Featured Announcements -4/19/19

IMPORTANT 

  • NEW MEMBER CEREMONY and POTLUCK

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 this Sunday, April 28, with a New Member potluck at 5pm. For more information on how to sign up, contact christine@firstuucolumbus.org

  • GRATITUDE

Thank you to all those who helped with Spring Clean and to the Boughton family for taking the lead. The weeded and mulched gardens show off the flowers and plants and the grounds are clean and look great! THANK YOU!

  • TREES!

Help clean the air and make our world a little more green. We have four Kentucky Coffeetree saplings left over from Sunday’s service. See Barb Fisher if you would like to adopt one to plant.

  • REMINDER – DEADLINE APPROACHING

It is annual canvass time! Avoid the calls – help keep us from guessing your intent so that we are able to plan responsibly. Your gifts and support are how we live our values in our community and out into the world. Please return your completed pledge forms. Thank you!

 

THIS WEEK

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

For information about family and child-focused events and classes, or to be added to the RE News mailing list, contact Elizabeth Mount, our Director of Religious Exploration. 

 

Saturday, April27th, 1–3:30pm, Room 7 

Beyond the Binary: Understanding Trans and Queer Identities

Led by Kaleidoscope Youth Center

This will be a ‘201 level’ class, to help us better understand the experiences and perspectives of those who are gender non-conforming. Advance registration is not required. Childcare available upon advanced request by Thurs, April 25th.

 

Sunday, April28th, 9:15 & 11am 

“Is Chocolate Cake Sinful?” with Amanda Hays, ministerial intern

New member welcome and special music both services

What do UUs believe about sin and evil? We often hear desserts described as “sinful.” We are sometimes made to feel guilty for having too large a carbon footprint, or for not doing enough social justice work. Is this just the old puritanicalism with new “liberal sins”? What might “save” us from this outlook?

 

Sunday, April 28th, 3pm, Sanctuary  

CONCERT – Columbus Women’s Chorus

For the past year, the Columbus Women’s Chorus has been rehearsing at First UU. Their 30th anniversary spring concert is “No One Is Alone: Music Connects Us All”. Several First UUers sing in the Chorus and we’d love to have you come.

 

Sunday, April 28th, 5pm, Fellowship Hall  

New Member Potluck

A special gathering for new members and leaders of the congregation.

  

Looking ahead…

Monday, May 6, 6:40pm, The Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus

BREAD Nehemiah Action 

www.breadcolumbus.com, www.facebook.com/breadorganization

Central Ohio’s congregation-based, multi-faith community organization founded by First UU and ten other congregations 22 years ago. Each year BREAD researches community problems and identifies specific steps officials can take to address those problems. Be at the Nehemiah Action on May 6 to help hold our public officials accountable for Better Elder Care, Affordable Housing, A Municipal ID, Jobs, and Juvenile Justice. Bring your entire family, your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Our obligation is to turn out at least 300 of the 3,000 supporters expected. Our goal is 350! More information in Fellowship Hall after services or from a BREAD Justice Ministry Network member.

 

Sunday, May 12th, 9:15 & 11am

Flower Communion, Child Dedication, Mother’s Day.

If you have a child(ren) that you would like to participate, please see Rev. MarianRev. Eric, or Elizabeth.

 

SANCTUARY and JUSTICE UPDATES

FILA: First UU’s Benevolence Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance

FILA is up and running and is accepting donations (tax-deductible) and applications for assistance. Brochures detailing the fund are available in the lobby and back hallway, and information is also readily accessible via the church website, at: www.firstuucolumbus.org/fila

Donations can be made via check (made payable to First UU, with FILA in the memo line) or via the website, following the link, above. Questions may be addressed to either Jan Phillips, or via email at:  FILA@firstuucolumbus.org

The fund has helped its first person, Jennifer who is a mother with two children, helping her pay for her asylum application.