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News from the Building & Grounds Crew and the Memorial Garden Committee

By Catherine Niessink, chair of Memorial Garden Committee We have completed two projects: Two years ago, I asked an arborist to check out the trees in the Memorial Garden. While he was at church, Rick Johnson and I asked him to check out some trees on the main property. He looked at the spruce trees […]

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Green Spot

By Nicky Leigh After our May Annual Meeting, the congregation voted for People’s to become an affiliate of the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition (KCCC). Thank you to everyone for making this possible. With this we have joined a coalition of over 30 different organizations and businesses interested in curbing greenhouse gases and attempting to reduce […]

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Study Group, Monday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting on Monday, September 20 at 7:30 in Room 18 at church to discuss the book “We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America”.  This book by sociologist Jennifer Silva presents in-depth personal stories of diverse residents of rural central Pennsylvania, in a community that feels left […]

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Review of Proposed Bylaws is Coming!

The Bylaws Committee just wanted to let you know that around mid August you will begin to see an invitation to visit the church website to review the proposed revised bylaws for the church.  We want and need your feedback—both your comments of support, and comments of concern—so we encourage you to respond when invited. […]

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Religious Education Notes

Keepers of the Earth As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, fostering an alternative way of relating to the earth is imperative. As an educator, I’ve always valued those ‘Aha’ moments when a connection is made or deeper understanding is experienced. This is especially true with children and is […]

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RE Work Day

Everyone is invited to join in on the fun to help us prepare our spaces to gather in person this fall at church. We will gather together to assemble play equipment, as well as spruce up the building and grounds into a welcoming space for all ages to gather together again. We’re providing pizza for […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, After a five-month sabbatical, I am back at work at People’s Church. Thank you to everyone who held our community together, cared for People’s people, and kept our institution running smoothly in my absence. I am so grateful. I am returning restored and excited for our next season together. Most of my […]

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Green Spot

By Nicky Leigh I attended two different climate conferences recently, Michigan Climate and Clean Energy Summit and the Michigan Sustainability Conference. MCCE is very much about “where do the various government entities stand and what is happening to mitigate climate change”.  For example, Sen. Stabenow talked about Federal Forestry programs, regenerative agriculture, urban trees, and […]

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Religious Education Notes

Summertime! As restaurants and bars are increasing capacity and other venues reopen, it can feel as though we are “getting back to normal” in terms of in-person activities. Many of us are feeling relief as Covid numbers decrease, and the freedom to be out and about once again. Others of us are still struggling for […]

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Electric Vehicle Presentation, July 18, 12:30 p.m.

The Electric Vehicle presentation and car show will take place in person at People’s Church on SUNDAY, JULY 18th (not the 11th as previously announced).  The event will start at 12:30 with a chance to look at a collection of electric cars from the Kalamazoo Electric Vehicle Association.  At 1:00, Dr. Paul Pancella from the […]

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Church Grounds Work Day, Sat. July 3, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed to help tidy up the church grounds on Saturday, July 3, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tasks include: weeding, trimming, and general garden chores. Benefits: spend time outdoors with merry comrades and enjoy a sense of accomplishment for a job well done. Bring your gloves and water bottle and join us for […]

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Study Group, June 28, 7:30 p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting on Monday, June 28, at 7:30, via Zoom, to discuss the book “How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy”. This book presents 15 essays explaining and defending different philosophies of life, including a wide variety of religious as well as philosophical paths. The […]

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Memorial Service for Mark Wheeler, Friday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.

A memorial service for Mark Wheeler, Denise Hartsough’s husband, will take place Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at Covered Bridge Farm in Three Rivers. Informal attire is welcome. Masks are strongly recommended (as is carpooling). Please click HERE to read Mark’s obituary.

