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Social Justice Update

Special Collection We will hold a Special Collection for ISAAC on June 11. ISAAC, Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community, is the largest faith-based organizing group in Southwest Michigan. People’s Church is among the more than 20 congregations and other organization that work together through ISAAC to make our values real in […]

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News of the Altyara Family

It will be the one year anniversary of the arrival of the Altyara family on June 29th. Much has been accomplished in this initial year. People’s Church has been pivotal in their success as they resettle in their new county. Here is a brief update on each family member and what lies ahead for them. […]

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Green Spot

By Julia Kirkwood To Know Your Water Is to Love Your Water Michigan is blessed with water! MI is water rich.  You are within 5 miles of water anywhere in MI! Clichés about Michigan water but nevertheless true. By the numbers; MI is surrounded by 4 Great Lakes with 3,049 miles of shoreline, 10,000 inland […]

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Race Matters

By Nadine Godin-Nassaney On April 26-29, Carolyn Heineman and I attended the 18th annual White Privilege Conference (WPC) in Kansas City, MO entitled: “Organizing. Strategizing. Taking Action. Deconstructing the Culture of White Supremacy and Privilege: Creating Peace, Equity and Opportunity in the Heartland” along with about 2000 other people from the U.S. and other countries. […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Sandy and John Steele both grew up in United Methodist churches. They began attending People’s in March 2016. “We were new to Kalamazoo and we were looking for a UU church,” John said. “Our daughter and granddaughters attend and we had visited the bazaar,” Sandy said. She added, “We were looking to […]

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Child Dedication, Sunday, June 11

People’s Church is holding its final child dedication ritual of the program year on June 11. This is a ritual where we welcome children into our community and the church promises to help support them—and their parents. If your family is interested in participating—or if you have questions, please contact Rev. Rachel.

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Book Club, Thu. June 8, 1:30p.m.

Four Souls by Louise Erdrich will be the focus on our June 8 meeting (1:30 – 3:30), facilitated by Mary Lewis.  This meeting will be at Friendship Village; someone will be near the main door to direct you to the meeting room. Anyone who enjoys talking about books is most welcome to join us!

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The Art of Living, Tuesdays through June 20th

The Art of Living Tuesdays through June 20th 7:00 to 8:30pm Room L2 Jewel Heart will present a six-week course based on Gelek Rimpoche’s book, Good Life, Good Death. Class teaches techniques and meditation to transform negative emotions and states of mind into the causes for lasting happiness. $45.00 includes a copy of the book. […]

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Summer Service Schedule

The theme for this summer’s services are “Stories That Inspire Us”. Our speakers will share with our community their stories about what experiences or events or people have been most important in helping them to a life of greater meaning. These stories or persons may come from their own personal life, or from history, or […]

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Jutta & the Hi-Dukes Concert and Dance, Sun. June 18, 1:30 p.m.

People’s Church is hosting an afternoon of world music, with Jutta & the Hi-Dukes, a Chicago-based, internationally known group.  You may hear them play music originating from Scandinavia, the Balkans, and Greece.   In addition, Klezmer, Gypsy, and Dixieland music are also included in their repertoire.  During their first set, they will play beautiful music for […]

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Spring Cleaning, Sun. June 4, 1:00pm

Volunteers needed for Spring Cleaning at People’s Church Sunday, June 4, 1:00-3:00pm Winter snows have melted and it is time to tidy our church grounds. Please come share the joy of time outdoors working alongside friends. Bonus benefits: build friendships, put down roots in the community, and gain a sense of accomplishment as our combined […]

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Medicine Wheel

Native American Ceremony Free Event 1st Wednesday of month @ 7:00 pm. Next Meeting: September 6, 2017 Room 9 (best to enter through back door from rear parking lot) The Medicine Wheel is laid in a ceremonial manner, with honor and respect. We are creating sacred space. We raise our vibration with singing, drumming and […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: 2017-18 Budget

People’ Church – Operating Budget for 2017-18 year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) Frequently asked Questions:   1. We heard that the preliminary budget data showed a $34,000 deficit. Is that correct? Yes.  The first wave of pledge and income projections fell short of what was needed to meet the total required and […]

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Full Moon Drum Circle CANCELLED

The Full Moon Drum Circle set to meet on Wednesday, May 10 has been CANCELLED.  Thanks for your understanding.

