Friday News – May 20, 2022

Happy Friday!

There are so many wonderful services coming up the next several Sundays, and I hope you can attend, whether in person, virtually, or watching the recording later. This week, is the return of our in-person, live Music Sunday! Next week, we’ll get to reflect on Memorial Day with guest preacher Rev. Joan VanBecelaere. Then, we kick off June with our annual Youth-Led Service, which I have been told is going to be absolutely spectacular!

Thank you all for making First UU such a wonderful community. Be sure to check out all of the important announcements below, and, as always, please reach out if you have any questions!

Virtual hugs,

Kelli McNeal
Director of Congregational Life

*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.

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 – 5/22
  • How to Attend the Service
  • Masks Now Optional (But Encouraged)
  • May Soul Matters Packets
  • Volunteer to Teach!
  • Help Represent First UU at GA!
  • Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio Annual Meeting – 5/21
  • New support group – The Spoons Group – 5/23
  • Upcoming BREAD Meetings and Call to Action
  • Caring Cards for Graduates
  • Auction Save the Date
  • Auction Items Still Available!
  • UUA General Assembly – Register Now!
  • Happening This Sunday
  • Upcoming Events
  • Calling All Teachers and Helpers!
  • Peace Camp
This Week’s Sunday Service! 5/22
Music Sunday

Come and enjoy the music of our choirs on this Music Sunday. The service will feature the Spirit of Life and Chalice choirs. In a time of returning from two years of Zoom services, it is good to have music and sing together.

Worship Presenter: Dr. Brandon Moss, Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart

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 Now Optional
We highly encourage wearing masks as well as continued good hygiene practices. These include hand washing, sneezing into elbow, etc. as well as staying home when you are sick or not feeling well. As conditions warrant, these policies may change. For more information, please see Rev. Talk.
May Soul Matters Packets
The May Soul Matters Packets are ready for your viewing pleasure! This month, our theme is Nurturing Beauty. 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).

Volunteer to Teach! 
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!
Help Represent First UU at GA!
Have you registered to attend this year’s General Assembly, commonly known as GA? This year’s GA will be held June 22-26, in Portland, OR, as well as virtually. If so, we need you as a delegate!

You can attend in 3 different ways:

  1. In person – Portland OR
  2. Virtually – all sessions
  3. Virtually – Business sessions only…Free, but $100 donation suggested to cover technology expenses

You can register at

If you have registered, please consider being one of First UU’s delegates. As a delegate, you will be able to participate and vote in the GA business meetings. As a congregation, we have 12 member delegate slots and about half of those remain open. You can email, if you would like to be a delegate.

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio Annual Meeting – 5/21
The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio (FCACO) Annual Meeting will be held in Beach Hall, Saturday May 21 at 1:00 pm. Members and all interested are invited.

Program speakers will be representatives of our contracted funeral homes: Cook & Son, Pallay Funeral Home in Columbus and Cnroy Funeral Home in Springfield. There will be a short buisness meeting followed byt eh program.

If one wishes to have lunch at noon one needs to make a reservation by calling 614-263-4632.

FCACO is affiliated with our Caring Team

Introducing a New Group – The SPOONS Group! – 5/23

This new Spoons Group is a support group for those who live with chronic pain or disability…visible or hidden, who would like to get together to support one another. This is NOT a therapy group. Rev. Sylvia Howe is the facilitator.

Why is it called the Spoons Group? The Spoons Theory, introduced by Christine Miserandino, helps make the ways people with chronic medical conditions experience their conditions easier to understand. If you are interested in learning more about what this theory is, you can find Christine’s blog post here.

The group will be open to new members for four months, then it will be closed so that the members can build a sense of openness and trust with one another.

This will be a Zoom group, meeting on the third Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm. The first gathering will be on Monday, May 23rd. Contact Sylviafor more information and the Zoom link.

Upcoming BREAD Meetings and Call to Action
BREAD took a delegation of BREAD leaders to City Hall Monday, May 17th to again request a meeting with Mayor Ginther as was announced at the end of the Nehemiah Action. A like to the live recording can be found here. The security staff made several calls to the mayor’s office; however, there was no response. The security staff took the formal request and signatures, and an electronic copy of the request was emailed to the mayor’s office Monday evening. Please call the mayor’s office every day this week (614)645-7671.

Call script: My name is ______, and I’m a member of BREAD. A group of BREAD leaders delivered a formal meeting request this week. Please schedule this meeting to take place by June 1st. Thank you.

Upcoming meetings and events:

  1. Monday, May 23 – Join our housing committee at the Columbus City Hall (90 West Broad Street, 43215) on the 2nd floor in Council Chambers. Arrive at 6:00pm for instructions and to get signed in. Meeting begins at 6:30pm.
  2. Tuesday, May 24 – Join our housing committee at the Franklin County Commission Meeting (369 South High Street, 43215 in the hearing room). Arrive at 8:30am for instructions and to get signed in. Meeting begins at 9:00am.
  3. Also on Tuesday, May 24 – ID Virtual Summit at 5:30pm on Zoom. To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, email
  4. Monday, June 27 – BREAD Celebration @ 7:00pm. We’ll celebrate our victories in person, honor our leaders and members, and kick off the Investment Drive. Location details TBA.
Caring Card for Graduates
The caring Team would like to know about graduates who you would like to receive a Caring Card of congratulations. Simply fill out the caring Request Form on the First UU website, and a card will be on the Caring Table for all to sign the following Sunday, as well as an announcement made.
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

2 spots

17 spots

10 spots

8 spots

20 spots

18 spots

2 spots

6 spots

Item/Event Available

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

Vegan Tacos & Board Games
Offered by Amanda Hays
Friday June 3 @ 6pm

Spring Nature Hike / Mound Excursion
Offered by Steve Molk
Saturday June 4 @ 9pm

Guided Twighlight Bike Ride
Offered by Lisa Daris & Michael McGuire
Sunday June 12 @ 8pm

Let’s Get Crafty!
Offered by Candee & Dan Rothert
Saturday June 18 @ 2pm

Guided Firefly Hike
Offered by Michael & Deb McGuire
Friday June 24 @ 9:30

Franklin County Landfill Tour
Offered by Dave & Marylou MacDonald
Saturday July 9 @ 10am

Kayaking Afternoon
Offered by Elaine Fujimura & Tony Skrabak
Saturday July 23 @ 2pm

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

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!
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!

This Sunday! 5/22

This week is music Sunday! Families are invited to remain in the service the whole time, or to come out front for sidewalk chalk and a nature break with Amber.

Sunday Schedule for Families

  • 6-7year OWL class and graduation, 9:45-11am (room 402/403)
  • Music Sunday Service, 10-11am (sanctuary)
  • Sidewalk chalk, nature time, 10:15-11am (front walk, forest area)
  • 13-14year OWL graduation, 12noon-2pm (Beach Hall)

Upcoming Events

  • Fourth Friday Fun Night 5/26, 6/24, 7/22, 8/26
  • Youth-led Service Sunday 6/5 (No RE)
  • CER Summer Institute 7/10-7/16
  • 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 

First UU has moved to Mask Optional. For RE on Sundays we suggest children age 2+ years wear masks during indoor group time, but may choose to take them off outdoors, when we are more spaced out. We encourage all families to do what feels comfortable and safe for you!