Category Archives: What’s New

Covenant Groups are Opening Soon!

Would you like to strengthen your connections with others at UUFOM and enhance your participation in the Fellowship, while deepening your own spiritual life? Join a Covenant Group!

Watch for group descriptions and meeting times, with information on how to register, beginning next week.  Four or five groups are planned to begin meeting in June or July.

A Covenant Group consists of up to ten people who gather around an interest, affinity, or activity to meet regularly over time for spiritual growth, community building, and congregational participation.  Group members practice deep listening as they share what’s going on in their lives, getting to know each other and themselves.  Group meetings follow a specified format, and each group is led by a trained facilitator who also participates in an ongoing facilitators’ group.  Each group establishes covenants including ground rules for the group’s relationship and interaction, commitment to welcome new members to the group, and service to the Fellowship and the community.

Day Camp: Journey of Discovery

Where kids can be themselves!
Discovery Camp is back! This time with full days!

When: Monday – Thursday, June 25-28 from 9am to 4pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland
Who: Children between the ages of 5 and 12. (Minimum twelve (12) campers)
Cost: $60 for three days (M-W) and $75 for four days (M-Th)
Extended care available until 5pm for $5/day.

Expenses are shared by the Fellowship and families. We have both volunteer and paid staff to keep costs low to each family. Discounts are available for families with multiple children. No child should be unable to participate due to finances. (Message Heather Cleland-Host for more information – this will be held in strict confidentiality).

THEME: We will be having four days of fun journeying from “port” to “port” on a grand adventure of self-discovery and community building, learning more about who we each are and what is important to ourselves and our community. We will start on the first day preparing for our journey and putting together our crew (team building). Subsequent days will be spent exploring various “ports” – like Port Legend or Port Courage. We will have fun activities like: building ships for our journey, creating traveling clothes (tie dye shirts), swabbing the decks (water fun), escaping from the Isle of Deception (Solving Puzzles), creative Expression through drama, drumming, & art, and plenty more!

NOTE: PLEASE REGISTER BY EMAILING DREHEATHER@UUFOM.ORG ASAP. We will not be holding the camp if we do not have at least 12 campers by June 4!

Discovery Camp Registration Form

From the Board President

Wow and Double Wow!!
We are thrilled with the outcome of the Serendipity Auction!  Many thanks to committee members Janelle Dombek, Michaele Malecki, Vicki Rothhaar, Sarah Nuss-Warren, Kathy Kinkema, Jim Falendar and Judith Hill.  Your efforts produced an evening of fun, delicious food and record breaking income for the Fellowship (over $19,000!!!)  Plus contributions totaling $1,100 to Citizens’ Climate Lobby.  Well done Committee Members, all those who donated auction items, bid on auction items, and came to cheer them on.

Speaking of exciting fundraisers, the April pasty sale was also a record breaker.  258 pasties made in one day!  Thanks to Pete Carlson and the volunteers who came to work, and especially those who stayed longer than planned and those who came in a day early to help us beat the storm.

What an amazing community we are!

Board Proposes By-Laws Amendments
The board has completed a comprehensive review of the Fellowship By-laws. At the April 24 Board meeting the proposed amendments were approved for presentation to the congregation.  A discussion session is scheduled for after the service Sunday, May 6.  The amendments will be up for a vote at the Special Congregation meeting after the service on June 3.  Major areas addressed in the amendments are membership and the responsibilities of the minister.  More information is included in the every member notice of the meeting.  You can follow this link to see a copy of the proposal.

In other action, we discussed the importance of a strong stewardship campaign to support the 2019 budget as we move into the most intense phase of the search process and plans to relocate a new minister to Midland next year.  Kevin King volunteered to serve as Board liaison to the Stewardship Committee which is chaired by Judy Donahue.

Christina Van Poucker was approved as the UUFoM candidate to Midwest Leadership School and Sara Clavez and Heather Cleland-Host were approved as delegates to General Assembly.  If anyone else is planning to attend GA and might be available to serve as an alternate, please contact Sara Clavez.

Next Board Meeting
In preparation for the May 22 Board meeting, we are working on a proposal for accountability structures that will help us hold ourselves and our minister accountable to our goals and responsibilities. We will also be moving toward incorporating the strategic directions adopted by the congregation into the Board policy document.