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Funeral Service for Ben Ciuffa, Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.

There will be a funeral mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish for People’s member Ben Ciuffa on Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.  A lunch gathering will follow the service at the Parish.  If you wish to make donations in Ben’s honor, the family requests sending contributions to Clean […]

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May Special Collection

Our May Special Collection, which will be collected on Mother’s Day, May 14 and will support the work of Cradle Kalamazoo, formerly the Kalamazoo Infant Mortality Community Action Initiative. This multi-agency initiative is focused on reducing infant mortality in Kalamazoo, especially in community of color. In Kalamazoo, babies of color are four times more likely […]

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Social Justice Update

Books for Lincoln With much excitement the Social Justice Coordinating Committee and the Religious Education program at People’s report a great victory in the battle with the Illiteracy horcrux!  Your overwhelming response to our plan to give every child at Lincoln School a book of their own surpassed our expectations.  We will be presenting the […]

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The Library Corner

Witnessing Whiteness: the Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It provides a compelling look at what it means to be white in America, bringing insight for white people as well as being a valuable tool for people of color.  Using rich storytelling and frank self-reflection, author Shelly Tochluk  has created a powerful […]

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Getting to Know People’s People – By Ardyce Curl

When Susan Stafford retired from nursing in 2016, she suddenly had Sundays off to search for churches. “I found the website of People’s to be the most interesting and appealing of all the sites I searched,” Susan said.  “It sounded like what I was looking for—social justice work, inclusive and multi-cultural. It had 150 years […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s People, One of the major themes of my life in recent weeks is remembering that I am not always at the center of my own story. I have learned that from the shifting conversation about sanctuary—where I encouraged us to explore one idea only to learn that some of the people we were […]

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New Member Recognition, Sunday, May 21

People’s Church, like all UU churches, is a religious community with no creed. There is no one thing that we all have to believe in order to join. If you think that you can find religious and spiritual nurture here and be challenged to grow, and if you want to help make People’s a strong […]

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Budget Hearing, Sun. May 14

At the request of Rev. Rachel, the church leadership has been working on redesigning the annual budget process.  In the past, we constructed a hypothetical budget prior to the Stewardship campaign, and then had to adjust all of the numbers based on the actual results of pledging. This year, we are experimenting with reversing that […]

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Nominees for Board of Trustees

Cary Betz Williams Cary Betz Williams, 55, has been attending People’s Church for 8 years. She has one son, Nicholas, who is 17; he also attends People’s. Cary is currently finishing her second term on the RE Committee, has taught kindergarten/1st grade RE class, written curriculum, assisted in OWL classes, is an RE greeter on […]

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Faster EFT, Sat. April 29, 10am-12pm

Presentation by Chip Brown on Faster EFT (Emotionally Focused Transformations) Are you creating the wealth, health, relationship and career you want?  Have you tried “The Law Of Attraction” but something seems missing? THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU!  Successful creation is achieved by recognizing what you want, addressing any obstructing beliefs and knowing what to […]

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Peace and Nature Camp 2017

Peace and Nature Camp is a one-week day-camp at People’s Church that runs M-F, June 19-23, 9am – 4pm and is open to all children ages 7-12 years old.   This includes an all day field trip to the Kalamazoo Nature Center on Thursday of that week.  Camp provides an opportunity to play and explore in […]

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Tibetan Buddhism for Modern Life

Tuesday, May 9th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm Room 19 Jewel Heart presents a discussion on how the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism can be applied to our lives today through meditation and mindfulness to develop compassion and wisdom that leads to true happiness.  This event is free and open to everyone.  Call 734-994-3387 for more info […]

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Study Group, Monday, April 24, 7:30pm

The Study Group will be meeting on April 24 at 7:30, in room 18. We will be discussing the book The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life, by Harvard Professor Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh. This book summarizes for a broad popular audience some of the contents of a […]

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Spring Road Clean-Up, Sun. April 30, 1:00 pm

