Nov
17
Sun
Sunday Service: “An Idiot’s Guide to Being a Successful Idiot” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "An Idiot's Guide to Being a Successful Idiot" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
The theme for this Sunday, November 17th is the Spirituality of Mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Big mistakes, small mistakes, mistakes that hurt others and ourselves, and colossal mistakes that only and idiot would make.
Rev. Jim McConnell’s sermon is titled, “An Idiot’s guide to Being a Successful Idiot.” In it he will discuss how making mistakes can help us grow by forcing us to decide if we are going to pull into ourselves in an attempt to eliminate stress and anxiety or whether we are going to press ahead in the face of society’s and our own disapproval and create new ways of being Human.
As usual, the BUUF musicians will have some great music for us and other BUUFers will bring readings, poetry, and a Story for All Ages. In addition, we will offer an Ingathering Ceremony for any individuals who want to sign our membership book and become new members of our fellowship.
As a prelude to our service, please watch this 2-minute Charlie Chaplin Video.
Circle Talk
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Fundraising Team Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Fundraising Team,
Thank you all for everything you’ve done to make our rummage sale successful — from your initial ideas, to contacting the township, creating and placing signs, media advertising, to setting up, pricing, and staffing the sale!  And even purchasing items!
So far we’ve put $833 into the BUUF general fund.  We’ll try to sell the remaining items (and anything else brought in) during the tri-church rummage sale in May.
Let’s meet this Sunday, November 17, during/after refreshments (around noon) to de-brief ourselves and consider future fundraisers.
Thanks again!
Dave
Nov
18
Mon
Shared Pulpit Program @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Shared Pulpit Program @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Lisa Fuller will lead the first session of the Shared Pulpit program on Monday, November 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Six BUUFers have already signed up to participate, and there is room for a maximum of two more. Participants are asked to buy the book “Shared Pulpit” and read the Introduction prior to attending. There will be tea, water and a light snack at this first session.

The Shared Pulpit is “is a complete workshop to help lay people gain experience writing and preaching a full-length sermon for their congregation. This easy-to-use guide for both facilitators and participants provides a step-by-step lesson plan for eight sessions. Workshop members learn about the theory and theology of preaching, then practice writing and speaking with authenticity, gradually building toward composing quality 20-minute sermons. Workshop leaders learn to foster a supportive environment in which participants offer one another helpful feedback. The Shared Pulpit includes a separate leader’s guide, readings for homework, sample sermons, and exercises to help first-time preachers polish their preaching craft.”

Nov
19
Tue
Spiritual Frontiers Facility Rental
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov
20
Wed
Community Conversations: “Welcoming Congregation Renewal” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Conversations: "Welcoming Congregation Renewal" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Community Conversations, Small Group Ministry & Welcoming Congregation Committee are teaming up to complete our Welcoming Congregation renewal with a module that informs, educates, and raises awareness about the issues and needs of the LGBTQ+ / TGQNB* community. Join us for this renewal seminar in the month of November with two different date/time opportunities. We will be watching the movie Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story. Following the movie will be a UUA guided discussion. We will also learn the state of inequality for the LGBTQ+ / TGQNB* community in the nation & specifically in Michigan using the HRC State Equality Index.

Please contact dre@berrienuu.org for more details.

Read Rev. Michael J. Crumpler’s letter to UUA congregations for the state of welcoming congregations in the UU faith.

*LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning + Intersex, Asexual and related communities / TGQNB stands for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary

Nov
21
Thu
Environmental Justice Film Series: “Living the Change” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Environmental Justice Film Series: "Living the Change" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 PM.

(2018) Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. The film is 85 minutes, and after we watch it, we’ll discuss what actions we can take on this and other environmental justice issues.

This event is hosted by Berrien UU Fellowship President Harvey Johnson and is free and open to the public. Free popcorn is included; BYOB encouraged. Doors open at 6:30 PM, so come early, get yourself settled and enjoy some popcorn before the show begins at 7:00!

Nov
22
Fri
Sunday Services Team Meeting @ Web Conference via Zoom
Nov 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Sunday Services Team meets monthly via web conference. Meetings are the fourth Friday from 10:30 AM to noon. Please contact Lisa Fuller or Gretchen Ohmann for instructions on how to join the meeting via Zoom, if you are interested. Some of the issues addressed by the Sunday Services Team include the following:

  • Theme-based services (monthly theme and weekly service topics)
  • Whole congregation worship (drawing all ages into the service and accommodating the needs of all congregants)
  • Sanctuary set-up
  • Arranging for and preparing Sunday service speakers and leaders
  • Greeter ministry

The mission of the Sunday Services Team is to support the creation of meaningful services that flow smoothly, embody our seven principles, six sources, and UU values, and engage the whole congregation. Lisa Fuller is Sunday Services Chair.

Nov
23
Sat
Parents’ Night Out: Potluck Dinner at the La Fleurs @ Home of Beth and David La Fleur
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Parents' Night Out: Potluck Dinner at the La Fleurs @ Home of Beth and David La Fleur

The November Parents’ Night Out is scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd. Parents are invited to bring their children to Berrien UU Fellowship at 6:00 PM, where they will eat a healthy meal and engage in fun, kid-friendly activities. Lisa Fuller, Rev. Jim McConnell, Joan Guilfoyle and other adult volunteers will provide child care. Meanwhile, Beth and David La Fleur have invited parents to a potluck dinner, celebration of November birthdays, and game night at their house. Enjoy this opportunity for a relaxing, child-free evening with other BUUF parents.

Nov
24
Sun
Sunday Service: “Giving is What We Do” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: “Giving is What We Do” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This Sunday, November 24th, Shawnaque (Shawnee Woman of the South) will share the Inside Scoop on the first Thanksgiving. Deej Leggitt’s sermon will be titled “Giving is What We Do.” Deej will also drum and lead “Fly Like an Eagle” as a call and response, and both Hunter and Deej will tell the Story for All Ages. Jim Gehring will read “A Poem by Tecumseh,” and Lisa Fuller will be our service leader.

Come and celebrate the first Americans and the sacred act of giving.