UUCGT Flash 
June 7, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 537
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Information & Gatherings
UUCGT Calendar of Events
End Note

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Each of us has a unique part to play
in the healing of the world.

- Marianne Williamson
Dear UUCGT family - 

Thank you again to those of you who participated in the Annual Meeting. 
It was an important time for us to look at where we are and begin the process of thinking about where we are going.  That process is about how we discern our call as a community.   That discernment of call is the theme of this year's Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. 

So that we can be part of the larger UUA family, this Sunday we will take up the General Assembly's theme of "All are Called."  I will be sharing a little bit more about my upcoming leave and how I will use that time to reflect upon my call, so that I might return to the UUCGT community refreshed and renewed, ready to take up the work with renewed physical health and strength.  I will remain after the service to answer any questions that I can.

So come, answer the call and join us on Sunday.

In blessing,

Rabbi Chava

P.S.  Just a reminder that this Sunday the  Program Council will meet at 9:00 a.m., and it  is also the celebration of the end of our Hogwarts-themed curriculum year.

Additionally, on Sunday, June 24, our service will be live-streaming the UUA General Assembly Sunday Worship and will begin at 10:00 a.m.  
This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the  national UUA community!

Sunday Service 
Sunday, June 10   -  Rabbi Chava Bahle, Hal Gurian
10:30 AM:  "All Are Called "

"All Are Called" is this year's UUA General Assembly theme.  Who and how are we called to be at this time, both individually and collectively?

How are we called to act and to live?

How does our Unitarian Universalist legacy strengthen us in living out our mission?  In what ways does our legacy present challenges and impediments to answering our call?

Lifespan Experience
f or Children,  Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in June ~  preK-8th grade

In June we will begin our 7th Annual Specialty Class Summer!  It's hard to believe that I've had the privilege of serving this community for 7 years... This summer will be filled with outdoor fun (as weather allows) - lots of games, exploration, and building friendships.  

And, don't forget - we will start planning our end-of-school Hogwarts Celebration scheduled for June 10th!  Much to do as we race towards summer!

Suggested reading for families/parents:

This month I am suggesting a fun way to kick start the summer!
"Backpack Explorer:  On the Nature Trail:  What Will You Find?" - edited by Storey Publishing.

"Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 and up.  From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are - whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard. 

Seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games get kids engaged in hands-on learning about nature, and a real pull-out magnifying glass helps them get a close-up glimpse of leaf veins, seed pods, and tiny insects.  Filled with activities, checklists, and stickers, this interactive nature guide belongs in every kid's backpack."   https://goo.gl/oT4Jym

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Information &  Gatherings

Please note:  UU Office Administrator will be out of the office for vacation June 7 - 12.   Please call ahead if you need to stop by the office or speak with another staff person.   Shortened office hours will be as follows:
Thursday, June 7                              10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, June 8                                   Closed
Monday, June 11                              10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, June 12                             10:00 am - 2:00 pm          

Marianne Williamson in Traverse City:  Sunday, June 10 at the Grand Traverse Resort.  The event is part of her "Love America" tour and a fundraiser for Matt Morgan, candidate for the 1st Congressional  District. 
For tickets and more information visit  www.marianne.com
(This event is not affiliated with UUCGT)
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 the office. 
Many Thanks to those who regularly serve and to those who have signed up for June.  More are NEEDED!

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.
STOP....and Smell the Roses!
Open Garden Celebration
Sunday, June 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
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)

Wednesday Potluck Picnic @ UUCGT!  June 13, 5:30pm - Bring your own beverages and table service

End Note...

People usually consider walking on water or 
in thin air a miracle. 
But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air,  but to walk on earth.

Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don't even recognize: 
a blue sky; white clouds; green leaves; the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. 

All is a miracle."  

- Thich  Nhat Hanh


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