UUCGT  Flash 
April 23, 2020
Vol. 14, Issue 635
 
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
RE Children & Youth
Annual Meeting - June 21
UUCGT Calendar
Workshops for Adults & Kids
Contemplating a Good Death
Social Justice
Online Giving
Face Masks Available
Bulletin Board
End Note
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Minister's Musings...
 
ALERT: Scam Minister Emails are on the rise again!

If you receive an email asking for money or gift cards, please know these are bogus emails and I would never ask you to send me or anyone money by email. Hackers seem to be targeting gmail accounts. Please do not respond to these emails; mark them as spam; delete.  My preferred and legitimate email addresses are:  revharrington@mac.com  or  cathy.harrington@icloud.com .
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Dear Ones,

Beginning this Friday, April 24 through May 8, UUCGT members will be receiving a phone call from someone from the UUCGT Board, the Transition Team, or the Leadership Development Committee to ask you for the name/s of someone you would trust to represent you on the Search Committee.  This team will have lots of work to do and needs to be in place by the end of May. To this end, the Transition Team held an information session after the service in January, and you will find a comprehensive summary of that session below.

What follows is a repeat from last week's message...

The purpose of that gathering was to give you information about the search process and provide you an opportunity to share your thoughts about who you would like to serve on the Search Committee to select your new Settled Minister. To refresh your memory, here are the essential questions that we would like for you to consider:
  • What are the good qualities needed for someone to serve on a Ministerial Search Committee?
  • Who in the Congregation works well with others?
  • Who can represent and serve the whole Congregation well (including looking out for the needs of children) and not just a piece or "faction" of the Congregation? Who would have no "axe to grind?"
  • Who knows (or can learn) the history and culture of the Congregation, whether a member of long standing or relatively new? Who can use this history proactively instead of reactively on behalf of the Congregation?
  • Who has been and/or is active in the Congregation and has demonstrated both responsible participation and responsible leadership?
  • After a high salary, the most attractive quality a Congregation can have is self-awareness - awareness of strengths and weaknesses, what the Congregation is like at its best and at its worst, as well as on an average day. Who would be able to know and relate all this to potential ministerial candidates?
  • After thinking about all of these questions, who would you trust to serve on the Search Committee on behalf of the Congregation?
Summary Report of Congregational Gathering - Sunday, January 19, 2020

A Congregational Gathering was held on Sunday, January 19, following the service, to discuss the ministerial search process and to take the first steps towards selecting a Search Committee. The gathering was organized by the Transition Team and the Leadership Development Committee. In addition to Team and committee members, approximately 30 other congregants participated. The meeting began with a carefully prepared and presented introduction to the UUA Ministerial Search Process, which we will follow to recruit and select a new Settled Minister for UUCGT.

Following the presentation, during a working lunch, those attending were divided into small groups and asked to consider three questions: 1) What do you bring to the Congregation, 2) What do you receive from the Congregation, and 3) What are the good qualities needed by someone to serve on the Search Committee?  

Following analysis of the individual answers, your Transition Team has noted a very solid overlap between the characteristics we say we bring to the Congregation and those that are needed for our Search Committee members.  The results suggest that we are looking for individuals who are emotionally mature, who are skilled at working within the Congregation, who are knowledgeable and well respected, and who are both able and motivated to make the commitment to serving on a Search Committee. For the committee as a whole we are looking for a diversity of age, gender, length of membership, and geographical location within the region. We are also looking for a balance of experience and fresh perspective.

More detailed information about the responses, as well as an informative series of slides explaining the search process can be found at:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YG_3AXZHdtL8oFwGaPMjCfVou_GolwFe/view   
 
With love and faith,
Cathy
231-301-3177;  revharrington@mac.com

Please Note: The quote in Tuesday's Ministry Message was incorrectly attributed to Brene Brown. The author is  activist Sonya Renee Taylor and bears repeating here:
We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.  https://www.sonyareneetaylor.com/

Sunday Service - Join us on Zoom
April 26 - 10:30 AM - "Beginning Again in Love" 
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Pam Hendrick , B etsy Hammerberg, coordinators

A covenant is a promise that we make to one another to show mutual respect, kindness and compassion, and acceptance as we express our shared goal of living in right relationship with one another. 

Covenant is central to who we are as Unitarian Universalists. As we move through this pandemic and begin to imagine life post-Covid-19, how will we live into our covenant with one another and also with our neighbors, our nation, and nature?

Start signing in at 10:00 AM
For security purposes you will first enter a 'waiting room' and
then be 'greeted' into the service

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/92933736336
Meeting ID: 929 3373 6336
Phone: 1 646-876-9923

Check our 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

We had a small Zoom gathering last week to celebrate Earth Day. We discussed our Seventh Principle and created vehicles out of recycled materials. Below is a boat created by one of our RE families!
 
This coming Sunday we will learn about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins on Thursday, April 23.
 
For check-in this week, please bring something that another person has made for you or has given to you. 

We hope to see you soon!
Betsy 
 
Please 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,  dre@uucgt.org
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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. 

Mike McDonald, Board President

May Board meetings via Zoom

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 20 at 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.