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is sponsoring a Spring Clean-Up of 10th Street from West Main to H Street on Sunday, April 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. All necessary gear and material will be provided along with the MDOT safety training video. Youth are encouraged to volunteer, but parental permission is required […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

By now everyone knows that we have joined forces with RE children to challenge the horcrux of ILLITERACY.  $700 was collected Sunday the 12th toward the purchase of books for Lincoln School!  But there is still some distance to go to purchase 320 books, which cost about $7 per book—and our goal is to win […]

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April Special Collection

Sunday, April 9 Just imagine going on a free six day/five night residential camping experience next summer. That’s what Pretty Lake Camp in Mattawan will provide for 700-800 area youth most of whom face significant challenges. They have been providing this experience to disadvantaged kids since 1916. Applications are distributed online and through area public […]

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Money Matters

How Are Your Finances Going? Did you get your taxes done and have your refund now?  Are you breathing a sigh of relief because the winter was not as cold as usual, and your heating bills are and will be, less than expected?  The church’s fiscal year ends in June, so if you have paid […]

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Financial Planning and Philanthropy Workshop

On Sunday, April 2nd from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, we will be offering a Financial Planning Workshop designed to familiarize you with the various options that exist for a perpetual gift to People’s Church. We have not devoted any attention to this important subject in several years. Depending on the amount of interest, we may […]

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Religious Education Notes

Our 2nd through 12th grade Religious Education classes are teaming with the Social Justice Coordinating Committee this month to fight the Illiteracy Horcrux. Our children and youth are using a social justice curriculum based on the Harry Potter books in which they learn about a new social justice issue each month and work on a […]

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Committee Annual Reports Due Sunday, May 7

The time of year is upon us where committee chairs should begin thinking about turning in their annual committee reports. Committee reports are due to the church office no later than Sunday, May 7. Reports should include: Names of members and chairs The purpose of the committee What the committee has done this year Future […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s People, Quaker educator and writer Parker Palmer is one of my sources of wisdom. Over the last months I have been turning to his Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit as I try to understand how I—and we—are called to be in this […]

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Exploring Immigration and Sanctuary at People’s Church

Undocumented People Share Their Stories Sunday, April 9, 12:30 Room 9 An important opportunity to listen to several undocumented people from our community speak about their experiences and answer questions. Light snack provided. Sanctuary: Learning from Other Congregations Sunday, April 30, 12:30, Room 19 Leaders from sanctuary churches will speak and answer questions about what […]

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Antiracism Gathering, Sun. April 23, 12:30pm

Doing Our ‘Inside’ Work On Sunday, March 19, we listened to the Rev. Dr. Melanie Morrison speak on the necessity of white people doing their own work “beyond good intentions.”  Her self-reflective examples pointed us to a level of personal and organizational accountability that are needed in order to break down structural racism. Then, on […]

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Membership Orientation, Sun. April 9, 12:30pm

For those considering membership or anyone just wanting to learn more about People’s Church, there will be an orientation on April 9 at 12:30 pm in Room 19.  Light snacks will be provided and child care upon request.  Please sign up on the table in the foyer, and let us know your childcare needs by […]

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Campaign Pledges Due April 16

The 2017 stewardship campaign is asking members and friends to consider commitments that extend beyond just the year ahead.  In addition to your continued generous support for our operating budget, we are asking people to consider a separate pledge to our capital campaign to finish funding our 2011 expansion project. Link to printable version […]

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Sustaining Democracy: Habits of the Heart, Tuesdays

People’s Church will be offering a new adult religious education class beginning in April. Sustaining Democracy: Habits of the Heart will begin on Tuesday, April 18 and run for five consecutive weeks. The class will meet at 3:30pm and 7:00pm. The afternoon and evening sessions will be the same—Rev. Rachel is double scheduling the class […]

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What Is ISAAC?

