UUCGT  Flash 
                      July 16, 2020

In This Issue
"Let's Stay Connected!": Sunday's Service, and an apology about last Sunday...
Another "OOPS!": Link to THE BEACON
Religious Education
Yard Signs-Black Lives Matter
UUCGT Calendar
Bulletin Board with Links to Coronavirus Updates
Directory Update
End Note


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Staying Connected, Summer of 2020...

Greetings to all from me, Guy, the new Office Administrator at UUCGT.  I must begin this week's  Flash with a huge  mea culpa : I apologize heartily for last week's  Flash not having a working link taking you via Zoom to the Michigan-wide UU Service on July 12.  I understand that many of you who had planned to join in were unable to do so, and I am so, so sorry.  I did include the link at first, and checked it several times to be sure it worked, but did not see that when the  Flash was sent the link was no longer operable.  I must have done something to it in my last check.  Please forgive me; I'm learning as I go.  

As of now there is no recording of the service available; however, the organizers of the service are working on an edited video version in hopes of posting it online soon.  If and when we get that information we'll pass it on to you immediately!

This coming Sunday Service, July 19, begins at 10:30 AM and has been coordinated by Mary Van Valin and Renée Russell, who share this description:  

     In this era of Black Lives Matter, what is our role as white allies?  Renée and Mary will speak of their personal experiences digging into white privilege and how it has impacted their lives with hopes of igniting your own curiosity.

Meeting ID: 817 7744 8560
Password: 167208

Audio Only
+1 301 715 8592


The Order of Service will be as follows:

Prelude:  "Oh, I Woke Up This Morning," page 153
Sung by Renée Russell

Chalice Lighting
Ringing the Singing Bowl
Opening hymn: "Oh, Freedom," page 156

Time for All Ages:  Betsy Hammerberg

Joys and Concerns
Music by Demarre McGill

Message:  Part I, Mary Van Valin
Music:  Anthony McGill plays "Oh, Beautiful"
Message:  Part II, Renée Russell

Closing Song: "I Wish I Knew How To Be Free," Nina Simone
Extinguishing the chalice
Closing words



Here's something else
I should have included in a previous  Flash :
A link to



 - from Alison Ernst...

Greetings from Alison Ernst, the newly appointed (as of July 1) Director of Adult RE. I've been working with Betsy and Claire providing RE for Children starting last November, and facilitating writing workshops for adults since Spring. In my new role I am currently planning expanded offerings for adults beginning in the fall, including a program to help us explore our Whiteness in order to become better allies in the important work of dismantling institutional racism
Have you been curious about the UU writing workshops but concerned about committing, not knowing whether you would like it? This is your opportunity to sample a class.  Each session uses the Amherst Writers & Artists method to create a safe space for writers at every level. 
Currently there are three established writing workshops that meet weekly via Zoom:
  •          Mondays - 7 - 8 p.m. - Creative Writing
  •          Tuesdays - 3 - 4 p.m. - Creative Writing
  •          Thursdays - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Family Stories
If you would like to try out a class or two between now and August 6, email me with your request at: awa2write@gmail.com and I'll respond with more info about the workshop method and Zoom access info. 
- Alison
"Writing is really a way of thinking - not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet."
-Toni Morrison


- and from RE Director Betsy Hammerberg...

The Summer Fun Kits were delivered this week! During the spring Sunday Zoom meetings didn't work for many families, for a variety of reasons, and it's wonderful to be able to involve many more of our children this way. 
This week the kids were challenged to build a tall tower; observe a tree and then create a model of it; create a boat for an insect or a fairy; complete a drawing (but it's not a raindrop!); and take a photo of something that makes them smile. See some of the results below!


BLM Yard Signs - Order Today!
To Order: Please email Betsy Hammerberg at dre@uucgt.org

A generous donor has paid for extra signs so that they are available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Signs can be picked up near downtown TC.
UUCGT Calendar -  Stay Up to Date

Sunday Services, meetings and classes are hosted on Zoom until further notice. Need help with Zoom? Click on Zoom links below. To schedule a personal visit with Rev. Cathy via Zoom or phone - after she returns August 11 - contact her by text or email:  231-301-3177;  revharrington@mac.com

This Sunday, July 19 - 10:30 AM
        Sunday Service: Here's the Zoom Sign-in Information Again !
Monday, July 20 - 10:00 AM
        Stretch & Strengthen
Monday, July 20 - 3:00 PM  
        Search Committee Meeting
        Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81653604237

Every Tuesday - 10:30 AM
        Volunteer Community Lunch @ Friends Church - Contact  Mary Kiner 

Tuesday, July 21 - 2:30 PM
        Sunday Service Coordinators
        Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85170198126
Tuesday, July 21 - 3:00 PM
         Leadership Development has been postponed as per Sandra                       McDonald.

Wednesday, July 22- 11:00 AM
        Stretch & Strengthen Class - Again, note the time change.
Wednesday, July 22 - 5:30 PM  
         Wednesday Potluck Supper - We'll socialize at a safe distance!   All               are welcome!  C ontact Mike and Sandra McDonald  for details

Thursday, July 23 - 2:00 PM
         Congregational Care Team
         (If needed:) Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88618490745

Friday, July 24 - 2:00 PM
          Rehearsal for Sunday Zoom Service

To schedule all meetings & events, contact  office@uucgt.org
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Want to do something constructive in this time of continued cautiousness? Help set up a diverse UU Free Library with books for all ages about racism, GLBTQ+ and more! Contact Emmy Lou Cholak if interested and read more in the Beacon. Thanks!   https://littlefreelibrary.org/

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We still have
T -shirts: 
2 med and 4 lg available at $20 apiece.
This money supports local BLM efforts!
Well-made, 100%-cotton shirts.
Please contact or come by the office.

Reminder: Book Club in August: White Fragility
Please contact Rev. Cathy.


Coronavirus infections and cases of the Covid-19 illness are rising faster than ever before in a majority of states.  Grand Traverse County itself is now a hotspot on the NY Times' interactive map, lit up in red. Many major news outlets are offering their coverage of the pandemic for free, without needing a subscription or running into a paywall.  This is true of both

Continue to stay informed, be safe, save lives.


The UUCGT Directory is STILL being updated!

Please send any CHANGES of contact information to
Please note: CHANGES ONLY!

* Tired of this image yet? You'll be seeing it a lot!

End Note...

"Act as if what you do  makes a difference. 

                                     -  William James
                                        American philosopher & psychologist


Most of the UUCGT building is closed until further notice;
however the office will be manned Tuesday-Friday
for most of the next few weeks.
with any questions or concerns.

Contact Rev. Cathy at revharrington@mac.com
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