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     The Weekly Candle Flame 
  February 12, 2021 

Sunday Morning Online Service at 10:30am

February 14
"We Are Community"
- We come to Unitarian Universalism by many paths. Our faith community helps us find meaning, refreshes our spirits, and encourages us to live authentically. It is held together by shared values and covenant. Let's explore what motivates us. Led by our minister, the Rev. Eric Severson.
Please share your feedback for any of our Sunday Services here!  


Meeting ID: 943 984 845
NEW Password: 62201162
Dial In Phone Number:  (312) 626-6799 (*6 to mute and unmute)

Virtual Religious Education at 1:00pm

February 14
We will be using the curriculum - Sitting Together - a family-centered curriculum on mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist teachings, led by our online Religious Education Coordinator, Shana Barth.

Please contact Shana to sign up your child for classes if you haven't already.  The zoom link for the virtual sessions will be sent via email to signed up families and can be found on the Parents Circle private Facebook Group.

This Week at the Fellowship
All teams and groups have decided to meet via Zoom instead of face to face during this time.  Please contact your team/group leader if you need further guidance.  If you have any questions about upcoming events, please email the office or call 989-631-1162. 

All meetings listed below are via Zoom unless noted otherwise.

Weekly Zoom Links

Sunday Virtual Service
Sundays at 10:30am
Meeting ID: 943 984 845
Passcode: 62201162
Dial In Phone Number:  (312) 626-6799


Three Jewels Sangha
Whether you have been practicing with us often, are curious about meditation or Buddhism, or find yourself in need of connection, all are welcome to join the Three Jewels Sangha weekly Wednesday meeting.  We will be gathering at our usual time, 5:00-6:30 for conversation and meditation via Zoom.  We will have some time to share how we are doing, some silent restorative meditation, and a reading from our current book.  
Wednesdays at 5:00pm
Meeting ID: 200 926 356
Password: uufom


Saturday Rehearsal
Saturdays at 10:00am


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NEW:  COVID-19 Task Force Updates

The fellowship’s newly configured COVID-19 Task Force (Becky Carlson, Maxine Guettler, Kathy Kinkema, and Rev. Eric Severson) held its first organizing meeting last week. Members discussed: 
  • scheduling regular meetings
  • choosing what metrics to use in making recommendations to the board
  • confidentially tracking voluntary information about immunizations and positive test cases in our congregation
  • communicating with congregants through the Candle Flame
  • working out next steps in a plan that will be necessarily flexible
  • making monthly reports to the board, and 
  • assigning homework to task force members
The task force will plan to meet every two weeks and report monthly to the board and as needed to the congregation.
If you have tested positive for or been vaccinated for COVID-19 and are willing to share that information in confidence, please contact Maxine at or 989-492-4413.
If you have any questions about the task force or its work, please contact any member listed above. Thank you! Stay well!

NEW:  Annual Data Certification

Each year, member congregations report annual membership, financial and other data figures to the UUA through the certification process. The UUA uses this information to determine Annual Program Fund (APF) contributions, proportional delegates for elections and General Assembly, and to compile data about overall indicators and trends within Unitarian Universalism.

The following data was submitted this year.  Please contact Wendy at if you have any questions.  Special thanks to Vicki Rothhaar, Tim Wagner, Tom Bailey, Shana Barth and Rev. Eric Severson for supplying information to complete the report.  


NEW:  Public Radio Bundling

Do you enjoy listening to programs such as All Things Considered, Science Friday, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, The 1A, or World Café on Delta College or WCMU Public Radio? If you appreciate our local public radio stations, you can support them and help others learn about UUFOM at the same time, by joining our annual public radio bundling initiative.
For the last 13 years, UUFOM members and friends have been getting extra value from their public radio donations by combining their payments into UUFOM “bundles” that get sent to Delta College and to WCMU in Mount Pleasant.  Our Fellowship gets free advertising from the money, and donors get the satisfaction of helping out both public radio and our church. 

Please join us!  To have your check bundled with others from UUFOM, make it out to WCMU 89.5 or Delta 90.1, then mail it before the end of February to:

Tim Wagner
5313 Gardenbrook Drive
Midland, MI  48642. 

To let Tim know your check is coming, please send him an email at or call 989-839-0912. Checks will be accepted through end of February, and every amount counts.

NEW:  UUA Statement of Conscience Poll Results

Unitarian Universalist Association | UUA.orgThank you for taking the time to vote in the Statement of Conscience poll!  Per your responses, UUFoM vote YES for our congregation.  

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Altmeier.


View the complete text of the Draft SOC on Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy.

NEW:  Resources for Black History Month

Organize a book circle to read Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, the UUA’s 2020-2021 Common Read.

Watch and share a story about the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, voting rights activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Shared in simple language with engaging visuals.

Read Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 and buy it from a Black-owned bookstore.

Watch the Democracy Now! feature on the upcoming documentary "My Name is Pauli Murray". Murray was a Black queer trans legal scholar and religious leader who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall and their groundbreaking civil rights cases before the Supreme Court.

NEW:  Website Suggestions

We have created a form for suggestions and recommendations.  While we may not be able to implement all of them, we are grateful for all of your responses.  Please click here to offer a suggestion or recommendation! 

Ministers Discretionary Fund

If your ability to work has been affected by work closures, illness, or layoffs and you’re experiencing financial hardship, please contact Rev. Eric at to ask about the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. It exists to assist congregation members and friends and folks in the wider community who have financial emergency needs.

