In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
~ Dalai Lama
Don’t miss the opportunity to gather in community to worship together this Sunday, April 9. The message for the morning is titled “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Guy Newland. This lay service will be led and was planned by Vicki Chessin. We hope you will join us!
April 16: “All That Rises”
- Youth Group has moved from Sundays at 1:00 p.m. to Sundays at 12:30 p.m.
- We are revamping our nursery! Please contact Anna (firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-930-6927) if you have any new or gently used items you would like to donate.
- The RE room is in need of new markers! If you have working markers laying around that you no longer use and would like to donate, please bring them in.
This is our last week of providing dinners for the Rotating Shelter's last week of operation this year. It's again at St. John's Episcopal Church. The remaining dates are: today, Wednesday, 4/5; Friday; 4/7, and
Sunday, 4/9. We have the main meals covered, but if anyone is interested in helping out with sides dishes such as veggies, salads, breads, and desserts, please let Joyce know (email@example.com; 989-400-9743).
First Friday Potluck - April 7
First Friday potluck is on April 7th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Jen Prout will be hosting and the theme is "Spring has sprung" Bring any dish that reminds you of Spring, or just any dish! Or no dish! Just show up, we'll share! Anyone wanting to play games (cards, board games, etc...) feel free to bring one. Hope to see you there. We will also be celebrating the April birthdays of Tamatha Gaumnitz, Sandy Wickstrom, Rick Messick, Chris Bauerle, Brigitte Bechtold, and Rebecca Kreisher.
Path to Membership Workshop - This Saturday, April 8 from 1-4 p.m.
This workshop is designed for those who are ready to make the membership commitment to UUFCM. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry; it is a three-hour* session (*depending on the size of the group – it may be a shorter timeframe if we have a small group). If the timing of April 8 doesn’t work for you - there is another workshop scheduled for June 10. Please let Gisela Moffit (firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-772-1602) know if you plan to attend.
Eat Bread to Raise Dough for ICRH!
Want to eat a meal out and donate to the ICRH (rotating homeless shelter) at the same time?! On Thursday, April 13, at Panera from 4:00-8:00 pm, 25% of all money spent on your meal will go to support the Isabella County Restoration House, the organization that runs the rotating homeless shelter. You must bring a copy of this flyer with you to present when you pay your bill (one flyer per bill, not per person). See you there for dinner!
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, it will be announced in the e-News.
Do You Read the eNews?
If you’ve read this far in the email, it’s likely true that reading our weekly digital missive to the congregation is something you regularly do. You are apparently in the minority. We are trying to improve our readership as this newsletter is a primary way we communicate with the UUFCM community. We’re also trying to get a handle on just how many actually manage to read it each week. Please respond to this message at email@example.com to give us some feedback, suggestions for improvement, or just to let us know you’re reading! Thank you!
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, March 16 - April 13
On CMU’s campus. See the flyer for complete information.
Help Reduce Plastic Bag Use
The Greentree Coop is collecting reusable bags, which will be distributed on campus to students during Earth Week. The purpose is to educate students about plastic waste and get them used to taking the tote bags to the store when they go shopping. If you want to participate, just bring your used, but still sturdy, reusable bags down to the Co-op any day between now and April 17th. We appreciate your help!
April Pride Events at CMU - April 4-24
See the flyer for complete information.
Forum on Human Trafficking - April 13
A open forum on human trafficking is taking place at 1:00 p.m., April 13, 2017 in the Mid-Michigan Community College Community Room. Contact Alicia Genia at 989-828-4499 with any questions.
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.
I think a lot of times we don't pay enough attention to people with a positive attitude
because we assume they are naive or stupid or unschooled.
~ Amy Adams
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.
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 2016-2017
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; email@example.com)
Past-President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; email@example.com )
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; email@example.com)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.560.4614; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; email@example.com)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123; email@example.com)