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September 21, 2022



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Saving Grace Devotional & Worship Series


Beginning Sunday October 2, you are invited to join our congregation in reading a 36-day daily devotional: Saving Grace. "Saving Grace" is also the new worship series which will start on Sunday, October 16 and is a part of the “New Beginnings - Challenging Opportunities” financial campaign at UUMC this fall.
You can read the physical book or receive the daily online devotion or both. Hard copies of the book can be picked up in the Gathering Space of the church. As you read, you are invited to pray daily the following prayer:
        Lord, what do you want to do through me?
As you read and reflect, listen for God’s word to you. Read with your mind and heart open for how God might be speaking to you. Reflect on God’s grace in your life.
May your prayer time remind you that you are created in the image of a loving and generous God, that you were born to be generous, and that through gratitude and generosity we find true peace and happiness.
Pastor Melanie Carey, Jim Doyle, Dave Zimmerman, and Pam Baker
UUMC Finance Committee Members



September 22 -- Methodist Men
September 24 -- Volunteers needed to staff a concession stand for the MSU home football game
September 25 -- Common Ground Worship Series continues at 9:30 a.m. (Traditional Service) and 11:00 a.m. (REACH service). Nursery care and Sunday school offered during both worship services; youth group at noon.

September 26 -- Comfort Quilts
September 29 -- "The Pastor is Out of the Office" Hours at Ferris Coffee Cafe (Capital City Market)
October 2 -- Common Ground Worship Series concludes at 9:30 a.m. (Traditional Service) and 11:00 a.m. (REACH service). Nursery care and Sunday school offered during both worship services; youth group at noon.
October 2 -- Special offering taken for World Communion, UM Student, and Disability Awareness
October 2 -- Daily devotional reading of Saving Grace begins

October 4 -- Frederick Buechner study class begins (daytime session)
October 5 -- Frederick Buechner study class begins (evening session)
October 6 -- "The Pastor is Out of the Office" Hours at Biggby Coffee (across from Eastwood Towne Center)
October 8 -- Volunteers needed to staff a concession stand for the MSU home football game




We are saddened to hear of the passing of former UUMC member and friend Shirley Sliker on Thursday, September 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. Memorial information will be shared when available. To read Shirley's obituary, click here.


Please beware of email scammers impersonating others and asking for you to respond urgently! Sadly some email scammers are using some of Pastor Melanie's contacts again. If you receive this type of message, delete it and do not respond. If you look carefully at the email address, you will note that this is NOT coming from Pastor Melanie's email (which is


Methodist Men will be meeting at Coral Gables (2838 E. Grand River, East Lansing) on the fourth Thursdays of the month at 11:45 a.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, September 22. Due to the holidays, November’s meeting will be on November 10 and December’s meeting will be December 8. For more information, contact Jim Pocock at


Please consider joining other UUMC members and friends in staffing a MSU home football concession stand for one or more games this fall. We have staffed a stand at Spartan Stadium for more than 40 consecutive years. UUMC needs 10-14 individuals (aged 14 or older) to work home games from 2 hours prior to scheduled kickoff until at least the start of the 4th quarter (and preferably until about an hour after close of the stand to help clean up). No experience is necessary. Proceeds (approximately 13% of net sales) support UUMC Youth Camp Scholarships and the UUMC softball team.

Regrettably, we’ve only had 5 or 6 helpers for the first two games, thus making more work for the folks that could help and losing up to half the potential sales.

The schedule for this year's remaining home games is:
  • Saturday, September 24, 3:30 p.m. (Minnesota)
  • Saturday, October 8, TBD (Ohio State)
  • Saturday, October 15, TBD (Wisconsin -- Homecoming)
  • Saturday, November 12, TBD (Rutgers)
  • Saturday, November 19, TBD (Indiana)
All volunteers must authorize a new background check each year. If you THINK you might be able to help at one or more of the games, please complete the online authorization to conduct a background check by clicking here.

