UUCGT Flash 
September 28, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 501
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Announcement of Special Meeting
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note

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Reflection...  We Begin Again in Listening 

This month we begin a new theme:  Listening is an act of love.  

Our 9 AM dialogue gathering will continue this week and our Sunday services will explore going beyond listening to hearing:  through music, new voices and listening for the voice of the heart.  

We begin this Sunday with an All Music Service and great music from our Vocal Ensemble.  We end the month with a beloved tradition of Samhain, our Day of Remembrance.  
I know this is a bit lengthy, so you'll need to click the link below to continue reading.  

Author Nicole Krauss writes in her book,  The History Love
"So many words get lost.  They leave the mouth and lose their courage, wandering aimlessly until they are swept into the gutter like dead leaves.  On rainy days, you can hear their chorus rushing past: IwasabeautifulgirlPleasedon'tgoItoobelievemybodyismadeofglass-I'veneverlovedanyoneIthinkofmyselfasfunnyForgiveme...."

In blessing,

Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, October 1

 9:00 AM 
Adult Lifespan Experience Connections Program:
"Dialogue in Community" - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Sarah Montgomery-Richards

10:30 AM
"UUCGT Vocal Ensemble ~ All Music Service"
John Bailey, Music Director

The Vocal Ensemble has expressed a desire to sing more often.  With that in mind we are planning more music from Vocal Ensemble members.  To start things off, we will be doing an all Vocal Ensemble service this Sunday, October 1st.  This should be a very enjoyable service with lots of vocal music, duets, solos and quartets joining the Vocal Ensemble.  We will also be inviting those who would like to join in the singing to join the Vocal Ensemble in the singing of "Blue Boat Home."

Join us for a delightful morning of music!  Begin your day with song!

Lifespan Experience  f or Children,
Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in October for preK-8th grade

We will officially be kicking off our UU & YOU at Hogwarts year with our first "horcrux" or issue - hunger.  The children will learn and grow together as they consider this topic with each other through the magic of the world of Harry Potter.  Please feel free to contact Sarah if you have questions about this exciting program.

Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
  • Ravenclaw Reader:  Seeking the Meaning and Artistry of J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts Saga, Essays from the St. Andrews University Harry Potter Conference  - by John Patrick Pazdziora (Editor), Micah Snell (Editor)
  • Into the Pensieve:  The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter - by Patrick McCauley
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Friday Night Out - O ctober 13, 5:30 - 9:00pm
Contact Sarah ASAP to reserve a spot!

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Register NOW for UU & YOU at Hogwarts!

Registration is still open for our "UU & YOU at Hogwarts" program! 
This will be our Sunday morning curriculum Fall 2017 - June 2018.
Don't worry!  Children/youth needn't have read or be familiar with the storylines from Harry Potter in order to fully participate - they need only come with a creative, playful, inquisitive, and open mind ready to explore!

CLICK HERE to view the full brochure!
Print copies are available on the Welcome Table in the social hall.

CLICK HERE  for Registration forms!
Print copies are available on the Welcome Table in the social hall.

We Are Seeking Volunteer Professors ( aka classroom teachers)
Please contact Sarah if you are interested!

Announcement of Special Meeting of UUCGT

called by the Board of Trustees for the Purpose of a Vote
on the UUA Declaration of Conscience
Sunday, October 29, 2017
following 10:30 AM  Sunday Service
UUCGT sanctuary

The Board of Trustees of UUCGT calls for a Special Meeting on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - following the 10:30 AM Service for the purpose of voting on the UUA Declaration of Conscience.  The Board of Trustees voted its approval on the Declaration at its September, 2017 regular meeting.  This special meeting will consist of the single of item of voting on the Declaration.
The congregation will be asked to vote on approving this Declaration of Conscience by a show of hands vote.  Current members in good standing are eligible to vote. 

