With or without speech, prayer is born of breath and bones,
and hearts held open to ancient connection.
~ Karen Hering
This Sunday, August 28, we will be focusing in worship on worship…what it means in the 21st century in our Unitarian Universalist construct…and why it matters. The message asks a simple question, “Does Worship Matter?” but will hopefully provoke deep reflection and interaction among us.
We hope you will join us for this service!
“To commit to creating a prophetic congregation today is to grapple with what it means to take responsibility for co-creating the holy right here on earth.” ~ Meg Riley
September 4: “A People So Bold: 2016 General Assembly Report”
September 11: “Radical Hospitality”
September 18: “Return to the River: The Annual Water Service”
September 25: “To Be Truly Inclusive”
Welcome to UU Class - This Sunday
This class is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this UU fellowship. Welcome to UU classes will be offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Sessions will run approximately ninety minutes. Our next Welcome to UU class is scheduled for Sunday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m.
Make Joyful Noise!
The Joyful Noise Choir will begin rehearsals for the fall on Wednesday, August 31, at 7:00 pm, and we would be delighted if others would join us! Contact Norma Bailey at 989-560-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
First Friday Potluck - Next Week!
Minister Dawn Daniels will host the September 2 potluck. The theme is Late Summer Favorites. Your dish should serve 6-10 persons. If you plan to attend, it is helpful to contact Dawn (email@example.com or
763-6315) to add your dish to the list, but it is not a requirement. If you are willing to host an upcoming potluck, please email/phone Chris Bauerle directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-330-8457.
Birthdays to be celebrated this month: Alicia Genia, Carol Messick, and Gisela Moffit.
Fourth Quarter Report Update
The Fourth Quarter financial report will be provided by Chris Bailey following service on September 11.
Please stay for this update!
Upcoming Congregational Vote
(Bless her!) Norma Bailey has come forward and decided to run for the open President Elect position on the UUFCM Board of Trustees. We will hold that vote during announcements on Sunday, September 18th at the beginning of service. We chose to wait until more membership is attending regularly and could participate in this election. Thank you to Norma for her willingness to participate in the governance of our fellowship!
Members of the Social Justice Coordinating Committee (SJCC) are frequently asked, “What does SJCC do?”
As the UUFCM Social Justice Coordinating Committee, we are committed to alerting congregational members and friends to events/needs, etc., in our local, regional, state, national and global world, so that individually and/or collectively we can, inspired by love, work to transform ourselves and our world.
While we will regularly announce events and needs through the e-News, the bulletin board in the fellowship hall, the order of service and on our closed Facebook page, we also directly alert members and friends who might have an interest in a specific issue. To this end, we ask that you fill out the attached survey and submit a hard copy to any of the members of the committee or e-mail your completed survey to Norma Bailey at email@example.com.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan is hosting an Activist Conference and Issues Forum for Isabella County at Veterans Memorial Library on Tuesday, August 30. The Activist Conference, which will include presentations on a variety of issues affecting our state, including Reproductive Justice, Redistricting, and How the Budget Affects Michigan’s Families, will be from 1-5:30 pm. The Issues Forum, which will provide you the opportunity to meet your elected officials and ask them questions about women’s issues that are important to you, will be from 5:30-7:30 pm.
The Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH), which provides the rotating homeless shelter in the winter months, is presenting a Community-wide Forum Focused on Homelessness in Isabella County on Tuesday, August 30, at 7:00 pm at the Isabella County Commission on Aging, Rooms A & B. Since our fellowship is very much involved in the ICRH efforts, we encourage you all to attend to learn about where we’ve been, where we are now, and where our new vision will take us. Download the flyer.
MUUSJN, along with Inclusive Justice, the National LGBTQ Task Force, Equality Michigan and several other organizations, is hosting a conference and training to build a statewide faith network dedicated to justice and the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in our congregations and society-at-large. It will be held in Brighton, MI on Saturday, September 17, form 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. We are hoping that a good number of us from UUFCM will attend as we are focusing on gaining a better understanding of transgender issues as a continuation of our Welcoming Congregation efforts this year. Contact Norma Bailey at 989-560-3952 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange carpooling. Download the Save the Date flyer.
The Community Action Dialogues for Black Lives Matter will have its first meeting this year on Tuesday, September 27, at 7:00 pm in the Bovee UC Terrace Rooms. We encourage you to attend the meeting and join one of the action teams working in our Mt. Pleasant Community. Download the Flyer.
Summer RE News
Our RE youth have picked their fifth produce from the raised gardens – a cucumber, a batch of green beans, a full-sized tomato, many more of our cherry tomatoes, and a dozen green peppers – which have been delivered to the Soup Kitchen. The children have weeded and watered each week to keep the gardens in good shape. Good job, RE youth!
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!
The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man,
the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.
~ Hosea Ballou
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 2016-2017
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Past-President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; email@example.com)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; email@example.com)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123; email@example.com)