The way to change the world is to be what we want to see.
~ Betty Reid Soskin
Victoria Sladek and Dr. Barbara Heller-Burstein will be giving a talk on Alternative Health Topics this evening, Wednesday, May 13 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. We plan on talking about several different health concerns and some natural recommendations for them. Victoria is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Trained Vocalist and Sound Healer. Dr. Heller-Burstein is an Osteopathic Doctor who has concentrated her last several years on Integrative Medicine.
UUFCM Annual Meeting – This Sunday, May 17!
Now that we all have been more than adequately notified (per our bylaws) over the past month that the UUFCM Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, May 17 following the worship service – it is time to show up and do our part in continuing the vital work and mission of the UUFCM! Please review the agenda for the meeting, which includes voting on:
- election of new trustees for the Board
- proposed budget for 2015-16
- proposed by-law changes
- mission statement revisions
~ The UUFCM Board of Trustees
For the month of May, we are journeying with the worship theme of “Hope”. We continue this Sunday, May 17, with “On Being a Community of Hope.” Please plan to attend!
“In a world of greater and greater mistrust, people are desperate for the hope found in community—the hope that it is possible not just to tolerate, but to benefit from, to live fuller lives because of, “the company of strangers.” It may be that the greatest contribution our religious communities can make to the larger world is not our social justice projects—important as those are—but our modeling for the larger world an alternative reality to the mistrust, inequality, and narrow self-interest that is rampant there.”
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 this Sunday at church, so bring your calendars! This is a major enterprise for our Fellowship, so all hands are needed to help!
Piano for Sale
The lovely piano that sits in our social hall is for sale. It was donated to the church by Margaret Nash several years ago. Since we do not use it, we hope someone will! We are making it available to church members and friends first. We are asking $200 or best offer. Feel free to contact Laura McBride with questions or if you wish to look it over or play it.
Join the March for Social Justice!
Last year a number of us marched with our UUFCM banner in the Alma Highland Festival Parade supporting LGBT rights. If you would like to participate with us this year on Saturday, May 23, at 10:30 am, please contact Vicki Chessin (989-463-3076 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or email@example.com) to sign up!
From Mari Potter:
Hello, I need your help! I have been offered the opportunity to go to Nepal through Utopia Volunteers to help support victims of the earthquake at The Butterfly House Project and Early Childhood Development Center located in Kathmandu, Nepal. I plan to be in Nepal for the month of July. The focus of my trip is simple: I will be working with Pushpa Basnet, CNN Hero of 2012, with 48 children she supports and the ECDC/Butterfly House. Children in Nepal go to prison with their mothers if there are no other guardians. Pushpa gets the children out of prison and raises them until their mother is released. Pushpa and her children are currently sleeping under an abandoned greenhouse and are still extremely exposed to the elements.
One way to help is to assist me in raising the funds to make this trip to Nepal in July. The Utopia Foundation will be funding part of my trip. I am working to come up with travel expenses. To donate toward my travel expenses:
- Go to http://utopiavolunteers.org/giving/support-the-general-fund/
- Choose the amount you will donate
- The next page is the Checkout Form. On the RIGHT side of the Checkout Form you will see Additional Information. In the Notes box, please type: For Mari Potter Nepal Travel and relief fund.
Thank you in advance for your support with this cause.
~ Mari Potter
Reproductive Justice Postcards for Paid Sick Leave
MUUSJN and its Interfaith Reproductive Justice Coalition are members of a coalition that is working to bring an important resource to Michigan families – paid sick leave. More than half of working mothers (54%) do not have paid sick days they need to care for themselves and their loved ones.
How you can make a difference: Collect signed postcards that will be sent to Michigan legislators. The goal is to collect 5,000 post cards by June 2nd. Norma Bailey and Joyce Henricks have the postcards for you to sign and also share with your neighbors and friends to get more signatures. If you were not in church on Sunday, May 2, contact Norma (989-560-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joyce (989-773-4709 or email@example.com) to get postcards. Once collected, they will deliver them to MUUSJN who will then forward them to our legislators.
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted,
but getting what you have…
~ Garrison Keillor
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)