Thank you to all who participated in our Stewardship Drive Kickoff Cabaret on Saturday, February 18. What a fun time!
I say that religion isn't about believing things. It's about what you do.
It's ethical alchemy. It's about behaving in a way that changes you,
that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.
~ Karen Armstrong
We are saddened by the death of our friend, Sharon House, on February 15, 2017. As a gifted artist and creative teacher, she enriched the lives of her many students and friends in Mt. Pleasant and all over the world. She was an avid traveler and open to new experiences. We treasured her presence here in our Fellowship. On Thursday, February 23 from 1-3 p.m. at Clark’s Funeral Chapel there will be a celebration of Sharon’s life. For more information, go to www.clarkfuneralchapel.com.
Our minister will bring to a close our month-long thematic focus on compassion this Sunday, February 26, with a message titled “Ruby Bridges and the Moral Imagination” – we hope you will join us!
And…if you happened to miss some of our worship services this past month, the readings and sermon messages from February 5 and February 12 have been added to the sermon archive on our website.
March 5: “How the Light Gets In”
March 12: “On Being Long Haul People”
Our own delightful Jean Daab will turn 90 on February 23! We are planning to celebrate this happy occasion on Sunday, February 26 immediately following the service. Her family from out of town will be with us for the event. It is supposed to be a surprise to Jean, so mum is the word.
Jean loves to read mail, so we ask you to write her a card which we will collect and present to her at the party. Also, she loves jokes, so before you close the envelope, add a joke or two. Days can be long at the assisted living place, but being able to read messages from your friends will make you feel good.
Welcome to UU Class - Sunday, February 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. Facilitated by our minister, Dawn Daniels, these sessions run approximately ninety minutes.
Attendance at Services
Those of you present in service this past month will have likely noticed the increase in worship attendance – a very good thing! Due to this welcome increase, we will be adding more chairs to the sanctuary…which will necessitate some adjustments in where we locate the choir presentations and how we do our joys and sorrows ritual, etc. We ask your patience as we make these adjustments…and that we all be mindful of making space for newcomers. One way to achieve this is for those who arrive earliest for service to select seats on the north (library side) of the room. And when we see the place filling up – skootch (yes, that’s a word) over to fill the single empty seats that exist between us to make room for others. Thank you!
Yard Signs for Sale
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. There are few signs left for purchase and more have been ordered. See me (or my yet-to-have-volunteered assistant!) after service on Sunday to purchase or place an order. Thank you! ~ Dawn
Join us for our March First Friday communal nosh! We will also be celebrating the March birthdays of Don Rust, Leslie Hildebrandt, Maya Dora-Laskey, Beth Macleod, Mary McDowell, Victoria Sladek, and Morghan Brassard. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.
Infant Pantry Collection - March 5
Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers (especially sizes 5 and 6), creams, shampoos,and lotions. Baby food and formula are not needed a this time. If you want to donate money, then the check should be made out to CCN (Community Compassionate Network) with memo “Infant Pantry.” Please contact Tom Moffit (email@example.com or 772-1602) with any questions.
Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) News
Dinners for the Restoration House shelter program at St. John’s church are being provided for Sunday, March 5; Monday, March 6; Wednesday, March 8; and Friday, March 10. We already have volunteers to prepare the main dishes, but could use some help with side dishes. If you are able, and willing, to help out, please contact Joyce for details. (Joyce.firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-400-9743.)
UUA 2017 Common Read – Discussion Groups Scheduled
As has been announced at Sunday morning announcements prior to worship, 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. You can read more about the book here.
Discussion Group Schedule:
Sunday, March 12 at 12:00 p.m. – Chapters 4-6
Sunday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m. – Chapters 7-9
We have moved our RE for teens to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons! We understand the challenge of Sunday mornings, so we have decided to try this new format – a combination of discussion time followed by general hangout/board game time…plus refreshments, of course. Roze Bentley is our lead facilitator. Hope to see you there!
Here is a quick reminder to those who wish to make cash donations to our fellowship. If you want to get tax credit, you need to put your money in an envelope with your name on it. This way our treasurer can keep track and send you a statement for your taxes at the end of the year. Envelopes are located in the back pocket of the chairs and at the entrance to the sanctuary. You can also use your own if you prefer.
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, 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.
Support for Our Neighbors
If anyone would like to send cards or letters telling the members of the Islamic Center of Mount Pleasant that they are welcome in our community, they would gratefully receive them. The address is:
Islamic Center of Mount Pleasant
907 McVey St.
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
The Vagina Monologues is being produced on Friday, 2/24, and Saturday, 2/25 at 7:30, and Sunday, 2/26 at 2:00 in the Kiva, Moore Hall. (Admission is $5 for students, $8 for others.)
Richard Hauk will hold office hours – Saturday, February 25, 12-1:30 pm, Library Annex in Mt. Pleasant
John Moolenaar will hold office hours – Tuesday, February 28, 11:30-12:30 pm in room 320 of the Isabella County Building in Mt. Pleasant
Conference on Human Trafficking
There will be a free, 1-day conference on Human Trafficking held on March 3 at the University Center on CMU’s campus. The conference is open to the public. Further information will be provided next week.
Save the date!
Rev. Dr. William Barber II will speak on Monday, March 13, from 6-8 pm at Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church in Flint. His topic: How to Advance Your Moral Agenda. Dr. Barber is the author of the book we are reading as a congregationThe Third Reconstruction. Registration information will be provided as soon as it is available.
CMU Observes Black History Month
Schedule of Events (through 2/28)
Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function
as more than self-obsessed individuals.
~ Neil Gaiman
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)