UUCGT Flash 
November 10, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 455
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
President's Corner
UUCGT Thanksgiving Dinner
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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"Heroes didn't leap tall buildings
or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; 
they didn't wear boots and capes.
They bled, and they bruised, 
and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. 
Heroes were ordinary people who knew that
even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, 
they could untangle someone else's. 
And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back."

Beloved friends -

First, thank you for just being you.  This community has given us so much to be proud of, to celebrate and to commend.  Special thanks to the Membership Team and service coordinator, Andi Kramer, for a moving and inspiring new member welcome last Sunday.  Didn't it feel wonderful to experience not only the emerging energy but also the reflection of what is good in us as a congregation?

Second, I want to thank the over 40 members and friends who came to the Wednesday night program this week.  The supper was graciously and deliciously done - thank you Sandra McDonald and team - and the honesty, sincerity and heart that were brought to our gathering afterward were inspiring.  Together, we will continue to work for a just and compassionate society.  We will reschedule the showing of Defying the Nazis.  

Third, thank you for doing what Clarissa Pinkola Estes calls "showing your soul."  Our congregation is filled to overflowing with goodness and compassion.  That is our shared ministry, and I am proud to walk with you.

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

P.S.  Tomorrow, 11/11 - come to Brew on Front Street if you're up for it.  We'll be there from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.  

Sunday Service 
Sunday, November 13 - Lay-led Service
No 9:00 AM Program
10:30 AM Service:  "Celebrating our UU Humanist Traditions on the                          Birthday of Kurt Vonnegut - a well-known                                  Humanist"

Lifespan Experience  f or Children and Youth (and Families!)
Sunday Service:  10:30 a.m.  
Sunday programming for Children and Youth throughout the 2016 - 2017 program year will complement the Sunday Services in our efforts to move closer to congregational thematic ministry.  This thematic calendar will be exploring the Six Source traditions, and considering wisdom from around the world. 

Sundays in November
As an entire congregation, we will be considering the theme of "Covenantal Community" in the month of November.  In our Sunday classes for children, we'll be thinking about community and engaging in activities like creating classroom covenants and learning about ways to work together in the world.  We will also think about our relationship with the world community by beginning to talk about our second-annual Heifer Tree project.
Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
  • Under the Rose Apple Tree - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • A Pebble for Your Pocket - Thich Nhat Hanh
Our youth will be completing and presenting a lesson that they have created for the younger children which offers themes such as "being yourself" and "acceptance".  

The youth will remain in the service with adults on November 27 (Thanksgiving Weekend).

Friday Night Out is Full!

Our Youth of the Month for November is Geoff Norman-Anderson!  
Make sure you take a moment to greet Geoff when you see him, and check out the poster featuring him in the social hall all of this month! 
Each month we will give special attention to a child or youth from our UUCGT community!  A picture of them will be featured in the social hall, along with a little bit about them.  Interested in more information and how to participate?  Click HERE or contact Sarah.

Let's Get ready for the All-Music Holiday Service on December 11 th!

     It's hard to imagine that we are already thinking about this, but we are just over a month away from this special service that will offer children an opportunity to play an active role, along with the adults of the congregation! There are some really fun selections for the children this year, as always.
     For Deck the Halls, the children will be singing the first verse alone, and the congregation and VE will join in the remaining verses.  For "Twelve Days of Christmas", children will hold up cards with the various gifts and declare what they are, while the VE will sing the chorus.  In order to start preparing with your children, here are some fun YouTube links featuring The Muppets singing these songs with lyrics on the screen:

  Deck the Halls
Twelve Days of Christmas
Children will also have the opportunity to ring hand bells as part of a special carol, arranged by our very own Director of Music, John Bailey!  
Please contact Sarah with any questions.
President's Corner - Linda Fletcher

I'm back again with more info on how our congregation gets our work done.  It's pretty clear that this congregation ministers to itself and to others via one primary mechanism...our committees.  These groups and the volunteers of which they are comprised are not only the heart and soul of this community, they are also the muscle and the brains.

Today, we will be looking at the Memorial Garden 
Committee  which is charged with managing the portion of our grounds that is ded ic ated as the final resting place for those who wish their cremains to be locat ed ne ar our spiritual home.  The efforts of this committee reach much fur ther than just our current and past congregants.  With only some 40 currently interned, this small plot is capable of accommodating the needs of our congregants for generations to come...and, as you will see below, they are taking steps to do so...read more here                                                                                                   Richard Miller
                                                 Memorial Garden Committee, Chair
Do You Have Your Thanksgiving Feast Tickets?

