The question of what it means to be human has now become inextricable
from the question of who we are to each other.
~ Krista Tippett
This Sunday, August 21, our minister is back with us to lead worship and present a message titled “Helpful Heresies,” a title borrowed from Michael Durall’s 2009 book, The Almost Church Revitalized: Envisioning the Future of Unitarian Universalism. We hope you will join us!
“We don’t have to be as we are. This is good news indeed. We are not trapped in our histories or our fears. We can set ourselves and our communities on a new course. While this good news is liberating, it is also unnerving, destabilizing, even frightening. But we cannot rely on things always being the way they are.”
~ Stephanie A. Paulsell, Harvard Divinity School
August 28: “Does Worship Matter?”
September 4: “A People So Bold: 2016 General Assembly Report”
Fellowship Life Meeting - This Sunday
There is a fellowship life meeting Sunday with the following items: Thanks to board members Carol Rard and David Macleod, 4th quarter financial summary update by Chris Bailey, and dates for upcoming fellowship events!
Scrap Metal Collection - This Saturday!
We are having a scrap metal collection with proceeds going towards sending two people to leadership training next summer. Look through your garage, basement, yard, and attic for items to donate to this drop off – old appliances, satellite dishes, wire, fencing, etc. A trailer will be available for hauling donations to the salvage yard. Our second and final date for scrap metal delivery to the salvage company will be this Saturday, August 20, with smaller items collected from 9-10 a.m., and larger items from 10-noon. If you have questions or items, contact Laura McBride at 989.772.5512 or email@example.com. Any assistance is welcome!
Path to Membership Workshop – This Saturday, August 20!
This workshop is scheduled from 1-4:00 p.m. this coming Saturday, August 20 and is designed for those who feel they may be ready to make the membership commitment to our Fellowship. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry; it is planned as a three-hour* session (*depending on the size of the group – may be a shorter timeframe if a small group). *If you are planning to attend, please contact Dawn Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-763-6315 by this Friday, August 19.
Norma Bailey has come forward and decided to run for the open President Elect position on the UUFCM Board of Trustees. We will hold that vote during announcements on Sunday, September 18th during announcements at the beginning of church. We chose to wait until more membership is attending regularly and could participate in this election. Thank you to Norma for her willingness to participate in the governance of our fellowship!
Peace Pole Re-Dedication
During worship on Sunday, August 7, the UUFCM Peace Pole was re-dedicated as part of a service honoring Hiroshima Peace Day. Worship leader Norma Bailey shared the following words as part of the ceremony:
“A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each of its four or six sides. There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in nearly every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace. Ours was planned and purchased by our young people over the course of a couple of years, and our eight languages are English, Ojibway, Spanish, Arabic, American sign language, Chinese, Japanese and Swahili.”
Summer RE News
Our RE youth have picked their fourth produce from the raised gardens – two cucumbers, a batch of green beans, our first full-sized tomato, and many more of our cherry tomatoes – which have been delivered to the Soup Kitchen. The children have weeded and watered each week to keep the gardens in good shape. Good job, RE youth!
The Joyful Noise Choir will begin rehearsals for the fall on Wednesday, August 31, at 7:00 pm, and we would be delighted if others would join us! Contact Norma Bailey at 989-560-3952 or email@example.com if you have questions.
Attention Veggie Lovers
George Lentz has a garden bursting with produce to share. If you have any interest in driving to his farm and bringing some home, please call him at 248-346-4039. His home is located at 5565 Madison Road south of Shepherd and north of Alma. He would appreciate a call so he can show all the areas of his garden that are ready for picking. Currently he has hot peppers, bell peppers, eggplant, squash, and tomatoes. He doesn't want the produce to go to waste, so please call!
Dear UU Clergy and UU Justice Leaders:
Yesterday I received a call from Lisa Hodgens, a staff with Youth For Understanding, a long-standing student exchange program. She told me that they have four Muslim boys (ages 15-16) who have an immediate need of a host family either on a short term basis or for the school year. This is an opportunity to build bridges of understanding between youth from the Muslim world and our own. As you know, UU's adopted a resolution at this summer's General Assembly called "Build Solidarity with Our Muslim Neighbors".
Attached in an email I received this morning from Lisa that provides more information about each boy and this unique student exchange opportunity. Please let me know if someone from your community decides to take the next step. ~ Randy Block, MSW, Director Michigan UU Social Justice Network, 248-549-5170.
Human Trafficking Informational Event
9:00 am-noon, August 18, 2016
Swanson Academic Center Room 113
Alma College - 614 W. Superior St., Alma
Topics will include: human trafficking in Michigan; how to identify human trafficking; and who to contact if you suspect human trafficking. 152 cases of human trafficking have been reported in Michigan so far. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery.
This event is free, and refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Mid-Michigan Migrant Resource Council and the Alma College Department of Modern Languages. For more information, contact Aileen Waldron (616-970-9017) or Stephany Slaughter (989-463-7117).
Religion at its best is no friend of the status quo.
Religion transforms people; no one touches holy ground and stays the same.
~ Dan Hotchkiss
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)
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257; email@example.com)
Co-Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; 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)