I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
To our annual Harvest Feast Goddess (or “Feast Beast” as she prefers) Laura McBride and all the helping hands – especially those of Kris Los, Brigitte Bechtold, George Lentz, and Jen Prout – plus Norma Bailey and our youth worship associates Josh Daniels, Chiron Finn, and Izzy Rollins – and our musicians Reed Sladek, Tolby Busch, and Roman Damer-Daigle – in addition to all the volunteers that helped with set-up, provided tasty dishes, and did the grunt work of clean-up – a huge thank you one and all for making our annual Harvest Feast so very wonderful.
… and thanks to Stacey Pattison for pictures too!
Join us this coming post-Thanksgiving Sunday for worship and our minister’s message titled “On Covenant…Activated.”
“We are bound by covenant, each to each and each to all, by what theologian Rebecca Parker calls “freely chosen and life-sustaining interdependence.” [So] The central question for us is not, “What do we believe?” but more, “What do we believe in? To what larger love, to what people, principles, values, and dreams shall we be committed? To whom, to what, are we accountable?” ~ Victoria Safford
December 4: “What Are We Waiting For?”
Just in Case You Missed It…
If you happened to miss last Sunday’s worship and Harvest Feast (well, we’re sorry you did because it was really good!), or you left your checkbook at home last weekend, you still have this coming Sunday to contribute to the annual UUSC Guest at Your Table program. Norma Bailey will be collecting any remaining donations. You can read more about Guest at Your Table here.
Winter Holiday Worship Schedule – Please Note!
With both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, we have decided to hold our worship services those weekends on the Saturday evenings. So...worship will be held on Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m. There will be no worship services held on Sunday, December 25 or Sunday, January, 1. The December 24 evening service will be followed by fellowship time including punch and cookies, and the December 31 service will be followed by a New Year’s Eve celebration – details for that event will be available soon.
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 12:15 p.m. Sessions will run approximately ninety minutes.
We will be adopting 3 families for the holidays. Beginning this Sunday, November 27th, there will be a sign-up sheet of items the families have requested, and you will be able to choose gifts you would like to donate to them. The gifts will be collected on Sundays before and after service, and distributed to the families on December 18th. More details to come.
Ladies who Lunch will meet on the fifth Tuesday of November (11/29) instead of the usual fourth, at Panera, at 11:45.
UUFCM Special Business Meeting - December 4
UUFCM members, please put Sunday, December 4th on your calendars! There will be a special business meeting to learn the recommendation by the board to enroll in the UU Common Endowment Fund. Your voice and vote are needed.
Infant Pantry Collection - December 4
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 (email@example.com or 772-1602) with any questions.
Christmas Outreach - Children's Books
UUFCM is again collecting new or like-new children's books which will be distributed at Christmas Outreach on December 9th and 10th. We especially need books for sixth grade through high school. There will be a box for books in the Fellowship Hall. Financial donations are welcome as well - checks should be made out to Christmas Outreach. Beth Macleod will be collecting both books and checks.
Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) News
The dates for our partnering with St. John's for the Restoration House are the weeks of January 2, March 5, and April 2. A sign up list for volunteers will be sent out after Thanksgiving. 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 (989-773-4709 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Save the Date!
Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9-4 p.m.
UUFCM All-Congregation Retreat! Details available soon…
Native American Heritage Month at CMU
Events throughout the month of November. For complete information, download the flyer.
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.
~ Jim Davis
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)
President Elect: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; firstname.lastname@example.org )
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257; email@example.com)
Co-Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.560.4614; email@example.com)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)
Trustee: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123; firstname.lastname@example.org)