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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!)

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 constance.l.grant@gmail.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.

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.

Jedi Academy & Youth Group

March 4 Kalama Sutta
March 18 Humanist Manifesto
April 1 Food Art Gallery

Jedi Academy and the Youth Group meet every other Sunday.  Jedi Academy is a religious education program run during the service, and the youth group meets after the service for lunch and fun from 12-1PM.  At the next meeting, on March 4, they will be having an Anime Film Festival (bring your favorite Anime) and planning for their Food Art Gallery.

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 dreHeather@uufom.org by Sunday March 11, so we can know how much soup or pizza to order.

What is happening in Religious Education at our Fellowship?

  • This past month, the Children’s Circle learned about all the varieties of ways different religions instruct us to love each other and care for each alone, the role of love in Judaism, Christianity, and more.
  • 25 Valentines were sent to patients in the hospital by students in the Children’s Circle and the Middle School Jedi program.  MidMichigan Health News includes mention.
  • Soup and Sources was held – celebrating love and what it is to be a good neighbor.
  • The Youth Group met and made plans for a Food Art Gallery to raise money for the Midland Animal Shelter through the Humane Society.
  • We have a middle-schooler participating in “Our Whole Lives” Sexuality Education at the United Church of Christ.
  • The Religious Education team has began to explore options for a sleepover, a puzzle room break-out event, a possible youth con and more.

Children’s Circle – March 2018

March 4 “The Kalama Sutta” (Buddhist) This story is based on the Kalama Sutta: “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

March 11 “The Wise Teacher’s Test” This story is from the Spirit Play CD.  It explores the question of what – rightfully or wrongfully – is the right path of wisdom.

March 18 “Origin of the Moon”  This is a lesson from the Spirit Play CD that explores the scientific origin of the moon.

March 25 “My name is Stardust” (Harris) – This story was written by a child with help from her parents. It explores the history of the universe and the amazing, wondrous fact of how we are connected to the very stars themselves.