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Climate Corner

What the Heck Is Happening to my Electric Bill? Have you noticed some changes to your electric bill recently?  Maybe you’ve just. chalked it up to normal increases in everything, or to variability due to the weather? It turns out to be a little more than that.  Last fall the Michigan Public Service Commission approved […]

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A Note From the Outgoing Board President

The Board meeting on Tuesday evening, June 1, was the last time I had to sit in the president’s chair! Whoopee!!! On Tuesday afternoon, Connie Ferguson, Denise Hartsough and I met as tellers to count the ballots from the Annual Meeting. We were advised by Parliamentarian, Barb Davis. 123 members voted (105 online, 18 by […]

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Green Spot

Why Your Next Car Should be Electric On Sunday, July 11, People’s Church will be hosting an in-person electric vehicle (EV) event featuring Dr. Paul Pancella, Chair of the WMU Dept. of Physics, as well as an expo of electric vehicles put on by the Kalamazoo Electric Vehicle Association (KEVA).  Like our previous Eco Forums […]

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Religious Education Notes

Bridging and Change Our seniors are bridging out this spring and we are brainstorming ideas about how to offer in-person RE next fall. We’re thinking outside of the box! Outside is the key word because we are planning to create new outdoor spaces for learning and play. Vaccinations are not yet available for children nor […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

June Special Collection The June 13th  Second Sunday Special Collection will be held to benefit El Concilio. El Concilio is a non-profit, community focused organization that seeks to help Latino residents support their families, contribute to society and appreciate their cultural significance in the region. For more than 30 years the Hispanic American Council, renamed […]

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Key Points from Dr. Charlae Davis’ Sermon

On Sunday, May 23rd, Dr. Charlae Davis, Executive Director of ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Action and Advocacy in the Community (https://isaackalamazoo.org) was our speaker. During our small group discussion in the virtual coffee hour afterward, someone suggested that we make her key points available here so that we all could reflect on the guidance, […]

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Help Stop Voter Suppression in Michigan – Add your Voice to ISAAC letters

Dear ISAAC Family and Friends in Michigan, The time is now to make our voices heard! Please click ALL of these 5 links below to send electronic messages to fight voter suppression in Michigan and to facilitate voter participation. We cannot go backwards as a Beloved Community in Michigan. Our voices must be heard so that these injustices do not continue. Please […]

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Annual Meeting, Sunday May 16

The annual meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday, May 16 and will start 10 minutes after the closing words for the Sunday service.  Use the same Zoom link as the service, see below.  If you have questions or comments type them into chat and we will read them for you.  If you want […]

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Church Use Guidelines from the Regathering Team

Guidelines for the use of People’s Church space for adults (16 years and older) We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Room 19 – recommended maximum capacity 19; extra ventilation + UV light in duct work w/functional switch on wall outside coat room Room 9 – recommended maximum capacity 14 Commons – recommended maximum capacity 25* […]

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Treasurer’s Report

Our annual pledge campaign is completed with 136 pledges for $275,000 for fiscal year 2021-22. This is slightly more money than last year, but from fewer people, reflecting lost contacts owing to the pandemic Zoom setting to our religious services.  We are extremely grateful to those who were able to step up their pledges to […]

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Constitution Bylaws Committee Update

The committee has been working since July, 2019 on reviewing and revising the constitution bylaw document of People’s Church. The process has been thorough.  As we stated in a February newsletter article, proposed edits have been based on our Mission and Vision statements, as well as current practices.  Completion of the first review has not […]

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Green Spot

Just before the pandemic, the Green Sanctuary Committee (GSC) shared a letter with the People’s Board of Trustees in support of becoming an affiliate of the Kalamazoo Climate Coalition (KCCC), provided the church membership also supported affiliation during the 2020 Annual Meeting. After a year’s delay, we are once again proposing members consider KCCC affiliation […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

May Special Collection The Second Sunday Special Collection will be held on Sunday May 9th to benefit the St. Luke’s Diaper Bank. The mission of St. Luke’s Diaper Bank is to supply diapers to partner agencies that serve families in the city of Kalamazoo who are living under the pressures of economic inequity. St. Luke’s […]

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Religious Education Notes

#No More Hate Rally May 16 at 3:00 pm at Bronson Park Black Lives Matter and Asian Pacific Islander American groups in Kalamazoo are collaborating to organize this intersectional rally to stand together against the insidious racism so prevalent against black people, indigenous people and people of color. I’d love to see a huge turnout […]

