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March 14, 2019 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THIS WEEKEND

Sunday Morning Service at 10:30am

March 17
“What Makes a Family?”  A multigenerational service.  Families come in many shapes and sizes, and evolve through stages of life.  Members of some Fellowship families of differing ages and configurations will help us explore the question “What makes a family?”   Rev. Connie Grant leading.

Click here for upcoming Sunday Worship Services.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

"Human Race" Conversation

Sunday, April 7 at 12:00pm in UL302
“Race” is a difficult topic, often avoided for fear of saying something wrong—something stupid—or of offending someone.  It’s increasingly important to face the reality of where we are as a society, and to do something concrete about it.  And maybe that starts with focused conversation that leads to action.

Copies of the book “How to Be Less Stupid About Race” by Crystal Fleming will be available for $16.00 at the Fellowship beginning this Sunday.

We’re all part of one race, the human one.  Let’s keep talking.

RSVP to Constance.L.Grant@gmail.com by March 31.  A light lunch will be provided.

May the Fourth Be With You

                                                          

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SERENDIPITY AUCTION NEWS

2019 Serendipity Auction

   

     
 

   Donate to the Serendipity Auction,

                    will you? Hrmm.


              Follow this link then you must:

             UUFOM 2019 Auction Donation Form


                                Log in today. Yrssss.

                     3/31/19 the submission deadline is.



              Do or do not. (But please DO.) There is no try.


      Available after the 3/24/19 service to offer instructions to the

                        digitally-challenged Vicki will be.


                            
               
                                      Click here for Serendipity Auction Donation Ideas

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MINISTERIAL MUSINGS 

Not the Whole Story

Have you read the article in last week’s UU World magazine titled “After L, G, and B,” in print or online?  

Have you also read the follow-up article, titled “Our Story Hurt People”? (https://www.uuworld.org/articles/apology-spring-2019)

Unless you’ve read the follow-up, you’ve only read part of the story.  The original article has prompted strong negative reactions to the ideas presented and the language used as well as to the overall approach of the author.  

The original article appears to be “informative,” but it contains a great deal of misinformation.  As UU religious professional CB Beal wrote in her response (see below), “This article contains inaccurate definitions, errors of language, even slurs.”  And, as the Transforming Hearts Collective noted (see below), “the article’s author modeled asking trans people harmful and violent questions.”

These are some of the responses that I found to be most informative about the issues and concerns involved:

“Centering the Marginalized: symphony and triptych” by CB Beal (https://medium.com/@jpc_cb/centering-the-marginalized-symphony-and-triptych-9dabc93cd461)

“What It Takes to De-Center Privilege: The Failure of this Week’s UU World Article” by Alex Kapitan (https://rootsgrowthetree.com/2019/03/06/what-it-takes-to-de-center-privilege/)

“Tips for Talking About the UU World Article,” by the Transforming Hearts Collective (https://www.transformingheartscollective.org/stories/2019/3/8/tips-for-talking-about-the-uu-world-article)

“Putting the “T” First: Public Statement on This Week’s UU World Article,” by TRUUsT (Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together) (https://transuu.org/2019/03/06/putting-the-t-first/)

Let’s never let “what we think we know” get in the way of what we can learn.

In faith and hope,

Connie

LIVING OUR VALUES

Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network Donations

The Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network is a cooperative effort of area churches and other organizations to provide food and supplies to people in Midland County who have emergency needs and are living near or below the Federal poverty level income guidelines. 

At UUFoM, we collect donations on an ongoing basis.  Bring your donations with you when you come to the Fellowship and place them in one of the bins in the UUFoM Donation Center 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.  The Food Pantry is unable to accept any types of medication, including vitamins and over the counter medications. 

UUFoM donated 74 items to the food pantry this week.  

The Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network is a cooperative effort of area churches and other organizations to provide food and supplies to people in Midland County who have emergency needs and are living near or below the Federal poverty level income guidelines. 

At UUFoM, we collect donations on an ongoing basis.  Bring your donations with you when you come to the Fellowship and place them in one of the bins in the UUFoM Donation Center 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.  The Food Pantry is unable to accept any types of medication, including vitamins and over the counter medications. 

UUFoM donated 74 items to the food pantry this week.  

Empty Ink Cartridge Collection

UUFoM can receive $1.00 each for recyclable empty ink cartridges. Not all cartridge types are eligible, but please bring to the Fellowship any empty cartridges you have and they will be turned in, with a credit then being issued to the UUFoM for eligible cartridges. Ineligible cartridges will be properly disposed of. This is an on-going collection effort that in the past was facilitated by RG Converse. Please bring in empty cartridges and deposit them in the labeled collection bin in the UUFoM Donation Center outside the sanctuary. If you are allowed to collect empty ink cartridges from your workplace this can greatly increase our return.

