Current Month Service Information


 March Theme:  History and Heritage


Sunday, March 4
9:00 AM Adult Program / Discussion:  “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”
10:30 AM Service:   “International Women's Day” - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Amanda Mangiardi

International Women's Day takes place on March 8.  Join us for this service honoring UU women's voices and music.  We'll look at IWD themes and the effect of the women's marches locally and nationally.


Sunday, March 11    
10:30 AM Service:   “The Season of Nonviolence” - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Betsy Emdin 

The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence (SNV) continues in cities across the globe.  The purpose of the campaign is to focus educational and media attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action.  Our service will focus on celebrating the words and ideas of great visionary leaders, like Gandhi, King, Mandela and the Dalai Lama, as well as women's voices who call for nonviolent noncooperation to protest injustice.


Sunday, March 18
9:00 AM Adult Program / Discussion:  “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”
10:30 AM Service:   “Celebrating Irish Music and Tall Tales:  The Wearing of the Green” - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Max O'Bear 

Join us this St. Patrick's Day weekend as we celebrate the beloved music and tall tales of the Irish tradition.  Rabbi Chava will offer a reflection on UU inspirations for how we are morally obliged to treat immigrants to the United States and how we can help from right here in northern Michigan.


Sunday, March 25 
(No 9:00 AM Program)
10:30 AM Service:   “Palm Sunday” - Lay-led service, Rev. Karen Welch 

A Christian Holy Day, Palm Sunday marks the day the people of Jerusalem "rose up" to escort Jesus on a triumphant entry into the city.  What situations in our city, our country, and our world cause us to want to rise up to be part of an effort to make changes for the better?  And what can we do as one individual, one congregation to start a triumphant March for change?



April Theme:  The Practice of Sabbath

“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday.  It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain.  You can feel the silent and invisible life.”

- Marilynne Robinson, “Gilead"


Sunday, April 1
(No 9:00 AM Program)
10:30 AM Easter Service:  “A Peaceful Sunday” - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Andi Kramer

“As the first hint of green begins to peek through the barren ground, as that little sprig grows into a healthy stem, as that stem grows into a stalk and forms a bud, as that bud slowly opens with each new day, to form a yellow daffodil, let us be, like that first hint of green, renewed by the warm of the sun’s rays and ready to emerge with a new energy, ready to face the day.”  From Like the First Hint of Green by Jennifer McGlothin.

Sometimes with all the hardships of the world,  we need a peaceful morning of hope.


Sunday, April 8 
9:00 AM Program Council
10:30 AM Service:  “Joy as Sabbath” - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Hal Gurian

When the world challenges our highest values, how can we cultivate joy, and even some laughter?

In the words of Joseph Cleveland, “May we hear the melody of Life and find ourselves singing harmony.  May we be open to the dissonances in the Song of the Land and Its People, that we might be part of the World’s urging toward Justice, Peace, and Love.  May we feel in our bones the rhythms of Life and the Land, and find ourselves dancing.”

A new member orientation will take place following the service.


Sunday, April 15
9:00 AM Adult Program / Discussion:  12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
10:30 AM Service:  TBA - Lay-led Service


Sunday, April 22
9:00 AM Adult Program / Discussion:  “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”
10:30 AM Service:  “The Sacred Pause:  Present Moment, Wonderful Moment” - A Mostly Silent, Contemplative Service with Rabbi Chava Bahle, Amanda Mangiardi

From “Meditation on Hope and Love in a Time of Struggle,” by Alice Anacheka-Nasemann:

“In a world so filled with brokenness and sorrow it would be easy to lose ourselves in never-ending grief, to be choked by our outrage, to be paralyzed by the enormity of suffering, to feel our hearts squeeze tight with hopelessness.  Instead, this morning, let us simply breathe together as we hold our hearts open.  Breathing in as our hearts fill with compassion …”

Using the well-known symbols of our services – the chalice, the bell, joys and concerns – we will share a mostly silent, contemplative style service with chant and reflection to deepen our work of being present in the moment.


Sunday, April 29  
9:00 AM Adult Program / Discussion:  “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”
10:30 AM Service:  “A Day of Mindfulness ” - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Paula Ward

What do the world's traditions teach us about Sabbath keeping?  What practices are resonant with Unitarian Universalism?  What would a day of mindfulness look like?  What are the scientific benefits of mindfulness practice?

At this morning’s service, we will also welcome new UUCGT members.