UUCGT Flash 
October 13, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 451
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
President's Corner
Pagan Fair
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note
Congregational Vision
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Reflection. ..
"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood,
but of respect and joy in each other's life. 
Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof."
- Richard Bach

Beloved friends,

I am very excited to see you this coming Sunday when three members, Rebekah Fuller, a prospective member; Marcia Bellinger, a long-time member; and our DLE Sarah Montgomery-Richards, a long time UU leader, will share in the Public Dialogue format about how we live together under one roof.  We hope to explore and acknowledge that each of us comes here with a "backstory," a set of unique experiences that make UUCGT the rich tapestry of faith that it is.  These three wonderful women will guide us along the way - with great thanks to service coordinator, Amanda Mangiardi, for her hard work.  I hear the setting will be awesome!  

Please join us - you will leave energized and with much to consider, I am sure. 

In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

P.S.  Please join me tomorrow, Friday 10/14, at Brew from 10 to 11:30 AM for coffee and conversation. 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, October 16

No 9:00 a.m. Program this Sunday

10:30 a.m. Service:  "Sukkot - Under One Roof - A Public Dialogue"
Rabbi Chava Bahle
The Hebrew word "sukkot" means booths or tabernacles, which are walled structures covered with plant material, such as palm leaves.  The temporary shelters commemorate the fragile dwellings in which the Israelites lived during their 40 years traveling in the desert after the exodus from Egypt after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai.  It also refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest and inviting strangers to share food.
Once again, using the Public Conversations Process, we will explore how this marvelous congregation lives together under one roof.

Lifespan Experience  f or Children and Youth (and Families!)
Sunday Service:  10:30 a.m.  

Sunday programming for Children and Youth throughout the 2016 - 2017 program year will complement the Sunday Services in our efforts to move closer to congregational thematic ministry.  This thematic calendar will be exploring the Six Source traditions, and considering wisdom from around the world. 

Sundays in October
The theme for the month of October for both Sunday Services as well as Children's Programming preK-5th grade will focus on "Loving the Stranger" which will launch us into our second annual "Socktober" campaign, and lessons based on "Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome".  
Not familiar with "Socktober" or Kid President?  Check out these links: 
Kid President -  http://kidpresident.com/

Suggested readings for families/parents this month include:
  • Unitarian Universalism Is a Really Long Name, by Jennifer Dant
  • Everybody is Important - A Kids' Guide to Our Seven Principles, by Jennifer Dant
  • Sunday and Every Day - My Little Book of Unitarian Universalism, edited by Patricia Frevert
After conversation with our youth, we'd like to make room for their feedback and interests, and allow them to help drive the focus of their time together.
T his month, we will explore creating a lesson for the younger children for November, and think about the lessons they have to offer to those around them.


President's Corner - Linda Fletcher

The Membership Committee is the subject of focus this week as we continue to explore the structure, function and general nature of some of the many committees that serve our congregation.  This important committee serves to welcome our visitors and guests, provide them with information regarding our congregation, and to encourage and guide those who are interested in becoming members.

This committee is co-chaired by Chris and Rick Walter and they are currently assisted by Charlotte Shea, Sue Pyne, Sherry Davis, John and Pinkie Hoffman and Jane Watts.  It sounds like a big group, but theirs is a large and multifaceted task that could easily use more members....
click here to read more

Rick & Chris Walter

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

Click  HERE for UUCGT Website Calendar
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon
Contact the office to schedule Committee meetings & events!

Program Council:  Sunday, October 16, 9:00-10:00 am, social hall

New, Prospective UUCGT Members!
Please mark these important dates on your calendars

- Sunday, October 16, 12 noon-1:00 pm
Orientation Meeting for Prospective Members

- Sunday, October 30, 10:00-10:15 am.  
15 Minutes with Rabbi Chava.   Please RSVP to office

- Sunday, November 6, 10:30 Service
New Member Welcome Service

Wednesday Night Potluck:   Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 pm social,  6:00 pm dinner.  Join us for a delicious meal & fellowship!

UU Book Club:  Sunday, November 13, 2:00 pm
Title:  "Circling the Sun" by Paula McClain - Mark Gustafson, host

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 9:00 - 12:00 noon 
UUCGT Fall Clean-up!
Windows, too!  
Bring leaf rakes, wheelbarrows, window washing equipment
...and your Smile!   Enjoy Fun & Fellowship!
Contact Dave Halsted  at 409-0854 with questions.  Donuts? red smiley
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Annual UUCGT Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner!
Sunday, November 20 @ 12 Noon
Gilbert Lodge, Twin Lakes Park on N. Long Lake Road

Come & Enjoy the Fellowship of Family & Friends!

Turkey & smashed potatoes, coffee & apple juice provided
Bring:  Casse role or dessert to share for 8-10 people
& your own place settings & beverage

Volunteers Needed
Tickets:  Adults $5 each / Children $3 each / Family $15
Stop by the Turkey Table after Sunday Services
to buy tickets & volunteer!

We are happy to introduce our "Child/Youth of the Month" Program! 
Each month we will give special attention to a child or youth from our UUCGT community!  picture of them will be featured in the social hall, along with a little bit about them.  Interested in more information?  Click HERE or contact Sarah .

Green Sanctuary:   Water Treatment  Plant Tour with Stan C ain & Northern Michigan Mensa!   Thursday, October 20, 10:00 am
Ever wonder how your drinking water is treated before you drink it? Click HERE for more information! 

An Evening with Irene Miller, Holocaust survivor
Friday, October 21, 7:00 pm, Free event @ Milliken Auditorium
For more information about this important event, click  HERE
To reserve seats, visit:   http://bit.ly/2cE2Klg

We are collecting!!  We are collecting containers of this size and type for an art project BEFORE 10/21!  If you have any, please drop them off in the white bag near Sarah's cubby in the office.  Thank you! 

We are also looking for small/med Rubbermaid-type storage tubs with lids. If you have any that you are able to donate, please contact Sarah .
Socktober is back!    Every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets.  This October, SoulPancake and Kid President want 2 million people to prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.
Our UUCGT UU Youngers Class will be  collecting socks  throughout the month of October to be donated to the Goodwill Inn.  The Goodwill Inn will make sure they are distributed to the people and programs that need them most in our community.  Last year we donated more than 200 pairs of socks, infant - adult!!  Our collection box is located outside of the kitchen near the social hall.  Please click HERE  for more information, and contact  Sarah  with questions.

Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00 PM
Showing of Ken Burns & Artemis Joukowsky's documentary, "Defying the Nazis:  The Sharps War".  Film about the Sharps, husband and wife UUs, who risked their lives to rescue people from the Holocaust.
Film will be presented following Wednesday Supper.


Local Community Needs

End Note...

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