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I expect to pass through this world just once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
~ Etienne Grellet, French Quaker

Worship Matters

Please plan to join us for worship this coming Sunday, June 24 as we close our monthly theme of “What Does It Mean to Be a People of Blessing?” with a sermon by the Rev. J. Mark Worth, “Blessing the World,” given by Tom Moffit.

My grandfather would have said that we need to remember to bless the life around us and the life within us. He would have said that if we remember
to bless life, we can repair the world.     ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

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

Summer Worship Series (July 1 – August 19)
Theme: Sharing the Stories of Living Our Faith

July 1: Service Leader: Laura McBride
July 8: Service Leader: Norma Bailey
July 15: Service Leader: Norma Bailey

Minister’s Summer Schedule

Dawn will be attending General Assembly (GA) in Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday through Sunday, June 24, and then taking a three-week vacation to visit her sons in Olympia, Washington. She will return to her ministerial duties on Tuesday, July 17. Pastoral care concerns in her absence should be directed
to our Arms Around team leader, Gisela Moffit (989-772-1602;

Welcome to UU Orientation - Sunday, July 29

As our membership team leader will be in Mexico over this coming weekend, there will be no orientation session this month. Our next session will be held on Sunday, July 29 following the worship service.

Summer Worship Series Begins July 1

Our eight-week Summer Worship Series “Sharing the Stories of Living Our Faith” will run from Sunday, July 1 through Sunday, August 19. And as the theme suggests, we will be trying out a different format for this summer that is more interactive and relaxed in design. The biggest change will be the absence of a traditional sermon message – instead, either the worship facilitator for the morning or another designated person will share a brief story/reflection on the theme followed by guided discussion. All we ask is that you attend this summer with a willingness to go with the flow of trying something different! And yes…you will find the seating to be rearranged as well to accommodate this new format of shared reflection. We hope you will join us!

Summer RE Program Begins July 1!

This summer we are going to be exploring our connections with nature and the animals within it by learning about mythical creatures!

Many mythical creatures are directly related to the world around them as well as having religious connotations. We will be covering a variety of creatures, including Fairies, Brownies, Imps, Dragons (Eastern), Dragons (Western), Unicorns, Nymphs, and Elves.

We will also be tending the vegetable garden where we grow food to donate to the local soup kitchen.

Our design for summer RE is a little different from the school year model – we will not be joining the adults in worship but will be going directly to the RE room where we will light our chalice, read a story, participate in mindfulness practice, do an activity together, and then work in the garden if weather permits. The summer program will run from July 1 to August 19.

We need volunteers! The summer RE program relies on volunteers to help in the garden, assist with lessons, and provide nursery care as needed. We will need two people per Sunday, with no maximum number of Sundays you can volunteer for! Anna will have a sign up sheet available Sundays after service, or you can email her at Please let her know if you have any questions.

Fire and Tornado Safety Procedures

The Board has adopted safety procedures for tornado and fire situations.
They are:

Tornado Warning Response

  • Upon receipt of a tornado warning, congregants should proceed to the Green Room or the Hallway adjacent to the Sanctuary or the Basement.
  • Children should be brought to those locations by RE personnel.
  • People with disabilities will be assisted by designated congregants.  
  • Congregants are asked to remain in place until there is an all-clear notification.

Fire Warning Response

In the event of a fire or fire warning, the safest response for congregants is to exit the building.
  • Congregants in the Sanctuary should exit through the double doors
    in the back of the Sanctuary. Doors open inward.
  • Occupants of other rooms should use the nearest safe exit
    as designated by the wall signage.
  • People with disabilities will be assisted by designated congregants.
  • Children will be directed to the nearest safe exit by RE personnel.
  • Our Church designated meeting area is in front of the Library.
    This is where parents should meet their children.

Scrap Metal Drive - July 1-14

You may bring your items to Laura McBride's home where the trailer is located or, if your items are too large, the trailer will be brought to you! Please contact Laura at 989-772-5512 to work out details. The money is put into a fund for leadership development opportunities. Central Michigan Recyclers accepts small and large appliances, various metals, and wire. Clean out your barns and garages and help the fellowship!

Summer Cleaning

It is time to start thinking about spring cleaning in the summer! Please consider helping out with the following summer cleaning opportunities:
  • Gutters cleaned (2-3 people): needs to happen before July 6, 2018
  • July 6th or August 3rd, prior to the potluck: do you want to work up an appetite? Please consider helping out with a few summer cleaning chores:
    - Trimming bushes
    - Edging the lawn around the sidewalks
    - Window cleaning
    - Flower garden – weeds, trash, etc.
Please let me know what fun activity you would like to partake in and on what date would be best for you. Please e-mail Terrie Robbie ( and let me know what looks like a good chore for you - thank you!     ~ Terrie Robbie & James Hatcher

Help Rename the Congregational Life Ministry Team!

The Congregational Life Ministry Team (CLMT) made up of membership, Arms Around program, communication, stewardship, social fun, and building/grounds is looking for a new name! It's an unwieldy name for an interesting group of programs. We are collecting suggestions for renaming this team. A prize for the name selected will be given. Please send your suggestions to Gisela Moffit, Team Leader at Names will be collected until June 30 and chosen at the July CLMT meeting.
The day comes when remaining the same becomes more painful
than the risk to grow. And when that happens there are many goodbyes.
We leave old patterns, old friends, old lovers, old ideas, and some cherished beliefs. Loss and growth are so often one and the same.
~ Phoebe Eng
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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 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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