I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
~ L.M. Montgomery
At the heart of the UUFCM mission is the love-guided work towards a transformation of our lives and our world. For the month of October in worship we will be exploring the many-faceted themes of hunger and longing. The message for this Sunday, October 4 is titled “Scarcity in the Land of Plenty.” We hope you will join us!
Infant Pantry Collection - This Sunday!
Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers (especially sizes 5 and 6), creams, shampoos,and lotions. Baby food and formula are not needed a this time. If you want to donate money, then the check should be made out to CCN (Community Compassionate Network) with memo "Infant Pantry". Please contact Tom Moffit (firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-1602) with any questions. Thank you in advance for your generous donations!
A memorial service for Lois Hartzler will be held Friday, October 9th at 4:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, she requested memorial contributions be made in her memory to Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, P.O. Box 1, Mecosta, MI 49332
Read the WiRE!
WiRE is our new weekly newsletter about happenings in RE. Upcoming events and opportunities, what parents and youth need to know ahead of Sunday RE, and more can be found here on our website. This week includes updates on what to bring to RE this Sunday, the rescheduled Papa's Pumpkin Patch trip, and more…
RE Needs You…
RE is looking for one-time volunteers to help out our regular teachers. No preparation required, just bring your open mind, helping hands and loving heart!
- Preschool is learning about nature's partnerships, for example, the partnership between the anemone and the clown fish.
- In our Elementary group we will be introducing the concept of the Moral Compass and exploring a story from the Buddhist tradition to develop listening to our inner voice.
OWL Parent Meeting
We will be offering Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive human sexuality program for grades 7th-high school, otherwise known as OWL, in October. Any parent with a child in this age range is highly encouraged to attend an informational meeting with our teaching staff on Thursday, October 1st at 7 p.m. For complete information, please read more here.
First Friday Potluck - This Friday!
The host this month is Jim Dealing (989-772-0269; email@example.com). The theme for the evening is ‘Harvest Favorites’. Your dish should serve 6-10 persons. If you are interested in attending, please sign in at perfectpotluck.com
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. The movie for October 10 is The Visitor, 2007. A widowed professor (Richard Jenkins in an academy award nominated role) finds his way of living and thinking fundamentally challenged when he discovers an immigrant couple squatting in his Manhattan apartment and becomes wrapped up in their lives. As emotionally compelling as it is timely. By the director of The Station Agent. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 772-0269.
RE Invites You to Celebrate Autumn at Papa's Pumpkin Patch
On Thursday, October 8th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., UUFCM RE will be visiting Papa's Pumpkin Patch for seasonal fun! Cider and donuts will be available. Come join us for a hayride and pick a pumpkin. Please call Rose Bentley with any questions. (989-400-7674)
CROP Hunger Walk Is Coming – Sunday, October 11
The 2015 Mt. Pleasant Area CROP Hunger Walk is taking place on October 11 at Island Park at 1:00 p.m. One of our youth, Josh Daniels, will be taking the lead in signing up people to walk on our behalf that Sunday as well as collecting our donations to help “end hunger one step at a time!” Please read more about CROP Hunger Walk here.
UUA 2015-16 “Common Read”
The UUFCM will be taking part in this year’s UUA Common Read of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. You can read more about this book at the UUA website. Books are available now for just $10.00 at the fellowship or you can purchase one at Amazon.com. Obtain your copy…or share with a friend…and read it before our study groups begin in October (when the UUA study guide comes out) – stay tuned!
Getting Peckish After Service?
As you may have noticed, refreshments were missing at church this past Sunday. The Hospitality branch of the Congregational Life Ministry Team is trying out some different ideas for Sunday coffee hour after the service. Many churches have coffee/tea only following services. We have generally had some treats available. This takes much planning and participation. The treats are provided/made by members and friends. The church only provides the beverages.
We will be trying a couple of things over the next several weeks including leaving a money collection can for those who would like a small snack provided at the tables such as nuts or cookies or brownie/cake or crackers that could be purchased with the donations from GFS. Please make a contribution so goodies may be purchased if you wish. Additionally, a sign up schedule will be hung for folks to sign up to bring a snack when it works for their schedule.
Additionally, there is much planning that occurs for us to have a well orchestrated Sunday service from set up, greeting, and clean up. We have September-November scheduled already. Watch for opportunities to sign up to help out in these Sunday jobs in the next month or two.
Please share your reactions to these snack and hospitality ideas we are implementing. Talk to Laura McBride, Chris Bauerle, Kris Los, or Dawn Daniels. Thank you for being a caring part of our little church community!
October 1: Soup & Substance – Hispanic Heritage Month
October 6: Soup & Substance – Coming Out Week
October 12: Soup & Substance – Indigenous Peoples' Day
Bovee Terrace Rooms A-D, CMU Campus at 12:00 p.m.
Open to the public. Attendees will be served soup and rolls at no cost. All Soup & Substance events include informed discussions related to the topic of the meeting.
Sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity/Office of Diversity Education.
October 9: Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote
Rotunda, Bovee University Center at 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Ernie G
October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup.
October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins.
O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!
~ Rainbow Rowell
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 email@example.com
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; 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: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; email@example.com)