Friday News – September 30, 2022

Happy last day of September!
Who here also loves sweater weather?! I know I do. Whether you love fall for the changing colors, the pumpkin spice everything, or the cooler temperatures, I hope that you are enjoying this change in weather. After witnessing all of the pictures coming out of Florida and the destruction caused by the hurricane, I’m so grateful for the weather we are having, even if my fingers are as cold as ice.

I also want to say how grateful I am to be a part of this community. Last Sunday, we began the day with Breakfast and service, then welcomed the Newman Center as they held their monthly meeting in the sanctuary, celebrated the High Holy Days with Sukkat Shalom, and hosted a dinner to support Iranian refugees.  As one of our members wrote me, “I was proud Sunday evening to realize what a truly welcoming and caring church First UU is.” Thank you!

As always, there are a lot of announcements in this morning’s email. I wanted to highlight a few things:

1. Make an impact on the midterms by registering voters. See the announcement under Justice Opportunities for more information.

2. Auction donations are due no later than THURSDAY! We have a much smaller number of donations this year compared to previous years and the Auction Team could use your help to support our community with this critical fundraising event. Please see the announcement below for more information.

3. Pathways to Membership will be held Sunday, October 2 from 10:00-2:00. Please register here today so we know how much food to provide.

Again, thank you for all that you do to make this a loving and caring community. See you Sunday!


Rev. Kelli McNeal
Minister of Congregational Life

*Please let Rev. 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!

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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 – 10/2***
  • Fall Sunday Service Plan!***
  • October Soul Matters Packets
  • Auction Donations Due – 10/6***
  • Get Involved!***
  • Pathways to Membership – 10/2***
  • UU History 101 – 10/3
  • Online Auction! – 10/8**
  • Bounce House Monitors Needed – Fall Festival 10/22***
  • Carpe Diem 2022-2023 Season***
  • Refugee Family Update!!***
  • Voter Registration Month***
  • High Holy Days***
  • Iranian Program and Dinner Thank You***
  • UUA Principles and Sources listening sessions***
  • Classroom Changes + Peace Pals!
  • Classroom Assistants, Subs Needed
  • Now Hiring! Sunday Assistant & Toddler Sitters
This Week’s Service – 10/2

Courageous Empathy

Sunday October 2nd, celebrate teh Caring Team’s 40th anniversary and the Pastoral Team’s 20th. The Caring Team was founded by Catherine Gillie, in May 1982. Its goal, to work with ministers to provide care for First UU members and friends. There are many facets of the two teams that take the equivalent of 100 First UUers, each year, to offer all that we do. We will recognize some of those volunteers who contribut so much. Rev. Lynda Smith has worked with these teams to create a meaningful celebration. We will also honor Rosh Hashanah which begins at Sundown on Sunday.

Worship Presenter: First UU Caring and Pastoral Teams

Share the Plate: Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio

Sunday Schedule
9:30-10:00 Meditation
The sanctuary is available for quiet, self guided meditation.

10:00-11:00 Community Hour; Breakfast 10:00-10:30
Breakfast is served promptly at 10am, and is available until 10:30. Enjoy craft supplies, board games, and puzzles in A/B and Beach Hall, or small groups can reserve meeting space. Toddler care runs 10:30am-12:30pm.

11:00-12:15 Worship and RE
Our service begins in person and online at 11am! Religious Exploration classes for children and youth start at 10:45, 11am, or 11:15, depending. More info + RE registration here!

12:15-1:00 Coffee and Conversation
Coffee and snacks are provided! Justice action opportunities, Peace Pals children’s choir, Youth Group, and Navigators Scouting all happen select Sunday afternoons.

September & October Soul Matters Packets Are Here!

Each month, you can download the pdf of the themed packet in the Friday News emails, or you can get a printed copy on Sunday mornings from the greeter’s stand.

October’s theme is Courage. You can find the October packet here.

If you are interested in being in a Soul Matter’s Small Group this year, please let Rev. Kelli know.

Auction Donations Due! – 10/6
There are less than 1 week now to get your auction donations in – the deadline is Thursday, October 6 by 11:59 pm. Currently our donations are a quarter of where they have been in the past. Enter your donations now! Our proofreaders need time to get the online catalog ready for bidding. Bidding begins October 8. We need services, dinners, events, vacation lodgings, tickets, fellowship activities, gift baskets, food items, and gently used good stuff! If everyone offers a few items, then our auction can be successful.

Get Involved!
Find ways to get involved in classes, groups, choir, volunteer opportunities and so much more by visiting our engagement website here. If your are a group leader and would like to add, update, or change your listing, please let Rev. Kelli know.
Pathways to Membership – 10/2
If you are interested in learning more about First UU or are ready to become a member, you are invited to attend one of our upcoming Pathways to Membership classes. Both will be offered in hybrid format so you can come in person or join us online. You need to register to receive the Zoom link and the participant’s packet. For more information, email Rev. Kelli.

Register here for an upcoming class or a one-on-one conversation:

Sunday, October 2nd
UU History 101 – 10/3
We will be offering UU History 101 beginning Monday, September 26th at 6:30pm. All Faith Forward classes will be offered in hybrid format, so you can attend either in person, or online.

Starting Monday, November 7th, we will be offering a new class, UU Theology.

To register for either of these classes and to learn more about additional courses that will be offered soon, visit

Online Auction! – Starts 10/8
Starting October 8th, join us at to bid on Good Stuff!
Bounce House Monitors Needed! 10/22
Volunteer to help – as part of the church’s Fall Festival and Auction! Able bodied adults who are comfortable with kids are asked to help monitor bounce house behavior and regulate the number of kids inside, to help ensure those using it are safe. Please sign up for a 30 minute outdoor slot here, and join us for the party, happening from 4-9pm on Sunday, 10/22, at First UU. Thank you!

