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eNews for Thursday, May 9

Baby Shower!

On Sunday, we welcomed Charlie Emerick officially to our world. As always, everybody had a good time with various games, delicious treats and conversation. Thank you Kris Los, Jen Prout and all the helpers who made the party a success. Thanks also to the congregation for generously donating money for gifts for the little one. Walking with him and his family is our prayer!

Worship Matters

We will gather this Sunday, May 12 to worship together with Guy Newland, who will present “When Bad Things Happen to Other People” We hope you will join us.

The sorrow of great and small losses is an underground river. When it breaks to the surface, we may feel devastated–and alone. Yet there is no one through whose life this river does not flow; it connects us all.

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

May 19: Meditation for Flower Communion, by Norma Bailey
May 26: Let's Talk About Whiteness, by Kevin Daum

It's an Almost-Summer Overnight!

Parents and guardians: We are holding an Almost-Summer Overnight this month! At 6pm on Saturday, May 18th, children in grades 3 through 6 are invited to join us at the church for dinner, outdoor games, crafts, a movie, and a sleepover in the sanctuary! Children younger than grade 3 are welcome to join us from 6-9 p.m. for the dinner and activities leading up to the movie. In the morning, there will be a breakfast followed by our multigenerational flower service. If you know any children who are looking for some fun before school ends, please RSVP with Kendra at

Plan to Attend the Annual Meeting - Sunday, May 19

Please join us for the annual meeting of the UUFCM on Sunday, May 19, at 11:45 a.m. or immediately after the worship service. This is an opportunity for us to all engage in the democratic governance of our Fellowship, an important part of our UU heritage. The agenda for the meeting will include the election of the new trustees for the Board, the vote on the proposed budget, the vote on the proposed modifications to the bylaws, and recognition of volunteers. 

Our UU Flower Communion - Sunday, May 19

Come celebrate the affirming, uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual of Flower Communion. Developed by Czech Unitarian minister Norbert Capek who died a martyr at Dachau, the ritual celebrates the unity within our diversity and the intrinsic beauty of each and every soul. Please remember to bring a flower with you to service – preferably a flower you really love – to place in the communal vase in front of the sanctuary. And if you forget a flower, don’t worry - we will have extra ones.

UUFCM Book Club - May 22

The book club voted on our next read. It is the award winning book “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell. Is it science fiction or a philosophical genre? Nancy Pearl summarizes as “the nature of good and evil. What happens when a man tries to do the right thing, for the right reasons and ends up causing incalculable harm?” Come join us May 22 at 12:30 and bring your lunch. Normally we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month but for this month only we will meet on the 4th Wednesday.

Welcome to UU Orientation - May 26

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

A Request for Specialty Sunday Leaders!

The RE team is looking for willing congregants to lead an hour-long activity with our youth on select Sundays during service (July 7, July 21, August 4, and August 18). These Specialty Sundays can be filled with stories, baking, finger-painting, playing instruments, singing, yoga, chalking outside, playing with bubbles, a combination of different activities, or anything else you think the children would enjoy! If you are interested in leading a Specialty Sunday or have an activity idea for the children, please email Kendra at

Save for This Year’s Garage Sale - June 13, 14, and 15

As you are doing any early spring housecleaning and come across items you could donate to our biannual garage sale to be held this spring, please hold on to them for the time being. More information coming soon!

Save for Scrap Metal Drive - May 31 or June 1

We will be having a scrap metal drive on Friday, May 31 and/or Saturday, June 1, depending on the weather. We use the proceeds of this drive to support leadership development of our members and friends. If you have any metal to donate, please contact Laura McBride (989-772-5512; to arrange drop-off or pick-up.

Lay Pastoral Care

During our transition, we will offer Lay Pastoral Care to anyone who is going through a difficult time. Gisela Moffit heads the Arms Around team, which provides transportation to doctor appointments, cards/emails/phone calls, preparing and delivering food for those recuperating. Carolyn Hancock will provide lay pastoral care for those who are hurting and need to talk to a caring person one-on-one. Contact Carolyn at 517-881-6006 for an appointment.

Stronger Together Conference - June 29

The Women’s and LGBTQ Justice Task Force of MUUSJN (Michigan UU Social Justice Network) is presenting a conference titled “Women’s and LGBTQ Justice” on June 29 at the Birmingham Unitarian Church. Click the image to download the flyer.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Norma Bailey (989-560-3952; or Candi Tomlinson

• • • Community News • • •

New Play Presented at UUFCM - May 11

Thunder Bay Theatre is teaming up with the Alpena High School Masquers Club and Central Michigan University Department of Theatre and Dance to present the Social Injustice Project, a reading series staging plays that deal with issues of social injustice. This spring, a team of actors from each of the partnering organizations will present a staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, a theatrical response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. The reading will be presented in Mt. Pleasant on May 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan starting at 7:00 pm. Each performance will be followed by a talkback to discuss the themes and issues presented in the play.

Clybourne Park tells the other side of the story of A Raisin in the Sun, questioning race relations in Chicago in the 1950s and today, discussing gentrification and housing inequalities.
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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.
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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