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The day widened, pulled from both ends by the shrinking dark, as if darkness itself were a pair of hands and daylight a skein between them, a flexible membrane, and the hands that had pressed together all winter — praying, paralyzed with foreboding — now flung wide open.
~ Annie Dillard

Worship Matters

This Sunday, April 15, we continue our exploration of what it means to be a people of emergence with a message from our minister titled “What Emerges When We Choose to Bless the World” – please plan to join us!

“When I look at the inspired, devoted, and brilliant people at work in so many ways to repair and nourish the world, in families, communities, and sustainable enterprises everywhere on Earth, I see the imaginal cells of our own transformation. That’s us, people like me and people like you…people creating new ways, seeing new possibilities.” 
~ Lynn Twist

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 22: Stewardship Sunday – Earth Day Festival!
                 Guest speaker: Jennifer Teed
April 29: Born and Reborn


Path to Membership Workshop - This Saturday, April 14

This workshop is designed for those who are ready to make the membership commitment to UUFCM. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry. Childcare is available. Let Laura know by email, phone call, or at church if you would like to attend 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 this Sunday, April 15.

Update: The Poor People's Campaign

Sign Up Now - Trainings Begin on April 14!

The Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for Moral Revival - is set to commence on May 13. Please fill out the online training and organizing form to sign up for an action training session and see the schedule for direct action campaign events. You can also visit the Michigan Campaign's Facebook page for more information. 

Special Plate Collection this Sunday

This Sunday a special plate collection will be taken to supplement the minister’s discretionary fund. Our minister is often contacted by people in the community who might need gas money, money to pay an electric bill, a night in a hotel, etc., and she uses her discretionary fund to provide this. While we have a line item in our budget, it does not suffice for the needs like this in the community, which is why we take a special plate collection to supplement the fund. Given that the homeless shelter closes at the end of April, this fund may be especially needed. Checks for this fund should be made out to UUFCM with “Discretionary Fund” indicated in the memo line.

Fellowship Life Meeting - This Sunday, April 15

Our monthly “Fellowship Life” meeting will be held this coming Sunday immediately following our worship service. This brief meeting is an opportunity for our board of trustees to update the fellowship on current events and/or issues of concern. Please plan to attend!

Safety Information

As we work to become a safer congregation, you will be seeing changes to make us safer from fire, tornados, and assailants. Take the time to read the article “Sunday Security”, page 40 in the Spring 2018 issue of our UUWorld. It explains how UUA and individual congregations are becoming more safety proactive.

RE News  

ICYMI - Slimeapalooza and Egg hunt photos are now available!

This month our RE classes are talking about and doing activities together that help us explore the question of what it means to be a people of emergence. Our themes in RE each month are in concert with what the grown-ups are exploring together in all of us are sharing together in our learning. If you would like your child to attend but have difficulty getting them to church on Sundays - please let us know!
Contact Anna V. (517.930.6927;​

Stewardship Drive 2018-2019

Stewardship: Taking care of each other,
taking care of our church, taking care of our world.

Reflections on stewardship continue to be shared in worship services for our fellowship's stewardship season. Aaron Jones, Norma Bailey, Susan Paton, Brigitte Bechtold, and Katie Zapoluch have shared their hearts with us regarding why they come and support our lovely fellowship (click the links to see their reflections). Join us to hear Kevin Daum's message this Sunday.

By now you will have received a letter and the proposed budget to help you plan your giving for Stewardship Sunday-Earth Day Festival on April 22, 2018. The complete Stewardship packet is available online and on the counter near the name tags by the end of the month. Pledge and volunteer forms will be joyfully received by Chris Bailey, Treasurer at PO Box 41, Mt Pleasant, MI 48804-0041. You may also give them to Chris Bailey or Laura McBride, Stewardship Chair, at church on Sundays.

Schedule of Events for Stewardship Sunday-Earth Day Festival:
  • Pledge Central Booth: 9:00-4:00 (closed 10:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Worship service: 10:30-11:30 with Jennifer Teed from MUUSJN
  • Luncheon: 11:45-1:00
  • Afternoon Events: 1:00-2:30
    - Make garden stepping stones & painting rocks
    - Watercolor painting
    - Clean out garden & flower beds (weather permitting)
    - Meditation in or outdoors
    - Hand and shoulder massage
    - Chalkdrawing on sidewalks
  • Closing Group Activity: 2:30-3:00
  • Clean up: 3:00-4:00

Young Adult Potluck - Sunday, April 29

The last Young Adult Potluck of the semester will be held on Sunday, April 29, at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall. This potluck will provide a break from studying for finals and a chance to eat good food and say so long for the summer. The fellowship will provide a main dish and beverages; all others may bring a dish to pass. But if you're short on time or energy to bring something - don't worry! Please come anyway.

Let’s Be a Nut-Free Church (No Pun Intended)

We are asking that those of you who bring snacks for our coffee hour (thank you so much for your contribution!) no longer bring any nuts or any confection that contains nuts (for example, peanut butter cookies). We have a child with nut allergies, and we already had a scary incident in which she was offered a cookie with nuts which could have been very dangerous. It’s a good thing that there are lots of other kinds of snacks and confections to contribute that we will all enjoy!

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 • • •

CMU Pride Month of Events
April 3-18, CMU Campus, Mt. Pleasant

The Social Justice Coordinating Team encourages members and friends to attend events from CMU’s Pride Month of Events. For more information, visit their Facebook page, or download the flyer.

MUUSJN/Inclusive Justice Conference
9-4pm on Friday, April 20
in Clawson, MI

“Faith, TLGBQ, Inclusion & Human
Rights: An Interfaith Conference”
For further information, please see the flyer.
The principal sources of human misery may fairly be said to lie in the over-possession, under-possession, and the unwise use of economic goods.
~ Georgia Harkness
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e-News is Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
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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.
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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