Yours in Fellowship,

Sara Clavez, President
Sarah Schulz, President-Elect
Andi Salogar, Secretary
Vicki Rothhaar, Treasurer
Kevin King
Jill Haver-Crissman

Soup & Sources:  The Call of Nature (Sixth Source)

May 20 after the service
This will be our last Soup and Sources event of the year, so we are doing something a little special and holding it after the service.  We will have a soup contest, pizza, and fun activities exploring how we draw on different Sources including nature for our health and peace of mind.  As a special treat, we will be combining the regular CUUPS meeting with this event.  We will have a presentation by CUUPS members who will be sharing how Nature is a part of their spirituality.  Fun activities will follow for children and adults alike.  Contact Heather Cleland-Host for more information.

CANCELLED: Puzzle Pal Dinner

WHAT:  A dinner and puzzle night for multigenerational teams.
WHO:  Children and Adults who sign up will be matched to form teams.


  1. Fill out a sign-up card introducing yourself, including a hint by which your partner will know you.  It could be something obvious like that you will be wearing a hat, or you will skip into the Fellowship when you arrive, or something that requires conversation like that you like turtles and have rescued snappers.
  2. Shortly after arriving, you will be given another person’s introduction and hint, and you will be tasked with finding your partner.
  3. Everyone will share their meal and get to know each other.

After dinner, each team will solve a series of puzzle challenges.  Everyone needs to complete their challenge so that all the attendees can open the treasure.  (Puzzles and challenges will be scaled to the age of the younger partner).

2018-2019 Religious Education Program

“Seeking Meaning – the Journey”

The Lifespan Religious Education Team is happy to offer preliminary information about our religious education program for next year.  After focusing on how we covenant to be with each other through the Seven Principles, and then on the Sources we draw on for inspiration and courage, we are turning toward the individual and community journey toward articulating our own faith: who am I? who are we? how do we connect to each other and the world? We will explore ways to create our own “credo” or statement of belief, and the ways that we as a congregation journey together and support each other in our paths.

For the Children’s Circle, we plan to use curricula with a focus on journeying or welcoming and with a focus on the formation of a loving, supportive community.  For the Middle School, we will be using the Lodestone program, which explores big questions such as life and death, Unitarian Universalist values, ethical money usage, and racial justice. We will also be creating a Coming of Age program for interested older middle schoolers.  Rev. Connie will be leading a Credo-building workshop for adults and older teens.

Over the next month, we will be sharing more with you and inviting you to share your ideas for this program. Looking forward to many wonderful conversations!

RE-Flection:  Called to Volunteer

We are coming to the close of the Religious Education program year.  We have spent a year reflecting on the gifts of Six Sources of religious inspiration that Unitarian Universalists have identified. These six are not all-inclusive of course, but they give a window into the breadth of Unitarian Universalist faith.  The six are areas that speak to many of us – that call us.

A call is an interesting thing.  Ministers and other religious professionals often speak of their ministry as a calling.  Activists urge others to change the world with a call to action.  Children are told to find their calling – what are you drawn to do, to be? Where are your talents?  The expression has been used in both theistic religious ways – to express being called by God to do something, for instance.  It has secular usage to simply describe a powerful draw to action. We might talk about a need to act or being called by love and joy and hope.  I recently found myself in a conversation about the difference between a job and a calling.  Some jobs we do out of duty or necessity, but the jobs we find most meaningful are the once that call us – that we feel passionately driven to go beyond mere job duties.  A person who is called to heal works late into the night beyond their official hours.  A person who is called to create art might spend days absorbed in their work.  A minister or counselor might take calls late into the night, changing a life or two.

I think calling also applies to our church community – we are called to be part of this congregation, to help each other grow, to share our gifts with each other, young and old.  Volunteers have one of the most amazing callings.  Volunteering can be rewarding when you see the results achieved, but just as often, the rewards are unseen.  We do not know the difference we made in a moment spent talking with a child, sharing a story, or feasting together. Thank you to all of you who made religious education classes your calling this year.  Your dedication and commitment are what made this program a success.

Thank you!
Yours in the Spirit of UU,
Heather Cleland-Host

Children’s Circle – May

Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

May 6  Aisha’s Moonlit Walk – This is a series of stories about a girl exploring the pagan seasonal holidays through the course of the year.  We will be reading from the story about spring.

May 13 A Tree in the Ancient Forest – This story uses a Spirit Play CD story about the ecosystem around an ancient tree.

Please note that there have been changes to the story schedule due to the cancellation on April 15.

Guest presenters in Children’s Circle include Tony Tienda (UV Artwork – 5th Source), Jon Cleland-Host (Fun with Science – 5th Source), Andrew Schulz (Earth-themed music – 6th Source —  cancelled due to ice storm, but kids still had fun in service!), Judith Hill (woodcarving – 6th Source), and Jessie Parham (gardening – 6th Source).  Thank you!