Announcements – 3/15/19

Special Note: The Celebration for renaming Fellowship Hall in honor of Art and Gracie Beach has been postponed. A new date and time will be announced soon.

This Sunday, March 17: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart presents “truth at the Edge.” What happens when we are right? Or left? Or adamant, so sure, so…convinced. Rev. Marian will reflect on speaking at the Ohio State House and beyond on divisive issues like reproductive justice. What is our role in working for justice when others disagree?

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

The Red Library Cart will be in Fellowship Hall after each service this Sunday.

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)
  • 1:00pm            Fair Food Team (Library)
  • 3:30pm            Navigator Scout Troop (Rooms 9/10)
  • 6:30pm            Care & Share Time Bank Potluck (Fellowship Hall); Young Adult Covenant Group (Room 8)

Next Sunday, March 24: Members of our Youth Group will draw connections between truth and their direct experiences of the world, and invite you to consider how your inner truth leads to action.

Tonight and Tomorrow:

RAINBOW CONNEXIONS: Potluck and Gathering

Tonight, Friday, March. 15, 6pm, Fellowship Hall
This group is for those who identify themselves as LGBTQ. Bring your favorite food to share. Stay for the meeting which will include planning fun activities, doing business, enjoying community. Most monthly gatherings include an Odyssey.

Bill Cohen in Concert

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 16, 7pm, Sanctuary
Bill Cohen, a long time Columbus musician, will present a concert and sing-along based on the music of John Denver. 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 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.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

SAVE THE DATE! First Friday, April 5, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall

Community Stewardship Dinner – Everyone is invited! Leave the cooking to us… Come, celebrate community and what we do together – and what is possible. Mark your calendars now. Stay tuned for more details.

Poetry of Caregiving Saturday, March 23, 2:30pm, Room 7. In this workshop designed especially for caregivers, Pat Hurley will show how poetic devices can help you express your feelings and relieve your stress. Pat will read a few poems which she and her late husband Bill wrote during his battle with esophageal cancer, then share prompts to help you start writing your own reflections. No writing experience—or even love of poetry—necessary. Pat Hurley

Performance: Get a Move On Saturday, March 23, 4pm, in Fellowship Hall. David Krohn, member of First UU, will present a combination of dance, mime and poetry, with a little humor. $10. David will reprise the old favorites “Casey at the Bat,” “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” and “General Pershing at the Front.” He will also do a few sections from “Autobiography” and six “Poems from the Woods of Maine,” including “My Porcupine” and “The Imperial Moose.” David Krohn

Art at First UU Enjoy Karen Rush Jones’ latest exhibit of paintings. These colorful and mostly abstract works were painted in acrylic and mixed media in recent years. This exhibit runs through April 30. For information or to purchase, email: Deb Baillieul

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—and a UU. 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. Joan Van Becelaere,

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

  • 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.

First UU Benevolence Fund for Immigration Assistance Beneficiaries will be Central Ohio residents, with preference given to parents of underage children and young people who fit within the DACA age range. Jan Phillips,, 614-261-3234

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

Caring Team Workshop 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:

  • 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)

Fair Food Action If you haven’t yet joined the Wendy’s Boycott, please act today to end slavery and sexual harassment in the fields by signing the Wendy’s Boycott Petition on Let us know you signed at Sue Carter

This Week’s Events:

Monday, March 18
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Grief Recovery; Monday Men’s Spirituality

Tuesday, March 19
9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm Nominating Committee; Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Book Bites; Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation

Wednesday, March 20
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s; Sacred Song Circle
6:30pm COA Team
7:00pm All-Ages YA Book Group; Finance Committee

Thursday, March 21
9:30am Improvisational Dance
5:00pm TransParenting
6:00pm BREAD Team
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, March 23
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:45am Hispanohablantes
2:30pm The Poetry of Caregiving
4:00pm Performance: Get a Move On with David Krohn

Sunday, March 24
8:45am Breakfast
9:15am/11am Worship Celebration
10:25am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
10:30am/12:15pm Getting to Know UU
12:30pm Youth Group