Friday News 4-1-2022

Happy Friday!

It was so wonderful to see so many of you on Sunday morning! It truly lifted my spirits to see our sanctuary again filled with so many people! As you can imagine, it’s not just our Sunday services that are returning to in person. This Friday News is jam packed full of great opportunities to get involved, so be sure to keep reading.

I also want to let you all know that next week kicks off Stewardship Time! All of the important documents are being stuffed as I type and will be put in the mail at the beginning of next week, so keep an eye on your mailboxes. You will be hearing much more about our campaign later, but for now I want to kick off stewardship season by just saying thank you. This is such a strong, important community and we wouldn’t exist without your support. Thank you for supporting this community in the myriad ways that you show up. Together, we keep moving forward. Together, we fight for our values and the creation of a Beloved Community. Together we find a spiritual home. And together, we make a difference in this world. Thank you.

Virtual hugs,

Kelli McNeal
Director of Congregational Life

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Announcements at a Glance

  • Sunday Service – 4/3
  • How to Attend the Service
  • April Soul Matters Packets
  • Bill Cohen and Friends in Concert – 4/2
  • First UU Art Gallery Exhibit and Reception – 4/3
  • Contra Dance Returns! – 4/8
  • Action Seder: Demand that Chase Divest – 4/19
  • Save the Date: Labor Day Retreat – 9/3-9/5
  • Auction Items Still Available!
  • Petition to accept Ukrainian Refugees
  • Columbus Library Conversations About Race – 4/5
  • Single Payer Action Network Meeting – 4/23
  • Register for CER Summer Institute
  • UUA General Assembly – Register Now!
  • Hurry! Peace Camp Registration is Almost Full!
  • Family Activities At-a-Glance!
  • Outdoor Religious Exploration and Youth Group Update!
  • Calling All Volunteer Teachers!
Sunday Service – April 3, 2022
Please join us Sunday, April 3, for our service
Beyond Words

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

Join us for this very special service with guest musician, Ukrainian violinist, Arkadiy Gips. Wear yellow and blue attire, ribbons, or sunflowers.

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!

April Soul Matters Packets
The April Soul Matters Packets are ready for your viewing pleasure! This month, our theme is Awakening. 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).

Bill Cohen and Friends in Concert 4/2
Time. It’s nearly impossible to define. We cannot control it. But we treasure it. We seek it. Yet, sometimes, we waste it, kill it, and ignore it. Memories of past times can comfort us or haunt us. The mysterious intertwining of time and memory is the theme of Bill Cohen’s all-new concert!
Bill Cohen and friends will present Time and Memory at 7pm Saturday, April 2nd at First UU! Admission to the concert is free, but we welcome donations for The Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio. Masks are required. Questions? Email Bill Cohen!


He’ll sing songs from the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s that remind us of time’s unique qualities. Songs made famous by a wide variety of performers: John Denver, the Beatles, Bing Crosby, Carly Simon, Kenny Rogers, the Judds, the Byrds, Bob Seger, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and others. Beautiful vocal harmonies and instrumental backup will be added by veteran Columbus musicians Joanne Blum and Joe Lambert. We’ll also hear inspiring sayings about time and memory, plus fun trivia questions about songs that focus on memories and the fleeting nature of time.

First UU Art Gallery Exhibit and Reception 4/3
UU ART!  Come to the First UU Gallery and Worship Center to visit the newest exhibit  “FOUR VOICES OF ABSTRACTION.” These large and colorful paintings are by UU Karen Torvik, Kari Djuve, Patty Sandilands, and Dana Grubbe, all painters at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus. “Our individual processes are spiritual or meditative in nature, connecting to and revealing our true selves, resulting in rejuvenation and joy.”  Artist reception is Sunday April 3, after service, at 11:15 in the Gallery.  Come talk to the artists! 
Contra Dance Returns! 4/8
A beloved, First UU dancing tradition is returning! Join us April 8th, at First UU. (Caller: Margaret Goodman; Band: The Pegheads, led by Michael Eberle.)

