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The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey is a diverse group of spiritual seekers who welcome people willing to share ideas about their religious quest. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey exists to offer an open, tolerant, religious community to nurture spritual growth and to value diversity. For a complete version of our mission statement, see www.unitarianpetoskey.org/purpose.shtml.

Meeting Information
From November to May we meet at the Terrace Inn, Petoskey. From May to November we meet at the Oden Community Center
We meet at 11:00 a.m. on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays; The center is at 8747 Luce Street, Oden. Turn on Luce St (first cross street in Oden coming from the south on US 31, or last coming from the north; go about 1.5 blocks and it's on the left hand side. The building has a sign which says Oden Community Building.

Special events will be announced in the Thursday issue of the Petoskey News-Review. Times and location are printed in the weekly Harbor Springs Light church directory. Each upcoming service is announced by e-mail several days prior to the Sunday program. Call the program Chairperson's number - 231-373-2999 for more information on the group and its activities or Email services@unitarianpetoskey.org for additional information. Also, in case of extreme inclement weather, call to see if there is a meeting cancellation message. To be added to our mailing list, contact Mark Kinney @ mark.kinney@utoledo.edu



September 7

Pan Godchaux and Susie Safford, speak of their days working at the lighthouse out of Mackinaw City. Sure to be interesting !

September 14

Our service is in the Chapel at the Historic Village in Mackinaw City. Rev. Yvonne Schumacher Strejcek, recently the UU minister in Brighton, Mi will deliver the serman.

Unitarian Universalism dates back to 1961, when the Unitarians and the Universalists merged to form today's UUA, the association with which the Petoskey UUs are affiliated. But actually our heritage of Unitarianism and Universalism dates back hundreds of years. The Rev. Yvonne Schumacher Strejcek will speak of our heritage of questioning and of heresy, in a "quick and dirty" romp through our proud history, and will bring with her a very interesting historical timeline in poster form. As for who are we now and where are we going, as a faith tradition? That's up to us to determine. Yvonne will speculate and ask YOU where you think we are heading. What do you want from Unitarian Universalism? Who we've been, who we are now, and what we aspire to will determine the future of our faith.

Yvonne is a lifelong UU, who grew up in our Detroit church. She's been a congregational president (Sierra Foothills UUs in Auburn California), a new-congregation founder (UU Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley California), a district president (Pacific Central District), and acting district exec in the Pacific Central District. She earned her MDiv from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2008, was fellowshipped and ordained in 2009, and has served the Harrisburg Pennsylvania UU congregation, Arlington Street Church in Boston, and Community UUs in Brighton Michigan in UU ministry.

September 21


Book Discussion Group: July 27 report

Living with a Wild God book cover

Living with a Wild God on Walloon Lake

Mary Lou Kasmierski enroute to the meeting

Mary Lou Kazmierski enroute to the discussion

Norm makes a point

Norm Makes a Point

The Building Future Committee

The Building Future Committee is in exploratory talks with the folks at the Oden Community Center as to how that building could be a year round home for UUCOP.
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Services Guide Available

The board has developed a Services Guide to assist leaders in creating their services. The guide is available at the following link. It includes a possible order of service, suggested readings for Chalice lighting, Chalice extinguishing, and much more.

There is also now a special Second Sunday Service Template for those who are helping lead those services.

Our newly re-elected officers for 2013-14 are from left to right, Gary Nitz treasurer; Pan Godchaux, President; Kim Nowack, Vice President; Patricia Hartlep, Secretary; and April Myers, Program.

Our Adopt-A-Highway Project

Road cleaners with UU sign from April 2013 cleanup

We will have to view a safety video either on-line or on you-tube and we will have to get safety vests at the Emmet Co Rd Commission garage.

We may be able to use their parking lot since they don''t open that early, or there is parking on the street. A map to the location is at: Legs Inn Map.

Highway Clean Up Planned!!

We are picking up this Sunday the 27th. We will meet at Leggs Inn parking lot at 10:30am. We will have lunch at the Moose Jaw Junction following the pickup. The rain date is Saturday May 3rd.

Adopt-A-Highway program has new safety video

A new safety video has been posted under "Safety Information" on the Adopt-A-Highway page on the MDOT website at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway. The video was updated just in time for the first Adopt-A-Highway pickup of the year. All volunteers are required to view the safety video before going out on the highway. There is also an MDOT announcement about it below and you may find some useful details there too.

thanks! Kim

Road Clean Up Dates for 2014

We had a successful year with this program and we will have a break now until next spring. A hearty thanks goes to all the volunteers that helped throughout the year. Due to our work, our section of road is free of trash and we all got some good exercise and had some fun social outings.

MDOT has set the pickup weeks for 2014 as follows:


Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup begins April 26 for northern lower Michigan, Upper Peninsula April 21, 2014 -- Volunteers participating in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program will be picking up litter from April 26 to May 4 along state highways in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Where there still is snow on the ground, MDOT regional coordinators will work with individual Adopt-A-Highway groups on extending the pickup periods for their areas.

"Adopt-A-Highway volunteers provide a valuable and needed service," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Their work helps MDOT direct its limited resources to repairing pavement that was battered during the brutal winter."

In 2013, Adopt-A-Highway groups collected an estimated 70,000 bags of trash, a cost benefit to the state of $5.5 million. Volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations when working within a highway's right of way. MDOT provides the vests and trash bags for free, and arranges to haul away the trash. Current volunteers include members of various civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people.

Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Groups are asked to adopt a section for at least two years. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing a group's name are posted along the stretch of adopted highway. There is no fee to participate. For more information, people should visit http://links.govdelivery.com/track?ty.

Joy and Care Program Committee

Since we formed the Pastoral Care Committee @ UUCoP, my task is to establish a Joy and Care Program to send out greeting cards or notes on birthdays, anniversaries or other significant occassons, including sympathy or get-well cards. In order to accomplish this, I need your help.

Send me the dates you would like remembered. I would appreciate being informed if one of our congregation is ill or hospitalized. Please help me with this task You can email me jcunningham1945@hotmail.com or catch me at Sunday service to give me your info. Thank you for your co-operation.
Judy Cunningham

Board meeting minutes

A general board meeting summary will be posted to the website beginning with the September board meeting. We will be taking special care to limit the names and other information which may be personal. These summaries will be available at: unitarianpetoskey.org/boardminutes.shtml.

If you are interested in copies of Board Meeting Minutes, please give your email to Patricia Hertlep, Secretary and she will send a copy of each month as they are approved the following month. We will also have a few copies printed and available @ a service if you don't have email service.

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Quick Links

2013 Annual report

Congregational History

Service Guide

Second Sunday Service Template


Board Meeting Minutes

Bylaws and
Operations Manual



Congregational Projects and Information

Adopt a Highway Project

Green Congregation Project

Partner Church

Past Program Resources

Contact Information

Pan Godchaux

Vice President
Kim Nowack

Patricia Hartlep

Gary Nitz

Program Chair
April Myers aprilpmyers@hotmail.com

Website Developer
Mark Kinney mark.kinney@utoledo.edu

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