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eNews for Thursday, September 19

RE Kickoff

Thank you to all the children and families who came to our RE Kickoff this past Sunday! With a whopping 10 children (including infants, toddlers, and lower-elementary age kids), we started the RE year off right with crafts, games, and balloons! Families who were not able to make it to the kickoff will still be able to register their child(ren) for the RE Program any other Sunday of the year.

Worship Matters

We will gather this Sunday, September 22 to worship together with our UUA General Assembly (GA) attendees, who will present “The Power of We.” Please join us!

Attendees to the UUGA, Brigitte Bechtold, Matt Cavalieri, Carolina Gutiérrez, and Carol Rard, will summarize workshops attended. Topics are: “Understanding and Dismantling White Supremacy,” “How ‘WE the People’ Can Save Our Democracy,” “Communicating Across Social Class,” “Where Our Resources, Values, and Integrity Meet.”

If you happen to miss being in worship, the texts to previous sermon messages (and some of the readings as well) can be found in our website sermon archive.

Upcoming Services

September 29: Fight Racism!—with Care!
October 6: Belonging
October 13: Cisgender People Trying to Be Transgender Allies
October 20: What Do UUs Believe In?

Minister's Column

Read the Minister's Column here.

Dinners with Drew

If you would like to sign up for a dinner with Drew, our new minister, there are two slots available at the home of Brigitte Bechtold on Friday, September 27, at 6:00 pm; this is a vegetarian dinner. To sign up, either call or email Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or

Pastoral Care Concerns

For support with life's challenges, please contact Drew during his office hours or make an appointment with him. For specific needs such as rides to medical appointments or meals for people recovering from illness or surgery, please contact the Arms Around team via Gisela Moffit at or 989-772-1602. Every effort will be made to lessen the burden on the individual or family who is dealing with a difficult circumstance.

Drew’s Hours and Contact Information

Office hours: Monday 10:00-12:00, Tuesday 4:00-6:00, and by appointment.
Day off: Friday.
Phone/text: 440-935-0129

Ready for Your Close Up?

If you didn’t get your picture taken for the Directory in February, you have another opportunity this Sunday, September 22, when Aaron Jones will do the next photo shoot after the service. We hope to get everybody’s picture in the Directory, but if you prefer not to be included, it is fine, just let Gisela know so that she won’t send you reminders! Thanks you for your cooperation. 

CUUPs Mabon Ritual - September 22

The 2nd of the harvest festivals, Mabon is the second time of the year to specifically commune with nature. The autumn equinox focuses on the cooler aspects than summer solstice does. The festival is represented by the harvest of corn, along with the other products in your garden that are ready to be harvested.

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 pm and begin our ceremony promptly at 7:00 pm.

Give to CMU Public Media, Help the UUFCM

We are once again collecting for CMU Public Media. In the fall, we pool our resources together in order to purchase air time on CMU Public Radio. Depending on the amount gathered, we get 1-2 ads per week for a good part of the year. Please make your check to “CMU Public Media” and give it to Mary Alsager. Together we do great things!

Welcome to UU Orientation - September 29

This orientation is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this UU fellowship. It is offered every month on the last Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Sessions run approximately two hours.

This is the first in a series of three steps to membership at the UUFCM. For complete information, please visit our website at

For more info or to register for Welcome to UU, contact:
Laura McBride: 989.772.5512 or
Gisela Moffit: 989.772.1602

Save the Date: Saturday, October 12

We will have a Plant Sale on October 12, and invite you to share your houseplants and/or perennials when you thin them out. Our garden experts, Brigitte Bechtold and Jim Dealing, will be there to answer any questions you might have. If you plan to participate, please let Gisela Moffit know which plants you are going to bring. All proceeds will go to the Building and Grounds Fund to purchase new bushes and flowers around our building.

UUFCM Book Club - October 16

The book club has changed our meeting day and time. Starting in October we will be meeting the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Fellowship hall. The October selection is March by Geraldine Brooks. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. Sue Monk Kidd said "filled with love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man" it tells of Louisa May Alcott's father's experience as an Union Army chaplain. 

Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

Central Michigan University is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15. Be sure to check out the various events!

Global Climate Strike - Friday September 20

The Global Climate Strike is a youth-led climate protest that is organizing events throughout the world between September 20 and 27. There will be a Climate Strike Teach In at the University Center on CMU’s campus starting at 9:00 am on September 20. If you would like to attend, click here to find the CMU event and register.

Conversations That Matter: Gun Rights and Public Safety

The Office of Diversity Education at CMU would like to invite you to attend our first "Conversations that Matter" event of the school year on Wednesday, September 25th from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Powers Hall Ballroom. The evening will feature a rich, fully participatory discussion among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community members on the topic of Gun Rights & Public Safety. Dinner is provided.
This event is free and open to the public, however space is limited. Please RSVP online. Please contact Lauren Grotkowski at or 989-774-3009 with questions.

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Mindfulness in Parking Requested
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.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2019-2020
President: Carol Rard (989.561.2969;
Past-President: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595;
President Elect: Guy Newland (989.944.0534;
Treasurer: Terrie Robbie (989.400.2495;
Co-Treasurer: Jen Prout (989.400.3130;
Secretary: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123;
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724;
Trustee: Aaron Jones (989.501.0672;
Trustee: Daniel Davis (616.540.4759;


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