Vol. 48, Issue 5 — the BEACON — May, 2011
Sunday services: 10:30 AM; religious education classes, 10:30 AM
Congregat ion Sunday, May 1, 10:30 AM. Childcare and RE at 10:30
of Grand Traverse “Homegrown Poems and Songs: Another Vantage Point on MINDING THE
6726 Center Road Who We Are” STORE
Traverse City, MI 49686-1802 Mary Van Valin, Richard Miller & Gretchen Kronk
231-947-3117 All over the world May Day is acknowledged, be it by a show of
firstname.lastname@example.org military strength, flowers left on the door knob, bonfires Building Community…
(During office hours, call 947-3117 first,
celebrating fertility... One Cookie at a Time
We invite you to celebrate May Day by sharing and listening
to poems and songs written by our own members and friends.
The coffee/social time after
Office Hours: Sunday services has been a
9 am – 4:30 pm It's a May Day invitation to know each other more, to plant a
Tuesday through Friday
good seed early in Spring... great success. Our many
thanks to all who have helped
Sunday, May 8, 10:30 AM. Childcare and RE at 10:30
Minister of Music* “Run Across Ethiopia: Building Global Community Beyond Fair set up, clean up and bring in
Rev. Kevin Tarsa, 922-8146 Trade” fruit or vegetables, savory
email@example.com Tim Young snacks or yummy treats. The
Director of Religious Education* We've all heard Margaret Mead's quote: "Never doubt that a success of this endeavor is
Karen McCarthy, 935-1570 small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the due to your wonderful sup-
firstname.lastname@example.org world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." This service will port. If you have not yet
Congregational Administrator* tell the story of how, in less than a year, a few dedicated
members of our northwest Michigan community organized a signed up to help or bring in
Linda Martin, 947-3117
email@example.com running expedition across Ethiopia that raised over $200,000 to treats this would be a won-
Facilities Manager build three schools in needy communities. Through stories, film, derful time to do so. Please
Pat Phelan, 947-3117 photos and music, Timothy Young, Logistics Coordinator for look for the sign-up clipboard
firstname.lastname@example.org Run Across Ethiopia, will tell the story of how runners, on the treats table each week.
journalists, musicians and supporters made this happen. We need your help to keep
Leslie Cook 938-1466 Sunday, May 15, 10:30 AM. Childcare and RE at 10:30 building our community, one
email@example.com “Give Them Not Hell, But Hope: A Universal Love” cookie at a time.
*Ex officio members of the Board Rev. Kevin Tarsa and Rev. Nancy Doughty —The Hospitality
In an age when many Christians in America preached a gospel
of hellfire and damnation, our Universalist forebears preached a
Board of Trustees 2010-2011: radical and liberating message of God’s universal love.
Universalism remains a liberating perspective and it is to this
President day a radical message in certain circles. To what does a ADULT PROGRAMS
John Hoffmann 275-3602 universal love call us today?
firstname.lastname@example.org AND EVENTS
Sunday, May 22, 10:30 AM. Childcare and RE at 10:30
Vice President “Mind Matters”
Max OldBear 946-1007 Michael Jarvis The UU Men’s
email@example.com How we pay attention and what we pay attention to matters. Group…
Secretary The field of neuroscience confirms this intuitive assertion. … will gather at Ruby Tues-
Judy Halsted 223-7277 Scientists now understand how the mind and the brain shape day’s on Monday, May 16 at
firstname.lastname@example.org each other and how the decisions and choices that we make in
our day to day lives form not only our experience, but the
5:30 pm. We invite all men
Treasurer attending UUCGT to join us
Price Watts 941-7233
structure of our brains, and the environment of the people we
email@example.com come into contact with. Mindfulness is a simple tool not only for for lively conversation and
personal well-being, but for compassionate stewardship of our the best salad bar in TC.
Trustee (Social Justice) community and our world (Continued on page 2)
Maura Brennan 941-9158
firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, May 29, 10:30 AM. Childcare and RE at 10:30
“Inner Peace, Outer Peace”
Trustee (Administration) Rabbi Chava Bahle
Susan Pyne 882-5721 In conjunction with the Traverse City Mindifulness Meditation
BEACON Deadlines: Last Sunday
of each month,
email@example.com Group, we will explore the connection between personal, inner following the last service.
