UUCGT Flash 
November 16, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 508
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Annual Thanksgiving Feast
A Celebration of Ministry - Rabbi Chava Bahle
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note

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The Practice of Gratitude:  30 Days for UUCGT

"Recent studies have concluded that the expression of gratitude
can have profound and positive effects on our health,
our moods and even the survival of our marriages."
from The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier
Friends, this week we celebrate a beloved UUCGT tradition:  the Thanksgiving Feast at Twin Lakes.  HUGE thanks to the Program Council for coordinating and to all the Committees who will take park.  

Our worship together will begin at 11:00 AM (please arrive by 10:45 with your potluck dishes).  The VE will once again offer the beautiful hymn they shared at our service on Sunday:  "Thanksgiving Song".  I can hardly wait.  
Last Sunday, I spoke about stepping up our game, so I'd like to challenge each and every member and friend to post a daily gratitude for something or someone at UUCGT for the next 30 days.  There is so much to appreciate in and with each other.  Please visit our page http://bit.ly/UUCGTisGrateful as you experience gratitudes and let the community know. 
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday - 

Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, November 19 - No Service at UUCGT

11:00 AM - Brief Service @ Gilbert Lodge, Twin Lakes Park

(6800 N. Long Lake Road)

UUCGT Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

Share a Day of Thanks with Fellow UU's, Friends & Family!

(For more information, please see below)

Lifespan Experience  f or Children,
Youth  and Fam ilies!
Sundays in November for preK-8th grade

We're off to a great start with our "UU & YOU at Hogwarts", and b egan our "literacy horcrux" in November.

Don't forget to join us out at Twin Lakes on November 19 for our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck!  There will be NO Sunday service at UUCGT that Sunday - instead we will have a brief but lovely service at Twin Lakes.
Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
  • "How to Train Your Dragon" - by Cressida Caldwell                 "How to Train Your Dragon has been touted as the perfect book to reel in your reluctant readers.  It's full of varied text and picture use throughout: maps, lists, songs, stat pages on dragons, rough drawings, even stray blots of ink strewn here and there.  Mixed in with all the laugh-out-loud moments, excitement, danger, dragons, and very uncivilized Vikings, your students will find a real hero's adventure complete with a quest or two, impossible odds, a main character you can't help but like, and a story that will keep the kids thinking (despite themselves) all the way through.  You'll find themes of quintessential initiation rites of childhood; dealing with intimidation by peers, parents, and even teachers; finding the leader within; depending on good friends; discovering strength you didn't know you had; learning to adapt; among many others.  This book can be used as a supplement to a study on early Vikings, Norse mythology, and/or even a fun language unit (due to the many bits of dragonese that will have your students in stitches)". Books & Bunnies Book Review
  • For Parents: "Why Grown-Up Muggles Should Read 'Harry Potter'" by David Busis, NY Times:  http://nyti.ms/2sUZ6sF
Annual  UUCGT Thanksgiving Feast!

thanksgiving table setting 
Gilbert Lodge -  Twin Lakes Park
Sunday, November 19
 [No Sunday Service at UUCGT on November 19]

Join us for a brief Service @ 11:00 AM
Potluck Dinner to follow
~ Please arrive by 10:45 for potluck dish deliveries ~

Please Note:  Bring your own Table Service
and a dish to share (turkey will be furnished)

$5 per person / $15 for families
Tickets will be available at the door

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Donated Dinners at Thanksgiving Dinner!

Donated Dinners sign-up sheets will be available this year!
Please bring cash or check  (n o credit cards)
to sign-up and pay for your selection 

Last year, 50% of the proceeds
were donated to the local Food Rescue Program!

A great way to enjoy and support UUCGT & our community!

The UUCGT Committee on Ministry extends a heartfelt invitation to join them  in a celebration of the ministry of Rabbi Chava Bahle,
our Senior Spiritual Leader.  
It has been three years since Rabbi Chava answered the call to spiritual leadership of UUCGT.   Our Congregation will renew its commitment to honor, support, and enhance her ministry  as we embrace it as our collective ministry both within UUCGT and within our community.
We hope you will be able to join us!
Saturday, December 2, 2017
5:30 PM
A wine & hors d'oeuvres reception will follow the Celebration Service
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You are also invited to join us for a Special Sunday Service
on December 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Cake and coffee or tea will be served in the Social Hall following the Service
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Both events will take place at UUCGT
 Please RSVP to Joan Sheard at  joansheard@aol.com

What's Going On At UUCGT?

Please c ontact office@uucgt.org to schedule meetings and events

UUCGT Calendar -  Click here

Meetings & Activities

UUCGT Thanksgiving Service & Feast @ Twin Lakes Park:  Sunday, November 19, 11:00pm.  Bring your own Table Service and a dish to pass.  Tickets available at the door - $5/adult & $15/family

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, November 19, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

Stretch & Strengthen:  Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00am

Community Lunch:  Tuesdays - Volunteers 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, 12:00 noon, sanctuary

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

No Wednesday Supper on November 22 - Happy Thanksgiving!


Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil at the State Theatre
Monday, November 20, 2017,  6:00pm-7:00pm.  Join Polestar LGBT+ Center and Up North Pride  to honor and remember those members of the transgender community whose lives were cut short this year.
Follow the Facebook event page for more details:   http://bit.ly/2hDicS X

Musicians Needed!  Holiday All Music Service on December 10:
In addition to the UUCGT Vocal Ensemble, there will be soloists and small ensembles.   We are in need of wind and string players.  If you have a talent and would like to share, please call UUCGT office at 231-947-3117 and leave your name and what instrument you play.  You can also call John Bailey at 231-944-6059, or email John at  peracola@gmail.com

Wanted - Church Accompanist
Our long-time accompanist, Margie Hunter, is retiring!  UUCGT is looking for an accompanist to play for Sunday Services and Vocal Ensemble rehearsals on Thursday evenings.  If interested, please call UUCGT office, 231-947-3117, or email  office@uucgt.org.

Landscaping Team Meeting!  Wednesday, November 29, 5:30pm, classroom.  We've walked and dreamt big dreams.  Now we need to start planning!  Meet with us to get your ideas heard!  We'll organize, discuss some policies, start listing our "section" ideas, and begin prioritizing.  We'll also determine a monthly meeting time:  yup, we'll work through the winter (an excellent planning time for outdoor stuff!).  If you are a snowbird, but want to work with us, let me know, now!   We'll keep you informed throughout, and offer opportunities for input.  Lauren Keinath

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End Note...

"So you think this is just another day in your life?
It's not just another day.
It is the one day that is given to you .... today."

~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

"A Grateful Day"
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