We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
~ George Bernard Shaw
You won’t want to miss this…the theme for our worship service this coming Sunday, November 8, is “The Wisdom of Play.” While our minister is away at a conference in Richmond, IN, Ricky Courlander will be leading service with Tom Moffit and Susan Powers serving as worship associates. Please join us!
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ~ Plato
And for those of you who were present at last Sunday’s service, the “homework assignment” may be placed in the offering basket as it’s passed – our treasurer will collect the index cards and put them in Dawn’s office. For those of you who missed worship last week – Dawn passed out index cards to the congregation asking all to submit their thoughts and ideas about worship – how can it be re-imagined? What is most inspiring? How can it be turned inside out, to be more outward reaching? So don’t let your absence last week stop you! Join in and share your thoughts. You can read the inspiration for Dawn’s message in our sermon archive. And everyone - please be sure to put your names on your cards.
Restoration House News
Restoration House opened on Sunday, November 1 - the UUFCM is again serving as the Intake/Welcome center. If you are willing to serve as an intake volunteer from 4:15 to 6:00 any day of the weeks ahead (until the program ends on April 6), please contact Joyce Henricks at 773-4709, or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also in need of volunteers to provide meals the week of November 14 and November 30 – please contact Joyce if you are able to volunteer. Thank you!
Join Us for Our “Welcome Ministry Tune-up”
Calling all UUFCM members and friends…newcomers, too – we need you! It’s time for us to have a conversation about our welcome ministry – how we welcome, greet, and interact with newcomers and other people in our fellowship – to review our practices and share ideas about how we can update them. A “mindfully brief” gathering for this congregational “tune-up” has been scheduled for Saturday morning, November 14 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. – coffee, tea and delicious nosh will be provided. Gisela Moffit and Dawn Daniels will be facilitating. Please attend – we all have a stake in this place and we need your voice at the table. And if you need child care, please contact Gisela (772-1602 email@example.com) by Sunday, Nov. 8. Thanks in advance for your support.
First Friday Potluck - November 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The First Friday Potluck will be hosted this week by Alicia Genia. Her number is 989-828-4499. The theme is favorite fall soups.
Movie Night Cancelled
Movie Night is cancelled for November 14 as it conflicts with the Democratic Debate. We'll be back in December!
Fellowship Life Meeting - November 15
An election for a replacement member for the board of trustees will take place on November 15th, directly after service. Janis Shinn has offered to fill the vacant seat.
Memorial Service for Linda Damer
There will be a memorial service for Linda Damer on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the UUFCM.
Save the Date
Annual Harvest Feast – Sunday, November 22 after worship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Just Mercy Discussion Group – New Additional Date
We’ve added an additional discussion group opportunity for those of you (and you know who you are!) who missed the first three sessions – we know, everyone’s so busy…but many of you admitted being almost finished with the book, so here’s the deal: you have until Sunday, December 6 at 12:15 p.m. to get your act together and join the discussion about this very compelling book. That’s even enough time for those who haven’t opened the book yet to get involved. Our commitment this year is to more deeply educate ourselves about the racial injustices that continue to be embedded in our culture – to better equip ourselves as allies and advocates for justice. This is where we start this journey together.
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, January 30, 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.
Native American Heritage Month
November 9: NAHM Food Taster
Bovee UC, Rotunda 5 - 9:00 p.m.
Traditional and contemporary Native American cuisine including a fashion show and a dance performance of contemporary Native American dancers. CMU student w/ ID $5, General Public $7 (or) toiletries in the amount of the price of admission to be donated to the Military in observance of Military Appreciation Week.
Sponsored by: NAISO, Native American Programs, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Kappa Chapter
November 10: Soup and Substance
Bovee UC, Terrace Rooms A-D 12 - 1:00 p.m.
Native American Activism: LaDonna Harris, founder and President of Americans for Indian Opportunity will join us to discuss Indian 101. Sponsored by: Office of Diversity Education, Native American Programs
November 10: Indian 101 – Documentary and Discussion
Pearce Hall, 128 6 - 8:00 p.m.
Native American Activism: LaDonna Harris, founder and President of Americans for Indian Opportunity will join us to watch and discuss Indian 101. Sponsored by: Native American Programs, Ziibiwing Cultural Center, Women and Gender Studies
My theology understands humanity as simultaneously fragile and resilient,
weak and strong, greedy and generous, mean and compassionate.
I see the divine spark in the tension between those opposites.
I see the divine in the generosity of those who often have the least to give,
in kindness offered by those who would arguably have the most reason to be bitter.
The divine is like love in this regard: irrational, unexpected, and beautiful.
~ Dawn Fortune
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 email@example.com
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; 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: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; email@example.com)