“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
~ Winston Churchill
The next two Sundays will continue our reflection on the three themes of the current stewardship drive: Chance, Choice, & Change. This Sunday, April 13, the theme is Choice. The UU minister Forrest Church says, “Unitarian Universalists are neither a chosen people nor a people whose choices are made for them by theological authorities–ancient or otherwise. We are a people who choose.”
Upcoming sermons include:
April 20: Change - This will be a multigenerational service featuring Dances of Universal Peace
and a welcoming of new members.
Time Line of Important Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 20:
Easter Sunday & New Member SundaySunday, April 27:
Fourth Congregational Transition Workshop
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 bring your pledge sheet to the circle supper or send it directly to our treasurer, Ricky Courlander (PO Box 41, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0041) by April 19. Thank you in advance for your generous gifts.
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 at http://www.midamericauua.org/ra
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.
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.
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 here on our website.
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 earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.”
~ Chief Seattle
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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)