News from University United Methodist Church in East Lansing, MI 

November 16, 2022

 

IN THIS ISSUE

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Feature Articles
UUMC Advent Schedule
Midwest Mission Update & Thank You
 
UUMC Announcements
Memorial Service Scheduled for Shirley Sliker (NEW)
Helping Hands Ministry (NEW)
Update on Upper Room Daily Devotional (NEW)
MSU Football Concessions Help Needed
Coming Up in Worship (UPDATED)
Thanksgiving Food Basket Project
Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving
Fall Clean-Up Dates
Comfort Quilts
Methodist Men (UPDATED)
Christmas Breakfast & Baby Shower for Mary of Nazareth (NEW)
Celebration Reception for Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai (NEW)
2023 Upper Room Disciplines Available
Recycling for Others
Easier Access to Livestream Worship
Pro-Presenter Volunteers Needed
Church Office Hours
Submitting a Prayer Concern
Convenient Ways to Give to the Church

Community News
Peace Education Center Alternative Holiday Sale (NEW)
Ten Pound Fiddle Concerts (UPDATED)
We Are the Wind: Native American Poetry (NEW)
World AIDS Day: Celebrating Calvin Hampton (NEW)
Telling the Story: Christmas Oratorios by Bach & Saint-Saëns (NEW)
Winter Vacation Bible School (NEW)
Handel's Messiah (NEW)

 

UUMC ADVENT SCHEDULE

 

 

MIDWEST MISSION UPDATE & THANK YOU


As a new board member of Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC), I am heading down to their semiannual board meeting November 17-19.

At this time, I want to thank the following for their contributions:

United Women in Faith
As a fundraiser, the UUMC United Women in Faith sold items at the church prior to every MSU home football game. As regular home games come to a close, snack items that were not sold at our church before the game and have expiration dates that will come due prior to next year's season were donated to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center. These treats will provide sustenance to other hungry volunteers during their work breaks at MMDC.

Quilters Guild
The Quilters Guild donated some extra cotton batting material that will be used for sewing projects at MMDC, as well as a sewing machine that will be used to help individuals start businesses in underserved communities around the world.

Jack and Margaret Jones
Prior to their travels to Florida, the Jones donated a sewing machine they were not using. This machine will also be refurbished, cleaned, and repurposed for someone in need.

If you have an unused sewing machine or bicycle that you would like to donate, or if you would like to serve as a volunteer at MMDC, our church is forming a team now. Mark your calendar for the week of May 7-12, 2023. Contact Scott McRee (517-303-0079 or smcree2004@yahoo.com) to learn more.

Scott McRee, UUMC Missions Committee

 

COMING SOON AT UUMC

UUMC ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEMORIAL SERVICE SCHEDULED FOR SHIRLEY SLIKER

A Memorial Service and catered luncheon for Shirley Sliker, who died on September 15, will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at UUMC.
 

HELPING HANDS MINISTRY

Would you like to help make a meal or provide a ride to someone in need? We are relaunching Helping Hands, which provides a meal or transportation to UUMC members and friends during a time of need. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Sara Alchin at 517-896-5119 or sbalchin@wowway.com.
 

UPDATE ON UPPER ROOM DAILY DEVOTIONAL

There will be no Upper Room Daily Devotional magazine subscription orders taken for 2023. The booklets will still be available at the Information Desk in the church office suite for $2.00 per issue. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Stevens at 517-927-0508.
 

MSU FOOTBALL CONCESSIONS HELP NEEDED

Please consider joining other UUMC members and friends in staffing the last MSU home football concession stand for this season this Saturday, November 19. UUMC needs 10-14 individuals (aged 14 or older) to work 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 had less than 10 helpers at each game this season, thus making more work for the folks that could help and losing up to half the potential sales. To sign up to help or if you have questions, contact Karen Marvin (kmmajob@aol.com or 517 622-5008) or Sarah Musson (mussondesigns@gmail.com).
 

