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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 after 12:30pm. UL301 (food permitted) or the sanctuary may be reserved after 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.

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.

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Annual Meeting Notice

Annual Meeting Sunday, October 27, at 12:00 pm

This year’s Annual Meeting will include annual reports, reviewing and approving the 2020 budget, voting in Board Members and Nominating Committee member and presenting the annual Unsung Hero Award.

The meeting will begin at noon.  Child care will be provided.  Members who are not able to attend are urged to fill out a proxy form which is available online or in the lobby and find a member who will represent them at the meeting.  (Members may cast a vote for themselves and no more than one proxy.) 

Any person who has been a memberfor a minimum of 45 days is eligible to vote at a meeting of the Fellowship. Those who are not members are welcome to attend as observers.

Further information can be found in a special email to all Members sent on Saturday, October 12.  If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Altmeier.

Radio bundling

Have you heard the on-air announcement on CMU or Delta Public Radio in support of UUFoM? Thanks to everyone who contributed to our recent “bundling” campaign. As a small group of members, we gave a total of $2,300 to the two local public radio stations for 2019. We look forward to moving the campaign to spring for 2020. Everyone will be invited to participate at that time.

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.

Fall Clean-Up Update

The Fall Cleanup was held on Saturday, October 12. We had a good cloudy day for our work around the UUFoM Building.  As a reminder, there were seven focus projects to work on.

1. The Playground and play structures. These are the areas used by children from our community. There is a need to replace the landscaping weed barriers, which will need about 6+ people willing to remove weeds, move large amounts of gravel, replace the weed barriers, then put the gravel back over the weed barrier. DONE! 

In addition, our Sexton, Sandy has volunteered to improve the wooden play structures by driving in nails and screws that have become hazards.  (Note: Sandy was not able to attend due to some health issues) but it is DONE!

2. The Vegetable garden on the north side. This area needs removal of dead plants and preparation for winter. DONE!

3. The Memorial Garden. General weeding and cleanup is needed. This is a sacred space and needs respect. DONE!

4. Trash removal and picking up sticks. No special skills required, just a need for general cleanup. DONE!

5. General trimming and weeding of the landscaped areas at the drive, sign and building entryway. DONE!

6. Gutter and roof cleaning. Remove debris from on top of the building. DONE!

7. Finally, we would also like to remove some of the buckthorn plants that are invading our grounds. As the name implies, they are very sharp and thorny! Much was DONE!

We filled the dumpster the City of Midland provided us with brush, then we packed it down and put even more in. In addition, one trailer full was taken to the City Dump, so we were able to clean up brush ,dispose of it AND some accumulated brush that had been stored. 

I am glad to thank the many people that helped us in no particular order. We had a total of at least 26 volunteers I can recall, which helped us get most of the work done in the AM shift. 

Thanks to Vicki Reidelberger for taking some pics during the event which helped me with this memory challenge. My sincere apologies if I have forgotten anyone. I would be glad to get them a cup of coffee at our next Sunday Service! 

Mary JohnsonKurt SonorasPatricia Calahan
Bruce JohnsonLisa JanetskiFred Thomas
Kathy KinkemaVicki ReidelbergerMonica Hughes
John KinkemaGisela BaileyJim Falender
Tim WagnerTom BaileyJill Crissman
Janelle DombekMarlene HickmanCilla Jones
Luis MulfordCraig MurchisonKevin King
Linda RectorPam MurchisonSpeed Malecki
Roy WedgeEric Severson

Also, Thanks to Wendy Altmeier our Office Professional, for getting the word out and making this Fall Cleanup Day a success due to the many volunteers.

Luis Mulford, Building and Grounds Chair 

November Journaling

In preparation for our November theme of Thanks and Praise, please consider keeping a gratitude journal for the next two weeks. 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 on November 3, 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

2020 Stewardship Campaign Update

As a result of several last-minute pledges and pledge increases, our 2020 PLEDGE GOAL HAS BEEN MET!!  Thank you to everyone who pledged!!  This will allow an active and exciting year for our Fellowship, with funds to cover the entire proposed 2020 budget. The budget proposal has been sent out, in preparation for our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 27.  Read it carefully, and contact anyone on the Finance Committee if you have questions.