UUCGT  Flash 
September 12, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 603
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Landscape Team News!
Community Needs
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...


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Minister's Musings...

It was a delight to see all of you at last Sunday's Ingathering and Water Communion service and to meet some of you who have just returned from summer vacation. I look forward to sharing some meaningful and joyful times together at UUCGT. There is a lot of important work to do in the next two years as you prepare to call a new settled minister, but it has been my experience that there is joy, growth, and possibility in that work. There is room for fun, too!


In this week's sermon, I will share a bit about my life's journey and my path to ministry. It's a lot of life so I'll abbreviate a bit, but mostly it's how I learned to face my fears and discover my purpose and direction in life.
On another note, I have been using technology in worship for the past five years and have found that it enriches the service in a variety of ways. I have also found that choosing images and creating slides as I'm preparing for Sunday's service has deepened my creative process. As was the case last Sunday, I will be introducing this into the service as an experiment and I invite you to share your thoughts. You can fill out a feedback form, email me, or speak to me after the service.
In faith and love,

Sunday Service 
10:30 AM - S unday, September 15 - Rev. Cathy Harrington
Pam Hendrick, coordinator
"Something to Believe In"

This is an introductory sermon to further introduce you to Rev. Cathy - who she is and what led her to ministry, and ultimately to UUCGT and to you.

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

Our Fall RE Program for PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade) has begun! C hildren are asked to stay in the sanctuary with their family until after A Time for All Ages and Children's Benediction.

Our World Religions unit is off to a great start!

The RE room is filled with pictures representing different aspects of a variety of religions, and the pictures have already sparked many questions and discussions. In our initial session the students looked at pictures of sacred spaces and discussed what they saw. They then drew, built, or made a collage of a space that would be sacred to them.

Next week we will explore the Hindu concept of "One God, Many Names".
UUCGT Bulletin Board

Welcome to the UUCGT Wide Embrace!
Water Communion - September 8, 2019
Photos courtesy of Charles Bracket  

UCGT Financial Statement as of August 31, 2019 - click here

Suspicious Email Scams Targeting Churches
Several people reported receiving an email from revcathy.uucgt@gmail.com.
Please note this is NOT Rev. Cathy's email or a UUCGT email
You should not respond to the email - do report it as spam

October  Book, Bake & Craft Sale!
Sunday, October 20
Sunday, October 27
11:45 am - 2:00 pm

Do you have an Art or Craft that you'd like to sell?
Contact Chris Lautz or call 860-884-7741

BOOK SALE:  We are getting books from UUA's   Beacon Press  and Skinner House.  So we are not looking for book donations.

BAKE SALE:  We are looking for folks to do some baking and we will sell those goods during the event!

CRAFT SALE:  We are looking for people to rent a table ($25/date) to sell your art/craft goods, your book if you are an author, or anything else you want to rent a table to sell. Table rent goes to the UUCGT, any proceeds from what you sell from your table is yours. You can sign up for one date or both, your choice. 

Get a Vendor form from the office or Chris Lautz to reserve your space. You do not have to be a member of the Congregation to rent a table.
We will be needing volunteers on both event days to help sell baked goods and books, and to set up tables. Thanks!

Landscape Team News!
Meandering Path Party & Final Push
September 22 after Service
We'll do some final clean-up, lay boundary logs,
walk the Path & celebrate with cider & donuts!
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garden shovel
Additional Landscaping Help Needed
Sunny Maple Garden - West side next to office windows
Removing grass, sumac, bracken to prepare this garden for new plantings in 2020!
Lend a Hand / Help beautify our UUCGT Grounds

Please contact Rick 989-430-5174, Chris Walter 989-430-4776
or Jalene Moore before digging!
-- Charter cable and irrigation lines are present --
Assistance during September 20 - October 11 appreciated!

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Wednesday Night Speaker Series
Katie Grzesiak, Invasive Species Network Coordinator
Wednesday, September 25 - 7:00 pm
Following our Wednesday Night Pizza Supper (vegan alternative available), Katie will talk about herbicides and their use, including the use of organic herbicides. Katie will also join us for dinner, so lots of time to chat and ask questions:  How deep do I dig?  Which herbicide will work? Can I burn it?  What about human health and the environment?  Where can I turn for help? 
Join us for an evening about invasive species control methods - We'll explore what works, what doesn't, how ISN chooses between the many options, and how you can make invasive species control decisions for your projects.

A Grateful Thank You to UUCGT

My name is Marcia Heller, I am the Development Director for the Women's Resource Center. I walked into the lobby the other day and saw the incredible gift of feminine hygiene products you delivered. I know the UU congregation recently sent a monetary contribution as well. I just wanted to send my personal thank you for these kind gifts. I hope you will share my gratitude with others in the Fellowship as well.
~ Marcia

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

If you're looking for ways to aid the recovery in the Bahamas and other affected areas,  please consider chipping in to support these hardworking charities that are already on the ground providing relief:

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Fires in the Amazon
Land invasions in indigenous territories are on the rise in Brazil

Read more:  https://nyti.ms/2qCJ4Du   and here  

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

UUCGT Calendar of Events

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

Shantideva Fan Club: Thurs, September 12, 9:30-11:00am, sanctuary

Peacemaker Needleworkers:  Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall

- Stewardship Team: Thursday, September 12, 1:30pm, library

- Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- Free InterPlay Session: Saturday, September 14, 11:00am @ Traverse Wellness Center -  https://www.facebook.com/events/399505434157071/

UUCGT Book Club: Sunday, September 15, 2:00pm @ Harriet Wall's

Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, September 15, 5:00-7:00pm, meditation room - see www.tcmmg.org for more information

Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am - Everyone is Welcome!

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

- Membership Team: Wednesday, September 18, 4:15pm, library

- Wednesday Potluck Supper: September 18, 5:30pm - Join us in Fellowship!

- UUCGT Board Meeting: Wednesday, September 18, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- Congregational Care Team: Thursday, September 19, 1:00pm, library

- Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- SokukoJi Meditation Retreat: Saturday, September 21,  9:00am - 4:00pm, sanctuary. Open to public, $40 fee, light lunch - All are Welcome!

- Meandering Pathway Final Push & Celebration: Sunday, September 22, 11:45am - Join us!

- Social Justice Team: Sunday, September 22, 11:45am, library

End Note...

"At the end of the day,
it's not about what you have or
even what you've accomplished.
It's about what you've done with those accomplishments.
It's about who you've lifted up,
who you've made better.
It's about what you've given back."
- Denzel Washington


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Closed Friday

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