Friday News – October 6, 2023

This Week
Sunday Service October 8th

“The Blessings of Conflict”

Conflict is often thought of as something to avoid or that will cause rupture, but what if we thought about it in terms of what it has to teach us, about ourselves and about others?

Worship Presenter: Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley

Share the Plate: Pro Choice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio

Breakfast 9:15–9:45:  Suggested donation of $3/adult, $2/child (Maximum $10/family). Vegan/GF Options available.  First time visitors free.  

Come to First Friday Dinner TONIGHT!
Join us for the first “First Friday” dinner of the year. Skip making dinner; come hang out with fellow First UUers and let us do the cooking!

All ages welcome. We’ll have salad, pasta, sauces, garlic bread and cookies. Vegan/gluten free/dairy free options available. Dinner is served at 6:30 and chatting/games/movies often go till 8:30-9. First time is free!  Suggested donation of $3.00/person to help pay for the food.

Spread the word and come have a good time and some good eats with good friends!

Interested in helping make it happen?  Let us know you’d like to join the First Friday Crew on SignUpGenius!

Pathways to Membership
Saturday, October 7th 2–5pm

If you want 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.

It’s Banned Books Week!
The First UU Youth Group partnered with the Book Loft to build the First UU Banned Book Library over a year ago!

Please celebrate Banned Book Week by purchasing a book to to add to our library. Book plates will be available to commemorate your donation.

Register now! or contact Andi Mocharski for more information.
Classes and Groups

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

You can also pick one up on the welcome table this Sunday –
there are lots of ways to get involved at First UU!

Time to Sign Up for Covenant Groups!
What is a Covenant Group? It’s First UU’s small group ministry program. Groups meet once a month November-May for practice in deep listening and connection.

You can get more information and sign up in Beach Hall this Sunday or can sign up now on our Small Group Ministry page.

Contact Christine Davidson for more information.

Conflict Transformation w/ Rev. Terasa
October 14, 10am – 2pm

While many people find conflict challenging or even fearful, there is a way in which conflict can actually help us grow and learn together, when we have the tools for self-reflection as well as for healthy interactions.

This workshop is a hybrid gathering which will give you an opportunity to process the concepts individually as well as in small groups. The Healthy Relations Team will also be there to talk about their work with the congregation in the coming year.

Lunch will be available for a $10 fee if you are joining in person. Register on our Adult RE page or contact Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley for more information.

Self-Understanding Through the Enneagram
November 1, 8, and 15, 6:30–8:30
The Enneagram is a system which helps describe personality patterns. Used by many religious traditions as a tool for personal awareness, it can help us identify what our instinctual behaviors might be, as well as a path for healthy development. For this workshop we will use the book, “The Road Back to You” by Ian Crone and Suzanne Stabile.

Register on our Adult RE page or contact Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley for more information.

Upcoming Events
It’s Auction Time – Register and Donate Now!
It’s Auction Time – STARTING TOMORROW!

Saturday October 7th at 12:01 AM – Online bidding for Good Stuff begins! Bidding ends Friday October 13th at 11:59 PM

Saturday October 14th at 12:01 AM – Online bidding for Fun, Food and Frolic begins! Bidding ends, Friday October 20that 11:59 PM.

Register Now so you can bid on all of the wonderful items in the Good Stuff and Fun, Food and Frolic online auctions.

Committee members will be at the Auction Table in Beach Hall after the service to answer your questions and provide limited tech support to register and bid on items.

Bid High to Buy! And don’t forget about our Live Auction on Saturday October 21st at 7PM.

Register Now
Save The Date! All Soles Contra Dance
Saturday, October 14th
All Soles Contra Dance
Beginners’ Session 7:30 to 8:00 PM
Dancing 8:00 to 10:30 PM
Youth Pop-Up Choir! 10/15
It’s not too late for our youth to sing in our first-ever Youth Pop-Up Choir. This will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 and will be similar to a Summer Pick-Up Choir experience: youth should show up at 9:00 am to the Worship Center and will learn on the spot a song to sing during the 10 am service. Come be a part of this inaugural event!
If you have any questions about Music at First UU, contact Dr. Brandon Moss.
First UU Concert Series
We are pleased to announce First UU’s Concert Series for 2023-24! Click to check out the brochure featuring all of this year’s events.  Our first feature performance is by our pianist Nathan Hamm on October 27

Discounted tickets for First UU members. We hope to see you at one of these stellar performances!

Justice & Volunteer Opportunities
Racial Justice & Immigration (RJI)
Team Visioning Session
Date: Sunday, October 8
Time: 11:30-12:30pm
Come join us in working together for racial and immigration justice outside our congregation’s walls!  Next Sunday we will brainstorm about what work we’re excited to do as a congregation and together we will choose a next step.

If you have questions, or if you’re interested and can’t make it, sign up for email updates at the JAM Table on any Sunday or email RJI for more information.

Bans OFF Columbus
Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights
Sunday, October 8 from 1:00 to 2:30, join OURR and partners to rally for Issue 1! We will not accept the abortion bans our legislature imposes on us and we WILL win reproductive rights in November! Come ready to learn more about how YOU can help us win, and grab some free swag!

Sign up to attend the rally at the Statehouse on Sunday to show power in numbers! Meet at the JAM table after the Sunday service if you want to carpool to the rally.

Make your Voice Heard and Join a BREAD Listening Session!
BREAD values your input!  If you haven’t already signed up please do so.  It is not too late to sign up for an in person or Zoom Listening Session between now and October 22. Sign up to Join a Listening Session here or in person at the JAM table in Beach Hall after service.

Questions? Email the BREAD Team!

Community News
Senior Fall Gathering
Fun was had by all at our annual Fall Senior Gathering.
Red Oak Community School Fundraiser
Red Oak Community School is having a Holiday Photo Fundraiser!

Book your family photos session in time for holiday cards, while supporting Red Oak Community School! Limited spots available.

Moby Dick’s Gone Missing!
One of our congregation’s toddler sitters, Allison Leonard, is in the cast of this fun, funny local theater production! Go check it out!

When the Hollywood film production of Moby Dick descends upon a small fishing town in County Cork, Ireland, the townspeople are both fascinated and frustrated by the disruption in their ability to fish. Chaos ensues when the third, and final, whale for the production goes missing! What did happen to Moby Dick?

Family Activities
Happening This Sunday, 10/8
  • 9:15-9:30am Breakfast for donation (A/B) arrive on time!
  • 9:30-11:30am Infant and Toddler Care (room 101)
  • 9:30-10am Playground available until service
  • 9:30-11am 13-14yr OWL (rm 302)
  • 9:40-11am 10-11yr OWL (404), Neighboring Faiths (301)
  • 10-11am 6-7yr OWL (402), Worship Service
  • 10:15am-11am (after story until service ends), 3-6yr Spirit Play (102), 7-9yr Spirit Play (201), and 10yr-MS/HS Tools for the Journey (401)
  • Coffee Hour, snack after service ends
  • 11:30am-12noon Peace Pals children’s choir for 5-10yrs (sanctuary)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm Youth Group (302)
  • 12:30-2pm Navigators Scouting hike (offsite)