UUCGT Flash 
February 23, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 470
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Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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"Forget conventionalisms;
forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts,
speak your best words,
work your best works,
looking to your own conscience for approval." 



This Sunday we are gathering to celebrate a great Unitarian woman - Susan B. Anthony - her birthday was earlier this month on February 15.  

This is not your old, dusty history version - we are indeed stepping out.  This will be a high energy celebration, including Sarah Montgomery-Richards and I as Singing Suffragettes, and you - the community - being part of affirming the great values and ideals of conscience, equality and resistance.  Special thanks to Max Old Bear, our service coordinator, for his willingness to be bold.  What a great day this will be to welcome our wonderful new members! 

Also, please save the date - March 8 - when the Women's March has called for a general strike - #ADayWithoutaWoman - a day of learning and community at the UU.  Watch your Beacon for details.  All genders welcome. 

Blessings - 

Rabbi Chava

Please note:  The office will open at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 27. Please plan accordingly, and t hank you in advance.

Sunday Service 
Sunday, February 26 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
No 9:00 AM Program
1 0:30 AM Service: "United States v Susan B Anthony"
                      New Member Welcome Service
United States v. Susan B. Anthony  was a criminal trial in the federal courts.  In the federal election in November 1872, Anthony, the best-known advocate of woman suffrage, registered to vote and then voted.  The government charged her with the crime of voting without "the legal right to vote in said election district."  She, in the words of the indictment, "being then and there a person of the female sex." 
Please join us this Sunday to celebrate this historic women, and meet our awesome group of new UUCGT members.  

Lifespan Experience  f or Children and Youth (and Families!)
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. 

Our Child of the Month is Davis Fowler!

Make sure you take a moment to greet Davis when you see him, and check out the poster featuring him in the social hall!
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?  Click  HERE

Sundays in February
In our Sunday classes for children we will be considering the themes of inclusion, diversity and justice for all through lessons tied to the book, "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt.  Every voice is important, and EVERY CRAYON COUNTS!
Suggested February Reading for Families
"The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey " by Louise Bordon

UU Potluck & Family Movie Night!
Friday, March 3


Friday Night Out:  March 10th!
RSVP to Sarah by Monday, March 6th

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

UUCGT Website Calendar -
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon

Please contact UUCGT office to schedule meetings & events


Brewing Community:   Thursday, February 23, 5:00-7:00pm, The Workshop Brew Pub.  Contact John Hoffmann for more information about this family-friendly gathering!

Canceled -  New Moon Women's Circle -  Saturday, February 25  
Next gathering will be Saturday, March 25.  Contact  Carolyn Kelly for more information.

N ew Member Welcome Service:   Sunday,  February 26, 10:30 am with  our newest Members!  Please contact Membership Co-Chair,  Chris Walter  with any questions.

The Activist Hub Training Sessions
Sunday, February 26, 11:45 am &  Sunday, March 5, 9:30 am
Find out how to use the online communication program, The Activist Hub, chosen by the Social Justice Committee for sharing information about pertinent issues and actions.  It is really easy to use, especially if you have the pleasure of learning from Lynnette Rhodes.  Should you be keen to use The Activist Hub but can't make the training sessions, please contact Lynnette at  lynnetterhodes@gmail.com

Wednesday Potluck!  March 1, 5:30pm social time & 6:00pm dinner.
Join together in fellowship, conversation and a delicious shared meal!

Meditation for Spiritual Awareness Class - New!  
Beginning Thursday, March 2, 5:30-6:30pm, sanctuary.  8 week, free class facilitated by Elisabeth Treefon.  See flier here.

Family Potluck & Movie Night:  Friday, March 3, 5:30pm @ UUCGT

UU Men's Group:  Monday, March 6, 5:30pm, Minerva's.  Hand-outs available in the office.

#ADayWithoutaWoman:   Wednesday,  March 8 - the Women's March has called for a general strike.  We will host a day of learning and community at the UU.  Watch your Beacon for details.  

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, March 11, 10:00am-1:00pm, classroom, presented by Lee Edwards and Kat Brown.  Come for a joyful, creative, and transformative experience - fun & insightful!  See flier here 

Singing Sisters:  Saturday, March 11, 10:00am-2:00pm, sanctuary. Contact  Linda Hebert

UU Book Club:  Sunday, March 12, 2:00pm, "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion, hosted by Marcia Bellinger

Pledge Drive

Pledge for 2017-2018 - You should receive pledge materials for 2017-2018 early next week either through e-mail, or regular mail if you do not have e-mail.  Please read the materials carefully and consider the amount of your pledge for 2017-2018.  Returning your completed pledge either on-line, at the church or through the mail by March 19 will be appreciated.  If you have not received pledge materials by March 5 you can pick up a packet after Sunday Services or contact Kay Sturgeon at twodogk@aol.com or at 
(231)  929-0895. 


 Higher Grounds Coffee:  Orders are due this Sunday, February 26  Your purchase supports Social Justice Action efforts!

 Social Justice Workshop:  Saturday, March 18, 9:30am - 2:30pm
We need you!!  Yes, YOU!!  Please join the Social Justice Committee on Saturday, March 18, in helping to determine the one or two issues that we will prioritize as a congregation.  We will be guided by Kat Norman using an excellent program she has designed based on UU principles.  A thoughtful discussion of what is important to us, a chance to engage with fellow congregants and a delicious lunch (a $5 donation is appreciated) are all great reasons to attend.  Please rsvp your intent to Paula Jo Kemler (  pjkemler@me.com ) by Wednesday, March 15.

We've welcomed many new members to our beloved congregation in the past year.  Some of you may not be aware that we have string groups, brass groups, an impromptu orchestra, as well as other instrumental groups from time to time on Sunday mornings.  If you play ANY instrument, we welcome your presence up front.  In particular, I'm looking for string players we're unaware of to participate with us March 26.  If you're interested or unavailable but would like to play some time, please send your contact information to me, Judy Weaver, at weavmusic@aol.com.  If you play another kind of instrument, please make your presence known to our Music Director, John Bailey, at peracola@gmail.com.  He will be directing other music groups that day.  Thanks!
UU Benzie Program:    Building Your Own Theology 
Explore and clarify your personal beliefs  based on the book, Building Your Own Theology, Volume 1, 2nd ed, by Richard S. Gilbert,  published by UUA. 1 0 session course - 1st session Thursday, March 2 at 3:00pm, location TBA.   Please RSVP to  Cheryl Bartz at  517-897-2699 or

  Save the Date!   UU Social Justice Workshop -  Saturday, March 18
9:30am - 2:30pm.  See the March Beacon, or contact Paula Jo Kemler 
or  Kat Norman  for more information.

  Wanted:    Large (approximately  17' x 18') rug or carpet for large Classroom 
please  contact the office.
Thank you!

Local Community Needs

End Note....

Happy Birthday  Peace Symbol

peace and kids

Gerald Herbert Holtom created this now worldwide symbol on February 21, 1958
in support of Britain's first major demonstration against nuclear weapons.

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