Trustee (Volunteer Development) peace and global peace. The writings of Thich Naht Hanh will
Jim Cook, Editor, 935-5891
Charlotte Shea 883-9357 guide us through this process: "If in our daily lives we can smile, Beacon@uucgt.org
firstname.lastname@example.org if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will Mary Kiner, Assoc.Editor, 935-3050
profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to Beacon@uucgt.org
Trustee (Outreach) Linda Carps, Calendar, 946-8726
Emily Mitchell 946-1989
start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our Beacon@uucgt.org
email@example.com awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The
Folding, labeling & mailing
source of a true smile is an awakened mind." by Nancy Pihlcrantz
A Note from the President…
Greetings, Regarding Stewardship (this may be somewhat
It is nice to be home again after being gone for about dated): Price reported that as of Monday 4/18, 100
six weeks. As some of you know, Pinkie and I drove pledging units had pledged a total of $130,000.
to Tucson for the month of March and returned early About 70% have increased their pledges from last
in April. The weather in Tucson was good for year. However, we still need to hear from
walking, desert hiking and some golf. Visited with approximately 40-45 more pledging units. If you
our son and his family quite a bit. All-in-all a very haven’t yet submitted your pledge, please do so
pleasant trip. On the way home we stopped in St. ASAP. The Finance Committee and the Board need
Louis to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Spring to finalize a budget recommendation before the May
was starting to bloom at the Gardens. annual meeting.
As usual, I will use this column to summarize the Maura stated that the Green Cemetery Committee
actions and discussions at our April Board meeting. continues, with due diligence, to evaluate the
In preparation for our May 22 annual meeting, we feasibility of this project. A consultant’s report is due
approved the recommended by-law changes and we shortly.
approved the LDC slate of Board Officers and Lastly, we reviewed our responsibility to the
Trustees for next year (the slate is incomplete at this Children’s RE program. This Congregation has a
time). The by-laws and the LDC slate will be long history of supporting children’s education. Our
discussed and acted upon again at our annual roots go back to the early Fellowship when Mary
meeting. Ann Force and other interested parents wanted to
Max Old Bear updated us as to the status of the make sure that there was a place in this community
“music services” task force. Since Kevin will be for a liberal religious education for their children.
leaving to accept an internship in August, the Board We recently reaffirmed that support by financing a
is making plans to continue the high quality music building expansion that included two new
component of our Sunday Services. A task force is classrooms and an expanded pre-nursery. Now, the
being developed with Kevin’s assistance. Max Old DRE and her committee could use some additional
Bear is the Board liaison. “hands on” assistance. Various tasks that the DRE
and her committee have identified need some extra
Emily Mitchell and Sue Pyne reiterated that the
help. If you have some spare time and can be of
interim minister task force (ITF) is on track,
assistance, call the office, talk to the DRE, find out
application has been submitted and we are now
what needs to be done and how you can help. A few
awaiting word from the UUA regarding possible
extra hands can go a long way.
candidates. Transition Team members have been
discussed as well. Thank you,
(Continued from page 1) ites! Bring a poem, quote, short read-
Bring a friend! We will be planning a ing to share with the group. Men’s Hiking
June hike at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Thursday June 2, 1-4 PM – “Breathe in Group
Questions? Call Mark Gustafson at 929 Nature.” Meet at UUCGT, then let’s
Mark June 20 on your
9608 explore the Peninsula Township Park
calendars. We will be
just north of the UU.
Women’s Creative Mirth Friday July 22, 4-6 PM, beach TBD –
OldBear, retired National Park Ranger,
Group “Glee Club Picnic.” Sing on the
on an educational outing at Sleeping
shores of the bay with your friends.
(formerly known as the UU Women’s Bear Dunes. Dinner will be arranged in
Dress in sun dresses. Bring YOB and
Group) the Glen Arbor/Empire vicinity. All
a snack selection to share.
The Women’s Creative Mirth Group has men are welcome. A head count is cru-
Thursday August 18, 6 PM –
announced the following plan of activi- cial; if interested, please communicate
“Summertime Campfire.” Come tell
ties for late spring/summer: with Mark Gustafson or before Sunday,
stories around a campfire. Smore
Thursday May 5, 1-3 PM, UUCGT – June 5. Sign up at 929 9608
makings will be provided.
