UUCGT  Flash 
August 8, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 598
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
MaryAnn Force Celebration of Life
Our Whole Lives
Job Opportunity! Music Director
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...


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Minister's Musings...

The Rev. Susan Frederick Gray outlined two themes that emerged during her first year as our new UUA president.  She wrote:

" This is no time for a casual faith and this is no time to go it alone."  

She was responding to the myriad of natural disasters due to climate change that our nation was facing, but her words are relevant today as our nation faces the growing threat of white supremacist  extremism. 

This Sunday's sermon "Our Chosen Faith" explores the roots of our faith tradition to inspire and guide us as together we navigate these challenges with courage, commitment, and a vision of a more compassionate nation, and a better world for all.
In faith,
Rev. Cathy
Sunday Service 
Sunday, August 11 - Rev. Cathy Harrington
Amanda Mangiardi, coordinator
10:30 AM:    "Our Chosen Faith"

Unitarian Universalism has been called a heretical faith, a label many of us accept with pride and humor. This sermon will offer a balance of UU history, humor, and hope.

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!

We had a wonderful time in RE last week. We all practiced being in the present moment while silently sending wishes and blessings to each other and out into the world. The children learned about prayer flags and then made their own to represent the wishes and blessings they were sending out to the world. In the coming weeks we look forward to continuing our practice of being mindful and present in all that we do. 

A Celebration of Life

MaryAnn Force

Please join us for a
Celebration of Life in honor of
one of UUCGT's founding members on
Saturday, August 10 @ 11:00 a.m.
UUCGT sanctuary

Please wear bright colors

Holistic Lifespan Sexuality Education
7th - 9th grade students

 Parent I nformation M eetings
Sunday, August 11 at 12:30 pm
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.

Read the OWL article in the Record Eagle here:  https://bit.ly/2yVJOYJ

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


UUCGT seeks a part-time Music  Director
(10 hours/week)   to nurture and facilitate music as an integral part
of the congregation's intellectual and spiritual life.
A background in choral conducting in a school or church environment as well as basic piano skills  are required.
Please visit  www.uucgt.org  for a complete job description
or call 947-3117 for more information.
UUCGT Bulletin Board 

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We are moving along! Please join us in b eautifying our grounds!
H elp move  our Meandering Pathway along just a little further  every Sunday after service (weather permitting). 30 minutes of your time can translate into a lifetime journey for someone else. Come as you can, stay as you will, leave when you must...we appreciate every bit you do!
check markInterested in a Tour of the American Waste Recycling Plant?  
Contact the office with days and times that are good for you - Chris Lautz will organize a tour!
check markUUCGT Men's Group: Monday, August 12, 5:30pm @ Minerva's. Dusty Culton will facilitate, articles in entryway - Pick one up!
check markThanks! to those who signed up to Greet on Sunday morning -Greeters are still needed in August and September! Please sign up on the bulletin board by the office & share your welcoming presence!
check mark Sunday Coffee in the social hall: Your mission is to visit with two people you don't know - Let's get to know one another and welcome new people and visitors! Hospitality - that's what it's all about!
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 markOffice Volunteers needed mid-September: Interested in working on the Flash? Volunteer needed for two issues - 9/19 & 9/26. Office/phone coverage is also needed 9/16-19 and 9/23- 9/26. If interested, please call the office at 947-3117. Thank you!
check mark Our Labor Day Service will be a reflection on how our careers or volunteer work have contributed to our spiritual growth, We are looking for a few congregants who are willing to write a few paragraphs on this topic. These will be woven into the service, or you may choose to speak your reflections in person. Questions that might be addressed are: 1) What kind of work did you do? 2) How did you find fulfillment in it? 3) What non-monetary benefits did you derive from your job? 4) Were there times when you performed duties beyond your job description because you knew it would benefit another person?
Please email your reflections to Margaret Wozniak, wozniak64@yahoo.com or call 231-510-0903 with questions. Responses are needed by Friday, August 23.
check mark UUCGT Book Club begins again in September:  Book title, "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Celia Owens.  September 8, 2:00pm, Bonnie Mathias will host. Start reading!

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UU Vendors Wanted! 

We are planning a Craft, Book & Bake Fair  on Sunday, October 20 and Sunday, October 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
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Thank you for your consistently generous contributions
to the "those in need" side of the offering basket!


August 6, 1945 - Some of us remember; some people were there; and some lived through it; and some lived with the horrors and illnesses that followed it.   August 6, 2019 was the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Traverse City Candle Float Vigil - August 6, 2019

UUCGT Social Justice Action Team
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

MaryAnn Force Celebration of Life:  Saturday, August 10, 11:00am, sanctuary - Please wear bright colors!

- Program Council: Sunday, August 11, 9:00am, social hall

- OWL Parent Information Meeting: Sunday, August 11, 12:30pm, sanctuary

Landscape 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 a future someone.

Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, August 11, 500-7:00pm, sanctuary - see www.tcmmg.org for more information

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

- Indivisible Steering Committee: Monday, August 12, 1:00pm, library

- Indivisible GT: Tuesday, August 13, 11:30am, sanctuary

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 - 8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

- Death Cafe: Wednesday, August 14, 1:00pm, sanctuary

- Finance Committee: Wednesday, August 14, 3:30pm, office

- Wednesday Summer Potluck: August 14, 5:30pm, Mary Kiner & Cal Boulter host.  Bring a dish, table setting, BYOB - Enjoy a relaxing evening!

- SokukoJi Meditation Retreat: Saturday, August 17, 9:00am-4:00pm - all are welcome -  Go to  https://sokukojitc.org/  for more information

- Indian Village String Quartet special mini-concert at UUCGT: Sunday, August 18, 10:00am before the service - Come early to enjoy some fabulous music!  One of the members, Ray Stone, joined us for a service at UUCGT last summer while attending the Adult Chamber Music Camp at Interlochen. He offered to return with his quartet and play for us this summer. And he didn't forget his offer!!
His group is called the Indian Village String Quartet (named after the historical Indian Village neighborhood in Detroit), though they hail from Ruthven, Ontario, where they play quarterly at the Olinda UU Church.
Their program will be Mozart Divertimento in B flat, KV 138 (125c), 3 movements, and Topped Hen/Peat Dance (Nordic folk music arranged for string quartet by the Danish Quartet).
Be sure to come early on August 18 for this special performance!

End Note...from Daily Compass

Each night, we all sleep under the stars -
most of us just don't see them  because of the roof
that shelters us. 
But really, all of us go about all of our daily activities
under the stars as well.
The stars don't just go away  because the light
prevents us from seeing them.

There are always stars..... whether we notice them or not.
There are always wonders surrounding us...



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