Category Archives: UUFoM News

Covenant Group Update

Covenant Group facilitator training is being scheduled for the second half of March, so that group member registration can begin in April.  If you are interested in being trained as a facilitator, please contact Rev. Connie Grant immediately at  And if you are interested in joining a group, please watch for registration information in April.

A Covenant Group is a small relational group made up of six to twelve people who meet regularly on an ongoing basis for their own spiritual growth and for connection with each other and with the Fellowship.  Covenant Group members share what going on in their lives and explore a topic of mutual interest, within a structured format and a covenant for their own group’s relationship and interaction.  The role of a facilitator is to help the group stay on track and accomplish its purpose.

March Focus on Hunger and Homelessness

On an ongoing basis, we collect canned goods and other non-perishable items for the Midland Emergency Food Pantry Network.  Drop off your donations in the bin at our new UUFoM Donation Center located across from the office door.

In March, we are collecting small items for Shelterhouse at UUFOM.  Shelterhouse provides safe houses, shelter, advocates, counseling and more (all free of charge) to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Midland and Gladwin counties.  The Shelterhouse Resale Shop, located in the Kmart shopping center on Saginaw Road, accepts donations of gently used clothing, home goods, accessories, toys, books, etc.  They are always looking for volunteers to help in the shop with donation processing, sales floor, stock prep, and pricing.  See the Shelterhouse website for other volunteer opportunities including help with children’s activities, transportation, clerical, grounds keeping, maintenance and cleaning.

Soup & Sources – March

Soup and Sources: What is truth? Science & Religion
March 16 at 5:30pm
Joint Activities
7PM Break-Outs: Children’s Movie & Source Discussion
Soup & Sources is a fun multi-generational program where we gather together for a social dinner and then learn together about the Sources.  We will be eating together and sharing some multi-generational activities together, followed by breakouts based on those who would prefer to play and those who would prefer to have a discussion of this month’s Source.
Soup and Pizza will be provided (If you like making soup, let me know.) We will have soup, pizza, and salad (please email if you have special food needs.) We will have activities as you arrive to help meet each other, during the meal (small groups to eat together,) and following the meal. The program is for all ages – kid and adult friendly!
THIS MONTH: We are exploring the Fifth Source.  The fifth source calls us to draw on Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.  For this reason, this month’s theme is Truth.
What to bring: Yourselves! If you feel inspired, you can bring a sweet dessert to share, but this is intended as a free event.
Please RSVP to by Sunday March 11, so we can know how much soup or pizza to order.

UUFoM and You

Considering Membership?

How do people of diverse beliefs become part of one congregation?  “UUFOM and You,” led by Rev. Connie Grant, Linda Rector, Judy Donahue, and Sara Clavez, will be held on Saturday, April 28, 9AM – 12PM (note date change.)

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!   Register here or contact Rev. Connie Grant at

Food Art Gallery

April 1, 2018 – After the Service


The UUFoM Youth Group will host a Food Art Gallery after the service on April 1.  EVERYONE is invited to make an edible food sculpture for the Gallery.  The congregants will be able to buy tickets to vote for the pieces.  The piece of art which receives the most votes will win!  Sculptures will also be auctioned (silently) for congregational consumption.  There will be additional items for fun purchase and take home.  All funds raised will go to the Humane Society of Midland which runs the Midland Animal Shelter.

Introducing: Hospitality Teams

Do you love coffee with your snacks after the service on Sunday mornings?
And what about those snacks – what’s your favorite?
How does one get chosen to usher each week?
And where do those greeters come from?

The Engagement Team is leading a new initiative in which everyone has a turn participating in our community of friendship and love.  Starting in January, making coffee, organizing snacks, ushering and greeting will be done by Hospitality Teams made up UUFoM members. Both old and new hands will join together wearing different hats.  Each month, one of six teams will take their turn caring for our community in (all of) these areas.

In addition to having an opportunity to build relationships with different people, it will give each of us a chance to be front line ambassadors and/or behind-the-scenes elves.

From the Board President


The UUFoM Board met last month on the 19th of September. It was an exceptionally quiet meeting with no serious issues to discuss.

One of the items reported on was the parking lot project. While we are all anxious to get this completed, scheduling problems and the waning of “paving season” are forcing this project into the Spring of 2018. We are very hopeful and confident that we will be high on the list of projects for the paving company, allowing us to be completed early in the year.

The Membership Report showed a loss of four members due to relocation but there are several newcomers at this time who are considering membership. If they do join, we will obviously welcome them with open arms.

The Nominating Committee has been hard at work and very successful, receiving commitments from Andy Salogar (secretary), Barb Rajewski (treasurer),  Sarah Schulz (pres-elect) and Kevin King (member-at-large). Thank you very much, in advance, for your service.

The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday Oct. 29. Attendance is very important as a quorum (30 percent of membership) is needed to approve the budget, elect officers, and pass any other resolutions as needed. Also, members will be polled for search committee recommendations at that time.

The final item for discussion is the Stewardship Drive. The Finance Committee met awhile back and determined that the amount needed to be raised to meet our obligations was $153,000. This number is the goal of the drive. The current number stands at $114,260. There are still a number of members who have pledged in the past but have yet to pledge for 2018. I hope you will consider pledging soon. We would like to avoid any cuts in programs, staffing, salaries, etc, which unfortunately are always possibilities when finances run short.

We all love the Fellowship for our own reasons. For me, besides the friendship and connection it gives me, it brings a much needed balance to my life in this conservative community in which we live as well as in these somewhat troubled times. I’m sure I would be a very different person were it not for our Fellowship. This is how it impacts me. I’m sure it impacts others in different ways, but impacts them nonetheless.

Now we have a chance to impact the Fellowship. Giving of our time and efforts is very important, but financial support is extremely important as well. Especially now. We need a Fellowship that doesn’t merely survive, but thrives. If you haven’t pledged yet please consider doing so. If you have pledged and increasing your pledge is comfortable for you, please consider that as well. I intend to do just that.

Thank you all for listening to my ramblings, sincere as they are, and I’ll see you at the Fellowship.

Robert “Speed” Malecki
Board President

Pasty Making!

We need help in the kitchen on Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th to prepare pasties for the Pasty Sale.  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.  Sign up by clicking here, sending an email to or signup on the sheet at the Fellowship.

In the past, this fundraiser has been successful in part because the ingredients and supplies have been donated. In anticipation of making and selling 260 pasties, we will need the following:

  • 20 lb all purpose flour
  • 20 lb all purpose flour
  • 20 lb all purpose flour
  • 6 lb ground pork
  • 6 lb ground pork
  • 2-3 cans Shortening (Crisco
  • 2-3 cans Shortening (Crisco
  • 10 lb yellow cooking onions
  • 10 big red onions (softball size)
  • 10 big red onions (softball size)
  • 6 lb ground chuck
  • 6 lb ground chuck
  • 15 lb redskin potatoes
  • 15 lb redskin potatoes
  • 15 lb redskin potatoes
  • 3 bags of lentils (1 lb bags)
  • 6 rutabagas (softball size)
  • 6 rutabagas (softball size)
  • 6 rutabagas (softball size)
  • Sesame Seed oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper

Please have all ingredients to the Fellowship kitchen by Sunday, November 5th 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, November 10th.

You can sign up here for your donation, email, or sign up on the sheet at the Fellowship.  Please fill in the date when you deliver items to the kitchen or email

Finally, we will be having a Pasty Fundraiser in November!  Click here to place your order or sign up at the Fellowship for a Traditional (beef and pork mix) or a Vegetarian (lentils with olive and sesame seed oil) Pasty, or both!  Cost:  $5 each