UUCGT  Flash 
May 14, 2020
Vol. 14, Issue 638
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
RE Children & Youth
Zoom 5.0 Upgrade
Letter from Healthy Congregations
Annual Meeting - June 21
UUCGT Calendar
Social Justice
Online Giving
Bulletin Board
End Note


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Minister's Musings...

Dear Ones,

The president of the UUA has issued new guidance that congregations plan for virtual church through May 2021. UUA staff and president Susan Frederick Gray have consulted with multiple health experts before making this recommendation: 

"We are guided by science and our deepest held values. 
This pandemic teaches us that our actions directly impact the health and well-being of our neighbors..." 

I am grateful for Susan's leadership and wisdom in this uncertain time. We will continue to improve our virtual services and find new and creative ways to continue to build beloved community and care for one another.

This is sobering news, but I want you to know that UUCGT's search for a new Settled Minister will continue as planned. UU congregations all over the country have had successful searches this year using virtual technology, and you will too. With clear guidelines in place, we can also plan creatively for the year ahead. Our Unitarian Universalist faith is so needed in this extraordinary time, and together we can be beacon of hope and love to our hurting world.

I am always available to answer questions or concerns, so please do not hesitate to call or email me.

In faith and love,

Link to UUA article here:  https://bit.ly/2LvhySI

Link to article by Professor Erin Bromage,  Comparative Immunologist and Professor of Biology (specializing in Immunology)

Sunday Service - Join us on Zoom
May 17 - 10:30 AM - "Creatively Coping" 
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Mary Van Valin, R enée Russell, Pam Hendrick, Mary Anne Rivers, coordinators

Start signing in at 10:00 AM
For security purposes you will first enter a 'waiting room' and
then 'greeted' into the service

By Phone: 1 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 832 2607 4824

Check UUCGT website -  www.uucgt.org  - for information and links on how to connect with Zoom.

Religious Education - Children  & Youth 
9:45 AM Sunday Morning RE on Zoom

Last Sunday we gathered to connect, share, and discuss the mother figures in our lives. We learned about the history of Mother's Day and how it is celebrated around the world. The children made sweet cards for their mothers or others who mother them.
This coming Sunday we will learn about Vesak, a Buddhist holiday which celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. 
Vesak occured on May 7 this year. 
For check-in this week, please bring something to represent new learning. It could be a science experiment, an object from nature, a book, or anything else that has led you to new learning. 
I look forward to seeing many of you soon!

- Betsy 
Note:  Zoom meeting link for Sunday Morning RE will be sent to families in a separate email. If you have a child who would like to attend the RE gathering and you did not receive the link, please contact Betsy at
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Zoom 5.0 Upgrade

All Zoom users will need to download this version to their computers, tablets, phones, etc. no later than May 30. 
After May 30, users will be forced to execute the download in order to access the Zoom platform.

To update your Zoom app, please visit  zoom.com/download

 What has the UUCGT Healthy Congregations Team been up to?
This article builds on an article published in the May Beacon that strives to answer this question. We want your input and questions. We are working on a process to lead us through our journey to a Healthy Congregations System. We want to discuss how we ideally ARE with each other and share the three steps to guide what we DO with each other when conflict arises. 
Below are the three steps of our proposed HEALTHY CONGREGATION GUIDELINES FOR THE HCT AND THE CONGREGATION AT LARGE. These will be voted on at our upcoming Annual Meeting on June 21, 2020.

2020 UUCGT Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 21 ~ 12:00 PM

The UUCGT Board of Trustees has set Sunday, June 21 at 12:00 pm as the date and time for the Congregation Annual Meeting.

This is two weeks later than our normal Annual Meeting, but gives us extra time to prepare for a meeting that will not be routine. We will likely hold the meeting using Zoom since we expect social distancing to still be the norm even if other restrictions have been lifted.

This will be a very important meeting in that we will be electing four members of the Search Team for our new Settled Minister.
UUCGT Board meeting ~ W e dnesday, May 20 - 7: 00 PM
Find Zoom link in Calendar below
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2020 Candidates

Board, Endowment & Leadership Development Committees
Voting will take place prior to or at the UUCGT Annual Meeting

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.
If you would like a personal visit with Rev. Cathy via Zoom or phone, please contact her by text or email:  231-301-3177;  revharrington@mac.com

Sunday Services Rehearsal
Friday, May 15 - 2:00 PM
Friday, May 15 - 8:00 PM  
Vespers - A quiet time to connect with others, relax, breathe
    **  Sign in early for social time @ 7:30 PM
Zoom link & Order of Service will be emailed Friday, 5/15

Sunday, May 17 - 9 :45 AM
Religious Education for Children 
Contact Betsy Hammerberg  for Zoom link , dre@uucgt.org

Sunday, May 17 - 1 0:30 AM   ** Sign in after 10:00 AM
Sunday Service - "Creatively Coping"
By Phone: 1-646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 832 2607 4824
Order of Service will be emailed Friday, May 15

Monday & Wednesday - 10:00 AM
Stretch & Strengthen Class - Stay Fit at Home!
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86328072766 

Every Tuesday - 10:30 AM
C ommunity Lunch @ Friends Church C ontact Mary Kiner

Tuesday, May 19 - 1:30 PM
Sunday Services Committee

Tuesday, May 19 - 2:30 PM
Sunday Services Coordinators Meeting
Wednesday, May 20 - 10:00 AM - noon
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy
Look for Zoom Meeting link on Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, May 20 - 5:30 PM
Wednesday Happy Hour on Zoom!  All are welcome!
Join us for Happy Hour every Wednesday.  Bring your beverage of choice and share in fellowship!  C ontact  Mike and Sandra McDonald  for the weekly Zoom invite.

Wednesday, May 20 - 7:00 PM
UUCGT Board Meeting
By Phone:  +1 929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 899 8160 1369

Thursday, May 21 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy
Look for Zoom Meeting link on Tuesday, May 19

Covid-19: The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them

Worth the read! Easy to read & well explained
How and what to do - When and why
Guns Don't Belong in the Capitol
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

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Official petition: Equal Rights for the LGBTQ Community

Social Justice Action
Emmy Lou Cholak,  sjatcmi@gmail.com

UUCGT Online Giving
Check out an informative video and links at
Thank you for your generous contributions of support
Questions? Email Glennda Corning at  bookie@uucgt.org

UUCGT Bulletin Board
Visit our website at  www.uucgt.org

* * * UUCGT Membership * * *
Interested in becoming a member of UUCGT?
If your answer is Yes! please contact office@uucgt.org to schedule a video session with Rev. Cathy. Alternatively, an in-person meeting with the Orientation Team can be arranged as soon as we can be together again. Your choice!
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Hand-crafted face masks made by several UUCGT Peacemaker Needleworkers and Friends are available in the front entryway. Donations support the Ministerial Search Committee and are appreciated.  I f you would like a mask(s) mailed to you, please contact Sandra McDonald at 231-935-3759
Stay informed, be safe, save lives
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Soul Matters Monthly Packets OR recordings of Sunday Services
Available by request - Contact  office@uucgt.org
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End Note...

Sticking with that uncertainty,
getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos,
learning not to panic --
this is the spiritual path.
- Pema Chodron -
UUCGT office will be closed until further notice
Please email office@uucgt.org with any questions/concerns

Contact Rev. Cathy at revharrington@mac.com
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