“Poetry Slam.” Let’s share our favor- —John Ort
F r o m Yo u r M i n i s t e r o f M u s i c
In case you missed it in the Flash… seasoned teaching congregation and minister. Oh, and
I am pleased to let you know that I have accepted the very important—there is a Whole Foods store just
internship at First Parish in Wayland, Mass., about 15 around the corner from the church!
miles west of Boston. The position runs from August With Rev. Barbara Child’s final workshops and
22, 2011 to June 22, 2012. I have a verbal agreement service with us this past month, I am especially aware
with the church’s internship committee, and we’ll craft of the fluid state of the congregation. There comes with
a written agreement in the next month or so. these many transitions, a loosening of long-time
The congregation was founded in the 1640s and the realities, a loosening that allows new possibilities to be
current building was built in 1814! I am looking born. People have expressed fear or lament at the loss
forward to being steeped in so much history in that of my musical presence in this congregation. Know that
church and in that area, and to being so close to the my absence will open a space for others, and for much
Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters in new and creative goodness. Contact Max OldBear if
Boston. First Parish’s minister, the Rev. Ken Sawyer, you would like to be part of a team that guides plans for
will be my supervisor. Ken is held in high regard by future music making and staffing. Consider stepping
both colleagues and congregants, and co-taught a into the process to be part of that creative goodness.
preaching class at Harvard for 13 years. I know I will Yours,
learn a great deal about ministry and about myself. I
will be the congregation’s 18th intern, so they are a Rev. Kevin
Charlotte Shea, as she deals with some Meditation service with Bob Brown,
ALL ABOUT US neuropathy and more tests to and the Easter “Water” service.
discover causes. Generous and versatile. The Vocal
Ensemble, with soloist Shelley
Deaths of Congregants and/or Their Concern: Burnes, also offered a beautiful gift
Family: For Amelia Burke whose friends have by singing “Down To A River” at
Chris Anderlik, a former member who excluded her from playing soccer. John Schneider’s memorial service.
moved away Don't give up Amelia. To Shelley Burnes and Holly Knibbs
Linda Dunigan's son, Shane ----------------------- for joining Rev. Kevin in a
Ellen Kohler's mother Missing: A long blue tablecloth that is wonderful close-harmony trio for
Kathy Prentice's mother used by the Pastoral Care committee for “Guide My Feet” on April 17.
John Schneider receptions. If anyone has it at home, To the multi-generational string
perhaps to launder and did not return it, ensemble that graced us with “Water
We Are Mindful Of: please do so. We don't want to have to Music” in the Easter Service: Amelia
Neal Endicott as he continues to heal lock up items such as these. Thank you. Burke, Kim Gribi, Forest Jarvis,
from his spinal surgery In Care, Nina Mueller, Nancy Peterson, Aili
MaryAnn Force as she deals with —The Pastoral Care Team Simpson, Nan Worthington, violin,
transportation problems following Chloe Love and Rev. Kevin, viola;
her car accident. New email address Ariel Love and Chris Williams,
Mark and Solveig Gustafson, as Solveig Rev. Kevin Tarsa indicates that his new cello; and Andy Evans, bass, and a
stays with their daughter Kaaryn as personal email address is with Gmail: huge thanks to Judith Weaver for
she heals from her fall and a broken firstname.lastname@example.org. He reports that gathering, rehearsing and directing
leg. the Charter address will phase out the ensemble.
Mary Kiner, as her ankle heals from eventually.
recent surgery. Music Making at UUCGT
Anne Olney, as she slowly recovers MUSICAL NOTES In my final months before internship, I
from a bronchial infection. will be trying to help musicians make
Jean Saalfeld, in dealing with some eye connections with one another, trying to
problems Thank-You… share information about the musical
resources the congregation has
To The Vocal Ensemble for more
great singing in the April 10 (Continued on page 4)
(Continued from page 3) retarded in development. I prescribed an eight people in a tent, not necessarily
acquired, trying to inventory and antibiotic, specific care in cleaning the family. The bathrooms are lined up at the
catalogue those resources, and, I hope, skin lesions, and love — and let the end of the tent “city”: long dark walks
making some great music with as many mother know as gently as possible that thru shadows to get there, especially at
people as I can. Whether you would like she was welcome to return to this night! Unsafe for anyone, especially with
to be making music at UUCGT, or have accepting oasis of caring any time. such high unemployment and young girls,
a yen to photograph instruments, or to We saw many patients, some sicker, boys, youth with no families left to protect
help sort through files or you enjoy some less sick, all day. One problem them.
