In a world made not only beautiful but possible by diversity, conflict is as necessary to life
as waves are to the sea. True peace emerges not from the avoidance of conflict
but in how we respond to it and whether we are able to take it in.
~ Karen Hering
The presence of all members of the congregation is requested by the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, which will be held on Sunday May 15, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. – following our Flower Communion Service.
According to our bylaws, certain positions must be filled at the annual meeting. The congregation must also approve the budget for the upcoming church year, which begins on July 1st. A majority of members must be present for business to be conducted, so please plan to attend! If you cannot attend, please appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, in writing or via email (which they will need to print and bring to the meeting). Annual Meeting is also a time when we honor the service of our many volunteers.
The Annual Meeting is a special event in the life of a congregation, so to celebrate, we plan to break bread together with a community luncheon immediately following the meeting. Sign-up sheets will be made available this Sunday, May 8.
First Friday Potluck - This Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us this Friday for our monthly potluck/birthday celebration - our intrepid minister, Dawn, will be hosting with the theme "Spring Is Here" - so bring whatever food makes you happy! Your dish should serve 6-10 persons. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dawn (firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-6315) to add your dish to the list.
Birthdays to be celebrated this month: Roze Bentley, Dan O’Berry, Scott Daigle, Cynthia Damer, Susan Powers, Kate Swier, Larry Hall, Stacy Guthrie, and Mary Alsager.
Our theme for worship this Sunday, May 8 is “Peace, Salaam, Shalom.” Julia Ward Howe tirelessly pushed for a holiday that promoted peace for the nation. She thought it had the best chance of catching on if she connected it to a celebration of mothers. Dawn will explore the meaning and relevance of Howe’s efforts within our current turbulent context and address the question of where and how do we define and find peace in the midst of the rough seas of today’s world. Please join us!
May 15 - “Our Sure Blossoming – The Annual Communion of Flowers” and our Annual Meeting after service!
May 22 - “The Gift of the Postscript”
Fellowship Life Meeting - This Sunday
Once a month we gather after worship to briefly discuss current happenings as well as upcoming issues of importance to the congregation. The topics for this Sunday are the upcoming Annual Meeting, the selection of General Assembly delegates and the May Clean-Up Day.
CUUPs Celebrates Beltane - Sunday, May 8
Beltane is a time to celebrate fertility and the greening of the earth, to honor the arrival of spring and new life.
We invite those of you who are interested in participating in this ritual to bring an item of food or drink
to share at the potluck that follows the ceremony. We will gather at 6 pm and begin our ceremony
promptly at 7 pm.
A Thank You from Mari Potter
I wanted to thank everyone who made donations toward the handicrafts from Nepal. You donated $400, that I will be taking to Pushpa Basnet at ECDC/Butterfly Home in July, for extracurricular activities for the children. The handicrafts are available at the RedBloom Yoga and Community Center (in the old Pleasant Graphics building on Michigan Street downtown). The yoga community has donated over $100, so I will be giving Pushpa over $500! That will go a long way in Nepal! Thank you so very much for all of your support. Namaste.
UU Young Adult Conference – May 6-8 in Kalamazoo
This year’s UUA Mid-America Region Young Adult Conference will be at People's Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 6-8, and it is open to young adults aged 18-35. The conference is called CONtinUUing EdUUcation, and it will be focused on issues related to education in the United States. There will be contemporary worship, as well as opportunity to play, learn, eat, and enjoy fellowship together, interspersed with engaging workshops and social justice activities.
Meals are provided, and participants may sleep at the church or make other arrangements for overnight lodging.
There is a sliding scale registration, to be paid at the door, is $25-$75 for the weekend.
Interfaith Reproductive Justice Conference
The Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) and the Interfaith Reproductive Justice Coalition are sponsoring an Interfaith Reproductive Justice Conference at the Woodside Church, United Church of Christ, in Flint on Friday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be updates on legislation, skills training workshops, issues workshops, and speakers from three national organizations. Registration is $20 (early bird) and is done individually (download the form here). Norma Bailey is attending, so please contact her if you would like to share rides (989-560-3952 or email@example.com).
Marching in the Alma Highland Festival Parade
We are again going to march in the Alma Highland Festival Parade on Saturday, May 28 (Memorial Day weekend). While the parade starts at 10:30 and is completed by about 11:30, we would need to be there to line up no later than 10:00. Vicki Chessin is organizing us and getting our parade banner ready, so please contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Norma Bailey (email@example.com) to join us. We would love to have a large contingent of Mt. Pleasant UUs!
Save the dates and attend these important social justice events!
Walking with Our Sisters Memorial Coming to the Ziibiwing
April 23 through May 7 at the Ziibiwing Centre. For more info:
Walking with Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the United States; to acknowledge the grief and torment families of these women continue to suffer; and to raise awareness of this issue and create opportunity for broad community-based dialogue on the issue.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of
racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality...
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The deadline for submissions to the Order of Service Insert and the UUFCM weekly e-News is
Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: David Macleod (989.772.0595; email@example.com)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; email@example.com)
Trustee: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)