To sign up to help or if you have questions, contact Karen Marvin ( or 517 622-5008) or Sarah Musson (


The world today seems to have gone mad. Seems that everywhere we look it is so divided — politically, socially, economically, racially. Deep divisions threaten to tear us apart. Everyone seems to be angry at each other. And we argue about everything from views on abortion to mask wearing to climate change. We find the divisions in our own families and in our beloved United Methodist denomination. In a time of deep societal divisions, Jesus offers another way — Jesus welcomes and invites everyone to His table. When you read the gospels, we find that Jesus ate dinner with people from all sides of society. And in the early church, meals were communal events and were meant to model Jesus’s table. Jesus calls all of us to come to His table. In today’s world, can we come to the same table and talk together? Can we listen to one another? Can we meet on common ground? 

Our 4-week worship series, “Common Ground,” continues on Sunday, September 25. This series will explore how we might, as followers of Jesus, find common ground. Join us Sundays in person or online for traditional worship at 9:30 a.m. or our band-led service, REACH, at 11:00 a.m.


Comfort Quilts meets in the lower level of the church building on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The next meeting date will be Monday, September 26. No experience is necessary! We ask that you please wear a mask, regardless of your vaccination status.


Pastor Melanie will be at the following coffee shops on the days and times scheduled below. Drop by and join her for a cup a coffee/tea or your favorite beverage and some time to chat.
  • Thursday, September 29, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Ferris Coffee Cafe inside Capital City Market (600 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing -- 1 hour complimentary parking is available in the lot behind the building)
  • Thursday, October 6, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Biggby Coffee (2250 Lake Lansing Rd., Lansing -- across from Eastwood Towne Center)


The United Methodist Church (UMC) has six Special Sunday Offerings congregations are asked to contribute to during the year. In addition, the Michigan Conference (MC) of the UMC has four Special Sunday Offerings. The next offering will be taken on Sunday, October 2. The featured offerings will be World Communion Sunday (UMC), United Methodist Student Sunday (UMC), and Disability Awareness (MC). Your donations can be made by: (1) placing your offering in the baskets in the Sanctuary (envelopes are available), (2) mailing your offering to the church office (1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823), or (3) contributing through the Venmo app to @UUMCDonation.

Your World Communion Sunday gift helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve. Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. What would it look like if the church today imitated Jesus’ affirmation of the full dignity and God-given potential of all women and men — especially those who’ve historically been assigned to the world’s margins? Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Because of your giving on World Communion Sunday, the most powerful tool to change the world is in more hands.

United Methodist (UM) Student Sunday offerings provide financial assistance to UM students as scholarships for undergraduates attending UM-related schools and loans for undergraduate and graduate students. $50,000 is returned each year to annual conferences for merit scholarship awards to students.

Disability Awareness does not seek monetary support. This program highlights serving persons with disabilities with things like ramps, large print bulletins, the loop hearing system, and elevators, all of which UUMC has. Programs dealing with child/family abuse are also supported. Health care-related concerns are supported, and concern for aging members is a focus.


Starting in October, Pastor Melanie will be leading a 4-week, one-hour study class on author and theologian Frederick Buechner. Two identical hybrid classes will be offered — attend in person or via zoom. The classes will be held:
  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., starting October 4 OR
  • Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., starting October 5
We will use as our main study book Buechner 101: Essays and Sermons by Frederick Buechner with an introduction by Anne Lamott. This book is available in electronic format or paperback from Amazon and other book sellers. Read pages 1-34 before the first class. To sign up for either class, email Pastor Melanie at


Merle Boehmer and Janel Horrocks-Boehmer invite you to their farm (2690 Holt Rd., Williamston) for a Picnic/Bonfire/Hayride/Corn Maze Harvest Party on Saturday, October 22 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Bring a dish to pass for at least 12 people, your favorite beverage, and a lawn chair. Service ware, hot dogs and buns, and items to make s’mores will be provided. Vegan options for hotdogs will be available. Our Children & Youth Ministry Director, Sara Cardinal, will provide activities for the children and youth. In the event of rain, snow, or temperatures lower than 55 degrees, the Harvest Party will be canceled. Please indicate your interest in attending on the Connection Card in the pews or send a message to with the number in your party. RSVPs are not required but appreciated for planning purposes.


