Thank you to all who pledged and/or returned your pledge form! Our goal was $170,000 and we reached $163,725, which I hear is the biggest amount ever. To all those who helped make Pledge Campaign 2019 so successful, thank you so much. To the few who still have not pledged, we will welcome your pledge and returned form as soon as possible so that it can be counted toward our Pledge Campaign 2019. Judy Donahue, Co-Chair UUFoM Pledge Campaign 2019.
Our goal is to provide interesting and entertaining get togethers and activities without UUFoM business in the forefront, AND to introduce newer members into the mix.
Be willing to hang out and provide ideas and your time and gifts. We plan on having fun while providing…fun. We have a tentative event planned for November. Join us in planning!
Trusting, verifying, risking
Questions of trust are on my mind these days. Whose word do we trust, and by what authority? How do we trust ourselves and each other? Do we listen to our own instincts? Are our own instincts trustworthy? How do we protect ourselves and each other? What do we risk by trusting? What do we risk by not trusting?
On general principles, I tend to be a skeptic. Paradoxically, my skepticism sometimes makes me vulnerable. Or even gullible, when I tell myself “You’re too skeptical,” and then go too far the other way. Yet I’d rather be gullible than cynical.
Trust, verify, risk. These are imperatives for building relationships and for living in this world.
We build trust in each other by being reliable and trustworthy, building relationships of trust over time. Boundaries and accountability help give us reason to trust within the context of those relationships.
Our trust is verified through the truth of the relationship that is established. And even when a relationship of trust is established, if our experience and instinct give us reason to question, then we need to ask questions.
Some level of risk is inherent in our lives, and without some level of risk we wouldn’t be able to walk outside our own doors. Or even stay inside them, for that matter.
Of course, there are some risks we do not take. We protect our children’s safety through policies and practices that minimize risks. Yet, taken to extremes, over-protecting our children would mean stunting their development as human beings having their own experiences of the world. We “manage” risks, but we can never eliminate them.
We risk ourselves every time we put ourselves out in the world, trusting the promise that the world offers us. We make a sort of cost/benefit analysis. Is it worth the risk to trust?
Even as I ask questions, I want to be open to life, even if that makes me vulnerable.
As a passage in our hymnal (#658, from an anonymous author) reminds us,
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk exposing our true self.
To place our ideas—our dreams—before the crowd is to risk loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
To live is to risk dying.
Let’s trust, verify, and risk. Let’s laugh, weep, reach out, put forth ideas, love, hope, try, and live.
In faith and hope,
Friday, October 12 * 7:00-8:00pm * UUFoM
Come learn about Proposal 2 — the Proposal to end Gerrymandering on the November ballot. Jim Crissman presenting. Get your questions answered. Please bring your neighbors and friends. Sign up here
Thank you to each and every member and friend of UUFoM for making Pledge Sunday, September 30, 2018, such a success. Great service, wonderful food, incredible music and money, what more could you ask for.
52% of UUFoM members and friends returned the completed 2019 pledge form on Pledge Sunday. The total amount pledged last Sunday for 2019 was $124,671. Wow! We are on our way to reaching the $170,000 needed to fund our daily Fellowship operations.
Those who were unable to return a completed 2019 pledge form Sunday will be contacted by email with a pledge form attached. Tempus fugit. Get those completed pledge forms back right away. Fill out the form here.
Thanks to all of you who completed the Survey and gave us your viewpoint on our congregation and our needs and priorities. We commit to keep these priorities in mind as we continue the search process. Click here to view the key findings from the survey summarized on our Members section of our website.
Also, another reminder that we need photos of activities at the Fellowship or of members taking part in activities in the community for the packet we are assembling for ministerial candidates. Please forward them to Chris Nakamura at email@example.com.
Next on our agenda is Beyond Categorical Thinking, a program made available to us through UUA. On October 14, Mary Esther Johnson will present the service, followed by a workshop to help us in expanding our outlook on selecting a minister. We will be providing a lunch of soup, salad and bread. Please plan to attend. It promises to be enlightening and should give all of us further insight into the process as well as ourselves. Sign up here!
Please sign up for one of the Autumn Blocks for Religious education NOW!
Autumn blocks are October 14 – November 18 Community Values and November 25 – December 23 Winter Pageant. The multigenerational service for the Winter Pageant block is the pageant itself and will involve all teachers continuing to assist. We only have a few rehearsals, so everything is very streamlined for a lot of intense fun! Contact Heather Cleland-Host, Director of Religious Education, if you are interested in either block.
We are scheduling volunteers in a new way this year. The religious education year has been divided into thematic blocks, and volunteers are asked to sign up for a block of Sundays, rather than Sundays scattered over the year. This allows volunteers and students to really get to know each other and build community, as well as providing continuity with the curriculum for volunteers. Each block will include five lesson-based Sundays where we need two volunteers (leader and assistant) for each class. Check out the schedule and email or message Heather with the blocks you would like to volunteer for, or sign up on the religious education bulletin board near the stairway to the wing.
We are currently in our first block, “Starting the Journey,” and in mid-October we will begin “Community Values.” We now have two Children’s Circles: a Junior class for pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grades and a Senior class for 3rd through 5th grades. Our Secondary class spans 6th through 10th grades.
Junior Children’s Circle is using lessons from the Tapestry of Faith program Wonderful Welcome for most of September and October:
9/30 The Gift of Forgiveness (Starting the Journey)
10/7 The Gift of Kindness (Starting the Journey)
10/14 The Gift of Friends (Community Values)
10/21 The Gift of Love (Community Values)
10/28 Multigenerational Service
Senior Children’s Circle is using lessons mostly from the Tapestry of Faith program Love Connects Us for September and October:
9/30 Welcoming Superman (Starting the Journey)
10/7 Kindness is the Key (Starting the Journey)
10/14 Get together more (Community Values)
10/21 Love is the Spirit of this Church (Community Values)
10/28 Multigenerational Service
Secondary Lodestone Class (6th -10th) is using Lodestone lessons on Money. They will be looking at how we manage our money and the value we place on things based on how we earn and use it.
How do people of diverse beliefs become part of one congregation? “UUFOM and You,” led by Rev. Connie Grant and representatives of the Welcome and Engagement Teams will be held on Saturday, November 10, 9AM – 12PM.
If you think you may have found a spiritual home at UUFoM and are ready to consider becoming a member, or if you are already a member and want to know more, please come!
Do you enjoy listening to Public Radio, specifically Delta Public Radio and CMU Public Radio? This is your opportunity to support our Fellowship as well as Public Radio by making a contribution through our annual “Bundling” program. You can write a check to either Delta Public Radio or CMU Public Radio or both! In return Delta and CMU Public Radio stations advertise the Fellowship on air. It’s a win/win opportunity as you’re supporting both the Fellowship and our community radio programs! Please give checks to Linda Rector by August 20.