UUCGT Flash 

April 28, 2016

Vol. 10, Issue 427

In This Issue
Sunday Service
Children and Youth
UUCGT Membership / Voting Criteria
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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Reflection:  The Who in UU:  Regional Assembly


I write this reflection as I am preparing to depart for our Regional Assembly.  I will spend a few days first with ministerial colleagues, and then the regional representatives will gather to consider the topic:  "The Who in the New Era of Unitarian Universalism."

I am eager to attend this gathering because our congregation embodies a lot of the "new who in UU."  In other words, we are a congregation that is already embracing a multi-faith, multicultural culture.  I am eager to learn and eager to share information about our experience together.  How exciting to represent us!

I will report more to you next week.  In the meantime, please know that I am holding you prayerfully and look forward to returning home.

In Blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

May 1, Sunday Service (multigenerational service only)
10:30 a.m.  "Lessons from the Lorax"  -  Sarah Montgomery-Richards
All ages are invited to join us as we learn the valuable lessons offered by Dr. Seuss' timeless character, The Lorax.  Although this service will embrace the joy of Dr. Seuss, we will also consider the responsibilities we each have to care for the interdependent web of life.  Additionally, we will explore how this ties to the pagan festival of Beltane, which is celebrated May 1st, and brings us life affirming joy and renewal.
W e "Speak for the trees!"  Don't forget your Bar-ba-loot Suit and your Truffula fruit!
*** After the service - we will be removing last year's May Pole ribbons from the lamppost near the rear exit of the building.  We would invite anyone who would like to participate in dancing the May Pole this year to join us for the ceremonial removal and distribution of the ribbons, and the winding of this year's ribbons.

This Sunday for Children and Youth
10:30 a.m. 
All children and youth will remain in the service this week for our All Congregation experience.  Those who can mindfully participate with little adult supervision are invited to sit in the front on the chairs provided.
ALSO - there will be opportunities for the children to participate in our telling of "The Lorax" by being bar-ba-loots, swammy swans, and humming fish. Children who are interested in participating in this way are encouraged to arrive at 9:40am to rehearse!  Please contact Sarah with questions.

Friday Night Out, May 13, 5:30pm-9pm IS FULL
Parent's Chalice Circle (which had been meeting on Sunday morning at 9:45am) is breaking early for the summer.  There is some interest in having informal gatherings for families throughout the summer.  Please email Laura Matchett if you would like to be on the list to receive email information about such gatherings.  Thanks to those who participated.
UUCGT Membership / Voting Criteria

You must be a current member of UUCGT in order to vote on issues to be presented by the UUCGT Board at the upcoming Annual Meeting on June 5, 2016 (i.e., budget approval, election of Board members for 2016-2017 and Leadership Development Committee members, etc.).  

A 30-day membership status is required prior to voting.  Deadline for membership / right to vote is Sunday, May 1.

This is what Membership involves (correction):
  • Having met with a past minister or Rabbi Chava Bahle, or attended an Orientation Session for Prospective Members
  • Signed the Member Book
  • All Members must have made a pledge of record for the 2015-2016 fiscal year which ends June 30, 2016
Questions about scheduling a meeting with Rabbi Chava?  Contact Susan Sherman, 947-3117
Questions about pledging?  Contact Sheri Novak, 947-3117
Questions about Membership?  Contact Chris or Rick Walter, 421-3069

What's Going On At UUCGT?
Weekly activities are listed in the Order of Service and the Beacon   
Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, May 1, 2:30-6:30pm (1st Sunday)
UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, May 2, 5:30pm at Minerva's.  Two topics of conversation:  The mentoring of new members (Mike McDonald), and major participation in planning and conducting the service for Father's Day on June 19th.  Please join us for this evening of fellowship & conversation!
Wednesday Night Potluck:  Wednesday, May 4, 5:30pm social time, 6:00pm dinner.  
Special Wednesday Supper Announcement
We are almost at the end of our regular Wednesday Supper season.  We are beginning to schedule summer potlucks in people's homes.  Please contact Sarah if you would like to sign up. 
Our last Wednesday Supper gathering at UU until fall will be on Wednesday, May 18th (potluck).  Wednesday, May 25th is our first summer dinner out with the Brewing Community at Rare Bird - social time at 5pm, dinner at 6pm.  Great fun and fellowship! Join us!

   May 11:   7:00 p.m.  Karin Killian, " Fair Trade Farmers in Latin America"

New Memoir Writing Group
Mondays at 1:00pm on May 2, 9, 16, 23
Write stories from your life experiences and share them with the group.  No topics will be assigned.  Write about happenings in your own life.  Maybe this can be the beginning of your personal memoir.  If you would like, bring something you have written to share.  Questions?  Contact Sara Boys, at 231-620-3921 or email mindemoya@gmail.com
Concert Series continues....
Saturday, May 21 - 7:30 PM at UUCGT
~ Robin Lee Berry & Glenn Wolff ~
a night of collaborative music
Link here for more information
Please Note:
May 5 FLASH Deadline:  Flash articles must be submitted by noon on Monday, May 2nd for inclusion in the May 5th Flash.  Thank you!
UUCGT office:  Will be open 10:00-2:00 May 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 & closed on Friday, May 6
15 Minutes with the Rabbi:  Sunday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.

UUCGT Book Club, May 8:  "There is Something I Want You To Do," by Charles Baxter

Saturday, May 14, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Kitchen cupboards & drawers, yard work, stove & refrigerator, window washing.  !Clean-up & Spruce-up!  Bring your own gloves and tools for tasks, and please join us as you are able ~ 15 minutes or an hour or two!  Donuts provided!  Join in fellowship, connection & service in support of your UUCGT home! 

"Little Spiritual Book" Brown Bag Lunch & Learn:
Join Rabbi Chava - pack yourself a lunch and come with an open heart 
Tuesday, May 17, 12-1:00pm:  Brother Benet Tvedten, OSB, " How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job:  An Invitation to Oblate Life." 
 Local Community Needs:  Please find link to April 2016 report HERE, and a Local Community Needs request form HERE.




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