Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones.
A legacy is etched into the minds of others
and the stories they share about you.
~ Shannon L. Alder
On Sunday, November 30, lay leader Tom Moffit will share “All That's Past Is Prologue” by Victoria Safford, Minister of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. In this sermon, Safford explores the question how we can make a legacy and what kind of action in the present we need to take that would have meaningful bearing on the future. Beth Macleod will offer special cello pieces to this worship service. We hope you will join us.
• Upcoming Sunday service themes can be found here.
A grateful hug to all those lovelies that added their voices (on very short notice) to our sermon mosaic on gratitude this past Sunday: Don and Sharon Rust, Stacey Pattison, Chris Bailey, Larry Hall, Liz Busch, Annette Pratt, Chi Finn and Josh Daniels. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
A Message from the Minister
As I have been reflecting this past week on all that I am grateful for in this life,
I stumbled upon this meditation by poet Mark Nepo that I want to share with all of you,
this congregation I am deeply grateful to serve.
I wish you all a most blessed Thanksgiving.
In peace and love,
The Kinship of Gratitude
- from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
First Friday Potluck - December 5
The First Friday potluck for December is coming up! The host this month is Chris Bauerle. The theme for the evening will be chili, soups, salads, breads, desserts. Your dish should serve 6-10 persons. If you are interested in attending, please go to PerfectPotluck.com to add your dish to the list. Enter coordinator last name: Bauerle and password: 1214. Conversation and/or games may follow, so bring your favorites of either or both. See you then!
All-Congregation Mini-Retreat – Saturday, December 6
Our Mission Statement: Not Just a Bumper Sticker
At the end of last year, we decided that transforming ourselves and transforming our world is our mission. What does it mean to transform ourselves and our world? What does it mean to be with one another, to promise to make our world and ourselves better as a result of being in this UUFCM community? Please join us as we explore these important questions at an all-congregation mini-retreat on Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The workshop will be from 9-12 followed by a soup and bread luncheon from 12-1. All members and friends are invited to add their voice to this important discussion. Please notify Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, December 3, if you wish childcare for the workshop.
The William Ellis Brockman Infant Pantry, formerly run by the Red Cross, is now housed at the Presbyterian Church and will be open from 10 - 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Our fellowship will again be collecting items every first Sunday of the month, beginning December 7. Most needed are diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5), baby wipes, Desitin, Vaseline, etc. Tom Moffit (email@example.com or 772-1602) will be in charge and you can contact him with any questions you might have. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.
Holiday Tea Planning
The annual Holiday Tea & Nosh is scheduled for Sunday, December 14th, 2014. If you have suggestions for a theme of this tradition, please let Laura McBride know by November 30th or she will pick. She is considering table decorations of switches and lumps of coals. To prevent this, share your ideas, please! Ideas include: tables decorated by various families, individuals, or friends (snowpeople, villages, Grinch, ornaments), color theme (silver, gold, red, green, blue) for each table, or faith based decorations (Hannukah, Christmas, Solstice, Kwanzaa). Share your ideas with Laura McBride, Social Fun Diva at 989.772.5512 or Lmcbride010@gmail.com.
Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped set up, cleaned up, shared food and themselves at the annual Harvest Feast last Sunday. There were 82 adults and children in attendance. Special shout-outs of appreciation to Kris Los for her masterful orchestration of the Harvest Feast festivities and her band of energetic youth. They transported many dishes to the Annex, completed table decorations, poured beverages, ran errands, and set out food creating a calm environment for the adult workers. What a wonderful community! Thank you for transforming our lives with love!
While we are thanking people, Joyce Henricks has helped us live our mission statement with the volunteer opportunities of working with the Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) over the last two weeks. Our building will continue to serve as the daily intake/registration site for homeless guests and ICRH staff. Joyce has assured us that she will let us know when additional volunteer opportunities arise to help this program. Thank you for transforming our world with love!
Float On, a weeklong UU retreat in Miami, Florida will take place December 26-January 1. Workshops, outdoor adventure, youth and teen programing are offered for families and singles by the Southeastern UU Winter Institute in Miami. For complete information, please visit www.swimUU.org.
Sometimes we should express our gratitude
for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain,
the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice.
~ Joseph B. Wirthlin
The deadline for submissions to the Order of Service Insert and the UUFCM weekly e-News is
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)