UUCGT Flash 
May 3, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 532
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Information & Gatherings
UUCGT Calendar of Events
End Note

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 "In the woods, is perpetual youth.
Within these plantations of God,
a decorum and sanctity reign,
a perennial festival is dressed,
and the guest sees not how he should
tire of them in a thousand years.
In the woods, we return to reason and faith.
There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,
- no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,)
which nature cannot repair.
Standing on the bare ground,
- my head bathed by the blithe air,
and uplifted into infinite space,
- all mean egotism vanishes.
I become a transparent eye-ball;
I am nothing; I see all;
the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me;
I am part or particle of God." 

- Ralph Waldo Emerso n,  "Nature"
As Spring begins, how wonderful to be able spend time in the outdoors without multiple layers!  Each morning, I am awakened by the sounds of new species of birds, arriving from their winter homes, back to our feeder.  (Well, actually I am awakened by our cat, Minnie Purrl, who is quite the early riser.) 

This month, we will celebrate and explore the ways that the movement called Transcendentalism intersected historically with Unitarianism and still intersects with the Seven Principles of UUism.

Join DLE, Sarah Montgomery-Richards, this Sunday for a service to explore our 7th Principle - the Interconnected Web of Life, and stay after the service for the dance of the May Pole right here at UUCGT.  CUUPS (Covenant of UU Pagans) will provide special snacks

Also, a reminder that at 9:00 AM Sunday morning, anyone interested in learning how to use our new big screen TV should bring a lap top, tablet or smart phone.

Finally, the good folks in our Sunday morning Compassion Study Group asked for the name of a resource we thought anyone could enjoy:  Pema Chodron's wonderful book, Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion.

For the blessing of a community of ever-deepening belonging - 

Rabbi Chava

Sunday Service 
Sunday, May 6   -   Sarah Montgomery-Richards, Andi Kramer
No 9:00 AM Discussion this week
10:30 AM:  "The Interconnected Web " - All Congregation Service
All ages are invited to remain in the service with their families.

Join Director of Lifespan Experience, Sarah Montgomery-Richards for a rich and wonderful introduction to a central tenet of the Transcendentalist Movement:  Our Seventh Principal in Unitarian Universalism.

Celebrating the Interconnected Web of Life, the Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) invites us to join in our annual  Maypole  Celebration immediately following the service on May 6.  All ages are invited to gather in this joyful practice, then join us for treats and coffee in the social hall  following the service.

This promises to be a rich and enjoyable morning.  Please join us.

Lifespan Experience
f or Children,  Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in May ~  preK - 8th grade

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 th !  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."

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May Pole Celebration immediately following the service on May 6! 
All ages are invited to join in this joyful practice, then join us for treats and coffee in the social hall.
Friday Night Out!  May 11, 5:30-9:00 pm - Contact Sarah ASAP to reserve a spot!
Adult Lifespan Experience Classes:   Please watch your FLASH for updates to the 9:00 AM program/discussion schedule given many upcoming congregational meetings, etc.
Brewing Community:  We switch to the Summer Supper / Brewing Community schedule in May.  First gathering is on Wednesday, May 30, 5:00 pm at Rare Bird Brewery 

Information &  Gatherings

Big Screen TV Training:  Sunday, May 6 @ 9:00AM  ( Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life  discussion group will not meet on May 6)
Anyone interested in learning how to operate this equipment is welcome - bring a smart device - phone, laptop, tablet with you!

UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, May 7, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
Topic:  "How Evangelicals Lost Their Way" - presented by Mark Gustafson Articles are available in the front entryway - pick one up!

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!

Wednesday Summer Potlucks!  We are looking for hosts for Wednesday Night Summer Potlucks!  Please contact Sarah if you'd like to volunteer to host one of these events in your home.  Thank you!

Mark Gustafson presents a talk on "Finding My Truth Through Literature"
Monday, May 14 @ 7:00pm - TC Public Library, sponsored by Grand Traverse Humanists


"Does Art Speak?"   Corridor Gallery Exhibit - Many thanks to Members & Friends who loaned meaningful works of art, and thanks to the UUCGT Arts & Exhibitions Committee for organizing this exhibit!

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

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Committee:  Friday, May 4, 10:00am, social hall

Community Needs:  Friday, May 4, 10:30am, library

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, May 5, 10:00am, sanctuary
All are Welcome! Come & Play!   See flier here

Big Screen TV Training:  Sunday, May 6 @ 9:00AM  (Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life  discussion group will not meet on May 6)
Anyone interested in learning how to operate this equipment is welcome - bring a smart device - phone, laptop, tablet with you!

UUCGT Book Club:  Sunday, May 6, 2:00pm @ Harriet Wall's

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

Stretch & Strengthen:   Classes meet Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am - Get ready for those summer hikes!  Everyone is welcome!

Staff Resources:  Monday, May 7, 2:00pm, library

UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, May 7, 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

Wednesday Supper:  May 9, 5:00pm/social hour & 6:00pm/supper - $5/adult & $3/10 & under.   All are Welcome!

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday, May 10, 1:00pm, library

Meditation Workshop:  Thursday, May 10, 5:30pm, classroom

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursday, May 10, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Friday Night Out:  Friday, May 11, 5:30-9:00pm -  RSVP to Sarah

Program Council:  Sunday, May 13, 9:00am, classroom

UUCGT Board Meeting:  Monday, May 14, 5:30pm, classroom.  Please note:  May Board meeting date has been moved up one week in preparation for the Annual Meeting on June 3.

End Note...
canoe on river

the soft green of spring
will soon embrace us -
and all the world around....


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