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A few thoughts on the service this week
I would never suggest that suffering is in our lives for a reason; that sort of theology simply doesn't work for me. However, the reality is that each of our lives is marked by some experience of suffering. What I am learning is that how we respond makes all the difference. This Sunday's service includes a reading from one of my favorite spiritual directors, Rachel Naomi Remen, who writes:
Sometimes a grain of sand will enter an oyster's shell and become a part of its life from then on. Such grains of sand cause pain, but an oyster does not alter its soft nature because of this. It does not become hard and leathery in order not to feel. It continues to entrust itself to the ocean, to open and breathe in order to live.
Slowly and patiently, the oyster wraps the grain of sand in thin translucent layers until, over time, it has created something of great value in the place where it was most vulnerable to its pain...Suffering in us can transform such suffering into wisdom.
(excerpt from "Pearls of Great Wisdom" in My Grandfather's Blessings)
Like the oyster, we swim in metaphorical water that both nourishes and challenges us, we breathe in things that both heal our bodies and others that irritate the dickens out of us. And yet, to be able to do so is a blessing in itself.
For all of life's joys and challenges, it is a blessing to be.
For all of its joys and challenges, this congregation is a blessing - to those who are members and friends, and to those who have never set foot inside.
Let us celebrate our blessings as we say our good-byes.
In hope and faith,
Sunday, July 21 - Rev. Beth Marshall
Mary Van Valin, coordinator
"Blessings and Benedictions"
This morning's service is built upon a short blessing, taught by a dear mentor. Do not be misled by its simplicity.
It is a blessing to be.
It is a blessing to be here.
It is a blessing to be here, now.
It is a blessing to be here now, together.
This Sunday will be Rev. Beth's last Sunday with UUCGT. Please join us as we thank her for her generous time with UUCGT and wish her safe journeys.
Children & Youth
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!
As we continue to build our mindfulness practice, one thing we will learn is that mindfulness can be practiced anytime and anywhere. "Breathe Like a Bear" is a wonderful book with short mindfulness meditations that kids (and adults!) can use in their daily lives. It is available through the Traverse Area District Library.
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OUR WHOLE LIVES - OWL
Holistic Lifespan Sexuality Education
Informational Parent Meeting
August 11 - after service
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.
The Boldness Within
Saturday, July 20 @
A Special Visit from Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell
presented by Rev. Beth Marshall and Hal Gurian
Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell
(1825 - 1921)
In the course of Unitarian Universalist history, there are a handful of people whose lives and work truly left a lasting mark - Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell, is one of them.
The first woman to be ordained as a minister by a congregation in this country (1858), she experienced unprecedented discrimination, yet was undeterred from following her dream and her calling.
Please join us!
...for this lively evening followed by ample time to visit and enjoy some summertime lemonade and cookies!
UUCGT SUMMER POTLUCKS
Wednesdays @ 5:30 PM
July 24 - Hosted by Barb & Dusty Culton
BYOB, a dish to share & table service
UUCGT Bulletin Board
UUCGT Financial Report as of June 30, 2019 - Click here
TODAY! Basement Giveaway for UUCGT Members & Friends
Thursday, July 18, 9:00am - 1:00pm. Open to public Friday, 9:00 - 1:00
Rev. Beth will speak on Sunday, July 21 - this is her final Sunday with us. A
reception will follow
Class with Tony Wilgus:
Sunday, July 21 - 9:00 am
Topic "Miles Before I Sleep" - Part 2
Volunteer Sound Technicians Wanted:
raining for Sunday services & special events.
Contact Price Watts or Lauren Keinath if you are interested.
UUCGT Men's Group: Monday, August 12, 5:30pm @ Minerva's. Dusty Culton will facilitate - Articles in entryway - Pick one up!
UUCGT at Safe Harbor - Mark Your Calendars!
Saturday, November 16 - 23 and Saturday, February 8 - 15
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CALL for Disbursement Requests!
for "Fill the Gap" efforts to support our community
Every Sunday, join us after service to move our Meandering Pathway along a little bit further!
Come as you can, stay as you will, leave when you must...
30 minutes of your time can translate into a lifetime journey for someone else.
We appreciate every bit you do as will generations after us.
Parking Lot Oval Workbee
Monday, July 22 @ 9:00am
(weather permitting - rain date Tuesday, July 23)
YOU CAN do something to support immigrate and refugee families by donating to organizations such as:
National Immigration Law Center (NILC), one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, a human rights organization that advocates for the rights and best interests of immigrant children from all corners of the world.
United We Dream Action, the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country, committed to providing immigrant communities with reliable information and useful tools and advocating for immigration policy changes.
ABBA House, a "safe house" on the Mexican Underground Railroad - Go Fund Me Campaign. Currently there is an overload of migrants working their way north from Central America. Monies will go directly to food and clothing for the migrants; rent and utilities are covered by UU Fellowship in San Miguel where
Christie McGue & Bob Calt attend and volunteer in the winter months.
Together we can do great things!
UUCGT Social Justice Action Team
Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
UUCGT Calendar of Events
- Basement Giveaway for UUCGT Members & Friends: Today, July 18, 9:00am - 1:00pm
- Brown Bag Picnic Lunch w/ Rev. Beth: Today, July 18, 12 noon
Casual relaxed lunch & chat
: Thursday, July 18, 7:00pm, sanctuary
- Public Giveaway: Friday, July 19, 9:00am - 1:00pm
- Sokukoji Buddhist Meditation Retreat: Saturday, July 20, 9:00am - 4:00pm, sanctuary. Open to public, $40 fee, light lunch - All are Welcome!
- An Evening with UU Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell presented by Rev. Beth and a Special Guest - Saturday, July 20, 7:00pm, sanctuary. Light refreshments - Everyone is Welcome!
Class w/ Tony Wilgus "Miles Before I Sleep" - Part II, Sunday, July 21, 9:00am, sanctuary
Rev. Beth Marshall will speak at UUCGT on Sunday, July 21 @ 10:30am.
This will be Rev. Beth's last Sunday with UUCGT - Come wish her well on the next part of her journey.
- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, July 21, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary - s
for more information
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00a.m.
Everyone is Welcome!
: Tuesday, July 23, 11:30am, sanctuary
SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation
: Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 - 8:30pm, meditation room. See
for more information
Wednesday Potluck Supper! Wednesday, July 24, 5:30pm @ Barb & Dusty Culton's. Bring a dish to pass, BYOB & table settings. Relax into summer with UU friends!
[Please note: No Potluck on Wednesday, July 31]
"Mystery creates wonder
is the basis of our desire to understand."
- Neil Armstrong
(remembering the moon landing
50 year ago this week)
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