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eNews for Thursday, December 26

Worship Matters

We will gather this Sunday, December 29 to worship together with our minister Drew Frantz, who will present “The Burning Bowl.” Please join us!

What do you want to get rid of from the year 2019? Turning towards the new year and letting go of the old, we will feature a ritual of releasing the things which no longer serve us through fire. This service is multigenerational, so children of all ages are invited to participate (safely!). 

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

December 29: The Burning Bowl
January 5: Giving Up the Ghost - presented by Gisela Moffit
January 12: Politics and Religion
January 19: Honoring Martin Luther King
January 26: Integrity

RE Day of Service

On December 29 after our multigenerational service, the RE Team would like to invite all our children and their guardians to join us in the social hall for a day of service! The children brainstormed different acts of service during their RE lessons, and as a result, we will be making cat toys for the Karma Kat Cafe, writing holiday cards for the ladies in the memory-care unit at Isabella County Medical Care Facility (ICMCF), and brightening up the church with some winter decorations. Children and guardians who are also interested in helping to deliver our gifts to the Kat Cafe and ICMCF on the 29th can let Kendra Peffers know at

Hospitality Volunteer Opportunities

If you are a busy person with your family, job and involvements with other organizations, we have an easy job for you! How would you like to be part of the hospitality team on a Sunday? You could be a greeter, a person setting up the fellowship hall or the sanctuary or help cleaning up after the coffee hour. It takes less than an hour, is fun and you play an important part in our fellowship. Your commitment would be for one Sunday a month for 4 months (January to April). If you enjoy it, you can continue, but if you would rather serve in another capacity or want a break, that is fine. Contact Gisela Moffit (; 989-772-1602) for more information.

ICRH Volunteers Needed

The Isabella County Restoration House is in need of more volunteers, particularly for the holiday season (when CMU students are away), but in actuality, throughout the shelter season. There are day shelter shifts (1-4 pm), intake shifts (4-6:30 pm), evenings at churches 7-10 pm, overnights at churches (10 pm – 6 am) and mornings at churches (6-8 am). 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 (

Year End Donations

Your Social Justice Coordinating Team would like to suggest that your donations in the holiday and end-of-year giving season be given to meet local, national, and global needs with a focus on advocacy for change locally, nationally, and internationally for global justice and peace. We believe that our donations should not only provide balm for the wounds of injustice but also should change the conditions that create injustice and poverty. We have created a document with further information and some suggested organizations that support justice.

Calendar Changes

• Central Michigan Sangha will not meet until December 31.
• UU Discussion Group will not meet until January 8.
• Sewing Circle will not meet until January 20.

First Friday Potluck - January 3

Who is hosting? and what’s the theme? We don’t know, but perhaps you’d like to host and choose! If so, please contact Jen Prout (989-400-3130) or George Lentz (248-346-4039). ​If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy!

The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations. We will also be celebrating the January birthdays of Jubilee Daum, Janis Shinn, Elizabeth Dealing, Mel Bailey, Aaron Calhoun, Whitley Webster, Abiona Bailey, Stacey Pattison, Doris Hall, Dawn Daniels, and Jennifer Davis.

Infant Pantry Collection - January 5

We collect donations for the Infant Pantry on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers and pull-ups in sizes 4, 5 or 6, creams, shampoos, lotions, and baby food in jars. To donate money, make the check out to CCN (Community Compasionate Network) with memo “Infant Pantry.” Questions? Contact Tom Moffit (989-772-1602;

UUFCM Book Club - January 8

We meet on second Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the UU Center, September through June. Olive Kitteridge is the highly acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Strout. The author intertwines the lives of the small town inhabitants of Crosby, Maine with her main character. As Olive mingles in their existence, it's left up to the reader to determine if she is a loathsome busybody or a redeeming soul. Join us on the 8th at 1:00 and make your case for Olive.

Worship Arts Workshop - January 11

Have you ever wanted to be part of a Sunday morning worship service? Come to this workshop led by minister Drew Frantz for anyone who is interested in leading a service or any part of one–from preaching a sermon to doing readings, joys and sorrows, etc. This will be interactive and fun. Saturday, January 11 from 10:00-noon.

Annual Congregational Retreat - January 25

“Social Justice: Where Do We Go from Here?” At our annual retreat on Saturday, January 25, we will examine where we have been and where we are as a congregation in terms of our social justice efforts and explore where we might want to go. The Social Justice Coordinating Team will present several possible directions for the congregation to consider. Breakfast and social time at 8 a.m., followed by the retreat from 9-noon. Be sure to put this important all-congregation retreat on your calendar!

UU History Webinar - Begins January 27

Join Drew Frantz to watch a 5-week webinar on UU history presented by a UU minister in Cincinnati. We'll meet on Mondays from 7:45-9 p.m. to watch together, then have a brief discussion afterwards. Please contact Drew if you are interested.

Webinar: Whose History Is It Anyway?

Presenter: Reverend Connie Simon
How much do you know about the roots of our faith tradition? Explore the history of Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism in this five-week class. Using an anti-colonialist, multicultural lens, we’ll look beyond the traditional, dusty facts of history and examine to see how our faith was born and how it has developed and evolved over the years.
Topics include: Whose story is it anyway, Why history matters, The Roots of Liberal Religion, The Universalists, The Unitarians, Transcendentalism, Westward Expansion, Humanism, Consolidation, Principles and Sources, Drawing the Circle Wider, Indigenous, Latinx, Black and Non-Black People of Color, GLBTQ, and Disability.

• • • Community News • • •

LGBTQ+ Youth Empowerment Group

Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m.
Painted Turtle Pottery Studio, 209 W Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant

For Middle School and High School LGBTQ+ students and allies
Join us for conversation, free pizza and free pottery painting in a safe, welcoming environment.
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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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