typing up lists, give me a call or drop followed by another. But many we could —Emmy Lou Cholak
me a note. help. Satisfaction comes in the doing and
—Rev. Kevin 231-883-1058 or the smiling, the encouragement we give LGBTQIA
email@example.com just by seeing them and in the sincerity of The following is an article about a
feelings that we transmit. It’s a day that conference of LGBTQIA and faith leaders
we can count as finished but that our in Lansing next month. The Michigan
clients will never Unitarian Universalist Social Justice
SOCIAL JUSTICE be able to close. Network is a co-sponsor of this event.
AND ACTION We are the lucky Inclusive Justice invites you to a
ones as we try to “Together In Faith” conference: “Lifting
As we all hopefully share with them Up the Voice of All-Embracing Love”
remember, Haiti had an — but in so doing In nearly every state where we have
Earthquake over a year ago. we even more been able to move further toward the
The devastation was point out our recognition and support of the full human
enormous in a country that advantage and and civil rights of sexual, gender, and
was already in poverty. I their great need sexual-orientation minorities or defeat
had the opportunity to go to for assistance. legislation that would deny these rights, it
Haiti with a medical mission Being on the has been partly because of the
of the UUSC as their pediatrician. Look at giving end is not all good — and being on development of a coalition of faith-based
the <www.uusc.org> web site, click on the receiving end brings a longer list with communities committed to equality. We
Haiti and read more. its own multiple pains and sorrows. need to develop such a coalition here in
The trip was amazing. I never worked After a week, we came home, I to Michigan.
so hard emotionally, giving all I could to snow—beautiful thick wet snow, 6 inches To help advance this goal, on
each child and family. It came from the of it and cold. In Haiti I wore no coat or Saturday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00
heart and thankfully my well of love sweater. Here I could never seem to get p.m. at the Pilgrim United Church of
never emptied. I’m so grateful that I had my toes warm. I also kept getting them Christ, 125 South Pennsylvania Ave,
skills to share and help. Every child wet when I went out. In Haiti we had Lansing, many faith-based groups,
almost as needy and sad and in distress as beautiful lightning and thunderstorms including the Michigan UU LGBT Task
the one before and after. A continuous several evenings. I wondered about the Force, are co-sponsoring the “Together in
line of pain trying to put smiles on their people in the tent cities, on the ground, Faith” conference, “Lifting Up the Voice
faces. Hard to say it all, the pain for them some tents lower on the sloping area than of All-Embracing Love.”
is so great. I am so grateful and others. No running water to clean with The conference will include talks and
undeservedly so blessed!!! and certainly none fit to drink. Here with workshops that will highlight ways people
The first baby I saw at the Aprosifa snow, believe it or not, we also had some of faith can be effective in working for
(Mom and Baby Clinic) will not make it; lightning and thunder—lovely, but we equality within their faith communities
there is a hole in his heart. You could hear were inside, warm and dry, safe. and in the broader community. Most
the blood rushing through it. He was One of the three local agencies that we importantly, it will be an opportunity to
about half the average size for his age, partnered with, KOFAVIV, (meaning, in forge bonds of mutual understanding and
lethargic, malnourished, slowed Creole, Committee of Victims helping friendship among those working within
development — an obvious case of Victims) is a well-organized, good the faith community around these issues.
“failure to thrive.” He also had infections, agency! They train women from the tent Conference flyer, program information,
skin pustules. What does one do; refer camps so potential victims, or those and registration form can be found at
him to Mass General for the much-needed already victimized, can have support and http://inclusive-justice-together-in-
operation? help, right where the problems are. They faith.org/together_in_faith.