COMING UP IN WORSHIP

This Sunday, November 20, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Pastor Melanie will be preaching on gratitude. We will celebrate the results from the New Beginnings-Challenging Opportunities campaign and dedicate the beautiful quilts made by the Comfort Quilt ministry. Join us in person or online at 9:30 a.m. (Traditional) or 11:00 a.m. (REACH).

On Sunday, November 27, Rev. Jim Magee, director of the MSU Wesley Foundation, will kick off our new worship series, "The Light We Carry." Join us for Advent and Christmas worship as we explore the ways we, like the characters in the first Christmas story, carry the light for one another, for ourselves, and for the world.

Looking ahead, we will celebrate Christmas Music Sunday on Sunday, December 4.  At our 9:30 a.m. Traditional service, the Chancel Choir and other musicians will lead us in worship. At our 11:00 a.m. REACH service, Sara Cardinal and the REACH band will lead us in a service of story and song.
 

THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKET PROJECT


Once again this year, we will be replacing the food delivery project by providing a $50 Meijer gift card to each of the 50 families on our delivery list. Because of the increased need, rather than filling a grocery bag with food, we will accept any amount of money you are willing to contribute for these 50 families. Send your donation to University UMC (1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823) or through the Venmo app on your phone (@UUMCDonation). Please note that the donation is for “Community Outreach-Thanksgiving.” You can also use one of the colored envelopes in the pews marked “Thanksgiving Baskets” for your donation, and place it in one of the offering baskets along the windowsills of the sanctuary after worship. Thank you for your willingness to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Bary Darling (517-719-7305).
 

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

The church building will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.
 

FALL CLEAN-UP DATES


Our next Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. UUMC has some yard tools, or bring your own for raking leaves, trimming perennials, trees, and shrubs, and hauling yard waste to the curb or compost pile. If you wish to help with fall-cleanup but can't make it on the 26th, please contact Bruce Wheaton (517-351-7030, ext. 206) to coordinate a time and an area to work.
 

COMFORT QUILTS

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, November 28. No experience is necessary!
 

METHODIST MEN

Methodist Men will be meeting at Coral Gables (2838 E. Grand River, East Lansing) once a month on the fourth Thursday (most months) or the second Thursday (November and December). The next meeting will be Thursday, December 8 at 11:45 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Pocock at ja.gl.pocock@comcast.net.
 

CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST & BABY SHOWER FOR MARY OF NAZARETH

United Methodist Women/United Women in Faith invite you to join them for breakfast and a musical program on Saturday, December 10 at 9:00 a.m. in Asbury Hall. Bring a baby item to donate.
 

CELEBRATION RECEPTION FOR BISHOP KENNETHA BIGHAM-TSAI


Join us on Saturday, December 17 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Asbury Hall for a Celebration Reception for newly-elected Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai and her family. Public remarks will be at 2:15 p.m.
 

2023 UPPER ROOM DISCIPLINES AVAILABLE

The 2023 Upper Room Disciplines are now in for those who ordered them. You can pick them up at the church during business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) or when you come for worship on Sundays. The books are on the counter in the Gathering Space and are labeled. Please use the envelope inside the book for your payment. Checks can be made out to UUMC with “Upper Room Disciplines” in the memo line. Additional copies are available for purchase at $13 regular print and $15 large print.
 

RECYCLING FOR OTHERS

Calendars, large and small, for 2023 can be placed in the basket at church. We provide calendars to 5-6 local nursing homes for use by their residents. Also, families who receive services from the Ingham County Health Department use the calendars to organize appointments. Everyone is very appreciative and eager to have the calendars. The pretty photos and messages brighten their small living spaces. (We will NOT be collecting greeting cards this year. Please forward them to any resale charity. The supply is more than the nursing homes can use.)
 

EASIER ACCESS TO LIVESTREAM WORSHIP

Are you having trouble finding our livestream worship services? You asked, we listened! The livestream worship services will now be much easier to access. What changed? The link that is sent in our Sunday morning emails will now take you directly to the livestream service, rather than just our YouTube channel. We also have a button on our website (UniversityChurchHome.org). Simply click on the green button that reads “Livestream Worship – Click Here”, and you will be taken directly to the service. We will also post the link on our Facebook page (University United Methodist Church – MSU) every Sunday morning in the top post on our page. This link will work for you every week for both services – Traditional at 9:30 a.m. and REACH at 11:00 a.m. If you continue to have difficulties finding our services online, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 517-351-7030 or office@eluumc.org.
 

