Category Archives: Members

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.

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.

Stewardship Campaign for 2020 Budget

The pledge campaign to support our UUFoM 2020 budget is beginning! An introductory email was sent this week, and the pledge packet will be emailed soon—make sure to read these important communications.  Here’s how the timeline will look:
Early in September, the pledge packet email will be sent out.  It will contain information about the proposed budget, giving guidelines, and a pledge form for you to fill out online or print, complete and turn in.  Like last year, we will need all members to return a pledge form, even if your financial circumstances don’t allow you to make a financial commitment to the Fellowship for next year.
By September 15, you should have been contacted by one of our Conversation Stewards to have a discussion.  If you want to have a conversation but have NOT been contacted by then, please reach out to Janelle Dombek at and she’ll make sure that you get one.
On September 29, Commitment Sunday, we’ll need all pledge forms to be turned in.  And on that date, we’ll celebrate with a big luncheon, a performance by our very own Sound Explorers, and an introduction of candidates for next year’s Board.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Training

September 27-29

Elementary (K-1/4-6) with Christina Fairman and Hudson Nummerdor
Secondary (7-9/10-12) with Deborah Dean-Ware and Carolyn Meagher

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Training. This is a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education training for those who would like to teach this curriculum to children and youth.

Training will be offered for Elementary and Secondary Our Whole Lives Facilitation at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland & Creative 360 through a joint venture between the United Church of Christ, Midland, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland.

Participants must attend all sessions of the program to be certified as OWL facilitators.

The training schedule for each age level is:

– Friday 9/27 1:00 – 8:00pm at UUFoM (dinner and snacks provided)
– Saturday 9/28 9:00am – 8:00pm at UUFoM (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and       snacks provided)
– Sunday 9/29 12:00 – 3:00pm at Creative 360 (lunch provided)

(worship opportunities available at both UCC and UUFoM on Sunday morning)

Cost: $250 per person. Registration fee includes training sessions and all meals and snacks as indicated.  Participants are responsible for the required materials, travel, and hotel accommodations. Inexpensive lodging options and home hospitality options available.

Please fill out registration form and complete payment to guarantee a spot at the training by September 6. Register online at

A special note to members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland who are interested in supporting this training (even if you are not able to attend training yourself):

You too can help support this ministry and the upcoming local training in September!!

* Offer in-home hospitality for out-of-town participants. If you are willing to open space in your home to provide an accessible place to stay contact Participants choosing in-home stay over the cost of a hotel will make a donation of $50 to support OWL programming.

* Donate food, beverage, and snack items to help feed participants while they train.  Sign up for needed items at

Thank you so much for your continued support of this life-changing program!!!

Jenn Ringgold, Director of Educational Ministries, UCC

Heather Cleland-Host, Director of Religious Education, UUFoM

Summer’s End BBQ

August 25, 2019 at 12:00pm

Join us for a BBQ, roasting marshmallows, water fun and activities for all ages!  Bring a lounge chair and your families!  We will have hot dogs, s’mores, drinks and chips.  Feel free to bring your favorite summer food to share, or other items to grill.  If you are a kid or an adult, volunteer or staff, a member or friend, you are welcome to join the fun! 

This event is hosted by the Lifespan Religious Education Team.  We will also have enrollment forms and other materials about the coming year at this celebration of summer.

**Please note:  This is the same day as some team meetings.  If you are attending any of these meetings, be sure to grab a bite of food on your way and come have fun afterwards.  Also, if you are a team member AND parent, we got you covered!  Email the Director of Religious Education Heather Cleland-Host (, so we know to expect your kids.