Friday News – March 17, 2023

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It is such a busy time for First UU! With the coming spring and hints of warmer weather, the grounds around the building are starting to show early signs of color and life. The landscapers prepared our flower beds with new mulch, daffodils have popped out of the ground near the staff entrance, and we’ve been visited by birds, squirrels and chipmunks in the Asian Garden off of Beach Fellowship Hall. And I’ve heard a rumor that there may be baby chicks that recently hatched in the SYC classrooms!

I hope that wherever you find yourself today and this weekend, you are able to take some time to enjoy all of the life, color, and newness that may be surrounding you. Take a few moments to stop and listen to the birds chirping or children playing outside. Remember, that you can’t take care of others without first taking care of yourself. So whatever that looks like for you, I hope you find some time to relax and do something that fills your tank.

Blessings friends,
Rev. Kelli McNeal
Minister of Congregational Life

*Please¬†email us¬†with 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

In addition to collecting our rummage sale items to donate, we’ve been busy collecting your feedback during the listening sessions regarding a Transitional Minister at First UU. Thank you to everyone who has participated in and signed up for a listening session! There are a few slots still available for later this week!

Here’s the link to the sign-up genius if you are interested. Another way to give feedback is to complete the survey (click here), which has the same questions as those being asked in the listening sessions. Issues accessing the signup genius or survey? Email

Save the date: April 8, 2023 we are hosting Rev. Marian Stewart’s Farewell Gathering. It will take place at the Clintonville Woman’s Club from 2:00-4:00pm. We will have plated desserts with coffee, tea, and lemonade to drink. There will be seating available at tables and three standing tabletop areas to allow you to visit as long as you are able. We hope to see you there.

The next board meeting will be Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 7:00pm.

Your Board of Trustees,

Jan Phillips, Billy Davidson, Shelly Casto, Jim Conlan, Julie Pinsonneault, and Cindy Whicker

For your protection from scammers and stalkers, we have an OPT INdirectory. 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

* indicates new or updated announcement
  • The Vulnerable Work of Dismantling Racism, Amanda Hays,¬†ARA¬†– 3/19¬†*
  • March Share the Plate: Bottom’s Up
  • Article 2 Resources
  • Upcoming Services, and Monthly Themes!
  • Care and Share Time Bank Potluck – 3/19 *
  • RSVP Now: Baby Shower – 3/26
  • Community Passover Seder: RSVP Now – 4/7 *
  • Donate! Volunteer! Rummage Sale¬†– 3/25 *
  • We Need Egg Hunt Candy!¬†– thru 4/2
  • HS Grad Recognition / Bridging: Sign Up Now! – 4/23
  • Contribute to Our Banned Book Library!¬†(1st UU Youth Group)
  • BREAD: Sign the Municipal ID Petition! – Nehemiah Action 4/25
  • Auction Experiences Still Available!
  • Save the Date! 1st UU Events
  • Sign Up Now: Dinner and Conversation – due 3/19 *
  • Seniors’ Tai Chi for Balance – Tuesdays, starting 4/11 *
  • Recurring¬†Classes¬†and Meetups *
  • Get Involved!
  • Chas Williams Nominated for the UUA Board of Review *
  • World Water Day Concert – 3/19 *
  • Wider Community¬†Events of Note! *
  • Sign Up:¬†Child Dedication Ceremony – 5/14
  • Register Now for Peace Camp 2023! – August
  • Happening This Sunday – 3/12¬†*
  • Snacks Needed!
  • We Need You – in the RE Classroom!
  • Upcoming Family Events!
This Week’s¬†Service, 3/19

The Vulnerable Work of Dismantling Racism

Amanda Hays and AntiRacist Allies


Join us this Sunday, March 19th, at 11:00am for our morning worship!
Learning about the history of race and racism in our country, city, religious movement and church makes us vulnerable. It can threaten our stories about where we came from, who we are, and where we are going. And yet, our Unitarian Universalist values call us to engage fully and truthfully with our past as a part of our work to become a diverse multicultural Beloved Community.

