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eNews for Wednesday, May 16

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Worship Matters

This Sunday, May 20, we will continue our exploration of what it means to be a people of creativity with a message titled “Eureka!” by the Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie. Our worship leader will be Laura McBride with Kevin Daum serving as worship associate. We hope you will join us!

“We know we can’t control the arrival of insight; it doesn’t respond to ordinary commands. But it can be coaxed… For those of us who prize tenacity, it turns out that diversion is really important. It’s about incubation.
Our addiction to constant stimulation, ... hyper-connectedness, [and]
hyper-availability [are] all enemies of insight. Instead, standing in line, waiting in traffic, or tasks that demand minimal intellectual firepower,
such as dishes or laundry, can be “repurposed” for creativity, commandeered for inspiration. Realizing a great idea “could [also] be as simple as a little solitude,” minimizing the distractions that might be keeping an insight
from surfacing…”     ~ Kim K. Crawford Harvie

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 Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Creativity?
May 27: “To Remember Well”
June Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Blessing?
June 3: “The Wider View”
June 10: “Original Blessing”
June 17: “Crazy Blessed”

Special Offering - Sunday, May 20

The May special collection on Sunday, May 20, is for Isabella Citizens for Health, a patient centered medical facility that believes in partnerships between patients and doctors and provides comprehensive primary care to people of all ages in the Isabella County area. They offer walk-in hours and a sliding fee scale for qualified low-income patients. If you prefer to write a check, please address it to Isabella Citizens for Health.

Minister on Leave

Dawn is taking a personal leave from her UUFCM duties from Monday, May 14 through Saturday, May 26. She will be back in worship with us on Sunday, May 27.

RE News

We need volunteers!

The summer RE program relies on volunteers to help in the garden, assist with lessons, and provide nursery care as needed. We will need two people per Sunday, with no maximum number of Sundays you can volunteer for! Anna will have a sign up sheet available Sundays after service, or you can email her at Please let her know if you have any questions.

See behind-the-scenes photos from the Mother's Day breakfast on our website!

Results of Our Annual Meeting

At our annual meeting on Sunday, May 13, we thanked retiring trustees of the UU Board (Chris Bailey, Ricky Courlander, Joyce Henricks, Ethan Kolek, and Laura McBride) and elected six new trustees – Carol Rard as president-elect, Terrie Robbie as treasurer, Jen Prout as assistant treasurer, Janis Shinn for a 2-year term, Aaron Jones for a 1-year term, and Carolyn Hancock to fulfill the second year of Joyce Henrick’s 2-year term. We also approved the 2018-2019 budget and recognized the volunteer efforts of so many people who contribute the people-power to keep the church moving forward. Special recognition this year went to Aaron Jones for gracing us with his technological skill which enhances our worship services, Joyce Henricks who has led our Restoration House efforts for the past several years, and Glenn Lewandos who has led our safe church policy development committee regarding fire, tornados and outside assailants.

Rename Congregational Life Ministry Team!

The Congregational Life Ministry Team (CLMT) made up of membership, Arms Around program, communication, stewardship, social fun, and building/grounds is looking for a new name! It's an unwieldy name for an interesting group of programs. We are collecting suggestions for renaming this team. A prize for the name selected will be given. Please send your suggestions to Gisela Moffit, Team Leader at Names will be collected until June 30 and chosen at the July CLMT meeting.

Welcome to UU Cancelled - Sunday, May 27

Due to the holiday weekend, the next orientation is June 24. 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 run approximately ninety minutes.

Path to Membership Workshop - June 2

The Path to Membership workshop has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 2nd rom 1-3 pm. Please let Laura McBride know if you plan to attend (; 989.772.5512). Childcare is available.

The Poor People's Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is being held in Michigan at the Lansing Capitol Lawn from 11 am to 4 pm every Monday (and one Tuesday) beginning on May 14 until June 18 to fight for freedom and dignity of every person in our country. The themes for the six weeks are:
  • Monday, May 14th: Somebody's Hurting Our People: Child poverty, Women, LGBTQIA+, and People with Disabilities
  • Monday, May 21stLinking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Ending Mass Incarceration, Treatment of Indigenous People and Justice for Immigrants
  • Tuesday, May 29th: Militarism: The War Economy, Veterans, Education and Our National Priorities
  • Monday, June 4thEcological Devastation and Health: Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthcare for All
  • Monday, June 11th: Everybody’s Got a Right to Live: Jobs, Income, the Right to Organize, and Housing
  • Monday, June 18th: A New and Unsettling Force: A Fusion Movement Rising Up
The Poor People’s Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. For more information: Let’s join them! If you are interested in attending any of the Mondays (or Tuesday), contact Norma Bailey (989-560-3952;


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.
• • • Community News • • •

Near and Far – Family Storytelling Celebration
Saturday, May 19 at 1pm at the Broadway Theatre, Mt. Pleasant
Come listen to delightful, fun, traditional and crafted-original stories performed by the Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers. Tickets are $5 and are available at Ric's and beginning at noon on the 19th at the theatre box office.
The war of an artist with [their] society is a lover’s war, and [they] do,
at [their] best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to [themselves]
and, with that revelation, to make freedom real.
~ James Baldwin
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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 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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