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- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes the events of the world, when viewed through the lens of the nightly news, seem to be moving so quickly and often with such rupture to things we thought we could count on. How wonderful it will be here for this coming Sunday to continue our exploration of the Transcendentalists, cousins of the Unitarians, and their approach to understanding the world, nature and the human being.
This week we will explore the works of Emerson and Thoreau. With beautiful music, quiet and imagery to enlighten the way, we will join together in joy.
A reminder that this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. you will have the opportunity to meet the candidates for the UUCGT Board, Leadership Development Committee and Endowment Committee, and to ask your questions about next year's budget.
Several people asked for sources from last week's readings and teachings on
"Women Transcendentalists" coordinated by Margaret Wozniak.
P.S. Our service on June 24 will begin at 10:00 am with live streaming the UUA General Assembly worship service. Join us!
Sunday, May 20
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Andi Kramer
"Emerson, Thoreau and the Heart of Transcendentalism
The two best known of the Transcendentalists, Emerson and Thoreau, shaped much of what we know of both their Transcendentalists Circle and some of the early writings of American Unitarianism.
Come and meet them on their own terms. It is possible that Emerson himself might make an appearance on this day. Come, take a walk with us around Walden Pond and step into the worlds of Emerson and Thoreau.
IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY FOR UUCGT MEMBERS
SUNDAY, MAY 20 at 9:00 AM
Congregational Budget Review & Introduction to Candidates
Members of the Finance Committee, the Leadership Development Committee and the Board are holding an informational meeting to review the 2018
19 Budget and introduce Candidates for the 2018 Board, as well as Endowment and Leadership Development Committees.
This is an important opportunity to meet those who will be shaping the governance of our Congregation in the coming fiscal year. It is also the best time for those who have detailed questions about the proposed budget to have their questions answered ahead of the Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018 following the service.
Sundays in May ~
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
! 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."
Community May Pole Celebration
Rescheduled to Sunday, May 27 following the service
Join us to honor Spring's blessings!
Voters Not Politicians Training:
Saturday, May 19, 9:00am-12 Noon, classroom -
Contact Rick Walter
Big Screen TV Training:
Monday, May 21, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Interested in learning how to operate the big screen TV? Bring a laptop, tablet or phone with you.
Contact Lauren Keinath
Wednesday Summer Potlucks!
Interested in hosting a Wednesday Night Summer Potluck? June 13 is
contact Sandra McDonald
if you'd like to host. Thank you!
Memorial Reception 3rd Co-Chair and Volunteers are needed!
Contact Lauren Keinath (342-0617) or Sandra McDonald (935-3759) if this is an area where you would enjoy serving the UU community!
May 19 & June, 9:30 - Noon
Meandering Path Flagging & Clean-Up Party! C
offee and refreshments!
Wednesday, May 23, 1:00-3:00 pm: Planting Party!
We'll be planting two flats + annuals, plus some ornamentals, down by our sign on either side of our driveway. Come and help, some refreshments will be offered.
see full Schedule of Events Here
- Join Us!
Community May Pole Celebration: Rescheduled to Sunday, May 27 following the service
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.
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
Saturday, May 19
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Yard work & window washing!
Some tools provided or bring your own!
Please join us as you can ~ 15 minutes or an hour or more!
Sponsored by the Fabulous UUCGT Facilities Team!
UUCGT Calendar of Events
Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Voters Not Politicians Training: Saturday, May 19, 9:00am-12 Noon, classroom -
Contact Rick Walter
UUCGT Spring Clean-up! Saturday, May 19, 1:00-4:00pm - all building!
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, May 20, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary
Big Screen TV Training: Monday, May 21 @ 11:00am, sanctuary
Interested in learning how to operate this equipment? Please come! - bring a laptop or tablet with you!
Contact Lauren Keinath
Stretch & Strengthen:
Monday, May 21 @ 11:00am - Get ready for the great outdoors! Everyone is welcome!
No class on Wednesday, May 23
Committee on Ministry: Monday, May 21, 2:00pm, sanctuary
Tuesday Community Lunch: Volunteers meet at 10:30am / Lunch at 11:30am. 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. To volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email
Membership Committee: Wednesday, May 23, 4:15pm, library (rescheduled date)
No Wednesday Supper on May 23
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, May 24, 1:00pm, library
Peacemakers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Meditation Workshop: Thursday, May 24, 5:30pm, classroom - No class on Thursday, May 31
Vocal Ensemble: Thursday, May 24, 7:00pm, sanctuary
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week