We remember that we are more more than a building.  Our church, First UU of Columbus is a vibrant community that seeks connection.  Please join us online as we grow in connection and share our experiences and stories.  Through online Worship Services (every Sunday at 10am) to blog posts, community chats and social opportunities on Zoom (Tuesdays at 7pm), online discussions, classes, meetings and education, we hope you’ll continue to connect and make new friends as well. Please direct questions and any online meeting announcements to Brian Hagemann (brian@firstuucolumbus.org).

Be well, we miss seeing you all in person and look forward to connecting. . .


Connecting Online
We are using the Zoom meeting software for our online services and virtual meetings. For first time users, clicking on a meeting link will walk you through installing zoom in your web browser. We have found that it is relatively easy for most folks to get up and running, however if you have problems let us know at onlinehelp@firstuucolumbus.org.


Home Alone Together

hosted by Kelli McNeal, Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm

Join us every Tuesday evening for an informal community check in using Zoom meetings.  This is an opportunity to see one another’s smiling faces. This is pop in… so stay for the full hour or five minutes, whatever works for your schedule.

Tuesdays 7pm–8pm
Join Zoom Meeting https://uuma.zoom.us/j/177656693
or dial in (646) 876-9923, or (312) 626-6799  – Meeting ID: 177 656 693

 


Online Meetings & Groups

Keep up your connections! We recommend keeping your same time so the transition points will be easier.

Please contact Kelli McNeal or Rev. Marian to set up Zoom meetings for your groups. We have Zoom Pro accounts that allow longer meeting times.  Let us know if you want your online meeting info listed here or through the church communications.


At any time, but especially during the severe social restrictions placed on us because of the COVID-19 threat, normal and important human interactions may be hard to maintain.  First UU wants to extend its love and support to the people who call us their church home. To this end, we are creating a system to stay in regular contact with those in our church community who may feel vulnerable, lonely, or just in need of more human connection.

What is UU Cares?

UU Cares will work similar to a buddy system. People volunteer or request to be paired up with another First UUer. The pair checks on each other regularly, most likely with a phone conversation, to see if they are OK or need anything. Daily check-ins are recommended, especially during this time of heightened anxiety and threat of serious illness. The most important thing is to check-in. The length of conversation is up to the individuals.

To sign up and for more information – visit the UU Cares page


 


Discord Community Chat Rooms

{note: after light use of Discord to date, we are evaluating our continued use of Discord and looking at other online community discussion possibilities such as Facebook groups, web based forums, and others.  Its still up and running, so check it out if you can!  If you have any comments or ideas, please email brian@firstuucolumbus.org and let me know what you would use or what features we should be looking at and help us facilitate a closer online community }

Discord is an easy to use online chat platform that facilitates group discussions both large and small. It doesn’t require any special software.  [If you have not used it yet, just click on JOIN US ON DISCORD to setup a username and join in! There are apps available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac and PC as well].

We have created a special First UU Discord channel [HERE] to house all of our conversations with one another.  So hop on over to our Discord page and join the conversation. You can participate any time, 24/7 and leave a message for others or converse with those online at the same time.

Here we can also share resources, check-in and chat with one another, and even share those silly videos and memes to help bring joy into our days.

 


Giving

 

It is a blessing to give and to receive.
Please keep up your generous giving. This crisis is affecting many in our community with some First UUers already losing their jobs. Many others are working shorter hours or are on furlough. For those who can, please help us help each other.

Of course, we still need to keep everything else going as well. We will get the roof fixed. We will pay our staff, including part-timers so they won’t lose pay during this time. This is living our values right here at home.

You can give online with credit card here (LINK). You can use ACH bank transfer (contact joev@firstuucolumbus.org to setup), use your bank’s bill pay to send to First UU or mail a check.

You can also text to give at 614-879-1480. Its quick and easy. The first time doing this, you text ‘give’ to the number and follow the prompts to setup.  After that, text an amount to the number to donate that amount.  Adding the number to your phone’s contact list makes it easy.  Contact brian@firstuucolumbus.org if you have difficulty, but it really is quite easy.