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It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

~ Irish Proverb

Worship Matters

Join us this Sunday, October 7 as we begin our exploration of the question “What does it mean to be a people of sanctuary.” Our minister’s introductory reflection for the morning is titled “Seeking Sanctuary.” We hope to see you in service!

“Today, after 77 years of life in a world that’s both astonishingly beautiful and horrifically cruel, “sanctuary” is as vital as breathing to me. Sometimes I find it in churches, monasteries, and other sites designated as sacred. But more often I find it in places sacred to my soul: in the natural world, in the company of a trustworthy friend, in solitary or shared silence, in the ambience of a good poem or good music. Sanctuary is wherever I find safe space to regain my bearings, reclaim my soul, heal my wounds, and return to the world as a wounded healer. It’s not merely about finding shelter from the storm: it’s about spiritual survival. Today, seeking sanctuary is no more optional for me than church attendance was as a child.”

~ Parker Palmer

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

October Worship Theme: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Sanctuary?
October 14: “A Non-Christian’s Appreciation of Christianity” – sermon reflection by Guy Newland
October 21: “The Shelter of Each Other”

First Friday Potluck - Tomorrow, October 5

Join us for our October First Friday communal nosh! Janis Shinn will be our host, and the theme is Fall Foods. We will also be celebrating the October birthdays of Grace Rollins, Joyce Henrick, Michelle Gawne, and Chris Bailey. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.

What about the November 2nd Potluck? Who is hosting? and what’s the theme? We don’t know, but perhaps you’d like to host and choose! If so, please contact Jen Prout (989-400-3130) or George Lentz (248-346-4039). ​If you enjoy the potlucks, please consider hosting - it is fun and easy!

Infant Pantry Collection - October 7

Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers and pull-ups in sizes 4, 5 or 6, creams, shampoos, lotions, and baby food in jars. To donate money, make the check out to CCN (Community Compassionate Network) with memo “Infant Pantry.” Contact Tom Moffit (989-772-1602; with questions.

Walk with Us on October 7

The UUFCM will be participating in the CROP Hunger Walk again this year. CROP Hunger Walk is not only a way to help end hunger around the world, but 25% of the money raised in the Mount Pleasant community goes toward efforts to end hunger here. You may choose to walk to raise money or you may choose to give to someone who is walking. There is also an online giving option. The actual walk will take place: Sunday, October 7, at Millpond Park with registration beginning at 1 p.m. Deb Allore will have envelopes and more information at Sunday services on September 23 and 30, and October 7.

Support CMU Public Radio and the UUFCM!​

Please consider making a donation to CMU Public Media. UUFCM annually pools our donations to purchase air time on CMU Public Radio. We typically raise enough get 2 radio spots weekly for 8-9 months. Please write your check to CMU Public Media and give it to Mary Alsager. She will be collecting through October.

Reproductive Justice Workshops at UUFCM

The Social Justice Coordinating Team is facilitating two workshops titled “Reproductive Justice: A Threat to All of Us” on Sundays, October 14 (12:00-2:30) and 21 (12:00-2:00), after the worship service. The first workshop will share the documentary “Trapped” and facilitate a discussion. The second will share with participants current legislation both in Michigan and in the nation and provide steps for actions to take. Sign-up will be available on Sundays, September 30 and October 7, so that the team can plan to provide a light lunch to participants.

MUUSJN Environmental Issues Survey

The MUUSJN Environmental Task Force is looking for members from various UU congregations to complete an environmental survey, thus helping them focus on goals and set the direction for their work this church year. Please complete the survey by October 15.

Path to Membership Workshop - October 20

This workshop is designed for those who feel ready (or even somewhat ready) to make the membership commitment to UUFCM. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry; it is a three-hour session (depending on the size of the group – may be a shorter timeframe if a small group). Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please let us know one week prior to the class if you need childcare. For more info or to register for a workshop contact: Laura McBride: 989.772.5512 or Gisela Moffit: 989.772.1602

Get Out the Vote Postcard Writing Party - October 28

The Social Justice Coordinating Team is hosting a GOTV Postcard Writing Party on Sunday, October 28, right after church to urge/nudge people who might not get out to vote to do so. We’ll have the stamped postcards, a list of people to write to – or you might have your own list – and a script for you to follow if you wish.

Isabella County Restoration House

The ICRH (Homeless Shelter) opens at the end of this month. The UUFCM is again partnering with St. John’s Episcopal Church, and we are scheduled to provide help for the weeks starting Sunday, November 4 and ending Saturday, November 17. We will need volunteers for providing dinners, overnight stays, and other services. There will be a sign-up sheet on Sunday and Joyce Henricks will gently nag you about volunteering.

Getting to Know the Shared Interest Groups

Would you like to get more involved with UU members and friends? We offer a large variety of groups and activities that might be of interest to you. We have put together a flyer listing all the groups with dates/times/locations of meetings, and leaders’ contact information including photos so that you can easily spot the leaders and talk to them on Sundays after the service. Hard copies will be available at the church this Sunday, but the information is on our website as well.  

Faith, LGBTQ Inclusion & Human Rights Interfaith Conference

Inclusive Justice and the Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN), along with other organizations, is offering an interfaith conference titled “Faith, LGBTQ Inclusion & Human Rights” on Friday, October 19, from 9 am-4 pm in Clawson, Michigan. Included will be a press conference on the conversion therapy controversy. Cost is $10.00, and you can register on-line at or via snail mail, and sign up for the workshops in which you have interest. Norma Bailey is attending, and she can take up to four others with her; please contact her at for further information and/or to arrange transportation.

• • • Community Events • • •

CMU Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

Be sure to check the various events on CMU’s campus for Hispanic Heritage Month.

CMU LGBTQ+ Celebration Events - October 10-29

Be sure to check out the various events on CMU’s campus for LGBTQ+ Celebration Month!

Opportunities to Learn about Candidates and Issues

Mt. Pleasant League of Women Voters (LWV)

The non-partisan Mt. Pleasant League of Women Voters has a series of programs where you can learn about candidates and issues: 
  • September 27, 6:30 pm – Candidate Forum
    Mt. Pleasant City Commission Chambers
    320 W. Broadway
  • October 4, 7 pm – Campaign Finance in Michigan
    MMCC Community Rm., 2600 S. Summerton Rd.
  • October 11, 7 pm – News Literacy in the Information Age
    St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall
    516 S. Washington
  • October 18, 7 pm – Promote the Vote and Voters Not Politicians
    St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall
    516 S. Washington

Speak Up, Speak Out Series

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm
Midterm Elections Forum at the Bovee UC Auditorium
The CMU Student Forum is a current event series at CMU that hosts town hall meeting-style forums to discuss important events and topics in the news.

Interested in knowing what your ballot will look like for the next election? Go to and find out. Enter your address to find your polling place, build your ballot with our online voters’ guide and much more! You can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates’ positions side-by-side, and print out a ‘personalized ballot’ indicating your choices. Take your sample ballot with you to the polls as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.
Your vote counts!

Our listening creates a sanctuary for the homeless parts within another person.

~ Rachel Naomi Remen
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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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