UUFoM Founding Member Welcoming Correspondence

Anita Frye is a founding member of UUFoM.  She is currently living close to her daughter in a memory care facility.  She is in good spirits and has strong determination!  If you'd like to send her mail, her address is in our password-protected Member Directory. 
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Exploring Unitarian Universalism Virtual Workshops

"Exploring Unitarian Universalism" is a pilot project developed by the Engagement Team.  This is an opportunity for new and long-time members of UUFoM to explore five different aspects of Unitarian Universalism.  The sessions will be limited to 10 participants and registration is required for each session.  Participants may attend any number of sessions they choose. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  

All sessions are 1:00-3:00pm on the dates listed below. 

Feb 20Workshop 3: How We Grow in Faith: Philosophy of Religious Education (One seat remaining)

Mar 06 Workshop 4: Social Justice Philosophy and Practice (Three seats remaining)

Mar 20 Workshop 5: How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Policy  (Three seats remaining)

To register for a workshop, please sign up here.

If your desired workshop session is full, please contact Wendy Altmeier to be placed on a wait list.  Your Zoom links will be sent once registration is completed. 

If you would like additional information on the content for the sessions, please contact any member of the Engagement Team:  Sara Clavez, Christina VanPoucker, Estella Thomas, Joanne Rummel, or Kathy Kinkema.

UUA's National New Day Rising Conference

Are you ready to take a new step in changing white supremacy culture? Want to learn what your fellow congregations are working on, and how you might apply it at home?  Join a continent of UUs as we explore next steps in creating Beloved UU Communities.

On Your Own:
Watch compelling video TED-talk style testimonials from selected congregations around the continent sharing their learnings, hopes and next steps in their quest for racial equity in their congregations.

Together on February 27, 12:00pm-9:00pm

Worship ~ Workshops ~ Caucusing - With plenty of breaks

Register Here

Cost will be a sliding scale fee of your choosing: $20/30/40/50. Registration fees are on a sliding scale, based on your assessment of your ability to pay. Those who pay at the two highest levels are making a donation to help those in financial need for this event. Please remember that for a sliding scale to work, we need the same number of people with means to generously pay more to balance the needs of those who can afford less. (This is one way we try to build the Beloved Community!) If you are part of a congregational team of three or more, please pay the lowest fee.

Brought to you by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Virtual Religious Education Dates

Religious Education Zoom sessions are led by RE Coordinator Shana Barth.  Biweekly sessions will run through May 2021.  Please email Shana if you, your children, or grandchildren would like to participate.  See all dates below.

Virtual Religious Education Team Meeting
Saturday, February 20 at 11:30am

Virtual Religious Education Classes - Sundays at 1:00pm
February 14
February 28
March 14
March 28
April 11
April 25
May 9
May 23
Upcoming Services
February 2021 Theme - "Beloved Community"

February 14
"We Are Community"
- We come to Unitarian Universalism by many paths. Our faith community helps us find meaning, refreshes our spirits, and encourages us to live authentically. It is held together by shared values and covenant. Let's explore what motivates us. Led by our minister, the Rev. Eric Severson.

February 21
"There's Something In Your Teeth"
- When did you last accept a difficult truth? In our efforts to bring about a beloved community, we will examine our resilience even in the face of hard or uncomfortable truths. Led by our minister, the Rev. Eric Severson.

February 28
"On Beloved Community" 
Led by our minister, the Rev. Eric Severson

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Our Mission

We are a multigenerational, liberal religious community in the Tri-City region. We offer a beacon to the religious seeker, supporting and nurturing the individual and collective pursuit of spiritual fulfillment.To achieve this mission, we:

  • Empower members, friends, and the surrounding community to think freely, live ethically, and grow spiritually through lifelong learning, as we explore our values, live the principles of Unitarian Universalism, and search for truth and meaning.
  • Assemble in supportive and beloved community, sharing life’s joys and sorrows, and embracing all of our wondrous diversity.
  • Gather for stimulating worship experiences and rites of passage that inspire and provide opportunities to examine, clarify, and strengthen our personal value systems.
  • Create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world through our words of influence, constructive deeds, and engaging love.

We focus on these four social issues in order to improve the community and demonstrate our commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of all people.

  • Global Climate Change
  • Racial Justice
  • Homelessness
  • LGBT Rights
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Building Access During COVID-19

For everyone's continued safety through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors has determined that the building will remain closed and in-person activities will remain suspended through June 1, 2021 at the earliest. The Board of Directors will continue to reassess based on all available information, and continue to regularly communicate updates as conditions evolve. 

For everyone's safety, the Fellowship Building is closed to everyone except: staff, Sunday musicians, Vicki Rothhaar, and Pete Carlson.

Thank you!

Fellowship Links

Board of Directors

Beth Sperry - President
Sasha King - President-Elect
Shannon Sonoras - Secretary
Tim Wagner - Treasurer
Chris Nakamura - Member-At-Large
Marsha McDonald - Member-At-Large

Pastoral Care Ministry Team

February Contact:
Amy Rogers 989-750-6989

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.

Fellowship Staff

Fellowship Office Hours
Fellowship Office is currently closed due to Governor's Whitmer executive order. 

Rev. Eric Severson - Minister
(608) 738-2694
Unavailable Mondays, except in emergencies.

Wendy Altmeier - Office Assistant
(989) 631-1162

Unavailable Mondays.

Shana Barth - Online RE Coordinator
(989) 631-1162

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

Melanie Willison - Accompanist
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