It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
~ e. e. cummings
Our minister Dawn Daniels is enroute* to Portland, OR for the annual UUA General Assembly. Many of the big events are live-streamed so it’s possible for those of us unable to attend to participate online. Visit the UUA website for the listing of live-streamed events and then look here for info about Saturday evening’s 2015 Ware Lecturer, Dr. Cornel West.
UUA Statement on Charleston
To the White Anti-Racists Who are Nervous about Stepping Up Against Racism…
Dawn shared this May blog post written by Chris Crass on The Good Men Project website as a
large part of her sermon message this past Sunday. If you weren’t able to join us, please read.
*Dawn is taking the “long way” to Portland traveling via motorhome (a very small motorhome) with son, Josh, and her mother, Joanne, and will arrive in Portland Thursday afternoon. Following GA, Dawn will be on a road trip vacation that will include travels to Olympia, Washington to visit Evergreen State College (on Josh’s wish list for future schooling) then back through Idaho and Wyoming to visit Yellowstone, then on through the Rockies to Boulder, Colorado where her eldest son, Tyler currently resides. The trip will end with a swing through New Mexico up to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Whew! If all goes as planned (did we mention it was a small motor home?), Dawn will arrive back in Michigan on July 17 and back to work on July 20.
The 2015 summer worship series seeks to further examine one aspect of our Mission: exploring ways in which we can “transform our lives”. The title of our service on Sunday, June 28 will be Eclectic Spiritual Practice (for the Easily Bored) and our Worship Leader will be Ricky Courlander.
Our reflections are drawn from the book Everyday Spiritual Practice edited by Scott Alexander which contains a collection of essays on daily spiritual practices, each written by a Unitarian Universalist clergy or layperson. Please join us.
- Returnable Can and Bottle Drive Ongoing
To raise money for Mari Potter's trip to Kathmandu, Nepal, we are conducting a returnables drive until Sunday, June 28th. Please bring clean, returnable bottles and cans to the receptacles in the Fellowship kitchen. Thank you!
- RE Bake Sale
We are organizing a bake sale on Saturday, June 27th, during the citywide garage sale. RE Youth will be meeting tomorrow, Thursday, June 25th from 10:00-3:00 to bake treats. If you are able to donate baked goods, please contact Roze Bentley (989-400-7674).
- Growing a Giving Garden
This summer the RE Youth will be helping to grow a giving garden. All produce from our plot will be donated to benefit guests of the local Soup Kitchen. We are in need of supplies (seeds, starts, mulch, straw, edging) as well as expertise. We have secured a plot with the Campus Grow project, which we will need help to keep weeded and watered after the initial planting. Please contact Roze Bentley (989-400-7674) with any questions or to volunteer.
First Friday Potluck
There will be no Potluck in July due to the holiday weekend. See you in August!
Standing on the Side of Love: UUSC call to Winston Salem/“Our Selma”
Peter Morales has sent out the call to all UUs to join him with NAACP Rev. Barber at a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Monday, July 13, the day the Federal Supreme Court hears a case brought challenging the worst voter suppression legislation in the country. Vicki Chessin is going to this march and invites you to join her.
Vicki is happy to talk with anyone who has questions about the issues or the event. She has information about the mechanics of the trip, and will be getting a car and hotel room to share with as many people as space allows. Please contact her as soon as possible if interested or with questions.
Vicki Chessin (email@example.com or text her at 989 560-4614).
From Mari Potter:
Thanks to all of you, I have reached my goal of $2000 for the flight to Kathmandu, Nepal! Any donations made past my goal through Utopia will be given directly to Pushpa and her projects. Remember, if you go through the Utopia Volunteer site to make a donation, please include that it is for the Mari Potter travel to Nepal Fund in the notes section. Also, going through the Utopia Volunteer site is the only way to make your contribution tax exempt. I've had some contact with Pushpa Basnet and I am really looking forward to working with her, her children and the Butterfly Home Project. I have used cash donations to purchase some items Pushpa has requested, like cross stitch thread and needles, some children's books and other items for her and/or the children. Pushpa has asked me to do some teacher training and I will purchase some flash drives to download some training materials to share with them. I will be leaving July 1 and returing July 31. Thank you again!
A Little Housekeeping
A gentle reminder to parents of children who play in the nursery during our coffee and conversation time following the service – please help your children put the toys away and pick up their food crumbs and plates. Our child care providers pick it up at the end of every service, but it has been left in quite a messy state after coffee time. We have a problem with ants in the building, so your assistance with managing food clean up in addition to toy pick up is very much appreciated! Thank you for your attention to this concern and helping your childrento be good stewards of our building, too!
Summer Schedule Changes
- The Choir will be on hiatus until August.
- Movie Night will return in August.
Parking Lot Construction
Construction work began on the library parking lot on June 1st and the work has to be completed by July 14th - as part of the project a lot of shrubbery and 8 new trees are being planted. So until July 14th, we will need to utilize the ample available street parking as well as the parking lot that is just north of the library off University. Let us be mindful to leave the parking spaces directly across from our Wisconsin entrance open for our friends who have mobility issues. Thank you for your patience during this process!
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
~ Winston Churchill
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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)
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