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    November 1, 2019 

Sunday Morning Service at 10:30am

November 3
“Sharing Our Gratitude”  Gratitude Journals have become a well-known technique for improving one’s happiness and stress level. The worship team has asked UUFoM members to keep a gratitude journal leading up to our November theme of “Thanks and Praise.” UUFoM members will volunteer to share entries from their gratitude journals during this service. By sharing our gratitude, we hope to be drawn together as we support and affirm the goodness in the world together.   Susan Mayer speaking.

Lower Elementary
Love and Gratitude (Love Will Guide Us, Lesson 11) 
Story: The Rebirth of the Sun – This pagan story tells a traditional story of the path of the sun in the sky moving south and then north again.

Upper Elementary
Introduction to Paganism (Sacred Stories)
Story: The Wheel of the Year – This tells the story of the repeating cycle of seasons, described as a wheel of the year.  Most earth-centered traditions are strongly connected to this cycle and treat as sacred the solstices and equinoxes as they mark the seasons.

For upcoming Sunday Services, click here.

Euchre/Game Night FUNdraiser

Friday, November 1, at 6:30pm
What’s your favorite game, and would you like to play it with UU friends?

Both Euchre and non-Euchre players are welcome at our next Euchre/Game Night FUNdraiser, to be held on Friday, November 1, at 6:30pm.  Light snacks, drinks and dessert will be provided.  $10 per person--and for euchre players, make sure to bring quarters in case you get euchred!  If you have any questions, contact Janelle Dombek or Michaele Malecki. 

Fall Back this Weekend

Don't forget to turn your clocks back Saturday night before you go to bed! 
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2019 Annual Meeting

Greetings my people!
Last Sunday, October 27, 2019, we held our annual meeting after the morning worship service and a light lunch provided by the Board of Directors and the Hospitality Team.

In addition to listening to annual reports, three important pieces of business were held. 

2020 Budget Approved – You did it. You met the budget. And it was done before the annual meeting. Well done, friends! After examples of how the increased budget will be used from the Treasurer, Vicki Rothhar, you passed the budget unanimously.

2020 Slate of Representatives - With the assistance of and recommendation from the Nominating Committee (Kathy Kinkema, Donna King and Jacob Guettler), the congregation elected the following representatives for leadership roles:
  • Beth Sperry – President Elect
  • Marsha MacDonald – Secretary
  • Chris Nakamura – Member at Large
  • Monica Hughes – Nominating Committee
Unsung Hero Award – A heartfelt thank you and congratulations goes to the winner of the Unsung Hero award, Carol Cooper. The Board received seven nominations that offered examples of the gifts Carol shared with UUFoM this year. Here are some excerpts:
  • She has volunteered her farm for children who need a place to heal and reconnect with nature. For the past two years now, she has hosted a day on the farm.
  • She sees the children as an important part of the church community. Plus, she enjoys their company.
  • I think we would be hard pressed to find another member as dedicated to our children & youth.
  • Carol serves our children tirelessly – one of the few adults without children who takes on this responsibility at UUFoM.
  • She is always available to help and never hesitates when asked.
  • She is both gentle and firm with the children and it is clear that they respect her.
  • …and where would we be without her eggs?
Please join us in appreciating this vital member who is dedicated to our most important asset: our children.

Bravo! Hooray! Huzzah!

In grateful service and with Love,

Shannon Sonoras
President, Board of Directors


Lifespan Religious Education Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you, volunteers!  We have been signing up volunteers for teaching, assisting, and facilitating religious education classes, and we have volunteers for most of our classes until pageant rehearsals in December.  We still have a couple spots in November, and plenty of opportunities during and after the service during pageant rehearsals in December.  If you missed the sign-ups for this fall, there are still many opportunities starting again in January.
Thank you to the following volunteers, who made October classes happen:  Lisa Janetski, Amanda Clifton, Kurt Sonoras, Vicki Reidelberger, Elspeth Hetrick, Shannon Sonoras, and Heather Self. 
Heather Cleland-Host, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Speaker Suggestions

The Worship Team would like to prepare for 2020 by compiling a list of speakers who we might call on when Eric is not in the pulpit.  If you have a suggestion for an outside speaker, or a lay-led service, please fill out this form or contact Sarah Nuss-Warren.  

Recording Volunteers

We need of one to four volunteers to record sermons and upload them to a shared Google Drive so people who miss the Sunday service can listen to them.  There is a recorder available for this purpose.  The idea would be to rotate through the volunteers so no one has to do it every week.  Training on the use of the device and uploading the file will be provided. If you are interested, please fill out this form or contact Sarah Nuss-Warren. 

Hearing Aid Headphones

There are two hearing aid headphones available for use during Sunday services. If you would like to use one, please let an usher know at least five minutes before the service.

