Sunday Service: “Loss and Grief”
Jan 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Loss and Grief"

I answer the heroic question ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with
‘It is here in my heart and mind and memories.’

From: Maya Angelou, “When I Think of Death”

This Sunday, January 16th, we continue with our theme of Mental Health with a focus on Loss and Grief. Everyone has been touched by loss in some way. We have lost beloved grandparents or parents. Some of us have lost children. Others of us have lost beloved pets, family homes, farms, and jobs we loved. Loss is a part of Life. We all will deal with it many times in our lives. Join us this Sunday on Zoom.

The service will include a Story for All Ages that addresses loss, in terms appropriate for children, followed by a discussion led by Rev. Jim. It would be wonderful to have as many children as possible present for at least that portion of the service. In addition, there will be another fun RE class via Zoom immediately following the service, around 11:30-11:45am. Look for details in this week’s Order of Service.

Circle Talk
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Small Group Ministry (Chalice Circles) @ Zoom Only
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Small Group Ministry (Chalice Circles) @ Zoom Only

In January, we are restarting Small Group Ministry, otherwise known as Chalice Circles or Covenant Groups.

Each month we will focus on a different theme chosen by our partner, Soul Matters. January’s theme is “Intention.” Members will review the monthly packet beforehand and reflect on the readings and questions. (To access the monthly packet for January, go to berrienuu.org/Fellowship Resources and click on “Small Group Ministry Jan 2022” to download the packet.) In small group meetings, we’ll discuss our reflections in a series of discussion rounds. Unlike other discussion groups, in Chalice Circles we do not engage in cross-talk or debate particular points of view. Instead, we each share our reflections and honor one another through focused listening. More details on this unique discussion approach can be found in the Participant Guide.

If you’d like to get to know your fellow BUUFers better in a more informal environment, build connections and explore your spirituality, Small Group Ministry is a great opportunity to do so. You will be encouraged to attend the same discussion group monthly so that deep connections can be formed. Please Note: These are initial meeting times but they can be scheduled differently if another day and time works better for group members. Also, in-person meetings may temporarily switch to virtual meetings if required by the pandemic or member request. If you are interested but neither meeting time works for you, please contact Interim DRE Joanne Krettek to see if alternative arrangements can be made: dre@berrienuu.org.

Green Sanctuary Team Meeting
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Green Sanctuary Team Meeting

There will be a Green Sanctuary Team meeting this Thursday, January 20 at 7 pm via ZOOM.  The link is below.  The team will discuss:

  • The role of the team,
  • The history of the team,
  • The accomplishments of the team,
  • The future plans of the team.

Topic: Green Sanctuary Meeting
Time: Thursday, January 20 at 7 pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 996 5310 9271; Passcode: 732271

Sunday Service: “Addiction, Shame, and Despair, All Fruits of the Same Tree”
Jan 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Addiction, Shame, and Despair, All Fruits of the Same Tree"

“What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal,
a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us
about a plight that must be understood.”

– Alice Miller

This Sunday, January 23rd, we continue with our monthly theme of Mental Health by focusing on addiction and despair. In a message titled: “Addiction, Shame, and Despair, All Fruits of the Same Tree” Beth La Fleur, Brett Maccani, Terra Lenox, and Rev. Jim McConnell will share their perspectives. Additionally, Helena La Fleur will show a video, she created herself, that demonstrates different ways to be kind. The Story For All Ages will address what it is like to be a child whose parents are recovering from addiction, and, as usual, there will a lot of great music.
Join on Zoom for this important service.
Note: There will be no RE class over Zoom this Sunday. Instead, we’ll be planning a winter outing for families and children. Stay tuned for details!
Circle Talk
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Sunday Service: “Guilt, Divorce and Loneliness”
Jan 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Guilt, Divorce and Loneliness"
“You may not control all the events that happen to you,
but you can decide 
not to be decided by them
Maya Angelou 
This Sunday, January 30th, is the final Sunday of Mental Health January. The focus of the service is: Guilt, Divorce, and Loneliness. Michelle McHale, Glen Smith, Lisa Quinlan, and Rev. Jim McConnell will share their strategies for dealing with these emotionally difficult parts of being human beings.
Additionally, Rev. Jim will share a Story for All Ages about kids and divorce, and Beth La Fleur will have more great music for us.
Join on Zoom.
Once again, there will be no RE lesson over Zoom. However, be sure to attend the Sunday Sledding Adventure at Harvey Johnson’s house from 1-4pm. There will be sledding, snow games, and a bonfire with hot cocoa!
Circle Talk
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Sunday Sledding Adventure @ Johnson Residence
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday Sledding Adventure @ Johnson Residence | St. Joseph | Michigan | United States

We have the snow. We have the cold. Now we just need the place…


BUUF’s President Harvey Johnson has kindly offered to host BUUFers in his large, snowy backyard on Sunday, January 30th from 1-4 PM. Instead of getting together over Zoom for RE lessons, we thought children might prefer to gather outside for some fun!


RE kids and their parents can take turns sledding down Harvey’s groomed sledding trail into the ravine. Or they can hang out by the bonfire and drink hot cocoa. Or join Harvey on a nature tour of the ravine in winter. There will also be other snow games to play…like making snow angels, building a fort and making colored ice balls using balloons.


All BUUFers are invited to join this event, and we especially hope our RE children will use this opportunity to intermingle and build stronger friendships. Feel free to drop in anytime between 1 and 4 pm.


Harvey’s address:

1920 Sunset Court
St. Joseph MI

BH Soup Kitchen
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

BUUFers prepare and serve lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.