UUCGT  Flash 
February 6, 2020
Vol. 14, Issue 624
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Circle "Round Luncheon
Music Corner
Children & Youth
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
2020 Directory
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...


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Minister's Musings...

This Sunday we will celebrate the legacy of the founders of this congregation as we pause in gratitude for the many gifts of love and service that led to the founding of this Unitarian Universalist beloved community over fifty years ago. 

The former president of our Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, California, Starr King School for the Ministry, Rev. Rebecca Parker wrote a beautiful poem called, "Choose to Bless the World." UUCGT's founders and those who continue to "keep this circle whole" made a choice to bless the world. 

Rebecca Parker's poem reminds us that we can use our gifts to bless or curse the world, but that when we are committed to use our gifts to bless the world, that choice in turn will bless us; an embrace of kindness that encompasses all of life, even ours. Even m ore,  the choice will draw you into community...
the endeavor shared,
the heritage passed on,
the companionship of struggle,
the importance of keeping faith,
the life of ritual and praise,
the comfort of human friendship,
the company of earth,
the chorus of life welcoming you.

None of us alone can save the world.
Together - that is another possibility, waiting.

See you in church,
L, Cathy
You can read the entire poem here:  "Choose to Bless the World"
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Soul Matters: February Packet - Resilience
PDF Packet is available by request - please contact  office@uucgt.org

Sunday Service
February 9 - 1 0:30 AM - "Keep the Circle Whole"
Rev. Cathy Harrington with Misty Sheehan, coordinator

For the children of our children, we keep the circle whole.

Circle 'Round

Sunday, February 9

Join the UUCGT Circle for a luncheon following the service
                   as we kick off our 2020-21 Pledge Drive!


Music Corner

In celebration of the upcoming International Women's Day and Black History Month, on March 8th, the Vocal Ensemble will perform a powerful and inspiring song about the good works of Harriet Tubman.  We will be joined by special guest ensemble, TC Sings. 

We are currently looking for suggestions and recommendations for other local or semi-local musicians we could invite to share their story, insight, and talents in regards to the history of racism and oppression in our country. 

Children  & Youth  Religious Education
Nursery care is available for infants through age 4
Children and Youth are asked to meet in the sanctuary
Last Sunday the RE class baked three loaves of banana bread for Safe Harbor, Traverse City's seasonal emergency housing shelter.
We also made Valentine cards  for the residents of the Villa Nursing Home. Thank you to all of the adults who stopped by to make a card - we know they will be appreciated!
This coming Sunday, February 9, we will create love-themed artwork for our upcoming multi- generational service on  February 16!

UUCGT Bulletin Board
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Donated Dinners 2020! Stop by after services & sign up for a Donated Dinner / Outing!  Over 10 options are available! 
Contact  John Hoffmann or  Lauren Keinath  if you have questions.
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Valentine's Day Dance!
F riday,  F ebruary 14
Come learn easy & fun International Folk Dances!
Each dance is taught, and once learned, the sequence is repeated. You get to experience of joy of moving with others in a circle or line. We'll do dances from Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Israel, Germany, Macedonia, and more! 
All ages are welcome! Children 6 and up can easily learn these dances. Comfortable shoes are recommended & w e'll dance from 7 - 9 PM.
Call Mary Van Valin at 231-342-1605 if you have questions. 
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UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, February 17 , 5:30pm @ Minerva's
New article in entryway!  Read  It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Mark Gustafson will facilitate discussion . C ome prepared to share your thoughts!

Strengthen & Stretch! Try It - You'll Like It!
Everybody needs some exercise! Are you getting your weekly 150 minutes of moderate physical activity? And, strengthening muscles & improving your balance?  Join us Mondays & Wednesdays @ 11:00 am!
Questions? Call Judith Briggs @ 228-4655

Ministerial Search Process - Summary Report:  A congregational gathering was held Sunday, January 19 to discuss the Ministerial Search process and to take the first steps towards selecting a Search Committee. 
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?
(3) What are the good qualities needed by someone to serve on the search committee?
An informative series of slides explaining the Search process and more detailed information about the responses can be found at:
https://bit.ly/384q1WX. Look for more information  in the March Beacon!

UUCGT Events on Facebook! W e will soon begin posting UUCGT Events on Facebook to inform our wider community of the various activities taking place at UU.  Currently, those activities are placed on the website calendar only.  If you are leading a group at the church and do not want your activities posted through Facebook, please contact Jolynn Paige at  231-409-2050  or  grandtraversesocialmedia@gmail.com

A play opening the discussion about the value and use of guns
Wednesday, February 19 @ 7:00 PM
Elk Rapids Town Hall -  401 River Street
Reservations:  https://bit.ly/2Opv3p5

  Support Michigan Social  Justice by giving here:
Social Justice Action
Emmy Lou Cholak

UUCGT 2020 Member & Friend Directory

Do you have a new phone number or email address? 
Are you new to UUCGT? Have you moved recently?

Please send updated contact information  to
office@uucgt.org by February 1st

UUCGT Calendar of Events
To schedule meetings & events, please contact office@uucgt

Congregational Care: Thursday, February 6, 1:00pm, library

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

Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Team: Friday, February 7, 10:00am, social hall

Singing Sisters: Saturday, February 8, 10:00am-2:00pm, sanctuary

Haskin Memorial Service:  Saturday, February 8, 3:30pm, all building

- Program Council: Sunday, February 9, 9:00am, social hall

- RE Committee: Sunday, February 9, 12:00 noon, classroom

- Stewardship Kick-Off Luncheon: Sunday, February 9, 12:00 noon

- UUCGT Book Club: Sunday, February 9, 2:00pm @ Mark Gustafson's

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, February 9, 4:00-6:00pm, sanctuary

- UU Brewing Community: Sunday, February 9, 5:00pm @ The Workshop

Stretch & Strengthen class:  Mondays @ 11:00am

- Indivisible GT: Tuesday, February 11, 10:00am, sanctuary

or call  423-991-9794

- Bridge Club: Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall

SokukoJi Buddhist Meditation: Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room

- Stretch & Strengthen class: Wednesdays, 11:00am, social hall

- Death Cafe: Wednesday, February 12, 1:00pm, sanctuary
- Finance Committee: Wednesday, February 12, 3:30pm, office

Wednesday Supper $5/adult $3/child: February 12, 5:30pm - Enjoy UU Fellowship! All are Welcome!

- Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, February 13, 9:30am, sanctuary

- Stewardship Team: Thursday, February 13, 1:30pm, library 

- Valentine's International Folk Dances! Friday, February 14, 7:00pm

- SokukoJi Buddhist Retreat: Sat, February 15, 9:00-4:00pm, sanctuary

End Note...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts."

- Winston S. Churchill


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