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From the Board President

We will hold our Annual Meeting on the third Sunday in May (May 16), right after we finish our Sunday service. The Board will meet May 4 at 6:30, via Zoom, to set the agenda for the Annual Meeting, complete the budget proposal, and finalize the voting procedures. We then will send out the pre-meeting […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Class, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to participate in this class to practice both silent and guided meditations in addition to discussions of how to bring more mindfulness into our lives. We will gather on Zoom.  Please contact Diane Melvin for the link or for more information at re@peopleschurch.net

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From the Board President

Here are some highlights from the April 6 Board meeting. General Assembly is coming up (June 23-26 via ZOOM), and we have only one delegate so far, Brian Lewis. Please, consider attending and contact me or the office if you want to go. Details are at UUA.ORG/GA. Lots of interesting speakers and a chance to […]

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Nominees for the Board of Trustees

Tom Hackley When I look back over a lifetime of interests and activities, environmentalism broadly defined seems to be the common thread.  My youth summers were spent as a free-range kid along the shores of Lake Michigan; in high school, I worked as a day-camp counselor; my time in the US Air Force was spent […]

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Nominees for the Nominating Committee

Rachel Chadderdon Bair I live on the west side of Kalamazoo with my husband Daniel, daughter Mara, a dog, a cat, and four chickens. Dan and I have been members of People’s Church since moving back to Kalamazoo in 2015, and I have especially loved volunteering as a cashier at the Bazaar. Before that we […]

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Religious Education Notes

Awakening Love “The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens you to love.”                             ~Teresa of Avila What practices support awakening love within you? What reminds you to return to yourself so that you can act from your deepest held values and […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Special Collection On April 11th we will be holding our Special Collection to benefit Kalamazoo County Ready 4s. The mission of Kalamazoo County Ready 4s is to advance fully accessible, high-quality pre-kindergarten education for every 3 and 4-year-old in Kalamazoo County through collaborative leadership with public and private providers. Since 2010, KC Ready 4s has […]

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A Note from the Regathering Team

Before starting her sabbatical, Rev. Rachel invited folks with expertise in medicine, buildings and overall functioning to begin the process of making recommendations on how and when we, as a congregation, can safely gather – both in small groups and as a whole.  Our team met in February and March and we are checking in with […]

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Green Spot

“There Is More Hope Somewhere” An African American hymn we often sing at People’s includes the following verse: “There is more hope somewhere. There is more hope somewhere. I’m gonna keep on ‘til I find it. There is more hope somewhere.” Reading environmental news may make us feel hopeless about our future, and yet it […]

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Eco-Forum Series “Backyard Gardening” Donna McClurkan, Sunday, March 28, 12:30 p.m.

When I was approached by the Green Sanctuary Committee to lead an eco-forum on backyard gardening, my email response included this: “If I may be somewhat unconventional, heavily philosophical and only a little technical, I’d love to do this.” I hope that compels you to join this interactive forum in which I’ll share what I’ve […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

March 14th Special Collection – Community Homeworks Vision: A community transformed by thriving families in sustainable homes. We know that low-income families face many challenges and we believe that one of the first steps to moving forward is working to create a more stable and sustainable home environment. Often that starts with addressing critical repairs […]

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From the Board President

Germicidal UV The Building and Grounds Committee has been thinking about ways to make the building safer during this time of plague.  The advice we hear most often is improve the ventilation.  The Commons is not well ventilated. The blowers only work to add heat, they don’t bring in fresh air and they don’t supply […]

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Film Discussion Group, Tuesday, March 24, 3:00 p.m.

The March meeting is moved to Wednesday, 3/24, 3:30-5:00. We choose films which are available as low-cost rentals from Amazon.com (no subscription required) (often also available from other streaming sources and/or the public library). Participants take turnssuggesting three films, which we vote upon. To participate and/or receive a Zoom invitation for the discussion, contact Pat […]

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Religious Education Notes

Spring’s Hope As the wheel of the year turns toward spring, hopeful new beginnings unfurl. As vaccination numbers increase and temperatures rise, hope springs forth for safely seeing other people outdoors. As the days lengthen, new life awakens underground, sap flows and hope for the sweetness of fresh possibilities arise. As much as I love […]

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An Update from the Constitution Committee

