“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness
to sacrifice something today for future generations
whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
~ Gaylord Nelson
This Sunday will conclude our reflection on the themes of the current stewardship drive: Chance, Choice, & Change. This Sunday, April 20, the theme is Change. This will be a multigenerational service featuring Dances of Universal Peace and a welcoming of new members. Upcoming sermons include:
April 27: The Journey to Marriage Equality - led by Laura McBride
May 4: May Day
May 11: Keep the Gift Moving (Mother's Day)
Time Line of Important Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 27:
12:30 p.m. - Fourth Congregational Transition Workshop
Saturday, May 4:
1:00 p.m. - 2000 Years of Heresy: The Grand Finale (repeats Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 17:
11:00 a.m. - Memorial Service for founding member Margaret Nash, at Clark's Funeral Home.
Sunday, May 18: Annual Business Meeting after the service
Saturday, May 24: Highland Festival Parade (UUFCM will participate)
Saturday, May 31: Board Spring Retreat
Get Your Cuppa!
Read today's Cup of Joe.
A few weeks ago, all members and many friends of UUFCM received letters from the stewardship committee which included information about our stewardship drive, the proposed budget and pledge cards (in green). We hope you read all materials carefully, reflected deeply on what you can contribute to the fellowship and send it to our treasurer, Ricky Courlander (PO Box 41, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0041) by this Saturday, April 19. Thank you in advance for your generous gifts.
Easter Sunday New Member Sunday
During the service on April 20 we will formally welcome new members to our fellowship. We are happy that Paulette Moerdyk, Errol Putman, Carol Rard and Michelle Whitney will join our faith community as fellow sojourners on our spiritual journey and builders of a better world.
Since the date conflicts with other interested people, we will have another ceremony in May. Please let Gisela or Rev. Joe know if you want to join at that time.
Fourth Congregational Transition Workshop
Be sure to put Sunday, April 27, 12:30-2:00 p.m. on your calendar for the fourth of our four congregational meetings about the transition process. We will be considering the topic “How Do We Choose?: Setting Priorities for Our Future.” This will be a workshop in which we identify the values that are core to who we are and who we want to be so that we can establish our next steps to our future.
We're very pleased that the facilitator for this workshop will be Dan Wiseman, a professional consultant to non-profit organizations. He also has experience working with a great many religious communities. We're grateful to the Mid-America region for arranging for Dan to work with us!
Lunch will be provided; please contact Norma Bailey (email@example.com, 989-560-3952) if you need child care. A progress report of the third meeting is available on our website.
2000 Years of Heresy: The Grand Finale!
The last session of this course exploring the history of Unitarian Universalism will take place Sunday, May 4 at 1:00, and will be repeated Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00. We will learn about the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association with the Universalist Church of America to create the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. We'll learn about the controversy that threatened to tear apart the fledgling organization just a few years later, and how Unitarian Universalism has moved on.
Elementary and middle level sleepovers will be hosted by Midland UU. More information will follow, but here are the basics:
4-8th will be held on Friday, May 2 through Saturday, May 3.
K-3 will be held on Friday, May 16 through Saturday, May 17
We'd like to send a couple people as volunteers/chaperones so Midland does not have to supply everyone. Anyone interested can contact Bill Tinsley or Capalene Howse.
RE will be celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Day on Sunday, April 27th.
Thanks to all who were so kind to remember to bring something for the Food Pantry on April 6. We had quite a load to deliver and it turned out to be 77 pounds of useful items for those in need. Thanks to all of you. We will be collecting again on May 4. They are looking forward to your contributions!
Clear Out Your Closet This Spring!
The UU's still have an account at the ICDC Thrift Shop where you can ask to have your saleable items put on consignment and we will get half of whatever they sell for. You just need to let the clerk know that the items are for the UU account - they will look up the number and mark your items accordingly. You will be doing us a favor (providing some extra cash for the Treasury) as well as supporting the pre-school that is partially run by the profits from the Thrift Shop. The shop is located at 307 S. Mission and is open from 10-4 every day except Sunday. It is a good place to shop. They appreciate getting clean, useable, and in style clothes along with small household items. For questions, call or see Tom Moffit (772-1602).
ReCONcile: Breaking Bars to Build a Just Community
ReCONcile will take place Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18 at Countryside UU Church in Palatine, Illinois, and welcomes all young adults age 18-35. Young adult cons provide a space where participants can come together in worship, participate in engaging and educational workshops, take action on social justice issues, and build community among young adults throughout the region. Interested? See the flyer in the social hall or on our website.
Love Reaches Out: UUA General Assembly
June 25-29 in Providence, Rhode Island
We believe that our faith provides a path for each of us to unlock our transformational capacity to serve the world with love. We will gather to help our association live into a future where Love Reaches Out – to share our faith both within and beyond our congregations' walls. General Assembly is a transformative and invigorating experience! Registration and housing info and more at http://uua.org/ga. Early Bird registration deadline is April 30.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
~ Albert Einstein
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The deadline for submissions to the Order of Service Insert and the UUFCM weekly e-News is Tuesday at 5 p.m. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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: Gisela Moffit (989.772.1602; email@example.com),
Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Transition Team: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; email@example.com)
Worship Team: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; firstname.lastname@example.org)