UUCGT Flash 
February 9, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 468
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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Reflection..."Out with the bad, in with the good"

When I was a child and I would get upset about something, my father would take me in his arms and give me a good squeezing hug, saying, "Out with the bad," and then let me release, and breathing in, he'd say, "In with the good."  He would repeat this until I had reached a place of calm.  And it always ended in laughter.

"Out with the bad, in with the good." 

This is how I learned that breath can guide us to peace.  This Sunday we will celebrate a Shinto holiday that will enact the same idea:  releasing the bad and allowing in the good.  Friends, a congregation like ours must focus on justice and right in the world right now.  We have too much going on in the world to be consumed with ourselves.  Please join us this Sunday and let us begin the process of releasing our past and starting anew with each other.

It is time to release anything that blocks us from focusing on the real struggles.

Blessings - 
Rabbi Chava 

Please Note:  The Little Spiritual Book / UUA Common Read discussion of the work of Rev. William Barber, The Third Reconstruction, is postponed this Sunday due to lack of rsvp response.  This discussion, which focuses on energizing morality,  will be rescheduled in the near future. 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, February 12 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
No 9:00 AM Program
10:30 AM Service:
Setsubun-Sai - 
Shinto Holiday"
"Fuku-wa-uchi" (Come in Happiness!)  Shinto celebration of the change of seasons with the coming of spring with shouts of "Devils out, Good Fortune in".  In the Japanese Shinto tradition, this day reminds us that Spring is coming and we can welcome joy, joy, joy!   What clears the way for happiness for you?  Come, let's celebrate.  Happy people make the best peace makers. 

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

Our Child of the Month is Davis Fowler!

Make sure you take a moment to greet Davis when you see him, and check out the poster featuring him in the social hall!
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

Looking Ahead to Sundays in February
In our Sunday classes for children we will be considering the themes of inclusion, diversity and justice for all through lessons tied to the book, "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt.  Every voice is important, and EVERY CRAYON COUNTS!
Suggested Reading for Families in February
"The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey " by Louise Bordon

Friday Night Out!
February 10, 5:30 - 9:00 PM
UU Potluck & Family Movie Night!
Friday, March 3

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

UUCGT Website Calendar - Click 
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon

Please contact UUCGT office to schedule meetings & events


InterPlay ~ Transform Through Drama, Movement & Connection:
February 11, 10:00am-1:00pm, UU Sanctuary 
InterPlay is a form of dramatic creative expression using storytelling,
movement, sound, stillness, and contact to explore yourself, your life, and connection with others.  The expression is spontaneous and self-created 
in-the-moment, using material from your own experience or your imagination, and can range from fun and playful, to profound and deep.  
No experience necessary!  Join us for a joyful, creative, and transformative experience!  Open to ages 18 and over, please email Lee Edwards to indicate your interest and get more details:  leeriver@umich.edu
or phone (231)421-3120.  

15 Minutes with Rabbi Chava:   Sunday,  February 12, 10:00-10:15am
Intended for up to 4 individuals who are already acquainted with Rabbi Bahle and/or with the UU faith, or who were unable to attend the Orientation Session on January 29th.  Registration is required by notifying the office.

UUCGT Book Club:   February 12, 2:00pm, "Babbit" by Upton Sinclair
Book Club is open to all!  Join us for great discussions!  Contact Mark Gustafson with questions.

Wednesday POTLUCK Supper!  February 15, 5:30pm social time & 6:00pm dinner. Join together in fellowship, conversation and a shared meal!

Brewing Community:  Thursday, February 23, 5:00-7:00pm, The Workshop Brew Pub.  Contact John Hoffmann for more information about this family-friendly gathering!

N ew Member Welcome Service:   Sunday,  February 26, 10:30 am with  our newest Members!  Please contact Membership Co-Chair,  Chris Walter  with questions.


    ATTENTION UUCGT World!  Until February 15, your Leadership Development Committee is accepting names of congregants to be elected to the Board of Trustees, Leadership Development Committee, and the Endowment Committee.  You may suggest yourself, or the name of a member who cares deeply about our congregation, has experience on at least one UUCGT committee, and has evidenced leadership skills and commitment to our congregation.  Please phone or email members of our committee with your input:  Tom Darnton, Nancy Doughty, Richard Miller, Judy Myers, Ann Swaney, Mary Van Valin, or Judy Weaver.  We are all in the directory and our contact info is in January's Beacon.

 UU Benzie Program: Building Your Own Theology 
An opportunity to explore and clarify your personal beliefs.   This series of conversations will be based on the book, Building Your Own Theology, Volume 1, second edition, by Richard S. Gilbert.
The book is published by the Unitarian Universalist Association and available on-line.  Be sure to get the Second Edition, which the author says is significantly different from the first.  Also, be sure to order Volume 1.  If we enjoy the experience, we can move on to Volumes 2 and 3.   The course is designed to for 10 sessions.  Our first session will be Thursday, March 2 at 3:00pm, location to be announced.   Please RSVP to  Cheryl Bartz at
517-897-2699 or  cherylbartz@hotmail.com

6 gently used conference chairs for UUCGT office.  If you have ideas or connections,  please  contact the office.  Thank you!

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