Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events at UUFoM

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  or Rev. Connie Grant at 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, 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

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.