Beginner Session: 7:30pm
Dance: 8-10:30pm

New protocols in order to dance safely:

  • Masks are required indoors. We strongly suggest an N95 or KN95, but will allow cloth masks.
  • Proof of vaccination (and boosting, if eligible) is required. All Soles and Big Scioty will be sharing dancer vaccination information so once you have submitted/shown your vaccination record at one of the dances, you’re okay for both venues.  (Please submit your vaccination info ahead of time by emailing a photo of your card to Marilyn Fais. You may also show your record at the door.)  Deadline to submit record early is Wednesday, April 6th.
  • No child care will be provided as young children are not yet vaccine eligible

Weather permitting, we will have a snack table set up outside in the church courtyard. Contributions to the snack table are welcome. Please bring your own, refillable water bottle.

For more information, please email Jan Phillips.

Action Seder: Demand that Chase Divest 4/19
First UU is going to join a national interfaith climate justice action event organized by The Shalom Center. We have many faith and secular partners already. Street Seder: Calling on Big Banks to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels Passover Action: Tuesday, April 19th at noon, 100 E. Broad Street, Columbus (Chase Bank Plaza).


This is part of the national Exodus Alliance action taking place during Passover week. We will share a multi-faith passover freedom seder challenging the carbon pharaohs to end their plagues on our world and instead grow eco and social justice. JPMorganChase is the world’s largest banker of fossil fuels, dumping more than $316 billion into that industry from 2016 to 2020. They remain among the top financiers of tar sands oil, arctic oil and gas, and fracking. Despite announcing a net zero by 2050 target in October 2021, and joining the Net Zero Banking Alliance, they have yet to set any immediate hard targets to cut emissions.


Our Justice Coordinator, Amanda Hays and other local faith leaders will coordinate the modified seder. We can use singers/musicians. There are roles for youth in the seder program (although it is a school day). We can use publicity help. We will need people to come, hold signs, and pass out fliers at this short and peaceful action. Subscribe to the Justice Update for more details or talk to Amanda, Elaine Fujimura, or Erica Barrett-Morrison.

Save the Date: Labor Day Retreat Returns!
Our congregation’s traditional Labor Day Retreat returns to Camp Oty’Okwa this year, September 3-5! More information coming soon. Contact Julia Pinsonneault to help plan this fun weekend for all ages!
Available Auction Items
Keep an eye on this section for upcoming auction events that still have availability!  To read a description of each event, please visit the auction website and click on “Catalog Grid” and then “Dated Events.” If you would like to purchase a spot(s), please contact the Auction Team.
Spots Available & Price per spot

1 spot

13 spots

8 spots

9 spots

6 spots

7 spots

Item/Event Available

Earth Day Gathering on the Deck
Offered by Jan & Frank Phillips.
Friday, April 22nd @ 7pm

Visit to Rumpke Recycling Plant in Columbus
Offered by Michael & Donna Greenman
Tuesday, May 3 @ 10am

Life is a Beach! Enjoy It
Offered by Candee & Dan Rothert
Saturday, May 14 @ 9am

The Art of Shinrin-Yoku (“Forest Bathing”)
Offered by Dana Reynolds
Saturday May 21 @ 9am (at Spruce Run)

Yellow Springs: Continental Breakfast and Hike
Offered by Rev. Marian Stewart
Saturday, May 21 @ 9:30am

Outdoor Pizza/Wing Cookout & Games on the Big Screen
Offered by Andrew Kohn & Donald Jones
Saturday, May 21 @ 7:30pm

Join the Conversation 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!
Petition the US to Accept Ukrainian Refugees in a Speedy, Streamlined Process
On March 24th, the Biden Administration announced that the US would accept 100,000 refugees from Ukraine, but many still have concerns. The Administration has yet to detail their process for accepting refugees, and reports have come out indicating that many refugees may not be able to enter the country until 2023. Additionally, compared to the numbers that have left Ukraine (3.7 million), 100,000 only helps a small percentage.  Please sign and share this petition! Their goal is to reach 150,000 signatures, and they need more support! Thank you!


