UUCGT  Flash 
May 21, 2020
Vol. 14, Issue 639
In This Issue
Sunday Service
RE Children & Youth
Zoom 5.0 Upgrade
Letter from Healthy Congregations
Job Opportunity!
Annual Meeting - June 21
UUCGT Calendar
Social Justice
Online Giving
Bulletin Board
End Note


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Minister's Musings....

Dear Ones,
It is discouraging to imagine doing church virtually for a few more months longer, but it gives us an opportunity to tap into our creativity and the power of innovation. Some of you have sent ideas to me, and I hope you will continue to brainstorm. Listen to this amazing song called, "We Are Strong" by the How We Thrive UU Virtual Choir! It will lift your spirits, I promise! https://vimeo.com/417728813.
My colleague, Rev. David Miller has given permission to share a song he wrote to the tune of "How Can I Keep from Singing." I don't know about you, but I think he nails it! We are all a little weary of this lockdown and its limitations, but we are UU Strong; resilient, creative, and resourceful. As the song says, "Keep faith alive, and please don't stop singing!"
L, Cathy
My life flows on in endless ZOOM;
Despite my lamentations,
10 people in this made up room,
a programmer's creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife,
My ears are really ringing,
It's not an echo in my soul,
the sound is my hands wringing.

What though my joy and comfort dies,
for each news briefing giveth,
I listen and then I just cry,
oh woe this life we liveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
for to my hope I'm clinging,
Elections coming in the fall,
And change I hope it's bringing.

My foggy eyes, my neck it hurts,
my back, don't get me started,
This all-day ZOOM is making me,
not feel all that wholehearted.

But here I'll sit and stare all day,
Because it is my calling,
To love my neighbor and my job,
Although the world's appalling.

Just one more thing before I go,
I'll mention before leaving,
This too will pass, we will move on,
Despite all the deceiving.

Because my friends, resilience reigns
We'll get through the mudslinging,
Keep faith alive, deep in your heart.
And please don't stop your singing.

Sunday Service - Join us on Zoom
May 24 - 10:30 AM - "Creatively Coping" 
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Mary Van Valin, Pam Hendrick, Mary Anne Rivers, coordinators

Join us for a morning of shared creativity and inspiration!

Start signing in at 10:00 AM
For security purposes you will first enter a 'waiting room' and
then 'greeted' into the service

By Phone: 1 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 832 2607 4824

Check UUCGT website -  www.uucgt.org  - for information and links on how to connect with Zoom.  Recordings of Sunday Services are a vailable by request - contact  office@uucgt.org

Religious Education - Children  & Youth 
9:45 AM Sunday Morning RE on Zoom

It was sad not to see you all last week, but we look forward to seeing you all this coming Sunday, when we will learn about Vesak!

Note:  Zoom meeting link for Sunday Morning RE will be sent to families in a separate email. If you have a child who would like to attend the RE gathering and you did not receive the link, please contact Betsy at
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Attention: Zoom 5.0 Upgrade

All Zoom users will need to download this version to their computers, tablets, phones, etc. no later than May 30. 
After May 30, users will be forced to execute the download in order to access the Zoom platform.

To update your Zoom app, please visit  zoom.com/download

 What has the UUCGT Healthy Congregations Team been up to?
This article builds on an article published in the May Beacon that strives to answer this question. We want your input and questions. We are working on a process to lead us through our journey to a Healthy Congregations System. We want to discuss how we ideally ARE with each other and share the three steps to guide what we DO with each other when conflict arises. 
Below are the three steps of our proposed HEALTHY CONGREGATION GUIDELINES FOR THE HCT AND THE CONGREGATION AT LARGE. These will be voted on at our upcoming Annual Meeting on June 21, 2020.

Job Opportunity
UUCGT Office Administrator

Our current Office Administrator is retiring soon. We are seeking a friendly, efficient, experienced individual with exceptional communication and organizational skills and the ability to work closely with the Minister, Staff, Board and Committee members - 32 hours/week, $17/ hour with health insurance benefits and paid vacation.

