UUCGT  Flash 
    June 16, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 434  
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Children and Youth
Summer Solstice Celebration!
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note
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Reflection:  Flower Communion for Father's Day
May the blessing of the flowers be upon you.
May their beauty beckon to you each morning
And their loveliness lure you each day.  

Beloveds,  this Sunday for Father's Day, we are delighted to honor a long standing Unitarian custom of the Flower Communion.   Please bring a flower (or more than one) for each family member attending to place in the setting as you enter this Sunday.  At the end of the service, we will be invited to choose a different flower to take home.  In this way we bless each other. 

I am glad we will share this custom on Father's Day, since dads don't receive flowers very often, but also because our service will reflect the idea best expressed by Judy Chicago: 

And then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind

And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both women and men will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another's will

And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many

And then all will share equally in the Earth's abundance

And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old

And then all will nourish the young
And then all will cherish life's creatures

And then all will live in harmony with one another and the Earth
And then everywhere will be called Eden once again.

I look forward to seeing you and celebrating on Sunday!  A reminder that the following week I will be at the General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio.   I look forward to bringing back ideas, energy and connection. 

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, June 19
10:30 AM Service:  "Flower Communion & Stories My Father Told Me "
Rabbi Chava
The Flower Communion Service was created by Norbert Capek (1870-1942), who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia.  You are asked to bring a flower of your choice, either from your own gardens, or from the field or roadside.  Each of us will place a flower in vases.  This signifies that it is by our own free will we join with each other.  
Sunday is Father's Day and we will together honor our fathers, and also kick-off  UpNorth Pride Week.

This Sunday for Children and Youth
10:30 a.m.

Children (preK-5th grade) and Youth (6th-12th grade, 12-18yrs) are invited to join their families in the service through the Story Wisdom.  Following Story Wisdom, Children (preK-5th grade) will follow their teachers to the large classroom space.  Youth (6th-12th grade, 12-18yrs) will REMAIN IN THE SERVICE.  Following the service, parents of Children (preK-5th grade) should make their way to the classroom/program wing of the building to sign their child(ren) out of programming.
This Month for Children...  June brings with it our annual Specialty Class Summer!  Throughout the summer the children will take part in a delightful array of activities.  This month features Buddhist Meditation with Karen McLean (3rd annual!  A favorite!), Father's Day activities, and a Bike Rally Day!

This Month for Youth... This month, and for the remainder of the summer, our youth will join the adults in the sanctuary for the duration of the service. Please contact Sarah in advance to make arrangements if this is problematic for your family.  This provides youth with the much needed opportunity to learn to be in community with the adults of the congregation, and to learn more about UU Sunday services.

Summer Solstice Celebration!

Monday, June 20
6:00 p.m.

Join us for a circle ritual at 6:00 pm, followed by a POTLUCK dinner.  Please bring a dish to share and your own place setting.  Water will be available as well as wine for a $2/glass donation.  Feel free to bring another beverage of your choice if desired.

This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate.  We will gather outside if possible, so please dress for the weather (we will be in the sanctuary if it rains).  You may also want to bring a percussion instrument if you have one.  
Please contact Sarah Montgomery-Richards with questions.

What's Going On At UUCGT?

Weekly activities are listed in the Order of Service & the Beacon


Please Note:  UUCGT Board Meeting is  Monday, June 20 at 5:30 PM in the classroom.

Wednesday Summer Potluck:   Wednesday, June 22, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Your h osts - John & Pinkie Hoffmann (1878 Snowshoe Lane).  Gather at 5:30 with dinner around 6:00.  Bring a dish to pass & your own beverage.
Parents with young children are encouraged to come -- we have plenty of room for them to play.  Come join us!  
For directions, contact John or Pinkie at 275-3602.

July 13, August 17 & August 24 are open dates for Summer Potlucks! 
Please contact Sarah if you are interested in hosting. 



 UUCGT Financial Report as of May 31, 2016:  Click HERE

 Opening on Finance Committee: The Finance Committee is looking for an additional member starting July 1.  We currently meet monthly on the second Tuesday at 5:30 pm.  We promise that it won't be boring!  
If you are interested, please contact Mike McDonald at (231) 935-3759.

  UUA General Assembly is June 22-26!
    Can't attend GA?  Here's how you can be a part of it from home!
For just $160 you can "virtually" attend several parts of the General Assembly.  More information can be found here: 

  Citizens' Climate Lobby is sponsoring a Call Congress to Act on Climate action on Monday, June 20.  The following day, June 21, 800+ volunteers (including 4 from the Traverse City area) will be on Capitol Hill meeting with about 500 congressional offices. Your phone call on the 20th asking for climate solutions will make a big impression at their meetings!  It will only take about 5 minutes of your time to leave a message for your members of Congress. Visit this website to log your call and get the phone numbers and a prompt on what to say:  

You may also sign up for the Facebook event, share it on your page, and invite friends to participate: https://www.facebook.com/events/886547478141320/


Stop.... & Smell the Roses!

Open Garden Celebration in Lauren's Gardens
Sunday, June 26, 3:00 - 6:00pm  

Bring a vase, stroll the gardens and cut whatever you like to take home with you.   Enjoy the peace & delight a garden brings.   Stop in the Gazebo for some light refreshment, visit with friends & neighbors.   [Just like an Open House - come when you can, stay as long as you like, leave when you must.]   6351 Cherry Blossom Drive.  C ontact Lauren Keinath at 342-0617

Local Community Needs
request form is HERE.

End note....

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