Friday News 1-21-2022

Happy Friday!

I was so excited to wake up Monday to a beautiful snowfall. There’s nothing like waking up to a fresh crisp blanket of snow! I hope you had an opportunity to go out and build a snowman, make some snow angels, or maybe bring a snowball inside and throw at a loved one. (Not that I know anything about that….)

The first week of our online auction featuring Good Stuff is live! Check out the announcement below for how to get your bids in! Thank you for your support of our community!

Finally, I wanted to remind you that our Sunday service will remain online only until the numbers get to a safer place and we can be together again.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Virtual hugs,

Kelli McNeal
Director of Congregational Life

*Please let Kelli know of any announcements you would like in Friday News by 8 pm Wednesday, and put “Friday News” in the subject line – so that we can be sure to not miss your email! Let us know if you have any questions!

For your protection from scammers and stalkers, we have an OPT IN directory. You have to let us know if you want your name and contact information included! If you do not let us know using the OPT IN option, you will not be included. And your church friends will have a hard time reaching out to you.

If you would like to be included in the directory, please fill out this membership update form and let us know which information you would and wouldn’t like listed. If you are a member and would like a copy of the directory, please contact Marian Garcia in the front office.

Announcements at a Glance

  • Sunday Service – 1/23
  • How to Attend the Service
  • January Soul Matters Packets
  • First UU Auction “Good Stuff” Week!
  • Widowed Group – Continuing Bonds – 1/27
  • Grief Recovery – 1/24
  • School for Young Children Applications – 2/18
  • Columbus Vaccine Clinics
  • CER Winter Institute – Feb 18-21
  • UUA General Assembly – Register Now!
  • Read Aloud: Beautiful Oops
  • In-Person RE Paused in January
  • Youth Group Online 1/23, and join the YUUP Network!
  • OWL: 13-14yr Paused in January, 8yr Postponed
  • Volunteers Teachers Needed: Spring and Beyond
Sunday Service – January 23, 2022
Please join us Sunday, January 23, for our service
Wisdom of Patterns

Stages of life: Normal. Pandemic. Re-normal. We were going along with all the regular hopes and bumps. Then we were thrust into isolation and fear. Now, it is time to begin thinking about what life might look like on the other side. This notion of order/dis-order/re-order is found in science, nature, and theology. What do the patterns tell us?

Worship Presenter: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart

How to Attend the Service
1.) Watch the service broadcast live, through the livestream on our Youtube channel! Visit for the link!

2.) Find service recordings and watch them later, through our website!

January Soul Matters Packets
The January Soul Matters Packets are ready for your viewing pleasure! This month, our theme is Living with Intention. We will not be mass mailing the packets this year, but you can find them in digital version in Friday News, printed copies at the Church, or you can request a mailed copy from Marian Garcia.

You can find the digital versions here: General Packet (for all ages); Soulful Home (UU activities to do as a family).

First UU Auction Donations Needed

It’s time to bid on Good Stuff! Go to and place your bids until Friday, January 27th at midnight. Don’t forget to look through all pages of offerings. There is something for everyone! (Bidding on items in Food, Fun, & Frolic will begin Friday, January 28th at 12:01 am.)

Due to covid, we will be having an online “Auction Celebration” again this year. It will be Saturday February 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm via Zoom and will include a live auction and entertainment.

Widowed Group – ‘Continuing Bonds’

Widowhood is a journey… one that cannot be understood until experienced, an experience unimaginable. And spousal grief is one of those kinds of experience that is unlike any other kind of grief. It’s constructing a new identity. We are opening another widowed support group at First UU to provide a place to meet and be with others who have lost their partners, others who understand your loss. Being around a group that shares this experience can provide support from feeling isolated and alone, as well as a chance to talk about things that others may not be comfortable discussing. This can be a place where you can say “how are you doing” in an open way that only others who have had this devastating experience can listen to and understand.

Nancy McDonald-Kenworthy will facilitate the group. She has been widowed more than once and has a PhD in Cultural Studies where she focused on an online widowed group that she was a part of called WidowNet. She studied the stories of hundreds of spousal grievers who told narratives that showed distinct differences from the cultural beliefs of non-widowed, including and especially many psychologists, starting with Freud et al. In her research she has studied grief theories, identity, and technology through the lens of a post-modern folklorist.

A Zoom organizational gathering will be on Thursday January 27 at 3:00pm. For more information, please contact Nancy McDonald-Kenworthy.

Grief Recovery
Whether your loss is from Pandemic Grief, Death, Divorce, End of a Relationship, Loss of a Career, Health, Loss of Trust, Faith, or Feeling of Safety, you are invited to attend our Grief Recovery Method program.

