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You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle,
but you are worthy of love and belonging.
~ Brene Brown

Worship Matters

Please plan to join us for worship this coming Sunday, June 17 as we celebrate the welcoming of four new members into our fellowship and hear a message from our minister titled “On the Blessing of Belonging.”

The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging,
in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.     ~ Brene Brown

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

June Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Blessing?
June 24: “Blessing the World” – sermon by Rev. J. Mark Worth;
                                                            Service Leader: Tom Moffit
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

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!

Minister’s Summer Schedule

Dawn will be leaving for General Assembly (GA) in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday, June 19 and will be taking a three-week vacation following GA 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;

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.

Special Offering Collection - Sunday, June 17

This Sunday a special offering collection will be taken to support the work of the 1016 Recovery Network, a local non-profit that offers counseling, recovery support, prevention, and detox services to people dealing with substance abuse addictions. If you prefer to write a check, please address it to Ten16 Recovery Network.

Fellowship Life Meeting - Sunday, June 17

On the third Sunday of every month – immediately following our worship service – the UUFCM Board holds a brief 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. Please plan to attend.

CUUPs Litha Ritual - Sunday, June 17

Solstice, or Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun. It is the longest day of the year and the time when the sun is at its maximum elevation. This is a time to celebrate growth and life for those who see balance in the world and are deeply aware of the ongoing shifting of the seasons. It is also time to acknowledge that the sun will now begin to decline once more towards winter. We invite 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. Contact Annette Pratt (989-400-0173; for more information.

Welcome to UU Orientation - Sunday, June 24

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 will 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

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 Poor People's Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is being held in Michigan at the Lansing Capitol Lawn from 11 am to 4 pm every Monday (and one Tuesday) beginning on May 14 until June 18 to fight for freedom and dignity of every person in our country. The themes for the six weeks are:
  • Monday, May 14th: Somebody's Hurting Our People: Child poverty, Women, LGBTQIA+, and People with Disabilities
  • Monday, May 21stLinking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Ending Mass Incarceration, Treatment of Indigenous People and Justice for Immigrants
  • Tuesday, May 29th: Militarism: The War Economy, Veterans, Education and Our National Priorities
  • Monday, June 4thEcological Devastation and Health: Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthcare for All
  • Monday, June 11th: Everybody’s Got a Right to Live: Jobs, Income, the Right to Organize, and Housing
  • Monday, June 18th: A New and Unsettling Force: A Fusion Movement Rising Up
The Poor People’s Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. For more information: Let’s join them! If you are interested in attending any of the Mondays (or Tuesday), contact Norma Bailey (989-560-3952;

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.

• • • Community News • • •

Lansing PRIDE is coming up – come join us!
If anyone from your congregation would like to march in the Pride Parade in Lansing on Saturday June 16, the folks from UU Church of Greater Lansing would love to have them march with us. We are registered to participate and our friends are always welcome! We will have the big yellow Side with Love banner (or the old version if need be) and at least some of us will be in the yellow t-shirts.   
The parade leaves from Adado Riverfront Park (on N. Grand Ave, and UU Lansing usually placed near the corner of E. Shiawassee St). It steps off at 12:00 noon, so try to be there 11:30-11:45ish. The rally is at the Capitol steps, the end point of the parade, immediately following. The festival is then in Old Town (Turner Street between Cesar Chavez and Clinton), which is about  from 1:00 on (officially, it goes on till 10:00pm).  We will have a booth there till about 5:00 and welcome your helping out or just stopping by to say hello.  
For further info, contact Judy Olson
An Organizer for Pride Participation, UU Lansing
The really wonderful thing that happened to me when I was in space
was this feeling of belonging to the entire universe.
~ Mae Jemison
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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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