Special Offering Collection - December 15
The special plate collection this Sunday, December 15, is for EightCap in Isabella County, a Community Action Agency which works for solutions to address the local conditions and causes of poverty in Isabella County. In our community, they address issues of housing and homelessness and emergencies, including heating and rental assistance. Your donation will be directed to their Walk for Warmth which provides heating assistance.
Fellowship Life Meeting - December 15
On the third Sunday of every month – immediately following our worship service – the UUFCM Board holds a brief Fellowship Life meeting to update the congregation on current happenings, plans and/or concerns within the congregation. The intention is for the meetings to be kept brief; the hope is for extended conversation to take place following the meeting during the coffee hour time. Please plan to attend.
Holiday Tea - December 15
Join us for a holiday tea following service this Sunday!
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.
RE Volunteers Needed - Beginning December 15
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com; 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joyce Henricks (email@example.com).
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.
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.
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
Save the date! Breakfast and social time at 8 a.m., followed by the retreat from 9-noon.
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.