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   September 12, 2019    

Sunday Morning Service at 10:30am

September 22
“The Power of Covenants”  When small groups of people come together, big things can happen. Linda Rector, Shannon Sonoras, and Amanda Van Regenmorter, members of UUFoM covenant groups, will share their experiences about participating in these groups and the positive impact this has on their lives, their work, and their various communities.

For upcoming Sunday Services, click here.

L.O.V.E. Racial Justice Group

The L.O.V.E. Racial Justice Group invites those interested in discussing issues related to racial identity, race relations, and racial justice to meet with us this Sunday, September 22, from 11:45am until 2:00pm, in UL302.  Please contact Denise Reiling for further information
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2020 Stewardship Campaign Update

As of mid-week, we’ve received pledge forms from 44% of our members and friends, with their combined pledges totaling $105,435!  We still need more than $72,000 to reach our goal—it will be a challenge, but we can do it IF everyone makes a slight increase to last year’s pledge. Please review what you gave last year and consider upping that pledge if possible.
Remember, we need all members to complete and return a pledge form. Even if your circumstances don’t allow you to promise a financial contribution for 2020, we need to know if you still want to maintain your membership.
We also need volunteers and food contributions for our Commitment Sunday celebration on September 29.  Please sign up!  Thank you for your support of our Fellowship.

Commitment Sunday Potluck

A luncheon is planned for Sunday, September 29, in celebration of our commitment to the upcoming year.  The Engagement Team will be providing a main dish of pulled pork, while Estella Thomas will provide vegetarian stir fry.  Below are some of the available items we would like to provide during our potluck. 

Please sign up here! 

Salads - Tossed Salad, Dairy-Free Salad, Gluten-Free Salad, Nut-Free Salad

Desserts - Cookies, Dairy-Free Dessert, Gluten-Free Dessert, Nut-Free Dessert


Please sign up here to volunteer!

Fellowship Building Closure

On Friday, September 27 through Saturday, September 28, UUFoM will be hosting Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Training.  During that time, the entire building will be closed to meetings and members.  If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Altmeier.

Owning Your Religious Past Workshop

We can be most fully and completely present in our religious identity when we see our path as a continuum rather than a series of unrelated episodes. Whether you are a life-long Unitarian Universalist or a relative newcomer, come explore how your experiences of any faith community, school or club from your past helped shape your spirituality. This workshop provides simple tools to help us re-examine and retrieve positive aspects of past religious connections.

This FREE workshop consists of five 90-minute sessions, offered on Thursday OR Friday evenings, led by Eric Severson and Elspeth Hetrick. The dates will be decided based on participant availability and interest. When you sign up, please indicate which day (Thursdays or Fridays) you would be available from among these dates: 

  • Thursdays (October 10, 17, 24, November 7 and 14 -- no meeting on Halloween) or 
  • Fridays (Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1 and 15 -- no meeting on November 8).

Child care will be available

Please sign up and make your choices here.

Celebration of Life for Temperance

Temperance’s Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, September, 20, at 5:30pm at Clark Family Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services in Mount Pleasant, MI.

Grace Ferguson asks that you please wear red as it was Tempy’s favorite color and bring something special: a drawing, poem, flower, toy, etc. that reminds you of Temperance.  White roses are appreciated.  

Grace's cousin has set up a meal train to help.  Please sign up here for a slot. 


Books culled from the UUFoM Library are available for free will donations. They are located on a table near the events board.  Stop and Shop!

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Upcoming Services

September 29 (Commitment Sunday)
“Pledging Our Troth”
 Join us for Commitment Sunday, when we will celebrate our various commitments to our shared faith community, including the completion of our Stewardship Campaign. A luncheon, live music, and activities will follow. Eric Severson leading.

Fall Clean-Up

Fall Clean-Up for the UUFoM Building and Grounds
Saturday October 12 
Morning shift:  9:00am - 12:00pm
Afternoon shift:  1:00pm - 4:00pm 

There are  two work shifts available. You can sign up for either or both shifts. There will be a Building & Grounds Team meeting during lunch, 12:00-1:00pm. All are welcome to attend the meeting.  

