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eNews for Thursday, December 19

Holiday Tea 2019

The Holiday Tea was delightful and enjoyed by many! Thank you to everyone who attended and brought in sweets and savories; there was a lot of deliciousness to enjoy along with a wide variety of teas. Thank you to Annette the Queen of Tea, Carol the Fountain of Fun Hats, Brigette the Helper Extraordinaire and to everyone who lent a helping hand. 

Worship Matters

We will gather this Sunday, December 22 to worship together with Norma Bailey, who will present “A Celebration of Life, Light, Love, and Hope.” Please join us!

This Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. we will gather to worship together with our minister Drew Frantz, who will present “Christmas Eve Carols and Stories.” Join us for a special service of music and stories for Christmas. We will celebrate the birth of Jesus with solemn joy, singing traditional carols and lighting candles.

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

December 24 at 7 pm: Christmas Eve Carols and Stories
December 29: The Burning Bowl

Minister's Column

Read the Minister's Column at

Women’s Circle - December 19

We provide a safe and supportive place to explore womanhood and women’s history, discuss issues, get to know one another better, and have fun! Starting in January, we'll meet 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary - please join us!

CUUPs Yule Ritual - December 22

Yule, the winter solstice, is a time of great symbolism and power. It marks the return of the sun, when the days finally begin to get a little longer. It's also a time to celebrate with family and friends, and share the spirit of giving. 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.

RE Day of Service

On December 29 after our multigenerational service, the RE Team would like to invite all our children and their guardians to join us in the social hall for a day of service! The children brainstormed different acts of service during their RE lessons, and as a result, we will be making cat toys for the Karma Kat Cafe, writing holiday cards for the ladies in the memory-care unit at Isabella County Medical Care Facility (ICMCF), and brightening up the church with some winter decorations. Children and guardians who are also interested in helping to deliver our gifts to the Kat Cafe and ICMCF on the 29th can let Kendra Peffers know at

RE Volunteers Needed!

From December 15 to January 12, the RE program is looking for extra volunteers on Sunday mornings to fill in for our wonderful childcare staff who will be gone over the CMU Winter Break. Volunteers are needed to help care for the little ones in the nursery or assist Kendra with supervising the older children during our RE lessons. All help is appreciated, so please consider signing up for a Sunday morning with Kendra at or find her in the social hall after service. New RE volunteers are welcome!

Hospitality Volunteer Opportunities

If you are a busy person with your family, job and involvements with other organizations, we have an easy job for you! How would you like to be part of the hospitality team on a Sunday? You could be a greeter, a person setting up the fellowship hall or the sanctuary or help cleaning up after the coffee hour. It takes less than an hour, is fun and you play an important part in our fellowship. Your commitment would be for one Sunday a month for 4 months (January to April). If you enjoy it, you can continue, but if you would rather serve in another capacity or want a break, that is fine. Contact Gisela Moffit (; 989-772-1602) for more information.

ICRH Volunteers Needed

The Isabella County Restoration House is in need of more volunteers, particularly for the holiday season (when CMU students are away), but in actuality, throughout the shelter season. There are day shelter shifts (1-4 pm), intake shifts (4-6:30 pm), evenings at churches 7-10 pm, overnights at churches (10 pm – 6 am) and mornings at churches (6-8 am). To volunteer, submit an application on the website, and then sign-up to volunteer. Should you have questions, feel free to contact Norma Bailey ( or Joyce Henricks (

Year End Donations

Your Social Justice Coordinating Team would like to suggest that your donations in the holiday and end-of-year giving season be given to meet local, national, and global needs with a focus on advocacy for change locally, nationally, and internationally for global justice and peace. We believe that our donations should not only provide balm for the wounds of injustice but also should change the conditions that create injustice and poverty. We have created a document with further information and some suggested organizations that support justice.

Calendar Changes

• Central Michigan Sangha will not meet on December 24.
   See you on December 31!
• UU Discussion Group will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day.
   See you on January 8!
• Sewing Circle will not meet until January 20.

First Friday Potluck - January 3

Who is hosting? and what’s the theme? We don’t know, but perhaps you’d like to host and choose! If so, please contact Jen Prout (989-400-3130) or George Lentz (248-346-4039). ​If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy!

The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations. We will also be celebrating the January birthdays of Jubilee Daum, Janis Shinn, Elizabeth Dealing, Mel Bailey, Aaron Calhoun, Whitley Webster, Abiona Bailey, Stacy Pattison, Doris Hall, Dawn Daniels, and Jennifer Davis.

UUFCM Book Club - January 8

We meet on second Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the UU Center, September through June. Olive Kitteridge is the highly acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Strout. The author intertwines the lives of the small town inhabitants of Crosby, Maine with her main character. As Olive mingles in their existence, it's left up to the reader to determine if she is a loathsome busybody or a redeeming soul. Join us on the 8th at 1:00 and make your case for Olive.

Worship Arts Workshop - January 11

Have you ever wanted to be part of a Sunday morning worship service? Come to this workshop led by minister Drew Frantz for anyone who is interested in leading a service or any part of one–from preaching a sermon to doing readings, joys and sorrows, etc. This will be interactive and fun. Saturday, January 11 from 10:00-noon.

Annual Congregational Retreat - January 25

“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!

UU History Webinar - Begins January 27

Join Drew Frantz for a 5-week webinar on UU history presented by a UU minister in Cincinnati. We'll meet on Mondays from 7:45-9 p.m. to watch, then have a brief discussion afterwards. Please contact Drew if you are interested.

Webinar: Whose History Is It Anyway?

Presenter: Reverend Connie Simon
How much do you know about the roots of our faith tradition? Explore the history of Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism in this five-week class. Using an anti-colonialist, multicultural lens, we’ll look beyond the traditional, dusty facts of history and examine to see how our faith was born and how it has developed and evolved over the years.

Topics include: Whose story is it anyway, Why history matters, The Roots of Liberal Religion, The Universalists, The Unitarians, Transcendentalism, Westward Expansion, Humanism, Consolidation, Principles and Sources, Drawing the Circle Wider, Indigenous, Latinx, Black and Non-Black People of Color, GLBTQ, and Disability.
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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 Office Hours and Contact Information

Office hours:
Monday 10:00-12:00, Tuesday 4:00-6:00,
and by appointment.
Day off: Friday. 
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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