Announcements 10/18/19

THIS SUNDAY, October 20: Eric Gnezda, PBS host and award-winning musician, joins us to talk about democracy. What do we mean by democracy? What is in the balance? Why today? The presentation promises to be informative and challenging.

8:30am  Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)

9:00am/11am  Worship Celebration (Sanctuary)

10:10am  Middle Hour:

  • Creative Expressions (Room B, near the kitchen): self-guided experience: crafts, drawing, writing
  • Tabletop Conversations (Beach Hall, near the windows): organized by Amber Scott and Kelli McNeal. Intentional conversations on an evolving set of topics
  • Learning Lab: Steps to Sustainable Living (Room 402): Presented by Diane Smith, an environmentalist since 1965. Every day, we see the effects of climate change: record-breaking temperatures, rainfall, hurricanes and other weather-related events. Let’s have a discussion on what we can do as individuals to make a difference today to ensure a healthy planet for future generations.

10:20-10:50pm  Peace Pals children’s choir (Room 103)

12:30pm  BREAD House Meeting (Library); Nominating Committee (Room 302); Navigator Scouts (Rooms 401-403)

6:30pm  Care & Share Time Bank Potluck (Beach Hall); Millennial Covenant Group (Room 404)

The Red Library Cart will be in Beach Hall after each service.

A Pastoral Team member will be near the Caring Table in Beach Hall after each service as a compassionate listener or to arrange a hospital or home visit. If you’d like to schedule a meeting with a minister, Amber Scott, Kelli McNeal, or the Pastoral Team member can help you.

Are you visiting with us and would you like to know more about the congregation? Please stop by the Welcome Table in Beach Hall after the service for information about Unitarian Universalism and First UU. You may also contact Kelli McNeal,, with any questions.

Interested in programs for children, youth, and families? Contact Amber Scott,

The Engagement Catalog is available at the Visitor’s Center in the lobby. It lists the groups and activities of the congregation this fall. If you would like an electronic copy, please email Kelli McNeal,

TONIGHT, FRIDAY, October 18: BluesSwing Concert, 7–9pm, Beach Hall.
It’s Social and it’s Justice! We welcome the BluesSwing band for an evening of fellowship and music. More information and samples of their music at Bring some finger food and beverage; we’ll be set up in cabaret style. Come prepared to enjoy and dance to some great sounds. Freewill offerings gratefully accepted.  Proceeds support Social Justice work and your sense of fun!

Also TONIGHT, FRIDAY, October 18:  Rainbow Connexion Potluck and Gathering, 6pm, Room 301.
This group is for those who identify themselves as LGBTQIA… Bring your favorite food to share. Stay for the meeting which will include planning fun activities, doing business, enjoying community. Most monthly gatherings include an Odyssey. For more information, contact Georgia.

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, October 19: FREE Flu Shot Clinic , 11am–3pm, Room 402/403. (Also Tuesday, October 22, noon–4pm.)
Avoid the flu! Get your vaccine now. Shots available for pediatric, regular, and senior.  Sponsored by First UU and City of Columbus Health Department.

NEXT SUNDAY, October 20:  Rev. Eric Meter, Kelli McNeal, and Amber Scott will present “Remembrance Sunday. Please bring a photo of, or another object representing, those we still love who are no longer with us.


For contact information for any of these events, please contact the church office at 614-267-4946 ext. 21 or

Democracy is the theme for this Sunday! Visit the JAM table in Beach Hall after the service to learn more about what First UU and others around the country are doing to advocate and push for the strengthening of government of, by, and for the people.

Free Flu Shot Clinic  Tuesday, October 22, Noon–4pm, Room A/B. Avoid the flu! Get your vaccine now. Shots available for pediatric, regular, and senior. Sponsored by First UU and City of Columbus Health Department.

