UUCGT  Flash 
November 21, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 613
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner!
Treva Jaffe Memorial Jazz Concert
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...


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Minister's Musings...

Dear Ones,
I'm sorry that I won't be with you on Sunday for the annual Thanksgiving service, but I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

I'm giving thanks this year for the privilege and the joy of serving as your interim minister. I'm flying to South Carolina to spend Thanksgiving week with my mother and my sons. For over fifteen years, my mother has been a member of the congregations that I have served, and I miss her terribly. She is almost 97-years old now and lives in Anderson, SC near my son who dotes on her.  

Santa Claus was a member of the Chattanooga UU Church, and we arranged for her to have her very first picture with Santa. She was 93.  UUCGT, meet my sweet mom, Julianne Harrington.

In faith and love,

Sunday Service
November 24 - 11:00 AM - Twin Lakes Gilbert Lodge
- No service at UUCGT on November 24 -
Annual Thanksgiving Service & Potluck Feast
Mary Van Valin, c oordinator

Please join us on this Day of Gratitude - Everyone is Welcome! 
Tickets will be available at the door -  $5.00/person or $15.00/family.
B ring a dish to share & your own table service.

Children  & Youth  Religious Education

There will be no  Religious Education classes this Sunday as it is our a nnual Thanksgiving Service at Twin Lakes Park.  

Please join us at Twin Lakes for a day of gratitude, music, singing, stories, shared community and a delicious feast!

Join Us!   UUCGT Thanksgiving Potluck Feast
Twin Lakes Park - Gilbert Lodge
Sunday, November 24
Service & Music @ 11:00 am
Potluck Feast @ 12:00 noon
  Everyone  is Welcome!
Tickets will be available at the door!
$5.00/person or $15.00/family
  Bring a dish to share  & your own table service
< No service at UUCGT on November 24 >

Memorial  Jazz  Concert & Reception

Celebrating the Life of Treva Jaffe
Sunday, December 1 at 3:00pm

A Memorial  Jazz  Concert in honor of Kim Gribi's mother,  TREVA JAFFE, who passed away on November 8, will be held at UUCGT on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.  Treva performed many times at UUCGT and was a regular entertainer at the Senior Center for the past several years.

"Music in My Mother's House" will be performed by Gary Deavel and Shelley Burnes. The Jeff Haas Trio, including Laurie Sears on sax and flute and Jack Dryden on bass, as well as pianists Tom Kaufmann and David Chown will all perform. 

A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.

Treva's wish was to have a "Jazz Concert for All" and this event is open to the public. So come and enjoy a tribute to a local jazz matriarch.  This will truly be a celebration of her life!

UUCGT Bulletin Board
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UUCGT Financial Statement as of October 31, 2019 - click here

Join our Community Needs Team to Help our Neighbors
NW Michigan Supportive Housing is accepting donations of household move-in items for residents with mental illness. Items include  bed sheets, pillowcases, laundry detergent, hand soap, cleaning supplies, plungers, toilet cleaners and brushes, shower curtains, toilet paper, paper towels, hand and bath towels.
Baskets of Bounty/Commission on Aging is accepting donations of personal care supplies for  low-income seniors.

Bins are located near the kitchen! Thank you for your generosity!

Volunteer needed to support UUCGT Accountant
We need someone to learn the basic elements of our accounting system and be back-up for the accountant when necessary. At the beginning, 4-6 hours a week might be required to become familiar with our system and then only 1-2 hours every couple of weeks to maintain skill level.
Contact Jim Walworth at 409-9278 or Mike McDonald 342-0768 for more information

Barb Berry's black wool winter coat went missing Sunday, November 17
A similar coat is in the front entry closet area. Please contact Barb if you have her coat - Thank you!

LOST & FOUND + FREE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS!  Check for your lost items in the alcove by the name tag tower - Coats, sweaters, single gloves, hats, kitchenware, water bottles, glasses...

UUCGT Men's Group: Monday, December 9, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
Mark Gustafson will facilitate "Abolish the Priesthood" - article available in front entrywa y

MaryAnn Force ~ a Celebration of Her Life and Art
Please enjoy a small collection of MaryAnn's watercolor paintings currently displayed in the  UUCGT Corridor Gallery!
"Summer Cottage"

BENZIE UU December Schedule
Benzie UU meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at "Grow Benzie" 5885 Frankfort Hwy, Benzonia. Potluck 6:30pm/ Service 7:30pm.
For more information, contact  Catherine Green  or call or text 231-499-7276

    December 4  - Josh Stoltz and Annie Browning will discuss their vision for Grow Benzie and community building.
  December 18 - Barb Skurdall will treat us to her annual exploration of the Winter Solstice.
UUCGT Social Justice Action Team

The American Journal of Public Health has just published a new study on whether large-capacity magazine bans are effective in reducing high-fatality mass shootings. The key finding is that LCM bans appear to save lives.
Read the abstract and the entire article here:

Contact your representatives to co-sponsor and support H.R. 1296  to Ban Assault Weapons.

See also this link from the Brady Center to send a letter to key representatives : https://bit.ly/3588xH4

Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
UUCGT Calendar of Events

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

UUCGT Volunteers @ Safe Harbor: November 16 - 23

Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, November 21, 9:30am, sanctuary

Congregational Care Team: Thursday, November 21, 1:30pm, library

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

UU Brewing Community: Thursday, November 21, 5:00pm @ The Workshop Brew Pub on Garland Street. Contact  John Hoffmann 

Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

UUCGT Thanksgiving Service & Feast: Sunday, November 24, 11:00 service @ Twin Lakes, Gilbert Lodge - No service at UUCGT

- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, November 24, 5:00pm, sanctuary - see  www.tcmmg.org  for more information

- Stretch & Strengthen: Mondays, 11:00am, social hall

Email  Mary Kiner  or call  423-991-9794 

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation/Study: Tuesday, November 26, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

- Stretch & Strengthen: Wednesdays, 11:00am, social hall

- No W ednesday Supper on N ovember 26

- Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

- Religious Education Committee: Sunday, December 1, 12:00pm, classroom

- Treva Jaffe -  A  Memorial Jazz Concert & Reception : Sunday, December 1, 3:00pm, sanctuary

Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, December 1, 5:00pm, meditation room

End Note...
"I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual.
It is surprising how contented one can be
with nothing definite -
only a sense of existence.... 
My breath is sweet to me.
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it,
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment."

~ Henry David Thoreau


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