Worship Presenter – Amanda Hays and First UU’s AntiRacist Allies group
March Monthly Theme – Vulnerability

March Share the Plate: Bottom’s Up
Our Share-the-Plate donations in March go to Bottoms Up Diaper Drive. Did you know that 1 in 3 families in the U.S. struggle to afford diapers for their children? The average baby needs 6-10 diapers per day, but for many low-income families, this basic necessity can be out of reach. Bottoms Up is a non-profit organization working to address this issue by providing clean diapers to disadvantaged mothers and their families.
Article 2 Report
For more information on the proposed UUA Article 2 (Principles and Sources) changes, read their report here. (THIS IS A NEW LINK)

Read UUA Presidential Candidate Rev. Dr.¬†Sof√≠a Betancourt’s thoughts on today’s Unitarian Universalism here.

Upcoming Services, and Monthly Themes!
Happening This Month

  • 3/26 – Annual Youth-Led Service, “Rainbows of Religion”
  • 4/2 – Rev. Dana Reynolds, “Healing and Well-Being Are in the Woods”
  • 4/9 – Easter – Rev. Kelli McNeal (+¬†Spring Festival, Egg Hunt, Throwing Color)
  • 4/16 – EcoJustice,¬†Flower Ceremony / Earth Day (All Ages, no RE)
  • 4/23 – Amber Scott, HS Grad Bridging, RE Service and Open House
  • 4/30 – Rev. Kelli McNeal

Monthly Themes

  • April: Resistance
  • May: Creativity
  • June: Delight

Special Services

  • 5/14 – Mother’s Day, Child Dedication
  • 5/21 – Coming of Age Service
  • 9/10 – Ingathering / Water Ceremony (All Ages, No RE)
Care and Share Time Bank Potluck 3/19
Sunday, March 19, at 6:30pm is the next Care and Share Time Bank (CSTB) potluck at First UU! After 2 years of COVID-induced ‚ÄúZoom meetings,‚ÄĚ we‚Äôre back to our usual potlucks in Beach Hall. So, please, bring a dish to share. Bring your own table setting and water bottle to make clean up easier! We will have our usual “sharing table” for everyone to bring previously used things they’d like to give to others.

Any First UU member who is already a member will earn two credits for participating! Not a member yet? Come and learn what it’s about, and, when you join (no cost), you’ll be able to start right off with 2 hour credits. Visit our web site to learn about the CSTB, or contact Michael Greenman, 1st UU CSTB coordinator!

RSVP Now: Baby Shower 3/26
Please RSVP to Marna Austin by phone, (614) 440-1711, or click here to RSVP by email if you plan to attend. If you cannot come to the shower and would like to give a present, please let Marna know! The baby shower will be at 2pm on Sunday, March 26th, in room 201 Рthe First UU Sunday school / SYC classroom just beyond and diagonal from the bathrooms.

Lynda Smith, Su Farnlacher, and Marna Austin are planning a baby shower for an immigrant family that Jacques Angelino has been helping for 3 years. The soon-to-be grandparents parents of the family are Maria and Manuel. They speak Spanish. Their teenage son, Yair (pronounced Yah-eer), and his girlfriend, Fabiola Orellana, are expecting a baby boy in early May. Yair and Fabiola speak Spanish and English. They all live in Whitehall, Ohio.

Fabiola has a baby registry online at Walmart. To access the baby registry for Fabiola go to Walmart baby registry and put in her name and Ohio. To place an order at the website, you need to make an account for Walmart and include your home address and telephone number. When the web site process gets to shipping, it will have a place to click on Fabiola’s address. Click on it and you will have the option to have the order shipped to your own address. If you want to buy the item from the baby registry at the store, print the baby registry and it will have bar codes for the cashier to scan.

Community Passover Seder: RSVP Now 4/7
Kehilat Sukkat Shalom (KSS) welcomes First UU members to join us for our Community Passover Seder the evening of Friday, April 7th @6PM in Beach Fellowship Hall.

Space is Limited!RSVP by Sunday, March 26th with your interest in attending and the number of people in your party. KSS asks guests to bring something to add to the holiday meal.