There is match people as partners to go to and —Randy Block,
nothing from the bathrooms at night. There is not Michigan UU Social Justice Network
like that running water in the camps except Director
available perhaps open sewage. There is also —Jeannie Miernik,
here, and nothing for people to do!! The tents have Michigan UU Social Justice Network
he is very hardly any spaces in between them: six to Coordinator
The RE Scoop
The Simpsons? Really, Karen? You’re watching The Simpsons in Religious Education?
Yes, we are! Our Susan B. Anthony group (grades 6–12) has watched several episodes of this
award-winning animated program, which offers surprising spiritual and moral content and depth.
The Simpsons’ creator, Matt Groening, is thought to be a Unitarian Universalist. He has neither
confirmed nor denied this rumor, but the show frequently mentions UUism, and presents the kind
of questions that UUs often wrestle with.
In one episode, Bart, the trouble-making son of the family, is congratulated by a self-help
celebrity for “doing what he feels.” The whole town then embarks on a devil-may-care spree,
which results in both hilarity and disaster.
The show sparked some deeply thoughtful discussion among our teens, about the purpose of
societal rules, and the times when we are obligated to follow rules
even though they seem pointless, and the times when we are actually
morally called to disobey rules in order to protest and change them,
and how to tell the difference.
Another Sunday, we watched an episode in which Lisa, the family’s
well-behaved daughter, learns in Sunday school about the 10
Commandments, including “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” Then Homer, the
father, figures out how to pirate cable TV, and Lisa has to contend
with a moral dilemma.
The group then talked about the doctrine of Hell that exists in some
religions, and different motivations for behaving morally, and what to
do when someone we know and love is behaving immorally.
These Unitarian Universalist middle- and high-schoolers are deep thinkers, courageous
philosophers, and compassionate people.
We are planning a dinner-and-movies overnight adventure, as well as discussing ways to
continue the work we began this winter feeding the hungry in our community.
Give me a call if you’d like to get in on this fun!
Karen McCarthy, DRE
(Continued from page 10) 22 Wed * Peacemakers Needleworkers; Bonnie Mathias, 1:30-
14 Tue * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM 3:30PM
15 Wed * International Folk Dancers; Mary Van Valin, 6:30- 22 Wed * International Folk Dancers; Mary Van Valin, 6:30-
19 Sun TBA, Service @ 10:30AM 26 Sun TBA, Service @ 10:30AM
19 Sun * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 2:30- 26 Sun * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 2:30-
21 Tue * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM 28 Tue * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM
21 Tue UUCGT Board Meeting; John Hoffmann, 6:30-9PM 28 Tue Sunday Services Committee; Holly Knibbs, 6-9PM
For the 9 Months Ending 3/30/2011
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES
For the ﬁrst nine months of the 2010‐2011 ﬁscal year, total income was $154,289 and expenses were
$136,180 for a net gain of $18,110.
Notes on Income:
1. #4010‐Current Pledges through December were $123,922 which is slightly behind budget and prior
year (71.7% vs 73.4%).
2. #4030‐Prior Year Pledge payments totaled $5,017 which exceeds budget.
3. #4040‐Opera ng Dona ons totaled $15,094 which exceeds budget.
4. #4110‐Misc Fundraising raised $5,748 primarily from the used book sale and the fundraising dinners.
5. #4510‐Building Use Fees are $4,192 which exceeds budget.
Notes on Expenses:
1. #5016‐Ministerial Services: Original budget of $37,096 reduced by $28,486 to $8,610: $17,400 to
cover Ministerial Consultant’s fees and expenses from September, 2010 through Apr, 2011, and
$11,086 to cover internal opera ng expenses throughout the ﬁscal year.
2. Budgets have been exceeded for oﬃce copying ($165), insurance‐bldg & liab ($288) and service con‐
tracts‐snowplowing ($796). Snowplowing is expected to be over by ($1,500).
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
1. Our Financial Balance sheet remains in a healthy posi on.
2. Temporary Restricted Funds:
For Those In Need collec ons totaled $8,110 and were allocated to pastoral care and communi‐
ty needs. These monies were or will be dispersed to various community organiza ons or indi‐
viduals by the above commi ees.
Capital Improvements included pain ng the sanctuary ($216), a new water heater ($372) and
roof repair ($2,550). The current balance is $14,885.
