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  • October 2019 Newsletter

    Harbor Unitarian Universalist

    Congregation Muskegon, MI 49441-1719

    1296 Montgomery Ave. at McGraft

    231-755-2932 www.harboruu.org

    HUUC Mission Statement: Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation is a safe haven inspiring people to seek their own spiritual

    truths through worship and learning in community as we build a better world together.

    HUUC Vision Statement: The people of Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation envision a community where

    connections are strengthened and deepend, where families are supported, and where diversity is

    celebrated.

    Sue McIntire, Music Director Kim Burr, Coordinator of Religious Education

    HUUC Board of Trustees Rebecca St.Clair, President

    Jeff rey Ochsner, Vice President Kurt Troutman, Treasurer

    Eli Fox, Secretary

    Member at Large: Poppy Sias Hernandez • Robin Dennany

    Sunday Worship Services Begin at 10:30 am

    October 6 “The Days of Awe: Reflecting on the Callenge of Building Peace” Dario Hunter The sermon will focus on the High Holidays and the spiritual space that they create in Jewish tradition for healing rifts and building bridges with others as well as committing, through personal and public humility, to building a better world. *Choir Sunday*

    October 13 “To Tell the Truth” Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher What does it mean when we say “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”

    October 20 “Forgiveness” Dr. Louis Yock Since we all fall short of being all that we would like to be, forgiveness is a cornerstone for working together to do good. We learn that forgiving ourselves and forgiving others is liberating, freeing up our energy and strengthening our resolve to improve the situations in which we find ourselves.

    October 27 “TRICKS AND TREATS: Bringing life back to a holiday about the dead” Peggy Humphreys, Christine Cleary, and Arionna Huffman History, customs, and the remedy for over commercialization. Feel free to wear costumes as the “Spirit” moves you!

    Please submit information for the Sunday Order of Service

    by Thursday 5PM before the service to dlmcintire@comcast.net

  • Greetings from the Coordinator of Religious Education: Kim Burr

    We have been busy harvesting our summer plantings.

    The kids served the folks on September 29 Curried Green Tomatoes, Chips & Salsa, and Cookies. We had then make out name cards and then assigned them a seat. All the tomatoes and green peppers were grown in our community garden.

    For October:

    Oct 6-- Indoor Scavenger Hunt.....work on problem solving Oct 13-- Celebration of the APPLE (play Apples to Apples junior) Oct 20-- TBD Oct 27-- Harry Potter Day!! Kids can dress up if they wish and we will be making and serving BUTTER BEER ( nonalcoholic beverage)

    We are in need a childcare provider on Sundays. If you know of anyone 16 or

    over, contact Ms. Burr

    a proposal from the Green Sanctuary Team:

    GREEN KITCHEN CONVENANT

    We covenant together to operate our kitchen in the most environmentally- friendly way possible. Together we will work to:

    · Recycle

    · Use environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies

    · Avoid all single-use plastic and paper

    · Compost leftover vegetable matter

    · Avoid purchasing items in single-use packaging

    · Use fair trade products

    We will gently remind one another of this covenant with the hope of helping all to become more environmentally-friendly in their practices.

    We’re hoping to get feedback on whether this draft needs to be amended and thoughts about adopting it. Please give feedback to

    pianogwen@aol.com (Gwen Williams).

    Help with Sunday Morning wanted The worship/music committee is looking for those interested in becoming worship assistants who could help with Sunday services. Training can be arranged and participation does not obligate you to attend worship/music committee meetings.

    Contact Rebecca St. Clair, Sue McIntire or Carolyn Holmes if you are interested. The committee also welcomes suggestions for sermon topics and guest speakers.

    If you are interested in joining worship/music committee, please join us at our next

    Death over dinner silent auction event 11/2 at 6pm - still room for additional participants at a donation $10 each. Talk to Gwen Williams to RSVP or for more info.

    Pianogwen@aol.com

  • a proposal from the Green Sanctuary Team:

    GREEN KITCHEN CONVENANT

    We covenant together to operate our kitchen in the most environmentally- friendly way possible. Together we will work to:

    · Recycle

    · Use environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies

    · Avoid all single-use plastic and paper

    · Compost leftover vegetable matter

    · Avoid purchasing items in single-use packaging

    · Use fair trade products

    We will gently remind one another of this covenant with the hope of helping all to become more environmentally-friendly in their practices.

    We’re hoping to get feedback on whether this draft needs to be amended and thoughts about adopting it. Please give feedback to

    pianogwen@aol.com (Gwen Williams).

    Help with Sunday Morning wanted The worship/music committee is looking for those interested in becoming worship assistants who could help with Sunday services. Training can be arranged and participation does not obligate you to attend worship/music committee meetings.

    Contact Rebecca St. Clair, Sue McIntire or Carolyn Holmes if you are interested. The committee also welcomes suggestions for sermon topics and guest speakers.

    If you are interested in joining worship/music committee, please join us at our next Soup Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of September.

    We need to reinvigorate our social action steering committee and green sanctuary committee - please let

    Gwen Williams know if you’re interested in joining!

  • Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) NORTHERN MICHIGAN JUSTICE ORGANIZER

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    Qualifications: B.A. degree (or its equivalent) required; experience in organizing justice projects strongly preferred. Strong interpersonal skills; able to work collaboratively; strong computer and social media skills; good writing and public speaking skills. Must be willing to attend some evening or weekend meetings; need valid driver’s license and ability to travel to meetings. Passionate about working for justice; legislative advocacy skills a plus. Preference for people from diverse backgrounds. Supports the principles of Unitarian Universalism and shows respect for people from various faith traditions.

    Responsibilities: 1. In coordination with the MUUSJN Director and other consultants, would provide support for MUUSJN

    priority justice activities related to economic justice, LGBTQ rights, reproductive and economic justice, racial justice, environmental and water justice, voter engagement and GOTV activities and violence prevention actions in Northern Michigan.

    2. Provide support for justice leaders of UU congregations in the following communities: Houghton, Marquette, Escanaba, Petoskey, Traverse City, Muskegon, Ludington, Mt. Pleasant and Midland;

    3. Regularly post information via MUUSJN Facebook pages and other social media to inform the public about project related issues and activities and mobilize Northern Michigan participation in project activities;

    4. Organize Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith to communicate with elected officials regarding policies that pertain to MUUSJN issue priorities;

    5. Recruit UU’s and other allies to sign up for MUUSJN action alerts and to become members of the Network. Promptly forward this membership and action alert sign up information to the MUUSJN Director;

    6. Help promote awareness of project activities by using social media, writing news releases, making presentations to faith and/or community groups, and helping organize trainings and workshops;

    7. Assist the Director to plan for and generate funding for project activities, e.g., via fund-raising events or crowd funding activities;

    8. Submit reimbursement requests to the Director no later than the 5th of each month;

    12. Other duties as may be identified by the MUUSJN Director.

    Position is a part-time Independent Contractor: Flexible hours. Up to $600 per month plus mileage. Work out of home. Email resume to: randyblock@yahoo.com or mail it to: Randy Block, 4220 Arlington Dr., Royal Oak, MI 48073. People of color, women and people from LGBTQ communities strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, call or text 248-224-5572.

  • KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS

    The League of Women Voters of Michigan supported Proposal 3, "Promote the Vote", which was passed

    by the voters in the November, 2018 election. This proposal ensures that every eligible person can vote and that every vote will be counted. It safeguards our elections with audits and more accurate voting lists, and removes barriers that can make it harder for citizens to fulfill their responsibility to vote. This constitutional amendment will:

    • Protect the right to vote a secret ballot • Ensure military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to

    count • Provide voters with the option to