Friday News – July 29, 2022

Hey y’all! Happy Friday! This week Kelli is on vacation, celebrating both Jay’s birthday and their wedding anniversary – at a cabin in the Hocking Hills! So your guest columnist today is Amber! I hope you are having a wonderful week, and a fantastic summer!

There are still several spots left for kiddos to attend Peace Camp – starting next week! Tell your friends! Find more info, and register here! We are also seeking supply donations; scroll down to that section to see the list of needed items!

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help with the resettlement of a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo! There are still some items needed, so please check out this list, or click here to donate funds via check, direct bank payment, or PayPal – and mark any contributions Refugee Settlement Support!

And, Kelli’s ordination is now less than a month away! I hope that you are able to join us for this celebration on Saturday, August 27th at 2:00pm. RSVP here, and scroll down to that section for more info!

Amber Scott
Director of Religious Exploration

*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. (You only need to fill this out ONCE.)

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 – 7/31
  • How to Attend the Service
  • Masks Highly Encouraged
  • RSVP Now: The Ordination of Kelli McNeal! 8/27
  • Spots Available for Peace Camp! + Donations Needed ASAP, thru 8/12
  • 19th Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive! donations due 8/1
  • Help a Refugee Family – now in Columbus, preparing for an apartment
  • Volunteer to Teach Our First UU Kids and Youth!
  • Calling All Artists! – 8/21
  • Labor Day Retreat
  • Auction Save the Date
  • Auction Items Still Available!
  • Universalist Convocation – 7/29-7/31
  • Upcoming Events
  • Calling All Teachers and Helpers!
  • Peace Camp
This Week’s Sunday Service! 7/31
Summer Stories: Tales of Change

Join us on Sunday, July 31st at 10:00am. Summer is a great time for stories. This Sunday, we will hear a few stories – some for all ages, some for adults – about change, our role in making it happen, and how we deal with it. Rev. Joan VanBecelaere is a member of the storytellers of Central Ohio and has a background in theatre that informs her story telling work.

Worship Presenter: Rev. Joan VanBecelaere

Join us at 10am, in person or online!

How to Attend the Service
1.) Join us in person! 93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus, OH 43214
2.) Tune in for our live broadcast, via!
3.) Or watch the recording later, on our website!
Masks are Highly Encouraged
We highly encourage wearing masks and healthy hygiene practices – as case numbers continue to rise in our local area, and within our First UU community due to the latest variant. We recommend masking indoors, frequent hand washing and sanitizing (including upon arrival at the building), covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you or your household has symptoms of illness or a likely exposure. These policies may change based on shifting conditions. Please see Rev Talk for more info.
RSVP Now: The Ordination of Kelli McNeal! 8/27
First Unitarian Universalist Columbus and First Unitarian Universalist Richmond will be jointly ordaining Kelli McNeal to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry! RSVP here!

Please join us in person (with reception to follow), or enjoy our live-stream option!

Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 2pm, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43214

Kelli will also be preaching the sermon in our 10am service the following day, Sunday, August 28th. See you there!

Spots Available for Peace Camp! + Donations Needed
We still have a few openings for both sessions for Peace Camp – REGISTER NOW, and tell your friends!!! Peace Camp is a space in which we explore what “peace” means, feels like, and how to navigate those things which challenge it (stressors, difficult relationships, and even things happening in the world around us). The curriculum is designed for our elementary school aged kiddos.

Peace Camp starts next week, and we need your help! We have some fantastic projects planned for our campers, and are still looking for some supplies! Please note: we DO NOT need any magazines or toilet paper rolls (short cardboard tubes) at this time.

  • Scrap wood pieces: approx 1” to 12” in size, any shapes
  • Plastic yogurt containers
  • Plastic lids from 6-packs, lids for pretty much anything (they work for buttons or for parts of faces and so much more)
  • Tin cans (if clean, and not too sharp, preferably no label)
  • Boxes: Shoebox size and smaller
  • Any unusual shape cardboard pieces (often seen in packaging)
  • Long cardboard tubes: paper towel, wrapping paper (no TP tubes please!)
  • Egg cartons- cardboard only
  • Tissue Paper
  • Streamers and ribbons
  • Spools
  • Buttons
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pretty much anything that seems you could add to a “robot” or “computer” or a dollhouse size building constructed out of recycled materials would be what we are looking for! No styrofoam please!

Drop off donations at First UU: Label items “Peace Camp” and leave them in the box in the Mailroom. Due to limited storage space, we can only accept donations through the last day of camp, August 12th (earlier is preferable)! Please contact Amber Scott, Director of Religious Exploration, or Jenifer Bojanowski, Peace Camp Coordinator, with any questions. Thank you for supporting this amazing program!

19th Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive!
It’s time for Feed & Read Ohio’s 19th Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive! Our goal this year is 150 children served. $30 buys one backpack with school supplies for one child. Donations are due by August 1st! Please sponsor as many children as you are able, or bring:

1 Backpack
20 #2 pencil
2 large pink erasers
2 glue sticks
1 box 16-24 count crayola crayons
1 pencil sharpener
1 ruler with inches and centimeters
1 box crayola colored pencils
2 wide ruled spiral notebooks, 70 pages

Drop off donations at 617 Woodsfield Dr, Columbus, OH 43214.
Questions? Call Jaques at 614-439-0245.