BREAD  (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity) works to bring systemic change to our community. BREAD campaigns begin with a fall listening process, in which we get acquainted, discuss community problems for our next campaign, and learn how to build the people power to address them. Sign up in Beach Hall after the service. Childcare available with one week’s advance notice.
·  Today! 12:30pm, Chris Johnson, Facilitator
·  Sunday, October 27, 12:30pm, Wes Thompson, Facilitator

Interested in being part of a small group of other First UU community members who join together to share their experiences with both the joys and challenges of life? Then check out our Covenant Group program. Covenant Groups are groups of 8-10 people who listen to each other reflect on living as love-filled and meaningful lives as possible. Groups meet twice each month. To register, go to the link on the First UU website under the Connections menu. Rev. Eric Meter,

Feed My Sheep food pantry   October is Undies Sundies month. Please bring children’s underwear, all sizes, to our table in Beach Hall on Sunday morning. We also need peanut butter, child and adult diapers, feminine hygiene products, dog/cat food, children’s books, and all sizes of coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, sweaters, and blankets.

Poetry reading   Steve Abbott will debut his new collection of poems,  A Language the Image Speaks, at a reading in Beach Hall on Sunday, October 27, 4pm. Poems in the book appear opposite black & white and color images, including works by First UU members Tom Baillieul, Karen Torvik, and Marguerite Molk, as well as paintings and photographs by other Columbus artists and items from museum collections throughout Ohio. A portion of book sales will go to the First UU BUUkstore.

Harry Potter First Friday   November 1, 6:30-9pm. Please join us for a potluck and Harry Potter-themed activities. Get sorted into a Hogwarts house, and then choose your wand (or will it choose you?). Potion making, spells, Quidditch tag, and more! Enjoy Hogsmeade favourites for dinner: bangers & mash, Shepherd’s Pie (including vegetarian) and, of course, Butterbeer. We’ll have activities for all ages, including adults! Dress up if you like. Patricia Boughton

UU Justice Ohio 2019 Annual Assembly: Envision Justice   Saturday, November 9, 10am-4pm, at Methodist Theological School, Delaware, Ohio. Featuring Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches: “Where There Is a Vision of Love and Justice, People Flourish.” Workshops on Transgender Justice, Immigration, Gerrymandering/Fair Voting Maps, Poverty and discussion of “Those Things that Divide Us.” Lunch provided by MTSO’s excellent farm-to-table program and includes vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore options. Register today at

Interested in finding out more about membership at First UU? We have two opportunities coming up to learn what it means to become a member of our great community and the numerous ways to get involved in the congregation. Join us Saturday November 9, from 9am-1pm OR Wednesday, November 13, from 6-9pm. Register here: or email Kelli McNeal,, if you have any questions.

Plan now, die later. For end of life planning, come to the information session by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio. Sunday, November 10, 12:30, in Room 301. Cathy Elkins

Men’s Spirituality   Meetings are held at First UU, on themes tied to the lived experience of the men in the group. Contact the listed liaison for further description of the group.
The Monday group meets every two weeks 7-9pm. Brian Lohiser
The Wednesday group meets every week, 7-8:30pm. Dick Dawson

Enjoy Sharing Our Stories: Artists and Poets of First UU.  In our Gallery through October 27.  Deb Baillieul

Volunteers Needed!

  • First UU Bookstore Can you help sell books one Sunday morning a month? Volunteers get a 10% discount. Will Whicker
  • Become a coffee volunteer! Only one service, only one Sunday per month. How easy is that?!?! Denni Hale
  • The Breakfast Team is looking for people to cook once a month before the early service. A great way to meet people! Cliff Adams
  • Become an usher! Meet new and old friends and worship together  on Sunday mornings. Just one Sunday service per month. Sharon Oliver


Monday, October 21
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Monday Men’s Spirituality; Neighboring Faiths (Adults)
7:30pm JAM Beloved Conversation Group

Tuesday, October 22
9:30am Archives Team
12:00pm Flu Shot Clinic (until 4pm)
6:30pm Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Atheists/Skeptics/Humanists (ASH); Zen Orientation & Meditation; Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, October 23
1:00pm Wednesday Women’s Book Group
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Board of Trustees

Thursday, October 24
9:30am Improvisational Dance
1:00pm Caregiver Support
7:00pm Expressive Collage
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 25
11:00am Nia Class
2:30pm YWCA Family Dinner Preparation (offsite)

Saturday, October 26
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:45am Hispanohablantes

Sunday, October 27
8:30am  Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am  Worship Celebration
10:10am  Middle Hour
12:30pm BREAD House Meeting; Nominating Committee
4:00pm Book Launch: “Language: The Image Speaks”