Our Social Justice Work Through ISAAC Increase affordable housing!   Address the disparate rate of black infant mortality in Kalamazoo County! Expanded bus service on Sundays!   Advocate against school closures in our school district!   Increase access to high quality preschool!     Address youth violence and racism!  These are issues People’s Church is helping to achieve through our […]

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Study Group, Monday, March 20, 7:30 pm

The next meeting of the Study Group will be on Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. All are welcome. We will be discussing The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.  This book is the UUA “Common […]

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Friday Sing-Along, March 17, 7:00 pm

We will meet in Room 19 at 7:00pm on March 17 to sing popular and familiar songs—many in the folk tradition. As this is St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll plan to sing many Irish songs at this sing-along.  Words will be projected up on the wall to make them easier to read. Please bring an instrument […]

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Book Club, Thursday, April 13, 1:30pm

In place of A Man Called Ove (which still has so many “holds” in local libraries that we don’t foresee being able to get enough copies), our April 13 meeting will focus on:  Commonwealth by Ann Patchett; Susan Stafford reviewing.   The schedule in the church foyer is correct for the remainder of the year.

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Immigration 101, Sunday, March 26, 12:30pm

On Sunday, March 26th at 12:30 in Room 19, there will be an opportunity to learn more about immigration law fundamentals. Megan Reynolds will present Immigration 101, which is a curriculum developed by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center for non-legal audiences to become familiar with immigration law. While this presentation is related to our congregational […]

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Update on Burundi Unitarian Refugees

Help with Relief Fund Efforts: https://www.faithify.org/projects/burundi-unitarian-refugee-relief-fund/ For the Burundi Unitarians from Rev. Ndagijimana Fulgence on Vimeo. The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) is working with Burundi Unitarians to raise funds for a Burundi Unitarian Refugee Relief Fund. The original emergency funds raised to support the Unitarian refugees have now […]

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Race Matters

By Missy Howse-Kurtz As an out lesbian activist, I felt that there wasn’t that much for me to learn about racism.  I had sensitivity, I knew racism existed, and I knew it was wrong.  Then I joined the ARAOMC committee and then went to an anti racism training. I felt and still feel like I’m […]

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Climate Ready Kalamazoo: Working for a Safe, Healthy, and Sustainable Community

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7PM Schneider Hall, Room 2000, WMU Haworth College of Business Communities in Michigan are developing Climate Action Plans (CAPs), in which they assess the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that destabilize the global climate and plan ahead so they are ready to protect citizens from the effects of […]

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Social Justice Update

The battle against the third horcrux, Animal Cruelty, waged by our Religious Education program, has three fronts: the offering received Sunday, February 12th which amounted to $812, the collection of supplies needed by the SPCA (ongoing), and the volunteer effort by our youth taking place March 12.  There is still time to bring dog and […]

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Getting to Know People’s People – by Ardyce Curl

Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate. Cary Betz-Williams Cary Betz-Williams and her son Nicholas Betz-Thorn, have been coming to People’s since 2008. “It was mostly out of the need for community after the death of my parents and husband,” she […]

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Become a Member, Sunday, March 5

On Sunday, March 5th we will recognize our newest members to People’s Church during the Sunday service.  New and joining members are welcome to attend a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony that will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Room L1.   If you are interested in joining People’s on this day, please fill out and […]

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March Special Collection

Are you ready to help challenge the NEXT Harry Potter horcrux?  Kids in Religious Education (RE) are.  The target is ILLITERACY and the attack is scheduled to start on March 12th with our SPECIAL COLLECTION.  Our goal is to provide a book for every child at Lincoln School.  We will need to have 320 books […]

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Workshop: “How Do We Live Our Values Now?”, Sat. March 25

Saturday, March 25, 2:00 pm, Room 19 Join Rev. Rachel and Rev. Jill McAllister, our minister emerita to explore the challenges and opportunities we face as people who affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person in the current political climate.

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Service Auction Update

The Service Auction held on Sunday, February 19, whose purpose was to help folks get to know one another and to donate funds for the church, resulted in fun, of course, and bid awards on 171 items or services, for a total of over $7,000!   Thanks to those who donated and to those who engaged […]

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Green Spot

Composting 101 Recap On Sunday, January 15, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a composting workshop presented by Tomme Maile and Amy Newday.  About a dozen People’s people attended. Composting involves layering carbon sources (leaves and other brown, woody material); wet, fresh vegetable scraps; and dirt.  This helps the food scraps decompose, and results in rich […]

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Race Matters

By Doug Ferguson It was around 2002 when my state of Michigan came out with the first report cards on schools, measuring what they called Adequate Yearly Progress, a mandate of No Child Left Behind. Our school district earned top grades for all of our schools. We advertised it as a point of pride and […]

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Getting to Know People’s People – by Ardyce Curl

Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate. Michelle Scott Michelle Scott first attended People’s in October 2014. “I was looking for a church that challenged my mind, had people who also wanted to challenge their minds and a church that could […]

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Game Time!, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-5p.m.

