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Tower Alert

September 18, 2019



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Feature Articles
A Word From Your Pastor
UUMC Small Groups -- It's Not Too Late to Join!

Coming Soon at UUMC
Calendar of events for September 22 - October 6

UUMC Announcements
Thank You (NEW)
Donate to UMCOR for Hurricane Dorian Relief
PeaceQuest: Building a Peace Economy
Third-Grade Bibles (NEW)
Opportunities Offered Between Worship Services
Dinner for Eight
Fourth Sunday Eat Out Group
God's Work/Our Hands -- Seeking Volunteers & Donations
Women's Fellowship
UUMC Men's Dinner
Special Quilt Events
Painting the Stars (NEW)
Women's Evening Circle
Town Hall Meeting (NEW)
Second Tuesday Book Group (NEW)
MSU Concessions Help Needed
Volunteers Needed for Snack Shop
Recycling for Others
Comfort Quilts (UPDATED)
Helping Hands
From the Endowment Committee (NEW)

Community News
Free BBQ Lunch for Southside Community Kitchen Volunteers
Real Advocacy for Refugees (NEW)
Volunteer Opportunity with Love Clothing Center



Ask not what your church can do for you but what you can do for your church!
We have an important year ahead and have a number of leadership opportunities that will come open on January 1, 2020. That is the same day that the Traditional Plan becomes law in the United Methodist Church. Spring of 2020 will also bring the next United Methodist General Conference. At that Conference, efforts will be made to rescind the Traditional Plan. Three or more plans will also be put forward for allowing congregations to separate from the Traditionalists while remaining a part of some new United Methodist denomination.

Our Policy Governance Board met recently with our district superintendent, Rev. Jerry DeVine, to explore options for UUMC going forward and will be presenting more information to us at a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, October 6 at 12:00 noon. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Please consider how you might offer yourself as a leader during this critical time in the church. The following positions need to be filled by people who will put forward their best judgment and efforts on behalf of our church.

Policy Governance Board: Must be a church member for at least two years, fill out an application and a conflict of interest disclosure, and be elected by the congregation. Three positions must be filled. The key issue will be remaining in the UMC or not and how to do that.

Trustees: The Trustees are responsible for all church property and assets. Must be a member of the church for one year. The key issue will be whether or not we will be able to retain our building if the denomination splits or we disaffiliate.

Endowment Committee: Administers our fund of approximately $700,000; receives applications and grants monies for various projects. Must be a member of the church. The key issue will be whether or not we will be able to keep our endowment fund if the denomination splits or if we disaffiliate from the UMC.

Staff-Parish Relations Committee: Oversees the staffing needs of the church to carry out our vision and mission; evaluates the staff and pastor for ministry effectiveness; communicates with the bishop and superintendent if they feel that the church needs a change of pastors. Must be a member of the church.

Committee on Lay Leadership: Is responsible for nominating qualified candidates for leadership to the fall church conference for election. Recruits, interviews, trains, and supports new leaders and prospective leaders. Works closely with the pastor who chairs the committee. Must be a church member.

If you are interested in leading, please contact me at 517-351-7030, ext. 207 or

Rev. William C. Bills



Small groups are forming now –- and you are invited! We have something for everyone! Sign-up sheets are available at the Connection/Welcome Desk, or you may contact the church office (517-351-7050) to sign up. The meeting times for the groups are listed below, but be sure to visit our website ( for more details! 
  • When Christians Get It Wrong: Mondays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Bethune Room
  • Listen: Praying in a Noisy World: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Tennant Chapel
  • The Bible Tells Me So: Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Bethune Room
  • All is Grace: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Bethune Room (starting September 26)
  • The Heart of Christianity (men's group): Every other Wednesday (began September 11), 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Library
  • Covenant Bible Study: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., UUMC Conference Room


For more details on these events, click on the underlined text to be taken directly to the announcement.

September 22 -- Bibles presented to third graders during worship
September 22 -- Deadline to sign up for Dinner for Eight
September 22 -- Fourth Sunday Eat Out Group
September 22 -- God's Work/Our Hands meal packaging event

September 23 -- Comfort Quilts
September 25 -- Women's Fellowship
September 26 -- UUMC Men's Dinner
September 28 -- Volunteers needed for MSU Concessions & UMW Snack Shop
September 29 -- "Blessing of the Quilts" during the 11:00 a.m. service

October 2 -- Painting the Stars study begins
October 2 -- Women's Evening Circle
October 5 -- Mission Quilt Project
October 6 -- Town Hall Meeting following the 11:00 a.m. service




We would like to thank everyone for the cards, kind words, thoughts, and prayers on the loss of my mother. The support of our church family is very meaningful to us. Thank you.
~ John, Nancy, and Katherine Boyse


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has awarded a solidarity grant to Bahamas Methodist Habitat for immediate, emergency, short-term funding to address basic human needs. The relief agency also expects to partner in the Bahamas with the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. At this stage, donations to UMCOR are the best way for church members to respond. To donate to the U.S. Disaster Response Advance, click here or place a check in the offering plate on Sunday morning (make checks payable to UMCOR and put #901670 on the memo line).