Position requires minimum 5 years administrative experience, proficiency in Microsoft Office; includes database and file management, church  communications and scheduling, WordPress website maintenance, create weekly newsletter and more. Candidate must be comfortable working in a small office environment, or remotely as necessary. 

Submit cover letter, resume and 3 references to  office@uucgt.org  before June 10, 2020.  Start date is June 15, 2020. Interviews will be scheduled soon.

2020 UUCGT Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 21 ~ 12:00 PM
via Zoom 

This will be a very important meeting in that in addition to electing new Board, Endowment and Leadership Development Committee members, we will be electing four members for the Search Team to seek our new Settled Minister.
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2020 Candidates

Board, Endowment & Leadership Development Committees

UUCGT Calendar -  Stay Up to Date!
If you would like a personal visit with Rev. Cathy via Zoom or phone, please contact her by text or email:  231-301-3177;  revharrington@mac.com

Sunday Services, meetings and classes are  hosted on Zoom  until further notice.  Need help with Zoom? Click on Zoom links below.

Thursday, May 21 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy

Thursday, May 21 - 1:00 PM
Congregational Care Team

Friday, May 22 - 2:00 PM
Sunday Services Rehearsal

Friday, May 22 - 8:00 PM  
Vespers - A quiet time to connect with others, relax, breathe
    **  Sign in early for social time @ 7:30 PM
Look for Zoom link & Order of Service on Friday

Sunday, May 24 - 9 :45 AM
Religious Education for Children 
Contact Betsy Hammerberg  for Zoom link , dre@uucgt.org

Sunday, May 24 - 1 0:30 AM   ** Sign in after 10:00 AM
Sunday Service - "Creatively Coping"
By Phone: 1-646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 832 2607 4824
Look for Order of Service on Friday
Sunday, May 24 - 12:00 - 2:00 PM
UUCGT Spring Clean-Up

Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day Holiday

Every Tuesday - 10:30 AM
C ommunity Lunch @ Friends Church C ontact Mary Kiner

Tuesday, May 26 - 2:30 PM
Sunday Services Coordinators Meeting

Wednesday, May 27 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy
Look for Zoom link on Tuesday

Wednesday, May 27 - 10:00 AM
Stretch & Strengthen Class - Stay Fit at Home!
Wednesday, May 27 - 5:30 PM
Wednesday Happy Hour on Zoom!  All are welcome! B ring your beverage of choice and share in fellowship!  
C ontact  Mike & Sandra McDonald   for weekly Zoom invite

Thursday, May 28 - 10:00 AM - noon
UUCGT Spring Clean-Up

Thursday, May 28 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy
Look for Zoom link on Tuesday

How your body will try to save you from Covid-19
Covid-19 immunity, antibodies, serological tests, reinfection, and immunological memory - explained

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The CDC urges everyone to wear face coverings in public.
A Cleaning Expert Explains the Best Way to
Clean Cloth Face Masks  After You Wear Them
Social Justice Action
Emmy Lou Cholak,  sjatcmi@gmail.com

UUCGT Online Giving
Check out an informative video and links at
Thank you for your generous contributions of support
Questions? Email Glennda Corning at  bookie@uucgt.org

UUCGT Bulletin Board
Visit our website at  www.uucgt.org

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UUCGT Membership!

Contact office@uucgt.org to schedule a video session with Rev. Cathy, or an in-person meeting with the Orientation Team can be arranged as soon as we can meet together again. Your choice!

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Face masks are available in the front entryway & donations support the Ministerial Search Committee. Thanks to UUCGT Peacemakers Needleworker s & Friends for making these great masks!

Stay informed, be safe, save lives
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Soul Matters Monthly Packets
Available by request - Contact  office@uucgt.org
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End Note...

"We don't even know how strong we are
until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. 
In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity,
people do amazing things. 
The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome."
~ Isabel Allende

UUCGT office will be closed until further notice
Please email office@uucgt.org with any questions/concerns

Contact Rev. Cathy at revharrington@mac.com
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