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Upcoming Events at UUFoM

Stronger Together – Women & LGBTQ Justice

June 29, 10:30am – 4:15pm
Birmingham Unitarian Church

38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, MI  

EXCITING SPEAKERS:  Rep. Christine Grieg, House Minority Leader; Emily Clancy, Organizer, Planned Parenthood of Michigan; Jay Kaplan, Staff Attorney, MI ACLU LGBT Project;  Dani Woods, Detroit Policy Department LGBT Liaison; Emme Zanotti, Stand with Trans Board Member, Judy Lewis, Training & Education Coordinator, SAGE.

10:30am Registration
11:00am Brunch
12:00pm Program 

     
PANEL: Threats & opportunities for women & LGBTQ people
WORKSHOPS: Policy updates affecting women & LGBTQ people
WORKSHOPS: How to be an ally for women & LGBTQ people

Registration: $30 (scholarships available); free child care

Click HERE to register via Eventbrite (use credit card or PayPal)
Click HERE to register via MUUSJN website (use check or Paypal)

This conference is being planned and supported by over 15 women’s and LGBTQ empowering organizations including: the Birmingham Unitarian Church; Planned Parenthood of Michigan; the American Association of University Women; United Church of Christ – Michigan Conference; Fem’s 
for Dems/Fems for Change; Equality Michigan; Stand with Trans; Song and Spirit Institute for Peace; Inclusive Justice; SAGE Metro Detroit; Metropolitan Church of Detroit; UU Fellowship of Central Michigan; Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit; Northwest UU Church; and the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network.           

MUUSJN’s Facebook page

Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival Volunteers Needed

The Fellowship will be present again this year at the Great Lakes Bay  Pride Festival and we are looking for volunteers to fill 2.5 hour shifts at our booth. The festival is on June 29, 12:00-5:00pm at Wenonah Park in Bay City, with set-up beginning at 10:00am.
We are looking for five volunteers per shift to help us out. Shifts are available from 12-2:30 pm and 2:30 – 5 pm, or you can stay for the whole event. Please sign up here for a shift
If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Guettler by email or 989-492-4414.

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.

Children & Youth Religious Education Program Update

Spring Block, Changing the World (Sundays, April 14 – May 12)

In the fall, the Religious Education Program focused on who we are as a UU community.  Who is our community? Who are we as a congregation? In January, we began exploring how this community helps us shape our identities, values and beliefs – and how to live them out.  We are closing our UUnique Journeys with a Spring Block dedicated to the ways we can live our values and change the world.

Junior and Senior Children’s Circles: The Strength of Community to Make a Better World
Age 4-grade 2  in UL303 and grades 3-5  in UL302.

Secondary Lodestone Program: Community Outreach – Making a Better World
Grades 6-10 in LL103.

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.