No act of kindness is ever wasted.
We are very blessed in this faith community to have cultivated a “pulpit of many voices” over the years that includes a talented team of lay service planners and lay worship leaders who both coordinate and lead worship in our minister’s absence. This is truly a shared ministry! This Sunday, January 10, Guy Newland will share “Kindness as a Religion.” Please join us!
January 17: Freedom Is a Funny Word
Directory Update Underway
We are in the process of getting the UUFCM directory ready for printing, and we need your help. Please view the online directory here on our website and check if your entry is correct or needs changing. If you have moved, changed your phone or email or have a new name or additional children’s names, contact our administrative assistant Kirsten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gisela (email@example.com) as soon as possible. The directory listing is password protected. If you don't remember what it was, contact Gisela. Thanks so much for your help and support.
Invitation for Adults!
The unofficial Women's Wine and Whine group is inviting men to join us at our gathering this month only! All adult friends and members, spouses, and plus ones are welcome to attend.
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 7-?
Where: Laura McBride's home at 306 W. Grand Avenue, Mount Pleasant
What: Bring a beverage or food item to share
Why: The men have repeatedly requested entry into this sacred monthly gathering (you know who you are)
Who: Contact Laura with any questions at Lmcbride010@gmail.com or 989.772.5512.
Happy New Year!
Affirming Religious Freedom Without Harm: A Community Forum
Sponsored by the Mid-Michigan Interfaith Coalition
Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Library Annex
Speaker: Regina Calcagno, Staff for the National LGBTQ Task Force
• What are Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs)?
• How do they differ from Religious Freedom (in the Bill of Rights)?
• Why should I and my congregation/faith community care about RFRA laws?
• What can I and my congregation/faith community do about RFRA laws?
Come join us as we learn about and discuss RFRA laws, how they impact us, and how we can talk about our faith and these laws!
Guest at Your Table Boxes
Our Guest at Your Table boxes and the Stories of Hope from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) were handed out at the worship service on Sunday, November 22, and we hope you have been sharing the stories and dropping your spare change in them since that time. We are going to collect the boxes at the January 24 worship service, so please bring them on that Sunday.
Community Justice Party
You are all invited to our Community Justice Party fundraiser for MUUSJN on Saturday, January 30,
7:00-9:30 p.m.! Come join the fun as we raise support for social justice efforts – a silent auction of social justice items, a variety of musical and theatrical performances by youth and adults, a youth group bake sale, a cake walk and light refreshments. The suggested donation for adults is $10.00 (although more will be gratefully accepted for MUUSJN), and children are free (with child care provided for the nursery). If you need child care, please contact Norma Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 989-560-3952 by Wednesday, January 27.
Be sure to invite your friends and family members who are also interested in social justice for this fun and meaningful social event!
Restoration House News
Volunteers are still needed. 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 email@example.com. Thank you!
First Friday Potluck - Hosts Still Needed
While Gisela and Tom Moffit are hosting in February, 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: 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!
Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
‘What are you doing for others?’
~ Martin Luther King
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. An announcement will be posted on our web site (uufcm.org) and on Facebook as well as sent directly via email. Those who are not online will be phoned. If you have questions, call Annette Pratt (989-400-0173). 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
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)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; firstname.lastname@example.org)