Carpe Diem String Quartet 2022-2023 season!
Save the dates! First UU is thrilled to host Carpe Diem String Quartet agains this year for its 2022-2023 season! Church members get tickets at a special price of $25! The dates are as follows (all Sundays at 2:00pm):

October 23
December 18
February 26
April 2
April 30

For more information and to buy tickets, visit this link.

Partnering with Sukkat Shalom to Resettle a Refugee Family – UPDATE!

Background: Kehilat Sukkat Shalom, a Jewish faith community who meets in First UU’s building welcomes us to join us in helping resettle a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo through a new Catalyst/Community Partnership program with Columbus-based US Together and HIAS. The family of seven (two parents and five children ages 14-4) arrived the third week of July and we are still raising $5,000 to help support their resettlement. Please click the button to give as generously as you are able by sending a check, direct bank payment, or PayPal today! (Please mark contributions: Refugee Settlement Support)

Thanks again to all who have and continue to support our refugee resettlement work. The family is now in an apartment near OSU and the kids are enrolled and attending school! We could us more money to suport them while the adults get enough English language skills to find gainful employment. And if you are an ESL teacher with time during the days Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (while the kids are in school), we could use you! There is also opportunities to take them grocery shopping and on other outings. Follow the link above to find out more.

Voter Registration
Make an impact on the Midterms by Registering Voters! 

  1. Sign up for Voter Registration at the JAM table on Sunday, October 2 or on
  2. Pick up Voter Registration Packets on Sunday, October 2 at the JAM table. You only need one packet per pair.
  3. Watch the training video: League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus – YouTube (
  4. Make sure you haven’t been purged from the voter rolls and that your address is up-to-date:
  5. Remind friends and family to check their voter register online by October 11 for the November 8 general election.
  6. Return your Mail in Ballot request form. If you don’t receive one, get one at the JAM table.


High Holy Days
This year, our guest leader for The High Holy Days of Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur will be Elya Piazza (they/them). Elya is a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinic College while also completing their dissertation in Jewish studies from UC Berkeley which explores how queer readings of the Talmud can help us understand generations of Jewish thought, including the Yiddish language, as a site of resistance to oppression. Elya is passionate about community building through teaching and learning, song, ritual, and care. They are especially called to expanding access to Jewish language and culture to community members who have historically been excluded from the tradition and animating Jewish tradition in the struggle for greater social, economic and environmental justice.


ALL First UU members and friends are welcome to join us for services, all at First UU, unless otherwise noted)

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 4 – Kol Nidre Evening Service (8-9:30pm)

Wednesday, October 5
– Morning Service (10am-12:30pm)
– Yizkhor – 12:40-2pm
– Restorative Yoga – 3:30pm
– Mincha & Neilah – 5pm
– Break fast & Havdalah – following Neilah


JOB OPPORTUNITY – We need people to watch the door during all of the above services. $15/hour to greet people, sign them in, hand them a prayer book and direct them into the worship center. Contact Debra Setlzer at to express interest in all or just one of these shifts.

Iranian Program and Dinner: Thanks to all for a great event!
More than 40 people from First UU, the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, and the Iranian immigrant community came out on Sunday evening to support Shahla and Bahman! The food was delicious, and we raised over $1,000! This event was a wonderful way for us to live our values and connect with our interfaith and Iranian immigrant neighbors.
UUA Principles and Sources
Article 2 of the UUA Bylaws, Principles and Purposes, is the foundation for all of the work of our UUA and its member congregations. It is the covenant to which all of our congregations and covenanted communities pledge themselves when they become members of the UUA.

The last time this Principles and Purposes were revised was in 1987. In response to the work to add an 8th principle, the UUA Board established an Article 2 Study Commission. This commission has been doing amazing work and they want to hear from you. They are scheduling several Zoom sessions to get feedback. You need to register to get the Zoom link.

Find out more here.
Classroom Ch-Ch-Changes!

Based on enrollment, some classes have changed or moved! 
Please plan for playground time, and dress for the weather each week.

This Week’s Highlights and Room Changes:

  • 10am Breakfast! A/B
  • Toddler Care 10:30am-12:30pm (rm 101)
  • 10:45am Coming of Age (rm 301), all OWL classes
  • 11am service, HS Big Qs – all other classes begin after the story
  • 11:15am 3-6yr Spirit Play (rm 102), 7-9yr Spirit Play (rm 202)
  • 11:15am 10-14yr In the Middle (rm 401)
  • Coffee Hour and Snack after the service ends
  • 12:30pm 5-10yr Peace Pals Choir (worship center)
  • 1pm Navigators Scouting (playground)

Please Register and Fill Out Annual Emergency Paperwork Here! 

Classroom Assistants, Subs Needed!

We are still seeking classroom assistants for:

  • 10-14yr In the Middle
  • Youth Group
  • Coming of Age
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Spirit Play
  • 10-11yr OWL
  • And on call subs for all classes

We also need volunteers to help Bring in the Light every Sunday!

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

Now Hiring! Sunday Assistant & Toddler Sitters
We are hiring Sunday morning Toddler Sitters and a Sunday morning RE Assistant, starting at $15/hr for 3hrs/week. Toddler Sitters provide a safe and loving drop-off environment for children age toddling-3yrs. RE Assistant duties include setting out supplies, greeting families, wrangling kiddos and volunteers, helping and subbing in classes, and resetting the classrooms and playground after the service each week.

Your hire is contingent on a background check.

Interested candidates: don’t delay – email Amber today! 🙂