Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that.
~ Richard Rohr
The theme for our worship service this coming Sunday, August 27, will be “The Stories We Choose to Tell Matter.” Please join us!
September Worship Theme: “What Does It Mean to Be a People of Welcome?”
September 3: “The Welcome Table”
September 10: “Come Home to the River” - The Annual Water Service
Path to Membership Workshop
The Path to Membership workshop scheduled for this coming Saturday, August 26 has been cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. We assume everyone is busy wringing as much as they can out of the last bit of summer. An updated workshop calendar will be available soon. Stay tuned!
Fellowship Life Meeting - Sunday, August 27
Following worship this Sunday, we'll be sharing about the Board’s visioning retreat, upcoming changes in RE this year, the prioritization of suggestions from the annual meeting in May, and a reminder about our social justice survey.
Special Plate Collection this Sunday – Goodrow Fund
This Sunday a special plate collection will be taken to support the work of the Goodrow Fund. The Goodrow Fund is an independent 501 (c) 3 charitable organization and a United Way affiliate agency partner. Its purpose is to provide emergency aid, including transportation, shelter, clothing, medicine, gasoline or other forms of assistance to residents of Isabella County whose needs are not met or fulfilled by other community resources. Checks for this fund should be made out to the Goodrow Fund.
Welcome to UU Class - Sunday, August 27
This class is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this UU fellowship. It is the first in a series of three steps to membership at the UUFCM, and is offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.
We are trying something new this year for children’s RE. We plan to hire two RE teachers, so that each of our three Sunday morning RE children’s groups (infant- 4 yrs old, K to 2nd grade, 3rd- 6th grade) has a regular lead teacher. This significantly reduces our dependence on volunteer teachers from the congregation for RE during worship service. However, we need to have an additional adult to assist the lead teacher. Therefore, we will need three adults (one in each classroom) each Sunday to volunteer to help with RE. If each of our members and friends volunteers for just two Sunday mornings between September and May, we will have enough volunteers. Because our hired teachers will do all the lesson planning, setting up, and teaching, our members and friends will only need to show up and be present for our kids. Please see RE Director Anna vanArsdalehoot to sign-up for the privilege of helping our RE programs and interacting with our youth!
First Friday Potluck - September 1
Join us for our September First Friday communal nosh! We will also be celebrating the September birthdays of Alecia Genia, Carol Messick and Gisela Moffit. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.
We need hosts for upcoming potlucks! If you are willing to host a potluck, please contact Jen Prout
(989-400-3130 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or George Lentz (248-346-4039 or email@example.com). Upcoming dates include: September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1. If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy!
Attention Veggie Lovers
George Lentz has a garden bursting with produce to share. If you have any interest in driving to his farm and bringing some home, please call him at 248-346-4039. His home is located at 5565 Madison Road south of Shepherd and north of Alma. He would appreciate a call so he can show all the areas of his garden that are ready for picking. Currently he has hot peppers, bell peppers, eggplant, squash, and tomatoes. He doesn't want the produce to go to waste, so please call!
Isabella County Restoration House Fundraiser - September 7
Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH - the rotating homeless shelter) has a fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse on Thursday, September 7. Download and print the flyer for the coupon to participate.
Save the Date for our Community Justice Party
The Social Justice Coordinating Team is announcing the date for this year’s Community Justice Party –Saturday evening, October 21! Put it on your calendar! More information to follow! And if you have a song or reading or anything else that you would like to contribute to the program, contact any member of the Social Justice Coordinating Team – Norma Bailey, Joyce Henricks, Jen Prout or Katie Zapoluch (9895010672).
Emma’s Revolution Concert
Several of us are planning on attending the Emma’s Revolution Concert at the UU Congregation of Flint on Saturday, October 7, 8-11 pm. Often described as Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars, Emma's Revolution is the duo of award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O, with sounds ranging from folk to jazz to funk. This concert will celebrate their new release “Revolution Now”, with powerful observations on everything from reproductive justice to refugees, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the radical notion of love to counter white nationalism and hatred. Tickets are $12-15 in advance and $15-20 at the door. Please contact Norma Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura McBride (email@example.com) if you are interested in joining them for dinner and the concert; they will get tickets soon.
Environmental Task Force
The Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) is forming an Environmental Task Force to address environmental issues at the local, state and national levels. See this announcement to see how you can get involved.
• • • Community News • • •
3rd Annual Pipe Out Paddle Protest - Saturday, September 2, 2017
Calling all kayaktivists! Be seen and heard in Mackinaw and everywhere protesting the Enbridge Line! Kayakers needed to create a flotilla, carry signs, and float under and around the Mackinac Bridge pipeline.
Where: Meet at Nicolet and Huron Streets, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
When: 9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Bring: your own kayak and life vest, and any extra if you have them
RSVP & Contact: Kimberly; or join our Facebook group
Help Needed: On land first aid trained support and protesters to fill the shoreline of the Mackinaw Straits.
Until you allow the unconscious to become conscious, it will rise up to you as your life
and you will call it your fate.
~ Carl Jung
Let us be mindful to leave the parking spaces directly across from our Wisconsin entrance open
for our friends who have mobility issues. Thank you for your consideration.
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 2017-2018
President: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; email@example.com)
Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595; email@example.com)
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; email@example.com)
Secretary: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)
Trustee: Joyce Henricks (989.400.9743; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Ethan Kolek (413.387.7321; email@example.com)