Reverence is an organic human experience that requires no supernatural explanations.
~ Kendyl Gibbons
Vicki Chessin’s husband, Duane Powell, died on Friday, October 7 at home surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes, 117 N. East Street. St. Louis, MI. A memorial service will follow on Friday, October 14 at 11 a.m. at Duane’s company, Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing, Inc., 740 E. Monroe Rd., St. Louis, Michigan. The service will be officiated by UUFCM minister, Dawn Daniels. Please keep Vicki and her family in your thoughts and hearts as they journey through the painful times ahead.
Our service this Sunday, October 16, will feature a message from our minister titled “What Protagoras Meant.” We hope you’ll join us!
“The story comes as a surprise from Protagoras, because we know that he said he was an agnostic. Why should he, of all people, tell a story about Zeus? We shall see that he is not alone among humanists who support reverence. But why should Protagoras of all people say that reverence is part of the package that Zeus gives to us? Later philosophers thought that justice was the foundation of society. Why add reverence? Why insist that the foundation of society is justice and reverence? ~ Paul Woodruff
And…if you happened to miss our service this past Sunday, you will find the text version of the service on our website sermon archive page.
October 23: “Reverence Without a Creed”
October 30: “The Language of Humanity”
Path to Membership Workshop - This Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m.
This workshop is designed for those who are ready to make the membership commitment to UUFCM. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry; it is a three-hour* session (*depending on the size of the group – may be a shorter timeframe if a small group). The 2016-17 membership workshops are scheduled from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
January 28, April 8, and June 10.
To sign up for a Path to Membership workshop or participate in the New Member Celebration (next one
is on Sunday, October 23!), please contact Gisela at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with UUFCM Minister
Fellowship Life Meeting - Sunday, October 16
There will be several announcements of upcoming events (Harvest Feast, Endowment Fund), hymnal dedication, UUFCM Handbook, etc. Join us for an update after the service this Sunday, October 15.
Crop Walk – This Sunday, October 16
The Mt. Pleasant Area Crop Hunger Walk will take place this Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. starting at Mill Pond Park. The UUFCM Team is growing and welcomes all who wish to make the walk with us this Sunday. And there’s still time to make donations, too. Josh Daniels - our coordinator this year - will be available after worship this Sunday and every Sunday through October 30 to gather your donations to this worthy effort.
Saturday, October 22nd at 7pm is our Halloween Harry Potter Party!
This is a multigenerational event where all ages are welcomed! We will be watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, eating creepy candy and treats, and enjoying this fall holiday! We will also be having a costume parade, so all are encouraged to dress in their spooky best! Please tone down and gory/adult costumes, as we will have young ones present. We look forward to seeing you there!
On Sunday, October 30th, our youth will be trick-or-treating in service for canned goods/non perishables!
We will be fighting our Hunger Horcrux, and working to ensure that people in our community will not go hungry this fall. Hunger is scary! Youth are invited to dress in their Halloween best for this event.
Welcome to UU Class - Sunday, October 23 at 12:00 p.m.
This class is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this UU fellowship. The first in a series of three steps to membership at the UUFCM, Welcome to UU is offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.
A Little Help Please!
We need baby holders for this upcoming year! If you would like to help out, please let Anna VanArsdaleHoot know what Sunday of the month you are available for holding any babies that come to church. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Are You a Camera Bug?
We are in need of a consistent flow of new photos of fellowship activities and events that we can use on our website and in our eNews publication. Most people find us by way of our website and no matter how bright and shiny our words are, pictures often depict more about who we are as a community. So bring your camera along or pull out that oh so smart phone from your pocket and document for us some of the life being lived in this community – thank you!
• • • Community Events • • •
Climate Change and National Security
Retired Rear Admiral David W. Titley, USN is coming to Mt. Pleasant to speak about “The US National Security Risks of a Changing Climate” on Friday, October 21 from 1:45 - 3:15 at CMU Park Library Auditorium and at 7:30 p.m. at Mid Mich. Community College in the Community Room, Center for Arts and Business. Both programs are free and open to the public.
Hispanic Heritage Month at CMU
Wednesday, September 14 through Thursday, October 13
Download the flyer for complete information.
A discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty.
~ Mark Twain
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 (989.463.3076; 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)