Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade...
~ Rudyard Kipling
The 2015 summer worship series seeks to further examine one aspect of our Mission: exploring ways in which we can “transform our lives”. This Sunday's topic is “Gardening As a Spiritual Practice.” Lay leader Tom Moffit will share Barbara Davenport's exploration of this topic. She writes: “In our gardens we learn the deepest of spiritual lessons. Gardening teaches me just about every lesson I need for living.”
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.
On Sunday, August 16th the Youth Giving Garden is calling for donations of food, especially garden fresh foods, to benefit our neighbors at the Soup Kitchen. Many meal services rely heavily on processed foods with a higher shelf life. Donations of fresh foods provide welcome variety and necessary nutrition to those less fortunate in our community. Pantry items are still helpful and will be gratefully accepted in lieu of produce. Donations will be collected by our youth during the Story for All Ages. Thank you!
Due to the reduced accessibility from the parking lot to our Wisconsin entrance, please leave parking on Wisconsin to our members and friends who have mobility challenges. Feel free to park in the lot and along University and Franklin streets. While Sundays are our busiest days, please be considerate when coming for other church sponsored events to park elsewhere. Thank you for your support in this matter!
Help with Voter Registration
We have formed a new coalition made up of representatives of the League of Women Voters, the Mid-Michigan Interfaith Coalition, and CMU faculty and students to work on voter registration and voter education from a non-partisan stance. Our first effort is voter registration, and there are three events where volunteers are needed to register students (listed below). The task is simple – carry a clipboard and help students fill out a voter registration form accurately – and there will be a brief training to help you feel confident about the task. Sign up with Norma Bailey at church the next two Sundays or contact her at email@example.com or at 989-560-3952. Please join us as we UUFCMers work to make the world a better place!
Saturday, August 29, 5-9 pm at MainStage at CMU (most needed)
Sunday, August 30, 1-5 pm at Wesley Foundation (corner of Washington and Preston)
Wednesday, September 2, 4-7 at CMU’s Warriner Mall (MASS Get Acquainted Day)
Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace."
~ May Sarton
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UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
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