We belong, because we choose to belong. We belong, because others have
chosen to welcome us, and include us, and make space for us. We belong,
because inherent to this faith, is a belief that there is room for all who come
in friendship, in freedom and in peace.
~ Julie Stoneberg
Come one, come all to support and enjoy Saturday night's UU Cabaret. It will be at 7 pm in our beautiful sanctuary. You will be entertained by songs, skits, poems, and a “sermon” by our own Readers’ Theatre actors! See you Saturday night. Any last minute acts will be welcomed!
In Worship – New Member Ingathering This Sunday!
Please join us for worship this Sunday, February 21, to lend your voice to the celebration and welcome of five new members into our fellowship – Tamatha Gaumnitz, Ethan Kolek, Leslie Hildebrandt, Terrie Robbie, and George Lentz. The theme for the morning addresses a question we often face as Unitarian Universalists, “What is that UU all about again? I know we’ve had this conversation before but I just don’t get it.” How do we answer that question? Our message for the morning, “The Point of It All” sheds light on the myriad important ways we can and do answer.
February 28: “Aspects of Gratitude”
Budget Hearing - Sunday February 21st
Our annual Budget Hearing is this Sunday at our monthly Fellowship Life Meeting. Our proposed budget was mailed out last week to all members and friends. Please come to discuss and vote on the budget for next year. Your participation in this process is vital to our Fellowship!
- UUth Ensemble and Sunday Night RE are cancelled for this Sunday, February 21.
- RE will be collecting gallon jugs of water for the citizens of Flint. The jugs will be transported to a dispersal site in Flint. We will be accepting donations through Sunday, March 6th. Please contact Roze Bentley at (989) 400-7674 with any questions.
UUFCM Common Read – Book II Discussion Groups Scheduled
We have scheduled two discussion group opportunities for our second UUFCM Common Read this year - Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Discussion groups will be held on Sunday, March 6 and Sunday, March 13 - both sessions will be held at 12:00 p.m. following morning worship. These discussions are open to all. Invite family and friends to join in...there’s still time to read the book...we even have a few copies available for purchase at the fellowship. Cost: $16 per copy.
“Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a “call to action.”
Thank You All for Your Support!
We have received a letter from CAMFED thanking us for our support. Some excerpts:
“Thank you for your generous contribution of $540 to CAMFED. With your support, we can educate and empower more girls and young women in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe… In partnership with you and others around the world, CAMFED has directly supported 1,419,278 children… to go to school. Over the next five years, we plan to support one million more girls through secondary education. Together we can achieve that goal and show the world the potential that is unleashed when girls are given the opportunity to go to school, succeed, and lead.”
Many thanks to all of you who contributed – we intend to make this a yearly event!
First Friday Potluck - Hosts Needed!
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 email@example.com 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
••• Community News •••
Are You Going to Miss the Pool?
If you are interested in having a community pool in Mt. Pleasant, please consider filling out this short survey. This information is vital to the progression of creating and building a facility with the best interests of the community in mind.
Black History Month at CMU
Here is a listing of events for this month!
I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing.
I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow.
I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and
in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful - for all of it.
~ Kristin Armstrong
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)