All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely.
But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don‘t tiptoe.
~ Shane Claiborne
A Thank You from the Soup Kitchen
Our young people received a note from the Soup Kitchen for the veggies they produced and harvested this year:
To our friends at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan. Thank you so much for your generous produce donation and all you do for the community!
Best wishes, your friends at the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen.
See more photos here…
Thank you to all who made our Community Justice Party such a great success! Our Social Justice Coordinating Team did a great job planning and preparing it – Norma Bailey, Joyce Henricks, Jen Prout, Janis Shinn and Katie Zapoluch – including our new Can You Guess the Social Activist? competition! So many people participated with their talents – Norma Bailey, Kevin Daum, Irv Irvine, Abi and Mel Bailey, Annette Pratt, Dawn Daniels, Susan Paton, Candi Tomlinson, Stacey Pattison, Cynthia Damer, Elle Daum and friend Maggie, Carolina Gutierrez, Guy Newland, Katie Zapoluch, Victoria Sladek, Laura McBride, and Aaron Jones (for his technical contribution). Thank you to all of you! And the cake walk was raucous and a hit for young and old alike! As well, we have $333.95 to send to MUUSJN as a donation from the attendees and the cake walk!
Join us for worship this Sunday, October 29, as we conclude our month-long exploration of what it means to be a people of courage at a most opportune time – at what the ancient Celtic peoples viewed as the “threshold” of the new year, the time when the veil between the present and past worlds was most thin. We stand at the cusp of the celebration of All Hallows eve and the honoring of All Souls. Our minister will be sharing a message titled “At the Threshold” and our service will include a Ritual of Remembrance for those who have gone
“It could be argued that our entire planet is in a threshing place, that we and our kind,
and creatures of every kind are being thrashed, and whether we will survive to cross the
threshold is not at all certain. Neither is it certain whether we can hold still long enough
to gain the courage to change.” ~ Maureen Killoran
And if you have managed to read this far in this edition of the eNews – congratulations and thank you! – please read on to the end, and communicate with your minister via email, text, Facebook, or in person the simple message “banana split” – thank you!
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 5: Lay Service – Tom Moffit on “The Possibility of Abundance”
November 12: “No Scarcity of Welcome”
November 19: “On Being a Stone Soup Community” ~ Annual Multigenerational Harvest Feast Service
November 26: “To Embody Abundance”
Upcoming RE Events
Saturday, October 28: We are going to Papa's Pumpkin Patch for our Halloween Celebration! We will meet at the church at 1pm to carpool, and then we will head out. Kids will each be able to pick out a pumpkin, and all participants will get cider and donuts. Please RSVP (see below) by Thursday, October 26th.
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 I 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 (email@example.com; 517.930.6927) to RSVP or volunteer for an event, or with any questions.
Isabella County Restoration House News
The ICRH homeless shelter opens this Sunday, October 29. We are scheduled to partner with St. John’s Episcopal Church the two weeks from November 5-18. However the dates for which we have to provide
Monday, November 6
Wednesday, November 8
Friday, November 10
Sunday, November 12
Wednesday, November 15
Friday, November 17
If you are willing, and able, to provide food on these days, please let me know. When I see who is willing to help out on what days, I’ll form committees so we can coordinate the dinners. What we want are: one or two main dishes, side dishes (e.g., veggies) that go with the main dishes, salads, desserts, and breads.
Please contact Joyce Henricks (firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-400- 9743) if you have questions or are willing to volunteer.
CUUPs Celebrates Samhain - Sunday, October 29
Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is a holiday known by another name - Halloween. The ancients believed this was the time of year when the veil between the living and passed was the thinnest. It is a time to remember those who have passed before us and listen to their stories which still live on inside us. It is also the Pagan “new year” with death and birth being two sides of the same coin.
We invite those of you who are interested in participating in this ritual to bring an item of food or drink to share at the potluck that follows the ceremony. We will gather at 6:30 p.m. and begin our ceremony promptly at 7:00 p.m.
First Friday Potluck - Friday, November 3
Join us for our November First Friday communal nosh! Janis Shinn is hosting, and the theme is Comfort Food.
We will also be celebrating the November birthdays of Jim Dealing, Jen Prout, Ricky Courlander, Irv Irvine,
Al Jackson, and Tom Moffit. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.
We need hosts for upcoming potlucks! If you are willing to host a potluck, please contact Jen Prout
(989-400-3130 or email@example.com) or George Lentz (248-346-4039 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Upcoming dates include: December 1, January 5, February and March 2, April 6, and May 4.
If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy!
Infant Pantry Collection - Sunday, November 5
Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers (especially sizes 5 and 6), creams, shampoos, lotions, and baby food in jars. Formula is not needed a this time. If you want to donate money, then the check should be made out to CCN (Community Compassionate Network) with memo “Infant Pantry.” Please contact Tom Moffit (email@example.com or
772-1602) with any questions.
Young Adult/Student UU Potluck - Sunday, November 5
We will meet on Sunday, November 5, 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!
Annual Harvest Feast - Sunday, November 19
We will celebrate our annual Harvest Feast tradition Sunday, November 19 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. Sign up forms for food and clean up will be available on Sunday mornings in the Social Hall.
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.
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.
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.
Native American Heritage Month at CMU - November 2-30
Please be aware of the various events for NAHM at CMU hosted by.
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act,
just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is,
in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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 email@example.com.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2017-2018
President: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; email@example.com)
President Elect: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257)
Assistant Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; email@example.com)
Secretary: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)
Trustee: Joyce Henricks (989.400.9743; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Ethan Kolek (413.387.7321; email@example.com)