, others and the planet, how to listen, how lovely is the stillness and to pay attention to our own inner voice. Then Arial read a beautiful story she had written about the healing magic of Christmas tree lights. This was perfect for our topic of rekindling hope by watching for the light. We also agreed that we would all do a little drawing to give to Arial as an "illustration" for her story.

We discussed that Christ said, "If thine eye be single thy whole body will be full of Light." Many world religions refer to the Light within and we talked about what a symbol is and the examples of stained glass windows and candles. We made a pledge to be as helpful as we could to our family and friends. As a craft we cut out a paper snowflake and then shouted gleefully to one another "Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!"and "SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!". We all look forward to sharing our Christmas next Sunday.

Here is a link for directions on how to make the snowflake chalice
from our UU SoulMatters resource book!


ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO BREATHE
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- from Guy William Molnar -  







MINISTERIAL SEARCH TEAM REPORT

It's not the Christmas we wanted, but it's the Christmas we got.  Make it merry and stay healthy for a better one next year!

Your MST spent some of our Christmas week meeting time filling our end-of- 2020 and fresh, new 2021 calendars with important work sessions in preparation for the exciting and challenging business before us.  Discussing the details, the how's and when's of the tasks that are coming at us at warp speed, makes us mindful of how grateful we are to have teammates all pulling together, sharing thoughts openly, and generously sharing the considerable load.

Thank you all for your support.  Happy Holidays!
Mary, Geoff, Charles, Dusty, Jim, Chris, Jan





UUCGT Calendar - Stay Up to Date!
And remember that 2020 will be over soon;
the finish line is in sight...

Sunday Services, meetings and classes are hosted on Zoom until further notice. To request a Zoom meeting setup and link for your group or committee meeting, please e-mail Guy or call the office 231-947-3117.
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The entire UUCGT.ORG calendar is HERE. 
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SERVICE INFORMATION
  
Tonight, Thursday, December 24
8:00 PM.  
   Christmas Eve Service
   Zoom link  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82650312513

There is no Vespers Service this Friday Dec 25,
nor next Friday January 1.

Sunday, December 20
10:30 AM (sign in beginning at 10:00)
   Zoom link for Sunday Service
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End Note:

...And in despair I bowed my head 
   There is no peace on earth I said
 
   For hate is strong and mocks the song      
   Of peace on earth, good will to men

   Then rang the bells more loud and deep
   God is not dead, nor does he sleep 
   The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
    With peace on earth, good will to men

   Then ringing singing on its way
   The world revolved from night to day
   A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
   Of peace on earth, good will to men....

                                              "Christmas Bells" by
                                                Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


  
The UUCGT building is closed until further notice
and the OFFICE IS CLOSED AS WELL BEGINNING TODAY
AND CONTINUING UNTIL MONDAY DEC 28 ;
Next week's office hours will be Monday-Wednesday, 8am-4pm.
with any questions or concerns.

Contact Rev. Cathy at revharrington@mac.com
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