UUCGT  Flash 
October 25, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 557
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Children & Youth Programs
Rabbi Chava Status Update
Pinkie Hoffmann Memorial Service
Calendar of Events
UUCGT Clean-Up!
Bulletin Board
UU Social Justice
Introduction to Meditation
End Note

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Bridging worlds...

May your Samhain be blessed...

Let magic spring from unexpected places
and your heart branch in mystery,
as brazen and bare as the hawthorn on hallowed hills....

~ Asia Suler
Samhain Lore and Rituals
by Selena Fox

Samhain, (pronounced saah-win  or  saa-ween ), popularly known as Halloween, occurs in late October and early November.  For most Wiccan practitioners, this is the New Year, and a time for letting go of the old and looking ahead to the new.  It marks the end of the harvest season.  Since ancient times, Pagans have paid their respects to departed loved ones, ancestors, and guides in the Spirit World at Samhain.   Read more here.... 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, October 28
10:30 AM:   "Samhain - Honoring Our Ancestors "
All Congregation Service -  Kat Norman , Coordinator

"We are our grandmothers' prayers, and we are our grandfathers' dreamings.   We are the breath of our ancestors..."  Ysaye M. Barnwell

This is our annual service when we remember our ancestors of the blood, of the heart, and of the spirit honoring the lives of those who have touched us.  Members of all ages are invited to bring a photo or memento of those who have gone before us to help co-create our setting.

Please note:  Nursery care is available for infants - age 4; all other children and youth, please remain in the service with their family.

Children & Youth Programs

Children and families are an important element within UUCGT.  Currently, we are in the process of restructuring our Children & Youth Programs for Sunday mornings.  Our intention and goals are to build  an excellent future with kids and youth in mind with  new and exciting programs, as well as having a new teacher/coordinator in place by the first of the year.

In the interim, child care is provided only for infants through age 4 in our Nursery.   All other children and youth are invited to remain in the service with their families.

Your input is welcome and encouraged!

Please contact Jolynn Paige, Child and Youth Program Task Force Coordinator at  heyjopaige@gmail.com  with your thoughts or suggestions.

Rabbi Chava Status Update

Rabbi Chava is continuing to recover from her injuries and the concussion she sustained in an August fall at her home in Suttons Bay.  She has recently seen her neurologist and is awaiting the results of testing to determine the severity of her concussion.  Meanwhile, her neurologist has restricted her from any kind of work and from driving.  Rabbi Chava and her neurologist have also agreed that she will limit her "screen time" to aid in her recovery.

I have regular visits with Rabbi Chava, as your representative, and she wants you to know that she wishes she could be back as our Spiritual Leader, but she is physically unable to do so at this time.  You should understand that neither Rabbi Chava's doctors, Rabbi Chava nor we can accurately predict when she will be physically able to return.

In November, if it appears that Rabbi Chava will be unable to return in January, we will be working with the UUA and Rabbi Chava to identify a substitute minister to serve our congregation until Rabbi Chava is able to return.

Mike McDonald
UUCGT Board President

A Celebration of Life ~ Pinkie Hoffmann

Saturday, October 27
1:00 pm at UUCGT
The Hoffmann family will be available at noon
to greet and visit with guests

Sunday, October 28
Interment of ashes immediately following Sunday Service 
Members and friends are invited to join the
Hoffmann family for a brief service in the Memorial Garden

UUCGT Calendar of Events
(Please contact  office@uucgt.org  to schedule all meetings and events)

Indivisible GT:  Tuesdays, 11:30am, sanctuary

Bridge Group:  Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall

No Wednesday Supper this week -  Blessed Samhain!  Happy Halloween! 

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, November 1, 9:30am, sanctuary

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday, November 1, 1:00pm, library

Facilities Committee:  Friday, November 2, 10:00am, social hall

Facilities & Landscape Teams:  Friday, November 2, 11:00am, classroom

UUCGT Clean-Up!  Saturday, November 3, 9:00 until ??  See article below!

Sunday Services Committee:  Sunday, November 4, 9:00am, classroom

UUCGT New Member Welcome Service:  Sunday, November 4, 10:30am - Please join us!

Social Justice Team:  Sunday, November 4, 11:45am, classroom

UUCGT Fall Clean-Up Opportunity!
Saturday, November 3
9:00am - ??
Lend a hand for 15 minutes or an hour or two!

Bring your tools!
Indoor window washing
Outdoor clean-up
Have some fun!  Add some love!
Enjoy Cider & Donuts, too!

UUCGT Bulletin Board

UUCGT Men's Group :  Monday, November 5, 5:30pm, location TBA.  Articles are available in the front entryway.

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UUCGT Book Club:  Sunday, November 11, 2:00pm, Marcia Bellinger will host.  Selection, "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

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UUCGT Board Meeting:  Tuesday, November 13 @ 6:30pm, classroom (Please note date & time change due to Thanksgiving holiday)

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Community Needs Committee - Boots & Shoes
Donations are still being accepted!  Gently used boots and shoes for Grace Episcopal Jubilee House.  Box is near the Social Hall should you have shoes/boots to donate!

Local Community Needs

Voting is a Social Justice Responsibility

Michigan had two proposals set for the ballot,
but the State Legislature made them into laws before the public could vote.
Now, we must be ready to take action to continue benefits and
protect these laws.

See these websites to understand more:

Michigan One Fair Wage - 
Earned Paid Sick Leave -  https://mitimetocare.org/
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Next UUCGT Social Justice Team Meeting
Sunday, November 4 @ 11:45am - classroom
Join Us!

4-Week Free Introductory Meditation Class
Contact  Elisabeth  Treefon  at 231-357-4700
End Note...


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