“A miracle is not defined by an event. A miracle is defined by gratitude.”
~ Kate Braestrup, UU chaplain
Beloved Founding Member Has Died
Guy has shared the sad news with us that his wife, Valerie Stephens, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family and dogs on Tuesday morning. There will be a memorial service on January 25, 2014 at Clark Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
An obituary is posted at the Morning Sun and at the Clark Funeral Chapel where condolence messages may also be posted. Please keep Guy, Gabe and Becca in your thoughts and hearts.
The sermon for November 24th is Grateful for Stories. At this Sunday's multigenerational service, we'll explore stories. We are, it’s been said, the “storytelling animal.” Stories are how we understand who we are and who our family is, who our friends are and who our community is. What stories do you carry around with you? What stories are you thankful for?
The undesignated portion of this Sunday's offering will again benefit the UUSC-UUA Joint Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Please make your checks out to UUFCM and put “Philippines” in the memo line.
Harvest Feast 2013 - This Sunday!
For our annual Harvest Feast on Sunday following the service with Rev. Joe, we will be welcoming our church elders (60+ years) and otherwise mobility-challenged members and friends to go through the food line first. Then, we will open it to families with young children (6 and younger), and all children will go through line with a parent or grandparent. This is being asked so that parents may assist their children with supervision of food selections/portion sizes and to reduce messes on our food tables. Once all members have gone through the line, then seconds by all are welcomed! Thank you for your support!
~ Your grateful Social Maven, Laura McBride (aka Crankypants)
There Is Still Room on the Table
For the Harvest Feast, we could use the following items:
Appetizers/Salads/Relishes x 2 people
Dressing x 2 people
Dessert x 1 person
Lights, Cameras, Action!
In an effort to update our website with current photos of our services, RE program, and special events, please send photos to Kirsten (she will not tag individuals). Please bring your cameras and cell phones to our Harvest Feast and capture the spirit of our celebration digitally!
This year our holiday giving will go to Christmas Outreach, which is a community-wide project that has helped numerous families in the last 20 years. Mari Potter will organize our involvement in this worthwhile endeavor. You can help in 4 different ways:
- Monetary contributions (made out to Christmas Outreach)
- Donate new or gently used items (clothing, bedding, towels, books, boots, toys, outerwear). Mari will collect them on Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and 8.
- Volunteer to help sort items (Dec. 4 - 6, 2 - 7 p.m.; Dec. 9 - 11, 2 - 7 p.m.)
- Volunteer to help with the distribution (Dec. 16 and 17, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Mari will have sign up sheets on Sunday. She can be reached at 989.773-7167 if you have questions. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
UU Movie Trivia
Over the weekend Laura McBride watched an indie film titled "Frances Ha" directed by Noah Baumbach. In the film, there is a short scene taking place in a UU church service. It was great to see our faith in a movie!!! Check it out. The church is the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento. You can read about Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote and stars in the movie, and who grew up in the UU Society of Sacramento, in this UU World article.
Several years ago members of our congregation designed and made the beautiful banner, which is hanging in our sanctuary. It symbolizes that we welcome everybody and value his/her unique gifts. At the time, we asked our congregants to bring a button that had meaning for them and sewed them on around the frame. If you did not have a chance to add your special button (light weight) to the banner, please bring it to church and Ricky Courlander will sew it on.
••• Community Announcements •••
Transgender Week of Awareness
A series of events sponsored by CMU's Office of LGBTQ Services during the week of November 18-22.
For complete information, see this flyer.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 17-23, presented by the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center.
For complete information, see this flyer.
Concert at CMU
You are invited to a special concert of the Festival Chorus on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in Plachta Auditorium. There are over 200 singers, several of whom are from our congregation. They will be performing Vivaldi's "Gloria" and two other pieces by contemporary composers. Tickets are $ 8.00 ($ 5.00 for seniors) and can be purchased at CMU's ticket office in the Events Center.
Native American Heritage Month
An annual cultural event sponsored by CMU's Native American Program office. For complete information, see this flyer.
Indigenous Film Screenings
The Ziibiwing Center and the CMU Native American Programs invite the public to free screenings of Black Ash Basketry: A Story of Cultural Resilience (Thursday, Nov. 21, 2:00 & 5:00 p.m.). A Q&A follows each screening. For complete information, see this flyer.
Soup & Substance Series
This series offers an opportunity for informed discussion on specific topics, complete with with free soup and rolls for attendees. For a complete schedule, click here.
“Life is brought to holiness and delight by a continual rehearsal of thanks.”
~ Don Saliers, Christian theologian and musician
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