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eNews for Thursday, August 15

Mural Progress

Our community mural is slowly taking shape and is already looking beautiful! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and for everyone who hasn't gotten a chance, the next time the mural will be out to paint is after service on August 25.

Worship Matters

Our worship services in August are different this summer, more interactive and intimate, giving us a chance to get to know one another better. After the lighting of the chalice and honoring our joys and concerns, each week, in small random groups, we engage in discussion of a topic announced in advance – here in the e-News, in the order of service and on our website. After the discussion time, the services close with a song and a closing benediction.

Our discussion topic for this coming Sunday, August 18, will be “What do you think happens when you die? How do you feel about that?” Come join with us as we get to know one another better as we worship together in this summer format.

Upcoming Services - Summer Worship Series

August 25: What would you like your epitaph to read?
September 1: The Spiritual Dimensions of Novelty
September 8: Water Ceremony
September 15: Blessing of Children and Teachers

Special Offering Collection - August 18

This Sunday a special plate collection will be taken to supplement the minister’s discretionary fund. We are often contacted by people in the community who might need gas money, money to pay an electric bill, a night in a hotel, etc., and we use the discretionary fund to provide this. While we have a line item in our budget, it does not suffice for the needs like this in the community, which is why we take a special plate collection to supplement the fund. Checks for this fund should be made out to UUFCM with “Discretionary Fund” indicated in the memo line.

Fellowship Life Meeting - August 18

On the third Sunday of every month the UUFCM Board holds a Fellowship Life meeting to update the congregation on current happenings, plans and/or concerns within the congregation. The intention is for the meetings to be kept brief; the hope is for extended conversation to take place following the meeting during the coffee hour time. The agenda will include information about the welcome dinner/lunch with our new minister. Please plan to attend.

Make Joyful Noise!

The Joyful Noise Choir will begin rehearsals for the fall on Wednesday, August 21, 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.

Back to School Celebration - August 25

School is just around the corner, and the RE Team would like to help our youth phase into the school year with a back-to-school celebration! To all parents and children, please join us in the social hall after service on August 25 for a light lunch, a chance to chat about the upcoming school year, and some DIY crafts for soon-to-be students and their teachers!

Memorial Service for Vicki Chessin

Vicki Chessin’s memorial service will be held Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Doig Chapel (the Masonic Pathways chapel) at 1200 Wright Avenue in Alma, with visitation beforehand from 1-3 p.m. Dawn Daniels will be conducting the service. 

Calendar Updates

• Readers' Theatre is cancelled for August 20. See you in September!
• Welcome to UU Orientation is cancelled for August 25.

Welcome Reception for Our New Minister

On September 1, Drew Frantz begins his ministry with our fellowship. We are eagerly looking forward to the next leg of our journey under his leadership. To celebrate this important event, we will have a reception for him at the library annex immediately after the service.

In order to make this a success, we need your assistance donating food, signing up for setting up or cleaning up after the event. We will 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 will be posted in the fellowship hall. For more information contact Laura McBride or Gisela Moffit.

OWL Education Program Begins January 5

During the 2020 spring school semester, UUFCM will be offering Our Whole Lives sexuality education to children in 7-10th grade every Sunday afternoon beginning January 5th and ending April 26th, excluding the Sundays surrounding Spring Break and Easter Sunday. This secular curriculum “helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality,” (The Unitarian Universalist Association website). This program is free and open to the public, and parents who are interested in registering their children for Our Whole Lives sexuality education can contact our Director of Religious Education, Kendra Peffers, at by October 27th.

Treats for Social Hour Desired (Needed)

Even though our summer services will provide a different format, some things won’t change. Coffee hour with munchies is written in stone. Please consider bringing something (cookies, crackers, fruit, cheese, gluten free treat, etc. No nuts please) for one of the upcoming Sundays in August.
There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall if you want to let us know in advance, but it is not necessary - if you want to share your delicious goodies, don't hesitate to bring them!

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.

• • • Community News • • •

Rock Concert for ICRH

New Life Church and Thrive Church are hosting a rock concert with all proceeds to be donated to the Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) on Friday, August 16, at 6:00 pm. Come “Rock for Restoration” in support of our community day shelter and rotating homeless shelter. Click on the flyer graphic for more information.
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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.
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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