Announcements – 3/29/19

This Sunday, March 31: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart will present From Where We Sit. What is the view of the world from where we sit? What is the view we see on Sundays? Does it matter? What does it mean? Turns out, where we sit can stir up all sorts of things. Sometimes, even the light makes a difference. We will also honor Art Beach for his longtime dedication and generosity.

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.

Rev. David Pyle from the UUA Regional office will be hosting a conversation today at 12:45pm to answer questions and look at ways to move forward in a healthy and vibrant manner. All are welcome, but the primary audience is our RE Families and volunteers who were affected by the public member resignations this winter. Childcare provided.

First UU Music concert Musical Landscapes 7pm, in the Sanctuary. Featuring the Otterbein Concert Choir, Marla Butke, Director, and the Central Crossing High School Chorale, directed by First UU Chalice Choir Director Brandon Moss. Donations are welcome at the door.

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 Conversation with David Pyle (Sanctuary)
7pm Otterbein Choirs Concert: Musical Landscapes (Sanctuary)

Next Sunday, April 7: Rev. Eric Meter will present UU Principles Series: The 6th Principle.

First Friday Community Stewardship Dinner 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.

Town Hall Sunday, April 7. Next 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.

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,

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/filaDonations 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.

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.

Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity & Taco Lunch Saturday, April 20, 10am -12 noon at First UU. We have been working hard to reduce our “footprint,” with items like rain gardens, solar panels, and green spaces. Come help out with light yard work. Come for as little or as long as you can. All ages welcome. You can bring tools if you have them – trowels, garden gloves, pruners. We will also work on some playground projects in our shared space with SYC. Afterward, join us for tacos! 

Feed My Sheep food pantry March is Dandy Diapers month. We are collecting diapers for children and adults, all sizes. It is also time for our Easter ham drive. Stop by the JAM table in Fellowship Hall to see how you can help. We always 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

Fair Food Victory in Gainesville! Let’s keep up the momentum. Please sign the Wendy’s Boycott petition at www.change.org. Let us know you signed at ohiofairfood@gmail.com. Sue Carter

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 snacks 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, Strategic Initiatives Director for the nonprofit Community Development for All People.
  • Tina Pierce, CEO and Founder of WORTH (Working through Obstacles Reaching True Heights).

New Member Ceremony Are you a new member? Have you been through the Path to Membership class and been thinking about joining? Now’s the time! There will be a new member welcoming ceremony at each service on April 28, with a potluck that evening. For more information on how to sign up contact christine@firstuucolumbus.org

UU Chalice Lighters  Your Chalice Lighter dollars help spread UUism throughout the Central East Region, funding projects such as: hiring an Assistant Minister of Congregational Life at a UU church in New Jersey; supporting a Membership Coordinator at the Washington, D.C. Ethical Society; and improving the facilities at a church in Wilmington, DE. You may donate online at https://www.uua.org/centraleast/programs/chalicelighter/cerclcurrentcall or via check made out to UUA-CER with CER CL in the memo line. Mail to: CER Chalice Lighters, 100 W 10th Street, Suite 1008, Wilmington, DE 19801. Rev. Kathleen Fowler, kathleenclarkfowler@gmail.com