Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly,
but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into
hope for the future.
~ Nelson Mandela
Please do join us for worship this Sunday, February 5, as our minister shares a message aimed at our troubled times titled “A Charter of Compassion” (apologies for the excess of alliteration…sometimes it’s the little things that lift the spirit!)
“We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.” ~ Karen Armstrong
February 12: “On Reclaiming Church” + New Member Ingathering
UU Cabaret Performers Needed!
As the Stewardship Team prepares for the 2017 Stewardship Campaign, the kick off event is being planned…drum roll please…the UU Cabaret! This highly anticipated event will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7 pm in our sanctuary. Sign up sheets are available in the Social Hall. If you play an instrument, sing, dance, act, perform UU tricks, recite poetry/stories, etc., then we need you.
Thank you for your consideration!
Annette Pratt, 2017 UUFCM Stewardship Chairperson
First Friday Potluck - February 3
Join us for our February First Friday communal nosh! We will also be celebrating the February birthdays of Annette Pratt, George Lentz, Kris Los, Laura McBride, Glenn Lewandos, and Jean Daab. Bring a dish to pass – whatever suits your early February fancy. Set-up helpers are welcome at 6:15 p.m.
Infant Pantry Collection - February 5
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.
Friend in Need
Our former RE director…and current RE volunteer teacher, Roze Bentley, has been diagnosed with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder that has her in constant pain…and her insurance offers no coverage for the treatment she needs. Roze has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the necessary funds – she is halfway to her goal! Please chip in if you’re able.
Our youth are fighting the Sickness Horcrux! We are going to be taking orders for candy grams this upcoming Sunday, February 5th, which will be distributed the 12th. They will cost $3, and include candy and a custom note from the orderer. If you would like to order, please bring $3 this Sunday and let us know what you would like the note to say! All proceeds will go to St. Jude's to help fight childhood cancer.
A big thank you to all of you who were able to attend our congregational retreat this past Saturday. Our workshop leaders - Kathleen and Bri – consultants with the National LGBTQ Task Force were excellent in helping us expand our understanding of gender identity as well as the challenges faced by our transgender brothers and sisters. A special thank-you goes to Jim and Liz Dealing and Gisela and Tom Moffit for hosting our guests in their homes and to Janis Shinn, Jen Prout, Dawn Daniels, Gisela Moffit and Annette Pratt for providing our delicious lunch.
Support for Our Neighbors
If anyone would like to send cards or letters telling the members of the Islamic Center of Mount Pleasant that they are welcome in our community, they would gratefully receive them. The address is:
Islamic Center of Mount Pleasant
907 McVey St.
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
This is the time of year when the UUFCM Board provides a formal evaluation to our minister, Dawn Daniels. If anyone has feedback they would like incorporate into the evaluation, please contact one of the Board members with your thoughts. We can be reached by phone or email as listed in the directory or in person. The Board members include Laura McBride, Norma Bailey, Annette Pratt, Chris Bailey, Scott Daigle, Janis Shinn, Brigitte Bechtold and Vicki Chessin.
Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) News
The remaining dates for our partnering with St. John's for the Restoration House are the weeks of March 5 and April 2. The shelter program has begun and we are again hosting the Welcome/Intake center. If you are interested in volunteering for the Intake Center, or for helping out with other churches, please contact Joyce Henricks (989-400-9743 or email@example.com).
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CMU Observes Black History Month
Schedule of Events
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive.
~ Dalai Lama
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.
Service Cancellation Policy
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. An announcement will be posted on Facebook as well as sent directly via email. Those who are not online will be phoned. If you have questions, call Laura McBride (989-772-5512). We hope we won't have to resort to this very often, but we live in Michigan after all, so we need to be prepared!
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 2016-2017
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; email@example.com)
Past-President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; 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 (989.560.4614; 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)