UUCGT Flash 
September 22, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 448
In This Issue
"Crime After Crime" postponed
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
A Note from the UUCGT President
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note
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"Crime After Crime"

Please Note:  The Saturday, September 24 showing of the film, "Crime After Crime" has been postponed pending further discussion with the filmmaker/director, Yoav Potash.  Mr. Potash has generously offered his presence at a Skype Q&A following the film for date yet to be determined. Thank you for your attention.

Reflection. ..This Year's Journey

Beloveds, let me first begin with a great thanks to the team, especially service coordinator Margaret Wozniak, who co-created last Sunday's service on leadership, renewal and the Jain holiday of Paryushana Parava.  Wasn't it lovely to see themes from a lesser known world tradition that can inform the journey as UUs?  

This year we are dedicated to this principle:

W e can drink deeply from the great sources that undergird Unitarian Universalism and make our own journey - whether we are Secular Humanist, questioning or theist - better for this knowledge and wisdom.  

Seeing both commonality and difference helps us all in the constant growth and exploration that is our journey.   In the words of Buddhist teacher, Pema Chodron, whose book we read this month for the Little Spiritual Book group (The Places that Scare You:  A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times):   "Live your life as an experiment."

This coming Sunday, we honor Mabon, a Pagan holy day that marks the time we begin to "store up" for the winter months.  We will honor the beginning of the turn of the season by calling in the four directions and exploring our own direction in relation to the planet. 

Also this Sunday, we will host a Kick-off Breakfast (at 8:30 AM in the Social Hall) of our "Knowledge at 9" - 9:00 AM Programming for the year.  To parallel our Sunday services' theme of exploring the Six Sources, we will "unpack" our congregational covenant using the Six Sources as guides. The format will be a brief teaching followed by group discussion, sharing and growing in wisdom through the power of community.  Please do RSVP to the office by 4:00 PM on Thursday, 9/22 - I would feel badly if we ran out of lox for our bagels!  Can a couple of folks volunteer to help with clean up afterward?  

I propose one change to our 9 AM programming this year.  I'd like a chance every now and again to share something from my studies in Chicago.  It is all just too rich to be kept to myself.  I'd like to make clear how my studies directly benefit our congregation and community. 
Friends, it is all so incredibly abundant here at UUCGT! 

Blessings -
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, September 25
10:30 a.m. Service:  "Looking Ahead to the Year " - Rabbi Chava Bahle
This Sunday corresponds to the Pagan holiday Mabon, when we prepare for winter and the equinox.  As the final part of our month of beginning, we will call in the directions and ready our sanctuary / meeting rooms for a new year.

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 September:
The remaining Sunday in September, September 25, will feature lessons from the " Wonderful Welcome" UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum for our younger children, and the youth will have an opportunity to get to know one another in fun and creative ways.

We are still collecting registration forms for children and youth for the 2016-2017 Program Year!  Even if you completed forms last year, you need to complete new forms.  New registration is required at the start of each programming year - this includes those children who use the Nursery.  Contact Sarah if you need a form, or visit the Welcome Table.  Thank you.

OWL - Our Whole Lives

OWL (Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education) Parent Meeting - Wednesday, October 5, 7-8:30pm.   UUCGT is considering offering OWL (Our Whole Lives Sexuality  Education) for middle school/high school ages this year! 

If you are interested in finding out more information, PLEASE attend this Parent Meeting.  The focus of the meeting will be to generally introduce the program, gauge the amount of interest, and to discuss the scheduling of classes with those who are in attendance at this meeting.  It is important that anyone interested attend - it will help us decide if there is enough interest to offer this program this year. 
More info at:   http://www.uua.org/re/owl  Or q uestions?  Contact  Sarah.

A Note from the UUCGT Board President

Hello to all!  As your newly installed Board president, I am committed to maintaining open communications with all congregants as well as with the general public.  Toward that end, I will be available most Sundays after services and am willing to schedule meetings during the week as well.  My contact information is correctly posted in our latest directory and I welcome your connections.  However, communications flow two ways so I will also be reaching out to you via what I intend to be regular submissions to the Flash and Beacon. 
I believe it is important for us all to stay current about what is happening in our congregation, and our committees are the place where most of our activity occurs.  So, I will be highlighting a different committee each week to let everyone know who belongs to the group in focus, who the leaders are, what their purpose is, what they have accomplished, what their goals are and what we, the congregation, can do to help them attain their goals.  
So.....stay tuned.  I think this will be fertile ground for sharing and learning about each other as well as what we collectively offer to each other and to our community.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve you.
Peace in your hearts......Linda Fletcher

What's Going On At UUCGT?

Our New 2016 -2017 Program Season has begun
and UUCGT is busy!

Please check the Website Calendar for activities & events

Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon
Contact the office to schedule Committee meetings & events!

Brewing Community at Rare Bird:   Tonight, Thursday, September 22 at 5:00pm.  All are welcome at this purely social event!

Bagels & Coffee Brunch for Sunday Program Kick-Off!  
Sunday, September 25 @ 8:30 AM
Light brunch and discussion of the year ahead for our 9:00 AM Programs on the Six Sources & The Virtues Project.  
RSVP to the office by 4:00 pm Thursday, 9/22, donations welcome

Wednesday Night SUPPER:   Wednesday, September 28,  5:30pm social time & 6:00pm dinner - $5/adult & $3/children 10 & under

Please click  HERE to access the article that will be discussed at Wednesday Supper on September 28th!

Thursday Morning Meditation:  Thursday, September 29, 9:00-9:30am, sanctuary

UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, October 3, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
Topic:  "Buddhism" presented by Chris Innes.  A hand-out available in the office.

Save the Date - Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00 PM
Showing of Ken Burns & Artemis Joukowsky's documentary, "Defying the Nazis:  The Sharps War".  Film about the Sharps, husband and wife UUs, who risked their lives to rescue people from the Holocaust.
Film will be presented following Wednesday Supper.


 Green Sanctuary:  Invites you to a local resilient community event on Thursday, October 6, 7:00 pm at the Central United Methodist Church on Cass Street.  See flier here  for details.

Sunday, October 9 @ 2:00 PM at the Civic Center 
Details and sign-up available in the social hall on Sundays after service, or see   John Hoffmann.   Come visit with us - your help is appreciated!  
The WALK benefits s everal food banks in our area as well as other local and global  groups and agencies. 

  Are you missing something?   Lost & Found...is still overflowing! 
Please  take a moment to browse through the Lost & Found shelves near the name tag tower for your lost items!  Remaining items will be donated to Goodwill after October 1st.


Local Community Needs

End Note...

Autumnal Equinox
The Gateway of Balance and Transition

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