UUCGT  Flash 
May 16, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 586
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Congregation POTLUCK
Child Dedication
Member Budget Review & Candidates
Time Change - American Waste Tour
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Spring Clean-Up!
YARD SALE
Social Justice
MCWC Benefit Concert
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...
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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...

The vitality of a congregation will be reflected more in the way it works together, and by the quality of relationships built within its walls and outside of them, far more than by any unification of belief.  

To echo the familiar words of our forefather, Francis David,

"We do not need to think alike to love alike."

And quite frankly, I do think we tend to work better when we do not think alike. Different viewpoints give us energy for deeper discussion and the potential for greater growth.

Contrasting viewpoints also offer the very real opportunity of embracing  the exiled among us, reaching  beyond the comfortable and safe, healing the wounded, with the possibility of finding the sacred in the most unexpected of places.

In hope and faith,

Rev. Beth

Sunday Service 
Sunday, May 19 - Rev. Beth Marshall
Margaret Wozniak, coordinator
10:30 AM:   "Embracing the Exile"
A good story can change lives, even when we can't imagine how it connects to us. We will explore together how stories connect to us personally and to our world.

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, May 19
Everyone is Welcome!

Please bring a dish to share, plate & utensils!

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


IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY FOR UUCGT MEMBERS
SUNDAY, MAY 19 at 9:00 AM
 
Congregational Budget Review & Introduction to Candidates

Members of the Board and the Leadership Development Committee are holding an informational meeting to review the 2019-20 Budget and introduce Candidates for the 2019-2020 Board, as well as Endowment and Leadership Development Committees. We will meet in the Social Hall at 9:00 am this Sunday, May 19.
 
This is an important opportunity to meet those who will be shaping the governance of our Congregation in the coming fiscal year. It is also the best time for those who have detailed questions about the proposed budget to have their questions answered ahead of the Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2019 following the service.


ATTENTION:  TIME CHANGE

American Waste Recycle Plant Tour
   Wednesday, May 22

Time Changed to 2:30 PM

30 minute presentation & 30 minute tour
There is still time to RSVP - Call UU office @ 231-947-3117
Wear comfortable shoes, no sandals - 3 sets of 10 stairs

Join Us!

UUCGT Bulletin Board 
 
  check mark Saturday, May 25, Celebration of Life for Floyd Hammontree:
Volunteers are need for simple food prep, set-up/clean-up. 
Please contact Lauren Keinath if you can help.

check mark  UUCGT Financial Summary as of April 30, 2019 -  click here

check markAdult RE Class with Rev. Beth: "Articulating Your UU Faith"
Friday, May 17, 10:00am, social hall - Join Rev. Beth for a spirited conversation!

check mark2019-2020 Candidate Forum & Budget Review -  Sunday, May 19 at 9:00am in the Social Hall:  W e will provide an opportunity to review and discuss the 2019-2020 Budget and meet the candidates for Board of Trustees, Leadership Development Committee and Endowment Committee. 
This meeting is a preliminary to the Annual Meeting on June 2 and will give those interested an opportunity for questions in a smaller environment.
We hope you can attend.  Mike McDonald, President, Board of Trustees.

check mark Adult RE Class with Tony Wilgus - "Spiritual Exercises for the Unenlightened"  Sunday, May 19, 9:00 - 10:00 AM, sanctuary.  See  May Beacon

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

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Save the Date!

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Local Community Needs

ALERT: Scammers Posing as Congregation Leaders

Several UU congregations have reported that members are receiving scam emails requesting gift card donations for a charitable cause. Religious groups and congregations are becoming easy targets for these types of scams.
The UUA has seen an increase in "phishing" attempts of all kinds. Phishing is a form of "social engineering," whereby a hacker with bad intentions sends an email (or text or phone call) pretending to be someone the recipient trusts and asks the recipient to take an action which can have adverse effects. Sometimes, they request money. Other times, they invite the recipient to click a link or open an attachment that can trigger a malicious code.

A good rule of thumb with emails you're not expecting is to: (1) reach out to the sender through another channel (call, text, visit website) and (2) not click on a link (or send money, gift cards, etc.) without clarifying from the trusted source.
 
For more on this particular gift card scam, follow this link:  https://bit.ly/2w52d3u

  
Landscape & Facilities Teams
are sprucing up the UUCGT grounds & building! Join us!

(Entrance to our new meandering pathway!)

Workbees:
Sunday, May 19 , 12:30 - 2:30 pm (after Potluck!)
Sunday, May 26 , 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Sunday, June 1, 10:00am-12:00pm
Sunday, June 8, 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Questions? please contact Lauren Keinath at 342-0617



**  SATURDAY, JUNE 8   **
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

We're cleaning out the basement and
welcome your "Good" household items!

Contact Jolynn Paige asap - 409-2050



  Cash bail to get out of prison is a giant hardship when    you have no cash! The burden places many families,      especially poor and black behind bars for months,          even years, because no bail cash. 

Please check out Love Resists:   https://www.uua.org/loveresists

Then, sign petition:   https://bit.ly/2LGg9Ml
 
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We are a Welcoming Congregation
Together we can do great things
Emmy Lou Cholak, Co-Chair UU Social Justice

Benefit Concert
Supporting Michigan's Fresh Waters


Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

featuring
- Singing Sisters of Northern Michigan
- Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin
- St. Andrews Social Justice Committee
   
People in Michigan are concerned with the health of the Great Lakes surrounding our state. From the groundwater under our feet, through the wetlands, through rivers and inland lakes, the waters that enter the Great Lakes are our particular responsibility.  Any water taken from our Great Lakes basin is our responsibility; any water diluted by chemicals not naturally there is our responsibility.  MCWC is working at all levels to assure that.

Suggested donation: $20.00 - All proceeds to MCWC
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, MI

Questions? contact Misty Sheehan, mistysheehan11@gmail.com
 
UUCGT Calendar of Events

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


- Peacemakers Needlework: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall









- UU Book Club: Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm, Barb McLellan hosts

- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, May 19, 5:00-7:00 pm, sanctuary
See www.tcmmg.org for more information

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


- UUCGT Board Meeting: Tuesday, May 21, 6:00pm, social hall

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room

- American Waste Recycling Tour: Wednesday, May 22, 2:30 PM @ American Waste. There is still time to RSVP the office! Join us for a fascinating tour!

- Wednesday Supper/$5 : May 22 , 5:30pm -   Everyone is Welcome!




End Note...

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. And all things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.

So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.
                                     
- L. R. Knost
 
Award-winning author, feminist, and social justice activist, L.R.Knost, is the founder and director of the children's rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle P arenting Resources.

  

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

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