Friday News – October 27, 2023

This Week
Annual Remembrance Service 10/29 (All Ages)

Gather in community to honor the memory of those who have passed, and whose impact lives on. Please bring photos of your loved ones to add to our shared altar. Presented by Amber Scott, Director of Religious Exploration.

Join us in person or online at 10am! Our monthly theme for October is Heritage, and our Share-the-Plate recipients are Pro-Choice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio.

Upcoming Concerts at First UU
Join us for two concerts at First UU
TODAY, Friday, October 27 and Sunday, October 29!

Our fabulous pianist Nathan Hamm presents his recital, “Mystique”, TODAY at 7:00 pm in the Worship Center. Nathan’s recital will feature works by Gibbons, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin. Donations will be accepted at the door and online, and the concert will be live-streamed.

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 5:00 pm, we present the Otterbein University Concert Choir and Upper Arlington HS Symphonic Choir and Vocal Ensemble in concert in the Worship Center. Otterbein’s Concert Choir is directed by Dr. Gayle Walker and will tour to the Baltics later this fall. This concert will raise funds to help offset those tour costs for Otterbein’s singers. Upper Arlington’s choirs are directed by Dr. Brandon Moss and Mr. David Monseur. Donations will be accepted at the concert and online, and the concert will be live-streamed.

Email Dr. Brandon Moss for more information about our Music program or upcoming concerts.

From Your Staff
Thanks for making the Fall Festival and Auction Such a Suucess!

Still some amazing items remaining; “Buy it Now” purchases available.  At the Auction Website under the tab “It’s Not Too Late!”

Click here to get to the Auction Website!

UURMaPA (Retired Ministers) Fall Conference Pod
The UURMaPA Fall Conference Pod met in Slowter lounge this week.
Classes and Groups

For a complete listing of our groups & contact information, download a copy of our
Fall Engagement Catalogue.

Spiritual Practices Class
Spiritual Practices class is offered every Wednesday at 6:00pm.

This 10–session course helps participants develop regular disciplines or practices of the spirit that help us connect with the sacred. Spiritual Practice offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our personal faith journeys. Each class session is created to stand alone.
Please join in anytime.

Contact Andi Mocharski for more information.

Pathways to Membership
Saturday, November 4th,
2 pm – 5 pm

This will be a virtual class (Zoom)

If you would like to learn more about First UU Columbus or are ready to become a member, this class is for you! Taking the class does not obligate you to become a member; it just gives you the information you need to know about becoming a member.

Living the Pledge Anti-Racism Training
Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 am – 5 pm &
Sunday, Nov. 5, 12:30 pm – 8 pm
Sign up for the Living the Pledge training now! This rich, insightful training was developed by First UU Richmond members when they sought to transition from reading and talking about how to end racism to taking intentional actions.  All are invited to learn about and then commit to anti-racism work in our congregation.

The training consists of 6 modules, each requiring about an hour of preparation ahead of time for participants, either reading or watching videos.  The course will be offered twice this year in two different (live) formats:

Fall Intensive:  Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 am – 5 pm &
Sunday, Nov. 5, 12:30 pm – 8 pm
Spring Extended Session: 6 Saturdays from 3:00–5 pm
on Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 9, 16, 23
Covenant Group Update
There are still two spots available in the second Tuesday 10:30am group, sign up now!

Meeting the Rest of Ourselves, a curriculum developed by the New England Region UUA staff, is our guide this year.

Covenant groups are consistent gatherings of 6-8 people that meet once a month to engage in deep listening with each other, to develop spiritually, and grow in community.
While traditionally groups have the same participants for the duration, we also have a drop-in session one Sunday a month after service. If you would like more information, or are interested in one of the open spots in our Tuesday morning meeting, contact

No need to sign up for the drop-in group, just drop-in!

Sunday Drop-In Dates: 

Nov. 19, 11:45am – 1:15pm
after that second Sundays
Dec. 10
Jan. 14
Feb. 11
Mar. 10
Apr. 14
May 12
in the Library
Upcoming Events
The first Youth CON of the year is almost here! 
Kent UU is hosting this event for grades 7-12, November 4th–5th. Join youth from around the state for fabuulous fun and connection!

If your child is in need of a ride of financial support for this event, please contact Andi for more information.

Register Here!
The Carpe Diem String Quartet is Back!
Carpe Diem String Quartet will hold the first of its 5 concerts here at First UU on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 pm. This concert will feature works by Gabriella Smith, Emilie Mayer, Dmitri Shostakovich, and a world premiere by Reza Vali. First UU members receive a $10 discount on tickets.
Purchase Tickets
Justice & Volunteer Opportunities
Proposed 8th Principle Survey
Please take the First UU Proposed 8th Principle Survey! This survey will help our Justice Minister Amanda Hays and the Anti-Racist Allies Team better understand the stance of our congregation towards adopting the proposed 8th Principle.
Take Survey
BREAD Updates
Thank you to everyone who participated in this past month’s Listening Sessions. Hearing your stories was very powerful. Based on your input and the input from the other BREAD congregations these three areas of social justice will be our focus areas: Housing, Crime and Education. Further information related to the process will be shared over the next several weeks.
The Tech Team Needs You!

The First UU tech team provides sound and streaming support for Sunday services and a growing lineup of events here at First UU.

For more information, contact Myra Hartmann

Community News
SYC Annual Scholarship Auction
11/10, 6:30–8:30 pm
Join us at the SYC Annual Scholarship Auction and Enjoy good food, drinks, and time with others. Tables of treasures, experiences, services, and gift cards will go to the highest silent auction bidder. All you have to do is snag a bidder number and keep an eye on the offering(s) you hope to win. Can’t make it in person but want to provide support? Look for an online after sale, or contact us to make a direct monetary donation! Want to attend but aren’t in a place to spend money? Please join us!

SYC takes pride in our ability to help families overcome financial barriers to attendance at our school. Each year, the SYC Committee receives applications from folks who commit to contributing as able to their tuition, and need scholarship support to make the total payment. ALL of the proceeds of this event go to the SYC Scholarship Fund.

This is an adult (babes in arms ok) event. Limited childcare is available. Please contact the SYC Office at (614) 267-0254 to reserve your spot(s).

If you’re able, we need your help! Interested in donating your knowledge, connections, time, talent, or treasures? Please contact the SYC auction team to volunteer

CCC for PPP Excellence Winner
The Connecting Community Corridor for People, Pollinators, and the Planet  (or CCC for PPP) was The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Project of the Year Excellence Winner in the Large County Environmental Horticulture Category, awarded October 14, 2024, at the Ohio State Conference. We are grateful to First UU for their contributions in making this happen for our Linden community!

Email Dianne at Sunny Glen Garden or call 404-603-6284 for more information on how to participate next year.

Family Activities
Happening This Sunday, 10/29
Gather in community to honor the memory of those who have passed, and whose impact lives on. Please bring photos of your loved ones to add to our shared altar. Presented by Amber Scott, Director of Religious Exploration.

  • 9:15-9:30am Breakfast for donation (A/B) arrive on time!
  • 9:30-11:30am Infant and Toddler Care (room 101)
  • 10am All Ages Remembrance Service (No Classes)
  • Coffee Hour, snack after service ends

Join us in person or online at 10am! Our monthly theme for October is Heritage, and our Share-the-Plate recipients are Pro-Choice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio.