I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
~ Albert Schweitzer
In Sunday worship on October 11 the UUFCM celebrated the welcoming of three new members into our fellowship - Brigitte Bechtold, Morghan Brassard, and Christopher Harvey. Learn more about Brigitte and Christopher here; Morghan will be featured in a future eNews edition. A happy welcome to you all!
“Re-Imagining Unitarian Universalism” will be the focus of our worship service this coming Sunday, November 1. If you missed service this past week, it would be helpful if you took time to read the message Dawn presented as a prelude for this week, “Getting Serious about Unitarian Universalism.” You can find the text on our website in the sermon archive.
“Let's turn our attention to virtue and character. Let's re-imagine our spiritual work as learning new habits of the heart, learning to practice the virtues of openness, solidarity, self-possession, reverence, gratitude and generosity, honesty and humility in our daily lives. Let's re-imagine our spiritual work together as being witnesses to each other's efforts, and catching each other when we fail and fall.” ~ Tom Schade
Read the WiRE!
WiRE is our new weekly newsletter about happenings in RE. Upcoming events and opportunities, what parents and youth need to know ahead of Sunday RE, and more can be found here on our website. This week includes updates on what to bring to RE this Sunday, Bedtime Stories at VML, and more…
Common Read Discussion Groups This Week…
It’s crunch time folks – our last two discussion group opportunities for our “common read” of Bryan Stevenson’s gripping indictment of the U.S. criminal justice system, Just Mercy, are scheduled for this week - the same two-hour session format will be repeated on each date:
- Thursday, October 29 - 7-9:00 p.m. - tomorrow night!
- Sunday, November 1 - 1-3:00 p.m.
Daylight saving time ends on October 31. Don't forget to give yourself another hour of sleep - on Saturday night turn your clocks back one hour at bedtime!
Restoration House News
Restoration House opens Sunday, November 1. UUFCM is again graciously serving as the Intake/Welcome center. If you are willing to volunteer from 4:15 to 6:00 any day of the weeks ahead (until the end of at least March!), please let me know. You can contact Joyce Henricks at: 773-4709, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infant Pantry Collection - November 1
Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers (especially sizes 5 and 6), creams, shampoos,and lotions. Baby food and formula are not needed a this time. Please contact Tom Moffit (email@example.com or 772-1602) with any questions. Thank you in advance for your generous donations!
Donate to CMU Public Radio and Help Publicize UUFCM!
It is time to pool our donations to CMU broadcasting. Write your checks to “CMU Broadcasting” or “CMU Public Radio,” and give them to Mary Alsager. We will be collecting this Sunday, November 1.
CUUPs Celebrates Samhain - November 1
Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is a holiday known by another name - Halloween. The ancients believed this was the time of year when the veil between the living and passed was the thinnest. It is a time to remember those who have passed before us and listen to their stories which still live on inside us. It is also the Pagan “new year” with death and birth being two sides of the same coin.
We invite those of you who are interested in participating in this ritual to bring an item of food or drink to share at the potluck that follows the ceremony. We will gather at 6:30 pm and begin our ceremony promptly at 7:00 pm.
First Friday Potluck - November 6
Our November potluck is hostless! If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy! Contact Chris Bauerle (989-330-8457 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Religious Freedom Restoration Act Interfaith Workshop
Inclusive Justice, the Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN), Equality Michigan and other organizations are co-sponsoring an interfaith workshop for clergy and leaders to get ready for action to stop the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation in Michigan. This workshop will be held on Monday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edgewood United Church of Christ in East Lansing located at 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Norma Bailey will be attending and would love to have others join her. Please contact her at 989-560-3952 or at email@example.com if you are interested.
We are collecting pledges/donations for the CAMFED program - Campaign for Female Education. Our treasurer asks that you write your check out to UUFCM, with an indication at the bottom that it is for CAMFED, as we want to send our contributions as a congregation, rather than as individuals. The donations gathered will be sent by November 30, 2015. We hope to do this twice a year.
Book Collection for Christmas Outreach
We are collecting children's book for Christmas Outreach this year. The books should be new or gently used. They can be from age 4 through young adult. Please leave them in the box marked Books for Kids on the table in the fellowship hall. The deadline is December 7th.
Save the Date!
On Saturday, February 6, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., you are all invited to our First Annual UUFCM Justice Party! Adults, children and friends invited. More details to follow.
Movie Night Cancelled
Movie Night is cancelled for November 14 as it conflicts with the Democratic Debate. We'll be back in December!
UUFCM T-shirts for Sale!
The social justice team has two t-shirts styles for sale. Our locally printed UUFCM shirts are $10, and the Standing on the Side of Love shirts are $20 and will be ordered by catalog. There are sample shirts in the Social Hall at the UUFCM. Orders and payments are due by Sunday, October 25. Please see, call, or text Jen Prout at 989-400-3130 with any questions.
Native American Heritage Month
November 1: Environmental Awareness Day
Out of respect for the Native American tradition of honoring Mother Earth, the North American Indigenous Student Organization is coordinating a campus-wide cleanup to kick off Native American Heritage Month. Register to volunteer on OrgSync. Sponsored by NAISO, Native American Programs
November 2: Traditional Ricing: Lee Sprague
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College: West Room 2, 12:00 p.m.
Learn how to harvest rice traditionally. Soup and frybread provided.
Shadows of a thousand years
Rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees
'Tonight is Halloween!'
~ Dexter Kozen
The deadline for submissions to the Order of Service Insert and the UUFCM weekly e-News is
Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: David Macleod (989.772.0595; email@example.com)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; email@example.com)
Trustee: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; firstname.lastname@example.org)