Hope is patience with the lamp lit.”
Our theme for worship this Sunday is “Trailblazers and Covenant Keepers.” This is the second in a series of covenant-themed services that will be offered intermittently throughout the year as we seek to deepen our understanding and embodiment of this central practice of our religious tradition. We hope you will join us!
“Our ancestors teach us that religious life thrives at the intersection of self, community and Spirit, and that the beauty and fullness of faithful lives emerge everywhere these dimensions meet and walk together. Covenant is the path along which meaning is discovered, practiced and shared. The rich landscape of covenant helps us understand how to discover, how to practice, and how to share.” ~ Sue Phillips
December 13: “Festivals of Light”
Join us for our annual “Festival of Lights” multigenerational worship service; a special service packed with light, life and laughter as we share and reflect together through stories and songs of the season. Childcare will be provided, if needed. This service will be followed by our annual “Sweets & Tea” celebration in the social hall.
December 20: “What Are We Waiting For?”
“The remarkable thing about the Christmas story is the change it represents in human thought.”
It is a story, not about the god of jealousy and anger, but a god “who needs a humble young woman and the long months of patient waiting and the human process of birth to bring divinity into the world. Imagine…that after years of hearing story after story of men and women bowing abjectly before the might of kings and emperors, tsar, dictators, chieftains and tyrants, you hear a story in which three kings kneel before a tiny child – in praise of possibility.” ~ Barbara Rhode
Thursday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.: “Carols by Candlelight”
We will gather this night for a special holiday candlelight service - a celebration for all ages woven with poetry, stories and songs of the season. Bring your friends and family for an evening filled with warmth and light.
December 27: “The Burning Bowl”
The New Year is upon us again…join us in worship for our annual observance of the “burning bowl” as we reflect on our lives this past year and lean forward into tomorrow together.
“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” ~ Hal Borland
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. Thank you!
First Friday Potluck - This Friday
This Friday at 6:30 p.m., George Lentz (248.346.4039; email@example.com) is hosting with the theme:
Respite from Excess!
We are still in need of hosts for upcoming potlucks. If you are willing to host a potluck, please use this form to sign up to sign-up or email/phone Chris Bauerle directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-330-8457. The upcoming dates include: February 5, March 4, April 1 (really!), May 6, June 3 and August 5. If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy!
Infant Pantry Collection - This Sunday
Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers (especially sizes 5 and 6), creams, shampoos,and lotions. Baby food and formula are not needed a this time. Monetary donations are also appreciated: the check should be made out to CCN (Community Compassionate Network) - Infant Pantry. Please contact Tom Moffit (email@example.com or 772-1602) with any questions. Thank you in advance for your generous donations!
Just Mercy Discussion Group – Last Call!
For those of you who missed the first three opportunities earlier in the fall, you’ve got a few more days to wrap up your reading of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy and join in the discussion of this compelling book this Sunday, December 6 at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. 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 - Deadline Approaching...
We are collecting children's books 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 for book donations is December 7th.
December Calendar Changes
Ladies Who Lunch: We will not lunch in December, but will resume lunching in January.
Community Justice Party
You are all invited to our “Community Justice Party” fundraiser for MUUSJN (in lieu of a plate collection) on Saturday, January 30, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. The evening will include a silent auction of social justice items, performances (music, poetry, and readings focused on the three current issue priorities of MUUSJN – Income Inequality (includes classism, racism); LGBT rights/Reproductive Justice; and Environmental Justice (includes water justice). It will also include a youth group bake sale, a cake/dessert walk, and light refreshments. The suggested donation for adults is $10.00 (although more will gratefully be accepted for MUUSJN), and children are free (with child care provided for the nursery).
If you have a social justice item (poster, pin, picture, t-shirt, etc.) that you would like to donate for the silent auction, a social justice performance (song, poetry, reading) that you would like to share, or a cake/dessert that you would like to donate, please contact any one of the four planners (Norma Bailey, Laura Frey, Joyce Henricks, or Jen Prout.
Please feel free to invite your friends and family members who are also interested in social justice for this fun and meaningful social event!
Let us not wish away the winter.
It is a season to itself, not simply the way to spring.
~ Greta Crosby
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: David Macleod (989.772.0595; email@example.com)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; email@example.com)
Trustee: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)