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Thursday, 13 April 2017 09:57


Candidating Week
Presenting Rev. Marian Stewart

The Search Committee has spent the past several months interviewing many candidates. We are now excited to present our final candidate for Senior Minister, Rev. Marian Stewart.

RevMarian smiling at Christmas service

We hope you will all take the opportunity to get to know Rev. Marian during Candidating Week, from April 30 through May 7, when she will preach bothSundays.  Join us for one of the events below to hear her speak, ask questions about her ministry, or share your hopes for First UU.  The entire congregation will vote to call her on May 7, at 12:45, in the Worship Center. The vote will be in Yes/No form and taken by written ballot.

Throughout the week, Rev. Marian will also be meeting with the Board, staff, and several teams and committees.  If you are a member of one of these groups, check your email for an invitation.

Questions about the process or need more information about an event?

Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ask a Search Committee member: Lou Bernard, Larry Drake, Donna Greenman, Judy Kleen, Christine McDevitt, Emma Merchant, Willow Otten, Morgan Patten



Once you’ve met Rev. Marian, we hope you will be excited to call her as our next Senior Minister! We, the membership, will vote to confirm her on Sunday, May 7th. Our constitution requires a two-thirds vote of members present at the meeting. The UUA recommends a 90% vote, and candidates often expect a higher percentage to ensure a good working relationship with the congregation.


When to Meet Rev. Marian - Schedule [click here for printable pdf]

Services, led by Rev. Marian
Sunday, April 30 | 9:15 AM & 11:00 AM Sunday, May 7 | 9:15 AM & 11:00 AM

Nehemiah Action
Monday, May 1 | 6:45 PM
First UU to carpool to Fairgrounds
Rev. Marian will be attending the annual BREAD event. Visit with her beforehand when we gather to carpool at First UU. Contact Chris Johnson
at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or to get a ticket.

All Church Open House
Wednesday, May 3 | 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM Fellowship Hall
Join us for this casual meet and greet with Rev. Marian. There is no formal program, so please drop in for some cookies and conversation.

Senior Gathering
Thursday, May 4 | 10:45 AM
Fellowship Hall
Older adults are welcome to join us for lunch and a brief program presented by Rev. Marian. RSVP to Carole Wilhelm at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Justice Action Ministry
Friday, May 5 | 1:00 PM
Room 7
Join us to discuss how we can move forward together to make a difference in our community.

First Friday Potluck
Friday, May 5 | 6:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Bring a dish to share and join us for community and conversation. After we eat, there will be a teach-in on white supremacy, and a kids movie will be shown.

Parents of Young Children
Saturday, May 6 | 10:00 AM
Toddler Room (Rooms 1 & 2)
While our little ones play, parents can chat with Rev. Marian over bagels and coffee. We will also have an activity for older children.

Youth Lunch
Saturday, May 6 | 11:30 AM
Room 8
First UU Jr. and Sr. High students are welcome to join Rev. Marian for pizza.