UUCGT  Flash 
October 31, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 610
 
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Job Opportunity @ UUCGT
CONTRA DANCE!
Calling All Music Makers!
Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner!
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Safe Harbor
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...
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We provide a safe, caring community where all can freely explore diverse religious thought. 

We work for justice and equality with the power of compassion and compassionate power.

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Minister's Musings...

All Souls Day ~ A Service of Remembrance

As our all too brief summer fades into fall, and trees have begun shedding their brightly colored leaves, we begin to brace for winter.

This Sunday, we will remember those who are no longer with us with a ritual of remembrance and beautiful music.

Gary Deavel and Kim Gribi will perform three pieces,
Renée Russell  will sing the beautiful song by Eva Cassidy, 
"I Know You By Heart", and our UUCGT Vocal Ensemble
will also be with us, singing "Breaths".

You are invited to bring a photo of a loved one who has graced your life to place on our special altar so that we can remember them with gratitude and love.

In faith, Cathy

Sunday Service
November 3 - 10:30 AM - "All Souls Day - A Service of Remembrance"
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Karen Casebeer , c oordinator

A service of remembrance, celebration and healing.


Children & Youth
Religious Education
Nursery care is available for infants through age 4
C hildren and Youth are asked to please stay in the sanctuary with their family until after the Children's Benediction

We had a wonderful Fall Festival celebration! Last Sunday, approximately 25 kids enjoyed face painting, wand creation, apple bobbing with strings, rock sifting, a leaf labyrinth, and a scavenger hunt in the woods (which ended with meeting a witch!). Big thanks go to Jolynn Paige, Nan Worthington, Reverend Cathy, Dan Tholen, Dianne and Eric Hallman and Gary Nelson for their help in preparing and running the event!

In RE last Sunday we learned about Samhain and Dia de los Muertos and made pumpkin candles and popcorn balls. On Sunday, November 3, we will learn about the way the Bible answers the question - "Where do we come from?" by interacting with the Judeo-Christian creation story. We will acknowledge that this is one of many creation stories and theories, and that all are equally valid.  
 
Additionally, an OWL Subcommittee will be forming to discuss the future of lifespan sexuality education at our congregation. If you are interested in exploring how OWL can meet the needs of our children, youth, and adults, please consider joining us.


JOB OPPORTUNITY @ UUCGT!
Part-time Co-Teacher for Sunday morning Religious E ducation class
 
Ideal candidate will have experience working with upper elementary and middle s chool aged children in a group setting; knowledge of world religions or a willingness to  learn about them; and an interest in learning more about Unitarian Universalism. The teacher is  hired by the Board of Trustees and reports to the Director of Religious Education.  This is a part-time position - 4 hours/wk at $16/hr

Responsibilities:
     * Co-teach RE program for K-8th grade children on Sunday mornings during the worship  service. Will be available at the church one hour before the service and remain through the  coffee hour to greet and communicate with families. (approximately 9:30-12:00)
     * Prepare weekly by reading the lesson plan and learning any background information relevant  to the lesson. Assist in the preparation of materials. (approximately 1 hour per week)
     * Obtain approval from DRE prior to purchases. Keep receipts of materials purchased and  submits for reimbursement.
     * Maintain communication with DRE, other teachers, and RE Committee members.
     * Assist in the delivery of multi-generational services.
     * Attend monthly RE Committee meetings, usually held the first Sunday of each month  following the service.
     * Additional hours and responsibilities can be added based on interest in program development,  outreach, and curriculum planning.  All teachers are required to undergo a background check.

     Email cover letter, resume, and three references to dre@uucgt.org 



 
Calling all Music Makers!
December 8th
All Music Service!

Looking for musicians who would like to be involved in our All Music Program on December 8th!  All are welcome! 
Please contact Music Director, Renée Russell, to sign up today!  musicatuucgt@gmail.com  or  (231) 930-7280

 
UUCGT Thanksgiving Potluck Feast!
Sunday, November 24
Twin Lakes Park - Gilbert Lodge
  Everyone  is Welcome!
Sign up on Sundays at UUCGT!
$5.00/person or $15.00/family
Bring a dish to add to our bountiful feast
& table service
  Room and food set-up - 10:00
Arrival & Fellowship - 10:45
Service & Music - 11:00
Dinner - 12:00
 
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A very big THANK YOU!
to everyone who helped with the Art, Book & Bake Sale
on October 20 & 27! 

