Latest Announcements 03/06/20

REMINDER: This Sunday, Daylight Savings time begins! Spring ahead! If  you don’t change your clocks, you’ll be late for church!

TONIGHT: March 6, First Friday Dinner, 6pm, Beach Hall. Leave the cooking to us! Join us for a pasta dinner in Beach Hall, followed by a discussion about the book and movie Just Mercy. Anyone who has read or watched Just Mercy is invited to come to the discussion; the dinner is open to all. Gluten free and vegan options provided; if you’d like to bring something to share you’re more than welcome to but the important thing to bring is you. See you at First Friday!

TOMORROW: Interfaith Dinner Saturday, March 7, 6:30pm, Just North UCC, 2040 W. Henderson Road. Facing death threats, a Honduran family of four was forced to flee, and Just North UCC has taken them in. Meet them and hear the story of their 90-day perilous journey to find asylum here. Advance tickets: www.justnorthucc.org. Tickets also available at the door. Vegetarian options provided. $15/person; $25/couple or family. Sponsors: Just North, First UU, and Temple Israel.

SUNDAY, March 8: Rev. Dana Reynolds presents The Heart of Unitarian Universalism. What distinguishes Unitarian Universalism from other religions?

8:30am   Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)
9:00am/11am  Worship Celebration (Sanctuary)
10:10am  Middle Hour:

  • Creative Expressions (Room B, near the kitchen): Join Deb Baillieul to explore emotions. We’ll use plasticine clay to explore feeling better.
  • Learning Lab (Room 301): Join Ohma Willette for postcard writing. Does rage boil in you about guns, bullies, crumbling bridges, income inequality, low voter turnout, racial profiling, the border wall, ICE or something else? Splash your rage boldly across a postcard. We’ll have postcards, stamps, pens and addresses. Will you get a response? Unlikely. Still, you have expressed your pain, and people who sort and deliver mail might read it — your words could reach beyond the intended. Does it do any good?  It could help you put your pain into words — that’s a positive.

10:20am  Peace Pals (Room 402)
1:00pm  Beloved Conversations (Room 201)

A Pastoral Team member will be near the Caring Table in Beach Hall after each service as a compassionate listener or to arrange a hospital/home visit.

If you’d like to schedule a meeting with a minister, Amber Scott, or Kelli McNeal, contact them directly, or a Pastoral Team member can assist you in making that contact.

Are you visiting with us and would you like to know more about the congregation? Please stop by the Welcome Table in Beach Hall after the service for information about Unitarian Universalism and First UU.

FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 15: Rev. Joel Miller will present What Are You Doing Here?  Rev. Miller writes: “I come from this church. And you’re why I’ve been in ministry for 30 years.”

UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:

People of Faith Pledge in Solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)    March 10-12. Immokalee farmworkers and consumers will gather in New York City to demand Wendy’s guarantee the fundamental human rights of farmworkers by signing on to the Fair Food Program. Join us in this pledge of solidarity, and offer words of encouragement to be shared with farmworkers during the action! Sign here: http://www.boycott-wendys.org/faith-pledge   For more information, email ohiofairfood@gmail.com.

Book discussion: Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the “Rarest” Books in the World. Starts Wednesday, March 11, 7:30pm. Led by retired minister Rev. Dana Reynolds. Six sessions (roughly two for each of three parts).  Dana Reynolds, 612-229-5907

Senior Gathering   -POSTPONED UNTIL MAY!!  Details to follow.

Parent Workshop: Teens and Technology: Dating in a Digital World    Wednesday, March 18, Room 301, 6-7:30pm. Technology is an important aspect of teen dating relationships. In this session, participants will explore popular social media applications and websites frequented by teens that can be used as a tool of power and control as well as prevention. Presented by Chelsea Getz from The Center for Family Safety and Healing. Suggested donation $5-$10.  Amber Scott, amber@firstuucolumbus.org

Feed My Sheep food pantry   March is Dandy Diapers month. Please bring child and adult diapers, peanut butter, feminine hygiene products, dog/cat food, and children’s books Sunday mornings.  Jacques Angelino

Meaningful Movie: Imprisoning a Generation   Wednesday, March 18, 7pm. A documentary about four young Palestinians imprisoned in the Israeli military detention system and prosecuted in Israeli military courts. Sponsored by “Jewish Voice for Peace” and First UU’s Justice Action Ministry (JAM).  Farrell Brody, farrellb@earthlink.net

First UU Rummage Sale   Saturday, May 2. Save the date (and your stuff)! We will also need volunteers. Please contact Seth Kraut (614-477-0099, sethkraut@gmail.com) or Rachel Kraut (614-774-2362). We need donations: small household furniture, antiques and collectibles, boutique/upscale clothing for adults.

BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity, 614-220-9363, www.breadcolumbus.com, www.facebook.com/breadorganization) is Central Ohio’s congregation-based, multi-faith organization founded by First UU and ten other congregations over 20 years ago, to hold local decision-makers accountable for addressing problems such as Keeping Kids in School (Restorative Practices), Municipal ID, Jobs, Affordable Housing, ElderCare, and now Gun Violence.
BREAD only gets change made through its thorough research and people power. We need your help to bring at least 300 from First UU to our annual Nehemiah Action Tuesday, May 12, 6pm. Come to our Justice Ministry Network organizing meeting Sunday, March 22, 12:30pm in the Sanctuary to find out how you can get involved. We’ll have updates on our campaigns, and discuss how to invite people to the Nehemiah and how we ensure that everyone at First UU is invited.  Alice Rathburn, eulala1905@me.com

Yes! First UU is a Teaching Congregation. Thanks to the “Raise the Paddle” at our auction on February 22, along with additional gifts, we have enough money in our Intern Fund to begin the search. Thank you! We might get lucky and find an intern for next church year. If not, we will be first in line for the following year. If you would like to add to the fund, please contact Rev. Marian.

Dinner & Conversation   Sign up now for the second quarter (April, May, June). This is an easy way to get to know other UUs. Once a month, groups of about eight meet for a potluck dinner and conversation. The same groups meet during each month of the quarter. Signing up means you’ll attend the three dinners. The group decides on the dates. Sign up by emailing Marcia Canter at marciacanter@gmail.com.

Calling all UU Artists and Poets   Our September-October, 2020 exhibit is called: “Exercising Your Voice.” During this election season, we have all been moved by people, protests, civility, and issues. As verbal artists and visual artists, what do you have to say? What strikes a chord? What moves you to speak your mind? Our fall exhibit will be filled with diversity of viewpoints and media. You may tackle an issue or provide calm and centering in the storm. If you plan to do 3-D work, contact me first. That type of space is limited. Please let me know if you intend to participate.  Deb Baillieul, debbsyc@yahoo.com, 614-687-6968

Racial Justice & Immigration Support

  • Salsa Fundraiser in support of Miriam Vargas. Friday, March 13. First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St. Lesson at 8pm with Rowan McLachlan, dance from 9pm to 11pm, with DJ Mark Legg. Salsa raffle, Latin food and drinks. $10 cash donation. Space is limited. Sign up at https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c054aadab22a3fb6-salsa
  • Flautango Fundraiser for Miriam Vargas’s legal fund. Sunday, March 29, 3pm, First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main Street. Latin America songs and music with Flautango, duo of flutist Rodolfo Vazquez and guitarist Sean Ferguson. Donations accepted at the door.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Monday, March 9
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle

Tuesday, March 10
9:30am Archives Team
1:00pm Caregiver Support
6:30pm RE Team; Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation
7:30pm First UU Bible Class

Wednesday, March 11
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
6:30pm Poor People’s Campaign Event
7:00pm Justice Action Ministry; Memoir Group
7:30pm Book Discussion: Out of the Flames

Thursday, March 12
9:30am Improvisational Dance
10:45am Senior Gathering
7:00pm Beloved Conversations
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 13
11:00am Nia Class
1:00pm Pastoral Team Council
7:30pm All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Saturday, March 14
8:30am Zen Orientation & Meditation
10:00am Families with Young Children
10:45am Hispanohablantes

Sunday, March 15
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
12:30pm Generosity Team
6:30pm Care and Share Time Bank Potluck; Millennial Covenant Group