UUCGT Flash 
March 15, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 525
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Soup-er St. Paddy's Luncheon
Community Engagement
What's Going On?
End Note

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May you always have...

Walls for the winds 
A roof for the rain 
Tea beside the fire 
Laughter to cheer you 
Those you love near you 
And all your heart might desire

- An Irish Blessing
Beloved Community,

I am particularly looking forward to this Sunday's activities at UUCGT.  

We begin at 9:00 a.m. with our discussion of Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.  All are welcome!  This is a wonderful chance to get to know some of your fellow congregants in a smaller group and through gentle conversation.  

This will be followed at 10:30 by an extraordinarily special service celebrating Irish culture under the amazing leadership of Max O'Bear.  

And following the service, we will gather for a Souper-luncheon of Irish stews and a tasty beverage.  

I cannot think of a sweeter way to spend a Sunday.

With deepest gratitude,

Rabbi Chava

Sunday Service 
Sunday, March 18  -   Rabbi Chava O'Bahle, Max O'Bear
10:30 AM Service:   All Congregation Service
Celebrating Irish Music and Tall Tales:  
Wearing of the Green!
Join us this St. Patrick's Day weekend as we celebrate the beloved music and tall tales of the Irish tradition.  Rabbi Chava will offer a reflection on UU inspirations for how we are morally obliged to treat immigrants to the United States and how we can help from right here in northern Michigan.

Children remain in the sanctuary with families during this service.

Lifespan Experience
f or Children,  Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in March ~  preK - 8th grade

We're very excited to be starting our "Environment Horcrux" in March, and we will continue this through 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.  This will include reaching out to UUCGT committees who engage in this kind of work, thus connecting the generations of our congregation in new and wonderful ways.

Suggested reading for families/parents this month!

This month we have a very timely book not only about our connections with the earth, but about peace in our world.

"A Prayer for World Peace" by Jane Goodall
"...J ane Goodall is a world-renowned naturalist who brings her passion and her quest for understanding between all the Earth's creatures to the fore in this beautiful and affecting prayer for world peace . She asks us all to rise above our dogmas, to bring a spirit of generosity to the living world around us, to pray for justice and for those who are suffering.  Illustrated with rich and colorful artwork, this is prayer that's both personal and universal and one that will speak to people of all ages from all backgrounds".   https://goo.gl/4LZkVP


Here are some resources on the topic of violence
that may help you and help those around you:

" Talking to Children About Violence:  Tips for Parents and Teachers"
from the National Association of School Psychologists:    http://bit.ly/2khji7j

" No Exceptions...Lovingkindness is a powerful practice for developing goodwill toward all..."
Calling for Lifespan Volunteers! 
2 Classroom Volunteers are needed on Sunday, March 25!  
Please contact Sarah if you are available to fill this need!

~ Please Note ~
Sunday, March 18 is an All Congregation Service
Children remain in the sanctuary with their families

Opportunities for Community Engagement
Gun Reform Events

March 24, 2018:  March For Our Lives  
A march in conjunction with events organized by the students of Florida.  Students  and families of March For Our Lives  will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  

Corresponding rallies in Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Detroit, as well as others across the country.  Please see  rallylist.com for the event nearest you.


UUCGT Membership Committee invites all 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!  If you are interested, contact Mary Kiner, 231-935-3050 or marykiner@charter.net

Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Northern Michigan:  
Meets Thursday, March 22 @ 6:00pm, Central United Methodist Church, 222 N. Cass Street,  Rm 106,   Traverse City.  All are welcome - men, women, parents, non-parents, grandparents....contact Liz Bruning for more information.

**  Save the Date  **

Wednesday, April 4 - 7:00 PM
UUCGT Wednesday Night Speaker's Program
(following Wednesday Potluck)
Plan to join us for a special evening program with Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of FLOW (For Love Of Water).  Liz will discuss recent developments on Enbridge Line 5 and other water related activities. 
Please see FLOW website for more information:    http://flowforwater.org/
RSVP to office@uucgt.org if you plan to attend.  Thank you!

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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 FLASH articles are due by Wednesday noon - office@uucgt.org
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

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday, March 15, 1:00pm, library

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

Landscape Committee:  Thursday, March 15, 2:30pm, library

Policy Committee:  Thursday, March 15, 5:00pm, library

Meditation Workshop:  Thursday, March 15, 5:30pm, classroom

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

New Moon Women's Circle:  Saturday, March 17, TBA - contact Carolyn Kelly

9 AM Adult Learning Program:  Sunday, March 18, 9:00am, social hall
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Rabbi Chava & Sarah Montgomery-Richards - All are Welcome!

SOUP-ER St. Paddy's Luncheon:  Sunday, March 18 after service - Join us and share a variety of Irish soups, stews, breads, beverages & desserts!

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, March 18, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

Stretch & Strengthen:  No class on Monday, March 19
Class will meet on Wednesday, March 21 @ 11:00am

UUCGT Board Meeting:  Monday, March 19, 5:30pm, classroom

Community Lunch:  Tuesdays - Volunteers meet at 10:30am.  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.  For more information, or to volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email  marykiner@charter.net

Indivisible GT Speaker Event:  Tuesday, March 20, 12:00pm, sanctuary
Money in Politics:  Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Craig Mauger (this public event is not sponsored by UUCGT)

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

Lifespan Experience Committee:  Wednesday, March 21, 12:00pm, library

Wednesday, March 21, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm supper - Share UU fellowship & delicious food!

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, March 22, 9:30am, sanctuary

Brewing Community:  Thursday, March 22, 5:00pm @ The Workshop

End Note...


FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week


UUCGT Office hours:   Mon day - Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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