Growth does not come from putting on any spiritual clothing. Growth comes from removing,
and removing, ceasing, undoing, and letting ourselves drop down or even fall into the
core of our living being.
~ Linda Hogan, Chicksaw poet; quoted in “Listening to the Land”
Don’t miss the opportunity to gather in community to worship together this Sunday, March 19. The message for the morning is titled “Lessons from the Little Prince” by the Rev. Anthony D. Makar. What lessons can Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” teach us in today’s chaotic and difficult times? This lay service will be led by Dr. Norma Bailey, and was planned by Janis Shinn. We hope you will join us!
And…there will be a bit of a delay getting the March 5 and March 12 sermon messages uploaded to our website archive – our minister is experiencing some technical difficulties following the addition of a new laptop to her toolbox. Her adaptation of the Indian folktale, “The Cracked Pot” has been posted. And here is the link to the Peter Mayer song that we couldn’t get to play for us in service last Sunday: “The Japanese Bowl”
March 26: “Called to a Fierce Hope” – Stewardship Drive “Celebration Sunday”
April 2: “A Life Redeemed”
April 9: “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Guy Newland
April 16: “All That Rises”
Special Offering Collection
This Sunday we will be taking up a special offering to replenish our depleted “minister’s discretionary fund.” The requests for assistance have been great during the past quarter – please come prepared to assist with contributions as you are able. Thank you!
Common Read Discussion Group
Our first adult RE (religious exploration) offering for this year is to read The Third Reconstruction by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and gather together for in-depth discussions. Our final discussion is this Sunday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m. – Chapters 7-9.
Our youth are fighting the Animal Cruelty Horcrux! We are working with the Human Animal Treatment Society to help local animals in need. We will be accepting donations of supplies which can be found on the
HATS website, or if you'd rather donate money we will have jars set up in the Fellowship Hall. There will be one for cats and one for dogs, so put your money in the jar of your favorite pet! The final collection will be this upcoming Sunday, March 19th. Please contact Anna VanArsdaleHoot at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Be on the watch for our annual stewardship packet mailing which will be sent out this Friday. Please be sure to read the contents carefully as you prepare for our upcoming Stewardship Celebration Sunday on March 26.
UU World Magazine
If you haven’t yet found time to read the most recent issue of UU World Magazine – get thee to it! It’s chock full of wonderful, thoughtful pieces - including this one. Enjoy!
CUUPs - Covenant of UU Pagans - This Sunday
Ostara is a pagan celebration of the Spring Equinox. It is a ritual that welcomes the full promise of Spring and the turning of the wheel towards the Summer Solstice. We invite those of you who are interested in participating in this ritual to bring an item of food or drink to share at the potluck that follows the ceremony. We will gather at 6:30 pm and begin our ceremony promptly at 7:00 pm.
Welcome to UU Class - Sunday, March 26 at 12:15 p.m.
This class is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism
and this UU fellowship. It is offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions will run approximately ninety minutes.
Save for Our UUFCM Garage Sale!
As you are doing your spring cleaning, please save anything that we could sell at our UUFCM garage sale on June 15, 16, and 17 at Norma Bailey’s home. This is a big fundraiser for us, so please hold on to any and all items, large and small, that we could sell. At this point, Norma isn’t in a position to store your items, but when she is, she will get it announced in the e-News.
A nominating committee has been formed, which will be looking for candidates for Board positions for next year. If you are interested in serving in a leadership role, or want to nominate someone else, please contact Annette Pratt, Janis Shinn or Gisela Moffit. Being on the Board is a highly rewarding experience as you are dealing with very knowledgeable people, learning more about church issues and are able to take part in shaping our fellowship’s future path.
Beloveds – I have taken it upon myself to purchase some yards signs of the graphic many of us have seen on the internet, “In This House We Believe.” The original price from Café Press was $16.99 – I am selling them for $20 apiece to cover shipping costs plus a little leftover to go to our UUFCM leadership training fundraising effort. The original twenty signs have all been sold but the second shipment has already arrived and will be available for purchase after service on Sundays. See me or Annette Pratt
to purchase or place an order (if we sell out again!). Thank you! ~ Dawn
Celebrating Life Pow Wow at CMU - March 18 & 19
See the flyer for complete information.
CMU Observes Women's History Month
For a complete listing of events through March 20, click here.
World Water Day - March 22
In Lansing from 9am-4pm. The purpose of the day is to mobilize support from our Michigan legislators to make it a priority to pass the bills package for clean safe water as a human right.See the flyer for complete information.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, March 16 - April 13
On CMU’s campus. See the flyer for complete information.
Enlightenment Through Inclusiveness Symposium at CMU - April 19
See the flyer for complete information.
Reproductive Justice Conference - June 3-4, 2017
Save the date! See the flyer for complete information.
This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled.
But there are moments when we can...reconcile and embrace the whole mess,
and that's what I mean by 'Hallelujah.'
~ Leonard Cohen
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 consideration.
Service Cancellation Policy
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. An announcement will be posted on Facebook as well as sent directly via email. Those who are not online will be phoned. If you have questions, call 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
Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Please send all submissions to email@example.com.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2016-2017
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Past-President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
President Elect: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; firstname.lastname@example.org )
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257; email@example.com)
Co-Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.560.4614; email@example.com)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)
Trustee: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123; firstname.lastname@example.org)