UUCGT  Flash 
November 29, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 562
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Children & Youth
UU Social Justice
Holiday Tree Decorating
UUCGT Giving Tree
Christmas Eve @ the State
Bulletin Board
Calendar of Events
End Note
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We are a Congregation creating a better world by nurturing the heart and expanding the mind.

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....

"We were born to unite with our fellow men,
and to join in community with the human race."
- Cicero

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Community
(with a fourteenth thrown in for free)


Children & Youth Programs

Children and families are an important element within UUCGT, and w e are in the process of restructuring our Children  & Youth Programs for Sunday mornings!  Our intention and goals are to build an excellent  future with new and exciting programs f or children  & youth.

UUCGT is seeking a part-time, temporary teacher for Children and Youth Religious Education programs to be in place by the first of the year.   If you are interested in this position, see the full description on our website at www.uucgt.org.

Additionally, if you are interested in serving on the Religious Education Committee or have input to share, please contact Jolynn Paige.   We will be hosting brainstorming sessions in January (every Sunday during the coffee hour).  Your suggestions are welcomed and encouraged!

Currently on Sundays at UUCGT, child care is provided in our nursery for infants through age 4.  All other children and youth are invited to remain in the service with their families.

UUCGT Social Justice Team Meeting
Sunday, December 2 @ 11:45am
Join us!
Urgent!   Lame Duck Legislature
Please contact your Lansing legislators now!
Save our Great Lakes waters from oil
Save the $12 Minimum Wage and Earned Paid Sick leave
For information, talking points and contact information, go to:



Special guest, Cat in the Hat!
 

UUCGT Giving Tree

We are decorating trees this Sunday, December 2, after service and one tree will move to the hallway and serve as our 2018 Giving Tree.   

Donations this year will go to the people who suffered so much loss during the Camp Fire in California.  We have a sister UU congregation in Chico, CA....very near Paradise.  Please make your checks payable to UUCGT and write " Camp Fire" on the Memo line.
 
You may also choose to give funding toward refugee relief in Mexico.  
Volunteers from the UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende work with refugees who come there seeking help.   Christie McGue (a member of UUCGT) is one of those volunteers during the winter months.  Again, checks are payable to UUCGT with " Refugee Relief written on the memo line.
 
Donations will be happily received in the offering basket through the month of December!



UUCGT Annual All Music Service
 
December 9 @ 10:30  AM

If you would like to play in the "Impromptu Orchestra"  on Sunday, December 9, please contact  office@uucgt.org with your name, instrument and email address.  Thank you!  

Christmas Eve
5TH Annual Interfaith Christmas Eve Service
6:30  PM

UUCGT sends warm wishes for this holiday season
and invites everyone to join us for our 5th Annual non-denominational Christmas Eve Service at the State Theatre!

Music from the UUCGT Vocal Ensemble, stories by Elon Cameron, inspirational messages from Rev. Jody Betten and others will help bring light, love and our extended Traverse City community together for this holiday gathering.

(Reserved free tickets will be available  at the State Theatre box  office)

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How to get credit for your cash donations to UUCGT:  If you wish to get credit for cash donations towards a pledge or for income tax purposes, you should put the cash in an envelope with your name and designation - Congregation or Community Needs - before putting it in the basket on Sunday.  We do receive a significant amount of cash donations each Sunday which are not in any way tied to an individual.  All donations are much appreciated.

New UU Office Hours:  Beginning Monday, December 3, office hours will be Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 3:00pm.  The office is closed on Friday.  
UU Accountant, Dave Christenson, is in the office on Mondays.
Please note:  Office Admin will be on vacation December 10-12.

Safe Harbor Volunteer Sign-ups end this week:
UUCGT is providing the volunteers for the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter during the week from Saturday evening, December 8 through Saturday morning, December 15.
We still have over 30 volunteer openings which need to be filled in order for us to perform this valuable ministry.  There will be a sign up table in the Gathering Space this Sunday 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, serve breakfast or help with morning cleaning duties.  Please come and sign up to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness.  
For more information contact Mike or Sandra McDonald at 231-935-3759  

UU Men's Group:  Monday, December 3, 5:30pm @ Minerva's.   Come prepared to share personal stories of World Wars I & II

UU Membership Team Seeks Greeters...and Greeting is Fun! 
and has just become easier (details shared when you sign up)
Two Greeters are needed on December 23 & 30 - Many thanks

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Local Community Needs
UUCGT Calendar of Events
(Please contact  office@uucgt.org  to schedule all meetings and events)


 
Bridge Group: Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall

Membership Team: Wednesday, December 5, 4:30pm, library

Wednesday Potluck: December 5, 5:30pm - Everyone is Welcome!

UU Office closed during lunch:  11:30am - 1:00pm

End Note...

 
Caring is not just another goal...

  

UUCGT office hours
Mon day - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Friday

(231) 947-3117       office@uucgt.org         www.uucgt.org