UUCGT  Flash 
February 14, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 573
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Pledge Drive Season
Prospective Member Orientation
UUCGT Social Justice
Bulletin Board
Covenant Survey
Calendar of Events
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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Reflection....

On this Valentine's Day...a Reflection on Love

When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart,
it is like the dawn breaking within you.

Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage;
where before in your life there was awkwardness,
now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness;
where before you used to be jagged,
now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self.

When love awakens in your life,
it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.

May all that is unlived in you
blossom into a future graced with love.

 ~  John O'Donohue

 
Sunday Service 
Sunday, February 17 - Hal Gurian, coordinator
Rev. Jane Lippert, guest speaker
10:30 AM:   "Silence and Stillness"

This Sunday, we will look at dormancy, and the need to rest so that we have the strength for growth.

Children & Youth Programs

PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade)
Nursery c hild care for  infants through age 4  

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Thank you!
 We have plenty of mugs now thanks to your generosity!
And thank you for helping us move toward sustainable practices!

Susan Holmes-Glazier,  PreK-5th Grade Teacher

Pledge Drive Season Underway! 



A big Thank You! to all who helped kick off our 
Building Momentum Campaign
by turning in your pledges right at the start!
 
For those who haven't yet had the opportunity to support UUCGT with your pledge, please click  on 
Complete the form and mail to UUCGT  or drop off at the
UU office, attention Accounting  
   
Plan to join us on March 17th for our
"Celebrate the Green"  Potluck Lunch!
Everyone is Welcome!


UUCGT Prospective Member Orientation
group of people
Sunday, February 17
following the service in the sanctuary

An opportunity to learn more about UUCGT
Explore membership opportunities
Q&A with our Membership Team

If you are interested in exploring membership at UUCGT
Please Join Us!



February is Black History Month

Let us raise our awareness and appreciation of our country
and its melting pot of peoples

Listen to University of Michigan Men's Glee Club

"Great art should do more than entertain - great art should provoke thought and critical discourse, engage the audience, and build a safe, strong sense of community through the exploration of important issues. This is why I choose to include repertoire in my programming that focuses on themes surrounding social justice." - Dr. Eugene Rogers,  associate director of choirs and professor of conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

  UUCGT Social Justice Action Team, Emmy Lou Cholak

UUCGT Bulletin Board 


Safe Harbor Volunteer Sign-ups start this week:  UUCGT is providing the volunteers for the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter during the week from Saturday evening, March 16 through Saturday morning, March 23.  
There will be a sign-up table in the Gathering Space for the next five Sundays both before and after the service.  Volunteer positions are available for those who wish to furnish, prepare and serve dinner, act as evening or overnight hosts, or serve breakfast in the morning.  We also need clean-up volunteers for Sunday and Saturday morning.  
Please sign up to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness.  
For more information contact Mike or Sandra McDonald at 231-935-3759 or m_mcdonald@charter.net .

There has been a delay in processing year-end giving statements as a result of our recent accounting system software conversion.  We will keep you posted.  Karl Keinath, Board Treasurer & Finance Committee

A note for Congregants who signed up for a "Donated Dinner"
Please either mail your donation check to the UU office, or drop it off on Sunday.  Be sure to specify  "Donated Dinner" on the memo line of your check.

Do you love to cook, knit or crochet on these wintry days?  
UU Congregational Care Team is seeking donations of prepared meals for our freezer to offer to people who are recovering from illness, surgery, etc. Simply divide meals/soups into two servings, date, and label ingredients.
Knitted or crocheted shawls for those in care are also needed.  
Reimbursement is available. Questions? p lease contact  Joanie Jackson

Seeking new BEACON Editor: Stan Cain has been the editor of the monthly Beacon newsletter for the past 8 years and he is now ready to step away from this volunteer position. Thank you, Stan! for all that you have contributed in keeping our community informed and involved during these many years.  We are seeking a new editor - Do you love to write, edit and design?  Please contact the office - 947-3117 - if volunteering as editor of the Beacon sounds like a good fit for you!  Thank you!

UUCGT Website is currently under construction - please bear with us as updates are in process.  Thank you!

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Local Community Needs
Dear Congregants,
 
We were asked by the participants at last October's Visioning Session to revisit the covenant, with the possibility of making it more concise.  We have listed some samples below, and would very much like your feedback on which you find the most acceptable and why.
Please make suggestions to change wording, to insert or delete parts.  Or, suggest a whole new one!  This is the work of the whole congregation, so we would love to hear from you soon.  The plan is for a final version to be voted on at the Annual Meeting in June.

Please respond by email to Dusty Culton, Jane Watts and Mary Van Valin:
 
Thank you!
Dusty, Jane and Mary
 
  (1)  Respecting diverse points of view, we assume good intentions, communicate directly, listen willingly, and forgive easily.
 
  (2)  Broad  and inclusive values unite us, the Seven Principles guide us, and loving action defines us.
 
  (3)  COVENANT
An agreement of Right Relations - United in values as expressed in our UU Seven  Principles, we or (I) covenant to:
     *  Welcome all who gather here                                   
     *  Create a loving, diverse community
     *  Treat others with kindness, empathy and respect

  (4)  We grow awareness, we cultivate kindness.

  (5)  Ours is a religious home of love, action, and challenge.

  (6)  We covenant to live the seven principles in all of our interactions.

  (7)  We embrace diversity of thought with kindness.

A longer version:
 
  (8)  Living by our Universal Unitarian Principles:
      We Covenant to:
 
W elcome all who come here and we assume good intentions.
E ncourage all voices to speak.
L isten willingly to understand.
C ommunicate honestly with kindness.
O penly encourage diversity.
M ake service, volunteer, financial and acceptance commitments.
E spouse to act with compassion.
 
A poetic version:
 
  (9)  Kindness is our North Star; Listening, our flowing stream; Gentleness, the moon-lit night; and Forgiveness, the morning light.

UUCGT Calendar of Events

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


Finance Committee: Friday, February 15, 10:00am




SokukoJi Buddhist Meditation: Tuesday, February 19, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room (former small classroom)








End Note...


Four Quartets,   "East Coker"

  

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