Other ways to support peace and the Ukrainian people –


Columbus-local slavic church, Grace Evangelical Church (Galloway) is actively accepting material and monetary donations!


The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee identifies partner organizations working on the ground at the site of global crises. Support Ukrainian refugees by donating to the Emergency Response Fund today!

Columbus Library Conversations about Race
Your library is more than a home for books. It’s also a space to listen, to reflect and to grow. Our Speak Up/Speak Out series gives our communities an opportunity to come together to read and discuss a book about race, racism and social justice. We’ll also hear from the authors themselves.


We kick off the series with Ijeoma Oluo’s 2018 book, So You Want to Talk About Race. Mark your calendars:


Virtual Panel Discussion: April 5

Virtual Book Club: May 3

Virtual Author Talk: May 16


We’ll also read and discuss two other books later this year. Learn more and get involved!

Single Payer Action Network Annual Meeting 4/23
Register now for the annual meeting of SPAN Ohio, April 23rd from 10am-4pm, at Quest Conference Center in Westerville. Speakers include Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, former Public Health Director for the city of Detroit, Dr. Claudia Fegan from Physicians for a National Health Program, and Dr. Sharelle Barber, social epidemiologist from Drexell University. Proof of vaccination, including eligible boosters is required to attend; masks provided. Cost is $40, and lunch is included. Make this our biggest and best conference ever!


Register Now for CER Summer Institute!
Spend a magical week this summer thriving within a community of UUs of all ages! Join us July 10th-16th on the beautiful campus of CalU of Pennsylvania (30 miles south of Pittsburgh) for fellowship, fun, and friendship! Learn more at!
Register Now for 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!
Hurry! Peace Camp Reg is Nearly Full

Session A: August 1st-5th, 9am-Noon, for 6 to 8 year-olds (6 spots left!) 
Session B: August 8th-12th, 9am-Noon, for 9 to 11 year-olds (2 spots left!) 

More Camp Info and Registration Here!

Contact Amber or Jen with any questions! 🙂

This Week At-a-Glance
Family Activities This Sunday! 4/3 

  • 13-14yr OWL, 9-11am (room 302)
  • 6-7yr OWL, 9:45-11am (room 402/403)
  • Outdoor RE w/ Jen B, 10-11am (SYC playground)
  • Navigators Scouting Troop meeting, 12noon-2pm (outdoors)

Swooping Into Spring! 

  • Egg Hunt 4/17
  • Fourth Friday Fun Night 4/22, 5/26
  • Flower Ceremony and Spring Festival 4/24
  • Bridging, Teacher Recognition, and RE Sunday 5/15
  • Youth-led Service 6/6
  • Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty’Okwa 9/3-9/5
Outdoor RE and Youth Group Update
Outdoor RE Update and Hopper Hunts for Spring Read AloudHello First UU families! Our last week of March gave us quite a cold one on Sunday! But, Spring is upon us and all that goes with it. The theme of April is “Awakening.” Which speaks to awakening to wonder and beauty around us, being present, awareness of the interconnected web. Many were not able to be with us this past week. So, Jenifer has created a short video of a story: Hopper Hunts for Spring by Marcus Pfister. Some conversation “wondering” questions at the end include:

  • I wonder what Spring is? Where does it live?
  • What does Spring look like? Smell like? Sound like? Taste like?
  • I wonder what signs of Spring are you noticing around you?
  • I wonder what you look forward to doing as the weather warms?

Watch Jen read Hopper Hunts for Spring here!

Just a reminder: we still have some openings left for Peace Camp – so sign up todayWe hope to see you this Sunday! Start outdoors at 10, or begin in the service and join after the story.

Youth Group Update! 

Our next meeting is Sunday, 4/10 from 11:30am-1:30pm.

Volunteer Teachers Needed!
Teachers Needed! 

Please email Amber or fill out this form to become an RE teacher or youth advisor, or to help set the course for our church’s Religious Exploration program as a part of our RE Team! We need volunteers for all ages and stages – including for this spring and the 2022-2023 church year. Thank you in advance for your help! I look forward to reconnecting with you in person!