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Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

~ French proverb

Worship Matters

Please join us as we gather for worship this coming Sunday, November 18 with a message from our minister titled “A Harvest of Gratitude.” Our service will be followed immediately by the opportunity to break bread together at our annual Harvest Feast in the library annex (please see below for more info on the Feasting). All are welcome!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
     ~ Melody Beattie

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

November Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Memory?
November 25: “To Remember Well”
December 2: “To Have Without Holding”

New Member Ingathering – This Sunday

Our worship service this Sunday, November 18 will also include the celebration and welcome of our newest UUFCM member, Matt Cavalieri. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of Matt’s official welcome as a member of this beloved community!

RE Overnight - This Saturday, November 17

Our RE Overnight is this month at UUFCM from Saturday, November 17, 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, November 18, 12:00 p.m.! This event is for kiddos 3rd-6th grade and will include homemade dinner/dessert, games, and a movie before bed! We will also be making stone soup for the congregation to enjoy at the Harvest Feast on Sunday. If your child(ren) will be able to make it, please contact Kendra Peffers at with your child(ren)'s name and whether you would like to contribute an ingredient to the stone soup.

Annual Harvest Feast - This Sunday, November 18

It’s finally here - our annual Harvest Feast will take place this Sunday immediately following the worship service. There is a short musical program planned during the feast, and the kids will be explaining and accepting
donations to the UUSC Guest at Your Table Program. This program supports human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. Please consider donating to this very effective program – cash, check or credit card.

Jen Prout will be contacting those who have signed up to help and to bring food to the Harvest Feast. There will not be electrical outlets to support crockpots, so bring your warmed cooked food in a foil pan with plastic wrap over the top and covered with foil. It will be put into a chafing dish to keep it warm and be served. If you need help carrying your dish to the Annex, there will be people on had to bring it from your vehicle to the serving table. Thank you for your contributions and presence at this longstanding fellowship tradition!

Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20

Tuesday, November 20 is the national observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance,” an annual observance brought into being following the murder of Rita Hester on November 28, 1998. More information can be found here as to the history of this event and observances planned in our region. Here also is a prayer for this day of remembrance: “Transgender Remembrance Prayer” - Transforming Hearts Collective

Please Lock the Door Behind You!

If you are the ever the last person to leave the building, please be sure that the door is locked. We’ve had two instances this past week when the building was left open. Thanks.

Christmas Outreach

Once again the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is collecting new children's books for Christmas Outreach. There will be a box for donations located in the social hall. Please bring new books; we especially need books for young adults, but any new children's books–board books, picture books, graphic novels and young adult books–are welcome. Distribution will be at Finch Fieldhouse on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8. If everyone could just contribute just one or two books, that would be great!

Volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts on the distribution dates to help parents choose the books and hand them out. If you think you will be able to do that, save the date(s). Please contact Beth Macleod with any questions. Thanks in advance!

Fellowship Life Meeting - Sunday, November 25

On the third Sunday of every month (but fourth Sunday this month, so as not to delay any feasting!), 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.

Welcome to UU Orientation - Sunday, November 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 last Sunday at noon. Sessions run approximately 90 minutes.
For more information, contact Laura McBride (989-772-55512; or Gisela Mofit (989-772-1602;

Thank You!

This year UUFCM members and friends together donated $1145 to CMU Public Media. Mary Alsager will soon take this money over and get a new contract for (hopefully!) a little more air time on WCMU. Thank you to all who donated.

Nosh and Nibbles Needed!

Are you looking for a small but valuable way to make a contribution to UUFCM? The new sign up sheet for refreshments is in the Social Hall on bright fall orange paper and needs folks who are willing to sign up to bring treats for Sunday mornings. We are nut free due to some with that allergy, and try to offer gluten free options, too. Consider baked goods, popcorn, veggies/fruit, hummus/crackers, and/or pretzels. You could freeze them and bring them ahead of time with a note on them to be put out on a particular day, if you cannot make the Sunday you signed up for. The goodies make the visits around the tables after service even sweeter! Thank you!

Ready for Your Close-Up?

On Sundays after the service, we will be taking your pictures for the directory. You can opt out or submit electronically a photo of your own choice, but our photographers have cameras with the best pixels for printing :-) If you and your spouse or partner are listed at the same address in the dictionary, please take a photo of you two together (due to space considerations). Photos will be taken all through November after the services. We hope to have this project done by the end of the year. Thank you in advance for helping us accomplish this. For questions or comments, contact Gisela.

• • • Community News • • •

Tellabration! 2018
Friday November 16, 7:00-9:00pm. at the UUFCM
An evening of delightful, crafted stories for adults and families with teens. We are excited to also feature the talents of CMU's After Hours Impov! Presented by Mid- Michigan Area Storytellers: Joe Remenar, Jennifer Otto, Eileen DeLorenzo, Guest Teller, and Jean Bolley.
$5 admission at the door includes refreshments and door prizes.

Native American Heritage Month

Be sure to check the various events on CMU’s campus for Native American Heritage Month.

Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original…
it is a continuing act of creation.

~ Rosalind Cartwright
Got News?
The deadline for submissions to
the Order of Service Insert and the UUFCM weekly e-News
is Wednesday 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.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2018-2019
President: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595;
Past-President: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952;
President Elect: Carol Rard (989.561.2969;
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: Carolyn Hancock (517.881.6006;


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