Friday News 10-28-2021

Happy Friday!

A few quick notes:

  • If you are interested in learning more about UU history, please consider registering for our upcoming UU History 101 class. We have enough registrants to hold both the 10am and the 7pm classes, but registration is still low. If interested, you can register here.
  • Stay tuned to your emails for an official welcome to our new Neighborhood Small Groups! If you don’t receive an email Sunday afternoon and would like to be in a small group, please let me know.
  • In support of Remembrance Sunday, our Youth Group is creating an interactive Wailing Wall near Beach Hall. Stop by and weave your thoughts and feelings into this beautiful art piece.
Please let me know of any announcements you would like in Friday News by 8 pm Wednesdays and put “Friday News” in the subject line so I can be sure to not miss your email.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Virtual hugs,

Kelli McNeal
Director of Congregational Life
kelli@firstuucolumbus.org

Announcements at a Glance

(Click the title to go to that group of announcements for more details)
SUNDAYS AT FIRST UU
Sunday Service – Annual Remembrance Service
Join us Sunday 10/31 at 10:00 am, for our Sunday service “We Remember.” Our annual Remembrance Service holds all that we love and all that we have lost. As the pandemic is fitfully subsiding, we take a moment to pause. As a community, we come together to memorialize loved ones, honor other losses, remember abiding truths, and recommit to living fully. You are invited to bring pictures or tokens of loved ones you’ve lost over the last year.

Service speaker: Rev. Marian Stewart

Sunday Service – Ways to Watch!
1.) Join us In-Person! We will have seating in the sanctuary and Beach Hall. RE will be outside. Masks are required in the building. With decreasing Covid numbers, in-person capacity is increased from 50 to 75 people!

2.) Watch our Sunday services via live-stream! The full service will be live streamed on our First UU Youtube channel. Visit firstuucolumbus.org/sundayfor the link, or search First UU Columbus on Youtube.

3.) Can’t watch the service live? You can catch it and all of our services through our website.

October Soul Matters Packets Are Here!
The October Soul Matters Packets are ready for your viewing pleasure! This month, our theme is Cultivating Relationships. 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).

November packets will be in next week’s Friday News.

FAMILY UPDATES
Outdoor Family RE This Week! (Sunday School)
This Sunday (10/31) we will be hosting family worship outdoors, parallel to our church’s annual Remembrance Service. Please bring items to place on our altar!

See you on the SYC playground from 10-11am! Children are invited to attend with a parent or other adult caregiver. Masks are required! Grown-ups: please dress your family for the weather, bring camp or lawn chairs to sit on, pack extra masks, and consider bug spray. See you there!

Last week we read stories about loss, and thought about ways we remember loved ones who have passed (relatives, friends, pets). Then we made hearts of remembering and masks using paper and markers. Come play and connect with us again soon! – JeniferAmber, and Christine

Don’t forget to sign-in when you attend RE or other church events, for contact tracing purposes! Use the clipboard, or scan one of the QR codes around the church building to access the online form

Youth Group Events and Remembering 

The First UU Youth Group has created A Place To Remember those we have lost, where you can write things on slips of paper and weave them into our tapestry of remembrance. On the RE bulletin board – in the hallway between the Kitchen / Beach Fellowship Hall and the Courtyard / Restrooms.

Next Youth Group Meeting! 11am-1pm Sunday, November 14th

  • Red Oak forest play area, outside First UU
  • Wear bug spray, and feel free to pack your lunch! See you there!! 

Fun events for Youth are happening all year long! Mostly outdoors – for middle and high schoolers, age 12-19years. Masks are required! Add our Google Calendar or ask to join the Youth Group email list!

The First UU Youth Group has created A Place To Remember those we have lost, where you can write things on slips of paper and weave them into our tapestry of remembrance. On the RE bulletin board – in the hallway between the Kitchen / Beach Fellowship Hall and the Courtyard / Restrooms.

Next Youth Group Meeting! 11am-1pm Sunday, November 14th

  • Red Oak forest play area, outside First UU
  • Wear bug spray, and feel free to pack your lunch! See you there!! 

Fun events for Youth are happening all year long! Mostly outdoors – for middle and high schoolers, age 12-19years. Masks are required! Add our Google Calendar or ask to join the Youth Group email list!

The First UU Youth Group has created A Place To Remember those we have lost, where you can write things on slips of paper and weave them into our tapestry of remembrance. On the RE bulletin board – in the hallway between the Kitchen / Beach Fellowship Hall and the Courtyard / Restrooms.

Next Youth Group Meeting! 11am-1pm Sunday, November 14th

  • Red Oak forest play area, outside First UU
  • Wear bug spray, and feel free to pack your lunch! See you there!! 

Fun events for Youth are happening all year long! Mostly outdoors – for middle and high schoolers, age 12-19years. Masks are required! Add our Google Calendar or ask to join the Youth Group email list!

8th Grade, HS OWL Reg Coming Soon!  

