UUCGT Flash 
August 10, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 494
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note

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Taking Time to Pause ~
Let It Be

"Stillness in the midst of motion and commotion
 is free of will, direction, and time.
It is a complete letting be of what is
from moment to moment."

- Toni Packer, "Unmasking the Self"
Beloveds -

Thank you for a warm welcome back last Sunday - it was a delight to see the sanctuary so alive and joyous!  (Plus, you really rocked on "Love Me Do"!)

This Sunday, following the message of awakening love, we make a reflective turn inward, gentle tunes to guide in the process of reflecting upon the meaning of life and our lives.  

A special thank you to those who joined us in interring John Ort's ashes following last week's service.  This is an act of unparalleled kindness for we do so with no hope of repayment. 

Every good blessing -
Rabbi Chava

Sunday Service 
Sunday, August 13 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service:  "Yesterday: Reflections and the Search for 

The 4th Principle of Unitarian Universalism is - "a free and responsible search for truth and meaning."  How do we find meaning?  What is the role of reflecting upon the past?   This service will offer ample time for quiet meditation.
Featuring Beatles' songs, "Yesterday", "In My Life" and " The Long and Winding Road"

Lifespan Experience  f or Children,
Youth  and Fam ilies!

Sundays in August

As our 5th Annual Specialty Class Summer (our summer program for children prek-5th grade on Sunday mornings which runs June 1st -Resumption Sunday in September) comes to a close, I'd like to thank all of the wonderful people who made it so remarkable! 

Special thanks to Mary Cheney, Kathy Booker-Graham, Mark Dragovich, Bob Fitch, Denny Richards, and Laura Matchett. There are still great classes ahead in August which include "Meeting a Tree" and going on a "Micro-Hike". 

Youth are invited to remain in the sanctuary throughout the summer.

Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
  • "Families" by Susan Kuklin
  • "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle
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Friday Night Out  -  August 11, 5:30-9:00pm 
Contact Sarah ASAP to reserve a spot!

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Everyone is invited to join us as we clean out the two classrooms to begin preparations for our 2017/2018 program year!  Those who participate in classroom clean-up are invited to join us for LUNCH!  
Remember - many hands make light work - if we all work together this will be done in no time!  
Please contact Sarah if you plan to attend so we can organize the appropriate amount of food for lunch.

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"UU & YOU at Hogwarts!"
Registration is Open!

We are THRILLED to announce that registration is open for our
Sunday morning curriculum September 2017 - June 2018

Most parents believe that it's important to instill social responsibility in their children, but it can be difficult to find meaningful sources or projects for children to get involved in.  In addition, many social action projects are not relevant to children, and a lack of relation can lead to a lack of engagement. The Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling are an excellent way to immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better. Harry Potter, like other pop culture, can allow children to discuss important social issues with peers.

The "Harry and UU" curriculum was originally written by Unitarian Universalist Educator, Karen Hager - creator of the Imagine-RE UU curriculum series, and we are enhancing it to meet our multi-age classroom needs.  This curriculum is a fun way to get children and middle-school youth excited about our UU principles and social justice.  Children pre-k-5th grade are invited to participate as UU Hogwarts students, and middle-school youth are invited to be "prefects", or "upper-classmen" with additional (but FUN!) responsibilities.

Don't worry!  Children/Youth needn't have read or be familiar with the storylines from Harry Potter in order to fully participate - they need only come with a creative, playful, inquisitive and open mind - ready to explore!

CLICK HERE to view the full brochure!
Print copies are available on the Welcome Table in the social hall.
Children/Youth who register by AUGUST 28th  will receive a special Hogwarts UU Acceptance Letter! 

CLICK HERE  for Registration forms!
Print copies are available on the Welcome Table in the social hall.

We Are Also Seeking Volunteer Professors ( aka classroom teachers ) For This Program!  Please contact Sarah if you are interested!

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

~ Please Note ~
Please schedule all committee meetings and events through
the UUCGT office to confirm availability and reduce double-scheduling 
UUCGT Calendar
Meetings & Activities

Peacemaker Needleworkers:   Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall

Meditation Workshop - please note:
Group will not meet on Thursday, August 10 or 17.  Workshop resumes Thursday, August 23

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Friday Night Out: 
Friday, August 11, 5:30-9:00pm, classrooms

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, August 12, 10:00am-1:00pm, sanctuary
A fun, engaging workshop that is open to everyone!   See flier here

Program Council:   Sunday, August 13, 9:00am, classroom

UU Classroom Clean-up & Lunch:  Sunday, August 13, 11:45am. Volunteers welcome!

Mindfulness Meditation:   Sunday, August 13, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

Stretch & Strengthen :  Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am

Committee on Ministry:  Monday, August 14, 2:00pm, Jim Linsell's

Safe Harbor Board:  Monday, August 14, 5:30pm, classroom

Community Lunch :  Tuesdays -  volunteers meet at 10:30am.  Every week for the past 25 years, UUCGT has provided a free lunch for anyone in the community who would like to come to Friends Church located at Fifth and Oak Streets in Traverse City.  For more information, or to volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email  marykiner@charter.net

Bridge Group:  Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, social hall

UUCGT Board Meeting :   Tuesday, August 15 , 5:30pm, classroom

Sunday Services Committee:   Wednesday, August 16, 4:00 pm, classroom

Wednesday Summer Potluck @ 6:00pm - BYOB

August 16     Connie Armstrong & Chuck Grabiel
August 23     Cindy & Bob Clements (location change)
August 30     Dinner out with Brewing Community @ Rare Bird
     (please RSVP to John Hoffmann)

Generational Fellowship!

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, August 17, 9:30am, sanctuary

Congregational Care Team:   Thursday, August 17, 1:00pm, library

Peacemaker Needleworkers:   Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

New Moon Women's Circle:  Saturday, August 19, 3:00-5:00pm, sanctuary


FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednes days - email office@uucgt.org

BEACON articles are due by the 25th of each month to 

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UUCGT Financial Report as of July 31, 2017:   Please  click here

Congregation Beth Shalom Jazz Shabbat Service:   Friday,  August 18, 7:30 pm @ UUCGT  with Jeff Haas and Rabbi Sleutelberg.   Reserved free tickets are required.   For more information,  click here

UUCGT Book Club:  September 10 title is " Commonwealth " by Ann Patchett - Happy Summer Reading!

UU Men's Group:  Reconvenes Monday, September 11, 5:30pm @ Minerva's.  Mark Gustafson will lead a discussion on the 2017 TC Film Festival  
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Don't  Miss  It!
  August 24, 25, 26
9:00am - 5:00pm

Please bring books to UUCGT on Sunday, August 20!

Volunteer to help!
 Contact   Joann Rosi    or    Cynthia Brzak

For more information

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Local Community Needs

End Note...

The world is full of magic things,
patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

- W.B. Yeats -


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