A link to sign up for volunteering will be sent with registration confirmation. Please consider volunteering to help with set-up and tear-down, especially with running the dishwasher.

Donate! Volunteer! Rummage Sale 3/25
One week from today volunteers will hard at work setting up tables for the Rummage Sale! Will you be eating pizza, laughing, and joking as you work with them Рor will watching the same old, same old on a Friday night? Sign up at Rummage Sale Volunteers or at the table in Beach Hall to join us! Saturday we need a powerful clean up crew Рstarting at 3pm!

Join us for the sale! Saturday, March 25th, from 8:30am-3pm. This is your chance to get rid of the stuff you haven‚Äôt used or needed since before the pandemic‚ÄĒelectronics, sports equipment, tools. Lose extra stuff and find room in your closets, basement, or attic!

Drop-off your donations Monday, March 20th through Thursday, March 23rd, 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Contact us if you need help with large items or to arrange other times. Leftover items will be collected by Out of the Closet!

General Items: Art and Collectibles, Computers, Electronics, Exercise Equipment, Furniture, Garden Goodies, Household, Jewelry, Musical Instruments, Office Items, Pet Supplies, Records and CDs and Books, Sporting Goods, Tools (no adult-sized clothing, please)! Baby and Kid Items: Gently worn, clean, and complete Clothing, Gear, Electronics, Books, and Toys! 

We Need Egg Hunt Candy! Thru 4/2
Please bring NUT FREE / allergy safe candy and other tiny items (trinkets, erasers, etc.) to be included in the eggs, and leave them in clearly labeled bags in the volunteer work room through Sunday, April 2nd.

We could also use donations of¬†throwing color powder!¬†Because we need time to fill the eggs and package the powder, we need donations ASAP.¬†Thank you for “hopping on” this opportunity to support our families!

Our RE Spring Festival on 4/9 will include an Egg Hunt during the service (separate kid / teen hunts) and Throwing Color after the service. Contact Amber with questions, or for more information!

Bridging: HS Grad Recognition 4/23
Congrats, grad! Each spring our congregation recognizes seniors who are graduating from high school or finishing home school! Please fill out this form ASAP if you would like your grad to be recognized this year! The form is due by midnight the Sunday before the ceremony, April 16th.

Graduating youth and their families are invited to attend our service in person on Sunday, April 23rd Рso that we can honor you as a congregation Рbut this is not required. Bridging seniors also receive gifts from the congregation!

Contribute to Our Banned Book Library!
The First UU Youth Group is partnering with the Book Loft, a local bookstore in German Village, to build the First UU Banned Book Library! Please join us by clicking here to purchase a book to add to our library. Book plates will be available to commemorate your donation. Don’t forget to join us for the annual Youth Led Service on March 26th to hear more about our new library! -Update provided by Abigail Ours, Youth Group member.
BREAD: Sign the Municipal ID Petition!
Sign the petition now Рfor a municipal ID in Columbus!

And please plan to join us at the BREAD Nehemiah Action on April 25th!

Auction Items Still Available
To read a full description of each event or service, please go to the auction website. If you would like to purchase a spot or spots, please contact the Auction Team.

Vegan Mexican Dinner
Friday March 31st at 5:30pm
$50 per spot (2 spots available)

Visit to Rumpke Recycling Plant in Columbus
Tuesday April 11th at 1pm
$15 per spot (8 available)

Wildflowers at Arc of Appalachia Day Trip
Saturday April 2nd at 9am
$30 per spot (3 available)

Cinco de Mayo Inspired Happy Hour
Saturday May 6th at 6pm
$30 per spot (2 available)

Visit to Rumpke Recycling Plant in Columbus
Tuesday May 9th at 10am
$15 per spot (8 available)

Birding with Bob and Donna
Saturday May 13th at 8am
25 per spot (3 available)

Spring Nature Hike / Mound Excursion
Saturday May 13th at 9am
$20 per spot (19 available)

