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eNews for Thursday, February 13

Sad News

We are sad to report the death of Bob McBride, one of our Fellowship's founding members. He died on Sunday, February 9, and Laura McBride announced it during our joys and sorrows time that day.

The memorial service is planned for this Saturday, February 15 at the UUFCM. Visiting with the family begins at 1:00, with the service at 2:00, and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards. During the service, everyone will be invited to share a memory or story about Bob.

There is a beautiful obituary for Bob on the website of Clark Funeral Chapel, which is assisting the family with arrangements,

As a religious fellowship, we are joined in grief and support when we experience a death in our community. Please join us in prayer for Bob’s family, and in ongoing support for them as they cope with this loss.

Worship Matters

We will gather this Sunday, February 16 to worship together with Ricky Courlander and Laura McBride, who will present “When a Coffee Cup Becomes a God.” Please join us!

“Humans make up stories of the unknowable. Many of our taken-for-granted religious and cultural symbols and rituals are far older than we might think–some dating back to the stone age.” 

If you happen to miss being in worship, the texts to previous sermon messages (and some of the readings as well) can be found in our website sermon archive.

Upcoming Services

February 23: Resilience

Minister's Column

Read the Minister's Column at

Minister’s Hours

Drew will not be holding his regular office hours on Monday February 17. Please contact Drew for an appointment if you need to see him.

Circle Supper Sign-Up

Circle Suppers are a social  chance to enjoy a great meal and great conversations with other UUFCM congregants. Guests will sign up on the host sheets in the fellowship hall for suppers scheduled between February 16-April 18. Look for a list of hosts, dates and times on Sunday!

Special Offering Collection - Sunday, February 16

This Sunday a special plate collection will be taken to support the work of MUUSJN, the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network. MUUSJN is a very active state-wide network of the 26 Unitarian Universalists congregations and allies in Michigan who work together for progressive change. Its mission is to foster the worth and dignity of people by promoting social justice and community service. You can see a list of 2019 accomplishments to get a feel for what MUUSJN does. If you prefer to write a check, please address it to MUUSJN. If you wish, you can also become a member.

Budget Hearing - Sunday, February 16

This Sunday’s Fellowship Life meeting will include the budget hearing for our 2020-2021 budget and an announcement of the format for the stewardship drive. This budget hearing allows all members and friends to ask questions and/or make comments about the proposed budget.

UU History Webinar - February 17

Join Drew Frantz to continue a 5-week webinar on UU history presented by a UU minister in Cincinnati. We meet on Mondays from 7:45-9 p.m. to watch, followed by a brief discussion. Feel free to join us even if you missed previously!

RE Maple Syrup Event - February 23

Families, mark your calendars! On Sunday, February 23rd after service, the RE Program is having a Maple Syrup Event! Aaron Jones has offered to teach the children how to identify a maple tree and tap one for sap using the big maple right outside the church door. To complement the theme of the day, there will be tasty waffles with some of the syrup Aaron collected last year as well.

Following this event, we are also looking for children and families who would be interested in “adopting a tap” – buckets collecting sap from the church maple tree will need to be checked and swapped out, and Aaron is also willing to lend the materials if families want to tap maple trees in their own backyards to help collect! Please let Kendra know at if you or your child(ren) would be interested in adopting a tap. Depending on how much/how quickly sap is collected, there will be a later event where children will have the opportunity to get involved in the syrup-making process too!

Welcome to UU Orientation - February 23

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 at 12:00 p.m. Sessions run approximately two hours. For more info or to register, contact: Laura McBride (989.772.5512;

Discussion & Support Group - February 23

All are welcome at a small group led by Drew which meets on 4th Sundays at 12:30. This group will be for personal connection and mutual support, as well as discussing the theme of the month. This month is Resilience. Snacks/light lunch will be provided. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer.

UUFCM Women’s Circle - February 27

We provide a safe and supportive place to explore womanhood and women’s history, discuss issues, get to know one another better, and have fun! We meet on 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the UU Center, January through June. Join us!

UUFCM Book Club - March 11

We meet on second Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, September through June. We will be reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. Barry Switzer is quoted as saying, “Some people are born on third base and think they hit a triple.” Join us on March 11th to discuss if she really hit that triple or if she is a third base Barbie. Feel free to bring a lunch.

ICRH Volunteers Needed

The Isabella County Restoration House continues to be in need of more volunteers throughout the shelter season. We are particularly in need of people for day shelter shifts (1-4 pm) and intake shifts (4-6:30 pm). To volunteer, submit an application on the website, and then sign-up to volunteer. Should you have questions, feel free to contact Norma Bailey ( or Joyce Henricks (

• • • Community News • • •

Day of Action – Making Your Voice Heard

Friday, February 14 between 11am and 2pm
at the Veterans Memorial Library Annex

The League of Women Voters of the Mt Pleasant Area invites you to join them for the League’s nationwide Day of Action. Here is your opportunity to learn how to make your voice heard to elected officials at all levels. Learn how to contact officials, track legislation and find information to support your opinions. Learn how to recognize fake news. Learn about Michigan voter laws and upcoming elections. And learn about the League of Women Voters. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Black History Month at CMU

Central Michigan University invites community members to join in celebrating Black History Month. Download the calendar of events, and the flyer for a panel discussion on February 25.

The Gun Show

Sponsored by the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, The Gun Show, written by Playwright E.M. Lewis, is a one-actor play that explores Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and relationship with guns and American gun culture. The narrative leans neither left or right but instead centers on the question: Can we talk about this? The presentation is occurring at a number of venues in Michigan. For further information, see the Coalition’s website.
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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.

Pastoral Care Concerns

For support with life's challenges, please contact Drew during his office hours or make an appointment with him. For specific needs such as rides to medical appointments or meals for people recovering from illness or surgery, please contact the Arms Around team via Gisela Moffit at or 989-772-1602. Every effort will be made to lessen the burden on the individual or family who is dealing with a difficult circumstance.

Drew's Office Hours and Contact Information

Office hours:
Monday 10:00-12:00, Tuesday 4:00-6:00,
and by appointment.
Day off: Friday. 
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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