The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
The potluck is salads and desserts of all kinds!!! Please bring your favorite hot or cold salads, or a dessert to share! We will eat immediately following the meeting. Please consider gluten free, vegetarian and vegans, if possible! Laura McBride will have sign up sheets available this Sunday in the Social Hall after the service. It will be a celebration!!!
Scrap Metal Helpers Needed!!!
A friend of a member has scrap metal to donate to us!!! If anyone is available for lifting, loading, and unloading metal Saturday, May 13th at 10:30 a.m., please contact Laura McBride at 989.772.5512 or
Lmcbride010@gmail.com. The proceeds benefit our leadership fundraising efforts! In the meantime, hold onto your own scrap metal for a collection in June. Laura McBride is the contact person.
Join us in for worship this Sunday, May 14, for a service that includes a message from our minister titled “Merging with the River.” Now - what does that mean? – you may ask. We encourage you to come to church and find out!
“When the worth and dignity of our individuality meets the interdependent web, our sense of who we are as separate entities becomes less demanding and more spacious. And the web of life feels less abstract or impersonal and more intimate.” ~ Douglas Kraft
May 21: “Our Sure Blossoming – The Annual Communion of Flowers” plus the UUFCM Annual Meeting and Community Potluck to follow. We will also celebrate a New Member Welcoming during this service!
May 28: “On Mortality…and Memory”
A big thank you to the large number of people who provided donation of diapers, wipes, etc. for the Infant Pantry. The amount was impressive as was the number of people involved. It is always a joy to show up at the Pantry with a whole load of important items. Thank you from the people who run the Infant Pantry, and from me. ~ Tom Moffit
Update on Vicki Chessin
Vicki's family has created a website that they’ve asked be shared with you all:
https://posthope.org/vicki with the password Alma.
We are again marching in the Alma Highland Festival Parade on Saturday, May 27 (Memorial Day weekend). While the parade starts at 10:30 and is completed by about 11:30, we would need to be there to line up no later than 10:00 a.m. Our minister (Vicki Chessin’s sub this year) is organizing us and getting our parade banner ready, so please contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Norma Bailey (email@example.com) to join us. We would love to have a large contingent of Mt. Pleasant UUs!
UUFCM Garage Sale Update
Please continue to save anything that we could sell at our garage sale onJune 15, 16, and 17 at Norma Bailey’s home. We will also include a plant sale during the event, so think about plants you might be able to donate. Right now we are in need of saw horses, large boards, and tables; please contact Norma (989-560-3952 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up delivery of these items. As soon as her garage is cleaned, we’ll announce when people can bring items over, probably starting with Memorial Day.
- We need a baby holder! If you are available for the first Sunday or any other Sunday to hold the adorable babies of this congregation, please contact Anna at 517-930-6927 or email@example.com
- We are revamping our nursery! Please contact Anna 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.
June 3rd and June 4th in Dearborn
As the war on women heats up in Washington DC and in Lansing, it’s an important time for UU’s expand their knowledge and skills to resist! The Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) invites you to attend a high quality, affordable conference called “Arm Yourself for the Fight for Reproductive Rights” that will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1- 4:30 p.m. at the UAW Local 600, 10550 Dix Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan.
Speakers will provide updates on the future of Roe v. Wade; the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; the Secret History of Catholics, Choice and Sex and an introduction to new Michigan abortion rights legislation. It will include workshops on how to talk with legislators using religious language, on grass roots organizing and using social media. Register on-line at: www.uujustice.org/conferenceregistration.html or mail a registration form (attached) to Randy Block, MUUSJN Director, at 4220 Arlington Dr., Royal Oak, MI 48073.
Co-sponsors of this conference include: the Public Leadership Institute (national); Catholics for Choice (national); Planned Parenthood of Michigan; National Organization of Women – Michigan; the National Council of Jewish Women; Greater Detroit; the United Church of Christ, Michigan Conference; the Social Justice Network of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan; and Northland Family Planning Center.
Save the Date!
Sunday, June 11, 3-5 pm – A workshop explaining the Challenging Racism Toolkit, a Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) project. The workshop will include an orientation to what's in the toolkit and small group discussions about opportunities for applying the toolkit as individuals, as congregations and in the broader community. More information coming soon.
Proposed Changes to UUFCM Bylaws
Here are the proposed bylaw language changes regarding the endowment fund the congregation supported through a vote last fall. Hard copies are available at church and questions can be directed to Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chris Bailey (989.775.8257; email@example.com). You are welcome to share your questions at the Annual Meeting on May 21st following the service.
Let no one think that the birth of humanity is to be felt without terror.
The transformations that await us cost everything in the way of courage and sacrifice.
Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute
for putting one foot in front of the other.
~ Mary Caroline Richards
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)