Even I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seed every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life. It is the tree’s way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the wind.
~ May Sarton
This Sunday, March 20, is we will bring to a close our annual pledge drive with a celebratory worship service! We will reflect together on how we individually and collectively heed the call to “steward” this church and how the myriad ways in which we give of our time, talents and treasure to this faith community is transformative in our lives, our community, and our world. We will together celebrate our commitment with the pledging of our gifts.
Our minister will be leading us in worship with special reflections on stewardship being offered by Don Rust, Annette Pratt and Guy Newland. We hope you will join us!
“The gifts demanded of me here are the very gifts I’ve been seeking my whole life long.”
~ Victoria Safford
March 27: “The Seed of Transformation”
Selma Director – Ava DuVernay – Coming to CMU!
Don’t miss the opportunity to see and hear the director of the 2014 film, Selma, this Saturday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Plachta Auditorium (in Warriner Hall) on the campus of CMU. This event is part of the CMU Speaker Series – it is free and open to the public. (Thank you, Leslie Hildebrandt, for bringing this to our attention!)
CUUPs - Covenant of UU Pagans - This Sunday
Ostara is a pagan celebration of the Spring Equinox. It is a ritual that welcomes the full promise of Spring and the turning of the wheel towards the Summer Solstice. 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 6:30 pm and begin our ceremony promptly at 7:00 pm.
Results from Our Guest at Your Table Program
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Guest at Your Table Program this year. We collected $311.49, which was sent to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from our Fellowship.
Shocking News at UUFCM
In the interest of congregational safety and preparedness, there will be an introduction to our external defibrillator use and basic life support after worship on Sunday, April 10 at 11:50 in the Sanctuary.
Save the Date
MUUSJN is co-sponsoring a full-day Interfaith Reproductive Justice Conference to be held Friday, May 20, 2016 at Woodside Church in Flint. Further information will be coming soon, but please put the date on your calendar now.
What’s That Little Book on the Table All About?
As you all are aware, we include a ritual of “joys and sorrows” within our worship services – it is very much the symbolic representation of our “ministry of care” as a religious community. What some of you who are new to us may not know (and some of us “regulars” have perhaps forgotten about) is that there is always a book and pen to the left of the stones and bowl on the joys and sorrows table. This book is there for anyone to use who wishes to make known a joy, sorrow or concern to the gathered community, but they don’t wish to share it aloud themselves during the service. The book can also be used to let the minister know that you wish to make an appointment to speak with her or simply wish to let her know you’re struggling with something and request remembrance in thought and prayer.
UUFCM Care Ministry Team: Dawn Daniels, Gisela Moffit, and Mary Alsager.
27th Annual Celebration of Life Pow Wow at CMU
This weekend, March 19 & 20. For complete information visit Native American Programs.
Women's History Month at CMU
Events now through April 11. For complete information, visit CMU's College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences page or download the calendar of events.
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
~ G. K. Chesterton
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; 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: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)