Days of Awe
Temple Benjamin, the Jewish Synagogue of Mt. Pleasant, will be celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days (also called "the days of awe") with services taking place at UUFCM. Guests are welcome! Rosh Hashanah services (the start of the Jewish year) will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Sep 5, 10:00 a.m.-noon. Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) starts the evening of Friday, Sep 13. Kol Nidre services begin that Friday at 6:30pm and daytime Yom Kippur services will be Saturday, September 14, 2:30-4:30.
First Friday Potluck - This Friday
Our monthly gathering to share a meal and have a fun social time together is happening this Friday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m.Janet Simon will be hosting the potluck this month. Simply bring a dish to pass and your week-worn weary self to the UUFCM social hall for nourishment and rejuvenation - at least as much as can be gained from sharing a meal, conversation and laughter with friends. We hope you'll join us!
Sunday Worship: Bring Water!
Celebrating the start of our fellowship's liturgical year! Bring a small vial of water symbolic of a place or experience you had this summer. We'll pour these waters into a common bowl to symbolize our coming together for another year. We'll also formally recognize the start of Rev. Joe's interim ministry with us.
Positions available for you to invest in the children of our congregation:
Elementary Volunteer Teacher
- A commitment of only ten to twelve Sunday mornings
- Participating on a four-person team
- Backyard to the Universe, Dr. Seuss and UUs curriculum,
customized with materials provided
Preschool Room Volunteer
- Holding and interacting with the youngest members of the congregation
- Providing support for the Preschool Teacher
- One Sunday morning every four weeks
- Participating on a four-person team
Please contact Niki Henry or Bill Tinsley for more information or to volunteer.
Social Justice Opportunity
Take part in the Zombie Run, a perfect event for Friday the 13th! Proceeds benefit CAFE. The cost is only $5. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. at the CMU Seal outside Warriner Hall. The race will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Bellows and Main and will end in the center of downtown. Afterwards there will be a fun, family friendly after party. For more information, contact Kathy Hill at (989) 773-3689 or look the event up on Facebook. This is a fun event for families and youth. Any interested middle level and high school youth can contact Bill Tinsley to arrange a meeting place to register and participate in the event together.
Celebrate the Life of Burnie Bonnell, Sept. 14 at 11:00 a.m.
On Saturday, September 14 at 11:00, we will celebrate and give thanks for the life of Burnie Bonnell. She was an artist and writer and much-beloved member of not only UUFCM but of the greater Mt. Pleasant community and we miss her. (Some of her art hangs now in the "green room" at UUFCM – be sure to take a look!). A reception will follow in the library annex, next door to UUFCM.
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. The movie for Saturday, September 14th is “Company Men.” The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or(989) 772-0269.
Fall Fellowship Fair Coming Soon!
It is by working together, bringing our ideas and efforts to promote the health of this fellowship that we can grow and expand our Mission. Serving together we learn to rely on one another and become deeper friends. Please plan to attend one day of our two-day "Fair" to see all the areas in which you are needed. Learn about the places your time and talents can be given to promote the health and growth of our community. From worship on Sundays to RE, from communications, to planning, from soup to nuts, we need you! The return on involvement is deep and the work is lighter with many in service.
Our "Fall Fellowship Fair" will be held on Sundays September 15 and 22 following the worship service in the Fellowship Hall.
The new UUFCM Religious Education year will be kicking off Sunday, September 15. To celebrate last year’s growth and this year’s potential, we will be gathering at Buckley's as a congregation at 3:00 p.m. to enjoy time together as a fellowship family. Please show your support of our children and youth and your excitement for the RE program by participating in this event.
Children and youth paddle free of charge, but must have an adult present at the event, though not necessarily in the same watercraft. Kayaks and canoes are available to adults for the reduced rate of $15/person.
Contact Niki Henry to RSVP and for more information: email@example.com or 480-560-4785. An alternate event will take place in the case of inclement weather. So, save this date!
Silent Auction - Save the Date
Last year's auction was a great success, so plans are underway for another fun-filled evening. This year's Silent Item and Service Auction will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars now so that you don't forget!
Start thinking about what unique services or skills you can offer: teach, bake, host, create, share. What are you good at that somebody would really appreciate? Look at some treasures in your house you no longer need, but somebody else would love to have. Consider donating them. If you want to help organizing the event, contact Gisela Moffit, Vicki Chessin or Norma Bailey soon. Stay tuned for more details...
Joyful Noise Choir Rehearsal
The Joyful Noise choir has begun rehearsing. If you enjoy singing we would be very happy if you joined us. If you have any questions please contact Chris Bauerle at (989) 330-8457 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUFCM will soon be forming a children's choir. Roze Finn will be leading our youngest members in this endeavor. Donations of percussive instruments such as tambourines, triangles, maracas, etc. are needed for the Youthful Noise choir. If you have something the children and youth could use, please see Roze or Niki. More information will soon be available.
Do You Donate to CMU Public Radio?
The last couple years some of us have bundled our donations to CMU Public Radio and purchased "publicity". UUFCM has been a "day sponsor" and had regular "blurbs" acknowledging us. Mary Alsager will be collecting our donations once again. You can make the check to CMU Public Radio as you have in the past and give it to Mary before September 29th. Your donation is tax deductible.
Quiz: What have you not heard lately?
Answer: The old, very noisy air conditioner/heater in the Fellowship Hall. Your Capitol Campaign dollars at work have successfully resulted in a new AC/Furnace. Thanks to Tina for helping get this done.