The committee has been working since July, 2019, on reviewing and revising the constitution document of The People’s Church. The process has been thorough, but the pandemic has slowed our efforts somewhat, as we switched to a virtual meeting format in April of 2020.  We have studied the current constitution carefully and have proposed edits […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

February 14th Special Collection Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Sustainability Fund and the Unitarian Universalist Living Tradition Fund As Rev. Rachel begins her sabbatical, we invite the congregation to extend its care for Unitarian Universalist religious professionals and church staff beyond our congregation. The UUMA sustainability fund supports UU ministers in need of therapy, spiritual direction, […]

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Green Spot

What is KCCC? The Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition started in mid-2019 as a response to Greta Thunberg’s call for a Global Climate Strike in September of 2019. Led by a group of professors from WMU, a number of organizations got together to plan Kalamazoo’s participation. Over 1500 people participated in the rally held at Arcadia […]

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$1,435,385!

People’s people are generous people. $1,435,385 is the total amount of money that People’s people have donated to our building project over the last 9 years. That is truly a phenomenal act of generosity. (Giving to our annual operating budget, special collections, endowed and invested funds, and other contributions are not counted in that total.) […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, On February 15, I will be beginning a five month sabbatical. I am exhausted and eager to step away from ministry for a time. A year ago, I shared with you some plans for the sabbatical – such as taking a few classes or doing some family history research. The pandemic has […]

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Religious Education Notes

Rest and Rejuvenation as Resistance I recently took a week of study leave during which I stayed at a cabin at GilChrist retreat center in Three Rivers. I spent the first three days in deep spiritual retreat mode. With no cell phone reception or internet connection, I spent my time reading, writing, hiking, sleeping, doing […]

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Sabbatical Pastoral Care Team

If you are struggling and in need of a listening ear, spiritual support, or connection to resources, please reach out to our sabbatical pastoral care team. People’s people Gay Walker, Nancy Mitchell, Don Miller, Darryl Loiacano, and Rochelle Habeck Hunt, as well as Sabbatical Pastoral Care minister Barrett Lee are available to support you while […]

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Drive-By Parade for Rev. Rachel

On Sunday, February 14, we are planning a People’s Church sendoff for Rev. Rachel as she begins her five month sabbatical leave. Two things are planned; a “card shower” through the U.S. mail for that week, and a “drive-by parade” for that day. We guess you can handle the card shower on your own! For […]

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Cultivating Spiritual Resilience through Mindfulness, Sundays at 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join us on Zoom as we learn about and experience mindfulness and meditation practices together. Discussion and sharing help to deepen our understandings and broaden our perspectives. These practices can help us develop more spiritual resilience to help us cope with difficulties with more ease and grace. Join us each week […]

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Green Spot

Now that we have solar panels, what should People’s Church do next to reduce our carbon footprint? Rule of thumb:  The best, cleanest, and cheapest source of new energy is conservation and efficiency. People’s Church had a golden opportunity last year to install our solar system at no up-front cost, but now it’s time to […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s People, On February 15, I will begin a five-month sabbatical. I am so profoundly grateful for the chance to step away from ministry for a season and to replenish my spirit. I am exhausted by 9 years straight of ministry work (only 5.5 at People’s), parenting two young children, and the reimagining of […]

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Religious Education Notes

Hope for Healing As 2020 draws to a close, here’s hoping for a fresh start to the new year. No one could have predicted how 2020 ended up unfolding. So much change in so many unexpected ways. It reminds me of how uncertain, unpredictable and precarious life really is. We think we can anticipate and […]

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Greetings from New Bookkeeper

Greetings! My name is Diana Lundquist and I am very pleased to be joining you as the new bookkeeper for People’s Church. I spent most of my career in the accounting field, working for a trust company and then an agency in the non-profit sector. I live a few miles from the church with my […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Special Collections Our November Special Collection netted $1,170 for Planned Parenthood. Thanks to everyone who contributed! The January 2021 Special Collection will be held on January 10th to benefit Open Doors. Open Doors is a home base for success! Through programs, partnerships and advocacy, Open Doors has been helping families achieve housing success since 1970. […]

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Study Group, Mon. Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting on Monday, January 18 at 7:30, via Zoom, to discuss a book by Michael Lewis: The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy. Lewis, a well-known journalist, in this 2018 bestselling book takes on explaining, through personal stories and interviews, what various federal agencies actually do for Americans — and how that […]

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Evening Book Club, Jan. 14, 6:00 p.m.

