UUCGT  Flash 
September 26, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 605
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Pronoun Stickers are here
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
Community Needs
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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Anyone's Ministry

Ministry is

a quality of relationship between and among human beings that beckons forth hidden possibilities;

inviting people into deeper, more constant, more reverent relationship with the world and with one another...
celebrating the triumphs of the human spirit, the miracles of birth and life, the wonders of devotion and sacrifice;

witnessing to life-enhancing values; 

speaking truth to power;

standing for human dignity and equity, for compassion and  aspiration..

Whenever there is a meeting that summons us to our better selves, 
wherever  our lostness is found,
our fragments are united
or our wounds begin healing,

our spines stiffen and our muscles grow strong for the task,

there is ministry.

~ Gordon B. McKeeman

Sunday Service 
10:30 AM Sunday, September 29 - Lay-led Service
"Thriving - Alone and Together"
Mary Van Valin, coordinator

How does our life at UUCGT nudge us into living fully? 
Mary Oliver asks, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
What would thriving as a community look like?

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

C hildren are asked to please stay in the sanctuary with their family until after A Time for All Ages and Children's Benediction.

We had a fantastic time hearing the exciting story of Rama and Sita from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. After hearing and discussing the story, the students sculpted or made stick puppets of themselves as heroes. 

Next week we will explore Hindu beliefs  surrounding death and reincarnation.

Pronoun Stickers are Here!
You are invited to join us as we work to make the UUCGT a more welcoming place for all people by adding a pronoun sticker to your nametag. You will find the stickers on the Welcome Table. She/her, he/him, and they/them stickers have been pre-printed, and there are also blank stickers to write on if you use pronouns other than the pre-printed ones.

Why do we need pronoun stickers, you ask? Using a person's correct pronoun validates them, and addressing someone using the wrong pronoun can make the person feel alienated and disrespected. Even if you feel that your pronouns are obvious, adding a pronoun sticker to your nametag normalizes the practice - we do not want people to feel conspicuous when they feel the need to let others know their pronouns. We want people of all genders to know that they are welcome and respected in our congregation. 
UU congregations all over the country are making pronoun stickers available. See why one congregation has chosen to do so: 
And finally, for those grammar lovers among us who may object to the use of a singular "they":  https://www.grammarly.com/blog/use-the-singular-they/

UUCGT Bulletin Board

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


Book Sale:  We are getting GREAT books from UUA's  Beacon Press and  Skinner House. We are not looking for book donations.

Bake Sale:  We are looking for folks to do some baking and 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 sell. Table rent goes to UUCGT, any proceeds from what you sell from your table is yours. 

You do not have to be a member of the Congregation to rent a table. You can sign up for one date or both, your choice.  T o reserve your space,   Vendor forms are available from either the office or Chris Lautz
We will need volunteers on the day of the events to help sell the baked goods and books, and to set up tables.

If interested, contact Chris Lautz or call 860-884-7741

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Learn and understand the threats to
Temporary Protective Status for Refugees
(for example, refugees from Syria's war)

Sunday, September 29 after service
Visit our i nformation table on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and other proposed government insurance methods
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: Thursday, September 26, 9:30am, sanctuary

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

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

- Social Justice Committee: Sunday, September 29 after service
Visit our information table on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and other proposed government insurance methods

Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, September 29, 5:00-7:00pm, meditation room - s ee  www.tcmmg.org  for more information

- Congregation Beth Shalom Rosh Hashanah Service: Sunday, September 29, 6:00pm, sanctuary/social hall 

- No Stretch & Strengthen class on Monday September 30

Congregation Beth Shalom Service: Monday, September 30 all day, sanctuary/social hall

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

Stretch & Strengthen: Wednesday, October 2, 11:00am - Lay-led

- Endowment Committee: Wednesday, October 2, 9:30am, library

- Death Cafe: Wednesday, October 2, 1:00pm, sanctuary

- Staff Resources: Wednesday, October 2, 3:00pm, library

- Wednesday Potluck Supper: October 2, 5:30pm -  Everyone Welcome!

- Congregational Care Team: Thursday,  October 3, 1:00pm, library

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- Facilities Team: Friday, October 4, 10:00am, social hall

- RE Committee: Sunday, October 6, 12:00 noon, classroom

OWL Parent Meeting : Sunday, October 6, 6:30pm, sanctuary

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

End Note...

There is no greater power than a community
discovering what it cares about ~
Ask   "What is possible?"  not  "What's wrong?"
Keep asking.

~ Margaret Wheatley
Turning to One Another


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