The teaching teams for the 8th grade (13-14 year) and High School Our Whole Lives sexuality classes are meeting this week and setting class dates, so that registration can begin soon! Expect classes to still mostly overlap with the church service (currently one service at 10am).

Due to limited space, preference will be given to families who are involved in the congregation. Parent / caregiver orientations may be offered on Zoom; keep in mind that they are required in order for your child or youth to participate. Masks are required, and class participants age 12 and up will be asked to submit proof of vaccination (or documentation of a medical exception).

We are also working to get the 5th grade (10-11 year) class up and running! How can I help? Sign up to teach one of these classes! And please subscribe to the Religious Exploration announcements list to be the first to know when registration opens!

FIRST UU EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming Faith Forward Classes

Please Register Online for the Zoom Link!

UU History 101 is a 7 session introduction to concepts & people from our history. In this series, we approach history from the starting point of compelling stories & personalities. We will explore the questions those people faced, & make connections with our own lives & the world around us today. The overarching question is: how can history be translated into our religious life & practice? In addition to learning about history, we hope you will learn about yourselves. Classes are November 1st – December 13th. We have two class times on Mondays, so sign up for the one that works best for you.  Sessions are:

  • November 1st – A Question of Conscience
  • November 8th – A Question of Love
  • November 15th – A Question of Experience
  • November 22nd – A Question of Resilience & Courage
  • November 29th – A Question of Identity
  • December 6th – A Question of Calling
  • December 13th – History of First UU

Learn more about the Faith Forward Adult Religious Education curriculum, register for any of our classes, and receive the Zoom information (closer to class) on our website.

 

Covenant of UU Pagans Group
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an independent affiliate of the UUA honoring goddess-based, earth-centered, tribal and pagan spiritual paths. UU Paganism is a liturgical and theological community under the umbrella of the UUA.

We have received interest in starting a CUUPS chapter here at First UU. If you are interested in this new group, please email Kelli McNeal. For more information on CUUPS, you can visit their website here.

Fall Engagement Catalog
Looking for ways to get involved and connect with other First UUers? Check out our Fall Engagement Catalog here!
More Community News on Facebook!
Want to see what those in our community are doing, how to support each other, or looking for personal connections? Check out our First UU Facebook page. Just search for First Unitarian Universalist Columbus OH and join the group!
FIRST UU JUSTICE OPPORTUNITIES
Democracy & Human Rights Action Hour

November 3rd @ 6:00
LAST CALL to OPPOSE GERRYMANDERING in OHIO
  • Learn about Gerrymandering
  • Develop your opinion on the proposed federal voting maps in Ohio
  • Learn how to write testimony
  • Submit written testimony or learn when and how to give oral testimony
One hour to learn and act. Our voices make a difference
Join us for ACTION HOUR Wednesday, 11/3 @ 6:00
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88086166810
BREAD’s Annual Assembly
BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity – 40+ interfaith congregations founded by First UU and 10 others) builds the power of its people to solve serious community problems. In meetings with thousands of community residents, the organization presses targeted decision-makers to implement solutions to those problems.

At BREAD’s All-Team Assembly on Monday, October 25th, team members from BREAD’s 43 congregations voted to select the three most frequently mentioned and pressing problems brought up during their listening processes:

  • Environmental Concerns
  • Mental Health
  • Neighborhood Safety (not including gun violence, which BREAD is already working on)

Come to BREAD’s Annual Assembly on Monday November 15th, 7pm (watch party in First UU Sanctuary or on Zoom) to hear presentations of the three problems and to vote for the one that BREAD will research and begin addressing. All are invited but only network members can vote.

Contact Alice Rathburn, Chris Johnson, Jessi Sadaka, Ken Odiorne, Marilyn Webster, or Noel Williams to become a network member.

Single Payer Action Network
Justice Action
SPAN Ohio reports that the Ohio Health Care Act has been formally introduced to the House as HB 446, and to the Senate as SB 253.

We urge our members to:

1. Call the office of House Speaker Bob Cupp (614-466-9624) and urge him to place it under the insurance committee rather than the Health committee since payment issues are the major consideration.

2. Contact their elected officials and urge them to support these bills. Use this helpful pdf to find your representative.

(SPAN is our Share the Plate partner for the month of October.)

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Interfaith Association of Central Ohio
Join the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) either virtually or in person to learn and experience Pragmatic Buddhism. Attendees will be introduced to the faith and its practice. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

In-person registration by noon on Friday October 29 via email: office@iaco.org

Online registration via Zoom: https://bit.ly/IACOVisit

Funeral Consumer Alliance of Central Ohio
The Funeral Consumer Alliance of Central Ohio, a 501c3 nonprofit started at our church in 1953, will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 6th, at 2pm at the Upper Arlington Library auditorium at 2800 Tremont Rd. There will be a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by Donna Baker, a trained and internationally certified death doula. All are welcome.