Announcements 10/4/19


THIS SUNDAY, October 6: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart presents “The Hardest Words.” In this season of the Jewish High Holy days, we will take lessons of Yom Kippur and weave them into the launch of our series on our UU sources. This week, we will look at our second source, the Words and Deeds of Prophetic [People].

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. Conversations for young adults and parents.

    Democracy (Room 301) Facilitated by Pat Hurley
12:30pm  BREAD House Meeting (Library)

6:30pm Millennial Covenant Group (Room 302)

A Pastoral Team member (wearing a stole) will be near the Caring Table in Beach Hall after each service as a compassionate listener or to arrange a hospital/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.

Planning Meeting for Harry Potter First Friday in November
, in Beach Hall after each service. Patricia Boughton

The Engagement Catalogue is available at the Visitor’s Center in the lobby. It lists the groups and activities of the congregation this fall. Kelli McNeal,

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.

Millennial Covenant Group
will have its first meeting tonight in Room 302 at 6:30pm. It’s a great way for millennials to find deeper connections with their peers at First UU.

TONIGHT:  First Friday Dinner   Friday, October 4, 6:30pm, Beach Hall. Leave the cooking to us! Join us for a pasta dinner in Beach Hall, followed by a communal art project for everyone or board games at 7:30. Gluten free and vegan options provided; if you’d like to bring something to share you’re more than welcome to but the important thing to bring is you.

NEXT SUNDAY, October 13:  Rev. Eric Meter will present “Recognition Day.” Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day—which most deserves our notice? The act of paying attention is one of the most valuable skills we have in creating a culture worthy of our best selves. How, then, can we best use this skill to do so?


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

BluesSwing band concert   Friday, October 18, 7-9pm. For more information and samples of their music, go to Bring finger food and beverage—we’ll be set up in cabaret style. Fundraiser: freewill offerings gratefully accepted. Proceeds support social justice work and your sense of fun! Sponsored by JAM.

Covenant Group on Democracy and the American Creed   This discussion group meets five times, on first and third Thursdays beginning October 17, and ending December 19, 7-9pm, in the Library. Facilitated by Alison Wohler. The American Creed, first formulated by Thomas Jefferson, is a defining element of American identity. In his book by the same name, UU minister and author Forrest Church argues that the American Creed (which employs a language of faith but transcends “religious particulars, uniting all citizens in a single covenant”) is an appropriate and generous principle upon which to found a great nation. What are the principles that transcend the toxic political mess we find ourselves immersed in today? Our conversations will probably include how we are feeling in the current state of things. If you are interested, call 614-267-4946, ext. 21, or email  Alison Wohler

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 for the session you will attend. Childcare available with one week’s advance notice.

  • Sunday, October 6, 12:30pm, Marilyn Webster, Facilitator
  • Sunday, October 13, 12:45pm, Alice Rathburn, Facilitator
  • Sunday, October 20, 12:45pm, Chris Johnson, Facilitator
  • Sunday, October 27, 12:45pm, Wes Thompson, Facilitator

Feed My Sheep food pantry   Please bring peanut butter, child and adult diapers, feminine hygiene products, dog/cat food, children’s books. We need all sizes of coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, sweaters, and blankets.

Grief Recovery Method®   Mondays and Thursdays, 7-9pm, October 7-31, at First UU. Led by Rev. Kathleen Fowler and Rev. Eric Meter. Small group format. Registration required, no later than the second meeting, October 10. Rev. Eric Meter,

Cast No Stones: Standing with Victims to End Executions in Ohio conference   Saturday, October 12, 9am-4pm, First Community Church. Register at See Lynda Smith about carpooling. On Friday, October 11, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking and River of Fire, will speak at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 59 E. Mound, 7pm. Free parking west of the church. Tickets: same website as above.

Free Flu Shot Clinic   Saturday, October 19, 11am-3pm, and Tuesday, October 22, 12pm-4pm. First UU is hosting two flu shot clinic days by Columbus Public Health for anyone who is interested. Adults and children 6 months and older can get them. They are free of charge. Bring your insurance card if you have one, and bring your friends and neighbors, too. No appointment is necessary.

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, at 4pm. Poems in the book appear opposite black & white and color images that include 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 the state. A portion of book sales will go to the BUUkstore.

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

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
  • Light fall yard work! Arrive anytime from 9am to noon on Saturday, October 19. Afterward, enjoy vegetarian chili lunch and fall treats. Tools will be available, but bring any favorites and gloves, if you have them. Patricia Boughton, Dave Richter

Neighboring Faiths (For Adults)   Have you ever wanted to visit another place of worship but were afraid to go alone? Are you curious to learn more about other faith traditions in our community? Then this class is for you! Neighboring Faiths (For Adults) is modeled on the Neighboring Faiths course offered to 6th and 7th grade students during the church year. This year we will be offering three units: the Quakers, the Jains and the Buddhists. We will have our wrap-up meeting on the Quakers Monday, October 7, in Slowter Lounge, 7–8:30pm. Please join us. Our next event, a tour and talk with Dr. Tansukh Salgia of the Jain Center of Central Ohio, 6683 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio, 43035, will be on Monday, October 14, at 7pm. We will carpool from First UU if you don’t want to drive. Danya Furda, Candee Rothert

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


Monday, October 7
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Grief Recovery Class; Monday Men’s Spirituality; Neighboring Faiths for Adults

Tuesday, October 8
9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm RE Team; Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm First UU Bible Course; Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation

Wednesday, October 9
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
6:30pm Covenant Group Facilitators
7:00pm Film: “Long Strange Trip”; JAM; Memoir Group

Thursday, October 10
9:30am Improvisational Dance
7:00pm Grief Recovery Class
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 11
7:30pm All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Saturday, October 12
8:30am Zen Orientation and Meditation
10:00am Families with Young Children
10:45am Hispanohablantes

Sunday, October 13
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
12:30pm BREAD House Meeting
3:00pm Acorn Society Reception