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  • September 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*

    September 1 : 11:00am “Letting Go - when all we want to do is hang on” Rev. Marie Cisneros We all feel the need to cling to something from time to time; relationships, jobs, money, possessions; as well as ideologies, traditions, and ideas. But by clinging to habitual ways of living and thinking, we are less inclined to give them up for the unknown. The Buddha knew that this clinging is the cause of suffering and that our happiness and our freedom come from what we offer to others from a place of wisdom, compassion, and honesty.”

    September 8 : 10:30am “Homecoming!” Carolyn Holmes Shake off our Summer stupor and embrace the return to an Autumn routine with our annual “Blending of the Waters” Ceremony. Each person is encouraged to bring a small container of water that represents a time, place, event, or feeling that has been special to them over the past year. We will blend our waters to represent our coming back together as a beloved community. The service will be followed with a potluck lunch so bring a dish to pass!.

    September 15 : 10:30am “Super Chickens and First Followers” Kali Forquer *Choir Sunday*

    September 22 : 10:30am Rev. Mimi Bush

    September 29 : 10:30am Rev. Brent Smith

    Please submit information for the Sunday Order of Service

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

    *Beginning September 8th,

    service will begin at 10:30 am

  • Sunday, September 8th, 2019 - Incoming Water Service -

    - Potluck Following Service - New Time: Service Begins at 10:30am!

    Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 Choir will resume rehearsals on

    8/28/19, 6-7:30pm New members welcome!!!

    Greetings from the Coordinator of Religious Education: Kim Burr

    We have been busy planting.

    We have a “Bag of Potatoes” that the children planted. The bag should fill up with new potatoes for us. The Community Gardens at Nim’s Park are overflowing. Soon we should have Tomatoes, Peppers, and later Brussels sprouts. We as a Congregation have enjoyed the “greens” A Southern St. neighbor and some UU folks have also enjoyed the Vates.

    We have enjoyed going outside and staying in. This Summer they have played Bingo, Candy Land, and outside fun.

    Time for School Year to start soon!! ~ Ms. Burr

    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 Soup Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of September.

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

    Williams know if you’re interested in joining!

  • 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

    Caring Team The Caring Team invites members of HUUC who suddenly

    find themselves in need of assistance to contact

    Eli Fox (616)-990-2430 We cannot guarantee immediate help, but we will do our best

    to find someone to provide assistance.

    Some situations the Caring Team can help include:

    Transportation for medical care • Respite for caregivers • Errands for shut-ins

    Hospital visits • Confidential pastoral counseling • Financial support for emergencies

    Caring Team seeks new members. Are you able to provide food, fellowship, or a ride when an HUUC member has a need?

    Please contact Eli Fox (elizabeth.anne.fox@gmail.com) or Poppy Sias-Hernandez if interested.

    Seeking Cast Members! City of the Dead Muskegon

    While our cast is filling in nicely, we could still use a few more cast members, returning and new. Please be in touch if you are interested in being involved

    as a cast member in our historic reenactment tour of Evergreen Cemetery this October 12th and 13th.

    Thanks to Jackie Engle and Jessica Sheldon for volunteering as “team leaders” this year

    If you are interested in acting in this event, being a part of our crew, or you would like more information about this event, the commitment asked of cast and crew, or any other related ephemera, please contact Anna EldenBrady in person or via email at

    cityofthedeadmuskegon@gmail.com.

    Congratulations! Kali (Kal) and Elizabeth (Eli) Fox

    Married at HUUC by Rev. Dr. Harold Porter June 21, 2019

    Children Elizabeth Lam, Silas Lam (R), and Kaleb Lam (L)

    The newlyweds extend a “thank-you” to

    music director Sue McIntire, and the choir

    for singing, and all of the grand support

    from our whole congregation.

    Newsletter Deadline Submissions for Newsletters will be the Monday before the first of the month.

    Newsletter Submissions can be made to Jessica Sheldon at gingermajick@hotmail.com or 231.206.4947

    Newsletter Mailing List is an email list which is constantly updated per HUUC committees, members’ and friends

    requests - if you need to be added or removed, please contact Jessica at the above contact info

  • Wanted: Child Care Provider

    Looking for a Child Care provider Age 16 or over. Once per week every Sunday 11-1pm. The pay is $25 per week.

    This is for the Nursery at Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation 1296 Montgomery Ave. 49441. In the Nim’s Neighborhood. Please message me. Generally take care of 2 toddlers at this time. Older

    children in class. Message Kim Burr if you are interested. Background check will be part of the employment process.

    ~ Kim Burr, Administrative Assistant

    Next Board Meeting is Sunday, September 29th at 9:00am at HUUC If you have a concern to bring before the Board or an item to be placed on the agenda, contact Rebecca St.Clair at rebeccastclair74@gmail.com by Sunday, September 22nd

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

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    Qualifications: B.A. degree (or its equivalent) required; experience in organ