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We go to sanctuaries to remember the things we hold most dear,
the things we cherish and love. And then - the great challenge - we return home seeking to enact this wisdom as best we can in our daily lives.

~ William Cronon

Dear Anna - Thank You!

Anna VanArsedale Hoot served our congregation as the Director of Religious Education (DRE) for the past 2 years. During this time, she dedicated herself to her role as DRE and helped our RE program thrive by making children and families feel welcome through creative curricula, imaginative out-of-Church activities, and the genuine care she has for our youth. Anna’s enthusiasm for children, education, and Unitarian Universalist values is what made our RE Program successful, and we thank her for everything she has contributed to the program during her time as the DRE.

Worship Matters

Please join us for worship this Sunday, October 21 as we continue our exploration of what it means to be a people of sanctuary with a message from our minister titled “The Shelter of Each Other.”

“As we dig deeper, we are reminded that the sanctuaries in our lives do more than simply protect us. They also send us. They don’t just help us heal from our journeys; they also strengthen us for the new journeys ahead. In their fullest, they are not escape houses as much as fueling stations. […] Having been blessed with shelter, we are strengthened to offer that same gift of shelter to others. In other words, sanctuary always comes with a calling. So the question for all of us this month is not just “Where do you find shelter?” but “Having been empowered by shelter, how can you share that same gift with others?”     ~ Soul Matters team

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 28: “The Sanctuary of Remembrance”
November Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Memory?
November 4: Lay Leader: Norma Bailey
November 11: Lay Leader: Laura McBride
November 18: Annual Harvest Feast Worship Service

Special Offering Collection This Sunday - THAW

The October special collection on Sunday, October 21, is for The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) that helps Michigan families – seniors, the disabled and families with children, those who struggle to pay their utility bills – to keep healthy, safe and warm during Michigan’s winters. If you prefer to write a check, please address it to The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW).

Fellowship Life Meeting - After Worship

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.

Reproductive Justice Workshop - This Sunday

The Social Justice Coordinating Team is facilitating the second of two workshops titled “Reproductive Justice: A Threat to All of Us” this Sunday, October 21 at noon after the worship service. The workshop will share current legislation both in Michigan and in the nation and provide steps for actions to take.

Path to Membership Workshop

Saturday, October 20 from 1-4pm

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

Young Adult Potluck - October 24

We gather to share a meal and engage in conversation and some game-playing or video watching (or whatever strikes our fancy) on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 the UUFCM Social Hall. 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!

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"

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!

Wanted: Directory Photos!

When we distributed our Small Interest Groups with photographs of the leaders recently, we received very positive responses.  Everybody agreed that knowing what the persons looked like made it so much easier to contact them. Now we are ready to expand this concept and include photos of everybody in the directory. On the next 4 Sundays (Oct. 28-Nov. 18-) Aaron Jones, Terrie Robbie, and James Hatcher have volunteered to do this fun job of taking your smiling pics. You can opt out or submit a photo of your choice, but know that our photographers have cameras with the best pixels for printing:-) Looking forward to getting this project done before the end of the year. Thanks for helping us accomplish this. For questions or comments, contact Gisela.

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.

Welcome to UU Orientation - October 28

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 (following worship) at 12:00 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.

This is the first in a series of three steps to membership at the UUFCM. For more information or to register for Welcome to UU, contact: Laura McBride: 989.772.5512
or Gisela Moffit: 989.772.1602

CUUPs Samhain Ritual - October 28

Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is a holiday known by another name - Halloween. The ancients believed this was the time of year when the veil between the living and passed was the thinnest. It is a time to remember those who have passed before us and listen to their stories which still live on inside us. It is also the Pagan “new year” with death and birth being two sides of the same coin. We invite those of you who are interested in participating in this ritual to bring an item of food or drink to share at the potluck that follows the ceremony. We will gather at 6:30 pm and begin our ceremony promptly at 7:00 pm.

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.
Another fantastic haul for the Soup Kitchen from the UU Youth garden!

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 LGBTQ+ Celebration Events - October 10-29

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

Conversations that Matter

The Diversity Education and the Institutional Diversity offices invite faculty, staff, students and community members to the first installment of the Conversations that Matter Series. This free and catered event will take place from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Bovee UC Rotunda. The first conversation will focus on contemporary immigration issues, a topic that impacts the CMU community. We encourage you to take advantage of this facilitated conversation with diverse groups of participants. Email Lauren Grotkowski to reserve a spot.

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
  • October 4, 7 pm – Campaign Finance in Michigan
  • October 11, 7 pm – News Literacy in the Information Age
  • 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!

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes
and curl my back to loneliness.

~ Maya Angelou
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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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