Friday News – March 24, 2023

Ahem……mic check……can you hear me?……..”LET’S GET READY TO RUMMAGE!!!!!!”

Happy Friday First UUers! Who’s ready to get your rummage on? All week we’ve had amazing volunteers sorting and preparing all of the fabulous items that have been donated to this year’s rummage sale. And boy is there a lot of stuff! Huge thank you to all of you who donated your time, talents and treasures to making this year’s long project a reality! I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning at 8:30!

rummage sale preparations in the sanctuary

(Rummage sale work in progress!)

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

With the start of Spring comes the feeling of a refreshing hustle and bustle of activities. The biggest activity we’ve been working on is establishing the search committee for a Transitional Minister, which we hope to share with you soon. Thank you to everyone who is participating in a Listening Session or completing the survey!

There is still one more Listening Session and there is space for more people.¬† It will be held on Monday March 27th at the church at 7:30pm, and the sign-up is here, or if the sessions don‚Äôt work for you feel free to complete the survey here. We’re also looking forward to Saturday’s Rummage Sale and watching our Board youth reps, Desmond and Quill, at this Sunday’s youth-led service “Rainbow of Religions.”

On Sunday, April 16th, First UU San Francisco and First UU Columbus will jointly ordain Meg McGuire into UU ministry. Jan Phillips, Debra Boyd, and John and Rev. Suzan McCrystal will be traveling to San Francisco to participate. Meg grew up in our congregation and this will be a joyous occasion for all of us! You are invited to join the rest of the Board at the watch party in Columbus at 5pm in the Worship Center, or to join the livestream on your own (in real time or later) at this link. Also you can RSVP and leave Meg a note here.

There are two other opportunities to join in the celebration in Columbus:  during worship on Sunday March 26th, the congregation will be offering a blessing for the stole that will be presented during the ordination service.

Your Board of Trustees,

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

Next Board meeting: Wednesday, April 5th, at 7pm.

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
  • Rainbows of Religion, First UU Youth Group – 3/26¬†*
  • Contribute to the¬†Banned Book Library!
  • March Share the Plate: Bottom’s Up
  • Article 2 Resources
  • Upcoming Services, and Monthly Themes!
  • No Fourth Friday Dinner Tonight – 3/24 *
  • Rummage Sale Tomorrow: BE THERE! – 3/25 *
  • The Ordination of Meg McGuire! – 4/16 *
  • Spring Stewardship Events! – 4/2, 4/6, 4/12, 4/16, 4/18 *
  • RSVP: Baby Shower This Sunday – 3/26
  • Community Passover Seder: RSVP Now – 4/7
  • We Need Egg Hunt Candy!¬†– thru 4/2
  • Sign Up: HS Grad Recognition / Bridging – 4/23
  • BREAD Rally 3/27 *
  • Auction Experiences Still Available!
  • Save the Date! 1st UU Events
  • ASH (Atheists, Skeptics, Humanists) Meeting – 3/28 *
  • Seniors’ Tai Chi for Balance – Tuesdays, starting 4/11
  • Donations Needed: Feed and Read Ohio
  • Recurring¬†Classes¬†and Meetups *
  • Get Involved!
  • Ohio Roller Derby Tickets! – home opener 4/1 *
  • Chas Williams Nominated for the UUA Board of Review
  • Wider Community¬†Events of Note!
  • Sign Up:¬†Child Dedication Ceremony – 5/14
  • Register Now for Peace Camp 2023! – August
  • Happening This Sunday – 3/26¬†*
  • Snacks Needed!
  • We Need You – in the RE Classroom!
  • Upcoming Family Events!
This Week’s¬†Service, 3/26

Rainbows of Religion, First UU Youth Group


Join us this Sunday, March 26th, at 11:00am for our morning worship!

Join us for our annual youth-led service! The First UU Youth Group will share their thoughts and experiences regarding values and beliefs, being in community together, and our shared work for justice. Come hear more about the Banned Book Library they are founding!

Our congregation will also be offering a blessing for the stole that will be presented to Meg McGuire as part of her ordination service on 4/16.

*This week is an All Ages service, which means children and youth are invited to remain in the service the whole time. There are no Sunday school classes, but, but Toddler Care is available, and Peace Pals choir is rehearsing after the service. Families are invited to take a busy bag, check out the quiet toys in Slowter Lounge and the Wee Worship area, or to explore the board games in A/B and the playground if you need to take a break from the service.

Worship Presenter РFirst UU Youth Group 
March Monthly Theme – Vulnerability

Contribute to The 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.
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

  • 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)
No Fourth Friday Dinner Tonight
Due to Rummage Sale setup, there will be no Fourth Friday Dinner tonight (3/24) or this month. Please join us for the next one, April 28th! And starting in the fall, we will be moving back to the First Friday of the month!
Rummage Sale Tomorrow! BE THERE 3/25
Hope to see you shopping – join us for the big sale tomorrow! Saturday, March 25th, from 8:30am-3pm.