Save the Date! 1st UU Events
  • 3/24, 4/28 – Fourth Friday Dinner
  • 3/25¬†– Rummage Sale, 8:30am-3pm
  • 3/27¬†– BREAD Rally,¬†7pm
  • 4/8, 5/13¬†– All Soles Contra Dance
  • 4/16 – The Ordination of Meg McGuire Watch Party, 5pm
  • 4/25 (Tues) – BREAD Nehemiah Action, 6:45pm
  • Thru 4/30 –¬† Eric Murphy,¬†Subtle Chaos: Spacescapes and Jim Crow States¬†(Gallery)
  • 5/6 – Church Gardens and Grounds Work Day, 9am-1pm
  • 5/11¬†– Senior Gathering
  • 6/11, Sunday – Annual Meeting
  • 6/21-6/25 – UUA General Assembly
  • 7/9-7/15 – CER Summer Institute
  • 9/2-9/4 – Labor Day Retreat
Sign Up Now: Dinner and Conversation
Sign up now for the second quarter of 2023: April, May, June. Please let Marcia Canter know by noon this Sunday, March 19th if you want to participate!

Dinner and Conversation is a quarterly pot luck group that meets in participants’ homes. Commitment is only for one quarter at a time, with one meeting per month agreed upon by the entire group. The group size is between 6-8 people. The host organizes the dinner and picks a topic for conversation. The goal is to have a good time while getting to know each other!

Seniors’¬†Tai Chi for Balance Starting 4/11
Join us Tuesday mornings from 10-11am in Beach Hall, starting April 11th! This group class will offer a step-by-step introduction to a 16-movement form of Tai Chi modified for older adults and others with balance challenges. The movements can be completed either standing or seated. Practicing Tai Chi can improve mindful movement and core strength, and increase neural pathways in the brain.

Two instructors, Guy and Betsy Smalley, can provide individual attention to participants who want to increase balance and safe movement. The class will be an ongoing practice, meeting weekly. Dress in comfortable clothes and wear flat, non-skid shoes.

Donations Needed: Feed and Read Ohio
Feed and Read Ohio is in need of personal hygiene products: toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shave gel, deodorant, comb, razor, lip balm, bandages, hand sanitizer, tissues, nail clippers, hair tied, and feminine hygiene products (tampons and pads).

Feed and Read is also in need of clothing for a new-born boy. The Baby is expected to be born in about two months.¬†Please visit Jacques in Beach Hall either before or after Sunday’s service to drop off your donations.

Recurring Classes and Meetups




Get Involved!
Visit our engagement website to find more info about classes, groups, volunteer opportunities, our music program, and so much more! Group leaders: to add, update, or change your listing, please email Rev. Kelli!
Chas Williams Nominated for Board of Review
Our very own attorney of record and former Board Chair, Chas Williams, has been nominated for election to serve our shared faith as a member of the UUA Board of Review! The Board of Review is the highest authority and final appeal opportunity for ministers and credentialed religious educators whose fellowship or credentials have been removed by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee or the Religious Educators Credentialing Committee. Please join us in expressing gratitude to Chas for his continuing service and support of our larger Unitarian Universalist community!
World Water Day Concert 3/19
Celebrate World Water Day with UU Ministry for Earth! Join us on Sunday, March 19th, at 8pm EST for a galvanizing concert with the inspiring musician and religious leader, Aly Halpert (she/her)! As we face ongoing climate challenges, let’s be inspired by community and song to continue and to deepen. Learn more about Ally, and register for the concert here!

Curious to take more action for water justice? Share and sign this petition from Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice to advocate for a Climate-Friendly Farm Bill in the US Congress, and work to sustain our sacred and precious waterways. Sponsored by UU Ministry for Earth, Side with Love, and UU Animal Ministry.

Wider Community Events of Note!





Child Dedication Ceremony 5/14

Welcome, little one! Each year First UU invites families who would like to participate in a¬†Child Dedication ceremony to do so during our Mother’s Day service. Families are invited to attend the service in person¬†on May 14th – so that we can honor you as a congregation. There is no age limit for children participating! Please fill out this¬†form if you have a child you would like recognized this year – due by midnight the Sunday before the ceremony, May 7th.¬†Your family will receive a child dedication certificate and flowers.

