Personal transformation can and does have global effects.
As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us.
The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.
~ Marianne Williamson
We have great news to share! Our stewardship pledge drive is nearing its end and has been a great success. We want to thank all of our members and friends for their generosity and dedication to our fellowship. We were especially grateful for the 14% increase over last year's donations.
Never before have we come that close to our goal, but we are not quite there yet. It will take less than $2000 to meet our proposed budget for next year. If you have not yet submitted your pledge or would like to make an addition to your pledge, click here to get the form and send it in as soon as you can (UUFCM, PO box 41, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 48804-0041). It will make our treasurer's day!
To All Members of the UUFCM:
Per our bylaws, you have officially been notified of the annual meeting of the UUFCM on Sunday, May 17, at 11:45 a.m. or immediately after the worship service. Please review the agenda for the meeting, which includes the election of the new trustees for the Board, and the proposed budget and proposed by-law changes. There will be a vote on accepting the mission statement (following a collection of input at a focus meeting and review of it by the Transition Task Force). The mission statement will be distributed for review following the board meeting on May 10, 2015.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Your UUFCM Board of Trustees
In our worship services for the month of April, we have been exploring together a central aspect of our mission as a faith community – Transformation. As we seek to transform our lives and our world, what does this mean…really? This Sunday, April 26, we conclude this series with a service crafted by Janis Shinn, featuring a sermon by the Rev. Thomas Schade titled “The Free Mind.” Norma Bailey will be our worship leader, with special music provided by Dana and Susan Robinson. Please join us!
Save the Date!
- Fellowship Life Meeting: This Sunday, April 26. Q&A on proposed bylaw changes, and refreshment schedule announcements.
- UUFCM Clean Up Days: Saturday, May 2 & 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wear old clothes for cleaning, raking beds, washing windows, painting, etc. Get to know church members better and improve our building and grounds. Lunch onsite, details later!
- Annual Meeting in place of Fellowship Life meeting: Sunday, May 17th immediately following service to vote on bylaw proposals, election, budget, etc. More details later!
A Community Conversation About LGBT Rights
Tomorrow, April 23, from 7-9 p.m., 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.
This Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. the UUFCM will happily welcome Dana and Susan Robinson, two guitar-playing, banjo-flailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.
The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.
"Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music.”
- Dirty Linen
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. No tickets to purchase – a free-will love offering will be collected at the close of the concert. For more information about Dana and Susan, visit their website at http://www.robinsongs.com/
First Friday Potluck - May 1
The First Friday potluck and games will be held on May 1. The meal theme for the evening will be in honor of the Tigers' historic start to the season "take me out to the ball game." Some ideas are hot dogs, kielbasa, nachos, barbecue, dill pickles, chips, peanuts, etc. Josh Bauerle will host with some help from friends. Chris: 989-330-8457 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The link to Perfect potluck is: http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=GVEY7986
RE Youth Visit to Ziibiwing Center
On Saturday, May 2, the RE youth will visit Ziibiwing. Middle level youth and teachers are scheduled for a guided tour starting at 11:00 a.m. Ziibiwing is also holding its Bird Day celebration from 1-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RE youth of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more details, please see the flyer on the Ziibiwing website (http://www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing/) Please contact Roze Bentley with questions at (989) 400-7674.
UUFCM Garage Sale - Help Needed!
The UUFCM garage sale will be held on Thursday, Friday and (half day) Saturday, May 21-23. If you have items to contribute, please contact Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or email@example.com) to find out how and where to drop them off. We will need tables, saw horses and wide flat boards, and hangers for the sale too. Please contact Norma letting her know which of these items you have as well as when you will be able to help either setting up the garage sale (sorting and pricing) and/or selling on the days of the sale. Norma will have sign-up sheets for various shifts available the next several Sundays at church, so bring your calendars to church! This is a major enterprise for our Fellowship, so all hands are needed to help!
Thanks Giving to...
Laura Frey and Norma Bailey for their fascinating and informative workshop on voter’s rights then and now, and Laura’s recent trip to Selma, the march, and her reflections from the visit. Adults and youth were enlightened by this presentation.
• • • Community News • • •
I Will Dance: The Documentary
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.
French Auditorium, College of Education and Human Services Building, CMU
Admission is free; call Kaite Young-Kendall (616-325-6621) for details
I Will Dance follows young people from an integrated theater program in Selma, Alabama as they journey to New York City to dance their hearts out, defy statistics, and share their stories.
Against the backdrop of segregated institutions and the social ills that come with extreme poverty, the film takes a raw look inside the lives of three young people who are fighting to find their voices, rise above oppression, and break familial and social norms.
Renewable Energy Forum & Fair - Saturday, April 25
Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby invites members of faith groups to the free, public Renewable Energy Forum & Fair cosponsored with Central Michigan University's College of Communication and Fine Arts, Saturday, April 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the ET Building at CMU.
Luke Allen of Michigan’s Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) will be available to talk to members of faith groups. IPL enacts its motto – Connecting Faith and Sustainability – by providing educational resources on how to be better stewards of energy and with programs to increase energy efficiency and install affordable solar systems in houses of worship. Download the flyer here.
Changing is not just changing the things outside of us.
First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions
including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit.
That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
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)