The East Lansing Peace Education Center puts on PeaceQuest every year to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. There are many events scheduled throughout September. For a complete schedule of Peace Quest events, visit One event to highlight: a conference on "Building a Peace Economy" will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at UUMC. The keynote speaker will be Lloyd Dumas, author of The Peace-Keeping Economy. Panel presentations on "Pentagon Waste, Arms Lobby and Endless War" and "Washington Hurdles" among others will be featured. The cost to attend is $25, including lunch. For more information or to register, visit


This Sunday, September 22, Bibles will be presented to any third graders. If you have a third grade child or grandchild, please be sure to contact Children & Youth Director Sara Cardinal at or 517-351-7030, ext. 208 as soon as possible. The Bibles will be presented at both worship services (Band-Led, 9:00 a.m. and Traditional, 11:00 a.m.). All are welcome to attend either service!


We have a couple of great opportunities for you happening in between our worship service times! Join us for an adult bible study, God’s Messy Family, with Julie Bills in the Bethune Room. Or have coffee and chat with one of our pastors in the Library. Both groups are happening from 10:05 – 10:50 a.m. on Sunday mornings, so come early before the Traditional service (11:00 a.m.) or stay after the REACH service (9:00 a.m.)! All are welcome.


Are you interested in getting to know church friends a little better while sharing wonderful food? “Dinner for Eight” is a fun, relaxing opportunity to connect with each other. The dinners will be held four times during the year at a mutually-agreed time with each person/couple hosting once. Everyone in the group of eight contributes to the meal, with the host providing the main dish. Couples or individuals are welcome to participate, and if your home is small, dinners can be held at a more convenient place. If you would like to participate, please sign up on the Connection Card in Sunday's bulletin by this Sunday, September 22. If you have questions, contact Janel Horrocks-Boehmer (517-449-7345 or or Kim Gilbert (616-836-3877 or


The Fourth Sunday Eat Out Group will meet Sunday, September 22 at 12:45 p.m. at Buddies (3048 E. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing -- at the corner of Hagadorn and Lake Lansing Rd., in the Carriage Hills Shopping Center). To make a reservation, contact Joyce Smith (517-339-0620) by September 19.


UUMC has been invited to join with University Lutheran Church and the Islamic Center of East Lansing to participate in a dry food packaging project called "God’s Work/Our Hands." Our goal is to package 10,000+ meals, a portion of which will be donated to the MSU Student Food Bank. This packaging project will be held Sunday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. at University Lutheran Church. Our participation at UUMC includes a $1000 donation for supplies and 30-35 volunteers. Please consider a financial contribution or volunteering on the day of the event (we still need more people to help with packaging!). Children in kindergarten and older are welcome to come. Childcare will also be available. To volunteer, contact Bob Ulrich (517-862-1515 or To make a financial contribution, make checks payable to "God's Work/Our Hands" and place in the offering plate.


Women's Fellowship will meet for lunch on Wednesday, September 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Coral Gables Restaurant (2838 E. Grand River, East Lansing). For reservations, please contact Libby Cloud (517-641-4296 or


The UUMC Men will meet for their monthly dinner and program on Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Koinonia Room. This month's speaker is Andy Kilpatrick, Lansing City Planner. The cost is $10, which includes a donation to the Mobility Cart Program. Women are welcome. For more information, contact Jim Pocock (517-333-8380).


UUMC has a quilting group that has been making quilts for homeless individuals for many years. We will have a "Blessing of the Quilts" for the quilts that have made over the past few months during our 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, September 29. Then, on Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., we will be holding a special Mission Quilt Project for everyone at UUMC to support this ministry. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary! Mark your calendars and plan to join us.


Join us beginning Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bethune Room for Painting the Stars, a progressive DVD study from “Living the Questions.” Rev. William Bills will lead this seven-session study exploring the relationship between science, evolution, and religion. Please sign up in the Gathering Space or on the Connection Card in Sunday's bulletin. All are welcome to join us!


The Women's Wednesday Evening Circle will meet next on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:15 p.m. We will be discussing Chapter 3, "Sky", of Grounded by Diana Butler Bass. This chapter discusses the creation of the universe. Bring a tea bag and a desire to relax and enjoy each other's company. Reading the chapter ahead of time is optional.


