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The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey is a diverse group of spiritual seekers who welcome people willing to share ideas about their religious quest. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey exists to offer an open, tolerant, religious community to nurture spritual growth and to value diversity. For a complete version of our mission statement, see www.unitarianpetoskey.org/purpose.shtml.

Meeting Information
From November to May we meet at the Red Sky Stage on Mitchell
We meet at 11:00 a.m. on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays; From November to May we will meet at the RED SKY STAGE, PETOSKEY (445 East Mitchell Street Petoskey). Parking is available behind the building on Lake Street (the parking lot we used to use when we met at the library/art center).

Special events will be announced in the Thursday issue of the Petoskey News-Review. Times and location are printed in the weekly Harbor Springs Light church directory. Each upcoming service is announced by e-mail several days prior to the Sunday program. Call the program Chairperson's number - 231-373-2999 for more information on the group and its activities or Email services@unitarianpetoskey.org for additional information. Also, in case of extreme inclement weather, call to see if there is a meeting cancellation message. To be added to our mailing list, contact Mark Kinney @ mark.kinney@utoledo.edu

 

Services

April 12: Earth Day

This will be our Earth Day celebration - an expression of our caring, and of our awareness of Earth as a sacred space. Our speaker will be Kieran Fleming, the Director of Land and Stewardship at Little Traverse Conservancy. He will discuss the Conservancy and it's latest projects.

April 19: Poetry Sunday

April is National Poetry Month. Marla Houghteling will lead our service using the theme "Poetry for Comfort in Hard Times". Please bring something that fits in with “Poetry for Hard Times.” Share a poem that has helped or comforted you during a difficult time or crisis in your life. Or share a poem you have passed on to someone going through a tough time. There will be designated readers, if you don’t want to read out loud. And we’ll make our own “group poem” at the close of the service.

May: Spirituality

Beginning of Stewardship/Membership Month

Announcements

Follow up to the February 1 Service on Income Inquality -- Taking Action

Sunday February 1st our service focused on the question of inequality. Not only was the food great, but Member Betty Palm led us on an exploration of the question in terms of how restaurant service workers are paid. This is part of the UUA's Congregational Study/Action Issues process.

There are several documents which may be of interest as you become more aware of this issue.

Book Discussion Group

The UUCOP book discussion group meets quarterly. We meet at the Red Sky Stage in Petoskey. Our books range in topic from world religions, spirituality, ethics, psychology and similar topics mainly in the nonfiction category. We rotate the responsibility of “chairing” the discussions and we all vote on which books to read each quarter. Our discussions can get quite lively and we always have fun as we enhance our reading experience by hearing others viewpoints about the subject matter. Please consider joining us for an upcoming book discussion. If you would like to join the UUCOP book club emailing list please contact Tom Beukema at tforb@core.com

Our next book

We chose GOD REVISED: HOW RELIGION MUST EVOLVE IN A SCIENTIFIC AGE by Galen Guengerich. At 240 pp., it's a lot shorter than our last selection; & based on a couple of short pieces i've read, it should be an easier read. RETURN TO NISA by Majorie Shostak again came in 2nd.

In keeping with our preference for quarterly gatherings, i've reserved Red Sky for SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 1:30 p.m.

Our Adopt-A-Highway Project

Road cleaners with UU sign from April 2013 cleanup

Our Adopt-A-Highway Project

Due to snow cover on the ground, MDOT is changing their highway pickup date... We will pickup on April 25th at 10am. Meet us at Leggs Inn Parking Lot Hwy 119, All are WELCOME, we will have lunch together afterwards. For information contact Kim Nowack at nowack6kim@yahoo.com, text 231-437-0031. (rain dates are April 26th or May 2nd)

Adopt-A-Highway is a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program designed to help keep the state's highway roadsides clean and attractive. Our congregation has adopted a two mile section of M119 just south of Cross Village. We do three trash pickups a year and usually include a social event of lunch or dinner following each pickup. Since our section is so close to Cross Village, we use the Legs Inn parking lot as a meeting place to get organized for our pickups. Please consider helping us with the trash pickups. It’s great exercise along a beautiful stretch of road and we would enjoy your company as we help keep our roads clean. Please join us for the meal following the pickup even if you are unable to help with the pickup.

The 2015 pickup periods are:

Safety Information

We are required to be aware of various safety rules related to the trash pickup and these can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_Safety_Brochure_06_154017_7.pdf Please go to this site to view the safety video and browse through the other information available there if you are planning to help with the pickup.

Weather Note: Occasional showers or light mist do not constitute a rain delay. Thunder, Lightning, & torrential downpours do. If in doubt, show up.

Any questions about our Adopt-A-Highway program, please contact Gary Nitz at gdnitz@gmail.com

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Book Discussion Group: July 27 report

Living with a Wild God book cover

Living with a Wild God on Walloon Lake











Mary Lou enroute to the meeting

Mary Lou enroute to the discussion











Norm makes a point

Norm Makes a Point











The Building Future Committee

The Building Future Committee is working hard investigating options in an effort to find a year round home for UUCOP.

Services Guide Available

The board has developed a Services Guide to assist leaders in creating their services. The guide is available at the following link. It includes a possible order of service, suggested readings for Chalice lighting, Chalice extinguishing, and much more.

Our newly re-elected officers for 2013-14 are from left to right, Gary Nitz treasurer; Pan Godchaux, President; Kim Nowack, Vice President; Patricia Hartlep, Secretary; and April Myers, Program.

Joy and Care Program Committee

Since we formed the Pastoral Care Committee @ UUCoP, my task is to establish a Joy and Care Program to send out greeting cards or notes on birthdays, anniversaries or other significant occassons, including sympathy or get-well cards. In order to accomplish this, I need your help.

Send me the dates you would like remembered. I would appreciate being informed if one of our congregation is ill or hospitalized. Please help me with this task You can email me jcunningham1945@hotmail.com or catch me at Sunday service to give me your info. Thank you for your co-operation.
Judy Cunningham

Board meeting minutes

A general board meeting summary will be posted to the website beginning with the September board meeting. We will be taking special care to limit the names and other information which may be personal. These summaries will be available at: unitarianpetoskey.org/boardminutes.shtml.

If you are interested in copies of Board Meeting Minutes, please give your email to Patricia Hertlep, Secretary and she will send a copy of each month as they are approved the following month. We will also have a few copies printed and available @ a service if you don't have email service.

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2013 Annual report

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Congregational Projects and Information

Adopt a Highway Project

Green Congregation Project

Sponsor-a-Student
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Past Program Resources

Contact Information

President
Pan Godchaux
pangodchaux@gmail.com

Vice President
Kim Nowack
nowack6kim@yahoo.com

Secretary
Patricia Hartlep
patriciahartlep@yahoo.com

Treasurer
Gary Nitz
gdnitz@gmail.com

Program Chair
April Myers aprilpmyers@hotmail.com

Website Developer
Mark Kinney mark.kinney@utoledo.edu

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Petoskey, MI 49770
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