What work is planned for the Fall Clean-Up?  The key work to be done involves various aspects of the grounds and making our Fellowship a better place. Depending on response, we plan to focus on the areas listed below. If no one signs up for a focus group, that job may not get done this time around. So if you want to see it done, join the fun. 

Focus work groups: 
1. The Playground and play structures. These are the areas used by children from our community. Replace the landscaping weed barriers: remove weeds, move large amounts of gravel, replace the weed barriers, then put the gravel back over the weed barrier.

In addition, our Sexton, Sandy Hay, has volunteered to improve the wooden play structures by driving in nails and screws that have become hazards. 

If this is your desired focus, sign up, bring yard and hand tools to help. 

2. The Vegetable Garden on the north side. Remove dead plants in preparation for winter. 

3. The Memorial Garden. General weeding and cleanup is needed. This is a sacred space.

4. Trash removal and picking up sticks. No special skills required, just a need for general cleanup. 

5. General trimming and weeding of the landscaped areas at the driveway, Fellowship sign and building entryway. 

6. Gutter and roof cleaning.  Remove debris from the roof of the building.  Acrophobics need not apply!

7. Finally, we would like to remove some of the Buckthorn plants that are invading our grounds. As the name implies, they are very sharp and thorny! 

Sign up for one or more of the above groups.  

Please plan to bring yard tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and safety glasses.

Bring snacks, a sack lunch, water bottles and weather-appropriate clothing. The building will be open for restrooms and cold water.

Pasty Sale!

Pasties will be available on Sunday, September 22
Click here to place your order to purchase traditional (beef and pork mix) or vegetarian (lentils with olive and sesame seed oil) pasties for $5 each!

Considering Membership?

Euchre/Game Night FUNdraiser


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A Message from the Board President

Stewardship Campaign for 2020 Budget

The pledge campaign to support our UUFoM 2020 budget has begun! An introductory email was sent in August, and the pledge packet was emailed earlier this week—make sure to read these important communications.  Here’s how the timeline will look:
Early in September, the pledge packet email was sent out.  It contained information about the proposed budget, giving guidelines, and a pledge form for you to fill out online or print, complete and turn in.  Like last year, we will need all members to return a pledge form, even if your financial circumstances don’t allow you to make a financial commitment to the Fellowship for next year.
By September 15, you should have been contacted by one of our Conversation Stewards to have a discussion.  If you want to have a conversation but have NOT been contacted by then, please reach out to Janelle Dombek at and she’ll make sure that you get one.
On September 29, Commitment Sunday, we’ll need all pledge forms to be turned in.  And on that date, we’ll celebrate with a big luncheon, a performance by our very own Sound Explorers, and an introduction of candidates for next year’s Board.

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Welcome Team

Current Members

Chair: Catherine Young
Co-chair: Linda Rector
Members at large: Judy Donahue, Linda Bozzelli, Jean Sarantos, Michaele Malecki, Roxanne LaForest

The Welcome Team meets every quarter following Sunday service.  The purpose of the Welcome Team is to welcome visitors to services, act as hosts during their visit and provide answers to any questions they may have. The team also elicits information from visitors, offering them the opportunity to receive further communications from the Fellowship. Volunteered visitor information is recorded in a log book.

If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Catherine Young at

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Covenant Groups Forming

Two new covenant groups are forming with plans to begin in September.  

A covenant group is made up of six to twelve people who meet together regularly over time.  You are asked to commit to at least one year.  In the group you are encouraged to share what is important to you and to build  deeper relationships with group members and the Fellowship.  Groups are open to members, friends and potential members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland.  Each group will begin in September. Please see forms for potential days and times. 

Available Knitting (or Crocheting) the Web
Knitting and crocheting are ancient crafts that encourage meditative reflection as we produce warm and caring gifts for ourselves and others.  Bring your own project or the group can provide ideas, materials and instruction, if needed, for knitters.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome.  Facilitated by Sara Clavez.

Full Becoming Women of Wisdom - Life at 50 and Beyond

If neither of these groups works for you and you would like a covenant group experience, please contact Sara Clavez.  We are open to new ideas and looking for new covenant group leaders.