Respec ully submi ed
Price J Wa s, Treasurer
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse
Statement of Income/Expenses
Actual Budget YTD% Budget
Acct # Account Description 9 Mos Annual (75.00) Remaining
4010‐4060 Pledges and Contributions 144,033 170,943 84.26 26,910
4110‐4130 Special Events 5,748 11,200 51.32 5,452
4201‐4260 Other Income ‐ 165 ‐ 165
4510 Building Use 4,192 3,000 139.73 (1,192)
4610‐4620 Dividends & Interest 316 500 63.25 184
Total Income 154,289 185,808 83.04 31,519
5010‐5040 Salaries & Wages 85,520 114,014 75.01 28,494
5210‐5240 Employer Payroll Taxes 4,458 5,842 76.32 1,384
5310‐5340 Employer Benefits 13,298 16,057 82.82 2,759
5405‐5450 Supplies 1,257 2,850 44.11 1,593
5510‐5520 Printing & Copying 565 400 141.16 (165)
5610 Postage & Shipping 512 1,000 51.19 488
5710‐5711 Resources/Curriculum 2,592 7,520 34.47 4,928
6010‐6040 Plant & Property 4,984 5,850 85.19 866
6110‐6150 Service Contracts 6,696 7,875 85.03 1,179
6210‐6240 Equipment 2,785 4,000 69.63 1,215
6310‐6350 Utilities 7,512 12,520 60.00 5,008
7010‐7090 Miscellaneous Expenditures 2,045 3,175 64.41 1,130
7120‐7170 Dues & Fees 2,751 2,980 92.31 229
7210‐7250 Professional Expense 1,205 1,725 69.86 520
Total Expenses 136,180 185,808 73.29 49,628
NET INCOME 18,110 ‐
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse
Statement of Financial Position
As of March 31, 2011 (Period 9)
Acct# Current Assets 3/31/2011
1010‐1091 Cash Accounts 99,446
Total Current Assets 99,446
1100‐1110 Long Term Assets ‐
1200‐1220 Accounts Receivable ‐
1300‐1310 Due To/From Accounts ‐
1520 Real Property 26,168
1540‐1560 Furniture & Equipment 75,154
1580 Building 600,843
1581 Building‐Addition 283,708
Total Other Assets 985,873
TOTAL ASSETS 1,085,319
LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCES
Acct# Current Liabilities
2000‐2090 Payroll Liabilities 259
2100‐2160 Current Liabilities 240
Total Current Liabilities 499
Temporary Restricted Fund Liabilities
2300‐2385 Active Restricted Funds 16,462
2400‐2465 Money Market Restricted Funds 24,559
Total Temporary Restricted Funds 41,020
2900 Building Equity Fund 910,722
3000 Operating Fund Equity
Beginning Balance 114,736
Prior Yr Correction* ‐
Net Activity 18,342
Ending Balance 133,078
Total Fund Balance 1,043,800
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCES 1,085,319
SUGGEST A SERVICE, GIVE A SERVICE
“Hmm, I’d like to hear a service about….” Have you ever had that thought? Many of us have, indeed. Have you
ever considered presenting the very service you would like to experience? Please do. Our tradition invites the
sharing of our personal voices and visions. Each and every one of us lay members may have a service (or sever-
al!) inside of us by virtue of having lived our lives, reflected on them, endured our struggles, contemplated the
meaning of being a UU. Think about what you would like to hear, how you would like to hear and see it present-
ed, what you would like to experience, and give some serious (and even humorous!) consideration to bringing
your vision to a service.
You can rely on your Sunday Services Committee members—Charlotte Shea, Gretchen Kronk, Holly Knibbs,
Mary Van Valin, Paul Ward, Rev. Kevin Tarsa and Richard Miller—to give you any guidance, ideas and support
you might like in the preparation and delivery of a service. Below is the form for sharing your ideas. We would
love to hear from you and collaborate with you.
Proposal for Lay-led Sunday Service
Time of year you wish to present ____________________________________________________________
What is the essence of the message you wish to share with the congregation? _________________
What does sharing this message bring to you? ________________________________________________
The Sunday Services Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6pm to about 9pm.
