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 May 25, 2018

The Fellowship Office will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. 

Sunday Morning Service & Religious Education at 10:30am

May 27
How and what (and why) do we remember as we make sense of our own lives and the lives of those who have gone before?  Rev.  Connie Grant speaking.
 Upcoming Services

Children's Religious Education - Project Box Pizzazz
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Key Access to UUFoM

Re-keying the Fellowship has been scheduled for Monday, June 4.  

Our Sexton, Sandy Hay, will be available the following days/times to pick up new keys.  If you are unable to come during these times, please contact Sandy.

Tuesday, June 5 - 10am-12pm
Wednesday, June 6 - 10am-12pm, 6pm-7pm
Thursday, June 7 - 10am-12pm

 Join a Covenant Group!

Would you like to strengthen your connections with others at UUFoM and enhance your participation in the Fellowship, while deepening your own spiritual life? Join a Covenant Group!

A Covenant Group consists of up to ten people who gather around an interest, affinity, or activity to meet regularly over time for spiritual growth, community building, and congregational participation.  Group members practice deep listening as they share what’s going on in their lives, getting to know each other and themselves.  Group meetings follow a specified format, and each group is led by a trained facilitator who also participates in an ongoing facilitators’ group.  Each group establishes covenants including ground rules for the group’s relationship and interaction, commitment to welcome new members to the group, and service to the Fellowship and the community. 

All groups meet at the Fellowship unless otherwise specified.  Members, friends, and potential members of the Fellowship are welcome to join a covenant group.  To register, please complete a registration form and return it to or to the box under the Events! bulletin board at the Fellowship.

Contact respective facilitators with questions about a specific group.  Contact Rev. Grant ( with general questions or to discuss becoming a covenant group facilitator.

Creating a Spiritual Autobiography Through Art
We will use all kinds of artistic media, including but not limited to paint, fabric, clay, movement, and written words to create and share our own spiritual autobiographies as we nurture and support one another both in times of celebration and joy and times of challenge! You need not be an artist to find and use your creative side.  Goals include deepening and challenging our own spiritual understandings and where Unitarian Universalist thinking fits in.  Meets second Sundays of the month, 12:15 – 2:15 pm, beginning June 10.  Facilitator Cathy French,

Our Examined Lives
Using various sources of inspiration, from poems to quotations to music to books, we’ll connect, deepen and expand together as we share about our lives, perspectives, wishes, and dreams.  Meets at Shannon’s Midland home, second Mondays of the month, beginning June 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Maximum seven members.  Facilitator Shannon Sonoras, 989-708-5348 (text or call).

Heart Songs
Is there a song in your heart or a sound track in the back of your mind?  We will join in informal singing of the songs that speak from our hearts and to our hearts. Meets every other week through the summer, Wednesdays from June 13 through August 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  This short-term group can accommodate an unlimited number.  Facilitator Sara Clavez,

Where Do We Go from Here?
How will we live the rest of our lives with as much quality as possible?  How will we consider the choices and decisions we will probably need to make about our lives in the next 20 or so years?  We’ll discuss and share our feelings about such topics as living with illnesses, various housing options, and end-of-life possibilities.  The group will decide what we want to learn more about and go from there.  Meets third Wednesdays of the month, beginning June 20, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  Facilitator Linda Rector,

“Cakes for the Queen of Heaven”
How would your life have been different if you had grown up with a female image of the divine? “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” is a woman-honoring workshop series of feminist theology that examines pre-Judeo-Christian cultures that worshiped the female as divine. More than Goddess 101, “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” examines important elements of today’s women’s lives:  personal, interpersonal and societal. Meets June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November 12, December 10, January 28, February 25, March 25, April 22, and May 27 in 2018-2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Facilitator Christina VanPoucker,

The Books We Carry with Us
Informed by the books (fiction or non-fiction) that have informed us on our life journeys, we will share ideas and feelings on up-to-the-minute and age-old topics.  Participants will be invited to suggest books that have influenced their lives.  Meets at Amy’s Midland home, second Tuesdays of the month, beginning July 10, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Maximum eight members.  Facilitator Amy Rogers, 989-750-6989.         

