Announcements – 3/22/19

This Sunday, March 24: Our First UU Youth will present In Each Thing and Every Time. We are each seeking truth and meaning in our lives; that’s the keystone principle of Unitarian Universalism. But where do we actually find the deep truths that transform us, and what does it mean when we do?

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

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)
  • 12:30pm Youth Group (Green Room)

Next Sunday, March 31: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart will present From Where We Sit.

Tomorrow:

Poetry of Caregiving

Tomorrow, 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
Tomorrow, 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

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.

First UU Music presents the choral concert Musical Landscapes Sunday, March 31, 7pm, in the Sanctuary. The concert will feature the Otterbein Concert Choir, directed by Marla Butke, and the Central Crossing High School Chorale, directed by Brandon Moss. Each choir will sing separately and then they will combine to present The Ground by Ola Gjeilo. There is no admission, but donations are welcome at the door.

Reproductive Choice Hearing Ohio Statehouse, Tuesday, March 26, 11am, Basement Room 017. Last week, the Ohio Senate passed SB23, a six-week abortion ban that makes no exceptions for rape or incest and would charge medical doctors with a felony for providing abortion services. If you can, join us to show moral opposition. Faith leaders testifying include Rabbi Jessica Shimberg, Rev. Terry Williams, Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart, Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, Rev. Al Debelak. Others will also testify against the bill. Please note that an overflow crowd is expected; please arrive early to find parking, get through security, and grab a seat. Rev. Marian, revmarian@firstuucolumbus.org

Town Hall Sunday, April 7. On this Sunday, we encourage you to attend the service using a first-time visitor’s lens. Stay for the Town Hall and tell us what you experienced. We’d also love to hear what you experienced the first time you attended First UU. What can we do better? After each service, the Board will be available to facilitate conversations and listen.

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, uujoanvanb@gmail.com

BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity, 614-220-9363, www.breadcolumbus.com, www.facebook.com/breadorganization) 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.

FILA=Benevolence Fund Our new Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance (FILA) has been established, and is accepting donations (tax-deductible) and applications for assistance. Brochures detailing the fund are available in the Gallery and Window Hallway, and information is available at: www.firstuucolumbus.org/fila. Donations can be made via check (made payable to First UU, with FILA written on the memo line) or via the website above. The fund has helped its first person, a mother with two children, helping her pay for her asylum application.

Sanctuary Team Meeting Monday, March 25, 7-8:30pm, Room 7, to reflect on where we’ve been, share our current work, make plans for future activities, and discuss the new JAM structure. Jan Phillips, FILA@firstuucolumbus.org, 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

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, and trends. We are very privileged to have the following three people on the panel:

  • Noel Williams, President of NAACP, Columbus, is associated with BREAD, and has a past association with the ACLU.
  • Katelin Hansen, Ph.D. is Strategic Initiatives Director for the nonprofit Community Development for All People.
  • Tina Pierce, Ph.D. is 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 www.change.org. Let us know you signed at ohiofairfood@gmail.com. Sue Carter

Our February Share-the-Plate recipient was Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW). They have received a donation of $2,754.25 from First UU.  Thank you for your generosity.

This Week’s Events:

Monday, March 25
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Bridge Group (call 614-499-2434); Grief Recovery; Sanctuary Group

Tuesday, March 26

9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Atheists/Skeptics/Humanists; Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Orientation & Meditation

Wednesday, March 27
1:00pm Wednesday Women’s Book Group
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s; Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Board of Trustees

Thursday, March 28
9:30am Improvisational Dance
7:00pm Expressive Collage
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, March 30

8:30am Zen Meditation
9:00am Move to Amend Statewide Conference
10:45am Hispanohablantes

Sunday, March 31

8:45am Breakfast
9:15am/11am Worship Celebration
10:25am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
10:30am/12:15pm Getting to Know UU
12:30pm Conversation with David Pyle, UUA (See Rev. Marian’s upcoming Tuesday Talk for information.)
7:00pm Otterbein Choirs Concert: Musical Landscapes