Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world
which yields most painfully to change.
~ Robert F. Kennedy
CROP Walk - There’s Still Time to Donate!
On Sunday, October 1, eight members and friends of UUFCM walked in this year’s CROP Walk to help alleviate hunger, both locally and in the wider world. And if you think you missed the chance to contribute to this effort – you didn’t! The deadline for donations is Sunday, October 22. Please see our organizer-in- chief, Jim Dealing, to submit your contribution. And a big thank you to Jim for organizing our efforts.
Our worship theme for the month of October asks what does it mean to be a people of courage? Our worship this Sunday, October 15 will be crafted around what it means to have the courage of our convictions; our minister will share a message titled “On Being Co-Conspirators – Not Allies.” Our gathering for worship is the very heartbeat of this congregation – please plan to attend – even if the publicized message doesn’t light your hair on fire…come anyway! The worship experience is always more than the sum of its parts.
“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
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.
October Worship Theme: “What Does It Mean to Be a People of Courage?”
October 22: Lay Service – Joyce Henricks on “Aristotle, Rumi, and Friendship.”
Service Coordinator: Laura McBride
October 29: “At the Theshold - An All Hallows Reflection”
Path to Membership Workshop - 1-4 p.m. This Saturday, October 14
This workshop is designed for those who are ready to make the membership commitment to UUFCM. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry; it is a three-hour session, depending on the size of the group.
Childcare can be made available, if needed. Please contact either Laura McBride (firstname.lastname@example.org; 989.772.5512;) or Gisela Moffit (email@example.com; 989.772.1602) to reserve your place in the workshop!
Special Offering Collection - This Sunday
This Sunday a special plate collection will be taken to supplement the minister’s discretionary fund. Our minister is often contacted by people in the community who might need gas money, money to pay an electric bill, a night in a hotel, etc., and she uses her discretionary fund to provide this. While we have a line item in our budget, it does not suffice for the needs like this in the community, which is why we take a special plate collection to supplement the fund. Checks for this fund should be made out to UUFCM with “Discretionary Fund” indicated in the memo line.
Fellowship Life Meeting - This Sunday Following Service
The agenda includes New Year’s Eve party input, Peace Pole, volunteers for Harvest Feast, January 20 date for congregational retreat, and the Social Justice Survey.
Young Adult/Student UU Potluck - This Sunday
We will meet on Sunday, October 15, at 5:30 in the Fellowship 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!
Community Justice Party - It's Almost Here!
Please plan to attend our second bi-annual Community Justice Party on Saturday, October 21 from 7-9 pm. There will be a program in the sanctuary of music, skits, poetry, and activities highlighting several social justice issues, and then we will meet in the fellowship hall for light refreshments and a rousing cake walk (cake walk tickets 25 cents each, so bring lots of quarters)! The suggested donation for adults is $5.00 (although more will gratefully be accepted for MUUSJN), and children are free, with child care provided if you will let Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; firstname.lastname@example.org) know that it is needed by Sunday, October 15.
If you are willing to provide a cake for the cake walk part of the Social Justice Party on Saturday, October 21, Please contact Joyce Henricks (989-400- 9743; Joyce.email@example.com). If you have already agreed to do so, thanks!
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 get ~$1500 and get 2 radio spots weekly for 8-9 months. You can write a check to CMU PUBLIC MEDIA and give it to Mary Alsager.
Welcome to UU - Sunday, October 22
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.
Save the Date
Our annual congregational retreat will be held on Saturday, January 20. Please be sure to save this date on your calendar for this important UUFCM gathering.
Social Justice Organizer Position Posted
The Michigan UU Social Justice Network is advertising for a Northern Michigan Justice Organizer for central and northern Michigan (see job description). This is a six month paid position. Take a look at it yourself and also feel free to send it to others who might be interested. Contact Norma Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
Women’s Aid Service Fundraiser
Women’s Aid Service is holding its annual fundraiser, The Chocolate Fantasy, at 5:00 on Friday, October 20. For those not familiar with the agency, WAS provides shelter, counseling, and legal aid for victims, and their children, of domestic violence and sexual assault.
If you are interested in attending, or are willing to purchase a ticket ($40) to be used by someone else—for example, a student—please contact Joyce Henricks (email@example.com; or 989-400- 9743) - or see her on Sunday!
Pride Month at CMU - October 11-26
Please be aware of the various events for Pride Month at CMU hosted by the Office of LGBTQ Services.
Courage is acting out of self-respect for doing the right thing.
To not act, or to do something different other than the right thing, is soul murder.
Not being true to oneself and others leaves one diminished and in some ways less than human.
~ Harry Holleywood
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 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)