Category Archives: UUFoM News

Elementary Earth Day Overnight – CANCELLED

Friday, April 20- Saturday, April 21 

We are having an Elementary Overnight in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland on April 20 for children in 2nd grade or older!   Youth will be assisting in making this extra fun!

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Note: April 21 is the Earth Day festivities at Midland Center for the Arts and the Chippewa Nature Center.  So we will be finishing early enough for everyone to go and enjoy the fun!

A Chosen Faith Discussion Group

An exploration of sources from which Unitarian Universalism draws, based on A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by John Buehrens and Forrest Church.  Suitable for longtime members as well as those who may be new to Unitarian Universalism, led by Rev. Connie Grant.  Our final discussion, on “Spiritual Teachings of Earth-Centered Traditions,” will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm.

Ministerial Search Update April 2018

This past weekend, the search committee formally began work during a retreat at the summer home of Andrew and Sarah Schulz.  The meeting and discussions were led by the Reverend Misty-Dawn Shelly, a settled minister in Fort Wayne, IN, who is serving as our Regional Transitions Coach from our UUA Mid-America Region.

The process is a long one, ending (hopefully) with a selected minister for our Fellowship coming to join us for a “candidating week” that will end in our “call” to the candidate, most likely in May of next year.

Between now and then, our committee will be working with Reverend Misty-Dawn, with our interim minister Reverend Connie, and with Fellowship members in an effort to determine what that “best candidate” might be based on information we will be asking of our congregation.

In addition to determining what we want and need in a minister, we will put forth information on our website about our Fellowship, our congregation and greater community for prospective ministers to review to help them make an evaluation about whether we would be a good fit for them.

We want everyone to understand how the search process works, and will be posting updates in the Candle Flame about our progress.  Additionally, if you have a question about the process, please feel free to ask me or any other committee member (Maxine Guettler, Mary Johnson, Sasha King, Chris Nakamura, and Tim Wagner) and we’ll be happy to talk with you.

Although the process is transparent, the actual identification of any prospective candidates, their history, background, or planned visits is strictly confidentialand we cannot and will not be sharing this information.

We appreciate the support and confidence you have placed in us for this important task, and are excited to begin the process.

In Fellowship,

Tom Bailey
Search Committee Chair

Collection for Midland Emergency Food Pantry Network

On an ongoing basis, we collect canned goods and other non-perishable items for the Midland Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN).  The EFPN helps many people in Midland County.  Here are some of the ways they have helped recently:
  • A family living in a hotel had not eaten in 1.5 days. They were desperate for some food.  They were helped that day.
  • A young parent with 4 children is undergoing treatment out of town for cancer.  Doctors are hopeful the treatment will work.  EFPN provided them food for the trip as they had depleted all their resources.
  • A recipient at one of the pantries was overwhelmed with emotion because of the amount of food they received.
  • A father needed Ensure to help gain his weight back after having chemo treatments.
  • A mother with a sick child used her food stamps to buy food that her sick child would eat.  She did not have enough money to buy more food for the rest of the family.
During the month of March, we collected small items for Shelterhouse.   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.

Drop off your donations in the bin at our new UUFoM Donation Center located across from the office door.

April’s Focus – “Protecting Our Environment”

Hospitality Groups – Update

You’ve seen the faces, shaken the hands, and eaten the snacks. Our 2018 debut of Hospitality Groups is a success!  Sure, there’s a learning curve, but the intention behind this community-wide endeavor is now a reality. We are coming together with a group of specified members to serve our beloved UUFOM family – often in ways we’ve never served before. And with this cooperation, we are building friendships and reinforcing bonds in this spiritual home we share. In other words, we are actively participating in the strategic goals we made for ourselves. Updated Hospitality Group assignments, effective April 1, are posted on the Connection and Exploration bulletin board near the office. Don’t see your name and would like to be in a Hospitality Group? Contact Shannon Sonoras at ssonoras@gmail.com or 989-708-5348. NOTE: The Oak Hospitality Group begins on Sunday, April 1.

~ UUFOM Engagement Team

Key Access To UUFoM

Re-keying has been delayed, and will be scheduled as soon as the locksmith obtains necessary key blanks.  

A list of keyholders can be found under the password-protected section of the UUFOM website here.  If you feel you need a key but are not on the list, you may submit a key request form and fill out and return the completed form to the rack outside the Fellowship Office. If you have any questions, please contact office@uufom.org.

Our Sexton, Sandy Hay, will announce hours when keys can be picked up.

Elementary Earth Day Overnight

Friday, April 20- Saturday, April 21 

We are having an Elementary Overnight in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland on April 20 for children in 2nd grade or older!   Youth will be assisting in making this extra fun!  See Paula Bauer or Heather Cleland-Host (Director of Religious Education) if you are interested. More details to come!

Note: April 21 is the Earth Day festivities at Midland Center for the Arts and the Chippewa Nature Center.  So we will be finishing early enough for everyone to go and enjoy the fun!

Clean Up Day

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 Saturday, May 5 (this is a change from what some of you were told).  We’ll start around 9 AM and work until we’re all tired and hungry, which is usually around 1pm.  We have inside jobs (cleaning & organizing) and outside jobs, repairs and some simple improvements to do, and a great need for dirt-to-your-elbows weeding.  Please bring yourselves, rakes, shovels, a dandelion digger, pruning shears, gloves, a hat, and anything else you think might be needed.  This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow UUs!  Please contact Tim Wagner if you’d like to add something to the job list.

Pasty Sale

We need help in the kitchen on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 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 office@uufom.org or 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 8 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 13.

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

We will be having a Pasty Fundraiser!  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

Hospitality Groups

You’ve seen the faces, shaken their hands and eaten the snacks. Our 2018 debut of Hospitality Groups is a success!  Sure, there’s a learning curve, but the intention behind this community-wide endeavor is now a reality. We are coming together with a group of specified members to serve our beloved UUFOM family – often in ways we’ve never served before. And with this cooperation, we are building friendships, reinforcing bonds and strengthening our personal sense of ownership in this very special spiritual home we share. In other words, we are actively participating in the strategic goals we made for ourselves. Well done, my friends!

We’ve done a little shifting of which people will work together and when. Effective April 1, the updated Hospitality Group assignments are posted on the wall near the drinking fountain. Don’t see your name? Contact Shannon Sonoras at ssonoras@gmail.com or 989-708-5348.

~ UUFOM Engagement Team

NOTE: The Oak Hospitality Group begins on Sunday, April 1. (And no, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke!)