UUCGT Flash 

March 31, 2016

Vol. 10, Issue 423

In This Issue
Sunday Service
Children and Youth
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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Reflection:  Is it time to celebrate?
"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."

Friends, over the last many months we have weathered important challenges together.  Are we completely finished with that process?  No, there is always work we can do on the unseen in our relationships, but, we can also take time to simply find joy in each other as part of our "moving through" together.  

This Sunday, we invite you to come together in a celebratory key!  Wear your red carpet best (tuxedos, ball gowns, whatever you have lying about your closet) and come to FIND HOPE at this Sunday's service.  We have great music, will be honoring some fantastic achievements, and share a deep message about the place of hope at UUCGT.

Join us - together, we can imagine.

In blessing -
Rabbi Chava 
April 3, Sunday Service (one service only)
10:30 a.m.  "And, The Award Goes To...."  -  Rabbi Chava 
Sometimes, "loving our neighbor" means honoring each other's accomplishments and recognizing the best in one another.
Come dressed in your "red carpet best" [for real!] for this celebration and honoring of our great accomplishments as a community! 
A champagne-ish reception will follow.
This Sunday for Children and Youth
10:30 a.m. 
All Children and Youth are invited to remain in the service this week. Children and Youth who are able to mindfully participate with little supervision are invited to sit near the front of the sanctuary on the floor.
Friday Night Out:  April 8th is FULL!
We would love to open this option to more families if possible,
but one more volunteer is needed to assist staff to make that happen
PLEASE consider giving your time to our community in this caring way. 
What's Going On At UUCGT?
FLASH CALENDAR is linked to the UUCGT WEBSITE (www.uucgt.org) where you can click on the Calendar tab and find information and details about upcoming programs and meetings.
UUCGT Calendar may be viewed  HERE 
Weekly activities are also listed in Sunday's Order of Service and the monthly calendar in the Beacon  

~ End of Pledge Drive Celebration ~
Sunday, April 3 after the service

In gratitude for your generous support of your congregation,
please join together for refreshments and homemade delectables!

(Sponsored by UUCGT Stewardship Committee)
Scrip and Oryana cards will be ordered Sunday, April 3.  Please remember your checkbooks!  Our Guatemalan student, Norma, and her family benefit greatly from this simple little fund raiser.  Thank you for your continued support!

NEW!  LGBTQ Support Group:  Sunday, April 3, 5:00-6:30pm, classroom.  Link to flier here, or contact Rebekah Fuller at 459-8632, or Eddie Grim at 818-0650 for more information.
Wednesday Night Potluck:  Wednesday, April 6, 5:30pm social time, dinner at 6:00pm.  Delicious meals, shared fellowship!  Come join us! 

! HAVANA 2015 ! 
Photography Exhibit & Presentation
by Kathy Silbernagel
April 6, 7:00 p.m.
Please find more information here

April 13:  7:00 p.m.  Rick and Christine Walter, Tanzania
April 27:  7:00 p.m.  Paul Ward, "The Art of Medicine" - revisiting January service
NEW!  Concert Series at UUCGT
Saturday, April 16, 7:30pm 
Stefano Barone, Italian Guitarist...has a masterful guitar technique, great  orchestration, harmony, infallible sense of rhythm and a natural ability to
improvise.  Limited tickets are available in the UUCGT office. 
See www.stefbarone.com and link to poster here.
Coming Saturday, May 21:  Robin Lee Berry & Glenn Wolff
"Little Spiritual Book" Brown Bag Lunch & Learn, 12 - 1:00 p.m.  
Join Rabbi Chava for this monthly brown bag "lunch and learn" program. Pack yourself a lunch and come with an open heart.  
     Tuesday, April 19:   Robert Lawrence Smith, " A Quaker Book of Wisdom: Life Lessons in Simplicity, Service and Common Sense" 
(Quill Press)
     Tuesday, May 17 Brother Benet Tvedten, OSB, " How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life"  (Paraclete Press)
NEW!  Parent Empowerment Series
Presented by Planned Parenthood
Mondays, 6:00-8:00 pm, April 18 - May 23 at UU.  Six week workshop series to help parents build confidence in discussing personal values about sex, reproductive anatomy and child sexual development.  
Free childcare.  Cost:  $25/person, $35/couple.   Link to flier here, or contact Sarah with questions.

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 UU Men's Group:  Monday, April 4, 5:30pm at Minerva's.  All UU men are welcome for conversation and fellowship to discuss a timely topic:  "Islam, Radical Islam and Political Islam," presented by Hal Gurian.  Due to the complexity of the subject, many sources will be utilized, and four books are highly recommended:
- "Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now," Ayaan Hirsi Ali
- "The Infidel," by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
- "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," Pulitzer   Prize winning book by Lawrence Wright
- "Allah, Liberty and Love," Irshad Manji
  Tuesday Community Lunch Volunteers needed in April!
Please call Mary Kiner at 935-3050 if you are available to volunteer. Our wider community thanks you!

 Spring Cleaning Kitchen Volunteers Needed!
The Kitchen Committee is offering you the opportunity to help bring greater cleanliness and order to the UUCGT kitchen!
Choose a cupboard or two to help us clean out, toss out or recycle the old, and organize what is usable.  To sign up for a 3 - 4 hour maximum time slot in April, please contact Karen Culp at 947-9416. Thank you!
 Lost & Found:  Lost something?  Please check the Lost & Found shelves in the causeway.  It is time for some Spring cleaning!  Thank you!
 Stretch & Exercise Class:  Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00.  Class-led through April 18.  Strengthen and get ready for all of your Spring activities!
UU Book Cub:  Sunday, April 10.  "The Man," by Irving Wallace.  Contact Karen Mars at 590-2551.
 Local Community Needs:  Please find a Local Community Needs request form HERE.


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