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December 8, 2017
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THIS WEEKEND

Sunday Morning Service & Religious Education at 10:30am

December 3
"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

Children's Circle - Pageant Rehearsal & Free Play

UUFoM Choir Performance

Don't forget to see the UUFoM choir, led by Andrew Schulz, perform at Dow Gardens during their annual Christmas Walk.  They will be performing from 5:30 until 6:00pm at the birches.  This is a family-friendly outdoor event.  Bundle up!

There is no admission fee for this event, compliments of Dow Gardens. 

Cookies Wanted!

Please help us get in the holiday spirit with cookies to share during coffee hour after the choir program Sunday, December 10.

Cookies are also very welcome to serve after the Christmas Eve evening service.
NEWS OF THE WEEK

Sacred Trees Pageant - December 17

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 dreheather@uufom.org 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.  

Rehearsal
December 10 during and after the service.  (Lunch provided)

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

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 amandaarcuri@yahoo.com with questions.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming December Services

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"

Some unconventional stories for the winter holiday
Rev. Connie Grant speaking
 
December 24 at 7pm
Christmas Eve Service - “Each Night a Child is Born is a Holy Night”
Christmas Eve service with stories, carols, and candle lighting, celebrating the spirit and the potential born in every child.
Rev. Connie Grant speaking

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 office@uufom.org, 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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FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION

Playground Safety

Unfortunately, the yellow slide on the playground equipment is damaged and unsafe to use.  The entrance is currently boarded until the slide can be replaced.  Please do not allow children to use the yellow slide or leave children unattended.      

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

 
12/8 5:30 PM UUFoM Choir at Dow Gardens
Christmas Walk
12/10 10:30 AM Sunday Service
  10:30 AM Children’s Circle
  10:30 AM Pageant Rehearsal
  12:00 PM Worship Team Meeting
  7:00 PM AA Meeting
12/12 6:30 PM Improv Group Rehearsal
12/13 8:00 PM AA Meeting
12/14 12:30 PM Staff Meeting (offsite)

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

Fellowship Office

The Fellowship Office will be closed December 25 through January 1

Fellowship Office Hours

Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9am-3pm
uufom@uufom.org

Rev. Connie Grant
Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 11am-3pm or by appointment
Constance.L.Grant@gmail.com
(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
office@uufom.org
989-631-1162

Heather Cleland-Host
Director of Religious Education

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

 
Sandy Hay
Sexton

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

Newsletter

Publication will be each Friday, with a submission deadline the Monday before.  The idea is to provide more information, more often, in ways that are usable and useful.
 
Please send your submissions to office@uufom.org by Monday, December 4th for next week's newsletter. 
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6220 Jefferson Avenue
Midland, MI 
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