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eNews for Wednesday, November 27

Harvest Feast 2019

Our annual Thanksgiving “Harvest Feast” celebration was a wonderful highlight of the year. We served about 100 people...and could have served even more as we had an abundance of food. We want to thank all those who provided delicious dishes: salads, fruits, casseroles, hot vegetables, relishes, vegetarian and vegan dishes, turkey, ham, gravy, dressing, bread, rolls…and delightful desserts!
Another thank you to all the volunteers who set up on Saturday, came early on Sunday to organize the dishes and stayed after the feast to clean up. Kudos also to our youth – Abi Bailey who served as Master of Ceremonies and the youth who shared jokes and short readings with us at the Feast. We also appreciate that our youth, who had an overnight at the church on Saturday, made stone soup and butter, led by our RE Director Kendra Peffers and supported by Lea Sobrilsky, Seally Busch, Drew Frantz, Norma Bailey, Andrea Devenney, and Mel Bailey. Last, but not least, a tremendous thank you to Jen Prout, Kris Los and Brigitte Bechtold who organized all the food, did all the decorations and oversaw the entire operation!!!

It is at times like this that we experience the abundance of talent and generosity in our community. The friendship found in this community of faith gives special meaning to Thanksgiving.

Worship Matters

We will gather this Sunday, December 1 to worship together with our minister Andrew Frantz, who will present “Take What You Need, Give All You Can.” Please join us!

“In a spiritual community such as this one, there are times that each of us needs to lean on someone else for support…and times when we are doing the supporting. What does a healthy balance of giving and receiving look like? How can we be encouraged to ask for what we need more honestly, and to give to others more freely?”

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 8: A Time for Compassion - Brigitte Bechtold

Minister's Column

Read the Minister's Column at

RE Overnight

We had a bustling and fun-filled evening at the RE Harvest Feast Celebration! With pizza, crafts, forts, scavenger hunts, hide-and-seek, and homemade stone soup and butter, what's not to like? Thank you to Drew Frantz, Lea Sobrilsky, and Andrea Devenney for all their help in the evening, to Norma Bailey for spending the night, and to Mel Bailey for leading a rejuvenating yoga session in the morning.

UUFCM Mystery!

If you happened to find a package of 10 chalice lapel pins needed for new member ceremonies, please contact Laura McBride at 989.772.5512 or

Infant Pantry Collection - December 1

Thank you so much for your generous contributions! Our last month’s collection added up to over $50 in products and $126 in cash, serving over 130 babies and toddlers. We are making a difference in their families’ lives! 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;

UUSC Guest at Your Table Donations Deadline - December 1

If you were unable to make your donation to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Guest at Your Table Program at the Harvest Feast – don’t despair! - we will be accepting donations this coming Sunday, December 1. Donation envelopes and Stories of Hope  can be found in the foyer outside the sanctuary as well as the UUSC box in which to drop your donation envelope.

Welcome to UU Orientation - Date Change

Welcome to UU orientation will be held on Sunday, December 1 at noon in the Green Room next to the Sanctuary. Please contact Laura McBride (989.772.5512; if you need childcare, have questions, and/or plan to attend.

Christmas Outreach Volunteer Opportunity - December 6 & 7

We will not be collecting children’s books at the fellowship this year. However volunteers are needed to help distribute books on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, in 2-hour shifts. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Hall. Questions? Email Beth Macleod at

First Friday Potluck - December 6

Join us for our First Friday communal nosh! Jen Prout is hosting, with a theme of Leftover Makeover. Let's use up our leftovers by turning them into new dishes! Or don't and just bring your faves or your usual dishes. 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 December birthdays of Aaron Jones, Chris Swier, Matt Cavalieri, Laura Frey, and Sally Van Cise.

Calendar Changes

Sewing Circle will meet once this month on December 9. 

UUFCM Book Club - December 11

Our December read is The Alchemists by Paulo Coelho. “A poor shepherd boy has a recurring dream every time he sleeps at an abandoned church. Finally, he decides to go on a quest to find the answer. Along the way he suffers setbacks but also has encounters with travelers who help him. Will he be successful?” We meet 2nd Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the social hall of the UU Center, September through June. Bring a lunch and enjoy the discussion!

CUUPs Yule Ritual - December 22

Yule, the winter solstice, is a time of great symbolism and power. It marks the return of the sun, when the days finally begin to get a little longer. It's also a time to celebrate with family and friends, and share the spirit of giving. We invite 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.

• • • Community News • • •

Art Reach - Let's Do Lunch

Noon, Wednesday, December 4 at the UUFCM
CMU Piano students present selections of Christmas and classical music led by Dr. Adrienne Wiley. There is no charge, and the hosts provide water and cookies. Everyone is welcome! 

Christmas Outreach of Isabella County

December 6 & 7, 2019 at Finch on CMU’s campus

Want to donate? Drop off items at Finch on CMU’s campus during the week of Monday, December 2.

Please click the graphic for a list of items we can accept, and spread the word by printing and distributing the flyer!
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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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