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Good morning, and happy Thursday!
This is a very important edition of the Flash, so PLEASE DON'T JUST SKIM THIS WEEK! (Especially since the 1st falls on a Thursday, meaning you'll have both this Flash and the newest Beacon - an embarrassment of riches, as it were.)
Not only is it Spring, but it's April, if you can believe it. In addition to a powerful message from Rev. Cathy regarding this Sunday's Service and our current political climate, this edition of the Flash has news of a new spring line of face masks, plus brief but significant updates on the 2021-2022 Pledge Drive (!) and on the Search for our new Settled Minister (!!). PLEASE DON'T SKIM THIS WEEK!
You can also consider this your first official notice (as per our by-laws) of the Congregational Annual Meeting. It will take place on Sunday, June 6. The format of the meeting is yet to be determined.
In this Flash you'll see a list of the candidates for positions on the Board of Trustees and on the Leadership Development and Endowment Committees. PLEASE DON'T JUST SKIM THIS WEEK! All of these folks have given serious consideration to the responsibilities they are willing to take on in service to the UUCGT; please honor their commitment by taking a moment to read these very brief bios.
There's also a "heads-up" note in the Calendar letting you know that the Social Justice Action Team will meet on April 11 following the regular Sunday Service. All are welcome!
Thanks for giving this Flash an extra minute of your time, and if by any chance I haven't made my point yet, PLEASE DON'T SKIM THIS WEEK!
L, as Reverend Cathy says,
Guy "Subtlety" Molnar, your Office Admin
SPRING MEANS A NEW LINE OF MASKS!
The CDC and others recommend that we all continue to mask up, even if fully vaccinated. It is not known yet if vaccinated persons can still carry and transmit the coronavirus even if not susceptible
to the Covid-19 disease. Continue to stay safe, avoid large gatherings indoors, and don't book any airline travel just yet!
For the Service, the Zoom link is here.
The Service begins at 10:30am; you can sign in at 10:00 AM to visit!
"The Road to Emmaus"
Easter, Renewal, & Giving Back Again
Sunday's Service has been coordinated by Amanda Mangiardi and will be led by Rev. Cathy Harrington. Rev Cathy writes:
The efforts to restrict voting rights by conservatives is blatantly racistand just plain wrong, and we can and must do
something about it. The UUA has released this statement along with ways that UU's can actively resist this shameful and dangerous at
tack on democracy.
As Unitarian Universalists, our values hold that all people should have a voice and a vote in choosing their leaders and determining what is best for ourselves and our communities. Our principles compel us to protect the broadest use of the democratic process and remind us that the oppression of any community is a moral injury to us all. As we witness the intentional undermining of the electoral process, our faith beckons us to resist these attacks on democracy and protect voting rights everywhere.
As Unitarian Universalists, we don't align with the Christian doctrine of substitutionary atonement or the literal interpretation that Jesus rose from the dead. But a liberal interpretation of the Gospel stories can speak to the significant issues happening today. For example, Jesus' kingdom of God movement was one of justice, peace, and equality. He was Jewish, but he challenged the status quo with its barriers of injustice and inequality. He was a subversive character and was a direct threat to the economic domination system that prevailed in Jerusalem, a corrupt system that benefited the wealthy and oppressed the poor. As Sister Helen Prejean once said to me, "When Jesus was murdered, the disciples had to make meaning, so they wrote the Gospels." Easter Sunday's service will offer an interpretation of the Gospel stories that can offer insight and guide us as we emerge from the isolation of the pandemic, welcome the arrival of Spring, and actively resist injustice and inequality.
See you in church!
Again, the Zoom link for SUNDAY SERVICE is
The Order of Service is not yet ready as of Flash distribution time, so it'll be in Sunday morning's "Reminder."
It'll also be posted on our website homepage at uucgt.org
The Service of Sunday March 28 was recorded;
you can access that recording here.
You will need the passcode !epRy6%b
| MINISTERIAL SEARCH TEAM REPORT?
Well, not exactly...
First of all: Imagine that we are hunting wabbits, and be vewwy, vewwy quiet!
That said, there is no "official" MST report to share this week.
However! Whispers are being heard in the drafty, deserted corridors among "those in the know" suggesting that we are this close to learning the identity of a candidate to be our new Settled Minister.
I repeat: this is NOT an official or authorized MST report. Just something that has reached the ears of someone who wants to take this chance to remind everyone to thank the extraordinary Team that has been working tirelessly on this task during this year of unprecedented challenges and difficulties!
That team? Well, none other than...
Mary, Geoff, Charles, Dusty, Jim, Chris, Jan
THIS JUST IN!
MINISTERIAL SEARCH TEAM REPORT?
Well, yes, actually...
Well, just imagine! Turns out there IS an "official" MST report this week; it came in after the anonymous tip above...
Our period of deep discernment has concluded! Intense pre-candidating weekends have provided the final strokes to an engaging portrait of the promising future of our beloved UUCGT in partnership with a Settled Minister.
This is an emotional time for us. We feel tremendous gratitude and respect for each other and for the growth of our devotion to our Congregation. Through this rather grueling process we have come to better understand the importance of UUCGT to each of us personally, and of its potential for even greater benefits to the community far beyond our walls.
And now we eagerly await the day when we can announce that we have a candidate.
With much love & gratitude,
Mary, Geoff, Charles, Dusty, Jim, Chris, Jan
CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION
TO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AT UUCGT
The Leadership Development Committee feels that we have a great slate of very well qualified candidates who you will be able vote into office at the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 8. We thank our candidates for being willing to accept these leadership positions.
CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF TRUSTEES, ONE YEAR TO FINISH A TERM:
has previously served a term on the Board and has served on the Congregational Care Team for many years. Currently she is tending to our indoor plants. The landscape Committee will become active soon and she looks forward to cleaning up the station she volunteered for. "These are exciting times for UUCGT. We will soon be voting for a new settled Minister. At some point this year, we will indeed be facing each other in real time, hugs and all. I very much need and want these events to happen and being on the Board of Trustees will give me a front row seat of opportunities to be an active participant in the 'new Beginnings'."
CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF TRUSTEES, THREE YEAR TERMS:
joined UUCGT in 2016 after relocating to TC from California with her family. In 23 years of active participation in three UU congregation, she has developed worship services, covenant workshops, RE programs and membership, congregational life and health programs. She has been an OWL educator, lead CUUPS and a Green Sanctuary committee and a Program Council, been a choir director and Vice President of the Board, served on camp staff and District leadership positions-and much more. She is now a part of the Minister's Transition Team at UUCGT. Kat has a Ph.D. in American History. She is married to Keith and has a young adult son and a young daughter.
has been a member of UUCGT for seven years, getting involved immediately in activities, especially Membership. She has been on the Ministerial Search Team this past year. She also serves on The Community Needs Team and Hospitality. She grew up in Pennsylvania and has a background in Catholicism, Evangelical and Reformed Churches and Quakerism before moving to TC and joining UUCGT. She has worked as an office administrator, research assistant and coordinator in an Education Agency. She is married to Rick and has an adult daughter.
Continuing on the Board: Mary Anne Rivers, Tom Darnton, Pam Hendrick and David Hassing
CANDIDATES FOR TWO YEAR TERMS ON LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE:
has been a member of UUCGT for four years. She has been a member of the Shantidiva Fan Club, New Moon Group, small groups and Sunday Services greeter and Coffee Committee host. She is a retired Clinical Social Worker, focusing on Death and Dying, Family Systems Therapy, and Trauma Treatment, and has been a yoga meditation teacher. She has volunteered in several community organizations including her synagogue and in homeless shelters. She is married to Dusty, has three grown daughters, and one granddaughter.
has been a member of UUCGT since 2018 and has already been of the Healthy Congregation Team and Minister's Transition Team and is a small group leader. She came to us from active participation in UU congregations in Washington State and Oregon, where she volunteered on fellowship, caring and educational committees. She was born in Mexico, worked in business management and family counseling in the immigrant community. She has two daughters and one granddaughter.
has been a member of UUCGT since 2014. He has served on the UUCGT Board for four years, including two years as President. Mike is currently serving on the Finance Committee and Chairing the Staff Resources Committee. He has been active in the community, where he is currently Board Chairperson for Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse. He is retired from the computer services industry, where he held management and executive positions for most of his career. In his free time, he enjoys golf, attending films and theatre, reading and activities with family and friends. He is married to Sandra and has three grown children and four grandchildren.
Continuing on LDC: Charles Brackett and Nan Worthington
CANDIDATES FOR ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE, SECOND THREE YEAR TERM FOR EACH:
has been active in three UU congregation over the past fifty years, including seven years here at UUCGT. He enjoys serving on the Finance, Landscape, stewardship, Facilities and Endowment Committees and looks forward to trying the Congregational Care and Sunday Services Committees in the future. Karl is retired but continues to work as a handyman carpenter. Previous occupations include cash crop and hog farming and teaching middle school science and alternative education. Karl is married to Lauren and has two grown children and eight grandchildren.
has been a member of UUCGT for twentyfour years. She volunteers for Memorial Services and Tuesday Lunches at Fifth and Oak. She is currently serving on the Art, Landscape and Endowment Committees. Her professional background is in Education, Middle School thru University in areas of Science and Nutrition.
Continuing on Endowment: Nancy Doughty, Hal Gurian and Don Pyne
You can view, access, and download
a copy of these photos and bios here.
The 2021 - 2022 Pledge Drive has picked up more momentum! Thank you to the now-93 pledging units who have returned their pledge forms as of March 31 for a total of $211,154.00 or slightly more than 70% of our goal of $300,000.00. We are nearly three-quarters of the way to that goal!
It now seems feasible to hope that we'll go all the way toward meeting the needs of, and fully supporting, UUCGT and all the various programs that have been developed to Nurture our Hearts and Expand our Minds.
It is now even easier to make your 2021-2022 pledge payments: A "Giving Fund" for 2021-2022 Pledges has been added to the "Give" page at our home website, uucgt.org. Or go directly to that page and click on "2021-2022 Stewardship Pledges" from the drop-down menu!
Those who have pledged in the past and have not returned your forms will begin getting friendly reminder calls from members of the Stewardship Team.
If you have any questions, please contact anyone on the Stewardship Team.
John Hoffmann, Alison Kadlec, Karl Keinath, Jon Luoma,
Mary Anne Rivers, and Rick Walter
if you need copies mailed to you please call Guy at the office: 947-3117
You can access the entire calendar online HERE;
here again are the links for our Services:
Fri 04.02.21 8:00 PM Vespers
Begin signing in
at 7:30 for the 8:00 PM Service, a time of music,
poetry, prayer, meditation, and contemplation.
Sun 04.04.21 10:30 AM Regular Sunday Service
Begin signing in at 10:00 to visit before the 10:30 AM Service, and plan
to visit again in "Breakout Rooms" after!
Also, please note and plan ahead!Sun 04.11.21 12:00 PM Social Justice Action Meeting
Immediately following the regular Sunday Service. Here's the
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81124348986
Please continue to give to For Those in Need
in our virtual "collection baskets".
End Note (because this bears repeating):