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January 28, 2018

Chalice Sparks Camp

 

 

Hiking the trails, singing by the campfire, playing games ... all childhood camp fun. But this camp and retreat is not just for kids - it's for people of all ages. Make connections, build friendships and experience nature together as a family - with other families, youth and adults – in an environment where diverse religious, spiritual and theological perspectives are welcomed and celebrated. With programs for children drawing upon the natural environment, workshops for adults and youth on spiritual practices, multigenerational worship, and fun group activities such as canoeing, archery, s'mores around a campfire and popcorn popped in a kettle over an open fire -- all with a variety of accommodations from to dormitory-style lodging or hotel-like rooms in the Retreat Center. Tent and RV camping is also available at nearby Amigo Park. Chalice Sparx Family Camp & Retreat  July 12-15, 2018 Sturgis, Michigan Registration is now open at www.chalicesparx.org

 

 

Meditation Group

 

Our guest speaker on December 31 was Joshua Hokyo Routhier and who discussed modern

 

Buddhism. A number of us gathered during coffee hour to discuss establishing a meditation practice and Joshua offered to help.  Options include meeting at our church, another location or online.

 If you have an interest, please contact me with ideas on what might work for you - time, day, place etc. 

 

John Helsom 810- 659-1067 or email jwhelsom@charter.net. 

 

 

Sharp’s  20/20

 

On Feb. 4, 1939, almost a year after German troops had marched into Czechoslovakia, a Massachusetts couple left their picture-perfect home on a secret and perilous journey to Prague.

Waitstill Sharp, a young, bespectacled Unitarian minister, and his pretty wife, Martha, left behind their two small children to travel to a city under siege with a mission of helping political dissidents and Jews escape the Nazis any way they could.

“I knew it was illegal, but I did it because I had no other choice,” wrote Waitstill Sharp, describing how he traveled in and out of Czechoslovakia seven times in order to launder money on the black market to obtain funds for dozens of Czechs trying to flee Europe. “I owed no ethics to anybody. I owed no honesty to anybody if I could save imperiled human lives.”

 

 

Notes from the Search Committee

 

You have probably been wondering where we are in the process of finding a new minister. Several matters beyond our control have created difficulties.

 

Our settlement representative, Rev. Lynn Kerr, had serious health issues,

both as we began our work and again recently. Committee chairperson, Zoe Starkweather, has also been dealing with debilitating medical problems. And, as you may be aware, our interim minister, Rev. Theresa Soto, was badly burned in an accident and is recovering in Oregon with her spouse.

 

For the first time, our church is working on building an online informational packet to be available to those seeking the position of our minister. Computer programs here and in Boston at Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters have created hurdles. The latest problem there involved servers being down because of flooding from the monster storm to hit New England!

 

Nevertheless, we are moving forward, aiming for having a settled minister

by the fall of 2018.

 

In the meantime, cottage meetings to listen to your views, hopes, and

dreams are being set up and will be announced soon. Please plan on

attending one and sharing your thoughts.

 

We appreciate your patience and support.

 

Joan Smalley, for the Search Committee which also includes Pam Folts, John Helsom, Ron Krueger, Debra Simmons, Sheila Smith, and Zoe Starkweather.

 

Time for a New UUCF Photos Directory  

 


All members are requested to join us on Sunday January 21st or January 28th after service to have their pictures taken. If these times/days don’t work for you please contact Erin Rockafellow at Rockafellow.erin@gmail.com or 810-410-6664 to schedule a separate time. The pictures will also be available to purchase in either a digital format or print format for a small fee.  

 

Love Your Church - Canvass

 

Dear Fellow Members and Friends of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint,

Yes!  It’s Canvass time.  Time to make our financial commitment to our church for the next fiscal year, July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

What is our church?  To me, it is all of us – past, present, and future.  It’s our staff – Minister, Director of Faith Development, Church Administrator, Music Director, Custodian, and Child Care workers. It’s our beautiful church building and grounds where we meet to meet our needs with worship services and many other programs, classes, concerts, dances, work parties, etc.

