UUCGT Flash 
March 29, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 475
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Pledge Reminder
What's Going on at UUCGT?
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I cannot even imagine
where I would be today
were it not for that handful of friends
who have given me a heart full of joy. 
Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. 

~ Charles R. Swindoll
I am so looking forward to this Sunday:  the annual tradition of our April Fool's service.  

It is so important that we be able to laugh together and maybe even laugh at ourselves sometimes.  The deeper significance is that when the world feels like it is in chaos, we must always remember that there is still friendship, and joy in the world.  Please join us.

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, April 2 - Rabbi Chava Bahle & Sarah Montgomery-Richards
1 0:30 AM Service:  "Building Us Up "
Chaucer's "Nun's Priest's Tale" marks the first known mention of April Fool's Day, though its origins are much older.  UUCGT has a marvelous annual tradition of an April Fool's service.  
Come and see:  be delighted, let's learn to laugh a little at ourselves and continue the theme of awakening joy.

Lifespan Experience  f or Children and Youth 
(and Fam ilies!)
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 Jack Matchett!

Make sure you take a moment to greet Jack when you see him, and check out the poster featuring him in the social hall all of this month!  
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?  Contact the office!

Sundays in March
As a congregation we will be exploring the theme of joy - and what better way to tie that into our lessons than celebrating nature and the changing of the seasons!  Through lessons based on our 6th UU Source - the Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature - we will happily welcome the spring together!

Suggested readings for families/parents this month
  • "Sitting Still Like a Frog - Mindfulness Exercises for kids (and their Parents)" - by Eline Snel

March 31st - Spring Break Open Play!


Friday, April  7th
Pledge Reminder
Our Pledge Drive for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is going well.  However, several folks have not yet pledged.  If you haven't taken the opportunity to pledge, please do so as soon as possible so we can wrap up our Pledge Drive. 
You should have received a reminder letter with a pledge form last week.  If you have misplaced your pledge materials, please contact Kay Sturgeon to get a pledge form.
We appreciate every gift and every giver.  Thank you.

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

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Calendar for week of April 2, 2017

Mindfulness Meditation: 1st Sunday, April 2, 2:30-6:30pm, sanctuary

LGBTQ Group:  Sunday, April 2, 5:00-7:00pm, classroom

Stretch & Strengthen:  Every Monday & Wednesday, 11:00am

Staff Resources:  Monday, April 3, 1:00pm, library

UU Men's Group:  Monday, April 3, 5:30pm @ Minerva's

Community Lunch:  Every Tuesday, 11:30am @ Friends Church,  5th & Oak.  Contact  Mary Kiner to volunteer.

Bridge Group:  Every Tuesday, 1:00pm, social hall

Wednesday Potluck:  Wednesday, April 5, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm dinner

International Dances:  Every Wednesday, 7:00pm, classroom

Congregational Care Team:  Thursday, April 6, 1:00pm, library

Peacemaker Needleworkers:  Every Thursday, 1:30pm

Introductory Meditation Workshop:  Thursday, April 6, 5:30pm, sanctuary.  Click here for more information.

Vocal Ensemble:  Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Committee:  Friday, April 7, 10:00am, social hall

Family Potluck & Movie Night:  Friday, April 7, 5:30pm potluck /  6:30pm movie - "Inside Out"

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, April 8, 10:00am - 1:00pm,  sanctuary - See flier  here

UUCGT Book Club:  Sunday, April 9, "A God in Ruins" by Kate Atkinson, Barb McClellan's 



FLASH submissions are due by noon on Wednesday to office@uucgt.org
BEACON articles are due by the 25th of each month to beacon@uucgt.org
Thank you!

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  UUCGT 2017 Directory is available!   Pick up your copy on Sunday!

  Tuesday Community Lunch:  Every week for the past 25 years, UUCGT has provided a free lunch for anyone in the community who would like to come to Friends Church located at Fifth and Oak Streets in Traverse City.  For more information, call Mary Kiner 231-935-3050, or email at 

  Benzie County UU:  Wednesday, April 5 & 19 will meet at the Benzie Area Historical Museum.  6:30pm Potluck with program following.  April 5th will include a tour of the museum and a discussion on the role that museums, music, and the arts play in our lives.
Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Avenue, Benzonia, MI

  Congratulations! to UU member, Heather Shumaker, on the publication of her new book, "Saving Arcadia".  Click here for more information.

  Holocaust Remembrance Day:  Sunday, April 23, 7:00pm, memorial service at Central United Methodist Church.  Light refreshments after the service will encourage you to linger and mingle together.

  Save The Date!   Orientation Session for Prospective Members:
Sunday, April 23 at 12 noon.  Questions?  Sherry Davis, 231-709-2309

  Save the Date!   SJA Workshop - "Inclusivity": Saturday, April 29, 9:30-11:30 am.  See April Beacon for more information.

Local Community Needs

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"Hope" is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

~ Emily Dickinson

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