…All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie…
~ W.H. Auden
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Community Justice Party a great success – those who contributed cakes (13 donated which made for a lively cake walk!), those who contributed and/or bid on social justice items (there were some real finds!), those who contributed baked goods for the UUYouth bake sale (yummy), those who contributed their talents to our program (singing, dancing, guitar playing and reader’s theater!), and those of you who attended and brought friends and family members. Special thanks goes to our Social Justice Coordinating Committee members Norma Bailey, Laura Frey, Joyce Henricks and Jen Prout for their organizing this wonderful intergenerational event! It was very successful because of everyone’s generosity; $877.00 has been sent to MUUSJN (Michigan UU Social Justice Network) as our fellowship’s contribution this year!
If you would like to learn more about MUUSJN and, more importantly, receive action alerts and their newsletter, go to their web site at uujustice.org and sign up.
Please join us this Sunday, February 7, as we continue our effort towards deepening our understanding of the work needed toward racial justice…beginning with ourselves. Our minister's message for the morning is titled “The Transformation of Silence.”
“What I most regretted were my silences…” ~ Audre Lorde
February 14: “The Small Work in the Great Work”
First Friday Potluck
First Friday Potluck begins at 6:30 p.m, February 5th. The hosts this month are Tom and Gisela Moffit (989-772-1602). The theme is Comfort Food! Your dish should serve 6-10 persons.
And, Speaking of Potlucks...
We are still in need of hosts for upcoming potlucks. If you are willing to host a potluck, please use this form to sign up to sign-up or email/phone Chris Bauerle directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-330-8457. The upcoming dates include: March 4, April 1 (really!), May 6, June 3 and August 5. If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy!
Infant Pantry Collection - This Sunday
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.
Welcome UU Class - This Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
We will be offering an additional Welcome UU class Sunday, February 7 after the service at 12:00 p.m. This class is for newcomers to Unitarian Universalism as well as those who have been around for a while who want to learn more about this faith. This class is also the first step on the “pathway to membership” in this community. The class will be led by our minister, Dawn Daniels.
Next Membership Workshop Scheduled
The Path to Membership Workshop is designed for those who are ready to make the membership commitment. This interactive workshop explores the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry. Our next Path to Membership Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 13 from 1-4 p.m. If you have questions or are interested in the workshop, please contact Dawn Daniels (firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-763-6315).
UUFCM Common Read – Stage II Begins
It’s time to dive into our second book selection of the UUFCM Common Read series for this year, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Discussion group opportunities will be planned for later this month.
“Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."
RE Middle Level Retreat
The Hoth Hideaway Winter RE Retreat has been rescheduled for February 12-14. Hopefully we will have a bit more winter, and a frozen lake! We will be camping at the Mystic Lake YMCA camp. Parents are welcome to attend, but we have chaperones for unaccompanied youth. The cost for the retreat is $20 per person, to cover food costs for the weekend. Please contact Roze Bentley (989) 400-7674 with questions or to sign up.
Looking for a Wheelchair
We would like to have a wheelchair on our premises and were wondering if anyone would have a gently used, collapsable wheelchair that you are willing to donate. If you do, please contact our Building Manager, Kris Los (Krislos71@gmail.com or 989-429-0425). Thanks in advance.
UU Cabaret Performers Needed!
As the Stewardship Team prepares for the 2016 Stewardship Campaign, the kick off event is being planned…drum roll please…the UU Cabaret! This highly anticipated event will be Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7 pm in our sanctuary. Sign up sheets are available in the Social Hall. If you play an instrument, sing, dance, act, perform UU tricks, recite poetry/stories, etc., then we need you.
Thank you for your consideration!
In appreciation and admiration, Laura McBride, 2016 UUFCM Stewardship Chairperson
Restoration House News
Volunteers are still needed. If you are willing to serve as an intake volunteer from 4:15 to 6:00 any day of the weeks ahead (until the program ends on April 6), please contact Joyce Henricks at 773-4709, or email@example.com. Thank you!
••• Community News •••
Are You Going to Miss the Pool?
If you are interested in having a community pool in Mt. Pleasant, please consider filling out this short survey. This information is vital to the progression of creating and building a facility with the best interests of the community in mind.
Black History Month at CMU
Here is a listing of events for this month!
Every time a man or woman stands up for justice,
the heavens sing and the world rejoices.
~ Cesar Chavez
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. An announcement will be posted on our web site (uufcm.org) and on Facebook as well as sent directly via email. Those who are not online will be phoned. If you have questions, call Annette Pratt (989-400-0173). 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
Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: David Macleod (989.772.0595; email@example.com)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; email@example.com)
Trustee: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)