Sunday, November 20 @ 12 Noon
Gilbert Lodge, Twin Lakes Park on N. Long Lake Road

Tickets:   Adults $5 each / Children $3 each / Family $15
Buy tickets & sign-up to volunteer  after Sunday Service
Bring:   Casse role  or dessert to share for 8-10 people
& your own place settings & beverage
W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

Click  HERE for UUCGT Website Calendar
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon
Please contact the office to schedule Committee meetings & events

NOTE:  UUCGT BOARD MEETING will be held on  Monday, November 14 @ 5:30 PM in the classroom

BREWING COMMUNITY:  Today,  Thursday, November 10, 5:00 pm @ The Workshop.  Contact John Hoffmann with any questions about this family-friendly outing.

BREW CREW this fall - 10:00-11:30 AM at Brew Cafe downtown TC
Friday, November 11
Friday, December 9
Join Rabbi Chava and friends for a cup of java and free-range conversation!  All are welcome!

Safe Harbor Volunteer Training on
Sunday, November 13 @ Noon
There will be a brief training session for Safe Harbor volunteers in the corner classroom at Noon on Sunday, November 13.  
Get your coffee and come on down.  All volunteer positions for our week of hosting Safe Harbor have been filled.  We will have the sign-up sheets on a table in the Social Hall Sunday if you need to double check what you signed up for.  If you are volunteering, you will receive an e-mail reminder four or five days prior to your commitment.

UU Book Club: Sunday, November 13, 2:00 pm
Title:  "Circling the Sun" by Paula McLain.  P lease RSVP to  Mark Gustafson,  host.

Cooking Parties Coming Up!
The Congregational Care Team is planning a couple of Cooking Parties to prepare food that can be frozen, and later delivered to congregants who are ill, or otherwise home-bound as needed.  
2 dates are planned:   Monday, November 14          Noon - 5:00 PM
   Thursday, November 17       8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
If you would like to help, please contact  Judith Briggs at 228-4655.   See November Beacon for more info!  

Wednesday Potluck:   Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 pm social; 6:00 pm dinner.   Join together for c ommunity fellowship & a delicious shared meal!

Sign-up sheets will be available at the annual UUCGT Tha nksgiving Dinner.  We invite congregants to host a dinner (or  other related
event) so that the rest of us can purchase your donation at a pre-set price. 
See the November Beacon article, or c ontact John and Pinkie Hoffmann or Chris Walter, Membership Committee Co-Chair, for more information. 
This is a great way to mingle and get together with other UUs!  Fun times!

  Holiday Trees:  December is drawing near!
Thank you to Bill Perkins who cut and donated holiday trees in past years. This year we are asking for donations of 5 trees before December 3rd when they would be placed and decorated for Sunday service on December 4th. If you can donate a tree this year, please contact Sarah or Hal Gurian.

  UU KITCHEN CREW:   A warm thank you to everyone who pitches in to make our social times successful!  We are still looking for someone to fill kitchen duty vacancies for December and September.  Please contact Karen Culp at 409-4470 if you would like to serve in this way.  
Also, if you empty the dishwasher, please kindly let the assigned person know (to avoid an unnecessary trip into town).  
With gratitude for your generous service!

  UUCGT All Music Service, December 11 from John Bailey:
I would like to have the "Impromptu Orchestra," rehearse before that day.  The following is a schedule of rehearsals.  I realize some may not be able to make some, or all, rehearsals.  Please know you'll be welcome to join us if the only rehearsal you can attend is the rehearsal on 12/11 before the service.
11/17 - 6:00 PM  Impromptu Orchestra
11/20 - 9:15 AM  Impromptu Orchestra
12/8  -  6:00 PM  Impromptu Orchestra
12/11 - 9:15 AM  Impromptu Orchestra
I will be at each rehearsal 20 minutes before the scheduled start to set up. Help would be appreciated.  Anyone who plans to participate should email John Bailey at peracola@gmail.com, or call the office and leave your name and instrument.  Looking forward to meeting all the instrumentalists!  John Bailey, Director of Music
  Morning Meditation:  9:00 AM on Thursdays in November & December - except Thanksgiving,  December  1st, December 29th.
Come, and sit in presence and peace...

 UUCGT Financial Summary as of 10/31/16:  View  here

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We begin again in love...

" While our hearts are broken,
we simply cannot allow our spirits to be.
We cannot afford to shrink or even pause from the task before us.
That task is now more difficult, but it could not be clearer."

Hon. Tom Andrews
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

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