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When you're finished changing, you're finished.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Worship Matters

Our month-long worship exploration of what it means to be a people of emergence will conclude this Sunday, April 29, with a message from our minister titled “Born and Reborn” – we hope you will join us!

“I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.” 

Stanley Kunitz

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

May 2018 Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Creativity?
May 6: “Risking Creativity”
May 13: “On Being a Co-Creative Community” + UUFCM Annual Meeting
May 20: “Eureka!”
May 27: “Remembering Liberation on Memorial Day”

Stewardship Sunday - Earth Day Festival Photos

More photos can be viewed here...

Water Crisis Documentary

Thursday, April 26th there is an opportunity to view Nor Any Drop to Drink, a documentary about the Flint water crisis. The documentary written and directed by Dr. Cedric Taylor (Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, CMU) is based on interviews with Flint residents and with the people involved in uncovering the crisis. This truly eye-opening and insightful experience starts at 7:00 pm on April 26 on campus in Anspach 161 (between Broomfield and Preston). 

Update: The Poor People's Campaign

Sign Up Now - Direct Action Trainings Have Begun

The Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for Moral Revival - is set to commence on May 13. To participate in any of the PPC’s "Direct Action Mondays," that will begin on May 14, please fill out the online training and organizing form to sign up for an action training session and see the schedule for direct action campaign events.

The PPC’s “Direct Action Mondays” are an opportunity to participate in civil disobedience at their state capitols. Specific themes to be focused on include women and children in poverty, systemic racism, voting rights, just immigration, the war economy, ecological devastation, and living wages.

If you are interested in learning more about the Poor People’s Campaign, you can visit the Michigan Campaign's Facebook page for more information, or the Poor People's Campaign website.

Welcome to UU - Sunday, April 29

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 fourth Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions are approximately ninety minutes.

This is the first in a series of three steps to membership at the UUFCM. For complete information, please visit our website at


Young Adult Potluck - Sunday, April 29

The last Young Adult Potluck of the semester will be held on Sunday, April 29, at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall. This potluck will provide a break from studying for finals and a chance to eat good food and say so long for the summer. 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.

First Friday Potluck - Friday, May 4

Join us for our May First Friday communal nosh! Stacey Pattison is hosting. We will also be celebrating the birthdays of Roze Bentley, Dan O'Brien, Scott Daigle, Cynthia Damer, Susan Powers, Kate Swier, Larry Hall, Stacy Guthrie, and Mary Alsager. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.

Infant Pantry Collection - Sunday, May 6

Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected 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. Formula is not needed a this time. If you want to donate money, then the check should be made out to
CCN (Community Compassionate Network) with memo “Infant Pantry.” Please contact Tom Moffit ​(989-772-1602; with questions.

CUUPs Celebrates Beltane Sunday, May 6

Beltane is a time to celebrate fertility and the greening of the earth, to honor the arrival of spring and new life. Covenant of UU Pagans invites 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.

Beverages in the Sanctuary

Please be mindful that any beverages carried into the sanctuary need to be in a travel mug/container with a secure lid or cap. As careful as we are, too many spills are taking place in that space. We appreciate your cooperation in this.

Safety Information

The UUFCM Board recently established a Safety Task Force to assist us in developing policy and procedures for safety measures needed in the event of dangerous circumstances that may result via nature and/or human intent. Be aware that as we work to become a more safety-conscious congregation, you will be seeing some changes to help make us safer from fire, tornados, and potential assailants. Please take the time to read the article “Sunday Security” on page 40 in the Spring 2018 issue of UU World magazine. It explains how the UUA and individual congregations are becoming more safety proactive.

RE News  

ICYMI - Slimeapalooza and Egg hunt photos are on our website!

This month our RE classes are talking about and doing activities together that help us explore the question of what it means to be a people of emergence. Our themes in RE each month are in concert with what the grown-ups are exploring together in all of us are sharing together in our learning. If you would like your child to attend but have difficulty getting them to church on Sundays - please let us know!
Contact Anna V. (517.930.6927;​
• • • Community News • • •

20th Annual “Walk & Roll” for Mental Health Awareness
“A Diverse Community Enriches Lives”

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Island Park in Mt. Pleasant
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come join us for this fun community event! Whatever your pace, we have the walk for you. Choose from a one-mile or two-mile route. Both begin at Island Park and lead through the beautiful city parks of Mt. Pleasant.
*Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash*
For complete information call 989-773-6918 or visit the Facebook Event page
Let difficulty transform you. And it will. In my experience,
we just need help learning how not to run away.
~ Pema Chodron
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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.
Service Cancellation Policy
In case of inclement weather, a decision to cancel the service will be made by 9 a.m. There are multiple ways to learn the status of a Sunday service in our snowy months. Members and friends may request to join the ​Remind app and receive cancellation news via a text or email. In addition, an announcement will be posted on Facebook ​as well as sent directly via email. Those who are not online will be phoned. If you have questions, call Laura McBride (989-772-5512). We hope we won't have to resort to this very often, but we live in Michigan after all, so we need to be prepared!

UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2017-2018
President: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952;
Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512;
President Elect: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595;
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257)
Assistant Treas: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457;
Secretary: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123;
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724;
Trustee: Joyce Henricks (989.400.9743;
Trustee: Ethan Kolek (413.387.7321;
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