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Worship Service Development Workshop

Saturday, April 13, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Do you have a sermon in you?  Would you like some help to get it out?

It’s been said that every person has at least one sermon in them!  Explore the possibilities of in this workshop sponsored by the Worship Team and led by Rev. Connie Grant.  We are hoping to spark some ideas and to offer some tools to help you develop your thoughts and experiences into a sermon proposal.  There are open slots in our worship schedule for June, July, and August, available for lay-led services.  You don’t have to commit to actually doing a service in order to attend the workshop!  Please contact Sarah Nuss-Warren at nusswarr@gmail.com  or Rev. Connie Grant at constance.l.grant@gmail.com with any questions.

Register here by April 10.

Lifespan Religious Education Team Meeting

April 11, 7:30pm in UL301 

The Lifespan Religious Education Team meets monthly to support and develop the religious education program at the Fellowship.  If you are interested in helping on the team or just interested in knowing more about what we do, feel free to attend our meeting and see what it is all about! Contact Heather Cleland-Host, dreheather@uufom.org for more information ahead of the meeting, especially if you are interested in joining the team.

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to get involved in an outreach activity that can help you live your values? UUFoM is involved with Home to Stay (formerly Midland Area Homes), an organization that helps Midland County residents in need sustain stable housing through education, advocacy and support services, and promoting self-sufficiency.

Every few months, we do our part by volunteering to pick up furniture from the area that people (like you!) donate to the organization. The pickup is always on a Saturday morning, and we often go out to lunch as a group after the pickup. The only requirement is a moderately strong back. We do get some heavy items from time to time.

Our next pickup is on April 13th.

Future pickup dates are July 27 and Oct 26.

If you are interested in volunteering to be part of this important work, please contact Kevin King.

Pasty Sale

We need help in the kitchen on Friday, April 12 to prepare pasties for the Pasty Sale on Sunday, April 14.

Responsibilities include cutting vegetables, blending the filling mixture, making crust, assembling the pasties, timing the pasties in the ovens, wrapping finished pasties, doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen among other jobs.  Six or more per shift will work out well. You can sign up on the sheet at the Fellowship.

In the past, this fundraiser has been successful in part because the ingredients and supplies have been donated.  Please have all ingredients to the Fellowship kitchen by Sunday, April 7 with the exception of the ground beef and pork.  The ground meat (FRESH – NOT FROZEN) should be at the Fellowship in the refrigerator by Friday, April 12.  You can sign up on the sheet at the Fellowship.  Please fill in the date when you deliver items to the kitchen.

Click here to place your order or sign up in advance at the Fellowship to purchase Traditional (beef and pork mix) or Vegetarian (lentils with olive and sesame seed oil) Pasties for $5 each!

Ministerial Search Committee News

The Search Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected a ministerial candidate.  We have followed the advice we received near the beginning of this process to “fall in love” with the candidate.  We hope that you will, too! We are unable to give you more information now until some final details are attended to, but will fill in the blanks as soon as we are able.  In the meantime, we are making arrangements to introduce them to you.

Candidating Week will be April 28 to May 5. The candidate will present a sermon on each of the Sundays.  During the week there will be opportunities for you to meet the candidate and their spouse. We’ll be arranging meetings with committees and other groups within the Fellowship as well as “cottage meetings” in the homes of individual members.  If you would like to host one of these cottage meetings, please contact Maxine Guettler, at Guettler@chartermi.net.

After the service on May 5, we will excuse the candidate and vote on whether to call them.  We hope this will be the beginning of a joyous partnership as our Fellowship moves into the future.

From the Ministerial Search Committee:  Tom Bailey (Chair), Mary Johnson, Maxine Guettler, Chris Nakamura, Tim Wagner, Sasha King

Euchre/Game Night FUNdraiser

Friday, March 8 at 6:30pm (signup deadline is March 3).  

What’s your favorite game, and would you like to play it with UU friends? Both euchre and non-euchre players are welcome at our next Euchre/Game Night FUNdraiser, to be held on Friday, March 8 at 6:30 PM.  Sign yourself and your game-playing friends up soon.  Light snacks, drinks and dessert will be provided.  $10 per person–and for euchre players, make sure to bring quarters in case you get euchred!  Signup deadline is Sunday, March 3 for both game-players and childcare.  If you have any questions, contact Janelle Dombek or Michaele Malecki.

Your Leadership Journey (Rescheduled)

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
— John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States

Saturday, March 2, 1:00pm – 3:00pm in Room UL302
Presented by Sara Clavez, Shannon Sonoras and the Rev. Connie Grant. 

Please register here.

We will explore our experiences becoming leaders and learning how to exercise leadership, explore connections with our sense of the divine/ultimate, identify ways our faith has changed over time, and become familiar with the work of James Luther Adams, a 20th century Unitarian theologian.

In 2019, the Engagement Team plans to continue to offer monthly workshops based on the “Harvest the Power” program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association.  There are no prerequisites, no obligation to participate in all the workshops, and no cost to you for participating.

Ruth Ellis Center Donations

To the congregation – THANK YOU! Your generosity shined warm and bright during our most recent winter clothing and blanket collection for the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit. With your support, we were able to collect fifteen winter coats and six bags of winter clothing and blankets to deliver to homeless LGBTQ youth. We all know it’s been a cold winter, but hopefully your hearts are warm knowing we as a congregation were able to provide something to warm those in need.

Yours in gratitude,

Jacob Guettler

Living Our Values Everyday (L.O.V.E.) Team
LGBTQ Issues Contact Person
(jjgbirder@aol.com, 989-492-4414)

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Your Leadership Journey

Your Leadership Journey
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
— John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States

February 2, 9:30am – 11:30am in Room UL302
Presented by Sara Clavez, Shannon Sonoras and the Rev. Connie Grant.

We will explore our experiences becoming leaders and learning how to exercise leadership, explore connections with our sense of the divine/ultimate, identify ways our faith has changed over time, and become familiar with the work of James Luther Adams, a 20th century Unitarian theologian.

In 2019, the Engagement Team plans to continue to offer monthly workshops based on the “Harvest the Power” program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association.  There are no prerequisites, no obligation to participate in all the workshops, and no cost to you for participating.  We do ask that you preregister so we can have enough copies of the materials for all participants. Please click here to register.

“Harvest the Power” is a series of workshops designed to provide leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. Through discussion, art, play and introspection, the program helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders. “Harvest the Power” addresses the reality that today’s leaders operate at a time of rapid cultural change, both in and outside our congregations. Leaders need a broad range of skills, both technical and visionary. Whether you are new to congregational leadership or an experienced leader in our congregation, these workshops offer opportunities to enrich the skills you bring to your leadership and will raise awareness of how you and others experience leadership as part of your Unitarian Universalist faith journey.