UUCGT Flash 
August 11, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 442
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Children and Youth
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note
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Reflection:  Slowing Down  

Friends, this week I made a mistake in an organization in which I serve on the board.  The mistake was totally born of rushing, rather than slowing down and being intentional.  My colleagues forgave my error quickly, but I am left with a sense of need to slow down!  Email and electronica move so quickly and the heart has its own pace, yes? 

This Sunday we are going to be thinking about how to live a good, holy and kind life.  We have marvelous material - much submitted by you - carefully crafted by Max Old Bear and me.  One thing we will share briefly in this service is how something goes from an idea to an experience in Sunday services.  A lot of that process is slow, thoughtful consideration.  Maybe we will leave some time to just sit together and reflect. 

Speaking of what, starting in September, please note that our silent meditation will move from Wednesday to Thursday morning, and will begin at 9:00 AM rather than 10:00.  It is a chance to sit with others, in intentional silence, in the quiet of the sanctuary/meeting room.  

Please join us this Sunday - I believe you will leave feeling uplifted! 

the ocean 
can calm itself, 
so can you.
are both 
salt water 
mixed with 
    -  Nayyirah Waheed

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, August 14
10:30 a.m. Service:  "Name That Sermon - Love Thy Neighbor"
   Rabbi Chava Bahle
This service will be a playful collaborative  experience   of living a good, holy and kind life.  Come join us!

This Sunday for Children and Youth
10:30 a.m.

Children (preK-5th grade) and Youth (6th-12th grade, 12-18yrs) are invited to join their families in the service through the Story Wisdom.  Following Story Wisdom, Children (preK-5th grade) will follow their teachers to the large classroom space.

Youth (6th-12th grade, 12-18yrs) will REMAIN IN THE SERVICE.

Following the service, parents of Children (preK-5th grade) should make their way to the classroom/program wing of the building to sign their child(ren) out of programming.
This Month for Children...   August marks the last month of the 2016 Specialty Class Summer!  This month will feature beekeeping (everything but the live bees), watercolors, an outdoor walk and more!  Come and explore with us!

This Month for Youth...  This month, and for the remainder of the summer, our youth will join the adults in the sanctuary for the duration of the service.  Please contact Sarah
in advance to make arrangements if this is problematic for your family.  This provides youth with the much needed opportunity to learn to be in community with the adults of the congregation, and to learn more about UU Sunday services.


Registration for 2016/2017 programming for Children and Youth begins NOW.  Please click HERE to download the forms.  Completed forms need to be returned to Sarah BY SEPTEMBER 11TH.  Forms can be mailed, scanned and emailed, faxed, sent by carrier pigeon, whatever!  Please just turn them in.  
REMINDER - even if you completed forms last year, you need to fill out new ones.  New registration is required at the start of each programming year - this includes those children who use the nursery.  Thank you.


Lifespan Experience is beginning our search for volunteers for the 2016-2017 program year!  Without volunteers, programming for all ages will not be possible.  PLEASE consider volunteering even once or twice/month in our various programs - especially in our classrooms on Sunday mornings! Our classrooms span from preschool-12th grade, and there are lots of options for you to choose from.  Please contact Sarah as soon as possible to get involved - we currently have less than half of the volunteers needed to staff just our existing Sunday morning programs for children and youth. This does not factor in anything new that we would like to offer.  

FRIDAY NIGHT OUT, August 12:  Registration is closed.

What's Going On At UUCGT?

Weekly activities are listed in the Order of Service & the Beacon


Program Council:   Sunday, August 14, 9:00am

August Book Club:   "Americanah" by Chimananda Ngozi Adichi
Sunday, August 14, 2:00pm.  Bonnie Mathias, host

UUCGT Board Meeting:  Monday, August 15, 5:30pm @ UUCGT

Wednesday Summer Potluck:  August 17, 5:30pm at the home of Ann Dressel.   Please BYOB and place settings.  Join us for a lovely summer meal shared with UU friends!  Contact  Ann  with questions and/or directions.

Calling all VE members - past, present and future!
Come join us for a potluck supper at the home of Mary Kiner and Cal Boulter on August 25.  We will convene about 5:30pm with dinner to be served at 6:00 or so.  BYOB and a dish to share.  Spouses and significant others are welcome!  If you have an easily portable chair, that would be helpful also.  Questions?  Call Mary at 231-935-3050. 


  We Are Listening.....
Listening sessions will wrap up at the end of August.   Schedule soon to avoid the rush.
For more information on the Healthy Reconciliations Task Force, please see the article in the July 2016 issue of The Beacon.

If you would like to be a part of this healing process, please contact your choice of the listeners listed below to establish a meeting so that YOUR voice may be heard.  

Joan Sheard:      joansheard@aol.com 
Jane Watts:        jswatts10@gmail.com 
Linda Fletcher:   linlfletch@gmail.com

Your voice is important.   Please don't let your ideas and feelings go unrecognized.

lunteers Needed!
Our very own UUCGT will be hosting Safe Harbor in our building from Saturday evening, November 26 until Saturday morning, December 3.  
Safe Harbor is a seasonal shelter  that provides overnight housing and meals,  in area churches, t o people experiencing homelessness.  Watch for more details starting in September.  Anyone interested in serving on a planning task force for this effort, please contact Mike or Sandra McDonald at (231) 935-3759.


Local Community Needs
request form is HERE

End Note...

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