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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

Ministerial Search Committee

At the UUFoM Annual Meeting on October 29, we will begin the process of selecting ministerial search committee members.

All members are eligible to nominate any five members of the congregation to serve on the search committee.  The members whose names appear most often on the nomination ballot will be contacted to verify their willingness to serve on the search committee.  The top ten who are willing to serve will appear on an election ballot submitted to the membership.  As you are considering who to nominate to serve on the search committee, please keep in mind the qualifications and exclusions below.

All members of the search committee should be:

  • Known and respected by others in the congregation.
  • More strongly committed to the congregation as a whole than to any subgroup.
  • Well informed about the demands and time requirements of search committee membership. (During some stages of the search, the committee may meet weekly.  In 2019 there will be times when the committee will meet with a candidate from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.)
  • Members should promise to attend every meeting, and expect to give about 250-400 hours over the coming year and a half.
  • Balanced by sex, age, interests, and tenure of membership to reflect the diversity of the congregation.
  • Major areas of church life such as religious education, social action, property management, finance, and music should be represented by participants, not partisans
  • Balanced by attributes:  organizational ability, broad theological awareness, computer skills.
  • Not paid members of the church staff,
  • Pledged to conduct a search that is fair and nondiscriminatory with respect to race, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, and national origin.
  • Committed to maintain confidentiality and to seek consensus.
  • Capable of both self-assertion and compromise.
  • Not prone to extreme reactions to ministers. The previous ministers’ strongest supporters or opponents are rarely the best choice.
  • Well suited to teamwork:  a search committee is no place for Lone Rangers!

Members who are not eligible for election to the search committee are:

  • members of the previous search committee – Jon Cleland-Host, Judith Hill, Michaele Malecki
  • paid staff – Sandy Hay, Heather Cleland-Host, Andrew Schulz, Wendy Altmeier
  • 2018 board members – Sara Clavez, Jill Haver Crissman, Sara Schulz, Andy Salogar, Barb Rajewski
  • Transition Team members – Pete Carlson,  Linda Rector, Dan Sealey

For more information about UUA recommendations regarding the search process: