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Deep Gratitude to YOU!
Beloved community -
This week I want to start with a clear, loving THANK YOU to you.
What an amazing community we have. This past Sunday included our Music Director John Bailey, DLE Sarah Montgomery-Richards, pianists Gary Deavel and Jolynn Paige, the Vocal Ensemble, Price Watts on sound, our greeters, coffee gurus and membership team - this is OUR WORSHIP TEAM!
Wow, it is a delight to serve with such great folks to co-create experiences for us to share on Sundays. Whether our tasks are highly visible or less, this is what makes UUCGT Sundays so very special.
This Sunday, the wonderful Amanda Mangiardi will be leading a very special service with much of her own beautiful music. The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence (SNV) commences on January 30 in cities across the globe. The service will also feature '60s protest songs for singing along. Amanda is kind enough to be offering her CDs for sale with proceeds going to UUCGT. Take home a little of the magic!
I will return to the pulpit the following week with a celebration of Setsubun - the Shinto bean-tossing holiday. If you weren't there last year, you will not want to miss this!
Sunday, February 4 -
10:30 AM Service: "Let It Begin With Me"
The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence (SNV) is an annual 64-day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), as an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The purpose of the campaign is to focus educational and media attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action. These themes will be celebrated in contemplative readings, music, and poetry. Join us!
Sundays in February ~
preK - 8th grade
We've been working on some exciting projects in our "UU & YOU at Hogwarts" curriculum as part of our consideration of poverty, so we'll be continuing this unit through February.
We're learning a lot, and making scarves to donate to Safe Harbor. Additionally, we will continue collecting items for the Goodwill Housing Support Services Wish List through the end of February - the donation tub is located in the hallway near the kitchen, and a copy of the wish list itself can be found nearby or via this link
Suggested reading for families/parents this month!
Our book this month is once again connected to our "Hogwarts" program - this month we have another book dealing with poverty & hunger - and this book is based on a true story!
"Katie's Cabbage" by Katie Stagliano
is the inspirational true story of how Katie Stagliano, a third grader from Summerville, South Carolina, grew a forty-pound cabbage in her backyard and donated it to help feed 275 people at a local soup kitchen. In her own words, Katie shares the story of the little cabbage seedling and the big ideas of generosity and service that motivated her to turn this experience into Katie's Krops, a national youth movement aimed at ending hunger one vegetable garden at a time.
FRIDAY NIGHT OUT!
February 9 - 5:30-9:00 PM
Contact Sarah as soon as possible to reserve space
Lifespan Experience for Adults!
Adult Lifespan Experience Classes Begin February 18
at 9:00 AM!
Please plan to join us for our first "Branches" Adult Education class of 2018! In late 2017 we met to explore the "Roots" topic of
- now we'll apply that experience to a subject. Together we'll be reading Karen Armstrong's "A Compassionate Life" - please see Rabbi Chava's Beacon article for further detail. You have plenty of time to purchase the book! Couldn't join us for the
class? No worries - all are welcome in this book study.
Leadership Development Season is Open
The Leadership Development Committee is beginning its process for building a slate of candidates for positions that will be open at the Annual Meeting in June.
Between now and February 15th, there is an opportunity for any member to suggest candidates for our process. Please see the more detailed information in the February Beacon to learn how you can participate in this important work.
You can also contact any member of our committee, which consists of Joe Cook, Judy Myers, Betsy Emdin, Jan Zerbel and Richard Miller. Our contact information can be found in the Beacon article, in the membership book, or by contacting the office.
Joe Cook, LDC Chair
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UUCGT Book Club:
Sunday, February 11, 2:00-4:00 pm.
"The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro - Barb McClellan, host
Indivisible Grand Traverse (IGT) Sponsored Speaker Event @ UUCGT
Tuesday, February 13, 12:30 PM -
Marian Kromkowski, President League of Women Voters Leelanau County -
"Money in Politics - The League of Women Voter's Commitment to Reform"
(program not affiliated with UUCGT)
Save the Date: Wednesday, February 21 - 7:00 PM
UUCGT Wednesday Night Program
Please plan to join us for this special update on recent work, including Line 5. Please see their website for more information on the organization:
February is African American History Month: "Let Every Voice Be Heard"
Sunday, February 11, 1:00-3:00pm @
in collaboration with the Benzie County Historical Society and Empire Area Museum
See flier here
Event Rescheduled to February 21, 2018
Local Community Needs
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articles are due by the 25th each month -
What's Going On ... at UUCGT?
Winter weather is here!
Please check UU calendar or website
to confirm cancellations and/or office hours
Meetings & Activities
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, February 1, 1:00pm, library
Peacemakers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Meditation Workshop will not meet on Thursday, February 1st
Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Facilities Committee: Friday, February 2, 10:00am, social hall
InterPlay Workshop: Saturday, February 3, 10:00am - 1:30pm, sanctuary
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, February 4 (1st Sunday), 2:30-6:30pm, sanctuary
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am
UUCGT Men's Group:
Monday, February 5, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
Bernie Hanchett presents talk on #MeToo Movement - articles available in the front entryway
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
Indivisible GT: Tuesdays @ noon, sanctuary
Bridge Group: Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall
Wednesday Potluck! 5:30pm social & 6:00pm supper. Share food and UU fellowship
Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, February 8, 9:30am, sanctuary
Brewing Community: Thursday, February 8, 5:00pm @ The Workshop on Garland Street
Meditation Workshop will not meet on Thursday, February 8th
Music Committee: Thursday, February 8, 6:00pm, sanctuary
Friday Night out: Friday, February 9, 5:30-9:00pm - Contact Sarah
Singing Sisters: Saturday, February 10, 10:00am-2:00om, sanctuary
the stars seem to have rekindled their fires,
the moon achieves a fuller triumph,
and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.
- John Burroughs
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week