We had such fun at our January game afternoon that we decided to do it again. Bring your favorite board or card game and a snack to share, if you like.  We’ll meet in Room 19.

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Green Spot

Composting 101 Recap On Sunday, January 15, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a composting workshop presented by Tomme Maile and Amy Newday.  About a dozen People’s people attended. Composting involves layering carbon sources (leaves and other brown, woody material); wet, fresh vegetable scraps; and dirt.  This helps the food scraps decompose, and results in rich […]

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Nonviolent Communication Class, Thursdays at UUCC

Rev. Gy and Christina Cusumano will be offering a class on nonviolent communication on Thursdays, starting January 26th. The class will be held at UUCC with one class being held at 2 p.m. and another being held at 6:15 p.m. If you are interested in attending this class please e-mail uucommunity@gmail.com to obtain the […]

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Membership Orientation, Sun. February 12

If you are interested in knowing more about People’s Church or Unitarian Universalism or are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, please plan to attend our Membership Orientation Sunday, February 12, after the service in Room 19.  Reverend Rachel will join us, along with representatives from the Membership, Religious Education, and Stewardship Committees. Light […]

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Art Wall Exhibit: Pastels by Tracy Klinesteker

Show runs from January 22 through February 26 Artist Statement: What are Pastels? Pastels are almost pure pigment, which makes the colors positively glow.  Very little binder is added to hold their shape. Today, pastels come in many sizes and shapes: thick and thin sticks, pencils, and pots.  One can also add water for transparent […]

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Memorial Service for John Walker, Sunday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.

A service in celebration of the life of John Walker will be held on January 15 at 7:00 p.m. at People’s Church.  John passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016 at Rose Arbor Hospice following a short and intense battle with cancer. Donations in his name may be made to Kalamazoo Numazu Sister City Committee […]

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People’s Potluck – Sunday, January 15

Following the service this Sunday, January 15, we will enjoy a People’s Potluck in The Commons.  Please bring a dish to share, and plan to stay and have lunch!

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Job Posting – People’s Church Music Director

People’s Church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Kalamazoo, MI is seeking candidates for the position of Music Director to begin February 2017. We seek a Music Director to inspire, motivate, and minister to our people in music. The Music Director works closely with the Minister to select and lead music for worship, prepares music, leads […]

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Study Group, Mon. February 13, 7:30pm

The next meeting of the Study Group will be on Monday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. All are welcome. We will be discussing A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, by William Irvine. The book is a highly readable, personal account by an American philosophy professor of […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

We have three Special Collection totals to report. In October, besides the 514 pounds of food donated to Loaves and Fishes, People’s people gave $932.18 to support their wonderful work in the community.  In November the Hispanic American Council received $1414.41 from our Special Collection.  On Sunday December 11, $1076 was the amount donated to […]

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Syrian Refugee Update

As the holidays are fast approaching, and with winter break soon upon us, we are hoping to be able to provide fun activities for the Altyaras and in-home tutoring for Fatema and the boys. Two weeks out of school is a long stretch! If your family is planning a fun winter activity and you would […]

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MONEY MATTER$

To aid you in your year end financial planning, pledge statements will be available soon.  These will include your pledged amount, pledge payments received, and balances left, going by the church’s records.  If you have any questions, please contact Barb Davis, Assistant Treasurer, or Sue Glenn, Treasurer (suekglenn@comcast.net).  Thanks for your generous gifts!

