Friday News 2-12-2021

Friday’s News & Updates!

February 12, 2021

Good Friday morning all!

We have several important announcements below, so please take a moment to scroll through this email for more information. In particular, be sure to see the announcement for our Mid-Year meeting, happening on Sunday right after the service. We need a quorum of members, so please plan to attend. We will be voting on a few items.

Also, if you’ve been participating in the Spiritual Practices class, or have been wanting to attend, please note that there is no class this Monday. We will resume on the 22nd.

Our Pathways to Membership classes have been rescheduled, so be sure to look at that announcement to see how to register. Even if you can’t attend either of the dates, please register for either the option to do a one-on-one with me or be notified about the next class.

And finally, please check out our Auction which is in week 2 – Good Stuff! These items will disappear at 11:59 pm on Saturday, and our week 3 offerings will go live Sunday morning.

Just a reminder, if you would like an announcement in the Friday News, please email me no later than Wednesday at 8:00 pm with FRIDAY NEWS in the subject line.

Virtual hugs,

Kelli McNeal
Director of Congregational Life
(614) 706-3282

Announcements at a Glance

(Scroll down for more details on these announcements)
  • Children and Youth RE – 2/14
  • Pathways to Membership – 2/21 or 2/25
  • First UU Auction – Feb 1-20
  • Mid-Year Meeting – 2/14
  • Jung Association of Central Ohio Event – 2/27
  • Meditation Group – 2/21
  • School for Young Children Application


Sunday Service – Side with Love
Join us Sunday, February 14th, as we join UU congregations from around the country for the UUA’s Side with Love service. What if to “side with love” meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together worship leaders and musicians from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do, and BE, in the world.
Mid-Year Meeting 2/14
Join us Sunday, February 14th right after the service for our Mid-Year meeting. We will be needing a quorum of members for some items on the agenda, so please plan on attending. You can join the meeting by using the coffee hour link provided in the Sunday service email.
February Soul Matters Packets are Here!
Our February Soul Matters Packets on Beloved Community have all been mailed. We know that the post office is pretty backed up, so it may take longer than usual for you to receive your packet. You can find the digital versions here: General Packet (for all ages); Soulful Home (UU activities to do as a family); Chalice Home (tips for creating sacred space at home).


 For Children & Youth! 
Sunday, February 14th 
1pm* Religious Exploration for 7-12years 
*Note later start time, due to Mid Yr Mtg!
3pm Navigators Scouts, Stargazers 

Thursday, February 18th 
7-9pm Youth Group Palentine’s Day Movie Night 
On Zoom – please RSVP

Sunday, February 21st 
11:10am* Peace Pals choir for 5-10years 
*begins 5 minutes after service ends 
12noon Religious Exploration for 3-7years
1pm Youth Group for 12-19years 

RE Class Schedule 2020-2021 
Church Google Calendar 

Email Amber, Director of RE, for more info!

Pathways to Membership
Join us either Sunday February 21st (1:00-4:00) or Thursday February 25th (6:00-9:00) for our next Pathways to Membership class. If you’ve decided you’re ready to join First UU or if you want to learn more about First UU, you are invited to attend! Please register here. Zoom link will be provided a few days before the class. Email Kelli McNeal if you have any questions.
Faith Forward – Spiritual Practices
We are so excited to introduce Faith Forward, an adult RE curriculum developed by the First Unitarian Church of Dallas. We will begin this curriculum with Spiritual Practices – a 12 session series that helps us to develop regular disciplines of the spirit – practices that help us connect with the sacred. You do not need to attend all of the sessions, so if you can’t attend one or a couple, don’t let that stop you from participating!

Spiritual Practices is NOT meeting this Monday. Next class will be Monday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm.

Visit our website to learn more about Faith Forward, register for the Spiritual Practices class, and see the other incredible courses that are being offered next!


First UU Auction

Have you bid yet for our Week 2 Auction – Good Stuff?! If not, you have until Saturday, February 13th by 11:59 pm to put in your bids. There are a lot of treasures to be had!

Our Week 3 Auction – Commiunity & Camaraderie begins at 12:01 AM on Sunday, February 14th.

Please mark your calendars for our Live Auction and Party on Sunday February 21 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm via Zoom. We will be bidding “live” on five items:

C27 Sermon Topic
F11 Super Salmon Supper & Support the Charitable Pharmacy
C13 Chalice Choir Anthem of Your Choice
C18 Yard Work from the Millennial Covenant Group
C34 Condo for one week. Select from various available options worldwide mostly at beautiful resorts.

We will also announce how much money we have raised overall and have four fun breakout rooms: Masquerade Ball, Queen of Hearts Game Room, White Rabbit Travel Agency and The Adult More Than Tea Party. More details to come!

Go to and choose the Auction 2021 website button. If you have any questions, please email us at

Jung Association of Central Ohio
Join us on Saturday February 27th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm for a presentation with Dr. Doug Tyler, hosted by JACO. Dr. Tyler will present on “Some Thoughts on Technology as Shadow.” To register for this program, please visit You must register by noon February 26th. To find out more, please see their flyer here.


Meditation Group
Barb Fiorini will facilitate a loving-kindness meditation on Sunday 2/21. Together, we’ll practice fostering compassion for ourselves and for others. We’ll reflect on our emotional reactions to the Covid vaccination process, sending compassion and gratitude out into the world. Afterward, we’ll ask the group for feedback and float ideas for additional meditation sessions in future months. Every is welcome.

To participate, join the Coffee Hour Zoom after Sunday service on 2/21, and watch for instructions to connect to the meditation room. If you cannot attend but still want to share feedback or ideas about these meditations, please reach out to Isabel via email.


School for Young Children Applications
Application materials are now available for the School for Young Children’s 2021-22 school year. Processing of applications will begin on March 12, 2021 at noon. Currently-enrolled students, children of church members and children from SYC alumni families receive priority consideration as long as their applications are received by March 12 at noon. SYC offers part-time classes for children aged 3 through 5. If you have a preschool child who will be age 3 by September 30, 2021 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 downloaded from SYC’s website, or you can call the school office (614-267-0254)