We had a wonderful turn-out of 45 members and friends at our annual congregation retreat on Saturday, January 25. We ate a hearty and delicious breakfast provided by our UUFCM Board members (thank you!) and participated in a well-organized and participatory workshop led by our Social Justice Coordinating Team (thank you!). After presentations and lots of discussion, we had a “spend a buck” vote (ask someone what that is!) which determined that as a congregation we will commit to making our congregation’s 2020 social justice efforts be directed to voting rights and environmental issues. We have formed two initial committees to organize and create an action plan for those efforts: Voting Rights – David Wagstaff, Jim Moreno and Melissa Nix – Environmental Issues – Sara Prussing, Deb Allore, Daniel Davis and Matt Cavalieri. Thanks to these people for stepping up and providing leadership! They’ll be meeting soon and then getting out information to the rest of us – how we can participate in these efforts, whether it’s just one time or multiple times, depending upon each of your interests and/or availabilities. When we lift our collective voices and actions, we can change our world!
“Social Justice: Where Do We Go from Here?” At our annual retreat on Saturday, January 25, we will examine where we have been and where we are as a congregation in terms of our social justice efforts and explore where we might want to go. The Social Justice Coordinating Team will present several possible directions for the congregation to consider. Breakfast and social time at 8 a.m., followed by the retreat from 9-noon. Be sure to put this important all-congregation retreat on your calendar!
With winter weather upon us, please send Laura McBride your phone number and/or email address so you will receive a notice should a service be cancelled due to inclement weather, or a special event announcement. You may add the Remind App to your smartphone, or once your info is added to the app, you will get an invitation from Remind explaining how to add the app to your phone. If you have questions, contact Laura McBride (firstname.lastname@example.org; 989.772.5512). She is adding names and info as they come in. If you received a notification, please respond to it!
The Transition Team has organized group dinners with our new minister, Drew Frantz, so that he can get to know us better and we him in a smaller, more conversational setting. Two of the seven dates have already been filled as we bagan sign-ups at coffee hour last Sunday. If you wish to sign up for one of the dinners, either call or email Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or email@example.com) or sign up on Sunday. Once a host(s) has the list of attendees, you will be contacted to bring a salad/dessert/etc. to supplement the main dish and beverage provided by the host(s). Please feel free to contact Norma with any questions.
On September 1, Drew Frantz begins his ministry with our fellowship. To celebrate, we will have a reception for him at the library annex immediately after the service.
In order to make this a success, we need your assistance donating food, setting up, or cleaning up after the event. We will set up at the library on Saturday, August 31 at 1 p.m. Food can be brought at that time or on Sunday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Bring it directly to the Annex, ready to be served. Sign-up sheets will be posted in the social hall. For more information contact Laura McBride or Gisela Moffit.