Announcements 12/6/2019

SUNDAY, December 8: Rev. Eric Meter will present One Step, Smile, Candle at a Time. As nights are at their longest, we don’t look only to candles to light our spirits, we look to the compassion of others as well. One step and smile at a time.

8:30am  Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)

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

10:10am  Middle HourHoliday Fair (after each service in Beach Hall)

  • Visit the Cookie Fair tables to mix-and-match to fulfill all of your holiday needs. Proceeds support the Holiday Appeal.
  • Coming of Age (CoA) Project Fundraiser: Money raised will be used to fill food boxes to be given to Columbus families who live in a food desert. Each food box costs $20.
  • Bookstore and Fair Trade: Complete your holiday shopping with books and environmentally friendly items, including coffee.
  • The Caring Team will have holiday cards for everyone to sign. Each year, we send holiday greetings to our present and retired ministers, our staff, and members and friends who have moved away during the past year.

 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 in making that contact.

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.

NEXT SUNDAY, December 15:  Come enjoy the music of First UU’s choirs.
This will be a music-filled service featuring Peace Pals, Rising Voices, Spirit of Life, and Chalice choirs. Note that there will be only one service, which will be at 10am.

*********Special a reminder: On Sunday, December 15, there will be only one service, at 10am, which will be the Winter Choir Concert! Come enjoy the music of First UU’s choirs. This will be a music-filled service featuring Peace Pals, Rising Voices, Spirit of Life, and Chalice choirs.

TONIGHT:  First Friday Dinner, 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!


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

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. Lists of children to sponsor for Christmas are ready to pick up. Also, because of your generous Thanksgiving donations, we were able to provide turkey and fixings to 166 food insecure families. Thank you!  Jacques Angelino, JAM Food Insecurity Team

4th Annual Interfaith Prayer Gathering & Potluck   This 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

This year’s December potluck for the Care and Share Time Bank (CSTB) will be a variety show, on December 15, 6:30pm, 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   In the Sanctuary.

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

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

Holiday Concert of the Choirs   Sunday, December 15, 10am   (On December 15, we’ll have only one service, at 10am.)  This will be a music filled service featuring Peace Pals,
Rising Voices, Spirit of Life, and Chalice choirs.

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.

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 longtime UUs.  Dana Reynolds

First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me!   Saturday, February 22. 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.

Dinner & Conversation   Sign up now for the first quarter (January, February, March). This is an easy way to get to know other UUs. Once a month, groups of about eight meet for a potluck dinner and conversation. The same groups meet during each month of the quarter. Signing up means you’ll attend the three dinners. The group decides on the dates.  Marcia Canter

Christmas Services at First UU

  • December 24 at 5pm – Christmas Eve Family Celebration. Join Rev. Eric Meter and Amber Scott for a family centered celebration of Christmas.
  • December 24 at 8pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, with Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart and Rev. Eric Meter. A beautiful service centered on the 300th anniversary of the song “Joy to the World.” All are welcome. Hot cider follows the candlelight service.


Monday, December 9
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle

Tuesday, December 10
9:30am Archives Team
1:00pm Caregiver Support
1:30pm Library Team
6:30pm RE Team; Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation
7:30pm First UU Bible Class

Wednesday, December 11
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Justice Action Ministry; Memoir Group

Thursday, December 12
9:30am Improvisational Dance
12:00pm UU Food Co-op
7:00pm SPAN (Single Payer Action Network)
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 13
11:00am Nia Class
7:30pm All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Saturday, December 14
8:30am Zen Orientation & Meditation
10:00am Families with Young Children
10:45am Hispanohablantes

Sunday, December 15
9:30am Breakfast
10:00am Choir Concert/Worship Celebration
12:30pm Navigator Scouts
6:30pm Time Bank Potluck; Millennial Covenant Group