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eNews for Wednesday, April 4

Always be a work in progress.
~ Emily Lillian

Worship Matters

What does it mean to be a people of emergence? - this is the guiding question for our April worship services. We hope you will join us this Sunday, April 8
as we continue our exploration with a message from our minister titled
“The Grandness of Uncentering Ourselves.”

“When it comes to emerging into something new, the message of spirituality is “Be careful with what you’ve been taught and told because much of it takes us in exactly the wrong direction.” As a people of emergence, we are called to take a different tack. We’ve been entrusted with the wisdom that emergence is most often about breathing rather than becoming better, patience not perfection, depth not dominance; acceptance not striving, attention not constant improvement.”
~ Soul Matters (introduction to theme of emergence)

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

April 2018 Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Emergence?
April 15: The Point of It All
April 22: Stewardship Sunday – Earth Day Festival!
                 Guest speaker: Jennifer Teed
April 29: Born and Reborn


RE News  

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;​

First Friday Potluck - April 6

Join us for our April First Friday communal nosh! Jen Prout is hosting with a theme of April Showers. Bring your favorite dish to make on a rainy day! We will also be celebrating the birthdays of Sandra Wickstrom, Rick Messick, Chris Bauerle, Brigitte Bechtold, and Rebecca Kreisher. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.

What about the May 4th Potluck? Who is hosting? and what’s the theme? We don’t know, but perhaps you’d like to host and choose! If so, please contact Jen Prout (989-400-3130 or or George Lentz (248-346-4039 or ​If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy!

Young Adult Potluck - Sunday, April 8

We gather to share a meal and engage in conversation and some game-playing or video watching (or whatever strikes our fancy) on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the UUFCM Social Hall. 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.

Let’s Be a Nut-Free Church (No Pun Intended)

We are asking that those of you who bring snacks for our coffee hour (thank you so much for your contribution!) no longer bring any nuts or any confection that contains nuts (for example, peanut butter cookies). We have a child with nut allergies, and we already had a scary incident in which she was offered a cookie with nuts which could have been very dangerous. It’s a good thing that there are lots of other kinds of snacks and confections to contribute that we will all enjoy!

Path to Membership Workshop - Saturday, April 14

This workshop is designed for those who are ready to make the membership
commitment to UUFCM. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry. Childcare is available. Let Laura know by email, phone call, or at church if you would like to attend at or 989-772-5512.

Seriously, Don't Miss This Opportunity!

This year we have the opportunity to send a good number of people from UUFCM to the General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. This year the GA 2018 will be held in Kansas City, MO, June 20-24. 
Attending a General Assembly is an amazing experience!  If you’ve never been to a GA, feel free to see other people who have – Laura McBride, Dawn Daniels, Gisela Moffit, Jim and Liz Dealing, Chris Bailey, Mary Alsager and Brigitte Bechtold, and they will confirm! You can also find a great deal of information at Just poke around a bit!
Because an anonymous donor has given money in support of leadership development to send more people to GA this year, all expenses will be paid (registration, housing and transportation [car]) except for meals. If you are interested, please contact Norma Bailey at 989-560-3952 or at We must have the final count by April 15.

Stewardship Drive 2018-2019

Stewardship: Taking care of each other,
taking care of our church, taking care of our world.

Reflections on stewardship continue to be shared in worship services for our fellowship's stewardship season. Aaron Jones, Norma Bailey, Susan Paton, and Brigitte Bechtold have shared their hearts with us regarding why they come and support our lovely fellowship (see Norma's, and Susan's reflections here!). Join us to hear more messages through April with the voices of Katie Zapoluch, and Kevin Daum.

By now you will have received a letter and the proposed budget to help you plan your giving for Stewardship Sunday-Earth Day Festival on April 22, 2018. The complete Stewardship packet is available online and on the counter near the name tags by the end of the month.

Schedule of Events for Stewardship Sunday-Earth Day Festival:
  • Pledge Central Booth: 9:00-4:00 (closed 10:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Worship service: 10:30-11:30 with Jennifer Teed from MUUSJN
  • Luncheon: 11:45-1:00
  • Afternoon Events: 1:00-2:30
    - Make garden stepping stones & painting rocks
    - Watercolor painting
    - Clean out garden & flower beds (weather permitting)
    - Meditation in or outdoors
    - Hand/foot or shoulder massage & reflexology
    - Chalkdrawing on sidewalks
  • Closing Group Activity: 2:30-3:00
  • Clean up: 3:00-4:00

UUA Survey Regarding Study Topic

The UUA Commission on Appraisal invites your participation in a brief survey to help them as they prepare to select our next UUA study topic. Your UU Board has sent in a UUFCM congregational response; as well, they also are seeking input from individual Unitarian Universalists. This is the link if you wish to respond.
• • • Community News • • •

CMU Pride Month of Events
April 3-18, CMU Campus, Mt. Pleasant

The Social Justice Coordinating Team encourages members and friends to attend events from CMU’s Pride Month of Events. For more information, visit their Facebook page, or download the flyer.

Non-Profit Center Open House
Thursday, April 5, from 4-7pm at the Center
1114 West High St. in Mt. Pleasant

The Non-Profit Center which houses the Isabella County Restoration House and other agencies is having an open house tomorrow. There will be tours
of the facility and information available. For more information, download
the flyer here.

Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. in Staples Auditorium, CMU School of Music

Nicky Graziano, professional puppeteer and UUFCM friend, has been working hard all semester with a group of students to make puppets and produce a delightful puppet show about Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Powers Woodwind Quintet will be accompanying the shadow puppets with many musical delights. Come and bring your kids and their friends for this
must-see free event!
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy,
for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life before we can enter into another.
~ Anatole France
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e-News is Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
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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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