Where you belong is where you choose to constantly choose to show up.
~ Karina Antonopoulos
Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH - the rotating homeless shelter) has a fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse on Thursday, September 7. Download and print the flyer for the coupon to participate.
In Worship – Annual Water Service This Sunday
Our worship theme for the month of September examines the question: What does it mean to be a people of welcome? In worship this coming Sunday, September 10, we will “welcome each other home” as we mark the beginning of the new church year with our annual multigenerational Water Service. This service will also feature the “ceremony of commission” for our 2017-18 UUFCM Board of Trustees.
We invite you to bring a small container of water collected from a special place you may have visited during summer travels or perhaps from closer to home. Pouring it into a common vessel, we symbolically share our inner and outer journeys. We hope you will attend this very special service. And don’t worry if you can’t or forget to bring your own bit of water to share – we will have a communal pitcher you can pour from – all can take part. Please join us!
An overview of our September Worship theme and other resources can be found here.
And if you happen to miss being in worship on any given Sunday, the texts to previous sermon messages and can be found in our website sermon archive.
September 17: “On Being a Guest House”
September 24: “Learning to Welcome Conversations about Race”
October Worship Theme: “What Does It Mean to Be a People of Courage?”
RE Program to Begin Sunday, September 17
RE (Religious Education, for the uninitiated) registration for 2017-18 will begin this coming Sunday, September 10, following our annual water service celebration - which happens to be a multigenerational worship service - so all ages are welcome! Childcare will be available for those needing to be in a different space. If you are unable to attend this Sunday, please contact our RE Director, Anna V. at email@example.com
or by phone at 517.930.6927 and she'll get you a digital version of the registration form if needed. 2017-2018 RE here we come!
Update: Announcements at Sunday Service – Please Read!
Every Sunday morning just prior to the beginning of our worship service, we have a time for the highlighting of important community announcements and/or the addition of information that may have missed inclusion in our weekly eNews publication. We are making some necessary changes to this practice in order to improve our communication processes as well as alleviate the chaotic atmosphere that sometimes develops on Sunday morning with the insertion of last-minute announcements.
First – please remember that the deadline for our weekly eNews publication is Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Items must be submitted in written form to Kirsten, our Administrative Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Items from our eNews make up the content of our announcements insert that is included in our Sunday service bulletin.
Second – and this is the new process: If you need to add an announcement after the eNews publication on Wednesday and/or need a particular item to be highlighted during the pre-service announcement time, please send it to Gisela at email@example.com no later than Saturday at 5:00 p.m. so it can be included on Sunday morning.
Third – we ask that you be mindful and think ahead about anything that you may need communicated to the fellowship. Write your announcement(s) clearly and concisely. Mark our communications deadlines on your calendar – please! Thank you!
Please add this app to your smartphone, laptop, or ipad/tablet...REMIND! This is the method we will use to notify you of fellowship service closings and event announcements. You will be getting an invitation from Laura McBride. If you want it sent to an email address versus a cell phone number, let Laura know. Add the app to your technology of choice. Direct questions and requests to Laura McBride at 989.772.5512 or Lmcbride010@gmail.com.
Walk with Us!
We need walkers! UUFCM will be participating in the CROP Hunger Walk again this year! CROP Hunger Walk is not only a way to help end hunger around the world, 25% of the money raised in the Mount Pleasant community will help to end hunger here! The two local beneficiary organizations are the Community Compassion Network Nutrition Club for children and The Storehouse Food Pantry in Weidman. You may choose to walk to raise money or you may choose to give to someone who is walking. There is also an online giving option. The actual walk will take place: Sunday, October 1, at Millpond Park, registration beginning at 1 PM. Jim Dealing will have envelopes and more information at Sunday services through September. Call him for more information at 989-772-0269. Let's change lives here and around the world.
A Request from the Flint UU Congregation
From the minister of the UU congregation in Flint, the Rev. Theresa Ines Soto:
Would you be willing to send a postcard to UU Congregation Flint for ingathering? Please write words of encouragement for dealing with the Flint Water Crisis and supporting community working for a way forward by September 10. Soon, we will also be able to offer a way for people to contribute to helping pay water bills and related expenses of which people living here are in need. Our address is: UUCF 2474 S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint, MI 48507
Save the Date for our Community Justice Party
The Social Justice Coordinating Team is announcing the date for this year’s Community Justice Party –Saturday evening, October 21 - put it on your calendar! More information to follow. And if you have a song or reading or anything else that you would like to contribute to the program, contact any member of the Social Justice Coordinating Team – Norma Bailey (989-560-3952; firstname.lastname@example.org), Joyce Henricks (989-400-9743; email@example.com), Jen Prout (989-400-3130; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katie Zapoluch (989.501.0672).
Attention Veggie Lovers
George Lentz has a garden bursting with produce to share. If you have any interest in driving to his farm and bringing some home, please call him at 248-346-4039. His home is located at 5565 Madison Road south of Shepherd and north of Alma. He would appreciate a call so he can show all the areas of his garden that are ready for picking. Currently he has hot peppers, bell peppers, eggplant, squash, and tomatoes. He doesn't want the produce to go to waste, so please call!
Looking for Garden Plants?
The Moffits are digging up their Irises to give them more space to grow. If you are interested in getting some tubers, let them know. They are light blue and have come from Tom’s mother’s fertile Iowa soil. They also have collected calendula seeds which seed themselves and look pretty (see picture). Contact Moffits at email@example.com or call at 772-1602. Does anybody else have extra they want to share?
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
~ Jean Shinoda Bolen
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; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-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)