Announcements 11/22/2019

THIS SUNDAY, November 24: Join us for our annual Thanksgiving service, where we pause for gratitude and share in the bounty of community. We will also talk about ways to bridge divides and enjoy the day.

8:30am  Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)

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

10:10am  Middle Hour:
– Creative Expressions (Room B, near the kitchen): self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…
– Tabletop Conversations (Beach Hall, near the windows): intentional conversations on an evolving set of topics
– Music and Movement (Room 301): a few easy folk dances, taught by Tony Skrabak

10:20am  Peace Pals (Room 402)

12:30pm  Nominating Committee (Room 302)

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/home visit.

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

Did you order a Thanksgiving pie from the Youth Group? Pick it up (and pay for it if you haven’t yet) after each service in Beach Hall.

Governor Mike DeWine has postponed the scheduled 2019 executionsuntil 2020. Congregations and clergy are encouraged by Journey of Hope, Death Penalty Action, and Ohioans to Stop Executions to write letters or say personal thanks to the Governor for being true to his beliefs and respecting the sanctity of life. A letter of thanks will be at the JAM Table in Beach Hall for signing.  Rev. Lynda Smith

NEXT SUNDAY, December 1: Congregational Life Coordinator Kelli McNeal will present “Living into the E-Word.” What are our principles calling us to as Unitarian Universalists? What do we do when our instincts tell us to do one thing, but our principles call us to a different path? Together, we’ll take a deep dive into one of our principles and ask the difficult questions about our principles and values.


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

Thanksgiving Dinner   Thursday, November 28, from 2-5pm, Beach Hall. We meet again to share our blessings and the joy of community. Returning by popular demand is our Gratitude Tree and Talent Show. We need two volunteers to bring a turkey, which can be prepared at the church. We also need volunteers for setup and clean up. We ask for a $5 donation for dinner. We will eat promptly at 2pm. Please sign up by today, November 24, letting us know the dish you will bring and how many are in your party.  Jeanni Ray, 614-985-6176

Sorrow at this Season Service   Wednesday, December 4, 7pm, in the Sanctuary. If facing the upcoming holiday season causes distress for you because of sadness, grief, or fear, First UU invites you to attend the sixth annual Sorrow at this Season service. For some of us, the idealized holiday season only seeks to reinforce the heartache, loneliness, and isolation we may feel, and attempting to “put on a happy face” only serves to distance us from ourselves. Please join us as we acknowledge our difficulties while creating a sense of welcome, trust, and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year.  Rev. Kathleen Fowler, 614-264-8364,

First UU Senior Gathering Thursday, December 5, 11am.

  • 10:45 Come to enjoy Karen Thimmes’ piano music
  • 11:00 Rev. Marian and Rev. Eric will welcome those in attendance. Program: “The Roads I’ve Lived on in My UU Life: A Show and Tell Story” Rev. Alison Wohler, First UU member and Minister Emerita, UU Society of Amherst, Massachusetts,
  • 12 noon Lunch in Beach Hall

Please make your reservation today, at or 614-267-4946, ext. 210.

4th Annual Interfaith Prayer Gathering & Potluck   Sunday, December 8, 4:30-7:30pm. Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Clark State Rd., Gahanna. Join us as we look at our planet from the perspective of nine different faiths. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to  Karen Dawson

Coming of Age Class Holiday Sale   Sunday, December 8, In Beach Hall, during Middle Hour. The money raised will be used for food boxes to be given to families in Columbus who live in a food desert. Each box costs $20 to fill.

This year’s December potluck for the Care and Share Time Bank (CSTB) will be a variety show, on December 15, 7pm, at First UU. Members are invited to tell a story, recite a poem, sing a song, or share a holiday centerpiece or some art work.  Alice Faryna, Vilvi Vannak, Michael Greenman

The Labyrinth at First UU   We will be hosting the “Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth” again this holiday season in the Worship Center. The schedule is:

  • Thursday – Monday, December 26-30: 3-7pm
  • Tuesday, December 31: 7pm-midnight
  • Wednesday, January 1: 10am-3pm

Volunteers are needed! Sign up here to host or help with labyrinth set up/takedown. Musicians are invited to perform contemplative music to provide a meditative environment for labyrinth walkers; sign up here to provide music.  Cath Saveson

The Racial Justice and Immigration (RJI) JAM Working Group   Monday, November 25, 7pm, Room 301. All are welcome to join us as we review our recent actions and make plans for the future. Jan Phillips

Feed My Sheep food pantry   We are collecting for a Christmas ham drive, and asking for toys (under $10 each) for children, unwrapped. Please bring these on Sunday mornings, by December 22. Jacques Angelino

UU Art    Enjoy the Art Quilt Alliance display “Breaking with Tradition: Altered Quilt Blocks and Mandalas,” through December 29 in the Sanctuary and Lobby. First UU quilters are Marty Cicchinelli, Nancy McDonald, Laurel Richardson, and Deb Baillieul.

The Long, Strange, Trip: Our UU History, Parts IV, V and VI   Wednesdays, January 8, 15, and 22. 7:30pm, Room A/B. Led by Dana Reynolds, retired UU minister. This is a great way to learn about our UU development throughout the centuries. It’s ideal for those new to UUism, but promises new surprises for those who have been UUs for a long time. In each session, we’ll view the DVD and have a discussion. For childcare, please call/email at least seven days prior. Dana Reynolds

First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me!   Saturday, February 22. We’ll have tables in Beach Hall starting near the end of November. On January 5 and February 9 we will have Auction 101 sessions during Middle Hour to share auction information and answer questions. To really take off, we’ll need many donations to zoom in and take the bidding sky high! The auction website is and you can enter items any time. If you are interested in helping with the auction in any way, please contact Cathy O’Neil, auction chair.

First UU Rummage Sale   Saturday, May 2, 2020. Save the date (and your stuff)! We will also need volunteers. Please contact Seth Kraut (614-477-0099, or Rachel Kraut (614-774-2362). We need household items (kitchen decor, small appliances, baskets, lamps), jewelry and accessories, working toys/games/puzzles, garden, travel and camping items. More information will follow.


Monday, November 25
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Bridge Group; COA Teaching Team; Racial Justice and Immigration JAM Focus Group

Tuesday, November 26
7:00pm Atheists/Skeptics/Humanists; Zen Orientation & Meditation

Wednesday, November 27
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle

Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day
2:00pm Thanksgiving Dinner

Saturday, November 30
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:45am Hispanohablantes
6:30pm All Soles Contra & Square Potluck Dance

Sunday, December 1
8:30am Breakfast
9:00am/11:00am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
6:30pm Millennial Covenant Group