UUCGT  Flash 
October 3, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 606
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Welcome Renee Russell!
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
Crop Hunger Walk
Save the Date! Contra Dance
UUCGT Calendar
Community Needs
End Note...


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Minister's Musings...

On October 4th, people all over the world celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Animals. Francis of Assisi loved all creatures, and he wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God's living things - "All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures."

In appreciation for the animals who have blessed our lives, UUCGT will honor them with a special, Blessing of the Animals Service.  

You are invited to bring your reasonably well-behaved pets to church with you on Sunday, October 6th at 10:30 am for a special blessing. Cats, dogs, birds, snakes, hamsters, pet rats, stuffed animals, turtles, rabbits, etc. All are welcome! It will be a joyful time.

  Bring a donation of pet food, blankets, treats, toys, clothing, or cash to share with local shelter animals.

All creatures great and small, the Lord God made them all.
Love, Cathy

Sunday Service 
10:30 AM Sunday, October 6 -  "Blessing of the Animals"
Rev. Cathy Harrington
Richard Miller, coordinator

This morning we will honor the interdependent web of all existence by honoring the animals we love and care for, and who love us unconditionally. Plan to bring your reasonably well-behaved pet or, if you prefer to be safe, email Rev. Cathy with a photo of your pet, living or deceased, that you would like to bless.

Children & Youth
Religious Education
Nursery care for infants through age 4 is available

C hildren are asked to please stay in the sanctuary with their family until after the Blessing of the Animals and Children's Benediction.

Last Sunday in RE the children learned about the Hindu concept of karma (the sum of a person's actions, work, or deeds). Older students had a discussion about how karma and reincarnation are linked. We then focused on the concrete actions and words a person can do or say to reflect our UU principles. The children made bird feeders or wrote kind letters to people.

This coming Sunday we will learn about the Hindu celebrations of Holi, Diwali, and others. The children will learn about the tradition of rangoli (large designs created with colored sand or rice), which are used to welcome gods into one's home. We will discuss how UUs welcome all people and we will create a large collaborative sand design to demonstrate our welcoming religion.

~ Halloween Celebration ~
Calling all Ghosts, Fairies & Wizards! 
Sunday, October 27
12:00 noon - 2:00 PM @ UUCGT 

Join us outdoors to celebrate the beauty of fall and the joy of dressing up in a costume! This family friendly celebration will have nature-based activities, crafts, and games, and no candy or plastic trinkets that will just end up in the landfill next week.  ;)

We look forward to seeing your there!

Please Welcome Renée  Herman Russell
UUC GT's New Music Director!

Renée is an accomplished performer, teacher, and community activist with a degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Masters in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. With a background in classical technique and a firm foot in jazz and contemporary music, Renée has performed for over 20 years throughout the country and abroad.
Renée was raised in both Ann Arbor and Frankfort, Michigan and credits her diverse upbringing in helping her to find joy in lakes and forests as well as busy city centers. She began her musical studies at Northwestern Michigan College, transferred to Boston for three years then spent 10 years in Los Angeles performing and teaching and fell in love with community engagement while working for a non-profit that taught creative writing classes in local juvenile detention facilities. Witnessing the power of helping others to find and share their voice inspired Renée to deepen her understanding of complicated social structures so she returned home to Michigan to pursue an advanced degree in social work. She finds joy and spiritual meaning in helping people identify their unique gifts and assisting them in developing skills through support and encouragement, and enjoys working with and teaching groups and witnessing the incredible beauty that comes from respectful collaboration. The younger sibling of an accomplished and independent sister with intellectual disabilities, Renée believes in advocacy and that every voice should be heard and valued.
Renée has worked with various local non-profits including SEEDS, United Way, PEACE Ranch and Benzie Area Shores District Library helping to create meaningful programming that benefits the community. She was the choir director for Trinity Lutheran Church and the Frankfort High School Glee Club and continues to teach voice in her home studio. She is also a board member of Arts for All, a local non-profit that empowers people of all abilities through accessible arts and culture opportunities while advocating for inclusive community engagement. Renée enjoys living on the Old Mission Peninsula with her husband, two step-daughters, their dog, Bernie, and their cat, Finnegan.

UUCGT Bulletin Board

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Weapon Free Zone: If you have an interest in joining a task force - limited meetings and time- exploring the possibility of UUCGT being a 'Weapon Free Zone', please contact Judy Myers or Joan Sheard. This should only be 2-3 meetings and much can be done via email. All voices are welcome.

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UUCGT Men's Group: Monday, October 7 @ 5:30pm - Minerva's
A Positive Experience with Buddy GuyPick up reading materials in the entryway; bring your cell phone & hearing buds
Book, Bake  & Craft Sale!
Sunday, October 20 & S unday, October 27
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Meet the Artist - Nancy Doughty
Nancy will showcase her hand-woven baskets
only on October 27 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Nancy uses materials she gathers and prepares from the earth - black ash, cedar bark, willow, iris leaves, pine needles, sedge and bull rush to name a few

Bake Sale: We need Bakers to bake some yummy baked goods for both Sundays! Family favorites or something new from your kitchen are welcome!  Contact Chris Lautz (see below)

Book Sale:   We are getting GREAT books from UUA's  Beacon Press and  Skinner House. We are not looking for book donations.

