UUCGT Flash 
July 21, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 439
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Children and Youth
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note
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Stories from Summer Camp 

"I always try to describe making movies like summer camp,
or some holiday where you spend all day, every day with a new group of people whom you kind of love and then never see again." 
- Eddie Redmayne

Friends, this Sunday's service promises to be fun and thoughtful: 
a hankering back to Summer camp.  I'll l share a couple of stories with you about my camp experience, and our cracker jack Sunday Services team, including coordinators, Andi Kramer and Donna Stein-Harris, have created an amazing setting, readings, and along with John Bailey, music to enjoy and with which to sing-a-long.  This is a great kick-off for the Film Fest, to truly get into the summer vibe.  Join us as we meaningfully reflect on the joys of community at camp, music and sharing. 

Also, a very special thanks to those who participated in our Little Spiritual Book Club about the Sacred Art of Loving Kindness - one of the best book conversations I have ever been part of.  You are wise, kind and thoughtful people.  Next month we will read Marshall Rosenberg's, Nonviolent Communication, and in September Pema Chodron's, The Places that Scare You.  Watch for more details in the Beacon.

Thanks, too, to the Committee on Ministry - Joan Sheard, Paul Ward, Chris Innes, Jane Watts, Solveig Gustafson, Rick Walter and Anne Hughes - their wisdom and guidance are a blessing, and if you have feedback for me that you'd rather provide via the Committee on Ministry, please contact any member of the CoM.  They are here to listen to you, as much as to advise me. 

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, July 24
10:30 a.m. Service:  "Around the Campfire"  -  Rabbi Chava 
Ah, Summer Camp!  Camp fires, marshmallow roasts and songs, songs, songs!  Join us for this fun-filled service of great stories and songs from Summer Camp.
"A few of us always compared anything good to:  'Isn't it just like camp?'  When we first got married, we asked each other, 'Was your honeymoon good?'  'Yeah.  It was just like camp.'"  -  Laurie Kahn

This Sunday for Children and Youth
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 REMAIN IN THE SERVICE   
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...   In July we continue our annual Specialty Class Summer!  Throughout the summer the children will take part in a delightful array of activities.  This month features an Independence Day celebration (complete with ice cream sundaes), Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, Super Hero Sunday, Movie Magic Sunday and more!

This Month for Youth...  This month, and for the remainder of the summer, our youth will join the adults in the sanctuary for the duration of the service. Please contact Sarah in advance to make arrangements if this is problematic for your family.  This provides youth with the much needed opportunity to learn to be in community with the adults of the congregation, and to learn more about UU Sunday services.

This week is Super Hero Sunday with Ann Marie Love and Ariel Love!
Wouldn't it be great to be a Superhero?  You could fly around the world or create enough ice for 3 snow days!  Please feel free to dress as your favorite Superhero (Yes, Elsa counts!), and join us as we learn about SUUper hero acts of kindness.

The Hall of Justice has requested you leave all weapons at home - except your Imagination! (this means all swords, guns, light sabers, Thor's hammer, Bater-rangs, bow-and-arrows, etc. - need to stay at home!)

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


Unique Opportunity!  
What's Love Got to Do with It? The Challenge of Human Relationships
A presentation by Anthony Wilgus, MSW, Healthy Congregations  Board Member
WHEN:  Monday, July 24 & Tuesday, July 25 from 9:00-12:00 noon.  
$60 both days / $40 one day.  
For more information and to register, click  HERE

Wednesday Supper & Brewing Community - Together!
July 27, 5:00 pm -  Casual get together   during Film Festival Week!  C ome and go as you can between movies and grab a bite to eat with friends! Contact John Hoffmann   with any questions.

Wednesday Summer Potlucks:  August 10 & August 24 are open dates for hosting a Summer Potluck.  Please contact Sarah if you would like to host UU members & friends for a casual summer supper.

Sunday Service, July 31 
We will be featuring the story of "The Princess Bride" as our annual movie-themed, all-congregational service on July 31st.  We are looking for folks of all ages to play roles in the service.  There are non-speaking parts, and we are in need of narrators as well.  Please contact  Sarah or  Rabbi Chava
asap if you are interested - lots of roles are still open!  Rehearsal will be before service on July 31st.

August Book Club 
"Americanah" by Chimananda Ngozi Adichi
Book Club meets on Sunday, August 14, 2:00pm.  Bonnie Mathias, host.


We Are Listening.....
For more information on the Healthy Reconciliations Task Force, please see the article in the July 2016 issue of The Beacon.

If you would like to be a part of this healing process, please contact your choice of the listeners listed below to establish a meeting(s) so that YOUR voice may be heard:

Joan Sheard:   joansheard@aol.com 
Jane Watts:   jswatts10@gmail.com 
Linda Fletcher:   linlfletch@gmail.com

Your voice is important. 
Please don't let your ideas and feelings go unrecognized.

  Traverse City Film Festival!  
So just what do we mean when we say, "That movie was good!"?  What is it we're looking for when we head to the movie house?  What do our films say about us?  
Pick up some tickets to any or all of the TCFF films below and join us at our service on August 7 to talk movies.  Let's explore how UU principles are woven into many of the films and celebrate the fact that female directors are finally finding a seat at the table.
---  Sand Storm 
---   Suffragette 
---   Kings of Kallstadt 
---  Death by Design 
---   The Last Reel 

  Please Note:  Due to scheduled vacation time,  FLASH deadline for articles for the Thursday, August 4th issue is Monday,  August 1st. 
Office hours will be shortened on  August  4, 8, 9 & 10 - 10:00am - 2:00pm. If you are interested in covering phones on one of those days, please contact the office.   Thank you for your support and consideration!

Our very own UUCGT will be hosting Safe Harbor in our building from Saturday evening, November 26 until Saturday morning, December 3.  Safe Harbor is a seasonal shelter  that provides overnight housing and meals,  in area churches, t o people experiencing homelessness.  Watch for more details starting in September and sign up to volunteer in late October.  Anyone interested in serving on a planning task force for this effort, please contact Mike or Sandra McDonald at (231) 935-3759.


Local Community Needs
request form is HERE

End note...

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