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December 1, 2017

Sunday Morning Service & Religious Education at 10:30am

December 3
“To Whom it May Concern
If we pray, to whom are we praying, and why?
Rev. Connie Grant speaking

Children's Circle - Holiday Stations
We will have four stations where children will learn about one aspect of a holiday celebrated by members of our community.  This year, one of the stations will be dedicated to a UU holiday named Chalica, which begins on Monday December 4 and celebrates each of the Seven Principles by lighting a candle and sharing about a Principle each day for a week.  Chalica Kits will be available for interested families.

Sacred Trees Pageant - December 17

Calling all children who wish to be part of the Pageant!!!
We are looking for all children and youth who are interested in participating in this year’s pageant on December 17.  If your child is interested in acting, sharing a reading, singing or playing music, we are looking for you!  This year, the Youth Group is joining me in taking the lead for the pageant.  Be sure to come to support our youth and children! Contact Heather Cleland-Host at with any questions. 

This year’s pageant theme is sacred trees, such as the Tree of Life, the Christmas Tree, Yule Log, and the Bodhi Tree.  We will be practicing the same “pain free, fun filled” minimal rehearsal techniques from last year.  The schedule is listed below. The Youth have a fantastic idea to use the story of the Lorax to bring all these trees together.  

December 3 (after the service) – Roles will be assigned & the story presented. (Lunch provided)
December 10 during and after the service.  (Lunch provided)

Pageant Day
December 17 (Early arrival for older children and youth)

Sharing Chalica Together

Chalica begins on December 4! Chalica is a newer UU tradition that begins on the first Monday in December and goes for seven days, and on each day a candle is lit for one of the seven principles. Is anyone interested in a Chalica Kit? (It would be lovely to have a mixture of families with K-12 children and some not, so this is not just for kids).

The Fellowship has ten kits that are available for sharing. Each kit goes home for the week and comes back at the end of the week. It has seven small chalices, seven candles, seven readings, and a notebook. The notebook will be to share thoughts about the experience - did you light them each day? do something special? Each of the notebooks will come back a week after the Chalica is done, and we will keep it for the next year. The following year, a different family will get each kit. The idea is that over the years, we will have a story that we will be able to share with each other. Let Heather Cleland-Host ( know if you are interested in a kit.


Guest At Your Table

Will You Welcome a “Guest at Your Table”?

The idea behind Guest at Your Table is to take a box home and place an amount of money in the box each day over the winter holidays, an amount that we might spend to host a guest in our homes.  Guest at Your Table donations support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, protecting and promoting basic human rights.

This year’s Guest at Your Table theme — Small Change Is Big Change — celebrates the bravery, innovation, and reach of UUSC’s grassroots partners. UUSC currently partners with over 75 grassroots organizations on the front lines of critical human rights issues.  

These organizations respond to great challenges with limited resources, confronting such issues as persecution in Burma (Myanmar), encroaching erosion in the South Pacific, and immigration detention conditions in the United States.

Small Change Is Big Change conveys the impact of donations to UUSC,  responding to extraordinary challenges of today, addressing root causes of injustice, and building capacity to respond to future challenges.

Please pick up a box or envelope in the lobby and bring it back to the Fellowship in January.  Please contact Amanda Clifton at with questions.

Sharing Tree

The Fellowship was given the opportunity this year to buy Christmas gifts to help those in need. There are green and red tags on the tree. The green tags are gifts that have been requested for this holiday season.  The red tags are to help the United Way fulfill needs throughout the year. and give you the option to text or to purchase clothing, entertainment, transportation, groceries, utility payments, and household or personal items via donation/gift cards online.

All gifts should be wrapped and returned to the United Way office by December 3. Please contact Maxine Guettler  if you have any questions: 989-492-4113 or

Thank you for your generosity!
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December Services

December 3
“To Whom it May Concern
If we pray, to whom are we praying, and why?
Rev. Connie Grant speaking

December 10
"Songs of the Season"

Songs of the season will ring throughout the fellowship in a service filled with music. It is always a highlight of the year for the choir and the congregation. 
Led by UUFOM Choir, Directed by Andrew Schulz, Accompanied by Melanie Willison

December 17
"Sacred Trees" Winter Pageant
Fellowship Children and Youth performing.  This year’s pageant theme is sacred trees, such as the Tree of Life, the Christmas Tree, Yule Log, and the Bodhi Tree. 
Led by the Religious Education Team and the Youth Group

December 24
"Stories of the Season"

Rev. Connie Grant speaking
December 24 at 7pm
Christmas Eve Service
A traditional Unitarian Uninversalist service with carols and candlelighting. 
Rev. Connie Grant speaking

