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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan

eNews for Wednesday, March 21

The more coherent one becomes within oneself
as a creature, the more fully one enters into
the communion of all creatures.
~ Wendell Berry

Worship Matters

Please join us this Sunday, March 25, as we gather for worship with a message from Guy Newland titled “Something in the Way.”​

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring shall be
to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”                           ~ T.S. Eliot

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.

Upcoming Services

April 2018 Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Emergence?
April 1: Crazy Wisdom and the Holy Fool – a multigenerational service
April 8: The Grandness of Uncentering Ourselves
April 15: The Point of It All
April 22: Stewardship Sunday – Earth Day Festival!
                 Guest speaker: Jennifer Teed
April 29: Born and Reborn


Welcome to UU - Sunday, March 25

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 fourth Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.

CUUPs Celebrates Ostara - Sunday, March 25

Ostara is a pagan celebration of the Spring Equinox. It is a ritual that welcomes the full promise of Spring and the turning of the wheel towards the Summer Solstice.

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.

Infant Pantry Collection - Sunday, April 1

Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers and pull-ups in sizes 4, 5 or 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 (989-772-1602; with questions.

Stewardship Drive 2018-2019

The theme for our Stewardship Drive is: 
Stewardship: Taking care of each other, taking care of our church, taking care of our world.

Reflections on stewardship are being shared in worship services for our fellowship's stewardship season. Aaron Jones and Norma Bailey shared their hearts with us regarding why they come and support our lovely fellowship (see Norma's reflection here!). Join me to hear more messages sprinkled in through March and April with the voices of Susan Paton, Brigitte Bechtold, Katie Zapoluch, Carolyn Hancock, and Kevin Daum.

A letter and the budget will be coming your way so you may plan your stewardship giving on Sunday, April 22, 2018. There will be forms and charts available online and on the counter near the name tags by the end of the month. Activities for our one-day Stewardship Sunday-Earth Day Festival are being confirmed and available soon!

If you are interested in learning more about UUFCM, consider attending the next Welcome to UU orientation session this Sunday, March 25th at 12:00 pm with Laura McBride and friends. Additionally, if you are interested in becoming a member of our fellowship, please attend the Path to Membership workshop on Saturday, April 14th, 1-3 pm. Childcare is available for both sessions! Let Laura know by email, phone call, or at church if you would like to attend any classes at or 989.772.5512.

Seriously, Don't Miss This Opportunity!

This year we have the opportunity to send a good number of people from UUFCM to the General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. This year the GA 2018 will be held in Kansas City, MO, June 20-24. 
Attending a General Assembly is an amazing experience!  If you’ve never been to a GA, feel free to see other people who have – Laura McBride, Dawn Daniels, Gisela Moffit, Jim and Liz Dealing, Chris Bailey, Mary Alsager and Brigitte Bechtold, and they will confirm! You can also find a great deal of information at Just poke around a bit!
Because an anonymous donor has given money in support of leadership development to send more people to GA this year, all expenses will be paid (registration, housing and transportation [car]) except for meals. If you are interested, please contact Norma Bailey at 989-560-3952 or at We must have the final count by April 15.

Cash Donation Reminder

If you would like to be able to deduct for tax purposes any cash offerings you make to the UUFCM, please be sure to place your offering in one of the envelopes provided in the offering basket (envelopes are also kept on the little table next to the sanctuary door and in some of the seatbacks). Be sure to write your name on the outside of the envelope so our treasurer can keep track of any donations you make throughout the year and provide you a final statement at tax time. 

UUA Survey Regarding Study Topic

The UUA Commission on Appraisal invites your participation in a brief survey to help them as they prepare to select our next UUA study topic. Your UU Board has sent in a UUFCM congregational response; as well, they also are seeking input from individual Unitarian Universalists. This is the link if you wish to respond.
• • • Community News • • •

March for Our Lives
1:00 p.m. March 24 at Island Park,
331 N. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant

In solidarity with students around the nation in support of conversation about gun control, there will be a local March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, at 1:00 pm at Island Park. For more information, visit March for Our Lives: Mt. Pleasant.
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find
that I have lived just the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well.
~ Diane Ackerman 
Got News?
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
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.
Service Cancellation Policy
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. There are multiple ways to learn the status of a Sunday service in our snowy months. Members and friends may request to join the ​Remind app and receive cancellation news via a text or email. In addition, an announcement will be posted on Facebook ​as well as sent directly via email. Those who are not online will be phoned. If you have questions, call Laura McBride (989-772-5512). We hope we won't have to resort to this very often, but we live in Michigan after all, so we need to be prepared!

UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2017-2018
President: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952;
Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512;
President Elect: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595;
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257)
Assistant Treas: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457;
Secretary: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123;
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724;
Trustee: Joyce Henricks (989.400.9743;
Trustee: Ethan Kolek (413.387.7321;
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