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eNews for Thursday, October 11

Sanctuary is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul.

~ Christopher Forrest McDowell


Thanks to Deb Allore for leading our efforts to participate in the annual community CROP Walk. Collectively, we donated $360.00 to the effort. Thanks, too, to our five walkers – Norma Bailey, Michelle Gawn,
James Hatcher, Laurie Rivera,
and Candi Tomlinson.

Worship Matters

This coming Sunday, October 14, we will have the opportunity to be in sanctuary together to hear a message that will challenge us to examine differently the roots of our UU faith. The message for the morning -
“A Non-Christian Appreciation of Christianity” – was written and will be presented by Guy Newland. Please join us!

“The reality is that no matter what religious source or tradition is most precious to us, it should not overwhelm the great freedom and invitation that Unitarian Universalism offers us. I do not want Unitarian Universalism to “become more Christian.” My hope is that our faith, which we love, becomes as healthy, strong, and vibrant as it can be, and that we remain open and sensitive to the role that Jesus’ message has played and can play in our becoming who we would be as Unitarian Universalists.”

~ Stephen Kendrick

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

October Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Sanctuary?
October 21: “The Shelter of Each Other”

Volunteers Needed for Friday, October 12!

The Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) could use some volunteers this Friday, October 12, from 10:00 am-noon, to sort and inventory our supplies for the upcoming rotating shelter season. If you are willing and available, please contact Norma Bailey (; 989-560-3952) or Joyce Henricks (; 989-400-9743).

Reproductive Justice Workshop - This Sunday

The Social Justice Coordinating Team is facilitating two workshops titled “Reproductive Justice: A Threat to All of Us” on Sundays, October 14 (12:00-2:30) and 21 (12:00-2:00), after the worship service. This Sunday, the first workshop will share the documentary “Trapped” and facilitate a discussion. The second workshop on the 21st will share with participants current legislation both in Michigan and in the nation and provide steps for actions to take.

MUUSJN Environmental Issues Survey

The MUUSJN Environmental Task Force is looking for members from various UU congregations to complete an environmental survey, thus helping them focus on goals and set the direction for their work this church year. Please complete the survey by Monday, October 15.

Path to Membership Workshop - Saturday, October 20

This workshop is designed for those who feel ready (or even somewhat ready) to make the membership commitment to UUFCM. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry; it is a three-hour session (depending on the size of the group – may be a shorter timeframe if a small group). Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please let us know one week prior to the class if you need childcare. For more info or to register for a workshop contact: Laura McBride: 989.772.5512 or Gisela Moffit: 989.772.1602

RE Halloween Celebration

Friday, October 26th from 7pm - 9pm
Join us at UUFCM for an RE Halloween celebration on October 26th from 7-9 p.m.! Paint pumpkins, decorate cupcakes, and play all kinds of games! (We have many at the church, but feel free to bring some of your favorite board/card games to share!) If your child(ren) will be able to make it to this event, please email Kendra Peffers at"

Get Out the Vote Postcard Writing Party - October 28

The Social Justice Coordinating Team is hosting a GOTV Postcard Writing Party on Sunday, October 28, right after church to urge/nudge people who might not get out to vote to do so. We’ll have the stamped postcards, a list of people to write to – or you might have your own list – and a script for you to follow if you wish.

Support CMU Public Radio and the UUFCM!​

Please consider making a donation to CMU Public Media. UUFCM annually pools our donations to purchase air time on CMU Public Radio. We typically raise enough get 2 radio spots weekly for 8-9 months. Please write your check to CMU Public Media and give it to Mary Alsager. She will be collecting through October.

Isabella County Restoration House

The ICRH (Homeless Shelter) opens at the end of this month. The UUFCM is again partnering with St. John’s Episcopal Church, and we are scheduled to provide help for the weeks starting Sunday, November 4 and ending Saturday, November 17. We will need volunteers for providing dinners, overnight stays, and other services. There will be a sign-up sheet on Sunday and Joyce Henricks will gently nag you about volunteering.

Getting to Know the Shared Interest Groups

Would you like to get more involved with UU members and friends? We offer a large variety of groups and activities that might be of interest to you. We have put together a flyer listing all the groups with dates/times/locations of meetings, and leaders’ contact information including photos so that you can easily spot the leaders and talk to them on Sundays after the service. Hard copies will be available at the church this Sunday, but the information is on our website as well.  

Faith, LGBTQ Inclusion & Human Rights Interfaith Conference

Inclusive Justice and the Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN), along with other organizations, is offering an interfaith conference titled “Faith, LGBTQ Inclusion & Human Rights” on Friday, October 19, from 9 am-4 pm in Clawson, Michigan. Included will be a press conference on the conversion therapy controversy. Cost is $10.00, and you can register on-line at or via snail mail, and sign up for the workshops in which you have interest. Norma Bailey is attending, and she can take up to four others with her; please contact her at for further information and/or to arrange transportation.

• • • Community Events • • •

CMU Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

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

CMU LGBTQ+ Celebration Events - October 10-29

Be sure to check out the various events on CMU’s campus for LGBTQ+ Celebration Month!

Opportunities to Learn about Candidates and Issues

Mt. Pleasant League of Women Voters (LWV)

The non-partisan Mt. Pleasant League of Women Voters has a series of programs where you can learn about candidates and issues: 
  • September 27, 6:30 pm – Candidate Forum
    Mt. Pleasant City Commission Chambers
    320 W. Broadway
  • October 4, 7 pm – Campaign Finance in Michigan
    MMCC Community Rm., 2600 S. Summerton Rd.
  • October 11, 7 pmNews Literacy in the Information Age
    St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall
    516 S. Washington
  • October 18, 7 pmPromote the Vote and Voters Not Politicians
    St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall
    516 S. Washington

Speak Up, Speak Out Series

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm
Midterm Elections Forum at the Bovee UC Auditorium
The CMU Student Forum is a current event series at CMU that hosts town hall meeting-style forums to discuss important events and topics in the news.

Interested in knowing what your ballot will look like for the next election? Go to and find out. Enter your address to find your polling place, build your ballot with our online voters’ guide and much more! You can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates’ positions side-by-side, and print out a ‘personalized ballot’ indicating your choices. Take your sample ballot with you to the polls as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.
Your vote counts!

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.

~ Joseph Campbell
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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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