Help Kehilat Sukkat Shalom Resettle a Refugee Family
Kehilat Sukkat Shalom welcomes you to join us in helping resettle a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo through a new Catalyst/Community Partnership program with Columbus-based US Together and HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigration Aid Society). The family of seven (two parents and five children ages 14-4) has arrived in Columbus, and is staying in a hotel until their apartment is ready. We need to raise $5,000 to help support their resettlement. Please click here to give as generously as you are able by sending a check, direct bank payment, or PayPal TODAY! (Please mark contributions: Refugee Settlement Support).

In addition to dollar donations, we are collecting various household, medical, educational, and other supplies. If you are interested in donating material goods, please click here to review the list of needs and sign-up. Thank you for helping us perform the mitzvah of welcoming the stranger!

Volunteer to Teach First UU Kids and Youth! 
Invest in the future of our congregation and our world by volunteering with our children and youth! Your help is needed to create a robust program and the community that we dream about! Volunteers are generally asked to participate about two Sundays per month, with a flexible schedule and plenty of support. Fill out this form to volunteer with our Religious Exploration (RE) programs for children, youth, and families next church year! Thank you!
Calling All Artists at First UU!
The Mother Earth / Father Sky First UU Art show is coming soon!

For the beauty of the earth: What are we doing to and for our earth? What do we get from the earth? How do we celebrate the earth?

This art show is open to all (no you don’t have to be a member), 2-D art, any media, framed or finished. Make your art safely hangable. Drop off is Sunday, August 21st from 11:00-12:00 at the church. The show will be up August 26 – October 30.

Please contact Deb Baillieul if you intend to participate or have any questions: (614) 687-6968

Labor Day Retreat
You are definitely going to want to come to Labor Day Retreat this year! First UUers will be offering fun activites throughout the weekend. And, everyone will be bringing great snacks and beverages to share for happy hour/appetizers on Saturday and Sunday. To see all the fun planned activities and register for Labor Day Retreat click here.
Available Auction Items
SAVE THE DATE! – Our next auction will be in the fall of this year – Saturday, October 22nd, in the evening. We are planning for an in-person event. Our theme is Back Together for Our Future, a play on the film Back to the Future.

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

6 spots

14 spots

16 spots

5 spots

3 spots

24 spots

Item/Event Available

Afternoon in the Garden
Offered by Anisa Ahmad
Sunday July 31 @ 1pm

Annual Summer Fossil Hike
Offered by Steve Molk
Saturday August 6th @ 9:30am

Cajun/Creole Feast
Offered by Jake Huber & Georgeann Neuzil
Saturday August 6 @ 5pm

Just Right Vegetable Chili Dinner
Offered by Rich & Marcia Canter
Saturday September 10 @ 5pm

Trip to Arc of Appalachia- Hopewell Mound & Hike
Offered by Karen & Dick Dawson
Saturday September 17 @ 8:45am

Fall Outdoor Labyrinth Walk
Offered by the Saveson-Otten Family
Saturday September 24 @ 2pm

Join the Conversation on Facebook
Follow the First UU Facebook Page, and join our Facebook Group to connect!
Annual Universalist Convocation
The annual Universalist Convocation will be held July 29 – 31, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellville, Ohio. All are welcome to attend.

Since 1990, Universalists have been holding an annual convocation to holdfast the spiritual roots of American Universalism. Attending a Universalist Convocation is the perfect opportunity to learn, explore and celebrate the rich history of the other U in our UU faith tradition.

The Convocation theme is Honoring our Past, Shaping the Future. Our keynote speaker is Rev. Schuyler Vogel, the Senior Minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City, whose presentation is Not For Ourselves Alone: a Universalist Survival Guide. 

See our Convocation flyer for the complete list of speakers. Visit our website for detailed information on our three-day programRegistration is now open. We hope to see you in Bellville. If you are not already a subscriber to the Universalist Herald, please take this opportunity to support the oldest continuously published liberal religious periodical in North America.


This Week for Families

  • Summer RE w/ Jen B for 3-11years, 10-11am (SYC 201 and playground)

Upcoming Events

  • Fourth Friday Picnic! 6pm 8/26
    (Lower Whetstone Park, near the playground)
  • Peace Camp! 8/1-8/5, 8/8-8/12
  • Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty’Okwa 9/3-9/5

Peace Camp! 

More Info + Register Here!

Session A: (for 6-8yrs) August 1st-5th, 9am-Noon
Session B: (for 9-11yrs) August 8th-12th, 9am-Noon

Calling All Teachers and Helpers! 

Fill out this form to volunteer with our programs for children, youth, and families next church year! Thank you!

Pandemic Policy Update 

We suggest children age 2+ years wear masks while indoors, but may choose to take them off outside. We encourage all families to do what feels comfortable and safe for you!