Our All-Church Conference will be held on Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church (1900 Boston Blvd., Lansing). This year the meeting will be held in person and with several other Lansing Area United Methodist Churches. This is our annual meeting and is presided by our District Superintendent, Rev. Jerome (Jerry) DeVine.


We'll be getting together again this year to assemble and package meals for the less fortunate through Rise Against Hunger on Sunday, November 6. All are welcome to help -- parents, kids, grandparents, single adults, couples, teens, young adults. We will have two meal assembly shifts -- 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. We will also need volunteers to help with set up, starting at 8:15 a.m., and tear down, following the second shift. Sign up to participate on the Connection Card in the church pews or with one of our mission committee volunteers after Sunday worship in October. You can also sign up by contacting Rick Erickson at or 517-420-5841.


The Endowment Fund Committee (EFC) is now accepting endowment fund applications until Friday, November 11 at 5:00 p.m. The form is available on our website and can be downloaded by clicking here. Or, you can request a form be emailed to you by contacting the office manager at Forms are also available at the Information Desk next to the church office suite. If you have any questions regarding completing the application or grant process, please contact Endowment Fund Chair Tom Burchman at or 517-488-5293. Preference will be given to those applications for which the EFC has not previously made grants. Determination of grant awards will be made at the EFC meeting on Monday, November 14.


There is a beloved air hockey table in the youth space that is in need of repair so that it continues to be safe to use. The legs are compromised and need to be repaired or replaced so that our students can safely play on it. If you are able to help, please reach out to Sara Cardinal ( We are happy to help with supplies and expenses but need someone who can take charge of the labor. 


Office hours for business purposes are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Social distancing and wearing of masks in the building is still encouraged. For committees and groups meeting inside the church, please confirm that your space has been reserved on the church calendar before the meeting time.


If you would like to submit a prayer concern, please send your request via email to These will be posted on our website, and the names will be read and lifted in prayer during our services. Prayer concerns will remain on the lists for 3 weeks unless updated with the church office. If you would like to view the prayer concerns on our website, go to From the top menu, select “Make a Difference” and then “Prayer.” The password to view the prayer concerns is “Together” (please note that It is case-sensitive). If you have an urgent request, please contact the church office at 517-351-7030.


Thank you for your continued support of the church! There are three convenient ways to make sure your donations reach us: 
  1. Mail your donation to UUMC (1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823). Make sure to specify what the donation is for on the memo line.
  2. Give through the Venmo app to @UUMCDonation.
  3. Electronic Giving: If you would like to utilize the e-giving option, please contact our Financial Administrator, Jay Weessies, at 517-351-7030, ext. 205 or for assistance.



Ten Pound Fiddle will be holding in-person concerts at UUMC again this year. The next concert is scheduled for Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. A Scottish folk band, the Old Blind Dogs, will be performing. Masks are heavily encouraged but not required. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.


Mason United Women in Faith are hosting “Helping Haiti Heal,” a mission outreach opportunity on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Mason (201 E. Ash St., Mason). The featured speaker is Rev. Dr. Laura Alexander Elliott, Executive Director of Soaring Unlimited and an ordained deacon in the United Methodist denomination who serves as a missionary. Pastor Laura is from the North Carolina Conference and works with a board of directors based in Michigan. There is no registration fee, and a luncheon will be served. A free will offering will be taken for Haiti. To register, contact First United Methodist Church of Mason at 517-676-9449.


The Islamic Center of East Lansing (920 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing) will be hosting the Salaam Peace Festival on Saturday, October 2 from 2:30 - 6:00 p.m. Come and enjoy cultural exhibits and halal food from local restaurants. Proceeds from food sales will be used for Afghan refugee support programs. For more information or to register, click here.
Announcements are due on Tuesdays by 5:00 PM. If possible, please e-mail your item to Questions about Tower Alert should be directed to Diane Constan (517-393-5450).

For updated church information, be sure to check the UUMC-Wesley Foundation website at

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