Installation Celebration for Rev. Shelley Page: May 6, 2012

Sunday, May 6th is the date for the  installation and celebration of Reverend Shelley Page as our first settled minister in twenty-seven years. The special 4:00 PM  service will highlight and affirm the web of connections between  Reverend Shelley, our congregation, and our larger community. Numerous dignitaries and ministers   are expected at this monumental event, one of the most important in our church's history.

A reception will follow the installation service. This is a milestone church event that should not be missed. Please circle, mark or highlight your calendar, and spread the word.

-- Pi Irwin, for the Installation Committee

Fellowship Dinner 2012

Members, could-be-members and friends are now receiving  personal invitations to attend the annual Fellowship Dinner, to be held Saturday, April 21, beginning at 6:00 PM.  This annual event celebrates our life together as a congregation, and provides an opportunity to offer your pledge of financial support for the coming church year, which starts on July 1. This year we’ll be looking ahead, dreaming of an exciting future together as we celebrate our progress.

Association Sunday, October 2nd: What Is It?

October 2 is Association Sunday!  Here are some Helpful FAQs for You:

Why do we need Association Sundays?

Unitarian Universalist congregations are self-governing entities whose connections to one another sometimes seem tenuous. We need Association Sundays to strengthen the bonds of common purpose among congregations. Even more importantly, we need to combine our resources in order to make Unitarian Universalism a stronger voice of liberal religious values in the world.

First Notice: The GPUC Auction for 2011


Mark your calendars for our major fundraiser of the year. This time, there’s a new twist. So batten down your hatches and get ready for a bit of pirate adventure!    Aaarrrggghhh!

You can participate by:                                                       

  • donating an item or a service for bidding,
  • donating food and drink for the party,
  • helping with preparations and clean-up,
  • and – of course -- by bidding on items.

This event will take the entire GPUC crew to hoist the sails and find the treasure. We’ll have grog and grub and a little entertainment. Silent auction, live auction, tin can auction, raffle. You‘ll be able to bid on a wonderful variety of items, services, parties, and events provided by our members. And even if you don’t bid, enjoy fun and fellowship!

Get ready for …U.U.’s of the Caribbean: the Search for Hidden Treasure!!!

Contact Christy Winder or Robin Ramsay with questions or to volunteer. Christy: 313-884-5237, Cell 313-378-240; Robin: 313-882-6557, Cell 313-702-0062

Circle Circle Dinner!

The Congregation and friends are invited to attend our annual Circle Circle Dinner on Friday,

Dr. Russ Chavey Climbs Mt Kilimanjaro

 GPUC member Dr. Russel Chavey endeavored to raise $1 for every foot climbed, when he climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest freestanding mountain, on Dec. 14th. He succeeded, and the funds will benefit the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education’s Technology Challenge Campaign, which is trying to raise $250,000 as part of a 2 for 1 matching gift grant. "I had been been training for the climb for about three months — even though I run two or three marathons a year, there’s two things you have to prepare for: the climbing and altitude sickness,” he said. On the weekends, he loaded up a backpack with sand and climbed at least 4,000 steps on a Stairmaster, or headed over to the Renaissance Center to climb 70 flights of stairs. “You can’t really prepare for the altitude sickness — it tends to strike above 15,000 feet, but it may or may not happen,” he said.

Dr Russ Chavey to Climb Mt Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Charity
GPUC member Russ Chavey will endeavor to raise $1 for every foot climbed, when he attempts to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest freestanding mountain, on Dec. 14th. The funds will benefit the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education’s Technology Challenge Campaign, which is trying to raise $250,000 as part of a 2 for 1 matching gift grant.

Christmas Food Baskets for the Ravendale Community

The Outreach Committee launched the Christmas Basket Campaign at the Thanksgiving service and has collected $639 for hams in the baskets delivered to Ravendale Community Center.  We thank the Resale Shop for generously contributing $200 of the total, but any additional amount is welcome before the deadline for Christmas baskets on December 19. If you want to sign up to provide a basket, either a half or a whole, the committee will arrange the amount to match the size of the family.  We hope to provide 20 needy families with food and hams for the holidays. If you want to assemble a "basket", please provide the following items for a family of six: Canned yams or instant potatoes Box of cereal Canned vegetables Instant coffee or tea bags Split peas or dried soup Creamer, mustard, peanut butter, jam or jelly, Bag of fresh fruit Instant cocoa Macaroni and cheese Pasta or stuffing Holiday cookies, candy, or treats if you want to join the Christmas Basket Campaign, please contact Susie Boynton at 313-885-0824.

Standing on the Side of Love


Rev. Mitra Rahnema, Janet & Larry Peplin, Janice Gray, Karen Webb, and John Owens were part of GPUC delegation that attended a workshop about Immigration Reform and LGBT rights at the Northwest Unitarian-Universalist Church on November 20th. Organized by the Michigan UU Social Justice Network, attendees from 14 area UU congregations heard powerful testimonies from Immigrants and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender community who have faced discrimination, oppression and hate crimes. Gini Courter, Moderator of the Unitarian-Universalist Association gave an inspiring keynote address, and Representative John Conyers stopped by to show his support for immigrant and LGBT rights. While there were a variety of topics discussed at the daylong forum, a special emphasis was placed on pressuring Congress to pass the Dream Act…legislation designed to help young undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements to have a path to citizenship. Attendees also learned about ideas and information about what churches can do after they become a Welcoming Congregation. Thought provoking and informative!
--John Owens

Save A Life!

GPUC is being given an Automatic External Defibrillator by Beaumont Medical Transportation along with training to use it, plus CPR classes. In the event of a cardiac emergency, an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) can save a life. The device requires little or no training to operate, are self-testing, and can even detect if a person who appears in cardiac arrest is actually in need of defibrillation. If so, the device will audibly and visually guide the operator through the entire process.