Could you meet with the Committee during that time to discuss the service? ___________________
A coordinator from the Sunday Services Committee will work with you. How can the Committee
assist you with the service?
____ Meaningful/spiritual content, refining the message
____ Music selection to accompany/complement the service
____ Story for All Ages – suggestions and/or reading
____ Sanctuary settings to enhance the service
____ Selected readings
____ Other _____________________________________________________
Date Submitted _____________________________________________________________________________
Phone ______________________________________ Email ________________________________________
Please submit this Proposal to the Sunday Services Committee via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org or place a hard copy in the Committee’s mailbox in the office.
Date received by Sunday Services Committee _____________________
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Grand Traverse
6726 Center Road
Traverse City MI 49686-1802
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Volume 48, Issue 5
Calendar 15 Sun * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 5-7PM
17 Tue * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM
All events take place at the Congregation building unless 18 Wed * Wednesday Night Supper, 5:30-7PM
18 Wed * International Folk Dancers; Mary Van Valin, 6:30-9PM
otherwise noted. Events marked with an * are part of the
ongoing LEAP! Programs and can be joined at any time. 22 “Mind Matters,” Michael Jarvis, Service @ 10:30AM
22 * UUCGT Annual Meeting; 12-1:30PM
May 2011 22 * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 5-7PM
24 * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM
01 Sun “Homegrown Poems and Songs: Another Vantage
24 Sunday Services Committee; Holly Knibbs, 6-9PM
Point on Who We Are,” Mary Van Valin, Richard
25 * Peacemakers Needleworkers; Bonnie Mathias, 1:30-
Miller and Gretchen Kronk, Service @ 10:30AM
01 Sun * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 2:30-
25 Wed * Wednesday Night Supper, 5:30-7PM
25 Wed * International Folk Dancers; Mary Van Valin, 6:30-9PM
03 Tue * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM
04 Wed * Wednesday Night Supper, 5:30-7PM 29 Sun “Inner Peace, Outer Peace,” Rabbi Chava Bahle,
04 Wed * International Folk Dancers; Mary Van Valin, 6:30-9PM Service @ 10:30AM
05 Thur Women’s Creative Mirth Group, “Poetry Slam,” Beryl 29 Sun * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 5-7PM
Striewski, 1-3PM 31 Tue * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM
05 Thur Vocal Ensemble Rehearsal; Rev. Tarsa, 7-9PM
07 Sat Don Julin concert, 7-8PM June 2011
08 Sun “Run Across Ethiopia: Building Global Community 01 Wed * International Folk Dancers; Mary Van Valin, 6:30-9PM
Beyond Fair Trade,” Tim Young, Service @ 10:30AM 02 Thur Women’s Creative Mirth Group, “Breathe in Nature,”
08 Sun Peace Group; Dave Halsted, 11:45AM-12:15PM Peninsula Twp Park (meet at UUCGT), 1-4PM
08 Sun * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 5-7PM 05 Sun TBA, Service @ 10:30AM
10 Tue * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM 05 Sun * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 2:30-
10 Tue UUCGT Board Meeting; John Hoffmann, 6:30-9PM 7PM
11 Wed * Peacemakers Needleworkers; Bonnie Mathias, 1:30- 07 Tue * Bridge Group; 1-4:30PM
3:30PM 08 Wed * Peacemakers Needleworkers; Bonnie Mathias, 1:30-
11 Wed * Wednesday Night Supper, 5:30-7PM 3:30PM
11 Wed * International Folk Dancers; Mary Van Valin, 6:30-9PM 08 Wed * International Folk Dancers; Mary Van Valin, 6:30-9PM
12 Thur Vocal Ensemble Rehearsal; Rev. Tarsa, 7-9PM 10 Fri Facilities Team; Fred Schaafsma, 10-11:30AM
13 Fri Facilities Team; Fred Schaafsma, 10-11:30AM
14 Sat Spring clean-up, Dan McKeen, 9AM-1PM 12 Sun TBA, Service @ 10:30AM
12 Sun * Mindfulness Meditation Group; Fleda Brown, 2:30-
15 Sun “Give Them Not Hell, But Hope: A Universal Love,” 7PM
Rev. Kevin Tarsa & Rev. Nancy Doughty, Service @
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