Friday News – November 11, 2022

Rev. Kelli is off through this Sunday, and will return on Monday, 11/14, so this week’s Friday News includes a guest column from Amber Scott, our Director of Religious Exploration. 

Greetings and salutations!

There’s so much cool stuff happening in our congregation and our community this week! In particular, I’d like to highlight the RE Volunteer Appreciation Brunch happening this Sunday at 10am, and the BREAD Annual Assembly happening Tuesday night at 7pm! (Please click the red text to jump right to those announcements)!

It was an honor and a pleasure to be one of the planners and presenters for the Remembrance service a few weeks ago, and I look forward to being together for our next multigenerational service at the end of this month! Enjoy the fall color while it lasts! Please get in touch if you are excited about putting on a First UU Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Solstice, or Kwanzaa event, or are willing to help coordinate the Cookie Fair and Labyrinth hours this year!

Thank you!

Amber Scott
Director of Religious Exploration

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Announcements at a Glance

Click the heading to go to that group of announcements for more details
* indicates new or updated announcement
  • Sunday Service – 11/13*
  • November Share the Plate: Sedona Grace
  • November Soul Matters Packets
  • RE Volunteer Appreciation Brunch! – 11/13*
  • Holiday Event Coordinators Needed!*
  • Sorrow At This Season Grief Service – 12/4*
  • Church Rummage Sale – 3/25*
  • Monthly World Religion class – 2nd Wednesdays*
  • First UU Walkers – Fridays at Highbanks*
  • UU Theology class – Mondays through 12/12*
  • Aaron Reed Men’s Spirituality Group
  • Get Involved!
  • BREAD Annual Assembly – 11/15*
  • Reproductive Justice Updates*
  • SYC 2s Class Registration
  • See Amber Play Roller Derby! 12/17
  • This Week’s Classes*
  • Volunteers Needed + Hiring Sitters!
This Week’s Service – 11/13

Coming Home

Retired UU minister and former First UU DRE, Rev. Patricia A. Shelden will tell us about her spiritual path after becoming a Unitarian Universalist at our church 30 years ago.

Join us in person or online at 11am! Share the Plate: Sedona Grace

November Share the Plate: Sedona Grace
This Month: Accepting Monetary Donations and Pet Food!

In November, we are sharing our offering plate with Sedona Grace as well as collecting pet food. You can bring pet food to the JAM table in Beach Hall on Sunday morning or drop it off outside Jacques’ house, 617 Woodsfield Dr, Columbus, OH 43214.

The Sedona Grace Foundation was created to keep pets with their families through difficult times, and has provided 74+ tons of pet food to central Ohio food pantries, including the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Feed & Read Ohio, and the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center. A pet is a source of comfort and security for a family. When families are going through financial hardship, the love pets provide decrease stress levels and improve mental and physical health. While we provide funding directly to organizations that feed people through JAM, we know that animals and pets are also important to First UU. You can learn more here:

November Soul Matters Packets Are Here!

November’s theme is Change. You can find the November packet here.

Each month, you can download the PDF of the themed packet from Friday News emails, or you get a printed copy on Sunday mornings from the greeters’ stand. If you are interested in being in a Soul Matter’s Small Group this year, please let Rev. Kelli know.

RE Volunteer Appreciation Brunch Sunday
All our fantastic RE volunteers are invited to Teacher Appreciation Brunch this Sunday, 11/13, at 10am! Upgrade your church breakfast with some extra goodies, and come connect with RE staff and other teachers! Tons of fun in room 301, featuring:
  • Tasty treats! (incl. gluten free, vegan options)
  • Community
  • and Swag
If you volunteer with the RE program in any capacity, you are welcome! See you there! 🙂 Amber Scott, Director of Religious Exploration
Holiday Event Coordinators Needed!
The winter holiday season is right around the corner – please let us know if you are excited about putting on a First UU Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Solstice, or Kwanzaa event, or are willing to help coordinate the church Cookie Fair and Labyrinth hours this year! Thank you!
Sorrow At This Season Grief Service
Please join us Sunday, December 4th, at 7pm in the First UU Worship Center. If you are grieving for any reason, we welcome you to attend this hushed, meditative service. The holidays are often held up to be a happy time, but if that is not your experience, you may feel alienated or isolated. If there are challenges in your life that bring stress, we can offer a respite. Perhaps this is the first holiday season after the death of an important person in your life.

As the poet Jan Richardson so well says,

Let there be a calming of the clamoring, a stilling of the voices that have laid their claim on you, that have made their home in you, that go with you even to the holy places but will not let you rest, will not let you hear your life with wholeness or feel the grace that fashioned you.

We invite you to share this time with us. David Maywhoor, Rev. Suzan McCrystal, and Rev. Kathleen Fowler

Church Rummage Sale! 3/25

GOT STUUFF? The First UU Rummage Sale is back!

Why: We’ve got stuff and need $$ to support the mission and vision of our congregation
When: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Where: Here at First UU!
Who: You and all of us!