PRO-PRESENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are currently seeking volunteers to run the Pro-Presenter for the Traditional and/or REACH services. The Pro-Presenter is located at the back of the sanctuary at the AV desks and is used to advance the images on the big screens in the sanctuary. It is really easy to operate! You simply press the space bar on the keyboard when it’s time to advance the screen. If you think you might be interested, please contact our Technical Director, Wyatt Forhan, at wforhan@eluumc.org or speak with him after one of the worship services. Wyatt would be happy to give a training or let you sit in on a service to observe.
 

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

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.
 

SUBMITTING A PRAYER CONCERN

If you would like to submit a prayer concern, please send your request via email to office@eluumc.org. 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 UniversityChurchHome.org. 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.
 

CONVENIENT WAYS TO GIVE TO THE CHURCH

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 jweessies@eluumc.org for assistance.



 

COMMUNITY NEWS

PEACE EDUCATION CENTER ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY SALE

The Peace Education Center will be having its annual Alternative Holiday Sale on Friday, November 18 (5:00 - 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, November 19 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) at Edgewood United Church (469 N. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing). Vendors include local artisans, fair trade vendors, and peace & justice groups. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information about the sale, contact peaceedcenter@gmail.com.
 

TEN POUND FIDDLE CONCERTS

Ten Pound Fiddle will be holding in-person concerts at UUMC again this year. The next concert at UUMC is scheduled for Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. However, there will be a special concert this Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Edgewood United Church (469 N. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing) as part of the Peace Education Center's Alternative Holiday Sale. The group Windbourne will be performing. Visit www.tenpoundfiddle.org for more information or to purchase tickets.
 

WE ARE THE WIND: NATIVE AMERICAN POETRY


In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, a special program entitled “We are the Wind: Native American Poetry”, featuring Native poets Gordon Henry, Jr. and Mark Turcotte, will be presented on Sunday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m. at UUMC. Grand Ledge author Rosalie Sanara Petrouske will emcee the event. This event is open to the public. To view the official press release, click here.
 

WORLD AIDS DAY: CELEBRATING CALVIN HAMPTON

You are invited to All Saints Episcopal Church (800 Abbot Rd., East Lansing) on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. for “World Aids Day: Celebrating Calvin Hampton.” Calvin Hampton was hailed as one of the leading organists of the time, stolen from the world by the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Quincy Dobbs performs his Five Dances for Organ and the All Saints Choir will sing several of his anthems and lead those assembled in the singing of his arrangement of a treasured hymn. A collection will be taken to support the Lansing Area AIDS Network, and a reception will follow the performance.
 

TELLING THE STORY: CHRISTMAS ORATORIOS BY BACH & SAINT-SAËNS 


Find inspiration this holiday season through the uplifting sound of the MSU Choral Union, University Chorale, and State Singers as they join forces with the MSU Symphony Orchestra in two gems of the season on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Wharton Center. Conductor David Rayl will lead the groups in performing selections from J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Camille Saint-Saëns’ work of the same name, written as an homage to the Baroque master. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
 

WINTER VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Grace United Methodist Church (1900 Boston Blvd., Lansing) will be offering a free Winter Vacation Bible School on December 11-14 from 5:45 - 7:30 p.m. each night. All kids, pre-K to grade 6, are invited to join for a "Wilderness Escape." Dinner will be provided each evening. For more information or to register your child, contact Grace UMC (517-482-5750).
 

HANDEL'S MESSIAH

Join Grace United Methodist Church (1900 Boston Blvd., Lansing) for a free performance of selections from Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. A good will offering will be collected to support the music ministry of Grace UMC.
Announcements are due on Tuesdays by 5:00 PM. If possible, please e-mail your item to toweralert@eluumc.org. 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 universitychurchhome.org.

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