Category Archives: Members

Nominating Committee Seeks Suggestions

The Nominating Committee acts as its own entity on behalf of the congregation, with two members elected by the congregation to two-year terms, and the third member appointed by the Board to a one-year term.  The Nominating Committee is tasked with providing a slate of candidates for election at the annual congregational meeting, which will be held on October 27.
The following positions are up for election this year:

President Elect
Board Secretary
Member at Large
Nominating Committee member

For more information about what is involved in these positions, please see the Fellowship Bylaws on the Members section of the website:

Article VI. Board of Directors
Article X. Committees and Ministry Teams, Section 3. Congregational Committees,  Item A. Nominating Committee

If you are interested in being considered for one of these positions or would like to suggest someone else to be considered, please contact one or all members of the Nominating Committee:

Jacob Guettler jjgbirder@aol.com
Donna King donna-m-king@hotmail.com
Kathy Kinkema kathykinkema@gmail.com

UUFoM Adopts a Road

On April 13, a cool, sunny Saturday morning, 15 intrepid UUs put in almost three hours of trash-picking on our newly adopted section of Eastman Road, including all of the Midland City Forest frontage, from Monroe Road to the North Entrance of the Fairgrounds. We picked up 32 bags of trash, including lots of plastic bags, some of which we filled with trash because we ran out of the bags the city provided–it was a mess! Someday, soon I assume, we’ll get credit with a couple of signs on that stretch of road. As road adopters, we’re committed to this job twice a year, but, after our initial effort picking up years of accumulated litter, it will get easier. Our next outing will probably be in October, and we hope more of you can join us.

Jim Crissman, Living Our Values Team

Lifespan Religious Education Team Meeting

Thursday, May 9 8:00pm 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.

Annual Spring Clean Up

It’s time for our annual spring cleaning and meet-the-earth ritual of pulling weeds, removing brush, throwing away trash, cleaning up indoors, and making our UU Fellowship building and grounds look smashing.

Please plan to come and work alongside your fellow UUs on Friday, May 10.  We’ll start around 1:00pm and work until we’re all tired and hungry, which is usually around 5:00pm.  We have inside jobs (cleaning & organizing) and outside jobs, repairs and some simple improvements to do, and a great need for weeding.  Please bring yourselves, rakes, shovels, a dandelion digger, pruning shears, gloves, a hat, and anything else you think might be needed.  Don’t forget your sunscreen!  This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow UUs!  Please contact Luis Mulford if you’d like to add something to the job list.

May the Fourth Be With You – Prepare Your Light Saber!

Join us for food, fun, fellowship, and bidding on nearly 100 auction items!

Check out the offerings here:  2019 Serendipity Auction Booklet

Sign up to attend and/or volunteer on the sign-up table opposite the bathrooms.  Choose your potluck contribution by writing your name on an object in the star galaxy and recording its number on the sign-up page.

Donated auction items should be dropped off at UUFoM during these time frames:
Thursday, May 2, 7:00-8:30pm
Saturday, May 4, 12:00-2:00pm

The big night is Saturday, May 4 at 6:00pm
(bring food items at 5:30pm).

Yub Nub!  See you there!

Ministerial Candidate – Eric Severson’s Events

We hope you will sign up to attend a Cottage Meeting . You must sign up for a Cottage Meeting by contacting Maxine Guettler at 989-492-4413.

Cottage Meetings
Sunday, April 28, 7:00-8:30pm – 
(FULL) Speed & Michaele Malecki’s House
Monday, April 29, 2:00-3:30pm – Catherine Young’s House
Monday, April 29, 7:00-8:30pm – (FULL) Sara Clavez & Judith Hill’s House
Tuesday, April 30, 7:00-8:30pm – (FULL) Amy Rogers’ House
Thursday, May 2, 7:30-9:00pm – Shannon Sonoras & Simon Cook’s House
Friday, May 3, 2:00-3:30pm – Linda Rector’s House

Eric will be preaching on Sundays, April 28 and May 5, and there will be additional opportunities to meet him and his wife, Ellen, during an extended coffee hour on Sunday, April 28 and during the Serendipity Auction on Saturday, May 4.

Following the service on Sunday, May 5, there will be a Congregational Meeting to vote on calling Eric as our next settled minister. 

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!