The 8-week program will be held on Mondays from 7-9 pm starting January 24th.

We will meet in person at First UU. Masks are required and social distancing encouraged. The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program provides partnerships and guidance. The fee for all 8 weeks is $65. This includes the “Grief Recovery Handbook” by J. James & R. Friedman. Partial scholarships are available as needed.

To register or for questions/information, please contact:
Rev. Kathleen Fowler (614)264-8364 or Rev. Lynda Smith (317)402-9973

For more information, visit and check out this attached flyer.

School for Young Children Applications Available
Application materials are now available for the School for Young Children’s 2022-23 school year. Processing of applications will begin on February 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm. Currently-enrolled students, children of church members and children from SYC alumni families receive priority consideration as long as their applications are received by February 18 at 12:00pm. SYC offers part-time classes for children aged 3-5. If you have a preschool child who will be age 3 by September 30, 2022 or older, and are interested in enrolling your child, we urge you to act promptly since we usually fill up quickly. Information and application materials can be found on SYC’s website,, or you can call the school office at 614-267-0254.
More Community News on Facebook
See what our community is doing, support each other, and kindle personal connections – Check out the First UU Facebook Page, and join our Facebook Group!
Columbus Vaccine Clinics
If it’s been at least six months since your last COVID shot, you are eligible for a booster! Many Columbus Public Health clinics do not require an appointment, and include the opportunity to get your flu shot, as well as free take-home COVID tests! Find a clinic near you!
Winter Institute – In Person!
Winter Institute (WI) is a long held tradition of gathering over President’s Day week-end for a mid-winter retreat at Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge, Ohio. This relaxing weekend is an intimate gathering for UUs of all ages! Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and sledding (if there’s snow!), as well as the fireplaces and cozy corners of the lodge (not to mention, the pool and the hot tub)! Join fellow UUs to worship, play board games, make music together, or solve the community jigsaw puzzle. Our pandemic precautions include requiring vaccination, masking, and distancing. Find out more!
UU General Assembly
General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. This year, we will have the option of meeting online or in-person! Join us June 22 – 26, 2022 online or in-person in Portland, Oregon! Learn more!
Beautiful Oops Read Aloud

In lieu of outdoor RE, Jen will be creating a short, weekly video – with a story book for you to enjoy! We will have some accompanying ideas of things you can chat about, create, or play together at home for each week.

Hello First UU families! Last week we shared with the The Little Engine that Could. What a fun story of persistence and finding courage to do that which we are unsure we can accomplish.

Part of moving with “Intention” is making attempts. And, therefore, being open to mistakes and uncertainty. To explore this is the following video of the story Beautiful Oops. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we worry about making them. Sometimes we worry about when we think others have made a mistake. And, sometimes those “mistakes”, happenstances, and choices lead to amazing moments, creations, and discoveries!

View this week’s video here! 

We invite you to create your own “beautiful oops” by making a squiggle, and seeing what it may become.  Perhaps you want to make a squiggle, and see what someone else in your family creates from that line, shape, or scribble.  You are invited to share those with us- as it is fun to share those things which we create. Thinking of you!

And here is a link to a video created by Bri Miller and her 3rd grade class, singing about making mistakes!

In-person RE and church services will hopefully resume in February, pending declining case numbers.


Youth Group Online
Youth Group is meeting on Zoom while in-person RE is paused! For 7th-12th graders, age 12-19years. Email Amber to join the email list! Next meeting:

  • 11:30am-1pm Sunday, 1/23

Youth ages 14-18 are also invited to join the UUA network, YUUP!

OWL: 13-14yr Paused, 8yr Postponed
13-14yr OWL is taking January off, and the 8yr makeup class has been postponed! Pending lower infection rates, the 13-14yr class will return Sunday, February 6th. The class calendar will be reorganized so that the class and retreat topics that were planned for January will still be covered.

For families waiting on the pending catch-up program for 8-year olds, drawn from the K/1st Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum, you can still register to hold your spot (even though new class dates are TBD. In the meantime, feel free to email Amber with interest or concerns that the teaching teams should take into account!

Volunteer Teachers Needed: Spring and Beyond

We need RE teachers and volunteers for all ages and stages – including for this spring and for 2022-2023! The need is especially great for:

  • Coming of Age teachers and mentors
  • OWL facilitators including 10-11year

If you are interested, please email Amber or fill out this form.

Parents and families: please subscribe to the Religious Exploration announcements list for more information on upcoming classes!