“Love is to the moral nature exactly what the sun is to the earth.”
~ Honore Balzac
The theme for this Sunday, February 9th is Marching on the Side of Love. What calls us into action? Upcoming sermons include:
February 16: Spiritual Resilience and Climate Change. How do we keep hope alive when the news is bad?
February 23: Quietude and the River
Get Your Cuppa!
Read Rev. Joe's Cup of Joe on our website.
Time Line of Important Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 16
11:45 a.m.: Fellowship Life Meeting - an All Congregation discussion of the 2014-2015 Proposed Budget
1-3:00 p.m.: “2000 Years of Heresy” - second in the Adult RE seriesTuesday, February 18
7-9:00 p.m.: “2000 Years of Heresy” - part II (repeat from Sunday)
Sunday, February 23
12:30-2:00 p.m.: Second of four Transition Team meetings with the congregation
First Friday Potluck
Our monthly gathering to share a meal and have a fun social time together is happening this Friday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. This month Norma Bailey and Janet Simon are hosting. Simply bring a dish to pass and your week-worn weary self to the UUFCM social hall for nourishment and rejuvenation - at least as much as can be gained from sharing a meal, conversation and laughter with friends. We hope you'll join us!
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. The movie for this Saturday, February 8th is "A Separation," an Iranian film which won best foreign language film award, both academy award and golden globe in 2012. A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. Scenes from a marriage, and perspectives on this culture. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 772-0269.
Cran-Hill Ranch Family Winter Fest
Sunday, February 9th from 2-8:00 p.m. Due to lack of interest, we will not be meeting at the church and attending this event as a group. However, if you still want to go, the winter festival is open to the public. All rentals and activities are free, and there is a free dinner from 5-7:00 p.m. Activities include tubing, horse-drawn wagon rides, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, broom ball, pony rides and ice skating (please bring your own skates). More information about Cran-Hill Ranch can be found on their website: www.cranhillranch.com.
Middle Level “I Love Tacos” Party
Friday, February 14 from 6-8:00 p.m. UUFCM fourth through eighth grade youth are welcome to attend the event and enjoy and evening full of fun and mouths full of food.
With the coffeehouse just a couple of weeks away, consider participating by bringing a snack or sweet, setting up, cleaning up, or performing! If you want to see more than 5-6 acts by kids and adults, sign up! If you want to help set up the sanctuary, or put it back together, sign up! If you want to bring a tasty savory or sweet, sign up! If you want to be a part of the audience, show up! You get the idea! Sign up forms will be available in the fellowship hall on the table by the east wall this Sunday. Please help make this coffeehouse a success and SIGN UP! Your cabin-fevered maven, Laura McBride.
CUUPS • Imbolc 2014
Imbolc, also known as Candlemas and Groundhog's Day occurs at the beginning of February. It marks the middle of Winter and holds the promise of Spring. It is a festival of spiritual purification and dedication. We invite those of you who are interested in participating in this ritual to bring an item of food or drink to share at the potluck that follows the ceremony. We will gather at UUFCM at 6:30 pm and begin our ceremony promptly at 7:00 pm., Saturday, February 22nd.
Second Congregational Meeting on Our Transition
Be sure to put Sunday, February 23, 12:30-2:00 p.m. on your calendar for the second of our four congregational meetings about the transition process. We will be considering the question: “What does it mean to be a multigenerational congregation?” Lunch will be provided, and child care will be available; please contact Norma Bailey (email@example.com, 989-560-3952) to confirm. A progress report of the first meeting is available here on our website.
Food Pantry Collection
Thank you for your contributions! In addition to the First Sunday collection, donations are welcome at any time, and can be placed in the blue bin in the entrance hall of the UU Center.
Many thanks go out to the many hands that contributed to the wonderful Memories of Margaret memorial sharing on Sunday! While the official memorial service for our dear Margaret Nash is in May, we shared a lovely lunch and remembrance for Margaret with her daughters, grandchildren, and other beloved family, friends, and UU community.
Thanks to the set up muscle consisting of Ivory Griffin, his friend Tim, Margaret’s daughters Anne and Josie, and family friend Lisa. Additional fine touches were provided by Kris Los, Vicki Chessin, Gisela Moffit providing set up/clean up and baking. Flowers and cleanup by Liz and Jim Dealing, signage by Ashley Rae, remembrance hosting by Rev. Joe Cleveland, dish washing by friends of the family (Lisa, et al), soups by Chris Bauerle, Vicki Chessin, Gisela Moffit, and Laura McBride, bread donation by Grace Rollins, and desserts by Joyce Henricks, Capalene Howse & Bill Tinsley, Annette Pratt, Susan Powers, Mary Alsager, Vicki Chessin, Gisela Moffit, and Kris Los (our memorial bakers). Special thanks to Josie Csete for the donation of dish/silverware, and mints.
If I inadvertently omitted anyone, please let me know! I value everyone’s contributions but distrust my memory! Josie and Anne appreciate all the hard work and memory sharing!
Service Cancellation Policy
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 Rev. Joe (989-941-6013) or Gisela (989-772-1602). 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!
• • • Community Events • • •
CMU Celebrates Black History Month
To commemorate this year’s celebration, CMU is proud to present performances, video screenings, panel discussions, food tastings, lectures and other events highlighting the history and contributions of the African American and Black communities. For highlights about the keynote speaker and Step Afrika performance, click here. For a complete event listing, click here.
“To love is to be useful to yourself. To cause love is to be useful to others.”
~ Pierre Jean De Beranger
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Have a suggestion? a problem? a question? We can help!
Building Manager: Tina Christy (989.506.2985; email@example.com)
Caring Committee: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Children’s RE Committee: Bill Tinsley (989.488.8505; email@example.com)
Hospitality: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; firstname.lastname@example.org), Laura McBride (989.772.5512; email@example.com)
Membership: Gisela Moffit (989.772.1602; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Social Action: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; email@example.com)
Social Fun: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stewardship: Grace Rollins (989.772.1204; email@example.com)
Transition Team: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Worship Team: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; email@example.com)