Announcements 6/4/19

Gratitude and Election Results

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Congregational Meeting last Sunday. Congratulations to Lisa Brandt and Heather Pierson who were elected to serve on the Board of Trustees. Congratulations also to Tony Rice who will serve as Moderator and to Shirley Lange, Heidi Drake, Dana Reynolds, and Kelly McConaughey who will serve on the Nominating Committee.

Thank you also to the current Board of Trustees (Seth Kraut, chair; Allie Bonsteel, vice-chair; Greg Denby, secretary; Jim Conlan, Larry Drake, Carolee Noonan, past chair, and Jeff Boughton, treasurer) and to everyone who worked so hard this year. We have a very good church and there many people who help it stay that way.

Share-the-Plate Vote Results

Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (UUJO)

Ohio RCRC (Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice)
Pathway Clubhouse

Arc of Appalachia
Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)

LSS Choices for Victims of Domestic Violence
Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Columbus Refugee and Immigrant Services (CRIS)
People’s Justice Project (Ohio Organizing Collaborative)

SUMMER (July/August) – alternate vote winner
Columbus Mennonite Church / Edith Espinal


For additional activities and events, please see First UU News (posted on Fridays).

For information about family and child-focused events and classes, see the RE News (emailed to families and in the Sunday Order of Service).

Friday, June 7th, 6:30–8pm, Whetstone Park (by lower playground)
First Friday in the Park
We’ll be having a less formal meet-up at Whetstone Park by the lower playground. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and food for yourself, and we’ll bring some outdoor games. In case of rain, we’ll bring our blankets and hampers to Fellowship Hall, and the change of location will be put on the First UU Facebook group.
For more information, contact Christine Davidson.

Saturday, June 8th, 2pm
Celebration of Life for Marian Clover

Sunday, June 9th, 10am
“Stonewall 50” Pride service
A lot is happened in the 50 years since Stonewall. Join us as Rainbow Connexions, First UU’s LGBTQIA… group presents a glimpse at their lives/our lives through the Stonewall, AIDS, Community, Marriage, and Present eras. Special music includes a duet and the Rainbow Singers along with the Chalice Choir.

Looking Ahead…

Friday, June 14th, 6pm (off-site)
Pride Parade Float Decorating

Saturday, June 15th, start mid/late morning – exact time TBA
Pride Parade

Saturday, June 29th, 7:30pm, Sanctuary
Concert: “Facing Death, Celebrating Life” with Bill Cohen
With piano and guitar, Bill Cohen sings songs about many aspects of death: violence, loss, acceptance, and memories. The songs are linked to a wide variety of performers — Pete Seeger, John Prine, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Phil Ochs, the New Christy Minstrels, Shel Silverstein, the Kingston Trio, and others. Free admission, but donations will be appreciated. The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio urges people to pre-plan their funerals, so their families won’t be subject to emotional and financial manipulation in their vulnerable time of grieving.

Sunday, June 30th, 10am 
Celebration and Farewell sendoff for our Ministerial Intern, Amanda Hays

Friday, July 5th, 6:30–8pm, Whetstone Park (by lower playground)
First Friday in the Park

Friday, July 20th, 7pm, Sanctuary
Concert: Peter Mayer 
Minnesota singer-songwriter, Peter Mayer, composer of “Blue Boat Home” (a UU hymn), “Holy Now,” and other inspiring songs, will present a concert in the Sanctuary. Admission: $10 donation at door. Hosted by In Spirit Ministries. For more information about Peter Mayer’s music, please visit:

Friday, August 2nd, 6:30–8pm, Whetstone Park (by lower playground)
First Friday in the Park

Labor Day Weekend, off-site
Labor Day Campout


Wednesday, June 5th, 3–5pm and 6–8pm, City Hall (in City Council Chambers)
Public Hearings on Columbus Policing Practices
Our ministerial intern Amanda Hays has been working with church members and community members through the Safety for All Research Team to learn about policing in Columbus for the past two years. Tomorrow is an opportunity for anyone from First UU who is passionate, concerned or curious about this issue to come out.The Community Safety Advisory Commission will be allowing public comment on recommendations and first-hand experiences with the Columbus Division of Police (CDP). Come to show your concern – we want to pack the house.

The Commission was initiated by Mayor Ginther in late 2017 with the stated purpose to bridge the gap between the community and CDP. In over one year of meetings, the city and safety department have given hours of presentations to commissioners on the workings of the police department, but commissioners have not heard from the public or had much time to discuss concerns or recommendations among themselves. Commission draft recommendations are expected by late June with final recommendations currently slated to be released by the end of July.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays
ICE Solidarity with Immigrants Table
It’s Summertime and our table in front of the ICE office downtown is back for its second year. We are hosting the table on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, and help is needed. We need volunteers to staff the table, as well as volunteers to bake cookies or make trail mix. To sign up to help out, follow this link.

Monday, June 10th, 6:30–8:30pm, First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St, Columbus 43205
Support for Miriam Vargas: Community Meeting 
Miriam Vargas remains in Sanctuary at First English Lutheran Church. She and her family have lived there since August of last year. A community meeting is to continue the work from the February gathering. All are invited!

June 15th, Shifts: 10–1, 1–4
Move Day
Miriam and her family’s living space within First English Lutheran Church is being changed. Volunteers are needed to help with the move. Help is needed to paint, pack, move, and set up the new space. There are two shifts: 10 to 1, and 1 to 4. Please sign up if you are available to help, by following this link.

Needed… (new cards needed)
Gift Cards. Kroger gift cards to help Edith and her family with food while she is in Sanctuary. Give your cards to Jan P. or Ginnie V. in Fellowship Hall after services.

Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
June 1, 1803
William Ellery Channing was ordained as a Unitarian minister at the Federal Street Church and Society in Boston, the only church he ever served. He was 23. The church was built in 1744 as Church of the Presbyterian Strangers. Later it became the Society of the Congregation in Federal Street and is now the Arlington Street Church.