Craft Sale:  Rent a table ($25/date) to sell your art/craft goods, your book, or anything else you want to sell. Table rent goes to UUCGT, any proceeds from what you sell from your table is yours.

You do not have to be a member of the Congregation to rent a table and 
can sign up for one date or both, your choice.  T o reserve a space,   Vendor forms are available from either the office or contact Chris Lautz
Volunteers are needed on October 20 & 27 to help sell Baked Goods and Books, and to set-up/take-down tables.  If interested, contact  Chris Lautz   or call her at 860-884-7741.
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Tuesday, October 15 at 2:30 PM
Come one, Come all! This place is amazing!

30-minute presentation, 30-minute tour and all of your questions answered! There are steps to climb on the tour. Invite your family and friends to join you!  Contact Chris Lautz to RSVP - chrislautz7777@gmail.com
UUCGT Book Club -  Sunday, October 13 @ 2:00 pm
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Hosted by HG & Autumn Smith
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Benzie UU meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at "Grow Benzie" at 5885 Frankfort Hwy, Benzonia. Potluck is at 6:30pm and service begins at 7:30pm. For more information, email Catherine Green  or call or text 231-499-7276.
   October 2 -  Rev. Cathy Harrington, interim UUCGT minister, will discuss the importance of receiving as well as giving. 
   October 16 -  Amanda Mangiardi, Mary Van Valin, Misty Sheehan will present a program in appreciation of Mary Oliver. This program was originally created by Amanda Mangiardi, Rev. Nancy Doughty, and Karen Casebeer for the UUCGT.
   November 6 -  Marcelo Betti, an immigration and family attorney, working with Justice for Our Neighbors will help us see and understand what is going on at the border and with detention centers, and how we might help.
   November 20 -  Kathy Ross, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, will discuss "Engaged Buddhism".
   December 4 -  Josh Stoltz and Annie Browning will discuss their vision for Grow Benzie and community building. Presumably we'll also be able to find out how Josh's recent travels, including to Mozambique, have influenced his thinking.
   December 18 -  Barb Skurdall will treat us to her annual exploration of the Winter Solstice.

Residents in the State of Florida passed Amendment 14 which gave the right to vote to persons who had been committed of a felony. Then the legislature voted to make all the judiciary fees that had accumulated be paid before the ex-prisoner could vote. In essence, that reversed the Amendment. See this web page and learn more:  https://floridarrc.com

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The Global Climate Strike happened last week. T rees can offset carbon accumulation in the atmosphere. 10 free trees for planting in our yards and neighborhoods are available when we join the National Arbor Foundation. Membership is only $10! Join today: 

UUCGT Social Justice Action Team
Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
Transforming Communities

Sunday, October 13
@ 1:30pm / Walk @ 2:00 pm

The 2019 CROP HUNGER WALK is scheduled for Sunday, October 13 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. This project helps fight hunger in the U.S. as well as other world-wide countries. 

Your donations and/or active participation are greatly appreciated. 
Please see John Hoffmann in the Social Hall following Sunday Service for more information.

Save the Date!
Contra Dance!

Saturday, November 2, 2019
7:00 - 10:00 PM
      • No dancing experience necessary!
      • Live Music
      • Dancing Instructor & Guide
      • Light snacks & refreshments
      • Tickets $10.00
A Fun Family Time at UUCGT! Children under 16 are free!
Non-members are welcome!
6726 Center Road, Traverse City
Questions? Contact Hal Gurian @ 410-340-7323

UUCGT Calendar of Events

To schedule meetings and events, contact  office@uucgt.org

- Peacemaker Needleworkers:  Thursdays, 1:30pm, social halL

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday,  October 3, 1:30pm, library

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Team: Friday, October 4, 10:00am, social hall

RE Committee: Sunday, October 6, 12:00 noon, classroom

Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, October 6, 5:00-7:00pm, meditation room - s ee  www.tcmmg.org  for more information

OWL Parent Meeting : Sunday, October 6, 6:30pm, sanctuary

- OWL Facilitator Meeting: Monday, October 7, 10:00am, library

- Stretch & Strengthen: Monday, October 7, 11:00am, social hall

- Endowment Committee: Monday, October 7, 1:00pm, library

- UU Men's Group: Monday, October 7, 5:30pm@ Minerva's - articles in entryway

- Indivisible GT: Tuesday, October 8, 11:30am, sanctuary

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

-  Congregation Beth Shalom Yom Kippur Service: Tuesday, October 8, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- No Stretch & Strengthen: Wednesday, October 9

-  Congregation Beth Shalom Yom Kippur Service:  Wednesday, October 9, 10:00am - 7:30pm, sanctuary

- Finance Committee: Wednesday, October 9, 3:30pm, office

- Wednesday Supper/$5: October 9, 5:30pm @ McDonald's -  Everyone is Welcome!

- Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, October 10, 9:30am, sanctuary

Our next quarterly distribution is in November.
We always welcome your suggestions and ideas.

End Note...
We're all - -
trees, humans, insects, birds, bacteria - -
Life is embodied network.
- David George Haskell


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