Announcements 9/20/19

THIS SUNDAY, September 22: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart presents  “The Power of Covenant.” UU congregations are not defined by creed but by covenant. Instead of being bound by archaic creeds or legalistic contracts, covenants are living promises to each other and the world. Since ancient times, covenants have been made and made again, testifying to their power. What is our covenant?

8:30am  Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)

9:00am/11am  Worship Celebration (Sanctuary)

10:10am  Middle Hour:

    Creative Expressions (Room B, near the kitchen):  self-guided experience: crafts, drawing, writing

    Tabletop Conversations (Beach Hall, near the windows): Organized by Amber Scott and Kelli McNeal. Conversations for young adults and parents.

    Music & Movement (Room 301, old Room 7): Led by Lisa Brandt. All are welcome, incuding non-musicians.

12:30pm  Pastoral Team Training (Sanctuary)

Are you visiting with us and would like to know more about the congregation? Please stop by the Welcome Table in Beach Hall after the service for information about Unitarian Universalism and First UU.

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.

The Fair Trade Table is available for our first sale of the fall! For more information, see below.

NEXT SUNDAY, September 29:  Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart will present Ideal, Imperfect, Renewing: The Challenge of Covenant. On this eve of Rosh Hashana, we recognize that we are a covenant-making, covenant-breaking, covenant-renewing people. Rev. David Pyle from the UUA will join Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart in a dialogue to deepen our understanding of what it means to be in covenant.


For contact information for any of these events, please contact the church office at 614-267-4946 ext. 21 or

It’s Social and it’s Justice! First UU welcomes the BluesSwing bandon Friday, October 18, 7-9pm. For more information and samples of their music, go to Bring finger food and beverage—we’ll be set up in cabaret style. Come prepared to enjoy and dance to some great sounds. Fundraiser: freewill offerings gratefully accepted. Proceeds support social justice work and your sense of fun! Sponsored by JAM.

The Fair Trade Table will be available for our first sale of the fall today and then on every third Sunday of the month. Our goal is to make people aware of the concept of fair trade and make it easy for them to get in the habit of buying high-quality goods whose production benefits the farmers rather than corporations and middlemen. The company we deal with, Equal Exchange, is a for-profit, worker-owned, cooperative headquartered in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The highest-paid employee is paid no more than four times the lowest-paid, and all profits or losses are shared equally. They promote the right of workers to organize as well as safe and sustainable farming methods and working conditions. We hope that our table is a win/win for everyone—the farmers, the environment, the innovative company that supplies us, and all of you who enjoy good coffee, tea, and chocolate that has been responsibly and fairly produced.

The Long Strange Trip—Our UU History   Every Wednesday, September 11 – October 16 (six weeks), 7pm, Room A/B. Led by Dana Reynolds, retired UU minister. This is a great way to learn about our UU development throughout the centuries. The series is ideal for those new to Unitarian Universalism, but it promises new surprises for those who have been UUs for a long time. In each session, we will view the DVD and have a discussion. For childcare, please contact the church office, 614-267-4946 ext. 21 or, at least seven days prior. Dana Reynolds

BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity) works to bring systemic change to our community. BREAD campaigns begin with a fall listening process, in which we get acquainted, discuss community problems for our next campaign, and learn how to build the people power to address them. Childcare available with one week’s advance notice.
·  Sunday, September 29, 12:45pm, Wes Thompson, Facilitator
·  Sunday, October 6, 12:45pm, Marilyn Webster, Facilitator
·  Sunday, October 13, 12:45pm, Alice Rathburn, Facilitator
·  Sunday, October 20, 12:45pm, Chris Johnson, Facilitator
·  Sunday, October 27, 12:45pm, Wes Thompson, Facilitator
Also—BREAD movie night, Segregated by Design, on affordable housing, Tuesday, September 17, 7-8:30pm, First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad Street, 43215. Alice Rathburn, Chris Johnson

Caregiver Support Group   Tuesday, September 24, 6pm, Rusty Bucket on North High St. This group is for caregivers of spouses, parents, grandparents, special needs children, friends, etc. Pay for your own meal. Limit 20. Sign-up required. Sylvia Howe

Millennial Covenant Group   Covenant groups are a network of small groups who come to rely on one another for support and companionship during their spiritual journeys through life. This group is a great way for millennials to find deeper connections with their peers at First UU. The first meeting will be held on Sunday, October 6, 6:30pm in Room 302.

