Newsletter 2021-01-15 – 2

Newsletter 2021-01-15 – 2
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  January 15, 2021 

Sunday Morning Online Service at 10:30am

January 17
"Stumbling On Happiness"
We human beings are not as successful at predicting our future happiness as we might think. We'll consider how distorted perceptions and memories can lead us to inaccurate predictions and how we might find happiness better. Based on the book by Daniel Gilbert, this service will be led by our minister, Rev. Eric Severson.


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


UUFoM YouTube Channel

Did you miss our previous services? You can see a replay (minus Joys and Sorrows) below and on our YouTube Channel. We invite you to subscribe to our channel to stay up-to-date with all videos.  Don't miss a thing.  Click and subscribe now!

2021-01-10 - Reason, Faith, Cults, and Conspiracy Theories

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:  Worship Team Recruitment

Would you like to be part of an AWARD-WINNING ministry team?  The Worship Team is looking for new members!  You would attend meetings via Zoom on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 - 8:30 pm, help us plan lay-led services, and help recruit volunteers for worship roles. We are also looking for someone who might be interested in taking over as chair in 2022, and would join the team this year in preparation for a smooth transition. Email Sarah Nuss-Warren to join or get more information.

NEW:  UUFoM Neighborhood Storybook Project

Please help the Engagement Team complete the UUFoM Neighborhood Storybook Project.  Packets were mailed in November 2020 asking participants to add a story or pictures to a small booklet and to then mail on to the next participant. The pandemic, national events, and the holidays have made this a very busy time, but we are hopeful the booklets will continue to move through the neighborhood groups and find their way back to us!  Thank you for your help in completing this activity!

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.

UUFoM Fellowship Staff News

We are excited to announce Shana Barth has accepted a position as UUFoM’s Online RE Coordinator. She will be working with Rev. Eric and the RE Team in a limited online capacity to sustain virtual RE activities while we are in transition. 

Shana will also be co-moderating our UUFoM Parents Circle Facebook Group.  Please welcome Lisa Janetski, who has agreed to co-moderate the group. 

RE Zoom sessions will resume on Sunday, January, 31, at 1:00 pm after a transition period to prepare the winter sessions.  Amanda Van Regenmorter, Amanda Clifton, and Carol Cooper are continuing in their roles on the RE Team supporting our families and children!
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Exploring Unitarian Universalism Virtual Workshops

Our first workshop will begin Saturday, January 23.  This is an opportunity for new and long-time members of UUFoM to explore five different aspects of Unitarian Universalism.  

"Exploring Unitarian Universalism" is a pilot project developed by the Engagement Team.  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.  

Jan 23 Workshop 1: Theology and Worship (Three seats remaining)

Feb 06 Workshop 2: Where Do We Come From? Unitarian Universalist Roots (Three seats remaining)

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

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

Mar 20 Workshop 5: How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Policy  (Five 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, Amy Rogers, or Kathy Kinkema.

Upcoming Services
January 2021 Theme - "Imagination"

January 17
"Stumbling On Happiness"
We human beings are not as successful at predicting our future happiness as we might think. We'll consider how distorted perceptions and memories can lead us to inaccurate predictions and how we might find happiness better. Based on the book by Daniel Gilbert, this service will be led by our minister, Rev. Eric Severson.

January 24
"An Invincible Summer" French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote, "In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." During this time of unease and unrest, let us be grounded and heartened by the enduring strengths we already possess. Led by our minister, Rev. Eric Severson.

January 31
"Reimagining" Each of us has constructed for ourselves to believe, and for others to read, a narrative about who we are. An open book we want others to read so that they might know us, and we might know ourselves. Each of us has also constructed a narrative about “others,” and about our relationships to, and with them. What if those stories are wrong? Fellowship member Denise Reiling will speak about “redemptive narratives” verses “contamination narratives” as she encourages a new way of seeing ourselves and others.

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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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UUFoM Board Announcement
Regarding 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. 

Fellowship Building

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

Thank you!

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

January Contact: 
Gisela Bailey 989-708-1344

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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6220 Jefferson Avenue
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