Featured Announcements

May 1, 2019

  • Welcome NEW MEMBERS!

We are happy to welcome new members to our First UU community. Say “Hi and welcome!” next time you see them. Their pictures and bios are on the bulletin board in the hallway between the lobby and Fellowship Hall.

Michael Batchelder, Wanda Brown, Brad Bushman, Pam Conley, Laura Hartman, Peter Hering, Dennis Fraizer, Holly Francis, Mariel Hilts, Donald Jones, Andrew Kohn, Suzanne Lentz, Vicky Lidala, Karla Rinto, Michael Simpson, Anastasia Stuntz, and Robin Stuntz.

  • CHILD DEDICATION on Mother’s Day  – Let us know ASAP!

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


Thank you to all the mentors, teachers, volunteers who helped make the Coming of Age retreat such a success. Special thanks to Sylvia Howe for re-working plans when the retreat center in Hocking Hills was not usable. The back-up plan worked great. THANK YOU!


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!


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, May 3rd6:30pm, Fellowship Hall
First Friday – last one before summer!
Leave the cooking to us!

Join us for a pasta dinner at 6:30 in Fellowship hall, followed by a communal art project for everyone or board games at 7:30. Gluten free and vegan options provided; if you’d like to bring something to share you’re more than welcome to but the important thing to bring is you. See you at First Friday!


Sunday, May5th, 9:15 & 11am
“Silly String as a Metaphor”with Revs. Sylvia Howe, Paul L’Herrou, and Rev. Marian
Our UU 7thprinciple was authored by our very own Paul L’Herrou! He will tell us the story.

UU Principle sermon series: “Who We Are”. Unitarian Universalists don’t profess creeds or archaic dogma but we do express our values in terms of principles. This series takes a creative, curious, and challenging look into how we define ourselves. Today we continue with principle: #7 – We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


“Together, the 7th Principle and the 1st Principle resolve the inherent conflict between the individual and the community.” -Rev. Paul L’Herrou


Monday, May 6th, 6:40pm. BUSES from First UU @ 5:45 and 6pm
The Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus
BREAD Nehemiah Action 

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

BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity)

Be at BREAD’s Nehemiah Action to help hold our public officials accountable for well-researched solutions to problems identified by our 40 congregations: Eldercare, Affordable Housing, a Municipal ID, Jobs, and Juvenile Justice. First UU’s obligation is to turn out at least 300 members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues of the 3,000 supporters expected. More information and freetickets in Fellowship Hall after services or from a BREAD Justice Ministry Network member. Childcare for children out of diapers to age 8; buses from First UU at 5:45 and 6:00 pm ($5/person; $10/household).


Looking Ahead…


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. Marian, or Rev. Eric.



Friday, May 10th, 6:30–8:00pm @ Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave.
Mother’s Day Concert & Fundraiser for Edith Espinal
Join Edith for an evening of music featuring Clemente, Good Time Girls, and Joanie Calem. $10 donation.

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. 


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 Team

April 21, 1794
Henry Ware, Jr. was born in Hingham, MA. He was minister of Second Church in Boston, where Ralph Waldo Emerson became his associate. However, the two colleagues disagreed on various issues and did not remain together long. Ware edited The Christian Discipleand was an active leader in the Unitarian Sunday School Society. He helped organize the American Unitarian Association in May 1825 and was active in assisting his students to found new Unitarian churches in new cities of the American frontier. In 1829 Ware was appointed professor of pulpit eloquence and pastoral care at Harvard Divinity School. His book On the Formation of the Christian Character(1831) was a classic on personal piety, and his The Personality of the Deity(1838) was a rebuttal to Emerson’s Divinity School Address. Always afflicted with poor health, Henry Ware Jr. died on September 22, 1843.