I have learned that it is only when I give my full attention to what it means to be human
that I am granted a glimpse of what it means to be divine.
~ Barbara Brown Taylor
On behalf of the stewardship committee and the Board, we want to thank you for your generous support of our faith community. We deeply appreciate your monetary pledges as well as your commitments to give of your time and talents in the year to come.
If you have not had a chance to turn in your pledge forms, please send them as soon as you can to our treasurer, Dave Macleod, P.O Box 41, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0041. Our Board members need to know soon what the pledge total is so that they can make changes (if necessary) in the proposed budget for next year prior to the annual meeting, which will be held on May 19.
Thank you again for your dedicated service to our fellowship. Together we can thrive and transform our values into action.
- Download the pledge and volunteer forms.
Home of the Brave Documentary Coming to Mt. Pleasant – April 16!
Have you heard of Viola Liuzzo? Fifty years ago, this Unitarian Universalist left her Detroit home and family to join the Selma marchers. Killed mysteriously, Viola became the only white woman to lose her life in the civil rights movement. Home of the Brave tells her story, and the story of her family's fight to uncover the truth behind her death.
We were contacted recently by a group of CMU students intent on bringing the documentary of Viola’s life to Mt. Pleasant. They needed a total of 24 more tickets to be purchased to secure a showing. The UUFCM has acquired those 24 tickets and they will be available for purchase after services this Sunday and on Sunday April 12. Ticket cost is $11.00. The showing will be Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Celebration Cinema. If we sell out, more tickets can be purchased – a total of 100 seats are available. To read more about this compelling story, visit the website at https://gathr.us/screening/11588.
In our worship services for the month of April, we will explore together a central aspect of our mission as a faith community – Transformation. As we seek to transform ourselves and our world, what does this mean…really? We begin this Sunday with “Easter for Unitarian Universalists: We’re Not Sure What Happened…” We hope you will join us!
“This is the work of congregational life – to create and provide a real time and place in this world that opens our awareness of the world as it might be. It awakens us to the transformation already taking place within us and around us and strengthens our patience and determination to bring that transformation to fruition in the larger world. For as the maple tree invisibly produces sweetness within the fibers of its being, the world carries its own inner inclination toward justice and peace. May we then be willing to show up and do the work of tapping.” ~ Karen Hering
Infant Pantry Collection - This Sunday
Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are diapers, creams, shampoos, lotions, and tissues. Baby food and formula are not needed a this time. Please contact Tom Moffit (firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-1602) with any questions. Thank you for last month's most generous collection. The need continues, so please continue your help.
UUFCM Men's Group Game Night
We meet on first Mondays at 7:00 p.m. for board games, such as Catan and Cards against Humanity. We'll be at Justin Henry's house at 901 S. Elizabth. Contact Justin for more information.
Movie Night - April 11
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. The movie for April 11 is The Heart of the Game, a 2005 documentary. Attending a predominantly white high school because her mother thinks she'll have better opportunities under the school's successful coach, gifted black hoopster Darnellia Russell puts herself - and her coach - through the wringer. Shot in a suburban Seattle high school over a seven year period, this stirring documentary explores the complicated relationship between gender, race and organized sports. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - email@example.com or (989) 772-0269.
Mission Statement Review – April 12 Focus Group
In the spring of 2014, the UUFCM drafted a new mission statement - “Fueled by love, transforming our lives and our world” on a year-long trial basis to assist our development as a faith community. As we approach the one-year anniversary of this action, it is time for us to review our mission. On Sunday, April 12 – following worship at 12:00 p.m. - the Transition Task Force will convene a focus group of UUFCM members and friends to facilitate a discussion review and evaluation of the mission statement. Should we keep the draft mission statement as is or is there need for modification? Does it articulate clearly enough – for both ourselves and others outside our fellowship - what we see as our purpose and mission as a faith community? These and many other questions will be posed to assist us in this evaluation process. This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect together on the essence of who we are as a community…and how we communicate it. We encourage everyone to come and join in the discussion!
Selma, UUA, Voting Rights and Us
On Sunday, April 19, from 1-3 pm, Laura Frey and Norma Bailey will offer a two-hour program for our young people (middle school and older) and adults to learn about what happened in Selma, how the UUA was involved, what’s happening with the Voting Rights Act, and what we can do. The program will include video, Laura Frey sharing about her recent visit to Selma, and conversation among ourselves. Please put this valuable opportunity on your calendar!
A Community Conversation About LGBT Rights
On Thursday, April 23, from 7-9 pm, our Fellowship will sponsor a town hall meeting for citizens of Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding area titled
A Community Conversation about LGBT Rights. Jay Kaplan, ACLU of Michigan LGBT Legal Project Staff Attorney, will present and then facilitate conversation about marriage equality, amending the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, all topics being considered by our legislators in Lansing. While marriage equality will be decided by the United States Supreme Court, the other two topics are ones that our legislators will decide, and we need to fully understand the issues and find out what we can do.
Woodland Hospice “With you Every Step of the Way” - Saturday, April 11
Join us April 11th for our annual “With you Every Step of the Way” 5K run/1 mile walk at the Commission on Aging in Mount Pleasant. Proceeds of the event benefit Woodland Hospice Morey Bereavement Center. Guinness Book World Record holders, Chris Cakes, will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Participants can run, walk or just eat.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - through April 16
Soup and Substance Spring Series calendar
The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~ Marcel Proust
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2014-2015
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; email@example.com)
President Elect: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Past-President: Gisela Moffit (989.772.1602; 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: Capalene Howse (989.488.8714; email@example.com)
Trustee: Jennifer Prout (989.400.3130; firstname.lastname@example.org)