Please click here to sign up or see the sign-up sheet under the events board.  
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Just a Reminder...

We collect donations on an ongoing basis for the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network.  Sixty-seven items were donated recently!  Place your donations in one of the bins outside the sanctuary, and we will transport them to the Food Pantry. Non-perishable foods, self-care items, paper products and cleaning supplies are accepted.  Thank you!

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Midland Area Interfaith Friends' Picnic

Midland Area Interfaith Friends is hosting a picnic on Sunday, September 22, 4:00-6:00pm at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, Midland MI.  Bring a dish to pass. Utensils, plates, and glasses will be provided. Be prepared to play games, have fun, and get to know each other better!

Midland Area League of Women Voters

The Midland Area LWV's 2019-2020 Kickoff Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 24, 7:00-9:00pm at Creative 360.  Chloe Updegraff, the Great Lakes Bay Area 2020 Census Coordinator,  will speak about the 2020 Census, its importance and how we can help.  Refreshments will be served.  Please join us to hear Chloe and learn about our upcoming programs.

Judy Donahue, Midland LWV Program Chair

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This Week at the Fellowship

Fellowship Office Hours
The Fellowship Office is open Mondays through Thursday, from 9:30am until 2:30pm.  If you have any questions about upcoming events, please email the office or call 989-631-1162. 
Thu 09/19 7:00pm WOMAN (Rental)
Fri 09/20 10:00Am Pastoral Care Team Meeting
Sat 09/21 8:00am Pasty Making
Sun 09/22 10:30am Sunday Service
  11:45am LOVE Racial Justice Group Meeting
  7:00pm AA Meeting (Rental)
Mon 09/23 6:00pm Mabon Ritual (CUUPS)
Tue 09/24 10:00am Becoming Women of Wisdom (Cov Grp)
  6:00pm Rise Up (Cov Grp)
Wed 09/25 5:00pm Three Jewels Sangha Tea & Meditation
  7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
  8:00pm AA Meeting (Rental)
Thu 09/26 5:30pm Covenant Group Facilitators Meeting
Fri 09/27   OWL Facilitators Training (Fellowship Building Closed)
Sat 09/28   OWL Facilitators Training (Fellowship Building Closed)

Reserve a space.

Stop the Invaders!

Pests are trying to invade the Fellowship!  Please do not leave any open food packages or containers on the kitchen counters or anywhere else in the Fellowship building.  Before you leave the building, please take any trash containing food waste to the large trash bin outside the back door. 

Maintenance Requests 

Have you noticed a burned-out light bulb or something in need of repair at the Fellowship?  Please fill out a Maintenance Request form, located in the rack outside the office door, and return it to the top slot in the rack.  Our sexton, Sandy Hay, will fix the problem as soon as possible!  Please respect that Sandy does not work on Sundays.  

Pastoral Care Ministry Team 

September Contact:  Robert Malecki 989-295-8547

Our Pastoral Care Ministry Team is here for you.  We can provide a meal, a ride, some respite or a supportive ear and a cup of coffee.

We maintain a volunteer list where you can identify ways to help a Fellowship member in need.  Please click here to fill out the Pastoral Care Volunteer Form online

Member Directory

You can access the Member Directory on the password-protected Member section of the website.  The Member Directory contains names and contact information for all members and pledging friends.  Please notify the office if you need to change your information or you do not wish your information to appear in the online directory. 


The Weekly Candle Flame is published each Thursday.  Submission deadline is Monday for Thursday publication.  Please send submissions to Wendy Altmeier, Office Assistant, using only this address


Wi-fi password for the Fellowship is yellowdeer807.  

Fellowship Office

Fellowship Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:30am-2:30pm

Eric Severson
Office Hours
Tuesday - Thursday 11:00am-3:00pm
Other times by appointment.

(608) 738-2694
In case of a pastoral emergency, call anytime

Heather Cleland-Host
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Office Hours by appointment only

Wendy Altmeier
Office Assistant

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm
(989) 631-1162

Sandy Hay
(918) 698-0311
In case of building emergency, call anytime
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