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Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us.
~ Melody Beattie

Daylight Savings Time Begins This Sunday, March 11

It is almost time to move your clocks ahead an hour! Most digital devices will automatically reflect the change, but your analog clocks will need to be adjusted (spring forward). If you are bringing a friend this Sunday, please share the reminder!

Worship Matters

What does it mean to be a people of balance? That is the guiding question for our worship services for the month of March. Please join us this Sunday, March 11, as we gather for worship with a message from our minister titled “Imperfect Being, Seeking Balance.”​

“What if the problem is not about being busy and all those balls you’re juggling? Could the balance you seek be about connecting who you are inside with how you use your time outside? Are you sure that you are overwhelmed, or just out of alignment?.” 

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

March 2018 Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Balance?
March 18: In Defense of Imbalance
March 25: Something in the Way – sermon by Guy Newland


Celebrating Jean Daab’s Life  

The memorial service for our dear Jean Daab has been scheduled for this Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at Clark’s Funeral Home, 114 S. Bradley Street, Mt. Pleasant. The service will be followed by a luncheon where we can exchange memories with her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to our UUFCM fellowship. Envelopes will be available at Clark’s Funeral Home. Condolence messages can be sent to her family via her daughter, Kelly Green, at 3453 E. Walton, Shepherd, MI 48883.

Young Adult Potluck Schedule

At our young adult potluck gathering, the following schedule for future potlucks was decided: we will 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. Our next potluck gathering is scheduled for this Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. Please join us!

A New Threat

The Michigan Interfaith Reproductive Justice Coalition is providing this program on Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 pm in Southfield, MI. The program will include speakers presenting the truth and the consequences of a new federal Civil Rights division, Conscience and Religious Freedom, as well as a legislative briefing on reproductive justice. For a list of speakers and other specific information, download this flyer. If you are interested in attending, please contact Norma Bailey at (989-560-3952;

RE News  

  • Slime-a-palooza - Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m.
    We will be making all sorts of slime and having some snacks. Please let Anna V. know if your children will participate as soon as you can!(517.930.6927;​
  • 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 balance - 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;​

Challenging Racism Workshops at UUFCM
- Sunday, March 18

The Social Justice Coordinating Team is facilitating one more workshop to engage members and friends in racial justice work, utilizing the Interfaith Toolkit on Challenging Racism developed by MUUSJN. We will conclude this adult RE session in the sanctuary on March 18, from 12:00-1:30 p.m., and a light lunch will be provided. Our sessions will involve articles, video clips, activities and discussion, with an emphasis on deeper understanding of white privilege and systemic racism. If you plan on attending, please contact Norma Bailey (989-560 3952; so that we can know numbers for the light lunch.

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!
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 will have to have the final count by April 15.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Survey for Parents

A George Mason University researcher seeks UU parents for a survey that may support the use of the Our Whole Lives/ Sexuality and Our Faith curricula as well as the Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators Small Group Ministry curricula to be published online later this year.
Participants Needed: Seeking Unitarian Universalist parents (includes biological or adoptive parents, legal guardians, foster parents, and stepparents) to participate in a study focused on parent-child communication around sexual health. Parents interested in participating in this study will need to meet the following criteria:
- Attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation in the United States
- Have at least one child between 12- and 15-years-old
If you are interested in participating, please complete the online survey. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Amanda Gordon, M.S. The survey should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.
Institutional Review Board, Project Number: 1178132-2

Want to Sing in Our Choir?

If you like to sing, we hope you’ll consider joining our Joyful Noise Choir. We meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday mornings at 9:30 to rehearse, and you don’t need to be able to read music to sing with us as we learn the music together. Feel free to contact Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or if you have any questions. We’d love to have you!

• • • Community News • • •

The Gratiot County Players present The Diary of Anne Frank

If you are interested in attending The Diary of Anne Frank (directed by our own Dawn Daniels, and featuring Stacey Pattison as Edith Frank), the final weekend of performances is this Friday, 3/9 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday 3/10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3/11 at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information visit

Celebrating Life Pow Wow
March 17 & 18 at the
Kulhavi Events Center,
McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant

Grand entries are on Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Doors open to the public at 11 a.m. General entry (11+) is $7; children 10 and under are free. SCIT members with ID and CMU students with ID are free. For more information, see Native American Programs at

Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age
Book Discussion with Dan Zak, Washington Post reporter and author
Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Alma College

Dan will lead the discussion on his book in the Dow Science Center Auditorium (L-1). The book focuses on religious protesters against continued production of nuclear weapons, their arrest and trial and raises vitally important questions about the relationship of religion and military policy. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Dr. Ed Lorenz at 989-463-7203 with questions.

Balance is not better time-management, but better boundary-management.
~ Betsy Jacobson
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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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