The season for enjoying the fullness of life – partaking of the harvest,
sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest
for yet another season of growth.
~ Denis Waitley
“Hunger and Longing” is the worship theme for the month of October…what do we hunger for physically, emotionally, spiritually? What exacerbates our longing and fuels our hunger? Why is there so much hunger in this land of plenty and what can we as individuals and as a faith community do about it? Of course it’s impossible to address hunger and longing without dancing at some point with both abundance and scarcity - and just how does this all interconnect? If you missed service last week, you can find the sermon reflection, “Scarcity in the Land of Plenty” here. The message for this Sunday, October 18 is titled “The Hunger for Meaning” We hope you will join us!
“Famine is created by our fears and hungers. It’s created because someone dams a river, closes a border, starts a war, prices a medication sky high, prevents a crop from being grown or sold. It happens because two nations can’t share the same land or water rights. Famine is created because in one place people have a bottomless hunger and to feed it, they are willing to let others suffer or die. Perhaps it’s easier to live with that cost because somewhere, not too long ago, our ancestors were making living sacrifices on the altars of gods they hoped to buy favor with.” ~ Hilary Landau Krivchenia
A memorial service for Lois Hartzler will be held Friday, October 9th at 4:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, she requested memorial contributions be made in her memory to Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, P.O. Box 1, Mecosta, MI 49332
Read the WiRE!
WiRE is our new weekly newsletter about happenings in RE. Upcoming events and opportunities, what parents and youth need to know ahead of Sunday RE, and more can be found here on our website. This week includes updates on what to bring to RE this Sunday, the rescheduled Papa's Pumpkin Patch trip, and more…
RE Needs You…
RE is looking for one-time volunteers to help out our regular teachers. No preparation required, just bring your open mind, helping hands and loving heart! Please contact Roze Bentley (989) 400-7674 to volunteer.
RE Papa's Pumpkin Patch Trip This Saturday
Due to the probability of rain, we will be going to the Patch on Saturday afternoon. Please note the date and time change. We will be meeting at Papa’s for a hayride and pumpkin picking, followed by cider and fresh donuts. Please join us for seasonal fun. Cost is $8.50 per child, $4.25 for adults and includes one pumpkin per child. Contact Roze Bentley with questions or to arrange rides, if necessary. (989-400-7674)
UUFCM T-shirts for Sale!
The social justice team has two t-shirts styles for sale. Our locally printed UUFCM shirts are $10, and the Standing on the Side of Love shirts are $20 and will be ordered by catalog. There are sample shirts in the Social Hall at the UUFCM. Orders and payments are due by Sunday, October 25. Please see, call, or text Jen Prout
at 989-400-3130 with any questions.
Movie Night is every second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. The movie for October 10 is The Visitor, 2007. A widowed professor (Richard Jenkins in an academy award nominated role) finds his way of living and thinking fundamentally challenged when he discovers an immigrant couple squatting in his Manhattan apartment and becomes wrapped up in their lives. As emotionally compelling as it is timely. By the director of The Station Agent. Contact Jim Dealing with any questions - email@example.com or (989) 772-0269.
CROP Hunger Walk Is Coming – This Sunday, October 11
The 2015 Mt. Pleasant Area CROP Hunger Walk is taking place this coming Sunday at Island Park starting at 1:00 p.m. Thank you to all who have donated so far. But it’s not too late to make a donation – if you’re coming to service on Sunday, please see our minister, Dawn Daniels, after service to add your contribution to the envelope. Dawn, Beth Macleod and Mary Alsager will be walking as UUFCM representatives…and it’s not too late to join in that, too. “We walk because they walk” and our donations help “end hunger one step at a time!” Please read more about CROP Hunger Walk here.
UUA 2015-16 “Common Read”
The UUFCM will be taking part in this year’s UUA Common Read of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. You can read more about this book at the UUA website. Books are available now for just $10.00 at the fellowship or you can purchase one at Amazon.com. Obtain your copy…or share with a friend…and read it before our study groups begin in late October.
Book Collection for Christmas Outreach
This year the UUFCM will be collecting children’s books – actually the range is pre-school through young adult – as our contribution to the Christmas Outreach program this year. If you would like to donate any new or very slightly used books to this effort, please contact Beth Macleod at 989.772.0595 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 9: Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote
Rotunda, Bovee University Center at 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Ernie G
October 12: Soup & Substance – Indigenous Peoples' Day
Bovee Terrace Rooms A-D, CMU Campus at 12:00 p.m.
Open to the public. Attendees will be served soup and rolls at no cost. All Soup & Substance events include informed discussions related to the topic of the meeting.
Sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity/Office of Diversity Education.
October 22: Speak Up, Speak Out
Plachta Auditorium in Warriner Hall at 7:00 p.m.
How to Make College Work for You: A Conversation with Richard Arum
CMU Speaker Forums – presented in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Collective
At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth;
in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste,
and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds.
Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; 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: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; email@example.com)