The holy is nothing but the ordinary, held up to the light and profoundly seen.
~ Kendall Gibbons
The Library of Michigan put out this information about websites that might be useful
for the upcoming election:
Opposing Viewpoints in Context - A valuable unbiased, nonpartisan source is the MeL database.
Michigan Secretary of State – numerous links to resources including a full candidate listing for all open offices.
ProCon.org – side-by-side comparison between candidates on 75 key issues as well as other resources.
Vote Smart – Just the Facts - free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials
and their votes, positions, ratings, speeches, and funding.
Pew Research Center – research and studies.
PBS News Hour Watch the Debates – watch and interact with every presidential debate since 1960.
Thanks to Susan Powers for sharing this information!
Our Crop Hunger Walk Walkers!
Our service this Sunday, October 23, will feature a message from our minister titled “The Humanist Manifesto: An Invitation to Reverence” – we hope you will join us!
“When the Humanist Manifesto declared that we are part of nature and we have emerged as the result of a continuous process, it…also gave us a language of reverence because it provides a story rooted not in the history of a single tribe or a particular people, but a history rooted in the sum of our knowledge of the universe itself. It gave us a doctrine of incarnation which suggests not that the holy became human in one place at one time to convey a special message to a single chosen people, but that the universe itself is continually incarnating itself in microbes and maples, in humming birds and human beings, constantly inviting us to tease out the revelation contained in stars and atoms and every living thing. A language of reverence for Humanists begins with our understanding of this story as a religious story - a vision of reality that contains within it the sources of a moral, ethical, transcendent self-understanding.”
~ David E. Bumbaugh
And…if you happened to miss our service this past Sunday, you will find the text version of the service and selected readings on our website sermon archive page.
October 30: “Towards Healing the Heart of Democracy”
November 6: “Getting Serious About Unitarian Universalism” - with Tom Moffit & Company!
This Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. is our Halloween Harry Potter Party!
This is a multigenerational event where all ages are welcomed! We will be watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, eating creepy candy and treats, and enjoying this fall holiday! We will also be having a costume parade, so all are encouraged to dress in their spooky best! Please tone down and gory/adult costumes, as we will have young ones present. We look forward to seeing you there!
On Sunday, October 30th, our youth will be trick-or-treating in service for canned goods/non perishables!
We will be fighting our Hunger Horcrux, and working to ensure that people in our community will not go hungry this fall. Hunger is scary! Youth are invited to dress in their Halloween best for this event.
Welcome to UU Class - This Sunday, October 23 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. The first in a series of three steps to membership at the UUFCM, Welcome to UU is offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.
Revised Shelter Schedule
The schedule for the opening of the Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) has changed. It will open a week later than originally planned (November 6) and we will still be partnering with St. John’s, but the dates have changed. St. John’s planned renovations will not be completed in time for the opening weeks, so they will be the host sites for one week in January, one week in March, and one week in April. Joyce Henricks will announce specific times later.
Last year the Board approved the adoption of CAMFED, an organization committed to helping communities around the world provide education for young women. The program is community-based, with funds provided by CAMFED. They provide a newsletter to sponsors, which keeps us up to date on their activities.
Last year we contributed over $400 to CAMFED – let’s try to do the same this year! Donations should be submitted by November 20, by writing a check to UUFCM with a notation that the money is for CAMFED.
A Little Help Please!
We need baby holders for this upcoming year! If you would like to help out, please let Anna VanArsdaleHoot know what Sunday of the month you are available for holding any babies that come to church. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Are You a Camera Bug?
We are in need of a consistent flow of new photos of fellowship activities and events that we can use on our website and in our eNews publication. Most people find us by way of our website and no matter how bright and shiny our words are, pictures often depict more about who we are as a community. So bring your camera along or pull out that oh so smart phone from your pocket and document for us some of the life being lived in this community – thank you!
By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
~ Albert Schweitzer
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 (989.463.3076; 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)