All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
~ Havelock Ellis
The worship theme for this coming Sunday, October 5 will be “Making Things Whole Again.” As the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur draw to a close, it seems a most appropriate time to reflect... Dawn Daniels, UUFCM minister will lead worship...
Upcoming Sunday service themes can be found here.
Social Justice Interest Survey
While the newly-formed UUFCM Social Justice Coordinating Team will regularly announce events and needs through the e-News, the bulletin board in the fellowship hall, the order of service and on our closed Facebook page, we would also like to directly alert members and friends who might have an interest in a specific issue. To this end, we ask that you fill out this survey and submit a hard copy to any of the members of the committee or e-mail your completed survey to Norma Bailey at email@example.com.
UUFCM Social Justice Coordinating Committee - Norma Bailey, Roze Finn, Joyce Henricks,
Glenn Lewandos, Dave Macleod and Michelle Whitney
First Friday Potluck - This Friday
Gisela and Tom Moffit are hosting a themed potluck titled “Beyond Our Borders” this Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Any foods from other lands that you love and are willing to share, please do so!
Please consider going to the perfectpotluck.com website and enter coordinator last name: moffit and password: 4558. It is super easy. If you have any difficulties or technology is not your friend, call Tom and Gisela at 772.1602 and let them know what you are bringing.
Our beloved minister, Dawn Daniels will be attending, so if you wish to get to know her better, please consider participating in this monthly community meal. Please come, eat, talk, and be merry!
Discussion Forum Opportunity
Join us Sunday, October 5th following Coffee Hour for a discussion forum titled:
“Who Are the Homeless? Why Are They Homeless? What Can Be Done?”
Joyce Henricks will share some information and facilitate a discussion on homelessness. All are invited.
Collection for Infant Pantry
We will be collecting items on the first Sunday of every month for the Red Cross Infant Pantry. They are in need of items such as diapers, baby wipes, formula, bottles and baby food. Items will be collected at the beginning of the worship service. Please contact Roze Finn if you have questions about this collection. Thanks for your generosity!
RE Events: Pumpkin Patch and K-3 Sleepover
The RE youth and their parents are invited on a group outing to Papa's Pumpkin Patch Friday, October 10th. The outing includes a ride on the Gator Train, a Hayride, a field picked pumpkin, and fresh apple cider and doughnuts. The cost per child is $8, accompanying adults pay $4. Preregistration is required no later than Sunday, October 5th. This event is open to all ages.
Following the trip, our K-3rd grade group will hold a sleepover. We will meet back at the Fellowship at 7 p.m. Cheese pizza and popcorn will be provided as well as several breakfast options. Participants should bring sleeping bags and pillows. In case of inclement weather, we will not be going to the pumpkin patch, but the sleepover will still be held. Please contact our Director of Religious Education, Roze Finn, with any questions: (989) 400-7674 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. The movie for this Saturday, October 11th is “Two Lives”, from Germany in 2012. As the European communist bloc is collapsing, Katrine's quiet life in Norway is interrupted by questions about her early years in East Germany. Her birth resulted from the Nazi occupation of Norway and the resulting effort to produce “pure Aryans” through German soldiers fathering “war children” with Norwegian women. With the truth about her past emerging, Katrine and her family must try to cope with the disturbing political and psychological conflicts. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - email@example.com or (989) 772-0269.
Path to Membership Class
Are you interested in finding out more about our fellowship and how to become a member? If you are, you are invited to the next orientation class which will be offered on Sunday, October 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the UU Center. You will learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalism, its principles and sources, the history of our fellowship, our governance structure, ministries and expectations. Class will be facilitated by UUFCM minister, Dawn Daniels, and past board president, Gisela Moffit. Please let Gisela (772-1602; gbmoffit@gmail) know by Sunday, October 12 if you are coming and if you need child care. We look forward to hearing from you.
Adult RE Book Discussion Planned
We will be reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn over four consecutive Sundays (Oct. 26 - Nov.16), following the worship service and coffee (12:00-1:30 - bring a lunch if you'd like). This is an opportunity to engage deeply with a book that is “a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.” More detail about this text can be found here.
If you need assistance obtaining the book, contact Jim Dealing - firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 772-0269 - by October 12 to order a copy ($17).
UUFCM Men's Group
UUFCM men's group to meet, tentatively on the third Monday of the month (i.e., on Oct. 20), location to be announced. At the first meeting we'll choose some topics for future discussion. Tentative timing is 7:00-8:30, but nothing is written in stone. Contact Jim Dealing with questions or suggestions - email@example.com or (989) 772-0269.
Clearing Out Closets?
The Thrift Shop is now accepting clothing for the fall and winter. If you have items that would be useful to others, consider either donating or putting them on the UU account as consignments. Either way, you are helping some of the qualified children of the area get a free and excellent educational start. For further information, contact Tom Moffit, 772-1602.
• • • Community Events • • •
• Coming Out Week 2014
• Soup and Substance Series Schedule
• Hispanic Heritage Month Schedule
• Women's and Gender Studies Fall Events Schedule
Women 's Aid Service
The fall fundraiser for Women's Aid Service - the Chocolate Fantasy - is at 5:00 p.m. on October 17th at the Comfort Inn. For tickets, contact Joyce Henricks at 773-4709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Global Educational Opportunity Coming to Mt. Pleasant...
Educating and Caring for the Orphaned Children of Rural Kenya
Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant
Florence Oyosi is the Co-Founder and Director of His Arms Children’s Project, a non-governmental organization (NGO), whose mission it is to organize financial and educational support for orphaned children in the Ekwanda/Maseno area of Western Kenya. In her presentation, Ms. Oyosi will share the struggles of the women and orphaned children there. Using photos and case studies, she will demonstrate how grassroots efforts can lead to improved lives of people living in extreme poverty. For more information, contact Renee Babcock at 989-773-6936 or email@example.com. St. John’s is at the corner of Washington and Maple in Mt. Pleasant. Read the complete flyer announcement here on our website.
Don't turn your head.
Keep looking at the bandaged place.
That's where the light enters you.
Sunday at 10:00 p.m. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2014-2015
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; email@example.com)
President Elect: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Past-President: Gisela Moffit (989.772.1602; email@example.com)
Treasurer: David Macleod (989.772.0595; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; email@example.com)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Capalene Howse (989.488.8714; email@example.com)
Trustee: Jennifer Prout (989.400.3130; firstname.lastname@example.org)