Friday News 5-7-2021

Friday’s News & Updates!

May 7, 2021

Good morning!

I hope you all are well and getting opportunities to enjoy this beautiful sunlight!

As I shared on Sunday, our Coming Back Strong stewardship campaign has concluded and we are wrapping up our record keeping. I don’t have official total pledge collection totals for you yet, but I can share that we got an amazing response rate, with so many pledges coming in our first two weeks, I could barely keep up! Thank you! There are still over 100 people that we have not heard from yet, so if you haven’t turned in a pledge form, there’s still time to do that. I’m hoping that I will be able to share our final numbers with you next week, or the week after. Again, thank you so much for your commitment and faith in our church community!

We have so much to celebrate right now! Tomorrow afternoon, we will be ordaining our Pastoral Care Minister, Isabel Call, into Unitarian Universalist ministry! Let it be a dance indeed! If you have not RSVP’d yet, please see the announcement below and register at the link. If you have registered, and have not received a Zoom link, feel free to reregister so that you are prepared and ready to log in at 4:00pm tomorrow to take part in this important, moving, and celebratory event!

If you have any questions about this Pledge Drive, or about any of the announcements listed below, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. And, as always, my weekly 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

Announcements at a Glance

(Click the heading to go to that group of announcements for more details)
  • RSVP for Isabel’s Ordination!  – 5/8
  • Sunday Service – 5/9
  • Soul Matters May Packets
  • Children and Youth RE – No classes 5/9!
  • UU History 101 – 5/10
  • Caregivers Group – 5/11
  • First UU Bible Class – 5/12
  • Conversations on Race – 5/13
  • B.R.E.A.D. Nehemiah Action – 5/11
  • How Will UU Take Action?
  • Check out the new Justice Update!
  • Jung Association of Central Ohio Program – 5/8
  • UUA BIPOC Group Gathering – 5/10

First UU Ways to Connect

Sunday Service – The Interdependence of Mothering
Join us Sunday 5/9 as we examine the interdependence of mothering. Mother’s Day teaches us that we are not independent beings but interdependent on one another. Each of us was carried by the body of another for many months. And we didn’t get to choose who that person would be. The process of becoming a mother is also a vulnerable one: we don’t get to choose who our children will be, or how they will come to us.
It’s Ordination Time!
Join us tomorrow at 4:00 pm on Zoom, as we ordain the soon to be Reverend Dr. Isabel Call! Ordination is a ritual marking the covenant between a minister and Unitarian Universalism. In our tradition, it is the congregation who ordains, demonstrating our faith in the power of community to choose who will represent us and wear the mantle of authority among us – symbolized in a stole worn over the shoulders and the title “Reverend.” Please join us to celebrate this sacred occasion and milestone in Isabel’s ministry!

RSVP here to get the Zoom link
Ordination is on Zoom, Saturday May 8 @ 4pm

May Soul Matters Packets are Here!
Our May Soul Matters Packets on Story have all been mailed. 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, May 9th 
No RE – Holiday BreakSunday, May 16th

12noon Religious Exploration for 3-7years
1pm Youth Group for 12-19years 
3pm Navigators Scouting Awards Meeting   RE Class Schedule 2020-2021 
Church Google Calendar 

Email Amber, Director of RE, for more info!

Faith Forward – UU History 101

UU History 101 is a 7 session introduction to concepts and people from our history. In this series, we approach history from the starting point of compelling stories and personalities. We will explore the questions those people faced, and make connections with our own lives and the world around us today. The overarching question is: how can history be translated into our religious life and practice? In addition to learning about history, we hope you will learn about yourselves. Registration is open now! Join us for session 5 on Monday, May 10th.Visit our website to learn more about Faith Forward, register for the UU History class, and see the other incredible courses that are being offered next!
Caregivers Group
Please join us Tuesday, May 11th, on Zoom at 1:00 pm for our next Caregivers Support Group. This meeting is open to everyone who is currently a caregiver, or who was a caregiver (the widows among us). Please email Sylvia Howe for Zoom information.
First UU Bible Study
Join us for our next Bible Class, WEDNESDAY May 12th, at 7:30 pm. The theme for this year’s class is “Great Bible Stories.” For Zoom information, please email Ron Payne. Zoom details are sent in advance of each session.
Join Rev. Marian and Rev. Kendyl Gibbons (All Souls Kansas City) for our next Conversations on Race. Over 7 sessions, we will be working our way through the book Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Join us from 3:30-5:00, Thursday afternoons. You can register for the class here.


BREAD Nehemiah Action
Tuesday May 11, 6:45pm
Park-in (parking lot of First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road)
OR Virtually from wherever you have internetB.R.E.A.D. will be asking public officials to implement some well-researched solutions to police reform and housing issues and will celebrate some recent wins that will reduce gun violence. Need at least 450 cars, total of 3,000 people to show public officials we mean business!

You and your guests must be registered to attend. Tickets are free and will be sent to registrants at a later date. Please register today!

How Will UU Take Action?
As the sun comes out and the temperatures warm, are you ready to spring into action? Maybe you’re looking for a way to work for justice, but not quite sure where to start. Check out our new Take Action page on First UU’s website. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours to contribute, whether you are looking for in-person or virtual, whether your passion for justice is centered on democracy, racial justice, food insecurity, the environment, or interfaith work, there’s a way for you to take action today!
Justice Update
Check out our latest Justice Update to learn more about how First UU is combating food insecurity, hear some uplifting gratitude, and learn how you can defend our First Amendment rights!

Community Events

UUA BIPOC Group Gathering
If you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC), you’re invited to join us for the Central East Region’s BIPOC gathering – happening two Mondays per month at 6:30 pm.

In our gatherings, we are joined by lay folx of color, lay leaders of color and/or religious professionals of color to be in community. Our conversations focus on topics like wellness and resilience, and our goal is to center BIPOC experiences and create space to explore our UU experiences.

Please email Sana Saeed, or Paula Cole Jones for Zoom information. Dates for Spring Gatherings: May 10 & 24, and June 14 & 28.

Jung Association of Central Ohio Programming
Join us May 8th from 10am – Noon for a Special Program. Tomorrow, we will review Dr. Raffa’s book “The Soul’s Twins – Emancipate Your Feminine and Masculine Archetypes.” Then, on June 12th (10am-noon), Dr. Raffa will join us to discuss her book.

May 8 Zoom link