Fellowship December Calendar

Day Date Time Event
Sun 12/3/2017 10:30 AM Sunday Service "To Whom It May Concern"
Sun 12/3/2017 10:30 AM Children’s Circle - Holiday Stations
Sun 12/3/2017 12:00 PM First Pageant Rehearsal
Sun 12/3/2017 12:00 PM Team Leader Meeting
Mon  12/4/2017   Chalica begins
Wed 12/6/2017 7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
Thu  12/7/2017 6:30 PM Engagement Team Meeting
Fri 12/8/2017 5:30 PM UUFoM Choir at Dow Gardens Holiday Walk
Sun 12/10/2017 10:30 AM Sunday Service - Songs of the Season
Sun 12/10/2017 10:30 - 1:30 Pageant Rehearsal
Sun 12/10/2017 12:00 PM Worship Team Meeting
Mon  12/11/2017   Chalica ends
Tue 12/12/2017 7:00 PM "A Chosen Faith " Discussion
Tue 12/12/2017   Hanukkah Begins
Wed 12/13/2017 7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
Thu  12/14/2017 12:30 PM Staff Meeting
Sun 12/17/2017 10:30 AM Sunday Service - "Sacred Trees" Winter Pageant
Sun 12/17/2017 12:15 PM Yule Celebration (CUUPS)
Tue 12/19/2017 7:00 PM Board Meeting (offsite)
Wed 12/20/2017 12:00 PM Pastoral Care Team Meeting
Wed 12/20/2017 7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
Wed 12/20/2017   Hanukkah Ends
Thu  12/21/2017 5:00 PM CUUPS Community Dinner & Ritual
Thu  12/21/2017   Yuletide Begins/Winter Solstice
Sun 12/24/2017 10:30 AM Sunday Service - Stories of the Season
Sun 12/24/2017 10:30 AM Children's Circle - Project Box Pizzazz
Sun 12/24/2017 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service
Mon  12/25/2017   Christmas Day 
Tue 12/26/2017   Kwanzaa Begins
Wed 12/27/2017 7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
Sun  12/31/2017 10:30 AM Sunday Service
Sun 12/31/2017 10:30 AM Children's Circle - Project Box Pizzazz
Mon  1/1/2018   Yuletide Ends
Mon  1/1/2018   New Years Day
Mon  1/1/2018   Kwanzaa Ends

A printable version is availabe here on our website!

Note - Three Jewels Sangha will not be holding meditation in December.  We will be meeting in January to explore new directions, like the possibility of a new Buddhism class, whether or not to continue to have meditation, visits with other Buddhist groups and monasteries. Be watching for new information about the date for this meeting.

A Chosen Faith Discussion Group

An exploration of sources from which Unitarian Universalism draws, based on A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by John Buehrens and Forrest Church.  Suitable for longtime members as well as those who may be new to Unitarian Universalism, led by Rev. Connie Grant. Please sign up by emailing, registering on the "Sources" bulletin board at the Fellowship or sign up here. Plan to attend all the sessions or as many as you can.  

All meetings are 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  
Tuesday, Dec 12: Words and deeds of prophetic people
Tuesday, Jan 30: Wisdom from the world’s religions
Tuesday, Feb 20: Jewish and Christian teachings (loving our neighbors)
Tuesday, Mar 20: Humanist teachings (reason and science)
Tuesday, Apr 17: Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions
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I force myself out of bed. I don’t need to get up for my regular job – I’ve been laid off. But I do have lots to do – work on the resume, get job applications in, work on some of the legalities related to the separation, etc. Of course there is little motivation in any of that drudgery. Before starting my day, I approach my stone circle for my morning dedication. At first, need to remind myself to go, but once there, it I can see the larger picture – of the many friends and family who have reminded me of their support, and of the many times my Ancestors faced situations in the past which were a hundred times worse than what I have before me today. It reminds me that they overcame those times, and that the same life they had lives in me. I thank them and the whole web of life – for all that I have, and for this renewed support that I need today. For a moment the silent stones encircle me and speak volumes. With renewed purpose and clarity, I face my day. Thank you, yet again, stones, Heather, my friends, my family, and my Ancestors.

by Jon Cleland Host
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Pastoral Care Ministry Team 

Pastoral Care December contact:
Evelyn Lipowitz (989) 631-0119

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 are compiling an updated 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

Joys & Sorrows of the congregation are available to members and friends on our website.

This Week

12/3 10:30 AM Sunday Service 
  10:30 AM Children’s Circle
  12:00 PM Pageant Rehearsal
  12:00 PM Team Leader Meeting
  7:00 PM AA Meeting
12/5 6:30 PM Improv Group Rehearsal
12/6 7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
  8:00 PM AA Meeting
12/7 6:30 PM Engagement Team Meeting
12/85:30 PMUUFom Choir at Dow Gardens
Christmas Walk

Check out what's going on throughout the month by viewing our calendar on our website!  Submit all meeting and room requests to

Fellowship Office

The Fellowship Office will be closed December 25 through January 1

Fellowship Office Hours

Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9am-3pm

Rev. Connie Grant
Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 11am-3pm or by appointment
(847) 840-8542
In case of a pastoral emergency, call anytime

Wendy Altmeier
Office Assistant

Office Hours
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30am-1pm

Heather Cleland-Host
Director of Religious Education

Office Hours
Tues. & Thurs. 1pm-4 pm
Weekday mornings and Sunday by appointment

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


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