UUCGT  Flash 
August 1, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 597
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
MaryAnn Force Celebration of Life
Our Whole Lives
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Community Needs
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...


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Minister's Musings...

Let your joy be in your journey - not in some distant goal.   Tim Cook
It's August, and I am excited to begin our time together as your Interim Minister! As I have gotten older and wiser, my main goal in life has been to cultivate joy in my personal life and in my ministry. I tell you this because we have a lot of hard work to do together over the next two years, but first and foremost I want to take the time to get to know you, breathe, and have some fun. I welcome drop-in visits during office hours and look forward to hearing about your joys, concerns, and hopes for the future of UUCGT.
My office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 - 1:00, but I will be available to meet by appointment at other times. Friday is my study day, and Saturday will be devoted to Sunday service prep. Mondays are my day off:  no emails, phone calls, or meetings except in an emergency. Having said that, please know that I want you to feel comfortable reaching out to me in times of need, day or night. My cell number is 231-301-3177 and you may call or text me.
I am aware that the Film Festival may keep some of you from being in church this Sunday but rest assured that I am saving my "greatest hits" for after Labor Day. In this Sunday's sermon, I will share some of what I learned at this year's General Assembly in Spokane, Washington. The theme of GA this year was "The Power of We", and its purpose was to bring into focus voices of people of color in our UU movement. It was a powerful experience that highlighted some important steps toward wholeness that are essential to our common goal of achieving a true beloved community in our congregations, our cities, and in our nation.
See you in church!
L, Cathy
Sunday Service 
Sunday, August 4 - Rev. Cathy Harrington
Hal Gurian, coordinator
10:30 AM:    "The Power of We"

What does this theme for the UUA 2019 General Assembly mean to us? How do we live our values on a larger scale, and join with other UU congregations to live into the aspirational vision of a just world?

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! 
This week the children will practice mindfulness by noticing their thoughts and bodies as they send friendly wishes to those around them. The children will then create "Friendly Wishes" flags which will be hung outside to send these friendly wishes out into the world.

Please join us for a
celebration of life in honor of
one of UUCGT's founding members
MaryAnn Force

Saturday, August 10
11:00 a.m.
UUCGT sanctuary

Holistic Lifespan Sexuality Education
7th - 9th grade students

Informational Parent Meetings
Sunday, August 11 at 11:45 am
Sunday, September 8 at 4:30 pm

The RE program will be running Our Whole Lives for 7th through 9th grade students in the upcoming school year. 

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 pass on. Look for OWL articles in the Record Eagle and Northern Express!

Questions? contact  Betsy Hammerberg or  Katie Tomczyk

UUCGT Bulletin Board 

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We are on our Way! 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 markAmerican Waste Recycling Tour - Take 2:  Are you interested in a tour of the recycling plant? Contact the office with days and times that are good for you - Chris Lautz will organize another tour!
check markUUCGT Men's Group: Monday, August 12, 5:30pm @ Minerva's. Dusty Culton will facilitate, articles in entryway - Pick one up!
check mark Greeters are needed in August and September! Sign up on the bulletin board by the office 
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 mark UU Congregation Vendors Wanted!  We are planning a bake sale, book and craft fair on Sunday, October 20 and October 27 - 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 860-884-7741

Thank you for your consistently generous contributions to the "those in need" side of the basket this year!

Your donations assisted:

- Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources for families whose homes burned
- Child & Family Services - summer camps, back to school haircuts
- Commission on Aging - fans for seniors
- Justice for Our Neighbors - legal support for migrant families
- Jubilee House - bus passes and warm boots
- Helplink/Laundry Project for families who use laundromats
- Reining Liberty Ranch - horseback riding/farm activities for at risk and disabled youth
- The Dream Team - summer baseball for kids

We are now looking for "Fill the Gap" efforts not
covered by area agencies
 Submit your suggestions to Jane Fochtman by August 4

Social Justice Action Team Meeting
Sunday, August 4 @ 11:45 AM

Update on assisting people caught up in our current immigration crisis
Everyone is invited to attend

Links to additional sites regarding immigration reform
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

Social Justice Team: Sunday, August 4, 11:45am, sanctuary

RE Committee: Sunday, August 4, 12:00 noon, classroom

Landscape Team & 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 4 - 1st Sunday, 2:30-6:30pm, sanctuary - see www.tcmmg.org for more information

- Indivisible Core meeting: Monday, August 5, 8:30am, library

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

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

- Staff Resources: Wednesday, August 7, 2:00pm, library

- Wednesday Summer Potluck: August 7, 5:30pm @ John Hoffmann's
Bring a dish, table setting, BYOB - Enjoy a relaxing evening!

- Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, August 8, 9:30am, sanctuary

- Community Needs: Friday, August 9, 10:00am, library

- Facilities Team: Friday, August 9, 10:00am, social hall

MaryAnn Force  Celebration of Life: Saturday, August 10, 11:00am, sanctuary

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

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

End Note...
S avoring S ummer...

The first of August was known in many cultures
as a festival of "First Fruits"  - a time to celebrate the rich, generous bounty of the Earth,
c ounting our blessings and g iving thanks.

"All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today."
Chinese Proverb


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