Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of
leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
~ Lin Yutang
Our proceeds from this year’s UUFCM garage sale totaled $2108.79!!!
A tremendous thanks to all who made our project such a success! Besides all the donations we received, particular thanks go to those who worked to set up/sort/price/clean up and/or staff the sale: Niki Henry (the brains of the organization!), Norma Bailey, Beth Macleod, Liz Dealing, Laura McBride, Jen Prout, Brigitte Bechtold, Gisela Moffit, Tom Moffit, Terry Tribe, Bob Clason, Betty Clason, Mary Alsager, Leslie Hildebrandt, Laura Frey, Ricky Courlander, Lauren McConnell, Carolina Gutierrez, Victoria Sladek, Nancy White, Sandy Wickstrom, Jamie Storey, Stacey Pattison, Joyce Henricks, Annette Pratt, Susan Paton, Sally VanCise, Kris Los, and Chris Bailey.
We will put the money earned toward a new door on the Wisconsin side of the building and/or renovating the front porch of the building which, while sturdy, needs some significant beautifying!
Our worship theme for this Sunday, June 25, is “Everyone Should Be a Feminist” and will feature a message titled “Gender Equality Is Your Issue, Too.” Our service planner for this Sunday is Janis Shin and worship will be led by Ricky Courlander.
“That’s what 21st century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free.”
~ Barack Obama
July 2: “The Power and Poverty of Freedom”
July 9: “Lessons from My Garden”
July 16: “Turn the Principles Upside Down”
July 23: “A Bright Golden Thread”
July 30: “Kindness Over Niceness”
And if you missed worship the past several weeks, you can find the texts of the sermon messages for May 28, June 4, 11, and 18 in our website sermon archive.
Sorrow in Our Midst…
Sandy Wikstrom’s dear sister, Pam Freeberger, passed away Saturday, June 17 following a massive stroke. Please hold Sandy and her family close in your thoughts and prayers.
Minister’s Summer Schedule
Dawn will be off and away on vacation from June 22-July 17. She will be back at work July 18-30, then off again to attend a seminary intensive course at ESR in Richmond, Indiana, July 31-August 11. Pastoral care needs in her absence should be directed to the UUFCM Arms Around ministry team via Gisela Moffit (989-772-1602 or email@example.com).
Litha Ritual - Saturday, June 24th at Deerfield Park
Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) will gather in the UU parking lot between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m., carpooling to Deerfield Park, with ritual beginning at 7 p.m. in the park. Our potluck will follow the ritual. Please bring a dish to pass and/or a dessert to share. If the weather does not cooperate, we will meet at the UU Center instead.
Welcome to UU Class - Sunday, June 25 at 12:15
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 12:15 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.
Isabella County Restoration House Fundraiser
Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH - the rotating homeless shelter) has a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, June 28. See the flyer for the coupon to participate.
Forming a Building Team
At the annual meeting on May 20, many suggestions were made for ways to utilize extra monies that were pledged for the 2017-2018 year. While we won’t be spending any money from those pledges at this point, we are forming a building team to prioritize those suggestions. If you are interested in serving on this team (one, maybe two, meetings this fall), please contact Laura McBride (989-772-5512 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Scrap Metal Drive
The scrap metal drive for the UUFCM leadership training fundraiser is postponed!
It will be rescheduled in July.
- We need summer volunteers! During the summer months, the RE curriculum does not run like it does during the school year. Instead, our youth tend to a vegetable garden and help provide fresh food for the Isabella Soup kitchen. Volunteers will not be expected to create activities/provide stories (although they are more than welcome to!), they will be prepared ahead of time. If you wish to sign up email Anna at email@example.com or sign up during coffee hour after service.
- We are revamping our nursery! Please contact Anna if you have any new or gently used items you would like to donate.
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.
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something,
and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think,
but thousands can think for one who can see.
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion — all in one.
~ John Ruskin
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 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)