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

~ Please Note ~
Please schedule committee meetings and events
by contacting

UUCGT Calendar -  Click Here

Meetings & Activities

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

Meditation Workshop:   Group will not meet today, 9/28; October 5 or 12

Brewing Community:  Thursday, September 28, 5:00pm, The Workshop

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Congregation Beth Shalom Yom Kippur Services   
Friday, September 29, 7:30pm, Kol Nidre
Saturday, September 30
10:00am Yom Kippur morning  service
3:00pm family service
4:00pm Yiskor service
4:30pm concluding service
6:00pm break-the-fast

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

Stretch & Strengthen :  Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am

UU Men's Group:  Monday, October 2, 5:30pm, Minerva's.  Max Old Bear presents on Our National Parks.  Copies available in the front entry.

Community Lunch :  Tuesdays - V olunteers meet 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  marykiner@charter.net

Indivisible GT:  Tuesdays, 11:15am-1:30pm, sanctuary

Bridge Group:  Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, social hall

Wednesday Potluck:  Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 social/6:00 supper.  Join UU's for a delicious potluck supper & conversation! 

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday, October 5, 1:00pm, library

Facilities Committee:  Friday, October 6, 10:00am, social hall

InterPlay Workshop, "Deep Play - Drawing from the Well"
Saturday, October 7, 10:00am - 1:00pm, sanctuary - All are welcome!
InterPlay creates a rich forum to dive into our creativity, our authentic inner impulses, and our deeper knowing, while fostering meaningful connections with ourselves and others.  Come join us for this soulful exploration, and draw from the well of creativity and communion offered to replenish and nourish yourself on a deep level. 
For more info contact Lee Edwards at 231-774-6146
For more info @ InterPlay s ee national website at  www.interplay.org
Watch intro video at  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvl2MVLco-c

UU Book Club:  Sunday, October 8, 2:00pm - "Mrs.Lincoln's Dressmaker" by Jennifer Chiaverini.  RSVP to Barb Bloomer, 590-5678.
Also, 2018 book selection, host and discussion leader sign-ups!


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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Local Community Needs
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September Setting Items - A few items that were displayed for the setting during the month of September were not picked up. They are in a box in the storage closet off the sanctuary.  The Sunday Services Committee appreciates that you retrieve them.

Wanted/Needed:  A new microwave for the UU kitchen.  If you are so moved to donate a new microwave, please contact Sandra McDonald or Dave Halsted at 409-0854.  Thank you!

Safe Harbor Opportunities:   As most of you know, Safe Harbor is renovating a building near downtown to house the emergency overnight shelter for those experiencing homelessness.  We are offering an opportunity to contribute financially to this effort on Sunday, October 1.  
See us at the table in the Social Hall if you are interested in contributing or learning more  -  Mike and Sandra McDonald

Men's Group:  Monday, October 2, 5:30pm at Minerva's
Topic:   National Park Service future management concerns
A December, 2016 National Geographic article entitled "The Parks of Tomorrow" looks at changing conditions in the environment and how the National Park Service responds to them in managing for these changes. 
Max Old Bear will discuss the effects of changing climate and other changes including population control (over-crowding by visitors and over population of wildlife), endangered species protection, wildfire management, exotic species control, over development, and modern public expectations.
Copies of the National Geographic article are available in the front entry. 

New!  A Landscaping Team is now being formed!  
Our first goal:  an overall, comprehensive, integrated plan for our space.   
If you have ideas, please come & share!   Anyone who's interested may join in (experience is not a prerequisite!).  

On October 8, we will walk the UU property following the morning service, so that we can begin to build a plan with a solid foundation.  Following the walk, we'll have a short (30-45 minute, promise!) organizational meeting, so everyone can make an informed decision about being part of this Team. 

This whole process will be repeated on October 15.  You may attend either day.   Come, join me -- this is going to be fun!   Lauren Keinath

2017 CROP Hunger Walk, Sunday, October 8, 2:00pm
Bring a sack lunch to UU and have lunch after service in the social hall with other walkers, then go to the Civic Center together! 
This is an  excellent family-focused event!  See John Hoffmann after Sunday Services in the Social Hall for more Information.  Sign up to walk and/or make a donation.

End Note...


FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week


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