UUCGT  Flash 
July 25, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 596
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Our Whole Lives
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...
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Reflection...

On Sunday, when I spoke of my time with you having been a blessing, I meant it.
 
My experience with UUCGT was defined by a core of committed individuals who have dedicated extraordinary amounts of time and resources to the belief that Traverse City needs an unabashedly liberal and progressive community of those willing to step forward and speak up. I carry with me memories of how you have been willing to do what needs to be done, and I look forward to hearing reports of how the congregation is moving forward into what I hope will be a bright future.
 
As we move towards new adventures, here are a few thoughts from last week's sermon:
 
Like pearls of great wisdom, the people here are well suited to take up present challenges, the anxiety and frustrations, and find ways to transform them all into things of wisdom and beauty and lasting strength. From my perspective, yours is a congregation for whom the path has not been easy nor clear. But let me say just one more time:   You are not damaged.   You are not broken.
 
Yes, there have been challenges that nearly brought you to your knees, but they didn't. You worked through them with vision and a sense of adventure - which is an untold blessing unto itself. I hope that one day, you will know that deep in your bones, and recognize the blessing that you are to this community.
 
Thank you, for inviting me into your midst for even this briefest of ministries.   Thank you for trusting me your joys and dreams, as well as your deepest concerns and fears.
 
Thank you for reminding me that in the midst of chaos there is always a place for hope, and that in times of crisis the efforts of a handful of committed individuals may just be enough to do exactly the work that is needed.
 
Thank you for allowing me to walk beside you for these few months. Traverse City has held a special place in my heart for nearly 15 years, and now it has one more reason to warm my heart.
 
It is a blessing to be.
It is a blessing to be here.
It is a blessing to be here now.
It is a blessing to be here now, together.
 
With dreams of only the best for you,
Rev. Beth  

Sunday Service 
Sunday, July 28 - Rev. Jane Lippert
Hal Gurian, coordinator
10:30 AM:    "The Willingness to Be Astonished"

We heartily celebrate beginnings - baby showers, weddings and birthdays. What about endings? What about death?

Paying attention to endings as a process rather than as an event can bring great meaning.  Cultivating a willingness to be astonished enriches our lives.

Children & Youth
Religious Education
Nursery care for infants through age 4 is available.

During our Summer RE Program for PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade), c hildren are asked to come directly to the RE classroom when they arrive. We  will be outside as much as possible! 

This week in RE children will practice walking mindfully using Thich Nhat Hanh's meditation, "How to Walk". The Meandering Path and natural areas around our property will provide a perfect setting for this meditation.

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OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)
Holistic Lifespan Sexuality Education
7th - 9th grade students

Informational Parent Meetings
Sunday, August 11 at 11:45 am
and Sunday, September 8 at 4:30 pm

The RE program will be running Our Whole Lives for 7th through 9th grade students in the upcoming school year. 

This program is open to all students in the community. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please pick up a brochure or flier from the RE classroom to pass on.

Questions? contact  Betsy Hammerberg or  Katie Tomczyk

 
UUCGT Bulletin Board 

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Landscape Team: Everyone is welcome to help move  our Meandering Pathway along a little further  every Sunday after service (weather permitting) -  Join us as we care for and  beautifying our grounds!

check markUUCGT Men's Group: Monday, August 12, 5:30pm @ Minerva's. Dusty Culton will facilitate, articles in entryway - Pick one up!

check mark Would you like to join a committee that rarely has meetings? 
Nobody really knows what we do, but our work is vitally important to the underlying governance of UUCGT. Contact Tom Darnton or Judy Myers of the really fun Policy Committee.

check mark UU Congregation Vendors Wanted!  We are planning a bake sale, book and craft fair Sundays, October 20 and October 27 - 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Do you have an art or craft that you want to sell? 
If interested, contact  Chris Lautz  or 860-884-7741

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CALL for Disbursement Requests!
Looking  for "Fill the Gap" efforts to support our community

 Submit suggestions  to  Jane Fochtman  by August 2 
Social Justice Action Team Meeting
Sunday, August 4 @ 11:45 a.m.
Update on assisting people caught up in our current immigration crisis
Everyone is invited to attend

UUCGT Social Justice Action Team
Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
YOU CAN do something to support immigrate and refugee families.  Before anything, know Immigrants' Rights. Click this web page to learn specifics and how to help:

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Do you feel children and infants should be separated from their families? Expansion of child detention centers to include camp used during WWII for Japanese-Americans. Learn more here:  https://closethecamps.us/

If you want to help those children in the camps, detention centers, you might consider donating here:

UUCGT Calendar of Events

To schedule meetings and events, contact:  office@uucgt.org

- Peacemaker Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall

- Rev. Jane Lippert is our guest minister on Sunday, July 28

- Landscape Team & Volunteers: Sundays after service (weather permitting) - Join us in building our Meandering Pathway! 30 minutes of your time can translate into a lifetime journey for someone else.

- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, July 28, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary - s ee www.tcmmg.org for more information

- Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00a.m. 
Everyone is Welcome!


- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 - 8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

- No Wednesday Potluck on July 31.  John Hoffmann hosts on A ugust 7

- Facilities Team: Friday, August 2, 10:00am, social hall

- Welcome Rev. Cathy Harrington: Sunday, August 4, 10:30am

- Social Justice Team: Sunday, August 4, 11:45am, sanctuary

- RE Committee: Sunday, August 4, 12:00noon, classroom

- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, August 4 (1st Sunday), 2:30-6:30pm, sanctuary

End Note...


Astonished...

  

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