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, For many of us, the beginning of the new year is a time to make resolutions, to recalibrate, to reset our intentions and reconsider plans. In churches, we don’t recalibrate annually, but we do periodically revisit and reimagine our mission and vision statements. This January, you will all be invited to participate in […]

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Sign Up for Mission and Vision Workshops

This January everyone is invited to participate in a process to develop a new mission and vision for our church.  We will begin the mission/vision process during the service on January 8.  The heart of the mission process will happen in workshops in the second half of January. These workshops will be a chance for […]

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Register for Annual Young Adult CON, January 13-15, 2017

The annual Kalamazoo Young Adult Con is here! This year as we gather, our focus will be on building bridges, and finding connections as we move on into unsure waters. Winter is here so let’s keep the fires going and come together. This is a con for Young Adults (18-35) happening over MLK Weekend in […]

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2017 People’s Church Service Auction Underway

The People’s Church annual Service Auction is now underway. “What is the Service Auction?” you might ask. This is an opportunity to offer and bid on services provided by People’s people. It helps us to build community by sharing our talents and raising some money for the church along the way. We will soon be […]

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Harry Potter Poverty Horcrux Update

Thank you to our middle school and high school youth, who made 36 scarves for Ministry With Community! We appreciate their hard work. Fighting social justice “horcruxes” is part of the Harry Potter social justice curriculum our 2nd through 12th graders are using in their religious education classes this year. Our horcrux this month has […]

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Medicine Wheel Class CANCELLED

The Medicine Wheel class that was scheduled to begin tonight is cancelled due to the weather.  We will plan to meet on the second Friday in January at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Ann at 269-350-1320 (call or text) or capri116@aol.com.

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Caroling, Wednesday Dec. 21, 6 p.m.

Do you enjoy singing? Do you love spreading holiday cheer? Do you especially like doing so when someone is down? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then come join the People’s singers as we go Christmas Caroling to People’s shut-ins on Wednesday December 21st. We will meet at church at 6 […]

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Winter Solstice Meditation, Tue. Dec. 20, 6-8pm

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of sunlight.  It marks the returning of the sun and the transformation of darkness into light. Many cultures revere the Winter Solstice as a sacred time to gather for meditation and ritual. Karina Mirsky, director of Sangha Yoga Institute, whole-heartedly believes in the healing power of group practice. […]

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Green Spot

Stewardship of Our Church Land Last year, a group of People’s people gathered to share visions for the use and care of our outdoor church home, the grounds surrounding our building. We discussed challenges such as lack of space for adding trees to the Memorial Garden, the children’s need for a large grassy area, […]

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MONEY MATTER$

On October 30, the congregation was told by Allan Hunt, Stewardship Chair and Assistant Treasurer, that there was a need for a short Supplemental Pledge Campaign.  The budget approved for the fiscal year that started on July 1st was $20,000 short of the projected funds needed for the church’s budget year.   Besides that $20,000, […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Edmund Tsang has been attending People’s since September 2001. He grew up attending Catholic churches and a Christian Brothers middle school and high school. “I think my parents might have become Catholic because they believed their children would have a greater chance to attend Catholic schools, which at the time were […]

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Race Matters

By Cary Williams I greet you all as a new member of ARAOMC (Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multi-Cultural Committee). For those who don’t know me, I am Cary. I teach Kindergarten and First Grade Religious Education and I am also one of the RE greeters who says hello to you at the top of the stairs […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, This year, Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on Sundays. I want you to know that People’s Church will be open and having services on both those days. Please come. On Christmas, we will be having a minimalist Sunday. (There will be no religious education program and, as of this writing, […]

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Religious Education Notes

The Resistance In the aftermath of our presidential election, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to go on.  In the midst of overwhelming sadness and grief, somehow I need to get up everyday and continue to do the work.  And now the work for peace and justice is needed more than ever in […]

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Child Dedication – Sunday, November 20

In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, our ritual for welcoming children and babies into our community is a child dedication. In the ritual, the church community dedicates itself to children and babies, promising to love and support them as they grow and learn here. We share each child’s name with the community, dedicate their thoughts, […]

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Spaghetti Lunch for Standing Rock, Sunday, November 20

The Young Adult group is hosting a spaghetti after-service-lunch on November 20th. The funds raised from this event will be going to the Standing Rock Reservation. The young adults are hoping to raise money for them to have food, warm clothes, and for the legal fees they are facing from the protest. $3 per person, […]

