Announcements – 3/1/19

This Sunday, March 3: Rev. Eric Meter will present Counting the Stars. In the scope of the cosmos, each of us is a rather small part of the much, much larger whole. That said, sometimes realizing that we don’t have to carry the universe on our shoulders can be liberating. What might that perspective free us up to do….

A member of the Pastoral Team will be near the Caring Table in Fellowship Hall after each service on Sunday as a compassionate listener, to arrange a hospital/home visit, or to facilitate a meeting with a minister.

Town Hall After each service this Sunday, March 3, the Board of Trustees is hosting a town hall on what it means to be part of the church. We look forward to hearing why you show up on Sundays.

The Words, Words, Words Poetry Group scheduled for this Sunday, March 3, has been cancelled.

This Sunday:

  • 8:45am Breakfast (Room A/B)
  • 9:15am/11am Worship Celebration (Sanctuary)
  • 10:25am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal (Room 5)
  • 10:30am/12:15pm Getting to Know UU (Slowter Lounge)
  • 10:30am/12:15pm Town Hall (Fellowship Hall/Sanctuary)
  • 12:30pm Youth Group (Green Room)
  • 3:30pm Navigator Scout Troop (Room 9)
  • 6:30pm Young Adult Covenant Group (Room 8)

Next Sunday, March 10: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart, Rev. Eric Meter and Ministerial Intern Amanda Hays will present What I Learned in Beloved Conversations. Daylight Savings Time starts next Sunday, March 10. Spring ahead one hour!

Tonight and Tomorrow:

First Friday Tonight, Friday, March 1 Leave the cooking to us. At 6:30pm, join us for a pasta dinner in Fellowship Hall. At 7:30pm, there will be a communal art project for everyone or board games. Gluten-free and vegan options will be provided. If you’d like to bring something to share, you’re more than welcome to, but the important thing to bring is YOU. See you at First Friday! Contact with any questions.

Drum Circle Tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, 3:30-5:30pm, Room 9. A percussion and drum circle, facilitated by Wahru Cleveland, will be held at First UU on every first Saturday of the month, 3:30-5:30pm. The circle welcomes drummers of every level, dancers, and observers. No drum, no problem. If it rattles, bangs, or shakes, bring it and join in the fun, or just come and dance! The circle is facilitated and designed such that all participants will find a space to enjoy the experience. Though it is not necessary, donations for the facilitator are appreciated. Helene Roussi

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Soul Stories Workshop Join us on Saturday, March 9, from 1–4pm in Fellowship Hall for a workshop to explore the science of listening. This is an experiential workshop that will address the mechanics, setup, and theories used to go deeper into questions like, “What’s on your heart?” and “How goes it with your soul?” Rev. Marian, Rev. Eric, and Sam Pollock will lead the workshop.

Join us on the Path to Membership. This class explains the next steps to becoming a member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus. It is designed for newcomers and is always recommended before deciding to become a First UU member. Your participation in the class does not obligate you to join our church. You are cordially invited to participate on Saturday, March 9, from 9am-1pm. To register: Christine Davidson, Congregational Life Coordinator,

First UU Benevolence Fund for Immigration Assistance Beneficiaries will be residents of Central Ohio, with preference given to parents of underage children and young people who fit within the DACA age range. Jan Phillips

BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity, 614-220-9363,, is Central Ohio’s congregation-based, multi-faith community organization.

  • Sunday, March 10, 12:45pm First UU’s BREAD Justice Ministry Members’ Organizing Meeting
  • Monday, April 8, 7pm BREAD Rally to prepare for the Nehemiah Action
  • Monday, May 6, 6:40pm BREAD Nehemiah Action meeting to hold public officials accountable for a commitment to solve serious community problems in Central Ohio

For information, call: Alice Rathburn, 614-563-0536.

