Faith is how we behave.”
~ Matt Tittle
This Sunday, January 25, we conclude our month-long exploration of “faith” with the theme
Our True Work: Faith Embodied.
“Being a UU means searching for your own defining religious principles and then allowing yourself to be captured by them. Actively practicing our free religion has an inescapable quality about it. The only choice involved is whether or not to take your emerging personal truths and principles seriously enough to actually live them on a daily basis. Once you find your moral and spiritual guideposts (and these evolve over the years), you have no choice but to follow the path that your guideposts define. This faith tradition, which trusts the integrity and worth of each individual, sets you free not so that you can casually dabble in religion, but so that you can become, as Stephen Carter puts it, “intoxicated” by an authentic, personal faith you cannot help but live, serve, and cherish.” ~ Scott Alexander
Redux of All-Congregation Mini-Retreat – Saturday, January 24
Our Mission Statement: Not Just a Bumper Sticker
Since a good number of people were unable to attend the all-congregation mini-retreat on December 6 because of the holidays, we are repeating the workshop this Saturday, January 24, from 9:00 a.m.-noon. All members and friends are invited to add their voice to the important discussion of “What does it mean to transform ourselves and our world? What does it mean to be with one another, to promise to make our world and ourselves better as a result of being in this UUFCM community?” Please notify Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or email@example.com) by today, Wednesday, January 21, if you wish childcare for the workshop.
Website Password Updated!
The password used to reach the directory and board minutes pages on the website has changed. Please check your email for the new one!
Did you move? Get married? Change your phone or email address? If so, please submit the updates to Kirsten Keeton, our administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. We are planning a new printing of the directory and we want to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible. You can check your current listing here. Your help in this endeavor is greatly appreciated.
Shared Ministry of Care Survey
At the Fellowship Life meeting this past Sunday, Mary Alsager distributed the shared ministry of care survey. This survey is an opportunity for those of us who have gifts of time, transportation, meals, visits, etc. to share with our members and friends who are in need. Please complete the survey as we attempt to update and make improvements to our Caring Program. Please respond by February 1, 2015.
Get ready for our annual Stewardship Drive which will kick off with a Variety Show on Saturday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the UU Center. Here is a chance for everybody regardless of age, gender, income, sexual orientation or talent to participate. Can you sing, play an instrument, dance, put on a skit with a friend, juggle, tell stories of your life, do an interpretive reading, etc.? Don't be shy - you'll have an appreciative audience! Deadline for sign up is February 15. If you have questions, contact Gisela Moffit or Laura McBride. Click here for a sign up sheet.
Save Your Treasures...
The UUFCM Garage Sale is returning this summer! As you sort through your belongings, consider donating items to be included in the sale in May/June. Later this spring, more announcements will be shared about where to drop off items. This has been a great fundraising opportunity for our fellowship in the past. If you have questions about items to donate, contact Norma Bailey or Laura McBride.
Congregational Refreshment Schedule for January-April 2015!
The refreshment schedule for the first third of the year is now posted on our website. Please check to see if you are listed, and if you have a a date conflict, use the schedule list to find someone with whom you can trade or make arrangements. Instructions for amounts and types of food can be found at the top of the page. The complete schedule is also posted in the Social Hall. The refreshment schedule is a shared opportunity to provide a treat following a service to our community. It isn't voluntary, but every effort to rotate the opportunity is shared with most members and friends. Thank you for helping to serve one another with occasional treats!
Anti-Racism Workshop in Kalamazoo/People's Church
ARAOMC (AntiRacism AntiOppression Multicultural Competence) Committee at People's Church in Kalamazoo will offer the workshop “An Introduction to Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism” on Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no registration fee for this workshop, but seating is limited, so if you are interested, please fill out the registration form, and return it by January 24. Seats will be offered to the public after that date. Lunch will be provided, and childcare is available upon request (please contact the registrar). Donations are welcomed.
Note: If you would be coming from a distance not drivable on Saturday morning, and would like to explore the possibility of staying overnight at the home of a People's member, please call the registrar. We hope to see a number of our Michigan and Indiana UU colleagues at this event!
• • • Community News • • •
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.
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week Events - January 19-24
Give the Gift of Time
Volunteers are the heart of Woodland Hospice. We provide family-centered care focused on an individual’s comfort, support, and peace of mind. Whether it be companionship, office administration, sewing, fundraising, or basic maintenance, there are opportunities for every talent you may have. Give the gift of time and become a volunteer today!
Upcoming Training Sessions: January 27th and 28th 9am—4pm. Attendance is required.
To become a volunteer, contact Bianca at (989) 773-6137 or email@example.com
Central Michigan International Film Festival Scheduled
This popular festival spotlighting 10 films from five countries is scheduled for Feb. 5 through 8 and 12 through 15. Enjoy drama, comedy, romance and documentary film genres. Screenings will take place at Celebration! Cinema in Mount Pleasant and CMU's Park Library Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for a book of 10. Tickets are available at Java City/Park Library and Celebration! Cinema. Click here for a complete festival schedule.
A mature religion is one that takes reasonable steps of faith rather than
negotiating wild leaps of credulity. Religion grows out of our best hunches
and then goads us to take action. For our faith is only fulfilled in commitment.
~ Tom Owen-Towle
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. An announcement will be posted here on our web site and on Facebook as well as sent directly via email. Those who are not online will be phoned. If you have questions, call Dawn Daniels (989-763-6315) or Laura McBride (989-772-5512). We hope we won't have to resort to this very often, but we live in Michigan after all, so we need to be prepared!
The deadline for submissions to the Order of Service Insert and the UUFCM weekly e-News is
Sunday at 10:00 p.m. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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)