“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
On March 8, 1908, thousands of workers in the New York needle trades (primarily women) demonstrated and began a strike for higher wages, a shorter workday and an end to child labor. This event became the basis for International Women's Day, celebrated all over the world since March 8, 1945.
How will you observe this day?
Daylight Saving Time Begins This Sunday, March 12
It is almost time to move your clocks ahead an hour! Most digital devices will automatically reflect the change, but your analog clocks will need to be adjusted (spring forward). If you are bringing a friend this Sunday, please share the reminder!
Don’t miss the opportunity to gather in community to worship together this Sunday, March 12 – our minister’s message is titled “On Being Long Haul People,” a reflection on the healing of brokenness to be found in service to others. We hope you will join us!
“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale…” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
And…if you happened to miss some of our worship services this past month, the readings and sermon messages from February have been added to the sermon archive on our website.
March 19: “Lessons from the Little Prince” Service Leader: Norma Bailey
March 26: “Called to a Fierce Hope” – Stewardship Drive “Celebration Sunday”
UUA 2017 Common Read Discussion Group
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
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 collection will be this upcoming Sunday, March 12th, as well as the following Sunday, March 19th. Please contact Anna VanArsdaleHoot at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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!
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. 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
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.
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!
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 Talk with Rev. Dr. William Barber
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. Norma Bailey, Annette Pratt and Vicki Chessin are driving down for the talk; if you would like to join them, contact Norma (email@example.com or 989-560-3952) right away as the free tickets must be reserved. See the information sheet for complete information.
CMU Observes Women's History Month
For a complete listing of events through March 20, click here.
Celebrating Life Pow Wow at CMU - March 18 & 19
See the flyer for complete information.
Enlightenment Through Inclusiveness Symposium at CMU - April 19
See the flyer for complete information.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals.
To that end each of us must work for our own improvement, and at the same time
share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those
to whom we think we can be most useful.
~ Marie Curie
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 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)