UUCGT  Flash 
May 7, 2020
Vol. 14, Issue 637
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
RE Children & Youth
Photo Challenge!
Annual Meeting - June 21
UUCGT Calendar
Healthy Congregations
Social Justice
Online Giving
Bulletin Board
End Note


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Minister's Musings...

Dear Ones,

         For this Sunday's service, as a reminder and as inspiration to send me a picture of your mother or of the person who mothered you and a brief mention of what she/they/he taught you ,  I'm sharing this funny piece I found a few years ago.

- Author unknown

My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
My mother taught me RELIGION. 
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. 
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
My mother taught me LOGIC. 
"Because I said so, that's why."
My mother taught me MORE LOGIC
  "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
My mother taught me FORESIGHT. 
"Make sure you wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident."
My mother taught me IRONY. 
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about.
My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. 
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. 
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
My mother taught me about STAMINA. 
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
My mother taught me about WEATHER. 
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY. 
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
My Mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think that I know when you're cold?"
My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE.
"What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you...Don't talk back to me!"
MY Mother taught me PATIENCE.
"Sure, you can do that. As soon as you're 21 and leave the house!"
My Mother taught me DIPLOMACY.
"I don't want to hear who started it! It takes two to fight."
My Mother taught me SHARING.
"Play nicely with that or I'll just take it away from both of you."
My Mother taught me ETIQUETTE.
"Use your fork! If I see that hand on the table again, I'll slap it!"
My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
My mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD.
"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job!"
My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids and I hope they turn out just like you!"
But most of all, my mother taught me LOVE.
"You know that whatever you do or whatever happens, I'll stand behind you because I love you."

With love and faith,
231-301-3177,  revharrington@mac.com

Sunday Service - Join us on Zoom
May 10 - 10:30 AM - "Mothering Day" 
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Amanda Mangiardi , Renee Russell, Barbara Young, coordinators

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

Last Sunday we gathered to learn about Beltane and May Day. We learned about historical and modern traditions and created Green Man masks.
This coming Sunday we will learn about how Mother's Day is celebrated around the world. For check-in, please bring something that reminds you of your mother or of a mother figure in your life. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing you all soon!
- Betsy 
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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You Are Invited!
Take the Social Isolation Photo Challenge!

Try making your own version of this classic painting, take a photo, and email it to Mary Van Valin at mgvv77@yahoo.com before May 13th.  We will use them in a slide show during the May 17th service .

Here are some examples ~  Thanks! Have some fun!


2020 Candidates

Board, Endowment & Leadership Development Committees

Voting will take place prior to or at the UUCGT Annual Meeting
June 21, 2020

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

The UUCGT Board of Trustees has set Sunday, June 21 at 12:00 pm as the date and time for the Congregation Annual Meeting.

This is two weeks later than our normal Annual Meeting, but gives us extra time to prepare for a meeting that will not be routine. We will likely hold the meeting using Zoom since we expect social distancing to still be the norm even if other restrictions have been lifted.

This will be a very important meeting in that we will be electing four members of the Search Team for our new Settled Minister.
Next Board meeting via Zoom
We dnesday, May 20 - 7: 00 PM


UUCGT Calendar -  Stay Up to Date!
Sunday Services, meetings and classes are  hosted on Zoom  until further notice.  Need help with Zoom? Click on Zoom links below.
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

Thursday, May 7 - 1:00 PM
Congregational Care Team

Thursday, May 7 - 2:30 PM
Tai Chi - Black & White Me - C laire Crandell
Email Claire Crandell at  clairestella5@gmail.com

Sunday Services Rehearsal
Friday, May 8 - 2:00 PM
Friday, May 8 - 8:00 PM  
Vespers - A quiet time to connect with others, relax, breathe
    **  Sign in early for social time @ 7:30 PM
Order of Service will be in your email on Friday

Sunday, May 10 - 9 :45 AM
Religious Education for Children 
Contact Betsy Hammerberg  for Zoom link , dre@uucgt.org

Sunday, May 10 - 1 0:30 AM   ** Sign in after 10:00 AM
Sunday Service - "Mothering Day"
By Phone: 1-646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 832 2607 4824
Order of Service will be in your email on Friday

Monday & Wednesday - 10:00 AM
Stretch & Strengthen Class - Stay Fit at Home!
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86328072766  

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

Tuesday, May 12 - 1:30 PM
Sunday Services Committee

Tuesday, May 12 - 2:30 PM
Sunday Services Coordinators Meeting
Wednesday, May 13 - 10:00 AM
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy
Look for Zoom Meeting link on Tuesday, May 12!

Wednesday, May 13 - 1:00 PM
Death Cafe - contact Donna Stein-Harris

Wednesday , May 13 - 3:30 PM
Finance Committee

Wednesday, May 13 - 5:30 PM
Wednesday Happy Hour on Zoom!
Join us for Happy Hour every Wednesday. All are welcome! 
Bring your beverage of choice and share in fellowship! Please contact Mike and Sandra McDonald for the weekly Zoom invite.

Thursday, May 14 - 11:00 AM
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy
Look for Zoom Meeting link on Tuesday, May 12!

 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.

Opinion by Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Nick Kristof's C-19's Impact Initiative
In the United States - support food, school, internet help

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

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If your answer is Yes! please contact office@uucgt.org to schedule a video session with Rev. Cathy. Alternatively, an in-person meeting with the Orientation Team can be arranged as soon as we can be together again. Your choice!
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Hand-crafted face masks made by several UUCGT Peacemaker Needleworkers and Friends are available in the front entryway. Donations support the Ministerial Search Committee and are appreciated.  I f you would like a mask(s) mailed to you, please contact Sandra McDonald at 231-935-3759
Stay informed, be safe, save lives
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Soul Matters Monthly Packets OR recordings of Sunday Services
Available by request - Contact  office@uucgt.org
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End Note...
Whether we or our politicians know it or not, 
Nature is party to all our deals and decisions,
and she has more votes, a longer memory,
and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
~ Wendell Berry
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Poetry ~ The Great Realisation 2020
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