UUCGT Flash 
April 5, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 528
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Information & Gatherings
UUCGT Calendar of Events
End Note

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This Sunday:  Dress in Your "Local Villager" Best! 

from Mayo Clinic:

"Laughter is good for you over the long term.
Laughter may:
Improve your immune system. 
Relieve pain. 
Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations.
It also helps you connect with other people.
Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier."
Friends - 

This coming Sunday's service will celebrate JOY!
The news is pretty tough lately; we could use some laughter and joy - with a profound message.   It's top secret beyond that ... but please dress in your local "villager" best:  overalls, jeans, babushkas, straw hats, farm implements ... All will become clear when you arrive on Sunday!
In blessing, 

Rabbi Chava 

PS - Program Council meets this Sunday at 9 AM.  There is no 9 AM adult learning program.
Sunday Service 
Sunday, April 8 -   Rabbi Chava Bahle, Hal Gurian
10:30 AM Service:  "Joy as Sabbath" 

When the world challenges our highest values, how can we cultivate joy, and even some laughter?

In the words of Joseph Cleveland:

May we hear the melody of Life and find ourselves singing harmony.  
May we be open to the dissonances in the Song of the Land and Its People, that we might be part of the World's urging toward Justice, Peace, and Love. 
May we feel in our bones the rhythms of Life and the Land, and find ourselves dancing.
A new member orientation will take place following the 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 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.

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

Gatherings & Information

UUCGT Membership Committee
Invites Prospective New Members!
Orientation Session on 
Sunday, April 8, 11:45am - 12:45 am

A New Member Welcome Service will be held Sunday, April 29
We Welcome You!


Tuesday Community Lunch - Volunteers Needed!  

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 


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

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!

#NationalSchoolWalkout is being called for by Connecticut student, Lane Murdock, and others.  Murdock lives just 20 minutes from Sandy Hook Elementary School.  High school students to walk out on April 20 - no time has been specified as yet.  Plans are currently being housed on  Twitter , as well as  a   Change.org petition page .

Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Northern Michigan
Meetings at 6:00 PM on last Thursday of the month
Central United Methodist Church, Room 106
222 North Cass Street, Traverse City
Next meeting is Thursday, April 26 - Contact Liz Bruning for more information
All are welcome - men, women, parents, non-parents, grandparents

Save the Date!

Monday, May 14 @ 7:00 PM
Mark Gustafson presents
"Finding My Truth Through Literature"
Traverse City Library
sponsored by Grand Traverse Humanists

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Local Community Needs

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UUCGT Calendar of Events

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, April 5, 1:00pm, library

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

Meditation Workshop:  Thursday, April 5, 5:30pm, classroom

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

InterPlay Workshop Fun:  Saturday, April 7, 10:00-1:00pm, sanctuary
All are Welcome!  See flier here

Program Council:  Sunday, April 8, 9:00am, classroom ( No 9 AM Adult Learning Program on April 8)

Prospective  New Member Orientation:  Sunday, April 8, 11:45am, sanctuary

UUCGT Book Club:  Sunday, April 8, 2:00-4:00pm @ Emmy Lou Cholak's

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, April 8, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

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

Indivisible GT, TC, Leelanau meet 2nd Monday each month:
Monday, April 9, 5:30pm, sanctuary (event not sponsored by UUCGT)

Board Executive Committee: Monday, April 9, 5:30pm, library

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

Staff Resources:   Tuesday, April 10, 12:30pm, library

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

Finance Committee:  Tuesday, April 10, 5:30pm, office

Voters Not Politicians:  Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm, classroom (event not sponsored by UUCGT)

Executive Committee - Agenda:  Wednesday, April 11, 1:00pm, library

Landscape Committee:  Wednesday, April 11, 2:30pm, library

Wednesday Supper!  April 11, 5:30pm social time /6:00pm supper - $5/adult & $3/10 & under - Join Us!

Brewing Community:  Thursday, April 12, 5:00pm @ The Workshop

Friday Night Out:  April 13, 5:30-9:00pm, classrooms - RSVP to  Sarah

Singing Sisters:  Saturday, April 14, 10:00am-2:00pm, sanctuary

End Note...


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