UUCGT Flash 
March 29, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 527
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
2018-2019 Pledge Drive
Community Engagement
What's Going On?
End Note

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Rise Up

Out of the earth
Rises light,
Rises life,
Rises spring.

May we join with the miracle that is springtime,
and enter into life with lightness and joy.

Out of the spirit
Rises faith,
Rises hope,
Rises love.

  by Elizabeth M Strong

May we join with the miracle that is Easter time, and enter into life with hope and love.

Please join the whole community this Sunday for Easter morning worship, friends.  Let us rise, rise, rise in hope and love.

In blessing - 

Rabbi Chava 

PS - There will be no 9 AM programming this Sunday. 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, April 1 -   Rabbi Chava Bahle, Andi Kramer
10:30 AM Easter All Congregation Service:  "Rise Up!" 

"As the first hint of green begins to peek through the barren ground, as that little sprig grows into a healthy stem, as that stem grows into a stalk and forms a bud, as that bud slowly opens with each new day, to form a yellow daffodil, let us be, like that first hint of green, renewed by the warmth of the sun's rays and ready to emerge with a new energy, ready to face the day." From " Like the First Hint of Green"  by Jennifer McGlothin.
Sometimes with all the hardships of the world, we need a peaceful morning of hope.

Children remain in the sanctuary with families during this special service.

Lifespan Experience
f or Children,  Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in April ~  preK - 8th grade

We're very excited to be continuing our "Environment Horcrux" in April! 

We will spend our time engaging in lessons and stories that promote environmental stewardship, as well as considering the ways in which we can get involved in our community in this regard.  Some of the wonderful ways we will accomplish this will include working with the Landscape Committee on learning about native plants, invasive species, and planning our own Children's Garden.

Suggested reading for families/parents this month!

In April, we have a lovely poetry collection that coincides with our consideration of the Transcendentalists in Sunday Services.  I will be using selections from this collection in Story Wisdoms.

Poetry for Kids:  Walt Whitman, edited by Karen Karbiener, PhD - A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English)

Introduce your children to the beautiful words of classic American poet, Walt Whitman.  Poetry for Kids:  Walt Whitman makes the work engaging and easy to understand...This collection of thirty-five of Walt's best works has been carefully curated for kids.  Each piece of work is lovingly illustrated, and are both presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbenier, PhD, a primary authority on Whitman's poetry.
Walt Whitman includes enlightening commentary for each poem, definitions of key words, and a foreword by the expert so that kids, or even parents new to poems, will understand.  Starting off with "I Hear America Singing," the collection includes excerpts from "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!", poems from Leaves of Grass, and many more thought-provoking, descriptive, and kid-friendly selections".  Go to  https://goo.gl/7Azsaj  for more information.

Easter Sunday, April 1
All Congregation Service
Children remain in the sanctuary with families during this special service

Friday Night Out!
April 13th, 5:30-9pm
Contact Sarah ASAP to reserve a spot!

2018-2019 Pledge Drive

Have you "Shown Up" yet to support our UUCGT Congregation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year?  

If you have not already done so, please make your financial pledge for 2018-2019 now by returning your pledge form or by visiting our website www.uucgt.org.  

Your increased pledge will help us meet our goal of full payment of UUA dues and giving modest increases to our hard working staff.  You should have received a pledge packet at Sunday Services or through the mail.  If you have not, or have misplaced your packet, please call our Business Administrator, Sheri Novak, and she will send you another packet.  

Thanks for your continued support of UUCGT.

Opportunities for Community
Gun Reform Events


2018 Directories are here!
Members and Friends pick up a copy at the Welcome Table on Sunday

UU Men's Group:  Monday, April 2, 5:30pm @ Minerva's -  Pick up articles in the front entryway

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, April 7, 10:00am-1:30pm., sanctuary
Come join us & explore movement & play!  All are Welcome!   See flier here

UUCGT Book Club:  Sunday, April 8, 2:00-4:00pm - Title "Windigo Moon" by Bob Downes, Emmy Lou Cholak will host

Invitation into UUCGT Membership


UUCGT Membership Committee invites Prospective New Members!

Please sign up at our  Welcome Table for an Orientation Session on
Sunday, April 8, 11:45am - 12:45 am

Subsequent New Member Welcome Service will be Sunday, April 29

We Welcome You!
Tuesday Community Lunch:  Our weekly program of  feeding the hungry needs more volunteers!  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. 
If you are interested, contact Mary Kiner, 231-935-3050 or 

Calling for Cleaning Supplies for Goodwill Housing Support!
Wish List and Bin near the Kitchen

UUCGT Art Exhibit:   Donated pieces from Members & Friends are on display in the Corridor Gallery.  Many thanks to all who loaned their treasured works of art for this exhibit and to the UUCGT Arts & Exhibitions Committee for organizing this exhibit!

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Local Community Needs

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BEACON articles are due by the 25th each month -

What's Going On ... at UUCGT?

Please contact  office@uucgt.org to schedule meetings and events

Please check UU calendar or website
to confirm cancellations

Meetings & Activities

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

Meditation Workshop:  Thursday, March 29, 5:30pm, classroom

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Committee:  Friday, March 30, 10:00am, social hall

No 9 AM Adult Learning Program on Sunday, April 1

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

Stretch & Strengthen:   Classes meet Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am

UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, April 2, 5:30pm @ Minerva's

Community Lunch:  Tuesdays - 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  marykiner@charter.net

Indivisible GT:  Tuesday, April 3, 12:00pm, sanctuary

Bridge Group:  Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall

Wednesday Potluck:   Ap ril 4, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm supper
All are welcome to join us!  
Stay for a  Special Speaker Event @ 7:00pm with Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of FLOW (For Love Of Water) -  Updates on Line 5 and other state and national issues affecting our amazing water resources.

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, April 5, 9:30am, sanctuary

InterPlay Workshop Fun:  Saturday, April 7, 10:00 - 1:00pm, sanctuary

End Note...
"It's a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally.
It gives us some sense of
what is rock under our feet,
and what is sand."


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