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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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Medicine Wheel, 2nd Fridays, 7:00p.m.

Native American Ceremony Free Event 2nd Friday each month from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Room 9 (best to enter through back door from rear parking lot) In the tradition of Sun Bear, this sacred circle is an opportunity to come together in harmony and reconnect with all of our relations: the animals, plants and […]

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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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Money, Life and Spirit – 2nd Sundays, 1-2:30pm

  What would it look like if we were as comfortable talking with the adults in our church about money as we are talking with our children and youth about sexuality? This class, based on the Wi$dom Path curriculum published by the Unitarian Universalist Association is a step toward that reality. Rev. Rachel […]

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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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Results of “Life Should Be People” Music Survey

Here are the results of the “Life Should Be People” Music Survey that was done in the spring. Please contact Susan Moerdyk with any comments or questions.

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Only 2 Weeks Left to Sign Up for the Picture Directory

We’ve scheduled photographers to come and take pictures in October for a new picture directory.  Here is the schedule for when they will be here: Wed. Oct. 26, 2:00-8:30pm Thu. Oct. 27, 2:00-8:30pm Fri. Oct. 28, 2:00-8:30pm Sat. Oct. 29, 9:30am-4:00pm To schedule an appointment, please sign up online at: https://www.securedata-trans14.com/ap/peopleschurch/index.php?page=10 or contact […]

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Study Group, Monday, Nov. 14, 7:30pm

The next meeting of the Study Group will be on Monday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. All are welcome. We will be discussing The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine.  This book won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. In addition to describing […]

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ISAAC Public Meeting, Thu. Oct. 6, 6:00pm

We need everyone’s voice at the October 6 ISAAC Public Meeting!  The larger the turnout, the more support our public officials will know they have for making the Anti-Racism, Early Childhood & Education, and Youth Violence Prevention improvements that ISAAC advocates.  Bring everyone you know who shares your faith values.  Bring everyone you know […]

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The Bazaar is Coming Soon—Join in the Preparations!

Saturday, November 19th  from 9:00 to 3:00 will be the 15th Annual People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar!  We will transform our building into a festive venue with 32 local artisans selling their beautiful work, while we sell our trademark pasties and YOUR People’s specialties, serve up savory fare in the People’s […]

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Introducing New Music Director Bill Roberts

Hello, Bill Roberts here! I am delighted to be serving as the new Music Director at People’s Church.  My credentials include a Masters of Music in composition from the New England Conservatory (1990) and a BM in guitar performance from the University of Kentucky (1986). I grew up in a rural area of southern […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Loaves & Fishes October Food Drive Loaves and Fishes will be the recipient of our October 9th Special Collection.  The Social Justice Coordinating Committee is teaming with Religious Education in holding a food drive for the month of October.  Please bring non-perishable items, especially soups and stews, and place them in the Loaves and Fishes […]

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Standing with the Standing Rock Sioux

On September 25, the Green Sanctuary Committee had signature sheets at a table in the foyer to sign in a Letter of Support for the Standing Rock Sioux, and invited anybody who would like to participate to add their name. The tribe is protesting installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is being routed […]

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Race Matters

Conversations on Race:  Are you ready? At Sunday service on August 28, a subgroup from People’s that attended General Assembly showed a video of UU youth/young adults of Color calling out the UU membership for “not doing the work of racism” within our own organization and congregations. Their view is that the passing of […]

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Money Matters

As October rolls around, it is time to start planning for 2016 tax matters. Congress made the tax-free IRA rollover provision for gifts to non-profit entities permanent in 2015. This applies to donations to People’s Church, including pledge payments. People of age 70 1/2 or older can make a tax-free gift by transferring assets directly […]

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Discussion Group, October 15th, 10:00am

On October 15, Barb McCrea, a political scientist who specializes in Eastern European and Peace Studies and lived in Croatia for a year in the 1990s,  will lead a discussion on “How the politics of federalism influenced the end of Yugoslavia/Are there observations from the Yugoslav case which could be applied  to federalism in […]

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Book Group, Thursday, Oct. 13, 1:30pm

A Thread of Grace by Mary Donna Russell will be reviewed by Barb McCrea at her home on October 13, 1:30-3:30.  Newcomers are always welcome.  We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month.  This church year’s schedule of books are available in the church foyer.  If you have questions, contact Marj Lightner (353-1311) or […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, At a recent membership committee retreat, we talked about how being a warm, hospitable community that welcomes everyone is not a job that one committee can do – it is the task of all of us. To that end, I’m sharing a challenge, encouragements, and a caution with you all this month. […]

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Higher Grounds Fair Trade Coffee – Get it on Sundays!