 Flower Celebration

June 3  
“Flower Celebration” - 10:30 AM Sunday Service

How is this congregation like a bouquet of flowers? Bring a flower (or a few) from your garden (or flower shop) and take a different flower home. We’ll celebrate the traditional Unitarian flower communion and recognize the many volunteers who help this congregation flourish. This is a multigenerational service.  Led by Rev. Connie Grant and the Engagement Team.
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UUFoM Booth at the Great Lakes Gay Pride Fest

The fellowship will be present this year at the Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival and we are looking for volunteers to fill two hour shifts at our booth. The festival will be held on June 30th, 12-4 pm at Wenonah Park in Bay City.

We are looking for 5 volunteers per shift to help us out. Shifts are available  from 12-2pm and 2-4 pm, or you can stay for the whole event. If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Guettler by email or 989-492-4414.

Sign up at the Events board or sign up online!
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 Upcoming Services - 10:30 AM Sunday 

June 3
“Flower Celebration”
How is this congregation like a bouquet of flowers? Bring a flower (or a few) from your garden (or flower shop) and take a different flower home. We’ll celebrate the traditional Unitarian flower communion and recognize the many volunteers who help this congregation flourish. This is a multigenerational service.  Led by Rev. Connie Grant and the Engagement Team.

 Special Congregational Meeting

A special business meeting will be held after the service on Sunday, June 3 for members to vote on proposed changes to our By-laws.  Those who have been members for a minimum of 45 days are eligible to vote.  Our By-laws may be amended by two-thirds majority vote, with a required quorum of thirty percent of members.  A member may issue a general or limited proxy for use at a meeting of the Fellowship. No person shall be entitled to vote more than one proxy, proxies shall be in writing and filed with the Board Secretary before being exercised, and only members may be named as proxies.

It is customary to review, clarify and update By-laws periodically.  This is particularly important to accomplish before the search committee gathers our documents to share with ministerial search candidates.  The Board has prepared these proposed amendments for your consideration.  

In addition to editorial changes, the proposed changes:
  • address membership eligibility and termination
  • Sunday services, creation of an executive team
  • the purpose of a minister and their role with respect to paid staff
  • deletion of the Committee on Ministry
  • deletion of the Shared Leadership Team

When you follow the link to the By-laws proposal, you will see the words we are proposing to remove have a line through them.  Proposed additions are in italics.

Click here to view the By-laws proposal.  If you will be unable to attend the meeting, please designate a proxy so that we meet our quorum of thirty percent of members.  Proxy forms are located under the chimes and  available to print here.
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Children's Religious Education

Sunday, May 27: Project Box Pizzazz
Sunday, June 3: Intergenerational Service
Sunday, June 10: Project Box Pizzazz (Bestowing of Wands Ceremony - AKA Wands come home)
Sunday, June 17: Summer Fun begins!

 Day Camp:  Journey of Discovery

Where kids can be themselves!
Discovery Camp is back! This time with full days!

When:  Monday – Thursday,  June 25-28 from 9am to 4pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland
Who:    Children between the ages of 5 and 12. (Minimum twelve (12) campers)
Cost:    $60 for three days (M-W) and $80 for four days (M-Th)
Extended care available until 5pm for $5/day.
Expenses are shared by the Fellowship and families.  We have both volunteer and paid staff to keep costs low to each family.  Discounts are available for families with multiple children.  No child should be unable to participate due to finances.  (Message Heather Cleland-Host for more information – this will be held in strict confidentiality).

