UUCGT  Flash 
April 18, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 582
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Contra Dance!
Bulletin Board
Social Justice
Calendar of Events
End Note

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Saint Francis and the Sow
by Galway Kinnell

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don't flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;

as Saint Francis
put his hand on the creased forehead
of the sow, and told her in words and in touch   
blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow   
began remembering all down her thick length,   
from the earthen snout all the way
through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail,   
from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine   
down through the great broken heart
to the sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering   
from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them:

the long, perfect loveliness of sow.

Sunday Service 
Easter Sunday, April 21 - Rev. Beth Marshall
Amanda Mangiardi, coordinator
10:30 AM:   "The Courage to Rise" - All Congregation Service

Yes, Unitarian Universalists do celebrate Easter, and we do it with great joy! This morning's service weaves together elements that honor both our shared history and the diversity of our contemporary congregations.

Children and Youth please remain in the sanctuary with their families.

- Save the Date -
Sunday, June 16 - Flower Communion Service
including Baby & Child Dedication Ceremony
Contact Rev. Beth with questions at  minister@uucgt.org

***  RSVP by April 24!  ***

UUCGT Bulletin Board 
check mark Adult Religious Education / UU 101 Class with Rev. Beth - Friday, April 26, 10:30am - Everyone is welcome!
check mark Save the Dates - Sunday, May 12 & May 19 -  9:00-10:00am
Adult RE Classes with Tony Wilgus, "Spiritual Exercises for the Unenlightened". S ee April Beacon for more information
check mark Check out "tc Street Voices" in the entryway
Supporting people in our community who are impacted by poverty. 
Your $2 donation provides income to help with shelter, food, transportation and other necessities. Thank you

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Local Community Needs

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expired in February after it was  left out of a spending deal to keep the government open.  On April 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize it -  and the Senate must do the same. 

Many  want to  expand  VAWA to include protections for survivors who are facing eviction from their homes because of their abuser's actions, as well as barring firearms from getting into the hands of stalkers and abusers.  

Please sign the petition here: https://bit.ly/2UK7SKg

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

UUCGT Calendar of Events

** Contact  office@uucgt.org  to schedule all meetings and events

- Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, April 25, 9:30-11:00am, sanctuary

- Open Brown Bag Lunch with Rev. Beth: Thursday, April 25, 12:00noon, social hall

- Congregational Care Team: Thursday, April 25, 1:00pm, library

- Adult UU 101 Class with Rev. Beth: Friday, April 26, 10:30am, sanctuary - Everyone is welcome!

- Contra Dance!! Saturday, April 27, 7:00-10:00pm, social hall - $10/person & children are free

- Social Justice Team: Sunday, April 28, 11:45am, library

End Note...

"The Earth is what we all have in common."
~ Wendell Berry

Enjoy a collection of stories in celebration of Earth Day!
Click here - https://bit.ly/2GsLHz8


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