Coffee is on sale again in the foyer after the Sunday service. Want an easy way to help you live your values? Make sure you buy and drink fair trade, organic, shade grown coffee. The coffee we sell and serve after the service on Sundays is from Higher Grounds, a Michigan company that buys […]

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Religious Education Notes

Fall RE Kick off Success! What a wonderful start to the new church year we have had! We have had over 100 people involved in our RE classes each of our first few week. Enthusiasm for being together in the new church year is running high and folks new and old appear delighted to […]

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Syrian Resettlement Update

As the Altyara Family gets settled into their first school year in America, there are lots of new experiences that they are encountering. It is a joy to watch the twins, Omar and Abdullah come home from school animated and excited. They are learning English very quickly. Before too long, they will be translating […]

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Young Adult Group for ages 18-35

People’s Church hosts a young adult group from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at People’s Church. The group gathers to discuss relevant issues, build friendships, and find community while seeking deeper meaning in their lives. Anyone aged 18 through 35 is invited. Snacks are provided. Childcare […]

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CONsciousness High School Youth Con: Nov. 11-13

People’s Church high school youth will host a youth CON from Nov. 11-13 at People’s Church. Please join us for this fun weekend together getting to know UU youth from around the region through games, workshops, fellowship, music, worship, a super secret surprise, great food and more! Cost is $30 per youth and $20 […]

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Buddhist Teachings by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, September 17-18

People’s Church will host Buddhist teacher Bardor Tulku Rinpoche on September 17-18 in Room 19.  If you are interested in attending this event, please REGISTER HERE.  There is a suggested donation of $25 per session or $100 for the entire weekend.  Four sessions are planned–Sunday morning’s session will take place in another location in […]

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“My Parent’s Nature”: An Art Exhibit by Gay Walker, Sept. 18 – Oct. 9

Artist Statement: Gay Walker As an art therapist, I know that painting helps me process and communicate what is important in life. I was greatly inspired and influenced by my parents. During my life, they constantly guided my eyes to see and appreciate the beauty of nature. This exhibit is to honor them and […]

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People’s Potluck, Sunday, September 11

Last May at a ‘Super Committee’ gathering, we elected to try a new format for Sunday lunches this church year.  We will be shifting lunches to every other month on the second Sunday, and  have the lunch be a potluck rather than have committees provide all the food. Following the homecoming service on September […]

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Special Collection for Lincoln School, Sun. Sept. 18

Our first Special Collection of the year will be for Lincoln School, a partnership we’ve shared for several years.  Money collected during this offering will be divided among the teachers to be used for supplies and to meet the needs of the classrooms as they determine. Many members of People’s Church have volunteered and […]

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Happy Hour at The Old Mill, Tue. Sept. 20, 4-6pm

Rev. Rachel and her family invite you all to join us for an informal happy hour at the Old Mill Brewpub & Grill (717 E. Bridge Street, Plainwell) for fun and fellowship. Brian, Rev. Rachel’s husband, started working as the brewer in July and several of his beers should be available for you to […]

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Facing Life, Facing Death, Tue. Sept. 27, 1:30pm

The Facing Life, Facing Death group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30-3:00pm in Room L1.  The first half-hour is a group check-in.  For the final hour, Rev. Rachel leads the group in exploring death and dying through film clips, personal reflection, sociological information, articles, conversation, and perhaps a field trip […]

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Transforming Scarcity into Sufficiency, Mon. Sept. 12, 6:30pm

September is another opportunity to “Begin Again.” When we meet again on September 12th at 6:30 pm, our circle will have a new focus:  Building a More Positive Relationship with Money.  We will focus on this for three sessions—September, October and November.  September’s discussion will be how your thoughts and beliefs affect your experience […]

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Discussion Group, Sat. Sept. 3, 10:00am

