UUCGT  Flash 
May 2, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 584
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Spring Clean-Up!
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
Job Posting - Director of Religious Education
MCWC Benefit Concert
End Note...

Congregational Vision

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We are a Congregation creating a better world by nurturing the heart and expanding the mind.

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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Reflection...Welcoming New Members


We welcome you.

We know you come here for different reasons -
to find community, to seek your spiritual and personal truths, to question, to nurture your heart and soul, to be nurtured, to explore new ideas, to find comfort, and perhaps to find the answers to some of your bigger questions.

We welcome you.

We know you come from different places, different religions, different beliefs and different backgrounds. We hope you will find comfort, connection, challenge, and love here. We hope you will find ways to provide outreach to others in our congregation, in our local community, and in our world community.

Sunday Service 
Sunday, May 5 - Hal Gurian ,   coordinator
10:30 AM:   "Spirituality and Renewal" - New Member Service
A sense of belonging is important to all of us.

Children and Youth Programs this Sunday
PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade) programs are available; and Nursery child care for infants through age 4. Children please remain in the sanctuary until after the Children's Benediction.

Please Note 
Rev. Beth is available for appointments May 10 - 19.  Contact Rev. Beth at minister@uucgt.org or office@uucgt.org to schedule a time during her next time with us.

! Landscape & Facilities  Work Bees in May !

Join us  to spruce up the grounds to get ready for summer!
Bring a lunch, work clothes, TOOLS!

Sunday, May 5, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
(quiet tools, rakes & tarps needed)

Sunday, May 12, 12:00 - 4:00pm

Sunday, May 19, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (after Potluck!)

Sunday, May 26, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Questions? please contact Lauren Keinath at 342-0617

UUCGT Bulletin Board 
check mark Interim Minister Search Update: We have learned that we have three candidates for our Interim Minister position starting in August.  All three are women with between 18 and 35 years in UU Ministry. Our Board will be interviewing all three candidates on-line in the next week and will, hopefully, be able to reach agreement with one of them by mid-May. We will keep you updated as the process progresses.  
Mike McDonald, Board President
check mark Tuesday Community Lunch Volunteer Sign-up - Sunday, May 12
Mary Kiner will have a table set-up after the service to inform people about our ministry for Tuesday Lunch. This will be an opportunity to sign up to help serve our wider community  as often as you like!
check markGreeter Ministry: Greeters are needed for May & June!
If you are interested, please sign up on the bulletin board by the office.
check mark Save the Dates!  Sunday, May 12 and May 19, 9 :00 - 10:00 AM
Adult RE Classes with Tony Wilgus, "Spiritual Exercises for the Unenlightened". S ee May Beacon for more information
check markTour American Waste Recycle Plant, W ednesday, May 22, 11:30am
30 minute presentation and 30 minute tour. Participants need to RSVP to UU office 231-947-3117 Wear comfortable shoes, no sandals - there are 3 sets of 10 stairs.  If you are interested in a tour, but unable to make this date, call the office to be put on an interest list and another tour could be scheduled. Tour days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 11:30am.
"If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned
or removed from production." -   Pete Seeger

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Local Community Needs

**  SATURDAY, JUNE 8   **
9:00 - 3:00

Organizing help is needed!
We are cleaning out the basement and
welcome your "Good" household items!

Set up - Friday, June 7 - 1:00 to 4:00
Sale Day - Saturday 9:00 - 3:00

Contact Jolynn Paige asap at 409-2050

Local Events
Opportunities to learn and help

State Street Market,  329 E. State Street, Traverse City, MI

Before During After INCARCERATION - Strategy Session
Central United Methodist Church - FREE

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Together we can do great things
Emmy Lou Cholak, Co-Chair UU Social Justice

UUCGT Calendar of Events

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

- Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00a.m. 
Be Fit - Be Strong! Everyone is Welcome!

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room

- Death Cafe: Wednesday, May 8, 1:00pm, sanctuary

- Wednesday Supper/$5 : May 8 , 5:30pm -  Everyone is Welcome!

Director of Religious Education (ages 5 - Youth)

Great opportunity for someone with experience or coursework in education, child development or social work! The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse is a congregation devoted to creating a better world by nurturing the heart and expanding the mind. 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.  

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume and 2-3 professional references to office@uucgt.orgNo calls please. 
UUCGT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, genetic predisposition, ancestry, or national origin.  $18.00/hour - 10 hours per week - 52 weeks per year
Application deadline: May 5, 2019

Job Description
  • Makes a list of the families that have completed registration forms
  • Seeks out families who have yet to complete registration forms
  • Makes a list of volunteers who have completed background check
  • Creates RE feedback form and box
  • Ensures that staffing is in place for each Sunday.
  • Provides leadership and training (if needed) to teaching staff
  • Oversees the Nursery (pre-school) program.  (We understand the nursery pretty much runs itself, but they need a "go-to" person if they have questions and this should be the RE Director)
  • Communicates with the Minister regarding the RE Program
  • Evaluates teachers, along with the RE Committee, and annually recommends retention or replacement
Marketing & Outreach (this could be a separate task paid to an individual as a stipend)
  • Spreads the word about our RE plans (OWL, etc.) via Facebook, connections to other organizations, etc. Create Facebook/Instagram/Twitter posts at least three times per week
  • Creates programming brochure for welcome table
Communication with Parents and Congregation
  • Writes brief RE news for the Flash and Beacon
  • Prepares Annual Report to the Board
  • Serves as the "Go to" person for problem-solving and conflict resolution between parents, teachers and church attendees should the need arise
  • Researches and oversees curricula that meet the goals of UUCGT and RE committee (OWL, Teaching Tolerance, Nonviolent Communication, UUA, Neighboring Faiths, Coming of Age).
  • Oversees and reports on programming in all classrooms (monthly feedback to be given to the RE Committee)
Benefit Concert
Supporting Michigan's Fresh Waters

Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

- Singing Sisters of Northern Michigan
- Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin
- St. Andrews Social Justice Committee
People in Michigan are concerned with the health of the Great Lakes surrounding our state. From the groundwater under our feet, through the wetlands, through rivers and inland lakes, the waters that enter the Great Lakes are our particular responsibility.  Any water taken from our Great Lakes basin is our responsibility; any water diluted by chemicals not naturally there is our responsibility.  MCWC is working at all levels to assure that.

Suggested donation: $20.00 - All proceeds to MCWC
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, MI

Questions? contact Misty Sheehan, mistysheehan11@gmail.com
End Note...

"To be great, be whole;
Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you.

Be whole in everything.

Put all you are into the smallest thing you do.

So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor
Because it blooms up above."

- Fernando Pessoa
Poems of Fernando Pessoa


UUCGT office hours
Mon day - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Friday

(231) 947-3117        office@uucgt.org          www.uucgt.org