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The gifts demanded of me here are the very gifts
I’ve been seeking my whole life long.
~ Victoria Safford

Rescheduled Path to Membership Class

Laura McBride is willing to conduct the Path to Membership class on Saturday, April 21st from 1-4 pm. Please let her know if this works! Her contact information is or 989.772.5512.

In Preparation for This Coming Sunday

As we were all iced in this past weekend and unable to gather together in worship, please take a moment to absorb the readings and message our minister prepared on the theme “What Emerges When We Choose to Bless the World.”

Stewardship Sunday – Earth Day Festival!!!

Our worship service this Sunday, April 22, is the main event for this “Stewardship Sunday – Earth Day Festival!” Please join us as we kick off our celebration with a special message from our guest speaker, MUUSJN’s own Jennifer Teed, a stewardship reflection from Kevin Daum, plus wonderful music offerings from our Joyful Noise choir!

Jennifer Teed - a lifelong UU and lifelong Detroiter - is currently a consultant for the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) and serves as a Projects Coordinator for our churches. In other arenas, she is a Social Worker and Art Educator. Jennifer lives with her life partner Eric, and dog Muhammad Ali. She is an activist and advocate for all things having to do with the rights of people and our earth. Her highest priorities now are around issues of racial justice and environmental justice.

Schedule of Events for Stewardship Sunday-Earth Day Festival:

• Pledge Central Booth: 9:00-4:00 (closed during worship)
• Worship Service: 10:30-11:30 with guest speaker Jennifer Teed of MUUSJN
• Luncheon: 11:45-1:00
• Afternoon Events: 1:00-2:30
- Make garden stepping stones & rock painting
- Watercolor painting
- Earth work (garden clean-up - weather permitting)
- Meditation
- Hand and shoulder massage
- Chalk drawing on sidewalks
• Closing Group Activity: 2:30-3:00
• Clean up: 3:00-4:00

If you are unable to attend, pledge and volunteer forms may be sent via mail to UUFCM Treasurer Chris Bailey at PO Box 41, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0041. We hope you can join us for this very special day in the life of our community!


Water Crisis Documentary

Thursday, April 26th there is an opportunity to view Nor Any Drop to Drink, a documentary about the Flint water crisis. The documentary written and directed by Dr. Cedric Taylor (Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, CMU) is based on interviews with Flint residents and with the people involved in uncovering the crisis. This truly eye-opening and insightful experience starts at 7:00 pm on April 26 on campus in Anspach 161 (between Broomfield and Preston). 


Update: The Poor People's Campaign

Sign Up Now - Direct Action Trainings Have Begun

The Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for Moral Revival - is set to commence on May 13. To participate in any of the PPC’s "Direct Action Mondays," that will begin on May 14, please fill out the online training and organizing form to sign up for an action training session and see the schedule for direct action campaign events.

The PPC’s “Direct Action Mondays” are an opportunity to participate in civil disobedience at their state capitols. Specific themes to be focused on include women and children in poverty, systemic racism, voting rights, just immigration, the war economy, ecological devastation, and living wages.

If you are interested in learning more about the Poor People’s Campaign, you can visit the Michigan Campaign's Facebook page for more information, or the Poor People's Campaign website.

Beverages in the Sanctuary

Please be mindful that any beverages carried into the sanctuary need to be in a travel mug/container with a secure lid or cap. As careful as we are, too many spills are taking place in that space. We appreciate your cooperation in this.

Welcome to UU - Sunday, April 29

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 are approximately ninety minutes.

This is the first in a series of three steps to membership at the UUFCM. For complete information, please visit our website at


Young Adult Potluck - Sunday, April 29

The last Young Adult Potluck of the semester will be held on Sunday, April 29, at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall. This potluck will provide a break from studying for finals and a chance to eat good food and say so long for the summer. 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.

CUUPs - Celebrates Beltane Sunday, May 6

Beltane is a time to celebrate fertility and the greening of the earth, to honor the arrival of spring and new life. Covenant of UU Pagans invites 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.

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.

RE News  

ICYMI - Slimeapalooza and Egg hunt photos are now available!

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;​
MUUSJN/Inclusive Justice Conference
9-4pm on Friday, April 20
in Clawson, MI

“Faith, TLGBQ, Inclusion & Human
Rights: An Interfaith Conference”
For further information, please see the flyer.
We must be knit together in this work as one…
~ John Winthrop
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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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