UUCGT Flash 
May 24, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 535
In This Issue
Sunday Service
UUCGT Annual Meeting
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Information & Gatherings
UUCGT Calendar of Events
End Note

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"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes."
~ Joseph Roux

Friends - 

This Sunday, we continue our series of Sunday Services exploring Transcendentalism - this week through the voices of its poets: 
Goethe, Wordsworth, Whitman and Coleridge.   Together, with beloved hymns that call us to contemplate transcendentalist themes of nature, meaning and change, we will honor Memorial Day with a "Call from Beyond" and from within.

Please join us - come a few moments early and enjoy a quiet meditation from Br. David Steindl-Rast at 10:15 AM.

In blessing - 

Rabbi Chava 

P.S.  A reminder that on Sunday, June 24, our service will be live-streaming from the UUA General Assembly and will begin at 10:00 AM.   Join us!

Sunday Service 
Sunday, May 27   -  Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM:  "The Transcendentalists Poets "

In addition to the richness of the intellect, the beauty of nature and the passion for social justice, the Transcendentalist Movement was also celebrated in the poetry of Goethe, Coleridge, Whitman and Wordsworth.

On this Memorial Day weekend, we will go deep into the rich imagery of these poets who captured the heart of the Transcendentalist stance.
We are delighted to welcome Max Old Bear to share a selection from Walt Whitman.

P.S.  Please join us in a Community May Pole Celebration immediately following the s ervice.   Let us honor Spring's blessings together!

Sunday, June 3, 2018
following  Sunday Service

In preparation for the Annual Congregational Meeting, scheduled for 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 3, your Board has e-mailed or mailed to each member, a packet of information including the following:

Notice of Annual Meeting
President's Letter
Slate of proposed Candidates 
- Board
- Leadership Development Committee
- Endowment Committee
Proposed Bylaw change for Endowment Committee
Narrative on Proposed Budget
Proposed 2018-2019 Budget - Detail & Summary

If you have not received your packet, please contact Susan Sherman in the UUCGT office and she will see that you receive your materials.

Voting will be conducted at the conclusion of the meeting on June 3, and all members are encouraged to attend as a quorum will be required to proceed with the voting process.   Please note that only members will be allowed to vote.   Membership will be verified, and friends and visitors will not be allowed to cast ballots.

Absentee Ballots will be available in the UUCGT office on the following dates/times:

     Sunday, May 27                                 Before & after the 10:30 service

     Tuesday, May 29                               10:00am - 3:00pm

     Wednesday, May 30                         10:00am - 3:00pm

     Thursday, May 31                             10:00am - 3:00pm

     Sunday, June 3                                 Before the 10:30 service

ALL absentee ballots must be returned before the commencement of the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 3, 2018.  If you need additional information regarding absentee ballots, please contact Kay Sturgeon at  twodogk@aol.com .

If you are a UUCGT member, please plan to attend so you can help shape the future of our congregation!

Lifespan Experience
f or Children,  Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in May ~  preK-8th grade

As we come to the end of our program year, we begin our final activities for "UU & YOU at Hogwarts". 

"Potions" classes, "Herbology" classes and much more await our students! Don't forget - we will start planning our end-of-school Hogwarts celebration scheduled for June 10 th !  There is much to do as we race towards the summer!

Suggested reading for families/parents this month

This month, I am suggesting a lovely read-aloud book for families as a follow-up to Harry Potter.  This book is filled with " magic, adventure, friendship, and even a dragon who can't fly!" 

"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon"
by Grace Lin 
*A Newbery Honor Book*

"In the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. 
Grace Lin, author of the beloved  Year of the Dog and  Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship.  A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore,  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz.  Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout.  Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers."

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Community May Pole Celebration!
Sunday, May 27 immediately following the service
Join us in honoring Spring's blessings!

Information &  Gatherings

Coffee Orders are due this Sunday, May 27

UUCGT Office will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day

Wednesday Summer Potlucks!  Interested in hosting a Wednesday Night Summer Potluck?   June 13 is still available !  
Please  contact Sandra McDonald
if you'd like to host.  Thank you!

Membership Greeters!  Looking for Members and Friends to take up the WELCOMING Challenge issued by Rabbi Chava Bahle during Sunday Service on May 20:  In the tradition of our dear friend, John Ort, sign up to be a warm, friendly Greeter some Sunday soon!  Sign up sheet is posted on the Bulletin Board near Office. 
Many Thanks to those who regularly serve and to those who have signed up for June.  More are NEEDED!

Landscape Committee:    Saturday,  June 2, 9:30 - Noon :   Meandering Path Flagging & Clean-Up Party!   C offee and refreshments!   Please see full Schedule of Events Here

Call for Art!  "Peace, Love & Rock 'n Roll"
Arts & Exhibitions Team are looking for album covers, tie-dye, paintings, momentos, clothing...please contact Barb McClellan (941-2368) if you have a vintage item to contribute.

UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, June 4, 5:30pm @ Minerva's.  
Pick up your article on Alexander Hamilton in the front entryway!

Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:  Thursday, May 31, 6:00-7:30pm, Central Methodist Church.  Contact  Liz Bruning
Save the Date! 
Stop....and smell the Roses!
Open Garden Celebration
Sunday, June 24, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Bring a vase, stroll the gardens and cut your own bouquet!
Enjoy light refreshments & good company in the Gazebo. 
6351 Cherry Blossom Drive - contact Lauren Keinath, 342-0617

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

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, May 27, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

Memorial Day Holiday:  Monday, May 28 - UUCGT Office will be closed

Stretch & Strengthen:  No class on  Monday - Memorial Day.  Class resumes Wednesday @ 11:00am - Everyone is welcome!  

Wednesday Supper Out & Brewing Community, May 30, 5:00pm @ Rare Bird Brewery

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

Landscape Committee - Path Work:  Saturday, June 2, 9:30am-noon

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, June 2, 10:00-1:30pm, sanctuary.  See flier here

UUCGT Annual Meeting:  Sunday, June 3 following the Service

Landscape Committee:  Sunday, June 3 following Annual Meeting - Lilac pruning!

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, June 3 (1st Sunday), 2:30-6:30pm, sanctuary

UU Men's Group:  Monday, June 4, 5:30pm @ Minerva's - "Alexander Hamilton" - articles in entryway

End Note...


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