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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

~ Helen Keller
Despite the cooler weather, last Sunday's Water Festival was a great way to add a splash of fun for kids and those young-at-heart after service. Lots of water balloons, relay-races, bubbles, and laughter made our festival a blast for all who participated!

Worship Matters

In worship this coming Sunday, September 16 we will have the opportunity to hear a collective reflection titled “What We Envisioned” from the UUFCM members who attended the 2018 UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO in June. We hope you will join us!

“Are we willing to love this faith and love ourselves enough not to settle for the world as it is, but to build and inhabit the world we dream about?”

~ William Sinkford


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

September Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Vision?
September 23: Sweet Darkness
September 30: The Vision of the Bricklayer

RE News

We mark the start of a new year for the RE program with our RE Kickoff this Sunday, September 16! After children leave service at the regular time, they are invited to enjoy games, crafts, and snacks in celebration of another year of RE. After the Kickoff, parents will be able to renew their registration with the RE program for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Peffers at We hope to see many young faces this Sunday!

Special Offering - This Sunday

The September special plate collection on September 17 is for Women's Aid Service, an agency serving domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Isabella, Gratiot, and Clare counties. If you prefer to write a check, please address it to Women's Aid Service.

Fellowship Life Meeting - This Sunday

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.

Welcome to UU - Sunday, September 23

Welcome to UU is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this UU fellowship. Although this month it is on the 23rd, it is normally offered every month on the last Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.

Save the Dates: Reproductive Justice Workshops at UUFCM

October 14 and 21

The Social Justice Coordinating Team is facilitating two workshops titled “Reproductive Justice: A Threat to All of Us” on Sundays, October 14 and 21, after the worship service. Sign up will be available starting Sunday, September 30, so that we can plan for a light lunch.

Happy Birthday!

Are you on our birthday calendar? Please click here to make sure you are! If you are not, contact Gisela (989-772-1602; who will add your special day. Then we can sing to you at our monthly First Friday Potluck too! 

Veggies from George

George Lentz has a bountiful harvest of vegetables and is willing to share them. Right now he has plenty of tomatoes, kale, and cabbage, and more. If you would like to get some of these veggies, just call George at 248-346-4039 to make arrangements to come out and pick.

A Way to Raise Your Voice

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has proposed changes to the K-12 social studies curriculum.  The new standards would eliminate any mention of LGBT rights, the NAACP, Roe v. Wade, climate change and “core democratic values.”  The final draft version of the Social Studies Standards: 2007 to 2018 Side-by-Side Comparison is available for review and online public comment until September 30, 2018. Even if you are not a social studies teacher, you know what you would like your children or grandchildren to be learning, so the Social Justice Coordinating Team encourages you to take time to read the proposed standards and comment!

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 • • •

Programs from the Office of LGBTQ Services at CMU

The Office of LGBTQ Services at CMU is offering a number of speakers and events during the month of September. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.

CMU Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

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

Central Michigan HIV/AIDS
5K Rainbow Run/Walk

The 9th Annual Central Michigan HIV/AIDS 5K Rainbow Run/Walk will be held at Island Park, Saturday, September 22 starting at 8:30 am. See the website for further information or to register.

Let Peace Reign

On Saturday, September 29, from 4-8 pm, at Island Park, the Isabella County Human Rights Committee is providing “Let Peace Reign,” a non-partisan, non-religious, non-discriminatory opportunity for people to come together to embrace the peace and acceptance that makes the Mt. Pleasant area a community. The afternoon/evening will include a peace walk, music and games for all ages! Download this flyer for further information.

Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push—in just the right place—it can be tipped.

~ Malcolm Gladwell
   The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
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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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