UUCGT  Flash 
June 18, 2020
Vol. 14, Issue 643
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
RE Children & Youth
A Few Notes
Social Justice
Yard Signs-Black Lives Matter
Bulletin Board
Article Headline
UUCGT Calendar
End Note


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Minister's Musings...

Dear Ones,
The weather these past few days had me thinking, "Oh my goodness, this is why I love living in Michigan!" I've seen so many people out and about and noticed too many not wearing masks or practicing safe distancing. Please stay safe!
Some of you have sent lovely photos of flowers and a few include yourself in the photo. The flower parade is coming together, and there is still time to get your photos into virtual Sunday's Flower Communion! If you don't have a camera with a phone and need help with your photo, let me know! I'll try to arrange to get someone who lives nearby who will wear a mask (or me) to swing by and snap your picture.

The Annual Meeting follows the service, so plan to stay around for the meeting. There won't be long boring speeches, I promise. As this church year comes to a close, we have much to celebrate and even more to look forward to as we move into our second interim year. A special treat on July 5th, the Reverend Dr. Fred Wooden will be your guest speaker, and on July 12, UUCGT will tune in to a Michigan-wide collective worship service. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming services. After a summer break, I'll be back in the pulpit on August 16th.
See you in church!
Much love,

  UUA Resources

The UUA Commission on Institutional Change is charged with the long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the essential promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism:  https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/cic

Anti Racism - Anti Oppression
Click here for powerful resources for activists and allies  - specifically resources for white people as they educate themselves to be actively antiracist. 
Advocate, Vote, Donate!

Pride Month - June 2020
Click here for UUA LGBTQ resources:  Honoring  and celebrating the contributions of the LGBTQ community and its particular resonance in this moment as we remember Pride's origins in resistance and protest. The fight for equality continues.
Sunday Service - Join us on Zoom
June 21 - 10:30 AM - "Father's Day & Flower Communion"
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Margaret Wozniak, Mary Van Valin, Betsy Hammerberg, Renée Russell, coordinators

Celebrating fatherhood and fathering ~ and our annual Flower Communion ~ a blessing of one another.

Start signing in at 10:00 AM
By Phone: 1-646-876-9923
Meeting ID:  817 7744 8560
Password: 1167208
Look for Order of Service on Friday

If you are unable to join us on Sunday, recordings of Sunday Services are available by request - contact office@uucgt.org

Connecting on Zoom information is available at  www.uucgt.org  or

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

Flower Communion 
The Flower Communion Ceremony is held each year to celebrate beauty, human and earth diversity, and community. Each youth is asked to bring a flower to share with us on Zoom. It can be a real flower from your garden, yard or a beautiful picture from a magazine if you don't have any blooming flowers in your yard. We will also create a "flower craft" to keep or
give away to someone you love.
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 Hammberberg at  dre@uucgt.org
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A Few Notes  
Renée Russell ~  UUCGT Director of Music

As we celebrate the beautiful Flower Communion Ceremony this Sunday it is a perfect time to reflect on appreciating diversity. Through music we can express ourselves and our cultures in so many wonderful forms. It can be easy to get into a certain listening pattern. 

This week, I've explored listening to music not in my regular rotation and outside my "norm" of listening to see what brings those that have a different lived experience from me solace and inspiration. This wonderful episode of the podcast Codeswitch was a great learning and listening experience. 

To share a little song that moves me,  here is one of my favorite pieces inspired by the beauty of nature which I was lucky enough to learn in my early days. 

How do you find and appreciate diversity in nature and in music?

Tell Michigan Lawmakers to Expand LGBTQ Rights & Protections
Extend Rental and Mortgage Moratorium during this Pandemic 
so people do not become homeless. Add your name if you agree that Congress needs to act:  https://www.chn.org/about/

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

BLM Yard Signs - Order Today!
To Order: Please email Betsy Hammerberg at dre@uucgt.org

A generous donor has paid for extra signs so that they are available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Signs can be picked up near downtown TC.
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Visit our website at  www.uucgt.org

Links to JUNE BEACON:  Part 1 &  Part 2
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Want to do something constructive in this time of continued cautiousness? Help set up a diverse filled UU Free Library with books for all ages about racism, GLBTQ+ and more! Contact Emmy Lou Cholak if interested and read more in the next Beacon. Thanks!   https://littlefreelibrary.org/

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* * * Thank You Mask-Makers * * *
Celebrate Pride Month - R ainbow Face Masks!
 Now available in the front entryway
Donations support our Ministerial Search Fund
Stay informed, be safe, save lives

Stay Alert for Email Scams over the summer!
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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. To schedule a personal visit with Rev. Cathy via Zoom or phone - contact her by text or email:  231-301-3177;  revharrington@mac.com

Thursday, June 18 - 2:00 PM
Congregational Care Team
Password:  141973
By phone:  1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID:  894 5676 1776

Friday, June 19 - 2:00 PM
Rehearsal - Sunday Service
Meeting ID: 821 1841 3461

Friday, June 19 - 8:00 PM
Vespers Service - Quiet, Connection, Community
** Sign in early for social time @ 7:30 PM
    Look for Zoom meeting link on Friday

Sunday, June 21 - 9:45 AM
Religious Education for Children 
Contact Betsy Hammerberg for Zoom link, dre@uucgt.org

Sunday, June 21 - 10:30 AM ~ Start signing in at 10:00!
Sunday Service - "Father's Day & Flower Communion"
Password: 167208
By Phone: +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 817 7744 8560

Sunday, June 21 - 12:00 Noon
UUCGT Annual Meeting - All Members
Password: 258846
By Phone: +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID:  872 0283 1486

Monday, June 22 - 10:00 AM
Staying Home & Staying Fit!   Everyone is welcome!
Every Tuesday - 10:30 AM
Volunteer Community Lunch @ Friends Church - Contact  Mary Kiner

Tuesday, June 23 - 2:30 PM
Sunday Services Coordinators Meeting

Wednesday, June 24 - 10:00 AM
Stretch & Strengthen Class -  Stay Fit at Home!
Wednesday, June 24 - 5:30 PM  
Wednesday Supper Picnic! Bring chairs, food & beverage - We'll socialize at a safe distance!  All are welcome!  C ontact  Mike & Sandra McDonald  for details

June 24 - 28 -  UUA General Assembly

To schedule all meetings & events, contact  office@uucgt.org
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New to Zoom?
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End Note...
A new season begins...
May it be one of compassion and lasting change

S olstice B lessings to A ll!
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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