Grief Recovery Method®   Mondays & Thursdays, 7pm, October 7-31, at First UU. Led by Rev. Kathleen Fowler and Rev. Eric Meter. Small group format. Registration required, no later than the second meeting, October 10. Rev. Eric Meter,

Cast No Stones: Standing with Victims to End Executions in Ohio conference. Saturday, October 12, 9am-4pm, First Community Church. Register at See Lynda Smith about carpooling. On Friday, October 11, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking and River of Fire, will speak at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 59 E. Mound, 7pm. Free parking west of church. Tickets: same website as above.

Volunteers Needed!

  • First UU Bookstore   Can you help sell books one Sunday morning a month? Volunteers get a 10% discount. Will Whicker
  • Become a coffee volunteer! Only one service, only one Sunday per month. How easy is that?!?! Denni Hale
  • The Breakfast Team is looking for people to cook once a month before the early service. A great way to meet people! Cliff Adams
  • Become an usher! Meet new and old friends and worship together on Sunday mornings. Just one Sunday service a month. Sharon Oliver
  • Light fall yard work! Arrive anytime from 9am to noon on Saturday, October 19. Afterward, enjoy vegetarian chili lunch and fall treats. Tools will be available, but bring any favorites and gloves, if you have them. Patricia Boughton, Dave Richter
The Caring Team wants to inform you that the Joys and Sorrows Request Form deadline will now be 4pm Saturday afternoons. This will give our Coordinators more time to verify approval and clarify the request and name pronunciation before sending out the information email on Saturday evenings at 5pm.

Feed My Sheep food pantry   This is Socks-It-to-Me Month! Please bring children’s and adult socks to our table in Beach Hall Sunday morning. Also, the pantry needs feminine hygiene products, peanut butter, child and adult diapers, dog/cat food, children’s books. With winter coming, we need coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, sweaters, and blankets for children and adults.

Franklin County Consortium for Good Government candidate forumat Ashland University, 1900 E. Dublin-Granville Rd, Wednesday, October 2. Meet and greet at 6:30, forum at 7pm. Featuring Columbus City Council, Columbus School Board, information about the Children Services Levy, and Environmental Judges. First UU provides refreshments for the meet and greet session prior to the forum: bottles of water or iced tea, and finger foods. If you can contribute refreshments, please contact Marilyn Webster.

Neighboring Faiths (For Adults)    Have you ever wanted to visit another place of worship but were afraid to go alone? Are you curious to learn more about other faith traditions in our community? This class is modeled on the Neighboring Faiths course offered to 6th and 7th grade students during the church year. This fall, we will be offering three units – the Quakers, the Jains and the Buddhists. You can attend one unit or all three. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, October 2, with a potluck beginning at 5:30pm and information session on the Quakers at 6:15pm, at North Columbus Friends Meeting, 1954 Indianola Ave. We’ll carpool from First UU at 5pm, as parking is limited at NCFM. We will also visit their worship service on Sunday, October 6, at 10:30am and then have a follow-up meeting on the Quakers on Monday, October 7, in Slowter Lounge, 7-8:30pm. Danya Furda.

Senior Gathering   Thursday, September 26. At 10:45am, there will be piano music by Karen Thimmes in the Sanctuary. At 11am, Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart and Rev. Eric Meter, with new staff members Amber Scott and Kelli McNeal, will describe the RE program and our membership integration efforts. A complimentary lunch follows at noon. RSVP by Sunday, September 22, to the church office at 614-267-4946 ext. 21.

Men’s Spirituality   Meetings are held at First UU, on themes tied to the lived experience of the men in the group. Contact the listed liaison for further description of the group.
The Monday group meets every two weeks 7-9pm.  Brian Lohiser
The Wednesday group meets every week, 7-8:30pm.  Dick Dawson


Monday, September 23
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle

Tuesday, September 24
9:30am Archives Team
6:00pm Caregiver Support Group (offsite)
6:30pm Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Atheists/Skeptics/Humanists (ASH); Zen Orientation & Meditation;
Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 25
1:00pm Wednesday Women’s Book Group
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Board of Trustees; Film: “Long Strange Trip”

Thursday, September 26
9:30am Improvisational Dance
10:45am Senior Gathering
6:30pm Housing in Retirement
7:00pm Expressive Collage
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 27
11:00am Nia Class
2:30pm YWCA Family Dinner Preparation (offsite)

Saturday, September 28
8:30am Zen Meditation
9:00am Lecture: Consciousness and the Perils of Polarization
10:45am Hispanohablantes

Sunday, September 29
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
12:30pm BREAD House Meeting
3:00pm Nominating Committee Welcome Potluck