UUCGT  Flash 
May 23, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 587
In This Issue
Sunday Service
UUCGT Annual Meeting
Child Dedication
Welcome New UUCGT Staff!
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Spring Clean-Up!
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...

Congregational Vision

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We are a Congregation creating a better world by nurturing the heart and expanding the mind.

We provide a safe, caring community where all can freely explore diverse religious thought. 

We work for justice and equality with the power of compassion and compassionate power.

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Reflection...Honoring Memorial Day

"...Come into this place of memory
and let its history warm your soul..."

May we remember those who came before us
and be inspired as we continue to walk this journey together.

Sunday Service 
Sunday, May 26 - Richard Miller and Mary Van Valin , coordinators
10:30 AM:   "Memorializing Our Own Historical Members"

This Memorial Day let us focus a bright light of grateful memory on historical members of this congregation on whose mighty shoulders we stand now. Their contributions bequeathed to us a wealth of insight, foresight, and imagination upon which we boldly build the future of this   congregation.
Children and Youth Programs this Sunday
PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade) programs, and Nursery care for infants through age 4 are available.

Children please remain in the sanctuary until after the Children's Benediction.

Sunday, June 2, 2019
following Sunday Service
In preparation for the Annual Congregational Meeting, scheduled for 15 - 20 minutes after the end of a shortened Sunday Service on Sunday, June 2
your Board has e-mailed or mailed to each member, a packet of information including the following:
If you have not received your packet, please contact Susan Sherman in the UUCGT office (947-3117) and she will see that you receive your materials.
Voting will be conducted at the conclusion of the meeting on June 2, and all members are encouraged to attend as a quorum will be required to proceed with the voting process. Voting is a privilege of membership. Of course, friends and visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting.
Absentee Ballots will be available in the UUCGT office on the following dates and times:
     Sunday, May 26                               Before & after the 10:30 service
     Tuesday, May 28                             10:00am - 3:00pm
     Wednesday, May 29                        10:00am - 3:00pm
     Thursday, May 30                            10:00am - 3:00pm
     Sunday, June 2                                Before the 10:30 service
ALL absentee ballots must be returned before the commencement of the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 2, 2019. If you need additional information regarding absentee ballots, please contact Kay Sturgeon at twodogk@aol.com .
If you are a UUCGT member, please plan to attend this important meeting so you can help shape the future of our congregation!

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Children and Youth
Sunday, June 16

Rev. Beth will be leading a Child Dedication ceremony as part of the Sunday service on June 16 . 

A Unitarian Universalist Child Dedication ritual includes three parts:

A blessing for the life of the child;
An expression of the parent(s) or guardian(s)' hopes for the child;
A promise by the Congregation to support and nurture the child.

All ages are welcome to take part in this dedication.

If you would like your child to participate, we will need the following information submitted to the UUCGT office at office@uucgt.org by June 1st so that we can have a certificate ready for your child at the Dedication:

1) Child's full name
2) Parents' names
3) Child's birth date
4) Godparent(s) names (optional)

If you have questions about the ceremony, please contact Rev. Beth at minister@uucgt.org

Please Welcome New UUCGT Staff!

New Religious Education Director

We are pleased to announce that Betsy Hammerberg has been hired as our Religious Education Director. This will be a part time position, coordinating the activities of our teaching staff and taking the lead in curriculum selection. 

Betsy has provided the following biographical information:

"I attended the UUCGT from the ages of 6-17 and recently began attending again, after a long hiatus, during which I studied elementary education and taught Pre-K through 3rd grade in Thailand, Syria, Vietnam, and Austria. My husband, Kris, and I moved back to Traverse City last year with our two boys, Elliot (2.5 years old) and Oliver (10 months old), to be closer to family. The religious education I received through the UUCGT was fundamental to the development of who I am, and continue to strive to be, today. I look forward to supporting the next generation of UU's as they develop their senses of compassion, acceptance, inclusion, peace, curiosity, and respect for all."
Temporary Music Director

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Susan Holmes-Glazier as our Temporary Music Director until the search for a new Music Director is completed. Susan has been our Teacher for our K-5 children and was Music Director at her UU Congregation in Virginia prior to moving to Traverse City. She will be juggling both jobs during the next few months.  The search for a permanent Music Director is underway with a search committee consisting of Karl Love, Donna Stein-Harris, Mary Anne Rivers, Kim Gribi and Judy Weaver. 
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Save the Date ~ Sunday June 16!
check mark  COFFEE HOUR and KITCHEN HELP NEEDED!   We need some new people to help with Sunday coffee time. It's easy! - just set up and clean-up the coffee and snacks, one Sunday per month. We also need more kitchen helpers to empty the dishwasher and straighten the kitchen once a week for a month at a time. Easy ways to get involved @ UUCGT and no meetings.
Contact Sandra McDonald @ m_mcdonald@charter.net.

check mark UUCGT W ednesday  Summer  P otlucks are back in June! 
Summer Potlucks are occasionally held at member/friend's homes and three hosting dates are available:  June 5, June 12 & June 29
If you are interested in hosting a Potluck at your home, please contact Sandra McDonald at 935-3759

check mark UUCGT Book Club: Sunday, June 9 @ 2:00pm, "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula LaGuin. Harriet Wall will host.

check mark Greeter Ministry:   Greeters are so important in every congregation! Share your smile and hospitality!  Interested? Sign up on the bulletin board by the office.

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Local Community Needs
Landscape & Facilities Teams
are sprucing up the UUCGT grounds & building! Join us!
Entrance to our new meandering pathway!

Work Bees  (corrected dates)

Saturday, May 25    9:00 am - 10:30 am (rain date)
Sunday, May 26      12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Saturday, June 1   10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 8  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bring work clothes & TOOLS!
Stay as long as you wish!

Questions? please contact Lauren Keinath at 342-0617

         We all want healthy food for ourselves
and especially for our children!

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We are a Welcoming Congregation
Together we can do great things
Emmy Lou Cholak, Co-Chair UU Social Justice

UUCGT Calendar of Events

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

- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, May 26, 5:00-7:00 pm, sanctuary
See www.tcmmg.org for more information

- Memorial Day Holiday - UUCGT office will be closed

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room

- Stretch & Strengthen: Wednesday @ 11:00a.m. 
Stay Fit for Summer! Everyone is Welcome!

- No Wednesday Supper this week

End Note...

" The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful,
to be honorable,
to be compassionate,
to have it make some difference
that you have  lived and lived well.
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What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


UUCGT office hours
Mon day - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Friday

(231) 947-3117        office@uucgt.org          www.uucgt.org