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    5509 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing, MI 48911 (517) 351-4081 office@uulansing.org www.uulansing.org

    Administrative Office Hours:

    Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Other times by appointment

    mailto:office@uulansing.org http://www.uulansing.org/

  • WELCOME TO UU LANSING! This church is not right for everyone, but it is here for anyone who wishes to engage in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning in covenant with us. Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal religion. This means that agreements of relationship, not creed, define our faith. Instead of providing answers to life’s mysteries, we support each other in exploring questions. We are a democratically run church with elected leadership, and we are a community of sharing: sharing our doubts and our life journeys, sharing space in our building and things and resources, sharing experiences, sharing holidays and personal celebrations, sharing joys and sorrows, frustrations, problems, responsibilities, decision-making, work, and accomplishments. Right now, we are sharing a time of transition and new possibilities as we seek our next settled minister as well as new ways of governing ourselves, serving the community, and including all those who wish to be with us in covenant. We welcome you to share in the creation of our beloved community.

    OUR MINISTERS Our Senior Minister, the Rev. John Newcomb Marsh, is serving our congregation as a two-year Interim Minister while our democratically elected Ministerial Search Committee seeks our next settled minister. Rev. Marsh is traveling out of state and will return in late August.

    Interim Minister Rev. John Marsh / jmarsh@uulansing.org / (517) 351-4081 ext. 103

    Our Ministerial Intern, theresa rohlck, is also away this summer. She writes, “Dear friends, “Out of sight but not out of mind . . . at least from my perspective! I often have thought about you and what’s happening in Lansing these past couple months. My internship will resume on September 9 at the Water Communion service. I am looking forward to being back amongst you and continuing to learn from you all. “Last June after the Pride service, a group of congregants interested in forming some kind of affinity group for LGBTQIAA+ (including Allies) folks met briefly to brainstorm some ideas of what that group might look like. What is clear is that there is interest, and a need, to

    have a more active and visible presence within this congregation. Early in September I hope to hold another meeting to keep us moving forward on this. In the meantime, if you did not attend that meeting in June and are interested in being part of an LGBTQIAA+ affinity group, you can email me directly, and I’ll add you to the email group I will be creating later this summer. “I’ve been busy with my seminary classes the past couple months, will be in Portland, OR for the UU Musicians Network conference the first week of August, and then will have another week in Chicago at the end of the month, to kick off my final(!) semester. When I started seminary, getting to the point when I would become an intern seemed like an eternity away, and now, it’s half over! “I wish for each and all a most blessed August, and I truly look forward to seeing you again soon.”

    Ministerial Intern theresa rohlck / trohlck@uulansing.org / (517) 351-4081 ext. 109

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    We worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. Some services are preceded by a movement practice and/or hymn sing. All are welcome to participate or witness quietly.

    Discussion groups meet at 9:15 a.m. in the Parlor (Let’s Grow) and Chapin Room (Forum) most Sundays.

    Our cry room and staffed nursery are available every Sunday unless noted.

    Children are invited to go to Summer Religious Education after the Story for All Ages most Sundays.

    August 5: worship with the Diversity & Inclusion Team; music by Betty Sanford, Cindy Scott, Brian Seeger Sharing Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, when we leave and/or take objects, produce, or

    shelf-stable foods that may be useful to a new owner. All are invited to leave and take items. Popcorn sales by Stone Soup fund a blessing box to provide personal items to those in need. Pretty Good Book Group meets at noon in the Chapin Room to discuss The Dawn of Detroit by Tiya

    Mills. All are welcome to bring a sack lunch and attend any monthly book discussion.

    August 12: “Vacation” with Mark McWilliams and music by Mike Lawrence and Chris & Marcy Christoff Our Second-Sunday Plate Collection is accepted for the Refugee Development Center. Many UUs already know about services that RDC provides here in our building—adult English classes, Sewing Circle, and a summer youth camp. In other sites around town, RDC offers more adult English classes, after-school tutoring, youth support groups, parenting classes, nutrition education, and assistance for starting small businesses. If you attended the Community Dinner at our church on July 25 that was co-sponsored with RDC, you ate the cooking of two caterers who got a lot of help and advice from staff at RDC to start their new businesses. The RDC helps people from all over the world start a new life in the Lansing area. Please consider contributing to their good work so that a strong message of “You are welcome here” continues to be heard in our community. Please write all checks to UU Lansing, and fill in the memo with “RDC” or your other intention. All undesignated checks and cash collected on August 12 will be donated to the RDC.

    August 19: “Altruism” with Kathy Lovell and Zabby Cox and music by the Jazz Combo Orientation for kitchen monitors begins after worship, for those who would like to volunteer. August 26: Poetry Sunday with Ruelaine Stokes and music by the Jazz Combo


    When you read this, I’ll be in Portland, Oregon for the conference of the UU Musicians Network. This year, in addition to my annual report as Treasurer (I’m finishing the second year of my three-year term), I’m presenting a workshop on effective rehearsal techniques. This is my first time presenting a workshop to this group, so send good thoughts my way. I get so much from these conferences—everything from new hymns for the congregation and repertoire for the choirs to best practices of running a music program for a church of our size. But perhaps most useful of all is the actual network of other music professionals. I rely on my colleagues for guidance and support, and our program here at UU Lansing is enriched by my interactions with them. Thank you for continuing to support my membership and participation with the Professional Development money you allocate every year in the budget. MUSICIANS’ RETREAT And just like that, it seems the summer is ending. We’re gearing up for the new program year, and we’re starting off with a retreat for ALL of our church musicians on Wednesday, August 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Delta Gamma sorority house, 365 N. Harrison Rd., East Lansing. This will be an event full of food, community, covenant, and, of course, music. If you are involved in music at UU Lansing (or even considering it), please gather up your instruments and voices and join us! RSVP to lbrown@uulansing.org. NEW WOMEN’S CHORUS DIRECTOR We’re delighted to introduce our new director of the Women’s Chorus: Kate Huizinga. Kate hails from Muskegon, where her mother is the longtime music director at Harbor UU. Kate is entering her junior year at MSU studying choral music education. Here are a few words from Kate herself: “I’m a music education student at MSU and have been a part of the community at Harbor UU Congregation in Muskegon since I was very young. I grew up singing in HUUC’s choir, led by my mother, and being heavily involved with the youth group. I have been an official member of HUUC for the past several years. In the greater East Lansing community, I have served as an assistant conductor for the CMS Singers and a music theory teacher for the Middle School Band Camp through MSU’s Community Music School. Over the last year, I’ve also conducted Burcham Sings, led children’s music activities at the small non-profit Mind Meets Music, and worked as an education intern at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. I’ve sung with Women’s Chamber Ensemble, University Chorale, State Singers, Chamber Choir, and Practicum Choir, and I recently made my debut with MSU Opera Theatre. I will student teach in fall 2020 and graduate the following December. “I am beyond excited to be directing the Women’s Chorus at UU Lansing. I hope to further the musicianship of each person in the ensemble while strengthening the bonds between all members. I’ll strive to challenge the Women’s Chorus with appealing song choices and have a good time making music as a choral family.”


  • MORE FOLK OPPORTUNITIES Many of our current and prospective folk musicians have asked for more opportunities to get together and play, so we’ve worked out a way to make that happen. Beginning in August, we will have Folk Jams on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. This will be an opportunity to learn some new pieces, play some old favorites, and build co


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