UUCGT  Flash 
May 12, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 429
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Children and Youth
Nominations for Board & LDC
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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Reflection:  A Place of Poetry

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
and the thought has found words."
                          - Robert Frost
Friends, can we agree that we as a community have been weathering challenge?  Can we agree that we are moving forward?  This week, I invite you into three opportunities to come together:  our Sunday service will celebrate the UU poet Mary Oliver in fine style, and we have an opportunity, as a community, to come together to help others. 
Poetry speaks to the heart.  Come and hear words of challenge, of calm, of joy and humor this Sunday.  From that place of calm and joy, we can lift our best selves to help others. 
We are seeking a member who can help with Friday Night Out - one of our most important quiet ministries.  For parents who are managing multiple priorities and need a night out, we provide a high quality experience (and dinner) for the children for just a suggested donation of $5.  If you remember being a little overwhelmed and needing a "date night" as a young parent, please consider paying it forward by contacting Sarah to help in the future. 
Finally, I am delighted that members Mike and Sandra McDonald will be presenting an opportunity to the Program Council (please note committee members:  right after the Sunday service in the classroom!), and thereby the congregation for us, as a community, to help our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.  The ministerial team fully supports hosting Safe Harbor for a week this Fall.  Every member will be asked for a little time, so together we can do A LOT.

So friends, how do we heal?  One way is working side by side on something greater than ourselves! 
So this Sunday: 
  9:00 AM  Gathering to discuss future of 9 AM programming 
10:30 AM  Sunday Service:  The Poetry of Mary Oliver 
11:45 AM-ish  Program Council in the back classroom

Looking forward - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, May 15
  9:00 AM Adult Learning Program:  "Where do we go from here?"  -  Rabbi Chava
10:30 AM Service:  "The Poetry of Mary Oliver"  -  Rabbi Chava
Let's gather to share the best loved nature poems of UU's "poet laureate," Mary Oliver. 
Oliver is an "indefatigable guide to the natural world," Maxine Kumin, Women's Review of Books.
"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things."

This Sunday for Children and Youth
  9:00 a.m.  Childcare is available for pre-K-5th grade during Adult Learning Opportunities  
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 join their teacher in the Office.  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... May brings with it the theme of Ecology.  We will celebrate the people who "mom" us, including Mother Earth on Mother's Day.  Other stories this month will include "Henry Builds a Cabin" by D.B. Johnson and the "Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle.  The last Sunday of the month will feature our Activity Centers.

This Month for Youth... This month our youth will continue to consider the ways they can be involved in justice-seeking in our world.
Friday Night Out:  Friday, May 13, 5:30 - 9:00pm is FULL!
Nominations for Board of Trustees & Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee wants to be sure that everyone in the Congregation understands the process for nominations to the Board of Trustees and to the Leadership Development Committee. 
Article VIII of the By-Laws provides:
"The Leadership Development Committee shall present a slate of candidates for a vote at the Annual Meeting.  The slate shall include candidates for open positions to be nominated from the Congregation's voting membership.  The Leadership Development Committee will present its slate for Congregational review on each of 3 Sundays prior to the Annual Meeting and announce that any 2 members of the Congregation may nominate, in writing to the Leadership Development Committee, not later than 14 days before the Annual Meeting, additional candidates for open offices."        
Ann Swaney, Chair
Leadership Development Committee

What's Going On At UUCGT?
Weekly activities are listed in the Order of Service and the Beacon  

Program Council:  Sunday, May 15 after service in the classroom.  Committee chairs and/or representatives, please attend this important committee planning meeting.

"Little Spiritual Book" Brown Bag Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Chava 
Pack yourself a lunch and come with an open heart.  
Tuesday, May 17:  Brother Benet Tvedten, "How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job:  An Invitation to Oblate Life"
Wednesday Night Potluck:  Wednesday, May 18.  It's almost Summer Potluck Time!  Bring a favorite Summer or Picnic Potluck Dish to share!  5:30pm social time, 6:00pm dinner.
Our last Wednesday Supper gathering at UU until fall is Wednesday, May 18th. 
Wednesday, May 25th is our first Summer Dinner Out with the Brewing Community at Rare Bird.  5:00pm social time, dinner at 6pm.  Family friendly, fun and fellowship!
Wednesday Summer Supper Potlucks 
We are scheduling Summer Potlucks hosted by members at their home.  Please contact Sarah if you would like to sign up. 

Saturday, May 21, 7:30pm
Robin Lee Berry & Glenn Wolff 

Robin Lee Berry's voice is like "clear spring water gushing out from a deep place in the earth.  It goes right to your heart."   - Greg Brown, Red House Recording Artist
Bassist Glenn Wolff , has been performing and recording with Robin for many years, recently adding slide guitar and dobro to their duo performances.  He is also bassist in the Neptune Quartet, and Jazz North. 
Link to more information HERETickets are $15.00 and available in the UUCGT office. 

  UUCGT Financial Report as of April 30, 2016:  Click HERE
UUCGT Board of Trustees Informational Meeting:  Sunday, May 22 at 9:30am.  For all interested parties to review the proposed Budget for 2016-17.  Q & A session to answers any questions.

 Reminder!  Spring Clean-up is Saturday, May 14, 9:00 - 3:00 
Stop by as you can with open hearts and willing hands (and backs!) for tidying up our UUCGT grounds and kitchen!  Welcome Spring renewal and fellowship!

 Green Sanctuary:  Saturday, May 21 at 5:00pm, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Beulah.  " For All Tomorrow's Children"  -   A Benefit Concert for the Flint Child Health & Development Fund
Sponsored by the Singing Sisters and Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, the concert will feature the choral music of Carolyn McDade and Friends, performed by Singing Sisters and Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin.  Reception to follow with food provided.  Suggested donation $20 or more.  All funds go directly to support the long-term care and services for those potentially affected by lead poisoning in Flint.
 New Member Welcome Service:  Sunday, June 12.  Please contact the office or Chris Walter at 231-421-3069 or chris9709@sbcglobal.net as soon as possible if you wish to join our loving UUCGT community, so that we can have appropriate materials prepared for you.
UU Book Club:  Sunday, June 12:  "Secret Daughter" by Somaya Gowda
Local Community Needs
request form is HERE.

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