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With great pride and joy we share that Guy Newland and Carolina Gutierrez, professors at CMU, made headlines this week. Carolina, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and Guy was given the President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. These are highly prestigious awards based on their work and recommendations from colleagues, students and alumni. Kudos to you, Guy and Carolina!

Worship Matters

We will gather this Sunday, March 31 to worship together with Guy Newland, who will present “A Path of Sincerity and Wonder.” We hope you will join us.

“There truly is such a thing as sincerity!
The roots of evil are already cut in the invisible world.”
~ Satomi Myodo, Shinto shamaness 

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 7: Reflections on Silence, by Norma Bailey, and
Reflections on Human Rights and Civil Rights, by Rev. Joe Summers
April 14: A Place Between Places: (Re)Exploring Passover, by Kelly Murphy
April 21: Easter, Earth Day and Stewardship Sunday – What a Perfect Mix!,
by Norma Bailey
April 28: Are You Living a “Good Life”?, by Joyce Henricks

Stewardship Drive 2019-2020

Moving Us into Our Future: A Most Eggcellent Celebration!
Reflections on stewardship continue to be shared in worship services for our fellowship's stewardship season. Matt Cavalieri, Tom Moffit, and Candi Tomlinson have shared with us why they come and support our fellowship (click the links to see their reflections). Join us to hear George Lentz’s message this Sunday.

By now you will have received a letter and the proposed budget to help you plan your giving for our Stewardship Sunday-Earth Day-Easter Celebration on April 21, 2019. The complete stewardship packet will be available online and on the counter near the name tags by Sunday. Pledge and volunteer forms will be joyfully received by Terrie Robbie, Treasurer at PO Box 41, Mt Pleasant, MI 48804-0041. You may also give them to Terrie Robbie or Norma Bailey, Stewardship Chair, at church on Sundays.

Schedule of Events for Our Stewardship Sunday–Earth Day–Easter Celebration:
• Pledge Central Booth: 9:00-4:00 (closed 10:30-11:30 a.m.)
• Worship service: 10:30-11:30 
• Luncheon: 11:45-1:00
• Afternoon Events: 1:00-2:30
  - Rock painting, bubbles and Easter egg hunt
  - Watercolor painting
  - Clean out garden & flower beds (weather permitting)
  - Meditation in or outdoors
  - Hand and shoulder massage
• Closing Group Activity: 2:30-3:00
• Clean up: 3:00-4:00

Welcome to UU Orientation - Sunday, March 31

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 last Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.

For more info or to register for Welcome to UU, contact:
Laura McBride: 989.772.5512 or
Gisela Moffit: 989.772.1602

Young Adult Potluck - Sunday, March 31

We gather to share a meal and engage in conversation and some game-playing or video watching (or whatever strikes our fancy) on the last Sunday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the UUFCM Social Hall. A main dish will be provided, all others may bring a snack/side dish/dessert to pass. But if you're short on time or energy to bring something, don't worry - please come anyway!

A Two in One Opportunity - April 1

Laura McBride is offering a combined Welcome to UU and Path to Membership class on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9 a.m. in her home. This is a special combination event ideal for persons who have previously been members of a UU congregation, have been attending our fellowship for 6 months or more, and/or have difficulty participating in the regularly scheduled weekend classes. If you are interested in attending, please talk with Laura ahead of time so she may have enough materials available for everyone. Her address is 306 W. Grand Avenue in Mt. Pleasant. Speak to Laura on Sunday mornings or contact her at 989.772.5512 or

First Friday Potluck - April 5

Jen Prout will be hosting with a theme of Spring Has Sprung! Bring on the freshness or your favorite dish. We will also be celebrating the April birthdays of Sue Martin, Sandy Wickstrom, Rick Messick, Chris Bauerle, Deb Allore, and Brigitte Bechtold. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.

UUFCM Book Club - April 17

The next read for our book club is To Kill A Mockingbird Bird. We meet at the fellowship hall on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Bring a lunch and enjoy the discussion.

Transition Team News

Completed and submitted! Your Transition Team has been working for a good number of weeks to write our application to the Unitarian Universalist Association for a contract minister for UUFCM for the upcoming year, 2019-2020. On Saturday, March 16, at 4:55 pm, we finished it and hit the “Submit” button to send it on its way. We now await to see which available ministers are interested in us!

Application for Minister

If you would like to read the application materials that your Transition Team prepared and sent to start our application process for our new minister, two copies are available for you to look at near the name tags below the memorial tree. Please do not remove them from the church.

Lay Pastoral Care

During our transition, we will offer Lay Pastoral Care to anyone who is going through a difficult time. Gisela Moffit heads the Arms Around team, which provides transportation to doctor appointments, cards/emails/phone calls, preparing and delivering food for those recuperating. Carolyn Hancock will provide lay pastoral care for those who are hurting and need to talk to a caring person one-on-one. Contact Carolyn at 517-881-6006 for an appointment.
Please note that these sessions are not designed to take the place of professional counseling, but to provide a listening ear, make referrals to professionals and provide support during the healing process.

Flowers for Worship

Liz Dealing faithfully brings us beautiful flowers to adorn our worship service – a gift that we are ever so grateful for. We are looking for a “substitute,” willing to be called by Liz ahead of time to bring flowers for those Sundays when she cannot attend. If you are willing to be that person, please contact Liz directly at church, at 989-772-0269, or at

Isabella County Restoration House - Volunteer Opportunity!

We are partnering with St. John's Episcopal Church to help with the ICRH homeless shelter program. The dates are from Sunday, April 7 to Saturday, April 13. We will provide dinners for approximately 3 evenings (specific days are not yet determined) as well as help with overnight stays and morning clean ups as needed (again, we have not yet heard specifics about days). There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall, or you can contact Joyce for more information ( or 989-400-9743).

Planned Parenthood Conference – Tuesday, April 16

The Planned Parenthood Powering Change 2019 Action Summit is Tuesday, April 16, from 12 to 5 p.m. in Lansing. Registration fee is $10, which includes lunch, membership into Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and a T-shirt. If you are interested in attending, please contact Candi Tomlinson (989-506-7477;


Please add this app to your smartphone, laptop, or ipad/tablet...REMIND! This is the method we will use to notify you of fellowship service closings and event announcements. You will be getting an invitation from Laura McBride. If you want it sent to an email address versus a cell phone number, let Laura know. Add the app to your technology of choice. Direct questions and requests to Laura McBride (989-772-5512;

Save for This Year’s Garage Sale

As you are doing any early spring housecleaning and come across items you could donate to our biannual garage sale to be held this spring, please hold on to them for the time being.

• • • Community News • • •

Women's History Month Events

We hope you will take advantage of some of the events of Women’s History Month celebrated on CMU’s campus. Click on the flyer to the right to see what is offered.

Presentation on the Flint Water Crisis

On April 17 at 6:30 pm in the Park Library Auditorium, Hannah Fultz and the Women and Gender Studies Program of CMU will present a program on the Flint Water Crisis. Speakers include Mari Copeny (Little Miss Flint) and Cedric Taylor (Director of Not Any Drop to Drink). There is no admission fee; donations of water and school supplies are highly appreciated.
Got News?
The deadline for submissions to
the Order of Service Insert and the UUFCM weekly e-News
is Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
Please send all submissions to
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 2018-2019
President: Mary Alsager (989.773.2595;
Past-President: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952;
President Elect: Carol Rard (989.561.2969;
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: Carolyn Hancock (517.881.6006;


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