‘Why 3rd Parties Can’t Win in the U.S. (or, ‘what it would take for 3rd Parties to win in the U.S.’) will be discussed at our first meeting this church year, September 3, 10am-12pm, in Room 6/7. If you would like to join the email list to receive (or contribute) reading materials in advance, […]

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Race Matters

As some of you may already know, I started on my antiracism journey in 2009 as a member of People’s Church when Rev. Jill McAllister approached me to be part of a panel of congregants who would talk about our ideas on race as part of a Sunday service. I gladly accepted her invitation, […]

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Money Matters

Our pledge fulfillment in 2015-16 at People’s Church has been poor again. At the end of June, we were about $25,000 short in pledge income promised for the fiscal year. Statements of pledge balances were sent out late in June with hopes that everyone would have a chance to finish paying their pledge before we […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, I’ve spent much of my summer thinking about sin and virtue. This year, in our worship, I’ll be exploring the seven deadly sins and the seven heavenly virtues. I spent much of my summer study leave reading, writing and reflecting on these topics. A list of seven deadly sins is an ancient […]

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Music at People’s

Music of Love—Music of Hope—Music of Change By Darryl Loiacano Jennifer Drake and I had the great pleasure to attend the UU Musicians Network Conference this summer in Madison, Wisconsin.  It was an inspiring experience for both of us.   Sharing “People of Hope” at the Silliman Hymn Contest was only one small part of […]

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Syrian Resettlement Update

Our People’s Church Refugee Resettlement Committee welcomed Khaled, Fatema, Adham, Molham, Moayyad, Omar and Abdullah Altyara to America nearly two months ago. We have learned that they fled Syria in 2012 because of the civil war raging in their home city of Hims. They became refugees living in Jordan, until they were chosen to […]

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People’s Church Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar

SAVE the DATE!  Saturday, November 19th Preparations are underway for our 15th annual, all-church fun(d) raiser. Please save the date, Saturday, November 19 and plan to participate. Everyone is welcome and needed—members and visitors and friends. Our goals are 700 customers, 800 pasties, and $15,000 to help our church budget. This event also provides […]

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Unitarian History Coming to Your Television

Before there was the People’s Church refugee team, there was Martha and Waitstill Sharp.  ‘Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,’ a new documentary film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky tells to story of an American Unitarian couple who spent two years during the Second World War on life-threatening missions in Europe to save […]

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New Books Available in People’s Library

Everyday Spiritual Practices edited by Scott W. Alexander Forty inspiring contributors share their personal, daily spiritual practices—from meditation and prayer, to recycling and vegetarianism to quilting and art.  This collection suggests a wide variety of ways in which you can spiritually examine, shape and care for your life, to achieve wholeness, satisfaction, depth and […]

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Classroom cleaning Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 2

Please help us clean church classrooms in preparation for the upcoming church year. We will provide pizza!! We will be cleaning from 5:30 to 7:30 on three days: Wednesday August 31, Thursday September 1, and Friday September 2. Come for all days, or just one or two! We have lots of work to do […]

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Book Club, Thursday, September 8, 1:30pm

West With the Night by Beryl Markham will be the focus of our September 8 meeting.  Pat Nelson will review, at her home.  Contact Pat regarding car-pooling and/or directions (patnelson@btc-bci.com).  Book discussion 1:30-3:00; light refreshments/socializing 3:00 – 3:30. The book club will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month, 1:30-3:30, September through June.  […]

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New Books Available in People’s Library

The People’s Church library has several new books available to check out. Graces: Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions by June Cotner A compilation of inspiring and interesting graces designed to enhance and celebrate mealtime gatherings.  (291.43 Co)   Just Mercy; a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stephenson […]

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Church Newsletter Deadlines

The following are the newsletter deadlines for the entire church year.  Please email your newsletter articles to:  news@peopleschurch.net. Monday, September 26, 2016, noon Monday, October 24, 2016, noon Monday, November 14, 2016, noon Monday, December 12, 2016 noon Monday, January 23, 2017, noon Monday, February 20, 2017, noon Monday, March 27, 2017, noon […]

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Race Matters

By Sue Glenn Attending the 55th Annual Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio June 22-26th was an inspiring, enlightening, and joyous experience for me.  Sharing worship, singing, and participating in workshop sessions and in the democratic process of decision-making helped me grow my faith and bond with my fellow UUs (more than […]

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