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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up on the sheet at the Fellowship. Please fill in the date when you deliver items to the kitchen or email email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!)
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 and Sources: What is truth? Science & Religion
March 16 at 5:30pm
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 dreHeather@uufom.org by Sunday March 11, so we can know how much soup or pizza to order.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1, 2018 – After the Service
CALLING ALL MEMBERS WHO LIKE FOOD AND ART!
WE NEED YOU!
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.
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.