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"Owning our story can be hard
but not nearly as difficult
as spending our lives running from it.
Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky
but not nearly as dangerous
as giving up on love and belonging and joy --
the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.
Only when we are brave enough
to explore the darkness
will we discover the infinite power of our light."
~ Brene Brown
Sunday, July 29
"Life Is Not Perfect - Fortunately"
with Hal Gurian
People are not perfect. When we realize this, we can let go of fear, control, and attachment. We also realize that we are one of the persons who is not perfect.
Sundays in July ~
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Our 7th annual Specialty Class Summer is off to a great start!
This summer will be filled with outdoor fun (as weather allows) - lots of games, exploration, and building friendships.
This month will include outdoor eye-spy nature activities, work on our UUCGT "Forest Fort" and more!
Suggested reading for families/parents this month:
This month I am suggesting more activities for the summer!
Ella's Summer Fun: A Kid's Summer Yoga Book
by Giselle Shardlow
"Join Ella as she experiences a week full of fun summer activities with her grandparents. Be a surfer, skater, and swimmer. Discover summer, explore movement, and learn the days of the week. The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.
Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story".
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Our next Family Ministry E-blast will be going out today, July 26!
E-blasts will include a variety of readings and resources, meditations and thoughts for parents.
if you are interested in being added to our list for future editions!
UUCGT Social Justice Committee will have information tables set-up after the service during coffee hour on
Sunday, July 29
Jane Watts: League of Women Voters (with others) PROMOTE THE VOTE ballot initiative, and how to get the accurate and unbiased information you need in order to vote in the August 7 primary election (Vote411.org)
Barb Conley: American Friends Service Committee efforts on defending immigrant rights.
Coffee Orders are due
Sunday, July 29!
Items in the alcove near name tag tower
will be donated to Goodwill after July 30th
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Vocal Ensemble Summer Potluck & Meeting
Thursday, August 9 @ 5:30 pm
Hosted by Mary Kiner
All VE members old & new & spouses are Welcome!
UU Benzie ~ August Gathering
Wednesday, August 29 @ Jan & Rick Robb's in Frankfort
6:30pm, bring a dish to pass, BYOB, chairs & a smile on your face!
Save the Date!
~ Saturday, October 20 ~
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
UUCGT Visioning / Objective Setting
Your Board of Trustees is planning a day of Visioning and Objective Setting for Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at UUCGT.
We plan to develop a Vision of where we should be going for the next three to five years and set some objectives for the next year to move us towards that Vision.
Our session will be facilitated by UUA Consultant, Dori Davenport Thexton. Dori has served UU congregations for fifteen years and has been on the UUA Field Staff for nineteen years.
The session will be open to any congregant who wishes to participate. Board members will be attending and we would like Committee Chairs to be present or represented by someone else from their committee.
Sign-ups for the session will begin in mid-September. Watch the Flash, Beacon and Order of Service for more information in September. In the meantime, please save the date!
Mike McDonald, President, Board of Trustees
UUCGT Calendar of Events
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, August 2, 1:00pm, library
Peaceworkers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Facilities Committee: Friday, August 3, 10:00am, social hall
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, August 5
, 2:30-6:30pm, sanctuary
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week