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WIDER UU WORLD ACTIVITIES

Regional Assembly

Registration is now open for the 2019 MidAmerica Regional Assembly.


This year, our Regional Assembly will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel, April 5-7, 2019.

Please click the following link to find out more information about Regional Assembly including pricing, hotel information, our schedule of events, workshop information, information on volunteering, how to register, and much more: 
https://www.uua.org/midamerica/ra

The theme is “Intersectionalities.” Presentations and workshops will explore identities we encounter and embody, the challenges of social inequality, and tools and skills we need in order to work more effectively with one another, as well as the general “nuts and bolts” of congregational life, such as leadership, stewardship, membership, and religious education. Our Keynote Presenter will be UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. Join us to explore, share, and worship with fellow Unitarian Universalists.

 

 

General Assembly 2019

                    

Registration is open!

If you are interested in serving as a delegate, please contact Sarah Schulz, Board President. 

Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly

UU Family Camp & Retreat

Registration for Chalice Sparx Family Camp & Retreat Now Open
 
Registration for Chalice Sparx Family Camp & Retreat is now open. Join us July 11-14 in Sturgis, Michigan for an amazing all ages experience at lovely Amigo Centre in Sturgis, Michigan.

At Chalice Sparx camp and retreat for families you will experience a truly multigenerational community. There are no camp counselors here to whisk away the children separate from their families. Here we learn together, worship together and explore together in a community of all ages – including elders who complete our multigenerational village.

We also have fun together. Swimming, hiking the trails and the labyrinth, canoeing, archery, popcorn popped in a kettle over an open fire, and of course, S’mores and singing camp songs.

Check out the website of our non-profit organization run by Unitarian Universalist religious educators, ministers and lay persons from all over the Midwest: www.chalicesparx.org. Like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chalicesparx/ and join us July 11-14.
 

Youth Midwest Leadership School



To register or to find out more information, please click here. 

Adult Midwest Unitarian Universalist Singles Enrichment



To register or to find out more information, please click here. 
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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Tri Cities Welcome Refugee Group Program

Please join the Tri Cities Welcome Refugee Group in welcoming Michelle Haskell to the
Creative 360 Center at 1517 Bayliss Street, Midland on March 24 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm to share with us the need for assisting children in need of refuge. Michelle serves at Samaritas as Outreach
Team Lead for Refugee Youth Services. She oversees community outreach, foster family
recruitment, and mentor/tutor programming for the refugee youth services program.

Rieek, a SVSU student and refugee from South Sudan, who just recently received legal asylum in the United States, will also speak and share, as he is able, his story of making his way to the United
States as a young person after fleeing war and a stay at a refugee camp in Kenya. 

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FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION

This Week at the Fellowship

Fellowship Office Hours
The Fellowship Office is usually open Mondays through Thursday from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm.  Please email the office or call 989-631-1162 if you need to get in touch at any other time.
 
Fri 3/15 10:00am Pastoral Care Team Meeting
  5:00pm Building Reserved for Ministerial Search Committee until 11:00pm
Sat 3/16 9:00am Building Reserved for Ministerial Search Committee until 12:00pm
Sun 3/17 10:00am New Member Welcome
  10:30am Sunday Service
  12:30pm Ancient Shores CUUPs
  7:00pm AA Meeting (Rental)
Mon 3/18 7:00pm Board Meeting
Tue 3/19 6:00pm Cakes for the Queen of Heaven (Cov Grp)
  6:30pm The Books We Carry With Us (Cov Grp)
Wed 3/20 5:00pm Three Jewels Sangha Tea & Meditation
  7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
  8:00pm AA Meeting (Rental)
Thu 3/21 7:00pm Lifespan Religious Education Team Meeting
  7:00pm WOMAN (Rental)
     
Fri 3/22 5:00pm Building Reserved for Ministerial Search Committee until 11:00pm
  9:00am Building Reserved for Ministerial Search Committee until 12:00pm
     

Calendar
Reserve a space.

Pastoral Care Ministry Team 

March Contact:  Gisela Bailey 989-708-1344
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. 

Newsletter

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 office@uufom.org.

Fellowship Office

Fellowship Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:30am-3:00pm
uufom@uufom.org

Rev. Connie Grant
Interim Minister
Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 11am-3pm
Constance.L.Grant@gmail.com
(847) 840-8542
In case of a pastoral emergency, call anytime

Heather Cleland-Host
Director of Religious Education

Office Hours by appointment only
DREHeather@uufom.org

 
Wendy Altmeier
Office Assistant

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:30am-3:00pm
office@uufom.org
989-631-1162


Sandy Hay
Sexton

House_doc@att.net
(918) 698-0311
In case of building emergency, call anytime
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