From the beginning of time, parents have brought their children to houses of worship for dedication, out of a reverence for the mystery of life and a desire that their precious children should have the love and support of community as they grow into adulthood. Our ceremony is both the dedication of parents to their children and the dedication of this congregation to the privilege of providing these children with opportunities for spiritual growth.

Register Now for Peace Camp 2023!

Sign up now Рby filling out our 2023-2024 permission and interest form! We will be in touch shortly with information about payment, and to let you know whether you are on the roster or the waitlist. Cost: $100 suggested per child.

Session A: for 6-8years (9am-12noon, Monday 7/31 – Friday 8/4)
Session B: for 9-11years (9am-12noon, Monday 8/7 – Friday 8/11)

Peace Camp is a time for elementary aged children to gather together at First UU and explore concepts related to ‚ÄúPeace.‚ÄĚ We explore what peace means, looks like, and how it connects us. We learn about ourselves – our feelings and ideas. We learn about ourselves in relation to others – other people‚Äôs experiences and feelings are valuable and important. We work on interpersonal skills and explore what to do in challenging relationships. We also make space for conversation and expression of feelings related to what we have been experiencing this past year: whether worries, anxieties, or excitement. Most of all, we will connect with each other, spend time outside, and play!

Questions? Email Jen Bojanowski, our Peace Camp Director, or Amber Scott, our Director of Religious Exploration.

Family Activities This Sunday, 3/19

Please plan for playground time, and dress for the weather each week!

  • 10-10:30am Breakfast!
  • 10:30am-12:30pm Toddler Care
  • 10:45am¬†OWL classes
  • 11am service,¬†HS Get Real, Coming of Age
  • 11:15am 3-6yr Spirit Play, 7-9yr Spirit Play
  • 11:15am 10-14yr In the Middle
  • Coffee Hour and Snack after the service ends
  • 1pm Navigators scouting: fun and games meeting

Register for Next Year, and Fill Out Annual Emergency Paperwork Here!

Snacks Needed!
We are seeking NUT FREE snack donations – including gluten free options – to serve after weekly Sunday services! Drop off shelf stable snacks in the kitchen anytime – look for the “RE snack” cabinet.¬†Questions? Contact¬†Amber!

We Need You – in the RE Classroom!

Join the¬†dream team – hanging out with our young people is truly the most fun you can have on a Sunday mornings!¬†Sign up now for next year – we need¬†classroom assistants, leads,¬†and subs for all age groups! You can make¬†a difference in the lives of our children and teens. ūüôā¬†Fill¬†out this form¬†to get started!

First UU also utilizes very part time Sunday morning Toddler Sitters (~2hrs per week at $15/hr. Your hire is contingent on a background check. Interested candidates: please email Amber!

Upcoming Family Events!

  • Fourth Friday Dinner! 6:30pm, 3/24
  • Youth-led service: “Rainbows of Religion” (All Ages, no RE), 3/26
  • ¬†Mini Youth Con (more details TBA), 4/1
  • 10-11yr OWL graduation celebration, 4/2
  • RE Spring Festival (including throwing color after the service), 4/9
  • Flower Ceremony (All Ages, no RE), 4/16
  • HS Grad Bridging, RE Service and Open House, 4/23
  • Fourth Friday Dinner! 6:30pm, 4/28
  • Navigators Spring Campout, 5/5-5/7
  • 13-14yr OWL graduation celebration, 5/6 or 5/7
  • Mother’s Day, Child Dedication, 5/14
  • Coming of Age Service, RE end of year parties, 5/21
  • No RE, holiday weekend, 5/28
  • Summer RE begins, 6/4
  • Youth¬†trip to General Assembly, 6/21-6/25
  • CER Summer Institute, 7/9-7/15
  • Peace Camp, 7/31-8/4 and 8/7-8/11
  • Labor Day Retreat, 9/2-9/4
  • Ingathering / Water Ceremony (All Ages, No RE), 9/10
  • Fall RE begins, 9/17