SE Newsletter 2020-12-26

SE Newsletter 2020-12-26
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    Special Edition - Candle Flame    

December 26, 2020 

Sunday Online Service at 10:30am

December 27
"Treasuring the Dark"
- Join us for a simple service honoring the quiet dark inherent in hibernation and the fallow season, offering us nurturing rest and regeneration. 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.  

Upcoming 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.

Week of 12/27/2020


Week of 01/03/2021


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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Fellowship Virtual Office Holiday Hours

The Fellowship Virtual Office will be closed Monday, December 21 through January 2, 2021.  There will be no newsletters sent during that time.  

Please contact our minister, Rev. Eric Severson, if you have any questions during this time.  Thank you! 

UUFOM Fellowship Building Closure

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 reassess based on all available information, and continue to regularly communicate updates as conditions evolve. 

Website Team

The Fellowship Office is creating a website team to start meeting in January 2021.  We are looking for people with many different talents.  We would love people who have technical, creative, media, communications and/or any type of life experience.  We are very interested in people who have been members for a long time, newer UUs and anyone in between! Please click here if you are interested in joining the team.  

If you are not able to join the website team, we have created a form for suggestions and recommendations.  While we may not be able to implement all of them, we are grateful for all of your responses.  Please click here to offer a suggestion or recommendation! 
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Upcoming Services
December 2020 Theme - "Stillness"

December 27
"Treasuring the Dark"
- Join us for a simple service honoring the quiet dark inherent in hibernation and the fallow season, offering us nurturing rest and regeneration. Led by our minister, Rev. Eric Severson.

January 2021 Theme - "Imagination"

January 3
"Distancing + Zoom + Netflix = Spiritual Growth"
 - “There’s absolutely a service in this!” That’s what Cathy and Shannon said while watching a series on Netflix. Join them as they explore a few of the concepts and questions inspired by their surprising muse. Presented by Fellowship members, Cathy French and Shannon Sonoras.

January 10
"Reason, Faith, Cults, and Conspiracy Theories" - The mindset that makes one susceptible to conspiracy theories and cults. Do non-rational items of faith that so many of us hold dear prime our minds to accept non-sensical ideas outside the sanctioned bounds of religion? Is the desperate search for meaning, any meaning, just the nature of our brains? Led by Rev. Eric Severson

January 17
- Led by Rev. Eric Severson

January 27 
TBA - Led by Rev. Eric Severson

January 31
TBA - Led by Fellowship member, Denise Reiling.

Board of Directors

Shannon Sonoras, President
Beth Sperry, President-Elect
Marsha McDonald, Secretary
Vicki Rothhaar, Treasurer
Chris Nakamura, Member-At-Large

Pastoral Care Ministry Team

December Contact
Beth Sperry 415-419-1747

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.

Heather Cleland-Host - Acting Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Wendy Altmeier - Office Assistant
(989) 631-1162

Vacation: December 21-January 2

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

Melanie Willison - Accompanist
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