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As requested after last week's Sunday Service,
here are the
final words from the film
"The Shape of Water"
"Unable to perceive the shape of you,
I find you all around me.
Your presence fills my eyes with your love.
It humbles my heart,
for you are everywhere."
Sunday, September 2
Margaret Wozniak, Coordinator
As we journey through life we seek many things - personal growth, self-actualization, peace, community.
What are your hopes and dreams for UUCGT?
For the altar setting, members and friends are asked to bring items that reflect their journey to date, or what they are currently seeking.
Dear Beloved Community,
I hope this summer has found you well and enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan.
I want to update you personally on how I am faring. As you know, I have been in an intensive physical therapy regime to strengthen a torn rotator cuff and labrum from my two falls at work. Those of you who have done physical therapy know that it is slow and steady work.
I have had a setback in this last week however. In the middle of the night, I got up to get an ice pack for my shoulder and fell down the back stairs in our home. I sustained multiple significant bruises, a laceration on the back of my head and a concussion.
Karl took me to Urgent Care and then to the emergency room and nothing is broken!
The concussion requires rest, quiet and no screen time for a period to be determined. I won't know for a while whether the symptoms will abate in the short-term or if it will take longer. In the meantime, I have stopped physical therapy.
I will keep you updated as best as I can. Please know I am holding you all in great love and feel the warmth of your blessings and kindness each and every day.
Sundays in September for Pre-K - 5th grade
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is year, in our efforts to move to a Family Ministry model - in which members of all ages worship more regularly together in the sanctuary - things will look a little different.
Sundays (and 5
if there is one) will be Religious Education Sundays. We will start the new curriculum AFTER Labor Day. Our first Religious Education Sunday will be September 16.
On these Sundays there will be curriculum-based classes for children preschool - 5
grade during the service (following the Story Wisdom).
The curriculum we are using this year is Katie Covey's "Picture Book UU". The 2
Sundays will be All Congregation Sundays when all ages are invited to remain in the sanctuary for the duration of the service. Childcare will be available on these Sundays for those children preschool-5
grade who need it (please note - this will be childcare - NOT Religious Education).
At this time, given the number of middle - high school youth, we will have the youth remain in the service every Sunday. We can reevaluate this based on the registration forms we receive this fall
I am working with the Sunday Services Committee to find fun ways to get the children involved in these All Congregation Services. If you have ideas, or are interested in having your child light the chalice, ring the bell, read, etc., please let me know! I'm really looking forward to co-creating this model with you, and am looking forward to better connecting the generations in our congregation.
Suggested reading for families/parents this month
This month I am suggesting a purely silly, fun book as many of our children head back to school
with this bestselling groovy Pete the Cat book!
"Pete The Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes"
by James Dean and Eric Litwin
"Pete the Cat is rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song...because it's all good".
The Future of Faith Formation
As I mentioned last month, one way that we are working to support families as the primary providers of their children's faith formation is to provide them with a bi-monthly e-blast of resources, readings and ideas. If you are not currently signed up for this and are interested in getting on the email list,
Friday Night Out!
September 14, 5:30-9:00 pm
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Stretch & Strengthen is taking a break!
Classes will resume on Wednesday, September 12.
Join us for the fall session! All are welcome!
Sunday Services - Congregants are invited...
to bring items for our September altar setting. September's theme is "Seekers Together; We Are All Seeking Something."
Items can reflect on these questions:
"What are you seeking now?"
"What past journey still influences your life today?"
"What should ou
r congregation be seeking in the next five years?"
Please start bringing items on September 2.
Community Needs Committee...requests donations on behalf of Jubilee House for lightly used boots and shoes (including tennis shoes), especially
large sizes. Jubilee House would be grateful for help in meeting this special need. A donation tub is in the hallway near the kitchen.
UU Men's Group meets Monday, September 10, 5:30pm @ Minerva's. Articles are available for pick-up in the front entryway.
UU Book Club will meet Sunday, September 9, 2:00pm. Book selection is
"La Rose" by Louise Erdrich -
Bonnie Mathias will host.
New Fall Group! Law of Attraction Meet-up
Start date is Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
Sherry Davis will facilitate this group
based on the natural law of "like attracts like" with a focus on "Your Thoughts Create Your Reality".
Save the Dates!
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GT Civic Center
Walk starts @ 2:00 pm
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
Sunday, October 21
after Sunday Service
All Congregation Potluck Brunch
Everyone is Welcome!
Many thanks to these committees for organizing this community event!
Hospitality, Sunday Services, Membership, Religious Experience
UUCGT Calendar of Events
Peaceworkers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Vocal Ensemble: Thursday, August 30, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Facilities Committee: Friday, August 31, 10:00am, social hall
Indivisible GT: Tuesday, September 4, 11:30am, sanctuary
Concerned Citizens, Sinclair Media: Tuesday, September 4, 1:00pm, sanctuary
Bridge Group: Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall
No Wednesday Supper this week - Suppers resume September 12
Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, September 6, 9:30am, sanctuary
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, September 6, 1:00pm, library
New Moon Women's Circle:
Saturday, September 8 - contact Carolyn Kelly
"The most beautiful people we have known are those
who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle,
known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen."
~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
UUCGT office hours
day - Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm