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I've been in Traverse City for exactly one month now, and I'd like to say thank you for making me feel welcome. I'm happy to be back in Michigan and am enjoying the cooler weather after living in the south for five years.
Years ago, when I first moved to Ludington, MI to serve my very first church my elderly mother followed me from South Carolina a year later. She had a cute little apartment on the sixth floor with a view of Lake Michigan from her balcony. After living in big cities for many years, I began to have serious "Mall withdrawal" with Ludington's limited retail offerings, which meant that I rarely went to Grand Rapids, Traverse City, or Muskegon without running a few errands and doing a little shopping, necessary or not. :)
One September, I took my mother with me because she needed to do a little personal shopping, too. Besides, there was a huge sale at Younkers! On our way out of town I had to make a couple of pastoral visits in Ludington, but Mom said she didn't mind going along. It was the first time that I had taken her with me on pastoral visits, and I have to say that it turned out brilliantly! My mother is about the sweetest little old lady you'd ever want to meet: gracious, poised, kind and compassionate, everything you could ask for in a grandma. She even baked banana bread and cookies. It occurred to me after leaving the hospital that my mother is a "therapy-grandmother!" I could take her with me every time I visited sick people, maybe even rent her out, you know, like they do with therapy dogs and cats. My mother was a goldmine!
There was a cute little boy, around eight years old, at Younkers who stopped to show Mom his new school shoes and belt. She was sitting in the shoe department waiting for me to finish up my shopping when he walked right up to her and said, "Do you want to see my new belt?" He whipped out his shiny new black belt with such enthusiasm that it flew out of his hand. He had just rescued his new belt and was just getting ready to pull out his new shoes when I appeared. "Do you want to see my new shoes?" I said, "Sure!" and he proudly held up the left shoe. "Wow! Great shoes!" I said. "Do you want to see the other one?" he said. My heart melted, and I looked adoringly at his other new shoe.
That little boy was drawn to my mother like a dog to a bone. She's priceless! I can see it now! The classified ad would read:
Therapy Grandmother for Rent; lovely white hair, great smile, bakes cookies, doesn't eat much, never complains, great with children and pets. As it turns out therapy dogs and cats aren't for rent, they work for the all the smiles and hugs they get. They are a gift, just like my mother and that cute little boy who made me smile. And she has taught me that no matter how tough life gets, we can always choose to be kinder, more compassionate, and grateful.
Sunday, September 1
"Why We Work"
Hal Gurian, Margaret Wozniak, coordinators
Together we will look at work as a means of personal fulfillment and work as a gift of self.
Children & Youth
Nursery care for infants through age 4 is available
Children PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade)
are asked to come directly to the RE classroom when they arrive. Thank you!
We are very excited to embark on a yearlong exploration of World Religions beginning on September 8. We are looking for guest speakers, so if you or someone you know identifies as
Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Pagan, Taoist, or any other religion and would like to teach us about your faith, we would love to learn from you!
Look for more information about our new World Religions program in the September Beacon!
OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)
Holistic Lifespan Sexuality Education
7th - 9th grade students
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.
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
Special thanks to the Northern Express for their wonderful article on our upcoming OWL program!
UUCGT Bulletin Board
LASH articles for the September 19 & September 26 issues must be emailed to email@example.com by Wednesday, September 11 for inclusion in those issues. Thank you!
Save the Date!
Wednesday, September 25, 7:00pm following Wednesday Supper -
Katie Gresziak will speak on Herbicides & Invasive Species.
Katie will offer
a presentation on methods used to control invasive species
including the use of herbicides.
All are Welcome!
A great big thank you! to all who have helped with Greeting on Sundays this year! The sign-up sheets for September & October are now up and we would love for you to write your name in a space. Thank you for your help in showing that we are
a welcoming community!
First of all...Thank you! to all who have helped with the Meandering Path Project!
On Sunday, September 22 we will finish work on the meandering path for 2019. Please stay after service to do a bit of finishing work. Bring gloves, rakes and trimmers if you have them, or we will supply. There will be a list of finishing touch work that we want to accomplish to finish out this year. Celebratory refreshments to follow! Contact Lauren Keinath with any questions.
No path work is scheduled September 1, 8 or 15.
ffice volunteers needed in September
- Tuesday & Thursday, September 17 & 19; 10am-noon or 1pm-3pm
- Tuesday & Thursday, September 24 & 26; 10am-noon or 1pm-3pm
Bring a book & your smile. Sign up sheet in the office or
call Susan at 947-3117.
InterPlay in TC - One Year Anniversary Celebration!
InterPlay started in our region at UUCGT and many UUCGT members and friends have experienced how InterPlay helps build community. Please join us in celebrating One Year at Chris Lautz's Traverse Wellness Center with a FREE session on September 14 from 11:00-1:00pm. See the flier on the UUCGT bulletin board or find details at InterPlay Northern Michigan Facebook event page:
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** UU Vendors Wanted **
We are planning a Craft, Book & Bake Fair
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
or call 860-884-7741 or the office.
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Crisis displacement often leaves women without basic personal care necessities. We are still collecting women's sanitary such as tampons, sanitary napkins, and toilet paper. There will be a donation box in the lobby by the kitchen should you care to donate.
Thanks so much!
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Special Notice: Women's Rights!
Two petitions potentially streamlining through the legislature are:
The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition Petition
seeks to ban abortion after six weeks gestation.
The Michigan Values Life Petition
would ban the dilation & extraction procedure, the safest and most common procedure at any point in a pregnancy.
If only 340,000 people in Michigan sign either petition, it can be brought before the legislature, voted on, and with a simple majority become law.
It would never go to Governor Whitmer for veto. It becomes law by simple majority legislature vote!
Be aware what petitions you sign! This is one time you
may not want to sign p
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The Amazon's best hope?
A female indigenous chief is on a mission to save Brazil's forests.
Ajareaty Waiapi, a female chief and grandmother working to preserve her community - and the planet's lungs.
"If the forest is gone, people will also end"
Some say the Amazon jungle is the lungs of our Planet and it is being burned to the detriment of us all.
UUCGT Social Justice Action Team
Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
UUCGT Calendar of Events
Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
- Vocal Ensemble: Thursday, September 29, 7:00pm, sanctuary
- Mindfulness Meditation will not meet on Sunday, September 1
- Labor Day Holiday - UU office will be closed Monday, September 2
SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation:
Tuesday, September 3, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See
for more information
Stretch & Strengthen: Wednesday @ 11:00a.m.
Everyone is Welcome!
- Staff Resources: Wednesday, September 4, 3:00pm, library
Wednesday Supper on September 4
Congregational Care Team:
Thursday, September 5, 1:00pm, library
- Vocal Ensemble: Thursday, September 5, 7:00pm, sanctuary
- Facilities Team: Friday, September 6, 10:00am, social hall
- Program Council: Sunday, September 8, 9:00am, social hall
- Resumption Sunday / Water Communion is Sunday, September 8 @ 10:30am. Please join us as we gather together again for our fall programming. Please join us for an extended coffee hour following the service!
- Social Justice/Asylum Seekers: Sunday, September 8, 11:45am, library
- OWL Parent Information Meeting: Sunday, September 8, 4:30pm, sanctuary
- UU Men's Group: Monday, September 9, 5:30pm, Minerva's - Articles in entryway - Pick one up!
I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.
~ John O'Donohue ~
UUCGT office hours
day - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm