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THIS SUNDAY, December 22: From campfires to yule logs to sacred stories, humans have found ways to mark the winter solstice and make the dark days brighter. Light not only brings heat for the body, it warms the soul. In this season of holiday, some lights invite deep reflection while others bring a sense of joy and hope.
***You are invited to wear your favorite holiday attire, including “ugly” Christmas sweaters.
8:30am  Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)

9:00am/11am  Worship Celebration (Sanctuary)

9:30am   Nominating Committee (Library)

10:10am  Middle Hour:  Carol Sing-Along (Beach Hall)

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.


NEXT SUNDAY, December 29: 
Rev. Eric Meter will present “The Meandering Path.” The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool which mirrors the often circuitous path of our lives. This morning, let’s explore the wisdom and the creative possibilities walking a labyrinth provides as we close out one year and welcome a new one.

TONIGHT:  Friday, December 20, 6pm, Rainbow Connexion potluck and meeting, in Beach Hall.  This group is for anyone who identifies on the rainbow. While we love our allies, this group is for those who experience life with marginalized LGBT+ identities. Our December gathering will be a potluck and White Elephant gift exchange ($10 or less or get rid of something you don’t want). Dress for the season, bring your favorite holiday CD, and be ready for fun. Hope to see you there.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:

For further information on any of these events, please contact the church office at 614-267-4946 ext. 21 or office@firstuucolumbus.org.

Holiday Appeal   Consider a holiday gift to support all the great things we do…caring, services, programs, justice, engagement, community involvement, and so much more. Your special gift this season helps us be a stronger congregation and live our values more fully. Give online or see Patricia at the Holiday Appeal table on Sundays.
Christmas Services at First UU, December 24:

  • 5pm – Christmas Eve Family Celebration. Join Rev. Eric Meter and Amber Scott for a family-centered celebration of Christmas.
  • 7:30pm – Carol Sing-Along
  • 8pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart, Rev. Eric Meter. A beautiful service centered on the 300th anniversary of the song “Joy to the World.” All are welcome. Hot cider follows the candlelight service.

Labyrinth   December 26–January 1, in the Sanctuary. We will be hosting the “Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth” again this holiday season. The schedule for its availability is:

  • Thursday – Monday, December 26-30: 3–7pm
  • Tuesday, December 31: 7pm–midnight
  • Wednesday, January 1: 10am–3pm

The labyrinth has arrived! We still need many volunteer hosts, helpers and musicians. Your generous contributions of your precious time and talents are what make the labyrinth a rich and meaningful experience for our whole community. Please help if you are able. Sign up to host or help with labyrinth set up/takedown at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4eada62daa8-labyrinth2
Musicians are invited to perform contemplative music to provide a meditative environment for labyrinth walkers. Sign up to provide live music at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4eada62daa8-labyrinth3 Coordinator: Cath Saveson

UU Art   Enjoy the Art Quilt Alliance display “Breaking with Tradition: Altered Quilt Blocks and Mandalas,” through December 29 in the Sanctuary and the Lobby. The First UU quilters are: Marty Cicchinelli, Sylvia Howe, Nancy McDonald, Laurel Richardson, and Deb Baillieul.

Long Strange Trip: Our UU History, Parts IV, V and VI   Wednesdays, January 8, 15, and 22, 7:30pm, Room A/B. Led by Dana Reynolds, retired UU minister. This is a great way to learn about our UU development throughout the centuries. It’s ideal for those new to UUism, but promises new surprises for longtime UUs. Dana Reynolds

First UU Auction Come Fly with Me!   Saturday, February 22, 5 pm. We need many donations in order to make our auction “take off”! Please enter your items online by visiting http://togetherauction.com/firstuu. We will have an auction table in Beach Hall every Sunday after each service. At the auction table, you can get your questions answered and sign up for childcare, to bring an appetizer, to volunteer, and to make a donation. Can’t think about what to donate? Ask us! We have lots of suggestions. Danya Furda

First UU Rummage Sale   Saturday, May 2, 2020. 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 household items (kitchen decor, small appliances, baskets, lamps), jewelry and accessories, working toys/games/puzzles, garden, travel, and camping items. More information will follow.

Yoga for Caregivers   Every third Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm. Join us for a practice of “yogic sleep” that goes beyond deep relaxation to a place of natural peace and quiet that is tremendously healing and nurturing. Nothing more is required than lying or sitting comfortably and listening, allowing us to take a break from exhaustion, uncertainty, confusion and stress. We’ll start with 10 minutes of light stretching (optional) followed by 35-40 minutes of yoga Nidra. To provide padding and support while lying down, bring a yoga mat if you have one, a blanket/towel or two, and a small pillow. Chairs will also be available for those who prefer a seated practice. Heidi Beke-Harrigan

Feed My Sheep food pantry   This Sunday is the last day for our Christmas ham drive, and asking for toys (under $10 each) for children, unwrapped. Please bring these in this Sunday. Thank you!  Jacques Angelino, JAM Food Insecurity Team

BREAD   Our congregation was a founding member of BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity), the 42-congregation interfaith community organization that works to bring systemic change to Central Ohio. Three major community problems came out of the listening process conducted in all of the congregations: Mental Health Care, Health Care, and Gun Violence. Gun Violence was selected for BREAD’s research and action by democratic vote of almost 500 BREAD Justice Ministry/Rodef Tzedek members at BREAD’s Annual Assembly in November. The Gun Violence Research Committee already has eight daytime research meetings scheduled with officials and community members. The larger committee will meet as a whole once every 3-4 weeks in the evening. Please call the BREAD office for more information (614-220-9363), or contact a First UU BREAD team leader, Alice Rathburn (614-563-0536), or Chris Johnson (614-946-1287).

YWCA Family Shelter Taco Dinner: Volunteers Needed!   Once a month (the fourth Friday), First UU cooks a taco dinner at the YWCA Family shelter off 670 and Leonard Ave. Volunteers normally work a couple hours or more, between 4 and 8pm. There is a group of people emailed every month and normally 7-8 volunteers step up. We could use some extra help; you don’t have to commit to every month, but just to be on the list to consider if you could make it for a couple hours. Can we add your name to the list of possible volunteers? If so, drop Tim Hooks an email at hookstj@gmail.com. It is a fun and rewarding experience. Please consider getting involved. Our next dinner is December 27.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Monday, December 23
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle

Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
5:00pm Family Christmas Celebration
7:30pm Carol Sing-Along
8:00pm Candlelight Christmas Celebration

Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Church building closed

Thursday, December 26
3:00-7:00pm Candlelight Labyrinth in the Sanctuary

Friday, December 27
11:00am Nia Class
2:30pm YWCA Family Dinner Preparation (off-site)
3:00-7:00pm Candlelight Labyrinth in the Sanctuary

Saturday, December 28
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:45am Hispanohablantes
3:00-7:00pm Candlelight Labyrinth in the Sanctuary

Sunday, December 29
10:00am Worship Celebration (only one service)
3:00-7:00pm Candlelight Labyrinth in the Sanctuary