We will discuss “Inheritance” by Dani Shapiro, reviewed by Mary Montgomery Clifford. We Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m.  The group plans to continue meeting the 2nd Thursday of the month. Interested participants take turns choosing a book to be discussed, with input from the group. Anyone is welcome to attend any meeting. To get a Zoom […]

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Antiracism Discussion Group

Open dialogue for People’s members and friends. We will hold an antiracism discussion on Zoom every 2nd Sunday following worship. Contact Carolyn Heineman for the Zoom link (carolynheineman@aol.com)

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Race Matters

The Spiritual Work of Leaning In Competition.  All-or-nothing.  Ranking.  Goods guys v. bad guys.  Us v. them. All of these things are parcels of the worldview called White Supremacy Culture (WSC), and reside under the umbrella of Either-Or thinking – which is one trait of WSC.  WSC is that broad way of being in the […]

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Stuffie Sleepover, December 4-6th

Bring your stuffed animal to church on Friday, Dec. 4 between 5:30-7:00 p.m. in a brown paper grocery sack with their information written on it. We’ll take pictures of each child with their stuffie for identification purposes. The stuffies will spend the first night safely tucked into their paper bag for quarantine purposes. Then they’ll […]

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Green Spot: Alternative Giving

  “OMIGOSH!  It’s December, and I haven’t even thought about holiday gifts!” –Anonymous If this is you, you’ve come to the right place.  The Green Sanctuary Committee can help you out with our 2020 edition of Alternative Giving: Earth-Friendly Ideas. This is an unusual year by just about any standard, so why not make it the […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, During the service on November 15, I told a story of how my friends supported me through post-partum depression by sending me lists of things that bring them joy. Not all of their sources of joy worked for me, but the act of trying to find joy was valuable. In the service, […]

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Religious Education Notes

Coping in these COVID Times We are living amidst scary times with this pandemic affecting so much of our lives as COVID cases are rising. How do we find ways to cope with the challenges we are facing? Of course the challenges are different for each of us depending on our situations. Those working at […]

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From the Board President

What Is in the Box?!? One building block in the north wall of the foyer is different; it has the number 1969 carved into it. That reminds us that it’s 50 years since we started building our building. I got to thinking that there must be a time capsule in there. I asked some members […]

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From the Board President

Back in 1970, when I was at Kansas State University, Connie and I were active in the Manhattan UU fellowship.  That fellowship had no paid staff; everything was done by volunteers.  Worship services were led by members or visitors.  There was even a rotation to clean the building. In the old days at People’s, the […]

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People’s Perpetual Coffee Hour

The church is creating a new Facebook group called “People’s Perpetual Coffee Hour” for any interested congregants, but especially for those who may not have the time or desire to be part of a regularly scheduled once-a-month Chalice Circle, but who still want to be connected to other church members. Group leaders will post conversation […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

This fall, People’s Church has been prioritizing comprehensive sexuality education for our youth, as the middle school Our Whole Lives class meets in-person weekly to finish the program cut short last spring. With this special collection, we extend that commitment to education and personal agency to everyone in our community through support of Planned Parenthood of Michigan.

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Race Matters

In my younger and more vulnerable years, as I met the major milestones in my life – college matriculation and graduation, first automobile, first real job, graduate degree, second real job, first new automobile, first home, second home – I realized how blessed I was to have such good fortune. Sure, I knew that I […]

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Making Meals for People’s People

We know for some people this is a time of the fullest days you have ever had. Others have more time on their hands than usual.  As a way of nurturing connection in a time when it can be harder, People’s Church is encouraging those who can provide a meal for a People’s person or […]

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From the Minister

Dear ones, When this newsletter reaches you, the November election will be just a few days away. Between the election, the ongoing pandemic, remote schooling, isolation, financial uncertainty, and other stressors, many of us are dealing with anxiety and overwhelm. It is a hard time to be human. In the days ahead, I encourage you […]

