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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery


My name is Kendra Peffers and I am the new UUFCM Director of Religious Education (DRE). Originally from Okemos, Michigan, I came up to Mount Pleasant to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders at CMU. Whenever I'm not studying or planning curricula for our RE program, I love to read, be outside, and have movie nights with my roommates. I also love children, which is one of the reasons why I am so looking forward to this coming year as UUFCM's new DRE.

Worship Matters - Annual Water Service This Sunday

In worship this coming Sunday, September 9, we will celebrate our “Fall Ingathering” (beginning of the new church year) with our annual multigenerational Water Service - the message for the morning is titled “When Love Is the Water.” This service will also feature the “ceremony of commission” for our 2018-19 UUFCM Board of Trustees and recognition of the installation of our new “memorial tree.”

We invite you to bring a small container of water collected from a special place you may have visited during summer travels or perhaps from closer to home. Pouring it into a common vessel, we symbolically share our inner and outer journeys. We hope you will attend this very special service. And don’t worry if you can’t or forget to bring your own bit of water to share – we will have a communal pitcher you can pour from – all can take part. Please join us!

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

September Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Vision?
September 16: What We Envisioned: Reflections on General Assembly 2018
September 23: Sweet Darkness
September 30: The Vision of the Bricklayer


First Friday Potluck - September 7

Join us this Friday for our September First Friday communal nosh! George Lentz will be our host, and the theme is End of Summer Bounty. 

We will also be celebrating the September birthdays of Alicia Genia, Carol Messick, and Gisela Moffit. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.

Happy Birthday!

Are you on our birthday calendar? Please click here to make sure you are! If you are not, contact Gisela who will add your special day. Then we can sing to you at our monthly First Friday Potluck too! 

RE News

A Water Festival is being held for children (and those young at heart) this Sunday, September 9 after service! There will be a water-balloon toss, water bucket competition, and other fun water-themed activities. Feel free to wear a swimsuit if you are determined to get wet!

We mark the start of a new year for the RE program with our RE Kickoff on September 16! After children leave service at the regular time, they are invited to enjoy games, crafts, and snacks in celebration of another year of RE. If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Peffers at We hope to see many young faces at these events!

Calendar Updates

• Sewing Circle will meet this Monday, September 10, but not on September 24
• Game Night will meet Monday, September 10
Welcome to UU will be on September 23 rather than September 30

Summer Worship Resources and Feedback Request

A compilation of “readings for reflection” resources from our summer worship series along with the texts to a couple of the personal reflections shared in worship have been posted to our website. We will be posting more of the shared reflections when we receive them.

So…how did you experience the summer worship series format? We would love to receive feedback on your experiences of it all – from the simplified order of service to the more interactive reflection component…even the sanctuary seating set-up – we want to know how this variation in worship design was received. As your minister is a tad “survey phobic” (she’s working on it), she has requested that those willing to provide feedback to email your comments to Kirsten Keeton, our administrative assistant at Please know that all feedback is welcome, even if you think it could be viewed as negative. This is how we grow and learn together. Thank you.

Veggies from George

George Lentz has a bountiful harvest of vegetables and is willing to share them. Right now he has plenty of tomatoes, kale, and cabbage, and more. If you would like to get some of these veggies, just call George at 248-346-4039 to make arrangements to come out and pick.

A Way to Raise Your Voice

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has proposed changes to the K-12 social studies curriculum.  The new standards would eliminate any mention of LGBT rights, the NAACP, Roe v. Wade, climate change and “core democratic values.”  The final draft version of the Social Studies Standards: 2007 to 2018 Side-by-Side Comparison is available for review and online public comment until September 30, 2018. Even if you are not a social studies teacher, you know what you would like your children or grandchildren to be learning, so the Social Justice Coordinating Team encourages you to take time to read the proposed standards and comment!

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 • • •

Strickler Center Open House

The several agencies of the Strickler Center (1114 W. High Street) invite you to an open house on Tuesday, September 11, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Come to walk through the Center to learn more about the Food Pantry, the ICRH Day Shelter and Intake, Clothing Inc., and The Care Store. Light refreshments will be provided.

CMU Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

Be sure to check the various events on CMU’s campus for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Central Michigan HIV/AIDS
5K Rainbow Run/Walk

The 9th Annual Central Michigan HIV/AIDS 5K Rainbow Run/Walk will be held at Island Park, Saturday, September 22 starting at 8:30 am. See the website for further information or to register.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

~ Wayne Dyer
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UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2018-2019
President: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595;
Past-President: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952;
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