UUCGT  Flash 
September 5, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 602
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Our Whole Lives
Women's Resource Center
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...


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Minister's Musings...

Across the country this fall, Unitarian Universalist congregations are sharing a common ritual, the Water Communion. 

"A Celebration of Connectedness" is what Carolyn McDade, one of the water ritual's creators called it. She and Lucile Shuck Longview created the ritual in 1980 for a women's conference in Lansing, Michigan. Both women shared "a vision for justice and the environment empowering women instead of calling them to serve others. The water symbolized the birth waters, the cycles of moon, tides and women, and all the waters of this small blue planet. Each woman attending the conference was invited to bring a container of water with her. McDade recalls that "It was very moving, the women bringing water from places of spiritual importance."
This ceremony was also designed to demonstrate solidarity with women globally, as women the world over traditionally draw and carry water.

Join us this Sunday to celebrate our connectedness as we gather hope and inspiration for the coming year. Bring a container of water that is from a significant or sacred place. It can be rainwater, Lake Michigan water, or tap water. And then, renewed and refreshed by our collective stories and the joining of our symbolic waters of our lives we can go forth with joy and expectation allowing our combined energy, hope, and love to transform our lives and the world around us.

In peace,

Rev. Cathy

Sunday Service 
10:30 AM - S unday, September 8 - R ev. Cathy Harrington
Amanda Mangiardi, coordinator
Resumption Sunday and Water Communion

Join us for Resumption Sunday! -  a most cherished  UUCGT   Welcome Back tradition!  Beloved hymns and inspirational readings to start off our new program year! 

This year's Resumption Sunday Service will also include a Water Communion. Please bring a small amount of water from a special adventure over the past year.

Please join us for a Welcoming Coffee Hour after the service as we welcome each other and Rev. Cathy in our UUCGT community!

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

Our Fall RE Program for PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade) begins September 8! C hildren are asked to stay in the sanctuary with their family until after Story Wisdom and Children's Benediction.

We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning families for the 2019-20 year! 
We will start our World Religions unit by taking a look at examples of sacred spaces from a variety of religions. Then the children will have a chance to build, collage, or draw their own special space.  See you on Sunday!

Holistic Lifespan Sexuality Education
7th - 9th grade students

 Parent I nformation M eeting
Sunday, September 8 at 4:30 pm

The RE program is offering Our Whole Lives for 7th through 9th grade students in the upcoming school year - October through April.

Record Eagle OWL article here:  https://bit.ly/2yVJOYJ
Northern Express OWL article here:  https://bit.ly/2k4lzUk

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 share or download and print here

Questions? contact  Betsy Hammerberg or  Katie Tomczyk

Our next quarterly distribution is in November.
We always welcome your suggestions and ideas.

UUCGT Bulletin Board

~~ UU Vendors Wanted ~~
Sunday, October 20 & Sunday, October 27

A Craft, Book & Bake Fair  on 10/20 & 10/27  from 11:45 am to 2:00 pm. 
Do you have an Art or Craft that you'd like to sell?
If interested, contact  Chris Lautz   or call 860-884-7741.

Landscape Team News!

Meandering Path Party & Final Push
September 22 after Service
We'll do some final clean-up, lay boundary logs,
walk the Path & celebrate with cider & donuts!
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Wednesday Night Speaker Series
Katie Grzesiak, Invasive Species Network Coordinator
Wednesday, September 25 - 7:00 pm

Following our Wednesday Night Pizza Supper (vegan alternative available), Katie will talk about herbicides and their use, including the use of organic herbicides. Katie will also join us for dinner, so lots of time to chat and ask your own questions. 

Here is Katie's 'blurb':

How deep do I dig?  Which herbicide will work? Can I burn it?  What about human health and the environment?  Where can I turn for help? 
Join us for an evening of exploration of invasive species control methods - from digging and cutting to herbicides and biological controls; home-made remedies to cultural changes. We'll explore what works, what doesn't, how ISN chooses between the many options, and how you can make invasive species control decisions for your projects.

Help stop family detention and separation:

Chip in to help protect immigrant youth from deportation
Donations accepted via AB Charities

UUCGT Social Justice Action Team
Join us on Sunday, September 8 for a meeting on Helping Asylum Seekers - 11:45am after the service
Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
UUCGT Calendar of Events

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

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

- Welcoming Coffee Hour: Sunday, September 8 after service - Everyone is welcome - please join us!

- OWL Parent Information Meeting: Sunday, September 8, 4:30pm, sanctuary

Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, September 8, 5:00-7:00pm, meditation room - see www.tcmmg.org for more information

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

- IGT Steering Committee: Monday, September 9, 1:00pm, library

- UUCGT Men's Group: Monday, September 9, 5:30pm, Minerva's

Indivisible GT:  Tuesday, September 10, 11:30am, sanctuary

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, September 10, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

- Finance Committee: Wednesday, September 11, 3:30pm, office

- Wednesday Supper/$5:  Wednesday, September 11, 5:30pm, social hall

Shantideva Fan Club: Thurs, September 12, 9:30-11:00am, sanctuary

- UUCGT Book Club: Sunday, September 15, 2:00pm @ Harriet Wall's

End Note...

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold,
service was joy.

- Rabindranath Tagore -


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