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Reflection...The Courage to Show Up
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues
because without courage,
you can't practice any other virtue consistently."
~ Maya Angelou
Beloved community -
I write this reflection with much in my heart. We are still reeling after the (latest) mass gun murder in Florida of our children, revelations continue to emerge in the Russia investigation, the Olympics are on with all the stories of persistence, and this week we are honoring the day (February 25) that the first Blackamerican became an United States Senator, Republican Hon. Hiram Rhodes Revels.
Our service this Sunday will celebrate the courage it takes to SHOW UP:
to protest, to risk failure, to risk being the first to do something, to risk building - as singer Jewel says, "a life uncommon."
Please join us.
In loving blessing -
PS - Don't forget this Sunday at 9 AM we will start our reflective study of the introduction and chapter one of Karen Armstrong's book,
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Even if you haven't started reading the book, you are welcome to join us - it is important to take time in our lives to reflect on compassion.
Sunday, February 25 -
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Hal Gurian
10:30 AM Service
"Persist in Learning: The Issues are Momentous"
This date, February 25, is the birthday of Senator (Rev.) Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first Blackamerican to be elected to Congress. A powerful speaker because of his preaching background, Sen. Revels, who was born and lived as a free man, is a social and racial justice hero.
Come and hear his words, still so relevant today, as we reflect on the state of racial justice in America.
Sundays in February ~
preK - 8th grade
We are working on some exciting projects in our "UU & YOU at Hogwarts" curriculum! We are considering poverty - particularly
in our region - and will be continuing this unit through February.
We're making scarves to donate to Safe Harbor and learning about the needs of our less fortunate neighbors.
This Sunday is the last Sunday to bring in items for the
Goodwill Housing Support Services Wish List!
The donation tub is located in the hallway near the kitchen,
and a copy of the wish list can be found there or
Suggested reading for families/parents this month!
Our book this month is once again connected to our "Hogwarts" program
- dealing with poverty & hunger - and this book is based on a true story!
"Katie's Cabbage" by Katie Stagliano
is the inspirational true story of how Katie Stagliano, a third grader from Summerville, South Carolina, grew a forty-pound cabbage in her backyard and donated it to help feed 275 people at a local soup kitchen. In her own words, Katie shares the story of the little cabbage seedling and the big ideas of generosity and service that motivated her to turn this experience into Katie's Krops, a national youth movement aimed at ending hunger one vegetable garden at a time.
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Coffee Orders are due Sunday, February 25!
New UUCGT Art Exhibition!
View donated pieces in the Corridor Gallery. Many thanks to all who loaned treasured works of art for this exhibit and to the UUCGT Arts & Exhibitions Committee!
UUCGT Men's Group: Monday, March 5, 5:30pm, Pizza @ UUCGT
Facilitator: Bill Scharf - Topic: Evolution. Articles are available in the front entryway.
Volunteer! The Sound Team
is looking for people interested in running the sound board for Sunday services. No experience is required. To train you need only come and sit beside the board on a Sunday and watch how simple it is. The commitment is one or fewer Sundays a month. Call or text Bob Hicks at 231-360-3183, or email
Local Community Needs
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articles are due by the 25th each month -
What's Going On ... at UUCGT?
Please check UU calendar or website
to confirm cancellations
Meetings & Activities
Peacemakers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Brewing Community: Thursday, February 22, 5:00-7:00pm @ The Workshop on Garland Street
Meditation Workshop will not meet on February 22 or March 1
Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
9 AM Adult Learning: Sunday, February 25, dialogue on the book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. Join us for a great discussion!
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, February 25, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am
Committee on Ministry: Monday, February 26, 2:00pm, sanctuary
Community Lunch: Tuesdays - Volunteers meet at 10:30am. Every week for the past 25 years, UUCGT has provided a free lunch for anyone in the community who would like to come to Friends Church located at Fifth and Oak Streets in Traverse City. For more information, or to volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email
Indivisible GT Speaker Event: Tuesday, February 27, 12:00pm, sanctuary
Opioid Crisis: Local Perspectives, Local Solutions with A
ddiction Treatment Services Staff (program is open to public and not affiliated with UUCGT)
Bridge Group: Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall
CUUPS: Wednesday, February 28, 12:30pm, Robbie's Mexican Taqueria
Sunday Services Committee: Wednesday, February 28, 4:00pm, classroom (rescheduled from 2/21/18)
Wednesday PIZZA Supper! February 28, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm supper - Pizza, salad, dessert (shared cost) - Share UU fellowship
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, March 1, 1:00pm, library
Facilities Team: Friday, March 2, 10:00am, social hall
InterPlay Workshop: Saturday, March 3, 10:00-1:30pm, sanctuary
Come join us & explore movement & play! All are Welcome!
See flier here
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week