Bill Cohen, a long time Columbus musician, will present a concert and sing-along based on the music of John Denver on Saturday, March 16, at 7pm in the Worship Center. Many of the songs will be done concert-style, but on many others, the audience will be invited to join in and sing-along. Some of the tunes on the night’s play-list are Rocky Mountain High, Jet Plane, Sunshine on My Shoulder, Annie’s Song, Thank God I’m a Country Boy and Country Roads, among others. Backing up Bill will be harmony vocalists Joanne Blum and Joe Lambert, plus banjo wizard Carl Yaffey. All ages are welcome and admission is free, however, donations will be welcomed, with half of the proceeds going to the Care and Share Time Bank,

4 for Fair Food March for Farmworker Justice from Goodale Park to OSU. On International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, at 12pm, OSU students and hundreds of allies will join farmworkers to march to President Drake’s office at Bricker Hall and demand an end to Wendy’s contract, following years of broken promises. Gather at 12pm. Step off at 1pm. To take the bus, park at the Ohio Union South garage on High Street near 13th Street and take COTA bus #2 to Russell Street near Goodale Park. You can come for the finale at 1:45 at Bricker Hall, 190 N. Oval Dr. RSVP to or call Sue Carter at 614-459-0017.

Feed My Sheep food pantry This is Dandy Diapers month. Please bring diapers for children and adults, all sizes. Also we need: gently used children’s clothes, feminine hygiene products, gloves, mittens, scarves, children’s books, peanut butter, chunky soup, dried pinto beans, canned stew, and dog and cat food. Jacques Angelino, 614-439-0245

Dinner & Conversation Sign up now for the second quarter (April, May, June). 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 that you’ll attend the three dinners. The group decides on the dates. Marcia Canter

UUJO (UU Justice Ohio) Spring Gathering April 6, 9am-2:30pm. Gatherings will be held in Toledo, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Keynote speaker will be Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio, ranking minority member of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee in the Ohio Senate. Senator Antonio is also a Unitarian Universalist. We will broadcast her keynote speech to the different locations by Zoom. Afterward, participants will identify and discuss local/regional issues that we might address as clusters of congregations. For more information, please email: Joan Van Becelaere,

First UU Bookstore Volunteers Needed Book lovers, if you are able to help sell books in Fellowship Hall one Sunday morning a month, please contact Will Whicker. Bookstore proceeds help the church, and volunteers get a 10% discount.

The Caring Team is very excited to present the workshop Societal Effects of White Privilege after the second service on Sunday, April 14, 12:45pm. Light lunch will be provided. The panel will discuss three topics:

  • Racism vs. Bias
  • Institutional Racism
  • Trends

We are very privileged to have the following three people on the panel:

  • Noel Williams, who is associated with BREAD, and who also has a past association with the ACLU
  • Katelin Hansen, Ph.D., who serves as Strategic Initiatives Director for the nonprofit Community Development for All People
  • Tina Pierce, Ph.D., who is the CEO and Founder of WORTH (Working through Obstacles Reaching True Heights)

First UU Contra and Square Dance Friday, March 8. Beginners’ session at 7:30-8pm; dance at 8-10:30pm. In Fellowship Hall. Kate Power, who started this dance almost 17 years ago, will lead a creative program of dances that will ease new dancers into building up skills and confidence, while engaging and challenging experienced dancers. Expect a fun mix of contras, squares, and a four-facing-four. We will dance to the joyful old-time tunes of The Pegheads, a band comprised of these Columbus-area musicians: Michael Allen, Barry Chern, Bruce Dadisman, Genelle Denzin, Jody Dorrell, Mike Eberle, Liz Harzoff, Karen Mortland, Bethany Schellin, Janet and John Schomburg, Bonny Shiplet, and Pat Wilcox. Every dance is a beginners’ dance! Cost is $8 for adults; $4 ages 12-25; and free for those under 12. Free childcare available. For more information, visit: or

The 2019 UUA General Assembly will be in Spokane, Washington from June 19 to 23. General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.

Monday, March 4
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Monday Men’s Spirituality

Tuesday, March 5

9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm Nominating Committee; Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Caring Team; Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation
7:30pm Worship Team

Wednesday, March 6
1:00pm UU Food Co-op
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s; Sacred Song Circle

Thursday, March 7
9:30am Improvisational Dance
7:00pm Engagement Team
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 8

7:30pm All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Saturday, March 9
8:30am Zen Orientation & Meditation
9:00am Path to Membership
10:00am Families with Young Children
10:45am Hispanohablantes
1:00pm Soul Stories Workshop
4:00pm Auction Item: Performance by David Krohn

Sunday, March 10 Daylight Savings Time starts
8:45am Breakfast
9:15am/11am Worship Celebration
10:25am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
10:30am/12:15pm Getting to Know UU
12:45pm BREAD Justice Ministry Network Organizing