Rev. Cathy will be attending the  Accredited Interim Ministry Conference  next week so there will be no Open Office Hours on Wednesday or Thursday.
However, 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

Friday, April 24 - 8:00 PM  
Vespers - A quiet time to connect with others, relax, breathe
** Come early for social time @ 7:30 PM
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/94904046934
Order of Service will be in your email on Friday

Sunday, April 26 - 9 :45 AM
Religious Education for Children 
Contact Betsy Hammerberg  for Zoom link , dre@uucgt.org

Sunday, April 26 - 1 0:30 AM   ** Sign in after 10:00 AM
Sunday Service - "Beginning Again in Love"
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/92933736336  
Meeting ID:  929 3373 6336
Phone: 1-646-876-9923
Order of Service will be in your email on Friday

Monday & Wednesday - April 27 & 29 - 10:00 AM
Stretch & Strengthen Class - Stay Fit at Home!
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/161005737

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

Thursday, April 28 - 4:00 PM
Small Group Experience with Susan Lio
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/97124179764 

Wednesday, April 29 - 5:30 PM -  Wednesday Happy Hour on Zoom!
The Wednesday Supper group is continuing to meet for Happy Hour at 5:30 PM every Wednesday via Zoom!  All are welcome!  Bring your beverage of choice and share in fellowship! P lease contact  Mike and Sandra McDonald  for the weekly Zoom invite.
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We are a beloved community...
reaching out, staying connected, standing steady

FUN Workshops for All Ages!
New Dates & Times!
Mondays @ 2:30 PM

Mandala Art Adventure

April 27 & May 4 - 2:30 PM
Mandalas are everywhere! Patterns in nature, designs from various cultures, and throughout the universe. Participants will design and create their own mandalas. Materials will be whatever you have at home - as simple as a piece of paper and a pen, or as involved as paint and multimedia! 

     

Tai Chi Black & White Me

April 30 & May 7 - 2:30 PM
Learn 4 easy  T'ai C'hi  movements! Then we will draw or paint  what we experience or understand about this dance of spiritual energy  using only black and white. 
Workshops facilitated by  Claire Crandall,  RE teacher 
To sign up for Mandala Art Adventures or Tai Chi  Black and White Me
email Claire at clairestella5@gmail.com


Contemplating a Good Death in the Time of Crisis

by Donna Stein-Harris

A family member in New York suffered a stroke about six weeks ago, right before COVID19 took over our lives. She is 77, and up until her stroke, she was healthy, active, and looking to the future. Her future is uncertain now, compounded with a possible exposure to the virus contracted in the rehab facility she's in. Family can't visit her, healthcare policies are a moving target, and information is contradictory. Arranging for her to come home has its own complications not the least of which is possibly exposing her children and home healthcare workers to the virus. Fear and anxiety are part of my New York family's daily life. These are not normal times, especially in New York.
 
In Northern Michigan, the situation is different. We're more spread out and most people, I've observed, are now practicing social distancing and wearing masks. All are good public health practices. But even if we're doing all the right things, we are experiencing a high level of community anxiety about this highly contagious and potentially life threatening virus. And, even if it's unspoken, we're all thinking about our own mortality.  Click here to read more...

 
New information updates and recommendations on COVID-19

Home environment:  https://nyti.ms/2RWHeLI
Best face masks:  https://nyti.ms/3533dWH
Social distancing - 6 feet:  https://nyti.ms/3eK3LVJ 

NMC International Affairs Forum
Special Global Hot Spot Discussion
COVID-19 from a Refugee Perspective
Monday, April 27 - 4:00 PM on Zoom - Sign in at 3:30 PM

Voting for Everyone

Expand and secure Vote by Mail nationwide for November election

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

Face Masks are available
Face masks have been lovingly hand-crafted by several UUCGT Peacemaker Needleworkers and Friends. Masks and a donation box are in the front entryway of the UU building. All donations will support the Ministerial Search Committee and are appreciated. 
 
Masks are in individual plastic bags to guard against hand-to-hand contamination. Please choose your mask and please do not rummage through and please wash or sanitize your hands before and after.
If you would like to have a mask(s) mailed to you, please contact Sandra McDonald at 231-935-3759.
 
Stay informed, be safe, save lives

UUCGT Bulletin Board

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Safe Harbor Volunteer Feedback

We will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 28 from 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm for any of our Safe Harbor Volunteers who want to provide feedback or make suggestions based on their experiences as volunteers this past season.  Rich Faller, Katie Grier, Betsy Wacker, Sandra McDonald and I will be hosting the meeting and anyone who has feedback or suggestions is welcome to attend. The Zoom information for the meeting follows:
 
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/99145316156 
Meeting ID: 991 4531 6156
One tap mobile:  +19294362866,,99145316156# 
Dial by Phone:  +1 929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 991 4531 6156

Soul Matters Monthly Packets
Available by request - Contact  office@uucgt.org
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End Note...
Life...
is the principle of self-renewal. 
It is constantly renewing and remaking
and changing and transfiguring itself.
~ Boris Pasternak 

NYT Photographers distill life under  quarantine

What are you distilling from this time of quarantine?

   
UUCGT office will be closed until further notice
Please email office@uucgt.org with any questions/concerns

Contact Rev. Cathy at revharrington@mac.com
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