There can be no vulnerability without risk;
there can be no community without vulnerability;
there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.
~ M. Scott Peck
For Unitarian Universalists, it is covenant that provides the framework for our intention as a community of faith. But what does this mean, really? How does it work in the life of our church? Over the first three Sundays of November, our worship themes will be anchored in varying aspects of covenant; to engage both with and beyond the conceptual as we strive to deepen our understanding of what it means as a practice - to be “in covenant” with one another. Our second installment, “Bound in Covenant”, will be offered this coming Sunday. Vicki Chessin will be our lay worship leader and sermon presenter for this service. We hope you will join us!
• Upcoming Sunday service themes can be found here.
First Friday Potluck - November 7
The First Friday potluck for November is coming up this Friday. Our minister, Dawn Daniels will be attending if you would like an opportunity to visit with her while you break bread... The hostess is Jen Prout with a Mexican food theme! Your dish should serve 6-10 persons. If you are interested in attending, please go to Perfectpotluck.com and enter coordinator last name: Prout and password: 6575. Conversation and/or games may follow, so bring your favorites of either or both. See you then!
Documentary on Homelessness to Be Screened
In light of our involvement with Restoration House, which provides immediate, temporary housing to homeless individuals here in Isabella County, UUFCM would like to share information about the screening of Storied Streets. read more...
Movie Night - November 8
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. The movie for this Saturday, November 8th is “Tim's Vermeer” - an absorbing film about inventor Tim Jenison's quest to solve one of art's greatest mysteries: how did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography. The intriguing intersection of science and art; strongly recommended by Laura McBride. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - email@example.com or (989) 772-0269.
Fellowship Life Meeting Following Service November 16
The agenda for the monthly fellowship life meeting includes distribution of aluminum pans for hot dishes being made for Harvest Feast. Kris Los will explain set up for the feast and food drop before the service on the 23rd. Stay tuned, there may be another item for this meeting once the Board has held their monthly meeting next Sunday.
Harvest Feast 2014 Will Soon Be Here!
UUFCM’s Harvest Feast 2014 will be here before you know it! We will be sharing our annual meal of thanksgiving on Sunday, November 23, 2014 immediately following the service. We will be convening for the meal in the Library Annex next door. Please sign up to provide a dish to share and/or help with setting up or cleaning up. We look forward to sharing this beloved tradition. Sign ups include:
- Mashed potatoes to serve 10-12 people
- Dressing to serve 10-12 people
- Desserts to serve 6-8
- Appetizers/salads/relishes to serve 10-12
- Breads, rolls, butter, and spreads to serve 8-10
- Setting up the annex Saturday Nov. 22rd 3-6 pm
- Cleaning up annex immediately following the feast
Infant Pantry Reopens!
We are happy to report that Community Compassion Network in conjunction with the First Presbyterian Church will continue the William Ellis Brockman Infant Pantry. The items will be housed at the Presbyterian Church and starting Wednesday, November 12 will be open from 10 - 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Our fellowship will be collecting resources to donate to the Infant Pantry every first Sunday, beginning December 7. Tom Moffit will be in charge and you can contact him with any questions you might have.
• • • Area Community Events • • •
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.
• Native American History Month Schedule - Join the office of Native American Programs in celebrating 2014 Native American Heritage Month. Highlights for the month include the keynote speaker, Dr. Anton Treuer, which will be held on Thursday November 6th at 6:30pm in Park Library Auditorium and the Native American Month Food Taster which will be held on Monday November 10th at 5pm in the UC Rotunda!
• Storied Streets - Saturday, November 8, Plachta Auditorium at 3:00 p.m.
• Soup and Substance Series Schedule - November 18
• Women's and Gender Studies Fall Events Schedule - November 5 and 18
Saving our Sacred Home: Climate Change Workshop
The Saginaw Valley Sustainability Society, a non-profit volunteer group serving the Saginaw Bay Watershed, is presenting a workshop to clarify climate change challenges and offer creative, effective responses, that we, as citizens, can implement. Whether viewed as a global health issue, an environmental disaster, a national security issue, a moral imperative, or an economic issue, there are many reasons to act as well as doable solutions.
The Climate Change Workshop will be held Saturday, November 8th, 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6220 Jefferson Rd., Midland. Sandwich options available (at cost) upon arrival. There is no charge; freewill offerings will be accepted.. All are welcome, including climate change skeptics. Contact: Mariah 989.894.0275 or Maria 248.894.4573. Local contact: Marie Koper 989-772-1602.
Needle Craft Group at VML
Dr. Malone-Beach has recently started a needle craft group which meets Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. (drop in) at Veteran' Memorial Library. We do knitting, crocheting, quilting, needle point, and tatting. This is a great opportunity to learn how to do one of these crafts or to share and grow in one's crafting! All ages and experience levels are welcome!
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
~ G. K. Chesterton
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)