UUCGT  Flash 
April 4, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 580
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Stewardship Update
Contra Dance!
Bulletin Board
Social Justice
Calendar of Events
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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Dear UUCGT Congregation,

Thank you so much for your generous gift of $1,000 dated February 15th. We certainly appreciate your trust in us and continued support of Safe Harbor's mission - to serve as a compassionate safety net in our community, meeting the most basic survival needs of men and women suffering from homelessness.

As you know, Safe Harbor continues as a crucial part of the Continuum of Care in the Grand Traverse community as we remain entirely supported by the generosity of donors and the passionate commitment extended by countless church and community volunteers. Through these efforts, Safe Harbor hosted 300 individuals (10,000 bed nights and 14,000 evening meals) experiencing a very busy season this winter as the need for emergency shelter in our community remains great.

Thank you once again for your commitment to Safe Harbor and its effort to provide a secure and warm overnight seasonal shelter for the most vulnerable members of our community.

You are a blessing.

Wayce Sterenberg, Treasurer
Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse, Inc.

Sunday Service 
Sunday, April 7 -  Hal Gurian, coordinator
10:30 AM:   "Chanting and Meditation"

By combining sound, breath and rhythm, meditation channels the flow of     energy through the mind-body circuit, adjusting the chemical composition of our internal states and regulating brain-hemisphere imbalances. Chanting balances our moods and overall sense of well-being.
Children and Youth Programs
PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade) programs are available, as well as  Nursery c hild care for  infants through age 4.

- Save the Date -
Sunday, June 16 - Flower Communion Service
including Baby & Child Dedication Ceremony
Contact Rev. Beth with questions at  minister@uucgt.org

Stewardship Update


Members & Friends - If you've been putting it off or have forgotten to get your pledge in, now is the time!
We're close, but still need everyone's help to meet our goal.

Pledge forms are available at the Welcome Table, or c ontact our Accountant/Bookkeeper, Glennda Corning, directly.
Thank  you!

UUCGT Bulletin Board 
check mark Please Note - All Flash articles for the April 18 issue must be received by April 10 for publication. Office Administrator will be out of the office the week of April 15-19. Office hours will be limited. Thank you!

check mark Music Committee meeting, Thursday, April 4: 6:30pm, sanctuary. All congregation members or friends are invited to attend.

check mark Prospective New Member Orientation: Sunday, April 7, 11:45am, sanctuary. Join us for information on becoming a member - You are welcome here!

check mark There is still time! Share Your Talent!  S unday, April 14 - All Music Service!  Original or other songs, instrumentals, poetry, improvisations.  If you have something to share, please contact Music Director, John Bailey at peracola@gmail.com or office@uucgt.org with your name, phone and name/type of music.

check mark Adult Religious Education / UU Class with Rev. Beth - Friday, April 26, 10:30am -  Interested in UU 101 or more advanced classes? 
Contact the office by April 15th   with  your name and class level preference.

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Do you have photography skills?
The RE program needs someone to take photos of UUCGT children and teachers in action for outreach materials. If you are interested, please talk to Susan Holmes Glazier.

check markVolunteers Needed to Help Clean Out The Basement for a May Yard Sale - see Jolynn Paige to help organize this event.

check mark Save the Dates - Sunday, May 12 & May 19 - 9:00-10:00am
Adult RE Classes with Tony Wilgus, "Spiritual Exercises for the Unenlightened". S ee April Beacon for more information

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Local Community Needs

Following our Social Justice piece in the April Beacon, last week  the Department of Homeland Security called on Congress  to effectively eliminate the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Eliminating the law will make it nearly impossible for children and families fleeing persecution and violence to find a safe haven. See  https://bit.ly/2ORzR5K

Please call and ask Members of Congress to reject DHS proposal (TVPRA) and safeguard these vital protections.

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Together we can do great things
Emmy Lou Cholak, Co-Chair UU Social Justice

UUCGT Calendar of Events

** Contact  office@uucgt.org  to schedule all meetings and events


- Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, April 11, 9:30am, sanctuary
- Congregational Care Team: April 11, 1:00pm, library

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

End Note...

Some Say You're Lucky

Some say you're lucky
If nothing shatters it.
But then you wouldn't
Understand poems or songs.
You'd never know
Beauty comes from loss.
It's deep inside every person:
A tear tinier
Than a pearl or thorn.
It's one of the places
Where the beloved is born.

~ Gregory Orr ~


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Closed Friday

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