It’s not what we have that constitutes our abundance, but what we appreciate.
~ Jules Petit-Senn
Join us for worship this Sunday, November 19, as we celebrate our annual multigenerational Harvest Feast service with the theme “On Being a Stone Soup Community.” Through story and song we will together be introduced to the 2017 UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) “Guest at Your Table” social justice initiative titled “Small Change Is Big Change.” “Guest at Your Table” (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about their work to advance human rights around the world. You can read more about the UUSC and this year’s initiative here.
You can read more about our monthly theme as well as explore some supplemental resources here.
And if you happen to miss being in worship on any given Sunday, the texts to previous sermon messages
(and some of the readings as well) can be found in our website sermon archive.
November Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Abundance?
November 26: “To Embody Abundance”
December Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Hope?
Upcoming RE Events
This Saturday, November 18: We will be doing a Stone Soup Overnight! 3rd graders and up are invited to come at 5:30 for pizza, then we will be making homemade soup, bread, and butter for the Harvest Feast the next day. This will be followed by snacks and a movie. Cynthia, Norma, and Anna will be chaperones. If you would like to volunteer let us know!
December 17: We will go caroling after service. Let us know if you would like to volunteer to help drive/come sing with us!
Please contact Anna VanArsdaleHoot (firstname.lastname@example.org; 517.930.6927) to RSVP or volunteer for an event, or with any questions.
Annual Harvest Feast - This Sunday, November 19!
It’s finally here - our annual Harvest Feast will take place this Sunday, November 19, immediately following the worship service. Our youth will be presenting a musical program during the feast as well as collecting our
annual donations to the UUSC Guest at Your Table Program, so please come prepared to generously participate in this ritual of giving as well as receiving the blessings of wonderful food and fellowship.
If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for a dish to bring or to be a helper, please contact Laura McBride (Lmcbride010@gmail.com or 989.772.5512). Remember, we do not have electrical outlets to support crockpots, so bring your warmed cooked food in a foil pan with plastic wrap over the top and covered with foil. It will be put into a chafing dish to keep it warm and be served. Thank you for your contributions and presence at this longstanding fellowship tradition!
Young Adult/Student UU Potluck - Sunday, November 19
We will meet on Sunday, November 19, at 5:30 in the Social Hall. A crockpot main dish and beverage will be provided. Please feel free to bring a dish to pass if you are able, but most importantly, just come!
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil - November 19
In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance (officially on November 20), the UUFCM will hold a vigil of prayer and remembrance this Sunday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Our minister will facilitate this gathering. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for communities to come together and remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hate. For more information about this annual observance, visit this website.
“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible - it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
~ Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
Christmas Outreach - 2017
Once again the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is collecting new children’s books for Christmas Outreach.
Starting in November there will be a box for donations located in the Social Hall. Please bring new
books; we especially need books for young adults, but any new children’s books are welcome.
Distribution will be at Finch Fieldhouse on December 8th and 9th. There will be a need for volunteers for
2-hour shifts on those days, to help parents choose the books and hand them out. To volunteer, please contact Beth Macleod (email@example.com or 989-772-0595) and save the date(s). Thanks in advance!
Support CMU Public Radio and the UUFCM!
Please consider making a donation to CMU Public Media. UUFCM annually pools our donations to purchase air time on CMU Public Radio. We typically collect ~$1500 to get 2 radio spots weekly for 8-9 months. Just write a check to CMU Public Media and give it to Mary Alsager (989.773.2595).
Welcome to UU - Sunday, November 26
This orientation session is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian
Universalism and this UU fellowship. Welcome to UU will be offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.
Native American Heritage Month at CMU - November 2-30
Please be aware of the various events for NAHM at CMU.
Tellabration! A Tapestry of Stories - Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
Want to Hear Great Storytellers?
On Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in our Sanctuary, there will be an evening of entertaining, well-told, crafted stories for adults and families with teens. The Tapestry of Stories will be presented by the Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers: Joe Remenar, Jennifer Otto, Eileen DeLorenzo; Guest Teller Jean Bolley, and Emcee Phillip Lewis. In addition, they will also feature the talents of CMU's After Hours Improv! Admission at the door -
$5 includes refreshments and door prizes. For more details, find us on Facebook, or download our flyer.
Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself...
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.
Service Cancellation Policy
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. There are multiple ways to learn the status of a Sunday service in our snowy months. Members and friends may request to join the
Remind app and receive cancellation news via a text or email. In addition, 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!
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2017-2018
President: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; email@example.com)
Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595; email@example.com)
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257)
Assistant Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123; email@example.com)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Joyce Henricks (989.400.9743; email@example.com)
Trustee: Ethan Kolek (413.387.7321; firstname.lastname@example.org)