Faith is taking the first step even when you don‘t see the whole staircase.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 11: Come to the Edge: Faith and Fear with lay leader Vicki Chessin
“The true test of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
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 firstname.lastname@example.org during her absence.
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.
Dhamma Talk at UUFCM
Central Michigan Sangha will host Ajahn Khemasanto, the Buddhist Abbott (head monk) at Dhammasala Forest Monastery in Perry, Michigan, on Wednesday, January 14th, 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.
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 email@example.com) by Wednesday, January 21, if you wish childcare for the workshop.
Update on Dana Aspinall
Dana is back home in Alma, but he is by no means out of the woods yet. He feels a little better and would love to hear from you. His phone is 989-463-1148 and his email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep him in your thoughts and hearts. Walking with him is our prayer.
Cancellations in January
- Sewing Circle will resume on Monday, January 19.
- Movie Night is cancelled for January 11. See you in February!
• • • 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
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
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 email@example.com
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2014-2015
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
Past-President: Gisela Moffit (989.772.1602; 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: Capalene Howse (989.488.8714; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Jennifer Prout (989.400.3130; email@example.com)