Sunday, September 9 at 10:30am
Sunday, September 9 at 10:30am
How do people of diverse beliefs become part of one congregation? “UUFOM and You,” led by Rev. Connie Grant and representatives of the Welcome and Engagement Teams will be held on Saturday, August 25, 9AM – 12PM.
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!
Next Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 24 at the Fellowship. The primary agenda items will be review of the 2019 budget proposal and 12 month assessment of our interim ministry.
All board meetings are open to any member of the congregation. If there is something you think the board should consider, please contact Sara Clavez, President, 989-687-7003 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the Sunday before the meeting. If you plan to attend in July or August please contact Sara ahead of time in case the meeting location is moved to beat the heat.
Fellowship Forms are located on the password-protected Member Directory. Paper copies are available outside of the office in a metal rack. When you’ve completed your form, please place it in the green folder at the top of the rack.
Some forms included: Feedback & Suggestion, Maintenance & Building Grounds Repair Request, Pledge form. We will be adding more forms soon.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Your Search Committee is continuing to meet regularly in preparation for hiring a new minister. We are looking forward to reviewing your Survey responses. This will help us to understand who we are as a congregation and what qualities our new minister should have. We are also continuing to prepare our congregational packet to present ourselves to prospective candidates. Please complete your survey as this is your opportunity to express your opinions and your concerns in this important step in the evolution of our congregation.
UUA is providing us with a workshop and Sunday service called Beyond Categorical Thinking. It is designed to broaden our thinking about what types of candidates we may call to be our minister. The date for this program will be announced soon. Plan to attend. We are sure to learn a lot about ourselves and the exciting future we can create.
The Board will meet Tuesday, July 24 at the Fellowship. The agenda will include:
The Board Meeting is open to all Members. If you have an agenda item, please inform Sara Clavez before July 17, 2018.
Much of the Board’s work this year focuses on preparation for a new minister. For years we have struggled with how to clearly articulate the expectations of the congregation and how to hold ourselves and our minister accountable to them. In May the Board passed an update to the Board Policy Handbook Discernment section which deals with the Vision, Mission and current ministry goals. The update incorporated into the current ministry goals the Strategic Directions that emerged from our strategic planning process, see below. At our June meeting the Board adopted a timetable for monitoring progress on the ministry goals.
UUFOM ends for accountability process
UUFOM Mission [Ends] with Strategic Directions [Criteria for monitoring]
1. We empower members, friends, and the surrounding community to think freely, live ethically, and grow spiritually through lifelong learning, as we explore our values, live the principles of Unitarian Universalism, and search for truth and meaning.
2. We assemble in supportive and beloved community, sharing life’s joys and sorrows, and embracing all of our wondrous diversity.
3. We gather for stimulating worship experiences and rites of passage that inspire and provide opportunities to examine, clarify, and strengthen our personal value systems.
Personal Connection and Development (from Strategic Directions adopted 10-30-2016)
(Applicable to Ends 1, 2, 3):
As Unitarian Universalists we believe each person has inherent worth and dignity. We are called to honor each person’s unique gifts and talents. Each person comes to our Fellowship looking for something. We provide a loving environment in order to effectively respond to their search. The Fellowship will provide a staff supported
intentional framework for a systematic and individualized process of connection
and engagement. This includes connecting around common interests, pastoral care for our members, social networking and deepening relationships, opportunities for personal growth, and opportunities for deepening spirituality.
Pathways for addressing Personal Connection and Development:
Connecting and Valuing People and Their Gifts
4. We create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world through our words of influence, constructive deeds, and engaging love.
Living Our Values (Service and Advocacy) from Strategic Directions adopted 10-30-2016
(Applicable to End 4): As a Fellowship, and as individuals, when we are filled with
love, that love overflows in service to building a better world today and for the future.
We offer our members opportunities to enrich their lives through service and advocacy in targeted issue areas important to our Fellowship because they respond to the needs of our community and fulfill our commitment to the Unitarian Universalist Principles.
Pathways for addressing Living our Values:
Protecting our Environment
Appointments have been made to governance committees:
Stewardship Janelle Dombek, Co-Chair
The Special Congregation Meeting to consider amendments to the Fellowship by-laws on June 3 was well attended with forty members present and another fifteen represented by proxies. All proposed by-laws changes were adopted. In addition, language was added to clarify the meaning of members affirmed. “Members affirmed will have full membership privileges within the Fellowship and will not be identified other than as members in documents generally circulated within the Fellowship. Members affirmed will not be reported to the Unitarian Universalist Association for the purpose of determining “Fair Share” payment to the UUA or the number of delegates the Fellowship is entitled to send to Regional and General Assembly meetings.”
For a complete copy of the by-laws as amended, click this link.