Art and¬†Collectibles,¬†Computers, Electronics, Exercise Equipment, Furniture, Garden Goodies, Household Items, Jewelry, Musical Instruments, Office Items, Pet Supplies, Records and CDs,¬†Books, Sporting Goods, Tools, Baby and¬†Kids’¬†Clothing,¬†and Toys!¬†

We also need help cleaning up and resetting the building for worship, starting at 3pm Saturday. No sign up, just show up! There will be pizza! Leftover items will be collected by Out of the Closet.

The Ordination of Meg McGuire! 4/16
You’re invited to celebrate the ordination of Meg McGuire! On Sunday, April 16th, Meg McGuire will be jointly ordained by First UU Columbus and her internship congregation, First UU Society of San Francisco. You are invited to join the watch party in Columbus at 5:00pm in the Worship Center or to join the livestream on your own, in real time or later, at this link. You can find more information about the ordination by clicking here.

There are two other opportunities to join in the celebration in Columbus: During worship on Sunday March 26th, the congregation will be offering a blessing for the stole that will be presented during the ordination service.

Finally, on Sunday May 7th, Rev. Meg will be preaching and we will have cake and snacks in Beach Hall afterwards to celebrate this milestone with her.

Spring Stewardship Events!
Our church is possible due to generous donations from our congregants. Next week our Annual Spring Giving Campaign kicks off! We invite you to attend a get together to hear more about how your contributions make a difference to our community. Please RSVP – for meal counts!

  • Sunday, 4/2 Chili Lunch (both meat and vegan) Beach Hall after service
  • Thursday, 4/6 6:30PM Gourmet Taco Bar – Room 301
  • Wednesday, 4/12 Noon Gourmet Taco Bar – Room 301
  • Sunday, 4/16 10 AM Breakfast with Mimosas before service – Room 302
  • Tuesday, 4/18 5:30 PM Gourmet Taco Bar – Room 301
RSVP: Baby Shower This Sunday 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.

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!

BREAD Rally 3/27
If you are interested in becoming more involved with BREAD you are encouraged to attend the upcoming First UU Caucus (breakout session) and interdenominational BREAD Rally on Monday, March 27th.

The Caucus and Rally will take place at Congregation Tifereth Israel (1354 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205). The First UU Caucus will run from 6-7pm immediately followed by the BREAD Rally at 7pm.

The purpose of the Rally is:

  • To learn and better understand the proposed solutions to problems identified by BREAD congregations.
  • To prepare for Nehemiah Action Meeting, Tuesday April 25th, ¬†where we along with all 44 BREAD congregations will hold local officials accountable.
  • To report names/numbers of people committed to attend the Nehemiah Action.
  • To generate enthusiasm and reasons for a large turnout to the Nehemiah Action.

If you cannot attend in person due to health or mobility challenges you will need two links:

The BREAD Nehemiah Action is happening¬†Tuesday, April 25th, at the Celeste Center at The Ohio Expo Center and¬† State Fairgrounds, 717 E.¬†17th Ave. The program will run 6:40-8:30pm ‚ÄĒ for people of all ages to support well-researched solutions for justice in Central Ohio!

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
  • 3/25¬†– 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
  • 4/28¬†– Fourth Friday Dinner
  • 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
ASH Meeting 3/28
First UU ASH (Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday March 28th at 7pm in room 310. Alice Faryna will speak on The Future of Medicare. All are welcome!
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


  • Seniors’¬†Tai Chi for Balance, 10am (starting 4/11)
  • ASH (Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists), 4th Tuesdays, 7pm
  • Spirit of Life Choir, 6:30pm



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!
Ohio Roller Derby Tickets! 4/1
Watch Ohio Roller Derby take on Steel City (from Pittsburgh) Saturday, April 1st at the Ohio Expo Center! Doors open at 4pm, with the A game starting at 5pm. The B game (the one Amber will play in) starts around 7pm. You can buy individual game date and season tickets here!

Games may sell out; reserve your tickets now, as a fully sold event means will mean NO tickets at the door! Pricing is based on ticket type (child / adult tiers); purchase season passes or a block of tickets to save!

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!
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.

Annual Youth-Led Service: All Ages, No RE

This Sunday, 3/26

This week is an All Ages service, which means children and youth are invited to remain in the service the whole time. There are no Sunday school classes, but Toddler Care is available, and Peace Pals choir is rehearsing after the service. Families are invited to take a busy bag, check out the quiet toys in Slowter Lounge and the Wee Worship area, or to explore the board games in A/B and the playground if you need to take a break from the service.

  • 10-10:30am Breakfast!
  • 10:30am-12:30pm Toddler Care
  • 11am service, Rainbows of Religion, First UU Youth Group
  • Coffee Hour and Snack after the service ends
  • 12:30-1pm Peace Pals choir rehearsal

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!

  • Youth-led service: “Rainbows of Religion” (All Ages, no RE), 3/26
  • ¬†Back to the FUtUre Youth Con, 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