Announcements 7/19/19

10:00 am Worship Service (Sanctuary)
11:15 am Getting to Know UU (Slowter Lounge)
6:30pm  Care and Share Time Bank Potluck (Beach Hall)

First UU member Amy Kay Watson will present the service “Harry Potter, Slapped Awake.” In the tradition of “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” we will read part of a chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows through the theme of “Clarity.” Amy will share with us this approach to sacred practice, along with some insights and questions that arise in reading the chapter.

The Summer Choir will be singing, directed by Michaela Jones. Everyone who would like to sing may show up at 9am, learn a song and a closing, and then sing at the 10am service. It is great fun and a chance for people who may not be choir members to sing on a Sunday morning.

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

NEXT SUNDAY, July 28: Rev. Alison Wohler will present “What’s Up with Free Will?”

TONIGHT, July 19:   Rainbow Connexion Potluck and Gathering.Room 7, 6pm.  This group is for those who identify themselves as LGBTQIA…
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.
For more information, contact Georgia.

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, July 20:  Peter Mayer Concert  In the First UU Sanctuary. Minnesota singer-songwriter, Peter Mayer, is the composer of “Blue Boat Home” (a UU hymn), “Holy Now,” and other inspiring songs. $10 donation at door. Hosted by In Spirit Ministries. For more information about Peter Mayer’s music, visit


Successful Aging: The Power of Place and Social Connections   Every Thursday, 6:30pm, July 25 – September 19, in Room 7. This course will make vivid the opportunities, challenges and difficulties of aging and the advantages of aging in proximate community. We will compare it to other alternatives available today, using the cohousing model as a framework. Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods, and could be called the “old-fashioned neighborhood of the future.” Sliding scale fee $50 – $150, though no one will be turned away. Register at 614-267-4946, ext. 21, or

Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty’Okwa in the stunning Hocking Hills. Great for everyone – families, singles, couples! Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2. Hikes, workshops, nature, group worship, music! Meals included.
Beth McCreary,

Summer Sunday School  Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to join Jen Bojanowski, Summer Sunday School teacher, for a series of activities and cooperative games that highlight our interconnection. Classes take place at 10am. The Toddler Room will also be open during worship.

It’s time to register for Sunday School! Help us plan for the coming year; register by July 31. Registration forms are available at If you have questions or would like to help out in the program, contact

Volunteers needed for light yard work! Thursday, August 15, at First UU. Two sessions: 9-11am, or 5:30pm-dusk. We have tools available, but if you have favorites, and garden gloves, bring them along. Tasty, healthy snacks and drinks provided!  Patricia Boughton,  Dave Richter,

Final Summer Choir   Sunday, August 11. Everyone who would like to sing may show up at 9am, learn a song and a closing, and then sing at the 10am service. It is great fun and a chance for people who may not be choir members to sing on a Sunday morning. Brandon Moss will direct.

Feed My Sheep food pantry   It’s July Dandy Diapers time! Please bring diapers, child and adult sizes. It’s also time for our school supplies drive. We need: backpacks containing 20 #2 pencils, large pink erasers, 2 glue sticks, box of 16-24 count Crayola crayons, box of colored Crayola pencils, 2 wide-ruled 70-page spiral notebooks, and a ruler (with centimeters and inches). Please bring school supplies on Sunday mornings by August 12.  Jacques Angelino, 614-439-0245

First Friday   August 2, 6:30-8pm. At Whetstone Park, by the lower playground. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and food for yourself, and we’ll bring outdoor games. In case of rain, we’ll move to Beach Hall, and a notice will be posted on the First UU Facebook page.  Christine Davidson,

Documentary: Paris to Pittsburgh   A free showing at First UU Thursday, August 8, 7pm. The film was made by National Geographic and the showing is sponsored by First UU’s Justice Action Ministry (JAM) and Interfaith Power and Light. It highlights efforts across the U.S. by local, private sector, and community leaders to transition to a clean energy economy, regardless of federal inaction.  Michael Greenman,

BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity): Thank youfor being among the first in our congregation to invest in the welfare of the larger Columbus community by writing checks to the BREAD Organization totaling $6,754: Barb Avery, Courtney Chapman, Dan Baer, Laurel Durett, Paula Egbert, Bill Egbert, Cathy Elkins, Alice Faryna, Danya Furda, Jef Gamblee, Roger Hansen, Cynthia Hansen, Paula Hook, Marci Hupp, Karen Keenan, Barry Keenan, Judy Kleen, Stephen Lovejoy, Pat Marida, Deb McGuire, Michael McGuire, Evonne McNabb, Phil Meeks, Bill Miller, Bob Mills, Steve Molk, Cathy O’Neil, Kevin O’Neil, Ken Odiorne, Sharon Oliver, Jim Pinkham, Bertina Povenmire, Alice Rathburn, Ron Rathburn, Joan Shkolnik, Craig Sievert, Charlene Sievert, Rob Sievert-Wagner, Amy Sievert-Wagner, Wesley Thompson, Madelon Timmons, Fred Vierow, Sue Vierow, Patricia Wallendjack and Noel Williams.

Ohio Fair Food/CIW Events   August 9 & 10. Anti-Human Trafficking Training at Veritas Community Church. On August 10, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Ohio Fair Food invite allies to join them in a fire pit gathering at the home of Wendy Ake, Ohio Fair Food leader. Sue Carter, 614-459-0017

Columbus Immigrant Transit Assistance (Cbus ITA)    Volunteers are organizing to greet immigrant families traveling through Columbus via Greyhound bus, without food, money or clothing.
Supply donations: Put supplies (diapers, baby wipes, non-refrigerated foods, etc.) in the boxes in the cloakroom. If you bring supplies, please sign the sheet on the clipboard in the cloakroom, so we can thank you for your donation.
– Cash donations: UU Justice Ohio’s fund for Cbus ITA supplies,
– Volunteer Greeters: Please join the “Cbus ITA – Depot Volunteers” Facebook page and sign up to go to the bus depot. You are invited to a training at North UCC Church at 2040 Henderson Rd. at 3:30, on Saturday, July 20.
– Bagging Party: You can join the “Cbus ITA” Facebook page and then sign up to help bag donated supplies.
For more information, call Sue Carter, 614-459-0017.

First UU is first in our denomination to become a Fair Food congregation! Thanks to First UU members’ generous support for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Alliance for Fair Food, and participation in the Fair Food Campaign. Please stop at our table in Beach Hall for news and information

ICO Solidarity with Immigrants table   Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. We need volunteers to staff the table, as well as volunteers to bake cookies or make trail mix. To sign up, visit Signup Genius or contact Jan Phillips, 614-261-3234,

Water Communion and Ingathering Service   Sunday, September 8, 9am and 11am, Sanctuary. (We start having two Sunday services on this date.) Please bring water – a little bit will do. Be prepared to say what water represents in your life as we pour our waters into a common bowl. The water can be from your travels or from the kitchen tap.


Monday, July 22
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle

Tuesday, July 23
9:30am Archives Team
7:00pm Atheists/Skeptics/Humanists; Beloved Conversations Followup; Zen Orientation & Meditation

Wednesday, July 24
1:00pm UU Food Co-op; Wednesday Women’s Book Group
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Board of Trustees

Thursday, July 25
9:30am Improvisational Dance
6:30pm Housing in Retirement
7:00pm Expressive Collage

Friday, July 26
11:00am Nia Class

Saturday, July 27
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:45am Hispanohablantes
7:30pm All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Sunday, July 28
10:00am Worship Celebration
11:15am Getting to Know UU