UUCGT Flash 
April 6, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 476
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Pledge Reminder
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note

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Reflection... The Journey 

Life is a journey that have a lot different path,
but any path u choose use it as your destiny.

                                                ~ Ryan Leonard


Being part of community is sharing each other's journeys:  journeys of joy, of sorrow, and of achievement.  Through it all, we share a sacred walk together.  

This Sunday, we honor an ancient story of the journey from constriction to freedom in the Passover tale (and a whopper for story wisdom about COURAGE along the way), and we CELEBRATE the achievement of our DLE, Sarah Montgomery-Richard's earning her Master of Arts degree in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University.  Sarah will offer a powerful teaching, and afterward, we invite everyone to bring cookies!!!! 
(I read that in Pittsburgh there is always an abundant cookie table at celebrations, so I think we should try it.)  Come for the service and stay for the celebration!

We walk this journey together, and we celebrate each other.  Please, come be part of us. 

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, April 9 - Rabbi Chava Bahle and Sarah Montgomery-Richards
1 0:30 AM Service:  "Passover:  
Passing from One Place to Another"

"For holy days on which we recall the old stories, we light the flame.
For Passover which reminds us of the courage and strength of those seeking freedom in the past, we light the flame.  
For gathering today in this sacred space, we light the flame.  
For the opportunity to be together as a community, to remember the past, to plan for our future, to be alive in our present."       -  Dillan Sorrells
Join us as we light the flame of Passover!  Sarah Montgomery-Richards will give our teaching, and Rabbi Chava will offer a reflection. 

Lifespan Experience  f or Children and Youth 
(and Fam ilies!)

Sunday Service:  10:30 a.m.  
Sunday programming for Children and Youth throughout the remainder of this program year will complement Sunday Services in our efforts to move closer to congregational thematic ministry.  This thematic calendar will explore the Six Source traditions, and consider wisdom from around the world. 

Sundays in April

As a congregation we will be considering the themes of rebirth and renewal as part of the Sunday Services.  Birth and the beginning of new things can be a mysterious and wondrous time - as all of the cycles of life are.  This month we're going to explore the beginnings of the cosmos and the beginnings of the earth as told by our good friend, The Universe!  
Through the book duo, "Born with a Bang - The Universe Tells our Cosmic Story" and "From Lava to Life - The Universe Tells Our Earth Story", we will consider the wonders of our blue boat home and of the universe. 
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in using science to tell us about how we are related to other living things in our interdependent web of life.  

Don't forget to join us before service on April 30th for our Annual May Day Ceremony - all are welcome as we remove last year's ribbons and dance the May Pole for this year (lamppost by the rear entrance to the building). Children interested in participating should join us at 9:45am.  This event is weather permitting - if it is raining we will postpone until May 7th.

Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
  • "The Everything Seed" - by Carole Martignacco
Child/Youth of the Month
Our Child of the Month is Aidan Schleuder
Make sure you take a moment to greet Aidan when you see him, and check out the poster featuring him in the social hall all of this month! 
Each month we will give special attention to a child or youth from our UUCGT community!  A picture of them will be featured in the social hall, along with a little bit about them.  Interested in more information and how to participate?  Contact the office!

April  7th
Friday Night Potluck & Movie


Friday Night Out - April 14
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Register by April 10th
Please contact Sarah if you are interested!

Pledge Reminder
Several members and friends have not yet pledged for 2017-2018.  

If you haven't taken the opportunity to pledge, please do so as soon as possible so we can wrap up our Pledge Drive, and finalize our budget for 2017-2018.  

If you have misplaced your pledge materials, please contact Kay Sturgeon to get a pledge form.  

We appreciate every gift and every giver.  Thank you!

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

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Facilities Committee:  Friday,  April 7, 10:00am, social hall

Family Potluck & Movie Night:  Friday, April 7, 5:30pm potluck / 6:30pm movie - "Inside Out"

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, April 8, 10:00am - 1:00pm,  sanctuary - See flier   here

UUCGT Book Club:  Sunday, April 9, 2:00pm, "A God in Ruins" by Kate Atkinson, Barb McClellan's 

Mindfulness Meditation:  1st Sunday, April 9, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

LGBTQ Group:  Sunday, April 9, 5:00-6:30pm, classroom

Stretch & Strengthen:  Every Monday & Wednesday, 11:00am

Community Lunch:   Every Tuesday, 11:30am @ Friends Church,  5th & Oak.  Contact  Mary Kiner  to volunteer.

Bridge Group:  Every Tuesday, 1:00pm, social hall

Finance Committee:  Tuesday, April 11, 5:30pm, office

Board Agenda:  Wednesday, April 12, 1:00pm, library

Leadership Development:  Wednesday, April 12, 4:30pm, classroom

Wednesday Supper:  Wednesday, April 12, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm dinner

International Dances:  Every Wednesday, 7:00pm, classroom

Peacemaker Needleworkers:  Every Thursday, 1:30pm

Introductory Meditation Workshop:  Thursday, April 13, 5:30-6:30pm, classroom.  Click here for more information.

Policy Committee:  Thursday, April 13, 5:00-6:30pm, classroom

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursday, April 13, 7:00pm, sanctuary

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UUCGT Website Calendar   CLICK HERE

Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon

Please contact UUCGT office  to schedule meetings & events


FLASH articles are due by noon each Wednesday to office@uucgt.org
BEACON articles are due by the 25th of each month to beacon@uucgt.org

Thank you!

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  UUCGT 2017 Directory is available!   Pick up your copy on Sunday!

  Safe Harbor Thank You!   On Monday, April 3, eighteen UUCGT volunteers provided shelter, meals and fellowship to 30 area residents experiencing homelessness.  Our volunteers prepared and served dinner, served as evening hosts and overnight monitors, and served breakfast and cleaned up the following morning.  Thanks to each and every one of them for this service to our community.  UUCGT will be helping at Safe Harbor next season beginning in November.

  Tuesday Community Lunch:  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, call Mary Kiner 231-935-3050, or email at 

  Benzie County UU:  Wednesday, April 19 will meet at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Avenue, Benzonia, MI.  6:30pm Potluck with program following.  

  Holocaust Remembrance Day:  Sunday, April 23, 7:00pm, memorial service at Central United Methodist Church.  Light refreshments after the service will encourage you to linger and mingle together.

  Orientation Session for Prospective Members:  Sunday, April 23 at 12 noon.  Questions?   Sherry Davis, 231-709-2309

  Save the Date!   SJA Workshop - "Inclusivity" - Saturday, April 29, 9:30-11:30 am.  See April Beacon for more information.

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Local Community Needs

End Note....


FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week


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