Announcements 10/25/19

THIS SUNDAY, October 27: Rev. Eric Meter, Kelli McNeal, and Amber Scott present “Remembrance Sunday.”  This morning we continue our annual tradition of welcoming those we carry with us in spirit. Please bring a photo of, or another object representing, those we still love who are no longer with us.

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
  • Music & Movement: Sacred Song Circle (Room 301): led by Debra Boyd and Susan Williams. All are welcome.

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

12:30pm  BREAD House Meeting (Library); Nominating Committee (Room 302)

4:00pm   Book Launch: “Language: The Image Speaks” (Beach Hall)

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.

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,

If you’d like to schedule a meeting with a minister, Amber Scott, Kelli McNeal, or a Pastoral Team member can help you.

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,

NEXT SUNDAY, October 27:  Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart will present “Religion and Ethics.”


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

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. This Sunday is our last house meeting! 12:30pm, Library. Wes Thompson, Facilitator

Covenant Group registration open! 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,

Eating Healthy for $4.50/Day   Wednesday, October 30, 7-8:30pm in Beach Hall. Carol Smathers is an OSU Associate Professor who teaches and conducts research on providing healthier options and to encourage healthier eating. Since January 2018, her household food budget has been $1.50/meal/person, so groceries for one week (2 people, 21 meals each) do not exceed $63. Using lots of photos, she will share how she eats delicious meals that follow USDA MyPlate guidelines. Data on food costs, food deserts, fast food, and food insecurity are woven throughout the presentation. Elaine Fujimura

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. Jacques Angelino

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, 12:30pm, 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

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

Jung Association of Central Ohio workshops   Friday, November 15, 7-9pm and Saturday, November 16, 9am-1:15pm. Hosted by, and in conjunction with, First UU. Led by James Hollis, Ph.D., a noted Jungian analyst. Dr. Hollis will speak on “Living More Fully in the Shadow of Mortality” (Friday) and “The Unfinished Business of the Second Half of the Journey” (Saturday). Dr. Hollis has written 14 books and over 50 articles. He has also mentored Jung societies on four continents for nearly 40 years. Register at or 614-291-8050. First UU members and friends can register at JACO member prices for these two events. Rev. Kathleen Fowler

Free Book Exchange   Sunday, November 11, in Beach Hall after Sunday services. Bring a book, take a book. Will Whicker

First UU’s Food Co-Op   Did you know that First UU hosts a natural food buying club? Chalice Organics Plus Buying Club places an order with United Natural Foods, Inc. once every four weeks with delivery to First UU. Deliveries are on Thursdays, although the time of day may vary. All other communication and coordination happens online. Join us if you are interested in meeting other like-minded people and saving money on natural foods. Mary Klain

Enjoy “Sharing Our Stories: Artists and Poets of First UU.” In our Gallery – This Sunday is the last day! Deb Baillieul


Monday, October 28
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Bridge Group; COA Teaching Team

Tuesday, October 29
9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation

Wednesday, October 30
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Presentation: Eating on $4.50 a Day

Thursday, October 31
9:30am Improvisational Dance
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 1
11:00am Nia Class
12:00pm Cooking for Faith Mission
6:30pm First Friday Dinner (Harry Potter night)
7:30pm Kehilat Sukkat Shalom Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, November 2
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:45am Hispanohablantes
3:30pm Drum Circle

Sunday, November 3
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
12:30pm Art Reception; Food Insecurity Working Group
6:30pm Millennial Covenant Group