UUCF pledge income is typically over50% of our church income, with rentals, cell tower and fundraisers accounting for the remainder.  Your pledge is absolutely vital.

How much to pledge and give?  On the back of your pledge card you will find a “Suggested Fair-Share Giving Guide”.  As our Minister Emerita, the Rev. Charlotte Cowtan used to say, “Give until it feels good!”

Speaking of Fair-Share, our church, via a congregational vote year after year for the past three decades has voted that we would be a Fair-Share church and pay our UUA and Mid America dues for every member.  Again this year, we are asking you to include that $85 per member to your pledge to UUCF.  If making your pledge as a couple it would be $170; or more is also appreciated for those members who are not able to add this to their pledge. 

If you have questions or wish to speak with someone concerning your pledge, contact one of the following people:  Canvass Co-chairs, John Straw 953-1137 or Chris Monk 234-7997; Membership Committee Chairperson, Marion VanWinkle, 744-0228; or UUCF Church Administrator, Cheryl Craig, 232-4023.  If you would like to request a waiver, please contact either Ruth Straw 953-1137 or Sue Kinsey 513-1483, Caring Coordinators.

Please return your pledge card by Sunday, February 25, 2018.

 

In Love,
John Straw and Chris Monk
 

Greetings from Erin Rockafellow, Director of Faith Development

As you are thinking about your pledge this year to UUCF, I would like to tell you about where the money goes that is budgeted for Faith Development.  We have about 30 students in our Religious Education program that runs all year long.  Each year we find curriculum that is designed to help our students become stewards of the Earth and the community at large.  Our RE budget is spent on classroom supplies, curriculum, books and other programing.  This budget also helps to pay for events for our entire congregation such as the Halloween party, Talent show, the multigenerational services, overnight events and thank you gifts for our wonderful volunteers.  This past year, we also sent middle school students to a weekend long Unitarian Universalist camp so that they could make connections with others that share their faith tradition and values.  In the future, we have the goal of sending more students to camps like this and to General Assemblies, Regional Assemblies and to Leadership School. 

Faith Development isn’t just bout the students at UUCF though.  Adult Religious Education is also part of our mission.  We scholarship adults that need learning materials for the classes we offer and seek to find learning opportunities outside of the church walls for everyone to participate in.  To uphold the principle of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, we rely on the funding of the congregation to seek new programing and opportunities for the congregation as a whole.  Our 2017/2018 budget allows about $8 for every student and adult in the congregation to further their spiritual growth through the Faith Development committee.  Thank you for your financial commitment to furthering the religious and spiritual growth of our congregation.

Greetings from Zoe Starkweather, Chair UUCF Search Committee

Your Search Committee is working hard to find a minister to join our congregation.  You have shared your hopes, wishes, dreams and preferences with us via the Congregational Survey.  And you have talked with committee members over coffee, in hallways and parking lots.  Small group meetings will be scheduled soon.

The Search Committee is dedicated to finding a minister that is a good fit for UUCF.  And yet, that good fit for a minister (and all of the staff positions at UUCF) depends on OUR generosity.  The number of hours, the scope of work, the applicant pool – all depend, at least in part, on OUR budget and OUR pledges.  Please be generous, so we can make your hopes come true.

 

Navigator Scouts!
 

 

Saturday, February 11th and 25th at 10 AM - 12 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint 2474 S Ballenger Hwy
Blackington Hall

On the 11th we will be doing all sorts of Science. Microscopes and so much more. Join in the fun!

On the 25th we will partake in Slop-fest, bring a dish to pass but forget the silverware the only rule of slop-fest is you cannot use your hands to eat.

Navigators USA is an all gender, secular scouting movement that welcomes all people- children and adults- no matter what gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious, or lack of religious belief. We believe the greatest challenge for the future of our planet is to learn how to get along with people different than ourselves.

Do you have a talent or skill you would like to share with our scouts? First aid, sewing, identifying plants, scrapbooking, cooking, or whatever it may be! We need you! Contact Cathy Stiles to see how you can help.