Join the team! Stop by the table in Beach Hall this Sunday to learn more and sign up to help! (Online sign-up coming soon). Questions? Contact Carolee Noonan,

Monthly World Religion Class
World Religion Class is underway! Join us from 7:30-9pm, the second Wednesday of each month (thru May or June, 2023) both in person (rm 301) and on Zoom. Facilitators are Tom Baillieul, Danya Furda, and Chas Williams. For the Zoom link, contact Ron Payne:
First UU Walkers: Fridays at Highbanks
Join fellow First UUers Friday mornings – for a saunter or a ramble through Highbanks Metro Park. Meeting time shifts seasonally; currently meeting at 9:30am in the Nature Center parking lot. For more info, and to join the group email list, contact Erica Scurr,
UU Theology Class thru 12/12
This adult RE class is currently underway – please join us Mondays at 6:30pm, through December 12th! Attend in person or on Zoom. Learn more, and register here:
Aaron Reed Men’s Spirituality Group
The Aaron Reed Men’s Spirituality Group is currently welcoming new members. The group meets Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 pm, online. While not a self-help group, the members seek to provide a mutually supportive environment for those seeking personal growth as well as a venue for exploring life’s defining ideas and experiences. Contact Robert Papps or Ron Bruder for more information.
Get Involved!
Visit our engagement website to find info about classes, groups, choir, volunteer opportunities, and so much more! Group leaders: to add, update, or change your listing, please email Rev. Kelli.
BREAD Annual Assembly 11/15
We need a large turnout for this mini-action! Contact the First UU’s BREAD Team,, if you have any questions about the event or are interested in carpooling (whether you need a ride or could provide one).

The Director of Public Safety, Robert Clark, will attend and is expected to make a public commitment to a proven group violence reduction strategy and a formal reconciliation process, as well as Columbus City Parks Environmental Planner, Rosalie Hendon, and City Forester, Steven Horhut!

BREAD will ask for a commitment on the Public Tree Ordinance, and additional updates will be given on Environmental Justice, Restorative Practices, Municipal ID, and Families First! Housing Now! There will be a report on the 2022 Listening Process, congregational caucuses, and election / installation of officers. BE THERE and bring others!

Happening Tuesday, November 15th, at 7pm at Christ the King
Catholic Church, 2777 E Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43209

Reproductive Justice Updates
First UU and our Justice Action Ministry (JAM) have been invited to become a Partner Congregation with the Jubilee Abortion Justice Fund of Faith Choice Ohio. This partnership would support women in financial and other practical ways to obtain needed abortions. We are awaiting a decision by our Board regarding this partnership.

We also have the opportunity to take Congregational Reproductive Justice Training for Teams along with other UUs, as part of Side with Love’s Uplift Action campaign. The online training is happening 11/13 and 12/4 from 4-7pm. Rev. Lynda Smith is taking the training and would love to have others join. We can then move forward with some concrete actions. Contact Lynda at 317-402-9973 or if you plan to attend.

SYC 2s Class: Register Now for January
The School for Young Children, a long term outreach of our congregation, is now enrolling for their 2s class, with classes running January thru May 2023. Children need to be 2 years old by 9/30/22 to be eligible for a class. Current families can complete the application here. Returning or new-to-SYC families may complete the application here.
See Amber Play Roller Derby!
The November date is sold out! Get Your Tickets Now for Saturday, 12/17! Doors at 4:30, game at 5pm. Come see the coolest DRE on eight wheels in The Skatemare Before Christmas: Ohio Roller Derby’s annual team Halloween (Ghouls) vs. team Christmas (Bells) game!
This Sunday’s Activities! 11/13

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

  • 10-10:30am Breakfast! (A/B)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm Toddler Care (rm 101)
  • 10:45am all OWL classes
  • 11am service, HS Big Qs (404), Coming of Age (301)
  • 11:15am 3-6yr Spirit Play (102), 7-9yr Spirit Play (202)
  • 11:15am 10-14yr In the Middle (401)
  • Coffee Hour and Snack after the service ends
  • 12:30-2:30pm Youth Group meeting
  • Navigators Scouting hike (off site)

Please Register and Fill Out Your Annual Emergency Paperwork Here! 

Upcoming Events
  • This Saturday, 11/12 – 13-14yr OWL class retreat
  • This Sunday, 11/13 – RE Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, 10am, rm 301
  • Saturday, 11/19 – Coming of Age group adventure
  • Sunday, 11/27 – All Ages Service (no RE classes)
  • Friday, 12/23 – 6:30pm Fourth Friday Spaghetti Dinner
  • Sunday, 12/18 – Music Sunday / Holiday Concert (no RE classes)
  • Saturday, 12/24 – 5pm Christmas Eve Family Service
  • Sunday, 12/25 – Christmas Day, church closed
  • Saturday, 12/31 – Youth Group Hosting Labyrinth + NYE Late Nighter
  • Sunday, 1/1 – New Year’s Day, no service or RE; Labyrinth
Volunteers Needed + Hiring Sitters!

We are still seeking classroom assistants to work with our early childhood and elementary schoolers, and teens – as well as subs for all classes! We would also love volunteers to help Bring in the Light each Sunday!

Please fill out this form -or- email Amber Scott to get involved!

First UU is also hiring Sunday morning Toddler Sitters and Event Caregiversstarting at $15/hr. Your hire is contingent on a background check

Interested candidates: please email Amber!