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Religious Education Notes

Pandemic RE I miss seeing you all in person and I really miss real hugs! While I am grateful that we can still “see” each other at Zoom church and in Zoom RE, I still really miss in person interactions! In an effort to make the best of things the way they are, we are […]

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Rose, Thorns, & Buds Virtual Together

People’s Church will host a virtual social events on Saturday, November 7th and November 21st from 2:30-4:00p.m.  Join People’s people for an afternoon of checking in on the week.  The first fifteen minutes will be open, and then participants will take turns sharing. We will use the format of “Rose, Thorn, & Bud” to share […]

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Zoom Karaoke Party, Friday, Nov. 6, 7-9 p.m.

Come sing and be silly together at this Zoom karaoke night hosted by Rev. Rachel. Come to sing or cheer on People’s people of all ages. (Singing talent not required.) The program we will use tends to work best on tablets or larger laptops (rather than phones). If it is possible for you to join […]

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Church Finance Information Session, Sun. Nov. 15, following the service

Do you have questions about the church’s finances in this unprecedented time? Want to hear an update from Allan Hunt, our treasurer, and members of the board and finance committee? This is the gathering for you. If there are particular topics you want to learn about during this gathering, please let Rev. Rachel or Allan […]

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Green Spot

Green Sanctuary Committee Eco-Forum Series

The Green Sanctuary Committee’s 2020-2021 Eco-Forum Series begins soon!  The monthly presentations will start at 12:30 p.m. on the noted Sundays, giving just enough time after church to participate in “coffee hour” and to grab a quick bite to eat while listening. Each presentation or video will be followed by a discussion. These have been well-received in past years, so we hope to keep the momentum going, albeit virtually.

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Film Discussion Group, Oct. 27, 3:00 p.m.

At our next meeting, ww will be discussing the film Moonlight by director, Barry Jenkins.  Amy Meyer is our reviewer. We are tentatively continuing to meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 3:00-4:30p.m. (This could be adjusted to meet newcomer needs. Watch the weekly email for reminders.) We watch films suggested by participants, with […]

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Shop Local & Support Artists in 2020

As you likely know, we will not be able to hold our traditional Bazaar event in-person this fall. It is a disappointment. However, we have been working to construct a virtual event to support our local artists and vendors and nurture our Bazaar tradition and date until we gather for it in person again. From […]

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Note from Board President

We want to keep you up to date on the Churches financial situation.  At the October meeting, the Board reviewed the Treasurer’s report for last fiscal year and estimates for the current year. The previous fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, so the budget was affected by the onset of the coronavirus crisis.  We received […]

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Memorial Service for George McCrea, Oct. 10, 2:00 p.m.

A memorial service for George McCrea will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2:00 p.m.  The service will be available to watch via Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/77061724245?pwd=ZWNia3h0TjRBY295dlZsc0tmeXBJQT09 Meeting ID: 770 6172 4245 Passcode: 977883

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Social Justice Update

Our October Special Collection will be for Loaves and Fishes. In March, Loaves and Fishes decided to go to a curbside model. They prepackage everything and plan to continue that format for at least the next 6 months. Perishable and non-perishable food is packed based on the size of the family and they are able […]

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From the Minister

Dear ones, Sometimes, you find some words that make struggle easier to bear. I recently found some good words and want to share them with you. They are from Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, who serves the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, MO. She recently preached a sermon on navigating uncertainty, which included the following passage. […]

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Religious Education Notes

Parenting as a Spiritual Path Parenting under normal circumstances is extremely challenging. For many families today trying to parent in the midst of a pandemic can feel impossible. Of course the circumstances are made even more trying for those who are also attempting to work from home and help children with online education offerings. Those […]

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My Ballot Is Here – What Do I Do Next?

Michigan Absentee Ballots will be in the mail next week if you are registered and have requested one.  Remember that all Michigan voters are now able to vote by mail, but you need to be pro-active about it.  Don’t delay, make sure that your vote counts, and BE A CLIMATE VOTER!  Here’s a how-to guide […]

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ISAAC Virtual 2020 Public Meeting, Oct. 22

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Chalice Circle Openings

During this time of uncertainty in the midst of this global pandemic, connection with other people looks different than we could have possibly imagined just months ago. Our People’s Church small group ministry program is opening up new Chalice Circles to help folks experience meaningful connections with fellow church members. As with much else in […]

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Tech Support Needed?

Is technology a barrier to your participation in church life right now? Please let the church help you overcome it. The church has tablets available for loan, Zoom experts to help you figure out how to connect, funds to help pay for wifi or data charges related to church participation, and wifi at the church […]

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September Styrofoam Collection

People’s Church will be collecting foam for recycling on Wednesday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the back parking lot, near the shed.

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Revised Plan for 2020 Holiday Fine Art Sale & Bazaar During COVID

Dear People’s People and Friends, As you have likely anticipated, we will not be able to hold our traditional Bazaar event this fall. It is a disappointment. However, we have been working to construct a virtual event to support our local artists and vendors and nurture our Bazaar tradition and date until we gather for […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, As fall approaches, we continue to face the challenges of life amid pandemic. While our individual struggles are not the same, so many of us are living lives marked by too much. Too much isolation. Too much distance between us and the people we love. Too much time with our partner, housemates, […]

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Religious Education Notes

Cultivating Spiritual Resilience Have you noticed a constant undercurrent of stress that runs through everything these days? How do we best cope with these surreal times? As we cautiously proceed into autumn where many of us begin new routines and schedules, may we remember to offer as much grace as possible to ourselves and others. […]

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A Water Service like None Other

Every fall, we pour our small containers of water into a larger vessel as the symbolic kickoff of our program year. All People’s people are invited to co-mingle water from a place that holds meaning to them (The kitchen sink is just fine.) in the week before the water service on September 13. We will […]

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Social Justice Update

The Social Justice Coordinating Committee will be meeting on the first Mondays of the month from 3:00-4:30 p.m. via Zoom in the coming church year as we all try to navigate the restrictions we encounter with coronavirus mitigation.  Anyone who is interested in attending our meetings is welcome. Contact Ann Feldmeier at feldtrow@aol.com to […]

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Race Matters

New Definition of Doing For White People One of the things I’ve noticed about white people beginning to get more serious about dismantling racism, and beginning to see things they’ve never seen before, is that they invariably want to DO SOMETHING(!).  We feel the urgency.  Right away.  Now. So first, let me thank you for […]

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How to Do the Works of Love (and Justice) Now

During the service on August 23, one of our discussion questions was ‘How have you continued to make a difference in your community even with the recent pandemic? What ideas can you share?’ So many good ideas were shared, that I was inspired to share them with our whole community. – Rev. Rachel Here are […]

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Green Spot

Is People’s Church ready to be a Cool Congregation ? Cool Congregations is a stewardship program developed by Interfaith Power and Light that provides certification for congregations that achieve different levels of greenhouse gas reductions in their facilities. It offers a structured approach and support resources, and also includes a challenge to individual congregants to engage in lowering […]

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Special Collection for ISAAC

Now more than ever, the inspiring leadership that ISAAC is providing to end racial injustice in our community is definitely worth supporting!  As such, the Social Justice Coordinating Committee with Rev. Rachel has selected ISAAC to be the recipient of the offering Sunday, August 30. As a result of COVID, ISAAC will not benefit as […]

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Art Wall Fundraiser in Memory of Dave Curl

Framed 18” X 24” pictures are $50 each with all proceeds going to People’s Church.  If you are interested in purchasing a picture, please reach out to Chris Schleuder at office@peopleschurch.net.

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Join the Virtual Journey to DC for Racial Justice!!

From August 15th–September 20th, our Beloved Community members are being asked to log their steps, distance, and time traveled as we collectively make a virtual journey to Washington, D.C. 

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People’s Church Seeking to Hire Interim Religious Education Assistant

People’s Church is a beloved community embracing and serving our diverse world. As Unitarian Universalists, we are a liberal religious congregation committed to bringing forth more love, hope and positive change into the world. POSITION TITLE: Interim Religious Education Assistant POSITION HOURS: Approx. 5-6 hours/week (with the possibility of an additional 10 hours per week […]

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