Category Archives: What’s New

Upcoming Board Meeting

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 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.

Ministerial Search Update

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.

Considering Membership?

“UUFoM & You”
Saturday, August 25
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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!

Register here.

Next Board Meeting

The Board will meet Tuesday, July 24 at the Fellowship.  The agenda will include:

  • Adoption of a proposed budget to serve as the basis for the Annual Stewardship Campaign;
  • Interim Ministry Assessment;
  • Changes to the Governance and Management sections of the Policy Handbook to assure consistency with By-laws changes.

The Board Meeting is open to all Members.  If you have an agenda item, please inform Sara Clavez before July 17, 2018.

News from the Board – Monitoring for Accountability

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:
Welcoming Practices
Faith Formation
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
LGBT rights
Racial Justice

By-Laws Amendments Passed

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.

Garden Update

The church garden has been adopted by the CUUPs group. The cinder blocks have been removed, herbs have been rehomed or used and the land has been tilled. The plan is to make ten raised garden boxes and have an herb garden in the center.

UUFoM Congregational Survey (Ministerial Search)

The UUFoM Congregational Survey was sent via email to all members and friends on Sunday, June 17 at 11:00 am.  We sincerely hope you will all take the time to complete it as soon as possible. If you are not comfortable with completing it on your computer, or if you don’t have a computer, please see one of the search team members for a paper survey. This is your search and your input is very important to our Fellowship.  We want to hear your ideas, dreams and opinions.

If you experience any technical difficulties while completing the survey, please contact Wendy at