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eNews for Thursday, August 29

Happy New (School) Year!

We started the school year off right with gifts for our teachers and tasty food on Sunday! A big thank-you goes out to little Mairi for making all the lunch wraps - they were delicious! We hope teachers enjoy these "Emergency Teacher Jars" with chocolate, pencils, pens, white-out, sticky notes, and more to help them along at school. Good luck to all the students, teachers, and parents, and have a great school year!

Worship Matters

We will gather this Sunday, September 1 to worship together with our new minister Drew Frantz, who will present “The Spiritual Dimensions of Novelty.” We hope you will join us.

The beginning of September brings new things: a new school year; the beginning of the church calendar; a new minister for this Fellowship. From a spiritual perspective, novelty (newness) can be both positive and negative. Let us embrace the new with openness and joy.

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 - Summer Worship Series

September 8: Water Ceremony
September 15: Blessing of Children and Teachers
September 22: Fostering Multicultural Dialogue and Community
September 29: Fight Racism!—with Care!

Welcome Reception for Our New Minister

This Sunday, September 1, Drew Frantz begins his ministry with our fellowship. To celebrate, we will have a reception for him at the library annex immediately after the service.

To make this a success, we need your assistance donating food, setting up, or cleaning up after the event. We set up at the library on Saturday, August 31 at 1 p.m. Food can be brought at that time or on Sunday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Bring it directly to the Annex, ready to be served. Sign-up sheets are posted in the social hall. For more information contact Laura McBride or Gisela Moffit.

Dinners with Drew

The Transition Team has organized group dinners with our new minister, Drew Frantz, so that he can get to know us better and we him in a smaller, more conversational setting. Three of the seven dates have already been filled as we began sign-ups at coffee hour last Sunday. If you wish to sign up for one of the dinners, either call or email Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or or sign up on Sunday. Once a host(s) has the list of attendees, you will be contacted to bring a salad/dessert/etc. to supplement the main dish and beverage provided by the host(s). Please feel free to contact Norma with any questions.
  • Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m.
    Carol Rard hosting – 3 available slots
  • Sunday, September 15, 6:00 p.m.
    Tom and Gisela Moffit hosting – 2 available slots
  • Saturday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.
    Jennifer and Daniel Davis hosting – 2 available slots
  • Friday, September 27, 6:00 p.m.
    Brigitte Bechtold hosting – vegetarian – 2 available slots

Make Joyful Noise!

The Joyful Noise Choir has begun rehearsals for the fall. We rehearse on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. If you like to sing, even if you don’t read music, now would be a perfect time to join us as we are beginning to learn new music! Contact Norma Bailey at 989-560-3952 or if you have questions.

Infant Pantry Collection - September 1

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. To donate money, make the checke out to CCN (Community Compassionate Network) with memo “Infant Pantry.” Contact Tom Moffit (989-772-1602; with questions.

Calendar Updates

 •  UUFCM Men's Group is cancelled for Monday, September 2
     due to the holiday. See you in October!
 •  Sewing Circle is cancelled for Monday, September 2
     due to the holiday. See you on September 16!

First Friday Potluck - September 6

Join us for our First Friday communal nosh! Gisela and Tom Moffit are hosting, with the theme of “New Beginnings” as we are celebrating a new school/ academic year, a new minister, and a new season. Try out  a “new” recipe or bring your favorite dish. Join us even if you can’t bring anything this time. We’d love to have you. 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 September birthdays of Jolie Damer, Alicia Genia, Beau Bailey, Carol Messick, Gisela Moffit, and Mairi Devenney.

RE Kickoff - September 15

We mark the start of a new year for the religious education (RE) program with our RE Kickoff on Sunday, September 15! After children leave service at the regular time, they are invited to enjoy games, crafts, and snacks in the library annex to celebrate another year of RE. If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Peffers at We hope to see many young faces at this event!

UUFCM Book Club

Come join us on the 3rd Wednesday of September at 12:30 in the Fellowship Hall. We will be discussing J. D. Vance's memoir Hillbilly Elegy. He gives the reader his personal perspective of growing up in Appalachia and how this affected the choices he made. 

• • • Community News • • •

Let Peace Reign
On Saturday, September 14, from 4-8 pm in Island Park, the Isabella County Human Rights Committee will lead a Peace Walk and Peace Promoting Activities. The walk will start from the city hall parking lot (IRide shuttle available) and end at the South Shelter at Island Park. This celebration is a non-partisan, non-religious, non-discriminatory opportunity to come together to embrace the peace and acceptance that makes us a community.  Contact for more information.
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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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