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, at UUCC of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 24, 6:00 p.m. As is our tradition at People’s Church, on Christmas Eve, we join together with our fellow Unitarian Universalists from the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Southwest Michigan in Portage for a joint Candlelight Service. Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney of UUCC and Rev. Rachel will co-lead this service. This year, the […]

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New Member Joining Ceremony, Dec. 4

New Member Joining Ceremony and New Member Recognition For anyone interested in joining People’s Church, our next New Member Joining Ceremony and New Member Recognition will be will be held on Sunday, December 4. The Joining Ceremony will be held at 10:00 A.M. in Room 19 and the New Member Recognition will take place during the Sunday Service […]

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Race Matters

Are you ready?  Are you coming? It is rare for me to find a band that can truly give a beautiful live performance. I have looked far and wide; from concerts I have attended live to videos I have seen on the internet. The majority of bands simply can’t give a good concert live. […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

ISAAC Banquet a Success! People’s Church had a good turnout for the October 6 ISAAC Public Meeting.  Twenty-four of us attended the evening of music, speakers and skits outlining the progress of each task force.  Anti-Racism—supporting business leaders who take anti-racism training and help community members find employment;  Early Childhood and Education—building community to respond […]

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Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar – Sat. Nov. 19, 9:00am-3:00pm

The Final Push is on for the Bazaar on November 19th! Please Volunteer, Contribute, Promote, and Shop the People’s Church 2016 Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar The Bazaar has become a signature event for our church community—where everyone—members, friends, and family members —can play a part in making it happen. We hope […]

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MONEY MATTER$

Electronic Payments at People’s Some of you will already have noticed the QR code in the Sunday order of service—we’re coming into the 21st century!  We’re making it easier and more flexible for you to donate to our community, and easier for the office staff to process those donations! In addition to the QR code, […]

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Syrian Resettlement Update

The fall has brought many changes and advancements for our Syrian Refugee Family! The four youngest boys started school in KPS.  The twins, Omar and Abdullah are attending Arcadia Elementary School. Arcadia is very special – about 10% of the children speak Arabic. This helps so much because the kids can help each other […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, No one ever joins a church thinking, “what I really want to do is join together with others to be an employer!” Nevertheless, you all are an employer. You employ me; Diane, your director of religious education; Chris, your church administrator; Dana, your database manager; Bill, your music director; Denise and Andrea, […]

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Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar, Sat. Nov. 19

Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will be the 15th Annual People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar! The People’s Church community, it’s members, friends and supporters and the entire Southwest Michigan community are cordially invited to join us for the People’s Church Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar. Our […]

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Discussion Group

11/5:  “The Trump Supporter”  Through most of this general presidential campaign, more white voters in this country have expressed support for Trump than for Clinton. Our group tries to be open to various perspectives and yet, frankly, this a fact that astounds many of us who regularly attend.  All participants are invited to find and […]

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Book Club, Thursday, Nov. 8, 1:30pm

An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy is our book for this month’s meeting, Thursday, November 8, 1:30-3:30.  Donna Grath is reviewing at Friendship Village (the meeting room to the right as you enter the front door).  Newcomers are always welcome.  We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Copies of our schedule for […]

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Join the A/V Team

Recent retirements and a resignation have left our A/V team critically short of experienced technicians for Sunday morning services. If you agree that People’s use of projected images enhances our Sunday services, and that “seamless sound” is an essential feature, here’s a volunteer opportunity to serve the church in a real way while developing […]

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Envisioning Our Outdoor Church, Sun. Oct. 30, 12:15pm

Please join the discussion about the future of our church lands. We are beginning the process of developing a Land Management Plan for the church grounds. It will outline short-term and long-term goals for care and use of the lands, with attention to enhancing use of our “outdoor church.” The Plan will build on […]

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ARAOMC to present Race: The Power of an Illusion on Nov. 6

The ARAOMC (Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multi-Cultural) Committee will be showing Race: the Power of an Illusion on Nov. 6 to be followed with discussion. It will run from from 12:30-2:30 in the Commons.  If you’ve seen it before, please consider viewing it again. There is much to learn from this video and you will get a […]

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