“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
~ Kahlil Gibran
The next three Sundays will reflect on the three themes of the current stewardship drive: Chance, Choice, & Change. This Sunday, April 6, we will explore the notion of chance as luck and the notion of chance as opportunity.
Upcoming sermons include:
April 13: Choice
April 20: Change
Time Line of Important Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 6:
Food Pantry Collection
Sign up for April 12th Circle Supper
1:00-3:00 p.m.: “2000 years of Heresy” pt. 5 (repeated Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m.)
First Friday Potluck
Our monthly gathering to share a meal and have a fun social time together is happening this Friday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. 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!
First Sunday Food Pantry Collection
Your contributions to the Food Pantry last month were excellent and appreciated by those who benefited. We took over 50 items that weighed over 50 pounds. We get a letter which lets us know that our contributions are useful and greatly appreciated. They know that the UU's are doing something for the group of people in need.
We have another 1st Sunday on April 6 and I would like to take even more items to the center. Dry and canned foodstuff are always welcome but they especially need paper materials and personal hygiene products. They also need cash, so that they can get some things that are not always donated. We have a reputation to maintain that UU's are a giving group!! Questions? Call or see Tom Moffit (772-1602).
2000 Years of Heresy, Part V
Sunday, April 6 at 1:00 and repeated Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00
Part V of this course on UU history follows Unitarianism and Universalism as they evolve from Christian Bible-oriented religions to our current non-creedal movement. The film we'll watch discusses influences as diverse as Darwin's On the Origin of Species, the Civil War, feminism, and the Social Gospel and chronicles the roles of such actors as Julia Ward Howe, Henry Whitney Bellows, Olympia Brown, John Haynes Holmes, and Clarence Skinner. As always there will be lots of time for questions and discussion facilitated by Rev. Joe.
Last Chance to Get a Chair at the Table?
If you missed signing up for a Circle Supper, you will have another chance. All the Circle Suppers in private homes are filled, but there are still some openings at the UU Center on Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Please let Gisela Moffit (772-1602 or firstname.lastname@example.org) know how many adults and children will come and how many children will need child care so that we have enough caretakers. The deadline is this Sunday, April 6.
Circle Suppers are great opportunities to get together with other UUs, eat a delicious meal together and share your ideas about what the fellowship means to you and how we can support it with our donations of time, talent, and money. We are in a process of transition, so it is a perfect time to weigh in with your thoughts and help shape our future direction.
All members and many friends of UUFCM should have gotten a letter from the stewardship committee this week which included information about our stewardship drive, our proposed budget and a pledge card (in green). We hope you read all materials carefully, reflect deeply on what you can contribute to the fellowship and bring your pledge sheet to a circle supper or send it directly to our treasurer, Ricky Courlander (PO Box 41, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0041). Thank you in advance for your generous gifts.
If you did not receive the green sheet in your letter, let Gisela know or print out the pledge card. Sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused you.
Easter Sunday New Member Sunday
During the service on April 20 we will formally welcome new members to our fellowship. If UUFCM feels like your spiritual home and it's time for you to sign the membership book, please let Gisela or Rev. Joe know. If the date conflicts with your schedule, let us also know as there is another welcome ceremony being planned for April or May.
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).
MUUSJN Special Collection
Thank you to all who contributed to our special plate collection to support the work of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN). We collected $358.26 which we have sent to MUUSJN. If you would like to know more about the organization, there is literature in the entryway at the church or you can contact Norma Bailey at 989-560-3952 or at email@example.com.
Hunger For Justice: Regional Assembly
UU MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2014 will be held simultaneously in four locations on April 12. Several members and Rev. Joe will be attending the nearest location: First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor. The theme is “Hunger for Justice” and will feature workshops on justice and other themes, worship, and a community social action event. The keynote address will be given by UU theologian Paul Razor: “Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square.” It's not too late to register! Learn more athttp://www.midamericauua.org/ra
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
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
~ Francis of Assisi
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
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: 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)