Sunday Scheduling

Sundays are busy and exciting at our Fellowship! Sunday worship activities, religious education classes and coffee hour run from 9:30am until 12:30pm in the building.  In addition, many groups are meeting after the service.

Please use the following guidelines when scheduling your meetings to better facilitate transitioning throughout the building: 

All rooms may be reserved beginning at 12:30pm. UL301 (food permitted) or the sanctuary may be reserved beginning at 12:00pm.  

Please do not disturb worship and religious education programming in order to set up. Please store any supplies for Sunday meetings in UL305 or the kitchen, not in the classrooms. If childcare is requested, please communicate with your participants where and when childcare will take place. 

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Altmeier, Office Administrator.

November Journaling

In preparation for our November theme of "Thanks and Praise", please consider keeping a gratitude journal. The idea is to spend up to 15 minutes once to three times per week writing about up to five things you are grateful for with the purpose of bringing your attention to gratitude-inspiring events.

For our service this Sunday, we will ask for people to volunteer to share entries from their journals. If you need more information about gratitude journals, there are many resources online, such as

Pastoral Care Team Request

The Pastoral Care Team and our minister, Eric Severson, has been contacted by a UU who recently moved to the south side of Saginaw.  She would like to attend services, but has no transportation.  If you are able to provide a ride occasionally, or have an idea how she could connect with someone using public transport or another resource, please contact a member of the Pastoral Care Team (Gisela Bailey is the October contact) or our minister, Eric Severson.
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Upcoming Services

November Theme - "Thanks and Praise"

November 3
"Sharing Our Gratitude"  Gratitude journals have become a well-known technique for improving one's happiness and stress level. The worship team has asked UUFoM members to keep a gratitude journal leading up to our November theme of "Thanks and Praise." UUFoM members will volunteer to share entries from their gratitude journals during this service. By sharing our gratitude, we hope to be drawn together as we support and affirm the goodness in the world.   Susan Mayer speaking.

November 10
"On the Shoulders of Giants"
We discover truths by building on previous discoveries all the time, often without realizing it. We'll reflect on the giants in our lives, the truths they helped us to see, and how we might serve as giants to others.  Eric Severson speaking. 

November 17
"Transgender Courage"
In thanks and praise of living with integrity and courage, we will center the stories of transgender and nonbinary folks and will honor the memory of those who lost their lives to violence in the past year.  Eric Severson speaking.

November 24
"Thanks for Simple Gifts"
As we approach the Thanksgiving Day holiday, let's prepare ourselves for gatherings of people, overconsumption, and the winter holiday countdown by focusing on small, more immediate sources of joy. Eric Severson speaking.

November Lifespan Religious Education

Children's Circles
Lower Elementary Children’s Circle, Room UL303 (Age 4 to grade 2)
This year they are learning how different values and ideas are viewed by many religions and cultures, including our own.  November’s theme is “Gratitude and Generosity.” They will be learning about the value placed on hospitality and gratitude.  November volunteers are Jon Van Regenmorter and Cricket Krengel. One volunteer is still needed for November 10, 17 and 24.
November 3: Love and Gratitude (Love Will Guide Us, Lesson 11) 
Story: The Rebirth of the Sun – This pagan story tells a traditional story of the path of the sun in the sky moving south and then north again.
November 10: Signs, Symbols, and Rituals (Signs of Our Faith: Being UU Every Day, Lesson 1)
Story: Abby’s Birthday – This is a Unitarian Universalist story that tells the story of a UU child sharing a homemade birthday gift with their best friend, and the best part of the gift is making their friend happy. 
November 17: Welcome One and All (Moral Tales, Lesson 6)
Story: Mulla Nasraddin Feeds His Coat – This is a Middle Eastern folktale about Mulla Nasraddin who is turned away from a party when he arrives in worn work clothes, but welcomed inside when he returns wearing a fancy coat. 
November 24: Footprints Treading Softly on the Earth (Moral Tales, Lesson 10)
Story: Parachuting Cats to the Rescue – This modern-day story explores what happens when a new species is introduced into an ecosystem and then humans attempt to fix it.
Upper Elementary Children’s Circle, Room UL302 (Grades 2 to 5)
Upper Elementary Children’s Circle meets every Sunday in UL302. Second graders may join the Upper Elementary on a case by case basis.  This class is learning about the stories of the world’s religions.  In October, their focus was on Hinduism.  November’s focus will be on “Earth-Centered Traditions.”  Lessons will include Pagan and Native American traditions, and the students will get a taste of stories from these traditions. November’s volunteers are Lisa Janetski, Sasha King and Jessie Parham.
November 3: Introduction to Paganism (Sacred Stories)
Story: The Wheel of the Year – This tells the story of the repeating cycle of seasons, described as a wheel of the year.  Most earth-centered traditions are strongly connected to this cycle and treat as sacred the solstices and equinoxes as they mark the seasons.
November 10: Sacredness of the Earth (Sacred Stories)
Story: Gaia Creates Herself – This story is adapted from several Greek stories.  The idea of Gaia or Mother Earth is incorporated into many Pagan traditions. 
November 17: Introduction to Native American Traditions (Sacred Stories)
Story: Turtle Island – This is a common Native American story describing the land of North America as Turtle Island.  This particular tradition is attributed to the Iroquois.
November 24: Light into Darkness (Sacred Stories)
Story: Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun – This story tells how the animals brought light into the world.  The legend is from the Cherokee and Muscogee people.  It is also similar to a Kiowa tale. 
Crossing Paths Program
Secondary Class, Room LL304 (Grade 6 and up)
Volunteer facilitators and co-explorers: Monica and Scott Hughes, Linda Bozzelli
Our Crossing Paths Program meets every Sunday during the service.  Crossing Paths is a world religions survey class, where participants have an opportunity to learn about and visit other religious communities that make up our mid-Michigan region. They also explore how our Unitarian Universalist faith connects with these communities.  The secondary class is co-facilitated by one adult and one pre-teen.  Additional adults are invited to participate as co-explorers.  In accordance with Safe Church guidelines, all co-explorers must be approved for participation in a youth class, so please sign up if you are interested!
November’s focus is Earth-Based Traditions.  We will be focusing on Pagan traditions and Anishinaabe traditions.  We will have one lesson on each followed by a visit to or from each tradition.  Members from Ancient Shores Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will be providing activities on Sunday, November 10, during the service. On Saturday, November 23, the class will be visiting the Ziibiwing Center.

