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SUNDAY, January 5: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart will present “Barn’s Burnt Down — Now I Can See the Moon.” This evocative Haiku written by Mizuta Masahide, a 17th century Japanese poet and samurai, is good metaphor as we journey through our Unitarian Universalist six sources and talk about “direct experience.”

8:30am  Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)

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

10:10am  Middle Hour:

  • Creative Expressions (Room B, near the kitchen): Self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…
  • Tabletop Conversations (Beach Hall, near the windows): Intentional conversations on an evolving set of topics
  • Learning Lab: Auction 101 (Room 301): With Auction team. Demonstrating how to participate in the auction. Something for everyone, but especially those unfamiliar with our auction (on February 22). Learn how to log in to the auction website, enter donations, look up past items, view your statement. Also advance bidding, proxy bidding, “buy it now” feature, and how to enter bids on auction night. All your questions answered, and informational handouts available as well. Please come see us.

 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, January 12:  Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart will present “Still Waking Up,” in which she will share stories from her dissertation on inherited racism. She will also share how things have changed and evolved since publication.

TODAY, Friday, January 3: First Friday.   Leave the Cooking to Us! Join us for a pasta dinner in Beach Hall, followed by a communal art project for everyone or board games at 7:30. 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!

UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:

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

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

“UU the Vote” Watch Party   Sunday, January 12, 3:30-5:30pm, in the Sanctuary. We will host a group to watch the Zoom launch of the “UU the Vote” campaign, gathering as a virtual community of UUs across the country.

Mid-Year Congregational Meeting   January 19, 12:30pm, in the Sanctuary. We will gather as a community for our mid-year meeting to discuss the important business of the church. An agenda will be posted soon. Please attend; a quorum is required.

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.

UU Art   We open 2020 with an exhibit by Ele Ruman-Allen called Simplicity Is My Countryside. Ele is a printmaker and painter. Come meet her at a reception at the exhibit’s end on Sunday, February 16, from 12:30-2pm. Questions about the art or purchases? Contact Deb Baillieul, debbsyc@yahoo.com.

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

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 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   January is Socks-It-to-Me Sunday month. please bring thick, warm socks, all sizes. We need peanut butter, child and adult diapers, feminine hygiene products, dog/cat food, children’s books, and all sizes of coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, sweaters, and blankets. Jacques Angelino

YWCA Family Shelter Taco Dinner   Volunteers Needed Once a month (the fourth Friday), we cook a taco dinner at the YWCA Family shelter off 670 and Leonard Ave. Volunteers normally work a couple hours or so, between 4 and 8pm. There is a group of people emailed every month, but 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? Tim Hooks, hookstj@gmail.com.

Project Linus   In January and February, we will be collecting blankets for Ohio children suffering trauma (e.g., hospitalized, homeless). The blankets must be new and handmade. You can also donate money for buying blanket supplies. Since 2014, 481 blankets and $470 have been donated. You can drop off blankets at the table in Beach Hall on Sunday or put them in the coat room. (projectlinus.org) Brad Bushman, 614-359-4797, bushman.20@osu.edu

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. Alice Rathburn, 614-563-0536, and Chris Johnson, 614-946-1287

Minister’s Discretionary Fund (MDF)   The Christmas Eve offering went to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund to help those in need. We serve mostly First UUers who need emergency assistance. Christmas Eve is the only collection for this fund, although you may donate anytime. Donate online at https://firstuucolumbus.org/connection/donate/ or write “MDF” in the memo line of a check. Thank you for your generosity and care.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Monday, January 6, 2020
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Monday Men’s Spirituality

Tuesday, January 7
9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Caring Team; Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation
7:30pm Worship Team

Wednesday, January 8
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Justice Action Ministry; Memoir Group
7:30pm Film: “Long Strange Trip” (UU History)

Thursday, January 9
9:30am Improvisational Dance
12:00pm UU Food Co-op
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 10
11:00am Nia Class
7:30pm All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Saturday, January 11
8:30am Zen Orientation & Meditation
10:00am Families with Young Children
10:45am Hispanohablantes
1:00pm Healthy Relations Task Force

Sunday, January 12
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
12:30pm Generosity Team; Nominating Committee
3:30pm “UU the Vote” Watch Party