The foundation of justice is good faith.
Central Michigan Sangha will host Ajahn Khemasanto, the Buddhist Abbott (head monk) at Dhammasala Forest Monastery in Perry, Michigan, tonight at 7:00 p.m. Ajahn will give an hour long dhamma (dharma) talk, with time for question and answers. Ajahn Khemasanto practices in the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravadin Bhuddhism. For more information you may call Mari Potter at 989-944-4202. Everyone is welcome.
The worship theme for January 2015 is Faith. What does it mean when we Unitarian Universalists describe ourselves as a “community of faith?” How do we talk about it…and how do we live it? Our worship services this month will each explore varying aspects of faith and will hopefully provide myriad opportunities for challenge and a deepening of our understanding of what it means to be a person of faith - as well as a community of faith - in this world.
January 18: Bending Toward Justice with lay leader Norma Bailey.
Martin Luther King said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
Barack Obama said: “But here is the thing: it does not bend on its own. It bends because each of us in our own ways puts our hand on that arc and we bend it in the direction of justice.” This service will explore what implication these quotes have for us as we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
Dawn is officially on leave from the UUFCM for study/retreat from January 5 through January 19. She will return to work on Tuesday, January 20. Any pastoral care needs should be directed to our Care Committee coordinator Mary Alsager at (989) 773-2595 or email@example.com during her absence.
Fellowship Life Meeting - This Sunday, January 18
There is a Fellowship Life meeting on Sunday immediately following the service in the Social Hall. There are three brief items to share with the members and friends. We hope to see you then!
Save Your Treasures...
The UUFCM Garage Sale is returning this summer! As you sort through your belongings, consider donating items to be included in the sale in May/June. Later this spring, more announcements will be shared about where to drop off items. This has been a great fundraising opportunity for our fellowship in the past. If you have questions about items to donate, contact Norma Bailey or Laura McBride.
Redux of All-Congregation Mini-Retreat – Saturday, January 24
Our Mission Statement: Not Just a Bumper Sticker
Since a good number of people were unable to attend the all-congregation mini-retreat on December 6 because of the holidays, we are repeating the workshop on Saturday, January 24, from 9:00 a.m.-noon. All members and friends are invited to add their voice to the important discussion of “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 notify Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, January 21, if you wish childcare for the workshop.
Congregational Refreshment Schedule for January-April 2015!
The refreshment schedule for the first third of the year is now posted on our website. Please check to see if you are listed, and if you have a a date conflict, use the schedule list to find someone with whom you can trade or make arrangements. Instructions for amounts and types of food can be found at the top of the page. The complete schedule is also posted in the Social Hall. The refreshment schedule is a shared opportunity to provide a treat following a service to our community. It isn't voluntary, but every effort to rotate the opportunity is shared with most members and friends. Thank you for helping to serve one another with occasional treats!
• • • Community News • • •
In response to our UUFCM mission statement – Fueled by love, transforming our lives and our world – we encourage you to make efforts to continue to learn about the many peoples and issues surrounding us. One way to do this is to attend some of the many events held at Central Michigan University, sponsored by their various diversity centers. Please see the links below for current flyers and/or more information.
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week Events - January 19-24
Give the Gift of Time
Volunteers are the heart of Woodland Hospice. We provide family-centered care focused on an individual’s comfort, support, and peace of mind. Whether it be companionship, office administration, sewing, fundraising, or basic maintenance, there are opportunities for every talent you may have. Give the gift of time and become a volunteer today!
Upcoming Training Sessions: January 27th and 28th 9am—4pm. Attendance is required.
To become a volunteer, contact Bianca at (989) 773-6137 or email@example.com
Anti-Racism Workshop in Kalamazoo/People's Church
ARAOMC (AntiRacism AntiOppression Multicultural Competence) Committee at People's Church in Kalamazoo will offer the workshop “An Introduction to Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism” on Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no registration fee for this workshop, but seating is limited, so if you are interested, please fill out the registration form, and return it by January 24. Seats will be offered to the public after that date. Lunch will be provided, and childcare is available upon request (please contact the registrar). Donations are welcomed.
Note: If you would be coming from a distance not drivable on Saturday morning, and would like to explore the possibility of staying overnight at the home of a People's member, please call the registrar. We hope to see a number of our Michigan and Indiana UU colleagues at this event!
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean;
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the entire ocean does not become dirty.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Service Cancellation Policy
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. An announcement will be posted here on our web site and on Facebook as well as sent directly via email. Those who are not online will be phoned. If you have questions, call Dawn Daniels (989-763-6315) or Laura McBride (989-772-5512). We hope we won't have to resort to this very often, but we live in Michigan after all, so we need to be prepared!
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)