UUCGT Flash 
March 1, 2018
Vol. 12, Issue 523
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Community Engagement
Soup-er St. Paddy's Luncheon
What's Going On?
End Note

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Beloved community - 

As March approaches, we look forward to the rebirth of Spring and things are popping at UUCGT this week.  

Our 9 AM program on Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life continues this week.

We will celebrate International Women's Day this Sunday, and the UU is participating in several local actions to raise up the issue of gun violence.

We're in the midst of our Annual Pledge Drive and we are very grateful to all of those who have already made their commitment to UUCGT's future.  We have a lot of great things happening in our community, and we are so glad you are a part of it.

I look forward to seeing you in the days ahead - here's to Spring!

In blessing,

Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, March 4 -  Rabbi Chava Bahle, Amanda Mangiardi
10:30 AM Service
"International Women's Day"

International Women's Day takes place on March 8.  Join us for this service honoring UU women's voices and music.  We'll look at the #MeToo movement and the effect of women's marches locally and nationally.

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..."

Friday Night Out is March 9th
Sarah to reserve your spot!


Soup-er St. Paddy's Luncheon - Sunday, March 18!

The Lifespan Committee will help with the "Soup-er St. Paddy's" luncheon following the service on March 18.  This idea, announced by Rabbi Chava at the Program Council on 2/11, is a spin-off on the old "Chili Cook-Off" that we did for several years.  This will be a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship and fantastic soup, bread, and treats donated by the UUCGT committees following the Sunday Service.  Please plan to join us!

Opportunities for Community Engagement
Gun Reform Events

March 3, 2018:  TC Rally for Gun Reform - 1:00pm @ The Workshop Brewing Company (221 Garland Street, Traverse City) 
Proceed peacefully through downtown Traverse City & then line Grandview Parkway.  Afterwards head back to The Workshop Brewing Co. to hear a couple of speeches & have time to connect, network, take action .  Bring your signs & voices.   https://www.facebook.com/events/180876762688077/

March 14, 2018:  #ENOUGH National School Walk-Out @  10:00 AM
Traverse City - Yes, we are walking out at 10:00 AM for 17 Minutes. 
Stand Together at the intersection of Munson Avenue and Milliken Drive near NMC and TC Central High School.  Co-organized by UUCGT - contact 
office@uucgt   for more information.

"Women's March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a  #NationalSchoolWalkout
for 17 minutes at 10:00 am across every time zone to protest Congress' inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods."  

March 24, 2018:   
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 Art Exhibition!   Members & Friends have  donated pieces that 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!

UUCGT Book Club:  Sunday, March 11, 2:00pm - "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman.  Your host is Karen Welch.

Volunteer! The Sound Team is looking for people interested in running the sound board for Sunday services.  No experience is required.  To train you need only come and sit beside the board on a Sunday and watch how simple it is.  The commitment is one or fewer Sundays a month.  Call or text Bob Hicks at 231-360-3183, or email burneshicks@charter.net

***  Save the Date  ***
Wednesday, April 4 - 7:00 PM
UUCGT Wednesday Night Program
(following Wednesday Potluck)
Please 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 website for more information on FLOW:    http://flowforwater.org/
RSVP to office@uucgt.org if you plan to attend.  Thank you!

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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 1, 1:00pm, library

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

Meditation Workshop will not meet on March 1st.  Class resumes March 8th.

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Team:  Friday, March 2, 10:00am, social hall

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, March 3, 10:00-1:30pm, sanctuary
Come join us & explore movement & play!  All are Welcome!   See flier here

9 AM Adult Learning Program:  Sunday, March 4, Chapter 2, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong.  All are welcome to join us for a great discussion!

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, March 4, 2:30-6:30pm (1st Sunday), sanctuary

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

UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, March 5, 5:30pm @ UUCGT classroom - Pizza & Conversation on "Evolution" - Bill Scharf, facilitator.  Articles available in the front entryway.

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:  Tuesday, March 6, 12:00pm, sanctuary

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

CUUPS:  Wednesday, March 7, 12:30pm, Robbie's Mexican Taqueria

Wednesday Potluck:  March 7, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm supper - Share yummy food & UU fellowship !

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, March 8, 9:30am, sanctuary

Brewing Community:  Thursday, March 8, 5:00-7:00pm @ The Workshop

Friday Night Out:  Friday, March 9, 5:30-9:00pm, classrooms.  Contact  Sarah asap

End Note...


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