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eNews for Thursday, August 22

Our Growing Garden!

Worship Matters

Our worship services in August are different this summer, more interactive and intimate, giving us a chance to get to know one another better. After the lighting of the chalice and honoring our joys and concerns, each week, in small random groups, we engage in discussion of a topic announced in advance – here in the e-News, in the order of service and on our website. After the discussion time, the services close with a song and a closing benediction.

Our discussion topic for this coming Sunday, August 25, will be “What would you like your epitaph to read? What do you want to be remembered for? What are you doing to make it happen?” Come join with us as we get to know one another better as we worship together in this summer format.

Upcoming Services - Summer Worship Series

September 1: The Spiritual Dimensions of Novelty
September 8: Water Ceremony
September 15: Blessing of Children and Teachers


Welcome Reception for Our New Minister

On September 1, Drew Frantz begins his ministry with our fellowship. To celebrate, we will have a reception for him at the library annex immediately after the service.

To make this a success, we need your assistance donating food, setting up, or cleaning up after the event. We set up at the library on Saturday, August 31 at 1 p.m. Food can be brought at that time or on Sunday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Bring it directly to the Annex, ready to be served. Sign-up sheets are posted in the social hall. For more information contact Laura McBride or Gisela Moffit.

Dinners with Drew

The Transition Team has organized group dinners with our new minister, Drew Frantz, so that he can get to know us better and we him in a smaller, more conversational setting. Two of the seven dates have already been filled as we began sign-ups at coffee hour last Sunday. If you wish to sign up for one of the dinners, either call or email Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or or sign up on Sunday. Once a host(s) has the list of attendees, you will be contacted to bring a salad/dessert/etc. to supplement the main dish and beverage provided by the host(s). Please feel free to contact Norma with any questions.
  • Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m.
    Carol Rard hosting – 5 available slots
  • Tuesday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.
    Jim and Liz Dealing hosting – 4 available slots
  • Sunday, September 15, 6:00 p.m.
    Tom and Gisela Moffit hosting – 5 available slots
  • Saturday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.
    Jennifer and Daniel Davis hosting – 5 available slots
  • Friday, September 27, 6:00 p.m.
    Brigitte Bechtold hosting – vegetarian – 5 available slots

Mural Progress

Our community mural is slowly taking shape and is already looking beautiful! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and for everyone who hasn't gotten a chance, the next time the mural will be out to paint is after service on August 25.

Make Joyful Noise!

The Joyful Noise Choir will begin rehearsals for the fall on Wednesday, August 21, at 7:00 p.m. If you like to sing, even if you don’t read music, now would be a perfect time to join us as we are beginning to learn new music! Contact Norma Bailey at 989-560-3952 or if you have questions.

Back to School Celebration - August 25

School is just around the corner, and the RE Team would like to help our youth phase into the school year with a back-to-school celebration! To all parents and children, please join us in the social hall after service on August 25 for a light lunch, a chance to chat about the upcoming school year, and some DIY crafts for soon-to-be students and their teachers!

Calendar Updates

• Welcome to UU Orientation is cancelled for August 25.

Memorial Service for Vicki Chessin

Vicki Chessin’s memorial service will be held Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Doig Chapel (the Masonic Pathways chapel) at 1200 Wright Avenue in Alma, with visitation beforehand from 1-3 p.m. Dawn Daniels will be conducting the service. 

Infant Pantry Collection - September 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. To donate money, make the checke out to CCN (Community Compassionate Network) with memo “Infant Pantry.” Contact Tom Moffit (989-772-1602; with questions.

First Friday Potluck - September 6

Join us for our First Friday communal nosh! Gisela and Tom Moffit are hosting, with the theme of “New beginnings” as we are celebrating a new school/academic year, a new minister, and a new season. Try out  a “new” recipe or bring your favorite dish. Join us even if you can’t bring anything this time. We’d love to have you. 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 September birthdays of Jolie Damer, Alicia Genia, Beau Bailey, Carol Messick, Gisela Moffit, and Mairi Devenney.

RE Kickoff - September 15

We mark the start of a new year for the religious education (RE) program with our RE Kickoff on Sunday, September 15! After children leave service at the regular time, they are invited to enjoy games, crafts, and snacks in the library annex to celebrate another year of RE. If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Peffers at We hope to see many young faces at this event!
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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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