THEME: We will be having four days of fun journeying from “port” to “port” on a grand adventure of self-discovery and community building, learning more about who we each are and what is important to ourselves and our community.  We will start on the first day preparing for our journey and putting together our crew (team building).  Subsequent days will be spent exploring various “ports” – like Port Legend or Port Courage.  We will have fun activities like:  building ships for our journey, creating traveling clothes (tie dye shirts), swabbing the decks (water fun), escaping from the Isle of Deception (Solving Puzzles), creative Expression through drama, drumming, & art, and plenty more!

NOTE: PLEASE REGISTER BY EMAILING DREHEATHER@UUFOM.ORG ASAP.  We will not be holding the camp if we do not have at least 12 campers by June 4!

Sign up at the Events board or Sign Up Here!  

From the Director of Religious Education

RE-Flections: Looking back in gratitude

One of the wonderful things about the end of each year of religious education programming is the opportunity to look back at all the amazing things that we have done in just nine months. Here is just a taste of some of the things the children and teens have done this year.

EXPLORATIONS OF FAITH AND RELIGIONS: In the Children’s Circle and in Jedi Mindfulness, we have explored the religious texts of many traditions. Some examples: the Bhadgava Gita (Hinduism), the Humanist Manifesto (Humanism), the Biblical story of the Eight Beatitudes (Christianity), and the Kalama Sutta (Buddhist). We have shared stories about beloved traditions: Beltaine (Wicca), the Jewish Seder, Solstice (Pagan/Naturalism), Christmas (Christianity), Bodhi Day (Buddhism), Halloween/Samhain, Chalica (Unitarian Universalism), and more.

CELEBRATING AND HONORING SPIRITUAL PRACTICES: We explored different ways of meditating and creating sacred space. We created a quiet space for reading and resting in the corner of the McPeak Room. We visited a Buddhist Monastery. We also explored many sacred traditions of Unitarian Universalism, beginning with Ingathering (Water Communion in September), sharing of Joys and Sorrows, lighting our classroom chalice, Serendipity Auction, Welcoming of New Members, and soon we will celebrate the Flower Communion.

ACTIONS AND OUTREACH: This year our children and youth gave back to their community. The youth group made scarves for the Ruth Ellis Center, sent hearts with words of encouragement to the Midland Hospital, fundraised for the Midland Animal Shelter with a fun Food Gallery, and more.

OUR YOUTH GROUP BLOOMED: Our new youth group is just establishing itself but already they have created their own space downstairs complete with beautifully decorating a table in the youth room, leading a pageant with the Lorax (and truffula trees), coming up with the idea of the Food Gallery and carrying it out successfully, and generally having fun.

I feel privileged to have worked with all of these volunteers and children this year. This has been an amazing year, exploring the Sources – transforming ourselves, acting with courage, learning the wisdom of the ages, sharing our love, seeking the truth, and celebrating life. I could not feel prouder when we stood in a circle at the end of Sunday’s program renewing our commitment to this congregation. Nor could I feel more moved, watching all of you looking across the circle and said in unity and powerful sincerity to each other: “Thank you for your commitment.”

Heather Cleland-Host

For the Lifespan Religious Education Team

Thank you to those who served on the Lifespan Religious Education Team this year:
Volunteers: Carol Cooper (continuing), Paula Bauer (continuing), Amanda Clifton (newly joined), Monica Hughes (stepped down) Jozef Bicerano (moved)
Minister/Staff: Rev. Connie Grant & Heather Cleland-Host, Director of Religious Education

Thank you to those who served in the Nursery, Children’s Circle, Jedi Mindfulness, Youth Group, or as a Guest Presenter, Soup Chef, provided Pageant or Multigenerational Service assistance, presented at Soup and Sources, or helped in religious education in so many ways: Paula Bauer, Andy Salogar, Scott and Monica Hughes, Amanda Clifton, Dan Sealey, Karen Travis McGregor, Jon Cleland-Host, Kaedon & Adair Cleland-Host, Amanda VanRegenmorter, Lisa Catacosinos, Shannon Sonoras, Kurt Sonoras, Roxanne LaForest, Amanda Merrill, Elspeth Hetrick, Judith Hill, Tony Tienda, Gisela Bailey, Michaele Malecki, Rosalie Tithoff, Mary Roberts, Mary Johnson, Dani Fillmore, Dave Letts, Charlie Enright, Donna Wedge, Donna King, Jessie Parham, Andrew Schulz, Krista Mann, and Jodi Stevenson, plus the many of you who helped with services, donated supplies, told a children’s story, sang in choir, played the piano for a children’s song, acted out a roleplaying game with a child or teen during Soup and Sources.

