We have only one absolute requirement: We covenant to treat each other with respect.
As we call each other to spiritual growth, we also challenge each other to build
Beloved Community—not just in our congregations, but in the wider world.
~ Fred Small
“Living in community is an earned blessing. It does not just happen. Communities are formed when people recognize that they share a common vision and move toward one another to see that vision more clearly. Community is maintained when people have the integrity to be honest, patient, accountable and forgiving with one another. Spiritual community does not require that every member believes the same thing. It does require that what they believe allows them to respect and work with those who believe differently. Community is love made visible by intention.” ~ Anonymous
For Unitarian Universalists, it is covenant that provides the framework for our intention as a community of faith. But what does this mean, really? How does it work in the life of our church? Over the first three Sundays of November, our worship themes will be anchored in varying aspects of covenant; to engage both with and beyond the conceptual as we strive to deepen our understanding of what it means as a practice - to be “in covenant” with one another. We will begin with a focus on “Covenant vs. Creeds” this coming Sunday, November 2. We hope you will join us!
• Upcoming Sunday service themes can be found here.
Training Session for Restoration House Volunteers Tomorrow!
The training session for volunteers for the Restoration House is at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 30, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Bradley. If you cannot attend, but want to volunteer to assist with this year's Restoration House homeless shelter program, you can get the necessary information presented at the session through a video, a hard copy, or online. We will have media available in time for our participation - which is from November 9 - 23 with St. John's. If you have not yet filled out the volunteer sheet, you can download and print it here, then give it to Joyce Henricks or Norma Bailey. We need everyone to pitch in!
Daylight saving time ends on November 1. Don't forget to give yourself another hour of sleep - on Saturday night turn your clocks back one hour at bedtime!
First Friday Potluck - November 7
The First Friday potluck for November is coming up November 7, 2014. The hostess this month is Jen Prout with a Mexican food theme! Your dish should serve 6-10 persons. If you are interested in attending, please go to Perfectpotluck.com and enter coordinator last name: Prout and password: 6575.
Conversation and/or games may follow, so bring your favorites of either or both. See you then!
Movie Night - November 8
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. The movie for this Saturday, November 8th is “Tim's Vermeer” - an absorbing film about inventor Tim Jenison's quest to solve one of art's greatest mysteries: how did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography. The intriguing intersection of science and art; strongly recommended by Laura McBride. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - email@example.com or (989) 772-0269.
• • • Area Community Events • • •
In response to our UUFCM mission statement – Fueled by love, transforming our lives and our world – we encourage you to make efforts to continue to learn about the many peoples and issues surrounding us. One way to do this is to attend some of the many events held at Central Michigan University, sponsored by their various diversity centers. Please see the links below for current flyers and/or more information.
• Native American History Month Schedule - Join the office of Native American Programs in celebrating 2014 Native American Heritage Month. Highlights for the month include the keynote speaker, Dr. Anton Treuer, which will be held on Thursday November 6th at 6:30pm in Park Library Auditorium and the Native American Month Food Taster which will be held on Monday November 10th at 5pm in the UC Rotunda!
• Storied Streets - Saturday, November 8, Plachta Auditorium at 3:00 p.m.
• Soup and Substance Series Schedule - November 18
• Women's and Gender Studies Fall Events Schedule - November 5 and 18
Polls are open Tuesday, November 4 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.for a statewide election. Know before you go. View your ballot ahead of time by visiting michigan.gov/vote. Candidate Forum dates for upcoming contests are available on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
Needle Craft Group at VML
Dr. Malone-Beach has recently started a needle craft group which meets Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. (drop in) at Veteran' Memorial Library. We do knitting, crocheting, quilting, needle point, and tatting. This is a great opportunity to learn how to do one of these crafts or to share and grow in one's crafting! All ages and experience levels are welcome!
Shadows of a thousand years
Rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees
'Tonight is Halloween!
~ Dexter Kozen
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UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2014-2015
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; email@example.com)
President Elect: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Past-President: Gisela Moffit (989.772.1602; email@example.com)
Treasurer: David Macleod (989.772.0595; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; email@example.com)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Capalene Howse (989.488.8714; email@example.com)
Trustee: Jennifer Prout (989.400.3130; firstname.lastname@example.org)