UUFoM Adopt-A-Road Pick-Up

Sunday, November 24 
Eastman Road

Last spring, UUFoM adopted a stretch of Eastman Road, the west side from Monroe to the north fairgrounds entrance. We did the heavy work with the first pick-up this spring.

Let's live our values by continuing to keep Midland beautiful!  Our fall Adopt-a-Road Pick-Up will take place on Sunday, November 24, at 12:30pm. We'll gather in the foyer after the service to divide into teams, discuss safety, and distribute tools.  We'll be working near a busy road, so no young children, please.  You'll want to dress weather-appropriate and keep in mind the area we will be working in includes brushy terrain, and possibly water in ditches.  Rubber boots, gloves, rugged clothing, and eye protection are highly recommended. The City of Midland will supply safety vests and trash bags.

Sign Up Here!

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The Weekly Candle Flame Newsletter

Look for our newsletter on our new publishing day - Friday.   All submissions are still required on Monday for  Friday's publication.  Please send any questions or submissions to Wendy Altmeier at

Library News

The UUFoM Library is now located in its permanent home - UL301.  Enjoy reading a book in a comfy chair upstairs or bring a book home to read.  If books are your thing, our library group is looking for some helpful volunteers.  Please contact Marsha McDonald if you are interested!
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Welcome, New Members!

Please give a warm welcome to our newest members: Heather Self, Chris
Seman, Ae Alexander, Nigh Cvengros, and Teresa Lynch. Congratulations!
We're so glad you are with us!

Knitting (or Crocheting) the Web Covenant Group

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. 

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.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome.  Starting in November and facilitated by Sara Clavez.

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.  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!

We recently donated 42 items to the pantry!

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UU To Be Honored in Song!
Saturday, November 9, at 7:30pm
Midland Center for the Arts

One of the women being honored is Unitarian Universalist Viola Liuzzo. She was a civil rights activist from Detroit who heeded Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to march from Selma to Montgomery, which she helped coordinate. She was killed there by members of the Ku Klux Klan on March 25, 1965. For tickets ($15/$10), visit the Midland Center for the Arts, or call 989-631-5930.


This Week at the Fellowship

Fellowship Office Hours
The Fellowship Office is open Mondays through Thursdays, from 9:30am until 2:30pm.  If you have any questions about upcoming events, please email the office or call 989-631-1162. 
Fri 11/01 7:00pm Euchre/Game Night FUNdraiser
Sun 11/03 10:30am Sunday Service
  7:00pm AA Meeting (rental)
Tue 11/05 5:00pm Minister Start-Up Staff Meeting
Wed 11/06 10:30am Staff Meeting (Zoom)
  5:00pm Three Jewels Sangha
  7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
  8:00pm AA Meeting (rental)
Fri 11/08 7:00pm Owning Your Religious Past 

Reserve a space.

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 

November Contact:  Beth Sperry 415-419-1747

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 Friday.  Submission deadline is Monday for Friday's publication.  Please send submissions to Wendy Altmeier, Office Assistant, at


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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