UUCGT Flash 
September 15, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 447
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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Reflection...What Does it Mean to Lead a Congregation?
"If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, 
do more and become more, 
you are a leader." 
         John Quincy Adams
Friends, before I launch into my reflection, I want to say one thing that leaders must do:  communicate clearly!

So just to clarify:  the evening program here on Saturday, September 24 (film, "Crime After Crime" and discussion) begins at 6:30 PM.  It would be helpful to know if you are planning to attend.  Can you let me know?  

Also, the Sunday, September 25, 9:00 AM Program Kick-Off, in fact, starts at 8:30 AM (so we have time to clean up before the service).  It is a bagel and coffee brunch and we are asking $10 per person to cover costs.  That morning, we will look together at the year ahead.  Thereafter, Sunday morning programs will meet at 9 AM. 
Now onto a moment of reflection ....
This Sunday, we will install our UUCGT Board members and reflect on the meanings of congregational leadership.  "Installation" is a strange word in this context.  It seems more appropriate to an appliance!  Instead, let us consider that this Sunday we affirm the leadership of those whom we have chosen to lead the governance of UUCGT.  Their job is not only to hold the governance aspects of the organization, but also to look beyond the day to day and have a strong vision.  Our current Board is deeply committed to exploring how we live in covenant together, so we can best support them by learning our covenant and unpacking together what it means to live in convenant ... which is what we will be doing through the lens of the Six Sources in our 9:00 AM participatory learning programs! 
It all fits together with such beauty!  Come and see ....

Blessings -
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, September 18
10:30 a.m. Service:  "Recommitment to Community & UUCGT Board  
          Installation" - Rabbi Chava Bahle
This Sunday corresponds to a Jain holiday centered around recommitment to community.  What better day to honor and install our Board leaders, hear their vision for the year and learn together about the deeper meaning of community.

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 Sundays in September, September 18 and 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.

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 complete new forms.  New registration is required at the start of each programming year - this includes those children who use the Nursery.  Thank you.


Lifespan Experience Committee welcomes volunteers for the 2016 - 2017 program year!  Without our volunteers, programming for all ages will not be possible.  

PLEASE consider volunteering even once or twice a 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 our existing Sunday morning programs for children and youth. This does not factor in anything new that we would like to offer.  

What's Going On At UUCGT?

Weekly activities are also listed in Order of Service & Beacon


Brew Crew:   Friday, September 16, 10:00-11:30am @ Brew Cafe in downtown Traverse City.  Great conversation & morning brew!

Death Cafe:  Friday, September 16, 10:00am - 12noon, social hall

Program Council:  Sunday, September 18, 9:00-10:00am, classroom

Wednesday Night Potluck:   Wednesday, September 21,  5:30pm social time & 6:00pm dinner -  Delicious shared meal & fellowship!

Thursday Morning Meditation:  Thursday, September 22, 9:00-9:30am, sanctuary

Film "Crime After Crime":  Saturday, September 24, 6:30 pm @ UU
According to IMDb:  "The story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence.  Over 26 years in prison cannot crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman.  Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when a pair of rookie land-use attorneys cut their teeth on her case - and attract global attention to the troubled intersection of domestic violence and criminal justice."  
Following the film we will share our reflections over refreshments. 

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.  RSVP to office, $10 donation.

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.


  UUCGT Financial Statement as of August 31, 2016 - click here

  Team Turkey!   Seeking one more volunteer to join Team Turkey to help coordinate this year's Thanksgiving Feast.  Contact Tom Darnton by Sunday, September 18th.

 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. 

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


Local Community Needs

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Dear Dog Behind the Fence, 
you really need to calm down now.
You have been barking every time
I walk to the compost for two years
and I have not robbed your house. 

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