Thank you to all of our bakers, vendors, set-up crew, take-down crew, advertising team, the woodworker who donated a coffee table made from a UUCGT piano, book sale organizers, those who assisted with hospitality, book and baked good sellers, advertising flyer design and distribution, street sign creator, library book donator, vendor who donated a portion of their sales and all the buyers! Whew! this was truly a successful community effort!
 
We raised about $900 after expenses and received six new books for the UUCGT library!
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Enjoy this  video of the UUCGT Vocal Ensemble "Lean on Me" performed on Sunday, October 27 - https://bit.ly/34eKkyj
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U UCGT Men's Group:  Monday, November 4, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
"Some TURKEY Facts" - Jack Thole will facilitate a conversation about his recent visit to Turkey.  Articles are available in front entryway.
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The Artwork of MaryAnn Force ~ a Celebration of Her Life and Art
Several of MaryAnn's watercolor paintings are hanging in the  UUCGT Corridor Gallery  for your viewing pleasure ~  Enjoy!
     
"The Children's Garden "
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BENZIE UU November Schedule

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.
   
November 6 - Marcelo Betti, 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".
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November 7th is our next quarterly distribution meeting
Your suggestions and ideas are always welcome!
Volunteer!

UUCGT will be providing the volunteers at Safe Harbor from the evening of Saturday, November 16 through the morning of Saturday, November 23.
We will have a sign up table in the Gathering Space the next two Sundays.  

All but eight of our opportunities are filled, but we are particularly in need of volunteers for Saturday, November 16. There are still opportunities to help prepare and serve meals, be an evening host or be an overnight host. We also need another cleaning volunteer on the morning of Sunday, November 17 and on the morning of Saturday, November 23. There are also a few opportunities to provide food items for the week.

Stop by and see us at the sign-up table and participate in a hands-on ministry to those experiencing homelessness in our community. 

There will be a brief Safe Harbor Volunteer Training on Sunday, November 10 at 12:00 noon in the sanctuary.

For more information contact Mike or Sandra McDonald (231)935-3759.

  

A new rule will enable the   administration to collect DNA from nearly any asylum seeker who is detained when crossing through official entry points. 

The argument is that this will help in fighting crime, but the reality is that the crime rate for both legal and undocumented immigrants is much lower than it is for U.S. citizens.  S ubmit a comment  on the federal register and also ask Members of Congress to do something about this flagrant invasion of privacy and violation of human rights by forcefully taking DNA samples from immigrants. Sign to protect their rights:
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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

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Team: Friday, November 1, 10:00am, social hall

Death Cafe, Day of the Dead: Friday, November 1, 6:00pm, social hall

Board Retreat:  Saturday, November 2, 9:00 - 4:00pm, sanctuary/social hall

CONTRA Dance @ UUCGT! Saturday, November 2, 7:00pm, social hall 
Back by popular demand!  $10/kids free, no experience necessary, live music & caller, light refreshments - RSVP UU office 947-3117

Daylight Savings Time Ends - Sunday, November 3 - "fall" back!

- OWL Program: Sunday, November 3, 10:00am - 12:00 noon, meditation room

- Social Justice Action: Sunday, November 3, 11:45am, library

- RE Committee: Sunday, November 3, 12:00pm, classroom

- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, November 3 - 1st Sunday, 2:30 - 6:30pm, sanctuary - see  www.tcmmg.org  for more information

- Stretch & Strengthen: Monday, November 4, 11:00am, social hall

- UUCGT Men's Group: Monday, November 4, 5:30pm @ Minerva's



- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, November 5, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

- Stretch & Strengthen: Wednesday, November 6, 11:00am, social hall

- Staff Resources: Wednesday. November 6, 3:00pm, library

- Wednesday Potluck Supper:  November 6, 5:30pm @ UUCGT - Bring a dish to share - e veryone is welcome!

- SokukoJi Meditation Group: Wednesday, November 6, 6:30pm, meditation room

- Benzie UU: Wednesday, November 6, 6:30pm/potluck, 7:30pm/service @ Grow Benzie

- Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, November 7, 9:30am, sanctuary

- Community Needs: Thursday, November 7, 10:00am, library

- Congregational Care Team: Thursday, November 7, 1:30pm, library

- Vocal Ensemble: Thursday, November 7, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- Program Council & Potluck: Sunday, November 10, 12:30pm, social hall

- UUCGT Book Club: Sunday, November 10, 2:00pm - "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
End Note...
Samhain Blessings

Walking 
I am listening
to a deeper way
Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me
Be still they say
Watch and listen
You are the result of the love of thousands.

~ Linda Hogan

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