Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's
ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.
~ C.S. Lewis
Please do join us for worship this Sunday, February 15 as we continue our month-long series on aspects of love. The title of the sermon reflection is “Nurturing a Spiritual Posture of Embrace.” This service will feature the world premiere of the choral composition “The Third Principle” by David Wolfson.
“The purpose of the church is to provide spiritual sustenance for world engagement. Now more than ever, the world needs our congregations to be incubators of a generous, loving, justice-seeking spirituality...this is a description of true spiritual growth: growing hearts and souls large and supple enough to embrace – to love – more and more of our complex world. This is the spirituality of the third Principle of Unitarian Universalism.” ~ Rev. Rob Hardies, All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC.
Fellowship Life Meeting - This Sunday
The Fellowship Life meeting set for this coming Sunday will commence immediately following the service in the sanctuary. It is a congregational hearing to review the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 budget year. Members and friends are invited to stay and ask questions about the budget proposal.
Get ready for our annual Stewardship Drive which will kick off with a Variety Show on Saturday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. Here is a chance for everybody to participate! Can you sing, play an instrument, dance, put on a skit with a friend, juggle, tell stories of your life, do an interpretive reading, etc.? Don't be shy - you'll have an appreciative audience! Deadline for sign up is this Sunday, February 15. If you have questions, contact Gisela Moffit or Laura McBride. Click here for a sign up sheet.
Movie Night - February 14
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. “Boyhood,” one of the very best and most original movies of the year; nominated for 6 major Academy awards; not yet shown in Central Michigan. The film was 12 years in the making, following the development of a boy and his world from first grade to the beginning of college. Fascinating and compelling. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 772-0269.
T-Shirt Design Contest
Hear ye! Hear ye! All ye budding artists - the UUFCM is holding a t-shirt design contest to help us create a shirt for members and friends to wear that will identify us when we engage in community activities and social justice work. The criteria are:
- Include UUFCM (also spelled out)
- Big enough to be easily read
- Could be front and/or back
- Minimal number of colors (to keep cost down)
RE Sleepover with UUFoM
The K-3 kids are invited to attend a sleepover at UU Midland on February 20-21. The theme is celebrating Chinese New Year. We are still in need of a chaperone or two. Please contact Roze Bentley for details or to sign up: (989) 400-7674.
Request from the DRE
Calling all crafters! I would like to make a felt storyboard for the Elementary group. If you have felt or notions that you would be willing to donate, please contact Roze Bentley at (989) 400-7674 or email@example.com. Thanks!
Missing Name Tags
Can't find your name tag in the display case? Did you take it home by any chance? This is so easy to do when you put on your coat in the foyer. If you cannot locate it, let Gisela know and she'll make you a new one.
Guest at Your Table Luncheon
Each year our Fellowship has participated in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC) Guest at Your Table program. This year, instead of boxes available to send home to fill with coins each day the family has a meal, UUSC suggests that each congregation provide a Guest at Your Table luncheon at which people can make donations to support UUSC’s human rights projects throughout the world.
Therefore, you are all invited by the children of the Religious Education (RE) program of UUFCM to a Guest at Your Table luncheon on Sunday, March 1, in the Library Annex immediately following the service. The luncheon will consist of soup, bread, beverage and a delicious dessert, set up, served and cleaned up by the children of the RE program. There will also be a short program presented by the children. At the end of the program (at approximately 1:00), you will be provided the opportunity to make a donation to support UUSC’s human rights projects throughout the world.
Please put the date on your calendar and plan to attend!
Save Your Treasures...
The UUFCM Garage Sale is returning this summer! As you sort through your belongings, consider donating items to be included in the sale in May/June. Later this spring, more announcements will be shared about where to drop off items. This has been a great fundraising opportunity for our fellowship in the past. If you have questions about items to donate, contact Norma Bailey or Laura McBride.
We have already started to receive items for the garage sale in May, and we need a large space to store some of the larger pieces of furniture. If you have a dry garage or barn where we could store these larger items, please contact Norma Bailey right away (989-560-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
• • • Community News • • •
Curious About Climate Change? Learn More Tonight!
The Chippewa Valley Audubon Club and the Mt. Pleasant chapter of Citizen's Climate Lobby invite you to the showing of Chasing Ice (2012 documentary; 75 min., 2014 Emmy award winner for Outstanding Nature programming) on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Library Annex at 301 S. University Ave. Mt. Pleasant. The film depicts National Geographic photographer James Balog's challenges documenting changes in the Arctic glaciers. It is free and open to the public.
Hearts for Hospice
Have you ever participated in a fundraiser where you have received back more than the value of your donation? Give your heart to Woodland Hospice by purchasing a $1 heart during Hearts for Hospice between Jan. 26 and Feb. 15 and receive coupons valued at over $55 from local family-owned businesses.
• Participating merchants
Black History Month - February 3-26
2015 Pow Wow - March 21-22
Soup and Substance Spring Series calendar
Central Michigan International Film Festival Continues February 12-15
This popular festival spotlighting 10 films from five countries continues February 12 through 15. Enjoy drama, comedy, romance and documentary film genres. Screenings will take place at Celebration! Cinema in Mount Pleasant and CMU's Park Library Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for a book of 10. Tickets are available at Java City/Park Library and Celebration! Cinema. Click here for a complete festival schedule.
~ E.M. Forster
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)