A Special thanks to: Jan Shea, our staff nursery provider, for being there every week with our littlest ones. Wendy Altmeier, our office assisant, for helping get out announcements and scheduling rooms.

Summer Sundays - AKA Summer Fun!

On June 17, the Religious Education Program move to the COOLEST place to be in the Fellowship: Lower Level Religious Education Wing

Extended Nursery care (through Kindergarten age) will be located downstairs in the Nursery Room LL101. Older children will be in the Youth Room LL104.

Summer Sundays is an informal multi-age volunteer program. Typically, two adult volunteers lead activities inside using our Summer Activity Box (labeled for the number of kids attending) or play on the playground. Occasionally, a volunteer leader teaches an improv class, or builds airplanes, or dances, depending on the leader’s passion. This is a great opportunity to explore fun themes with our young people!

Please contact Paula Bauer or Heather Cleland-Host, if you have questions or would like to volunteer!

Sign up to volunteer here!

2017-2018 Lifespan Religious Education Survey

The 2017-18 Religious Education Program year is now complete, and the Lifespan Religious Education Team is seeking feedback from those who participated in the program this past year (2017-18) as an adult volunteer or participant in adult or multigenerational programming, or as a parent of a child who participated in the children and youth program. We are also inviting teens to complete the survey if they wish. The team will use the responses to continue to improve the program. We need your responses by June 17 (Sunday).

The link to the evaluation can be found at

This evaluation is intended to look at the program as a whole (not any person in particular), and it will be conducted annually to assess the overall health of the program.

The evaluation takes only 5-10 minutes to complete, but if you are interrupted, you can return and complete the evaluation. TO DO SO, you need to click "SAVE" for the completed information to be saved, and then you can come back and finish the evaluation later, so long as it is done by the deadline (Sunday June 17). Names are encouraged, but optional. Please contact Heather Cleland-Host (Director of Religious Education), if there is more than one person in your household completing the evaluation (and only ONE computer, tablet, or comparable device) or if you cannot access SurveyMonkey and need a hard copy.

Your feedback is important to this effort and greatly appreciated!

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Moms Demand Action Event

June 2 is recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Day/Wear Orange.  The Great Lakes Bay Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Group is extending an invitation to supporters to attend the Dow Diamond Loons Game on June 2 and asking for help to turn the center field lawn area orange!  They will be the community organization for the evening and will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch, having a live interview during the game, and a table regarding gun safety for homes on the concourse. 

This Week

05/27 10:30 AM Sunday Service
  10:30 AM Children's Religious Education
  10:30 AM Jedi Academy
  7 PM  AA Meeting (Rental)
05/28   Memorial Day/Office Closed
05/29 11AM Staff Meeting
  6:30 PM Improv Group Rehearsal (Rental)
05/30   Office Closed
  5:30 PM Three Jewels Sangha
  7 PM Choir Rehearsal
  8 PM  AA Meeting (Rental)
Reserve a space.

Pastoral Care Ministry Team 

May contact:  Donna Wedge 989-600-7567

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

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


The Weekly Candle Flame is published each Friday.  Submission deadline is Monday for Friday publication.  Please send submissions to Wendy Altmeier, Office Assistant, using only this address

Fellowship Office

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

Rev. Connie Grant
Interim Minister
Office Hours

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

Heather Cleland-Host
Director of Religious Education

Office Hours 
Tues. & Thurs. 10am-12pm or by appointment

Wendy Altmeier
Office Assistant

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

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