UUCGT Flash 
June 14, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 538
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Information & Gatherings
UUCGT Calendar of Events
End Note

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Amid all the noise in our lives,
we take this moment to sit in silence - 

to give thanks for another day,

to give thanks for all those in our lives
who  have brought us warmth and love, 

to give thanks for the gift of life.

We know we are on our pilgrimage here
but a brief moment in time.

Let us open ourselves, here, now,
to the process of becoming more whole -

of living more fully,

of giving and forgiving more freely,

of understanding more completely the 
meaning of our lives here on this earth.

- Timothy Haley
"Welcome, A Unitarian Universalist Primer"

Sunday Service 
Sunday, June 17   -  Lay-lead service with Amanda Mangiardi
10:30 AM:  "In Praise of Fathers & Flower Communion "
This service will celebrate fatherhood - a service of memories, tributes, poetry, and music focusing on fatherhood.  
We will participate in a Flower Communion as well - an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community.

Please bring a flower (or more than one) for each family member - flowers will be available for those who may not have them.  At the end of the service, we will be invited to choose a different flower to take home.  
In this way we bless each other. 

A reminder that on Sunday, June 24, our service begins at 10:00 AM when we will l ive-stream the UUA General Assembly Sunday Worship.   This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the  national UUA community!

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.  

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

UUCGT Summer Potlucks!

UUCGT Financial Report as of May 31, 2018:   Please  click here

2018 Annual Meeting vote results:
86 ballots were voted:
26 absentee votes received
60 votes at the meeting
- All candidates received all votes
- There were 3 abstain votes for the Endowment Bylaw
- There were 3 abstain votes for the Budget
- There were 6 no votes for the Budget

"Show up on Sunday"

With Rabbi Chava on medical leave for the rest of the summer, you may wonder, "What can I do to help?"  One thing we can all do to help is to "Show up on Sunday"!  It would be very easy on Sunday mornings to think "with Rabbi Chava gone, I'll just stay home until the fall".  In my opinion, that would not be healthy for our congregation.  Visitors would come into a nearly empty building, our speakers would not feel appreciated, and we would begin to lose our sense of community.  Many of us will be traveling occasionally during the summer and will have visiting friends and/or family some weekends, but otherwise we need to make every effort to get to UUCGT on Sunday mornings.

Our Sunday Services Committee is gearing up to bring interesting speakers and programs for our services.  If you have ideas for speakers or topics you would like to see, please contact our Sunday Services Committee Co-Chairs, Amanda Mangiardi and Hal Gurian.  
Thanks in advance for your support - Mike McDonald, President-elect

A Request for Rocks!

Just before you get to the front entry of UUCGT there is a small circular garden space.  In the middle of the circle is a spectacular bush, known as a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, a relative of the hazelnut tree.  This bush demands to be the center of attention!  To honor his demand, we have decided not to detract from his splendor with flowers.  Instead, we would like to create a small garden of rocks, stone crop and day lilies.  To that end, we would like to ask you to contribute some of your favorite rocks to Harry's garden.  Not big rocks, but perhaps potato-sized rocks, from baby redskins to Idaho bakers.  the bed will be ready to receive rocks.  If you would like to contribute rocks, just put them in the flower bed as you are able and when you wish.   Thank you in advance, and Harry thanks you, too!
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"Peace, Love & Rock 'n Roll"
UU Arts & Exhibitions Team seeks 60's Memorabilia!
Bring any items ( album covers, tie-dye, paintings, mementos, clothing, 
beads, etc.)  to the office by July 1st with name and phone taped to it.  Items will be stored  safely   in a locked room.  C ontact Barb McClellan (941-2368) if you have any questions.

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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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TSO sponsored Violin Master Class:    Thursday, June 28, 6:00-8:30 PM
@ UUCGT - reception following.  Program is open to the public.

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Save the Date!
UUCGT Social Justice Committee (SJC) Meeting
Sunday, July 15 after the Sunday service at noon
SJC has undertaken radical transformation to support and expand the vital social work and social justice actions of the UUCGT congregation supporting Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau and Antrim Counties, the state and the nation.  The Social Justice Committee aspires to build and grow a dialogic culture at UUCGT, and in the community at large, modeling the six sources of the UU tradition and to nurture compassionate social witness in the UUCGT and beyond.  
The SJC invites all members of UUCGT to attend a one hour meeting on Sunday, July 15 detailing the changes to this committee and its purpose.
If you need childcare, please sign up at the Welcome Table in the Social Hall by SUNDAY, JULY 8.
Pizza will be provided for adults and we will have a snack/lunch for any children we know are attending.  You can also bring a lunch.
Barb Conley and Kim Sibilsky

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

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, June 21, 9:30am, sanctuary

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday, June 21, 1:00pm, library

Sunday Service on Sunday, June 24:  Service begins at 10:00 AM for a live-stream worship from the UUA General Assembly.  Join us!

End Note...

"We live in a time when science is validating
what humans have known throughout the ages:

that compassion is not a luxury;
it is a necessity for our well-being,
resilience,  and survival."

- Joan Halifax


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