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UU LANSING NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018
5509 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing, MI 48911 Administrative Office Hours: (517) 351-4081 Monday – Friday firstname.lastname@example.org 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. www.uulansing.org Other times by appointment
Rev. John Newcomb Marsh, Interim Minister
…cordially invites the congregation to begin the month of November by welcoming back to UU Lansing a previous minister of this church, the Rev. Denise Tracy. Saturday Evening Potluck Reception Please join Rev. John Marsh and his support team in a welcome-back potluck reception for Rev. Denise Tracy (UU Lansing minister from 1976 – 1984). She will bring fond memories to many and new insight into our history. It will be great fun to review her time with our church and to participate in a sing-along with her. This event will occur on:
Saturday, November 3 in the Social Hall 5:30 p.m. gathering time 6:00 p.m. potluck dinner (chili, accoutrements, and wine provided by the church) Please bring a dish to pass to accompany this. 7:00 p.m. sing-along led by Barbara Stoddard
Sunday Morning Worship All are invited back at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, November 4, for a service entitled “Beloved Community” with Rev. Denise Tracy and music by Rev. Tracy and the Women’s Chorus. Onward,
Interim Minister Rev. John Marsh / email@example.com / (517) 351-4081 ext. 103
AFTER WORSHIP ON NOVEMBER 4… Members of our church’s Stone Soup group host our monthly Sharing Sunday table (when anyone is invited to leave or take items that someone else may be able to use), popcorn sales to raise funds for our blessing box, and, at noon, a Pour Painting Party in the Social Hall for those who have registered. All are welcome to stay awhile after the service and find out what Stone Soup is all about!
theresa rohlck, ministerial intern Dear friends, A year ago, I wrote my second newsletter blurb; it ended with this paragraph: Seasonal transitions prompt reflection about change. I invite you as individuals, and as a congregation, to join me in reflection. What parts of you do you need to let go? Where do you want to grow? And where are your comfortable places right now? A year later, I’d like to add to those questions, even though I still reflect upon those questions daily. But given the direction of this country’s leadership, given the work I have ahead of me in dismantling white supremacy culture, given the news that the government is planning to erase the identity and remove civil rights protection of the law for at least one and a half million transgender Americans, I have to ask myself: Where is my discomfort right now? And what I doing about it? If you are willing to take on those last two questions for yourself, I welcome your company. May we find strength in this community and continue to be a place of sanctuary for ALL. In peace,
theresa rohlck, Ministerial Intern / firstname.lastname@example.org / (517) 351-4081 ext. 109
“400 Years of Living Unitarian History” mural at the Unitarian Church of Santa Monica
The Search for Our Next Settled Minister Thank you to everyone who participated in focus groups and took the congregational survey. You answered the call, and we exceeded our goal! You can hear about the results at an information session after the service on Sunday, December 2. We’ll celebrate this milestone with refreshments, share what we learned, give an overview of the search process timeline, and answer any questions you might have. And please mark your calendar for Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., when we will host Beyond Categorical Thinking, an anti-oppression workshop. All congregants are encouraged to participate in this UUA-facilitated program, which will include a Saturday workshop and Sunday service, to help us learn more about supporting full equality and opening our hearts to all possible ministerial candidates. Yours in the search,
Daniel DeVaney, Elizabeth Fedorchuk, Annemarie Hodges, Kathy Lovell, Andrew Quinn, Susan Rothfuss, and Barbara Stoddard
(You can reach us any time at email@example.com).
SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS
We worship at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.
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 attend Religious Education classes after the Story for All Ages on most Sundays.
Our churchwide theme for the month of November is memory.
November 4: “Beloved Community” with rev. Denise Tracy and music by the Women’s Chorus 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 blood in the water by heather ann
thompson. All are welcome to bring a sack lunch and attend any monthly book discussion. Pour painting party begins at noon for those who registered. Contact LMRay1012@gmail.com.
NOVEMBER 11: “remembered | remembering | remember” with theresa rohlck and the chalice choir Through music, poetry, and meditations on this month’s theme of memory, we will explore ways we
remember our past and why that matters to our present and future. Our Second-Sunday Plate Collection Is accepted for Educando Vidas, a program for getting children into
school in an area near Antigua, Guatemala. Every $100 raised keeps a child in elementary school for a year, providing school supplies, shoes, uniform, backpack, and nutritional snacks. $150-$300/year serves a child in an upper grade. The funds are held by the Lansing Church of the Brethren and are transmitted to our local contact in Antigua, Vilma Garcia Garcia, who purchases supplies, provides food money to the school, and arranges with parents to send their children to school. With no paid staff, all funds except for transmittal fees go directly to the needs of the children. The program has grown to support over 40 children, many in the village of Chimaltenango. One of the students who received support from the program is now a teacher who has helped his younger brother stay in school. Give generously to show the UU commitment to keep these children in school, and come to enjoy Mid-Michigan Immigration Coalition’s annual fundraiser, Fiesta Pequeña, on Sunday, November 18, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at UU Lansing. Vilma will be here from Guatemala to report on children in the program, and we will have musical entertainment by Cuban-born Michael Eyia of Ritmo. There will be craft shopping, marimba music by Kathy Lovell, food, and good fellowship. If you give via the plate on Sunday morning, no further contribution at the Fiesta is expected; just come and enjoy. Please write all checks to UU Lansing, and write “Educando Vidas” in the memo line to contribute to this program. All undesignated checks and cash collected in the offering baskets on Sunday, November 11 will be donated to Educando Vidas. NOVEMBER 18: BREAD AND CIDER COMMUNION FOR ALL AGES WITH TERESA PUTNAM, DLFD, AND THE CHALICE CHOIR Bring a bread that has been part of your family’s life to share with the congregation. You’ll have an opportunity to say a few words about it, and after the service, we will sample the breads and seasonal cider. Soup Luncheon is offered by the high school youth after worship. All are invited to stay for a lunch of soup accompanied by our shared bread. Donations are accepted, which will benefit an outside cause. NOVEMBER 25: “Your Morning Cup of Joy” With Barbara Stoddard, Barb Wilber, Mary Turner, & The Folk Band Thanksgiving often brings a sense of gratitude and family memories – but not always good ones. Join us to explore how to create joyful memories even in troubling times. Warning: Tutus may be worn.
What a fantastic time to be involved in music at UU Lansing! Whether you play an instrument, sing with one of the groups, sing in the congregation, or just sit back and listen (or some combination of the above), the excitement this year is palpable. So far this season, we’ve had each of the groups play in service at least once, held the annual Variety Show, had pre-service hymn sings twice, and re-introduced the Hymn of the Month. Coming up in November, we’ll hear from the Women’s Chorus, Chalice Choir and Folk Band, have an evening Hymn Sing and Potluck, and start ramping up for the holidays. Our liturgical theme for November is memory, and we’ve chosen several pieces to reflect that. The Women’s Chorus will sing “Dancing in Memory’s Stream” by Bob Chilcott and “Wanting Memories” by Ysaye Barnwell; the Chalice Choir will reference the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a setting of “In Flanders Fields” by Paul Aiken and investigate the subject of aging with “When Memory Fades” by Janet Cool. Of course, we’ll have our annual Bread Communion service just before Thanksgiving, and the Folk Band finishes the month out with a nostalgic look at homecoming during the holiday weekend. And don’t miss the Potluck and Hymn Sing on Wednesday, November 7 (details below).