UUCGT  Flash 
    June 2, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 432
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Children and Youth
Nominations for Board & LDC
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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Reflection:  Bound Together

"As drops of rain that find each other and build to become a track, a rivulet, a stream, a river, a sea, so are we drawn together; 
so are we fortunate to find each other; 
so are we bound together, on this shared passage toward an unknown ocean and eternity." 

- UU Minister, Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay 

Friends, a s you will hear this Sunday at a brief service prior to our congregation's annual meeting, "Vigorous debate is essential to democracy, and fireworks are certainly a part of our revolutionary tradition. So as we gather this morning, let there be a free and unhampered exchange of ideas, questions and opinions.  Democracy is not supposed to be tame or tidy or tepid.  But as we speak, and as we listen, let us also remember this honorable legacy we're privileged to uphold and carry on, a heritage that goes back to the founders of our nation and the founders of our Unitarian faith.  Let us be worthy of the standards of tolerance, reason and civility they embodied and envisioned."  (Rev. Gary Kowalski)

This year's annual meeting will be a time of vigorous debate - annual meetings always are when there is a budget shift - but let it also be a time of remembering our congregational covenant of tolerance and civility, in keeping with the UU tradition.

My dear friend, Sara is getting married on Sunday in Chicago, so I am not able to be with you for the meeting (this has been in the works for over a year, and I am honored to be officiating), so please accept my blessing in your deliberation, discussion and voting.  I will be with you in spirit and look forward to returning to the pulpit the remaining Sundays of this month. 

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava

Sunday Service 
Sunday, June 5
10:30 AM Service:  "To Every Thing There is a Season"  (one service)
A time for everything, including the Annual Meeting!  Join us for an abbreviated service before the meeting where we will look at the themes expressed in Ecclesiastes 3, including the beautifully illustrated picture book version of the passage by Leo and Diane Dillon.
This Sunday for Children and Youth
10:30 a.m.
Children (preK-5th grade) and Youth (6th-12th grade, 12-18 yrs) 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...
June brings with it our annual Specialty Class Summer!  Throughout the summer the children will take part in a delightful array of activities.  This month features Buddhist Meditation with Karen McLean (3rd annual!  A favorite!), Father's Day activities, and a Bike Rally Day!

Attention Parents:  If you plan to attend the annual meeting, please leave your children checked-in to their classroom THIS WEEK. 
Please do not check them out and check them back in - this will help everyone involved with a smooth transition.  

We will begin childcare immediately following the service, which includes a pizza lunch.  Pizza is intended for children and the caregivers please (unless otherwise specified by Sarah).  If your child does not eat pizza for whatever reason, please plan to pack a lunch for your child.  The meeting occurs during their lunchtime, and tummies are hungry!

UUCGT Leadership Development Team presents this Slate of Candidates for the Board of Trustees, Fiscal Year 2016-2017, t o be voted on at the Annual Meeting, June 5th:
One Year Term:
Loraine Anderson
Phyllis Jessup
Karl Love
Two year Term:
Gretchen Kronk
Don Pyne
Kay Sturgeon
Three Year Term:  
Linda Fletcher

What's Going On At UUCGT?

Weekly activities are listed in the Order of Service and the Beacon

Please note:   UUCGT office will be closed on Fridays through August
UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, June 6, 5:30 pm.  For all UU Men - BBQ supper and social gathering at the home of Karl & Lauren Keinath.  Learn more about their multiple interests, home, gardens and land.
For directions, contact Karl or Lauren at 943-7919.

Wednesday Summer Potlucks:   Wednesday, June 8th Potluck has been cancelled.   There are a few dates remaining to sign up to host a Summer Potluck.  Please contact Sarah if you can sign up. 

Saturday, June 11, 7:30 pm
John Kumjian & Dave Viswat & Friends

Find More Information HERE

Over the past few years, John and Dave have been working on a variety of musical projects - one of which was the 2016 Release of John's latest CD, "Vulnerable".  This performance will showcase some tunes from this new CD as well as a some new material that they have been working on.  
Their combined talent will make this a duet to appreciate!

Tickets are $15.00 and  available in the UUCGT office  ($20 at the door).
Check out the bulletin board poster for more information. 


 Green Sanctuary:  The Singing Sisters and Gaia Women brought in $3535 for the children of Flint at the benefit concert in Beulah on May 21st. Many thanks to those of you who came in support of Flint's children!
 Xander Shumaker will be dancing in Ballet Etc.'s June dance concert on Saturday, June 4 at 2:00pm and/or 7:00pm at Milliken auditorium.
Come support our local ballet boy!

  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.

  June UUCGT Board Meeting:   Due to the GA schedule this year, we will be moving our June Board meeting to   Monday, June 20 at 5:30 PM at UUCGT .  Please make a note of this new date.
  The Sound System Committee   has been working to improve our sound system in the sanctuary.  The initial phase is complete.  A new digital FM broadcast terminal in now in place.  This allows our 4 new hearing devices to receive a better signal with crisper sound.  Try it out.  As soon as monies are available, we will move to install an in-floor Loop System that automatically ties in with current hearing aids.  Keep the faith!

Stop & Smell the Roses! 
   An Open Garden Celebration in Lauren's Gardens
Sunday, June 26th, 3:00 - 6:00pm.  Bring a vase, stroll the gardens and cut whatever you like to take home with you.   Enjoy the peace & delight a garden brings.   Stop in the Gazebo for some light refreshment, visit with friends & neighbors.   [Just like an Open House, come when you can, stay as long as you like, leave when you must.]  Contact Lauren Keinath, 6351 Cherry Blossom Drive, 231-342-0617.   

Local Community Needs
request form is HERE.

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