Everyone is invited to a town hall meeting being held on Sunday, October 6 at 12:00 noon in the Sanctuary. The Policy Governance Board has met with our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Jerome Devine, and would like to share with us their findings regarding possible disaffiliation from the denomination and what to expect at the 2020 annual conference.


The Second Tuesday Book Group will have their next meeting on Tuesday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. We will be discussing The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Please come for the lively conversation whether you have a chance to read the book or not. All are welcome!


Did you know that the CROP Hunger Walk is celebrating its 50th anniversary? Fifty years of ministry dedicated to raising funds to alleviate hunger and poverty across our communities, nation, and globe. We invite you to participate as a member of the UUMC team in this year’s Greater Lansing CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 13. Walk, run, or rock (in rocking chairs) with fellow UUMC members and solicit donations to aid several Lansing-area organizations as well as global efforts. Interested? Stop by the CROP Walk table this Sunday for registration materials. You may also register or donate online at and click on "REGISTER "(our team is University UMC) or "DONATE." Donation envelopes will also be available at the CROP Walk table on Sunday mornings. 


Please consider joining other UUMC members and friends in staffing a MSU home football concession stand for one or more games this fall. We need 14 people (ages 14 or older) to work from two hours before the scheduled kickoff until at least the start of the fourth quarter (and preferably until an hour after close of game). No experience is necessary. Proceeds (approximately 10% of net sales) support UUMC Youth Camp Scholarships and the UUMC softball team.

The game schedule for this fall is: Saturday, September 28, 3:30 p.m. (Indiana); Saturday, October 26, TBA (Penn State); Saturday, November 9, TBA (Illinois); Saturday, November 30, TBA (Maryland).

If you THINK you might be able to help, please click here to complete the online authorization for a background check. There will be sign-up sheets available on Sunday mornings in the Garden Lounge area next to the Connection Center. Questions: Contact Chris Blank (517-974-1952 or or Karen Marvin (517-622-5008 or


Help raise funds for worldwide missions by serving as a friendly church greeter and sales person at the parking lot snack shop on MSU game days. (See above announcement for dates.) Work 2 - 4 hours selling bottled water, cookies, chips, scarves, hats, mittens, and BBQ aprons. Please sign up on the Connection Card in Sunday's bulletin or contact Liz Doyle (517-347-5553).


Once again, we will be collecting calendars (for 2020) and unused cards/wrapping paper. No need to purchase new, but bring the ones you get in the mail and do not need. The cards and wrapping paper will be given to local nursing homes to use for patients to recognize a birthday or special event. The calendars will be given to public health nurses in Ingham County for their clients to help in organizing their schedules. These are practical items that bring smiles and art to persons who have little. Place your donations on the bottom shelf of the church mailboxes in the marked holder. This is small project, but it makes a difference for many people right here in our community. Thank you for participating. If you have questions, contact Debby Starnes (517-230-8753).


All are invited to help us make quilts for the homeless. We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Quilt Room in the church basement. No previous quilting experience is needed. For more info, contact Betsy Bricker (248-520-1469).


Sue Stevens (517-351-6441) is the contact person for the remainder of September. Thanks to Ginny Dymond for being our contact in August and early September. Helping Hands provides meals and transportation to members and friends of UUMC during a time of need.‚Äč


Did you know that the state has made a Will for you if you have no Will yourself? These laws might not leave your property to the people you wish. These laws definitely do not leave any property to the Church or any other charity. Shouldn't you prepare a Will or Living Trust?




If you have been a volunteer or contributor to the Southside Community Kitchen in Lansing, then you and your family are invited to a free BBQ lunch on Sunday, September 22, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at St. Casmir’s Catholic Church (815 Sparrow Ave., Lansing). We hope to see you there!


You are invited to the Greater Lansing Refugee Summit on Saturday, September 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Lansing First Presbyterian Church (510 W. Ottawa, Lansing). This event is sponsored by the All Faith Alliance for Refugees (AFAR) and is part of PeaceQuest 2019. For more information, visit


LOVE Clothing Center is in need for volunteers on Saturdays, September 21 and 28. Volunteers would be:
  • Helping parents find appropriate clothing for each child
  • Bagging up clothing choices and tracking number of items given
  • Sorting and hanging clothing
  • Helping the LOVE Clothing Center Coordinators with whatever is the greatest need at the moment. 
Volunteers must be adults or high school students. (For every high school student, there needs to be one adult.) If you are interested in helping, contact Judson Church at, 517-882-5961, or 517-394-5413.
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