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

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
  • Forum: Passing the 28th “We the People Amendment”: The essential first step to reversing the climate crisis. Led by Michael Greenman (Room 301)

10:20am Peace Pals Rehearsal (Room 402)
 
12:30pm  Generosity Team (Rev. Marian’s office); Nominating Committee (Room 302)
 
3:30pm   “UU the Vote” Watch Party (Sanctuary)
 
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, JANUARY 19:  Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart will present  “Lift Every Voice.”  “[W]hen the church is true to its nature, it stands as a moral guardian of the community and of society.” – the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1966)

TODAY, FRIDAY, JANUARY 10: All Soles Contra and Square Dance, in Beach Hall. Local caller, Andy Shewmon, will lead the dances.  Firefly Trace, a local band, will provide the music. Welcome newbies…beginners’ session from 7:30-8pm.  Dance is from 8-10:30pm.  All dances will be taught and no partner is needed.  Childcare provided. $8/adults; $4/ages 12-25; and free/under 12.
www.firstuucolumbus.org/all-soles  
https://bigscioty.com

TOMORROW: Saturday, January 11: Families with Young Children Meetup and Playgroup, 10am-12noon. First UU hosts this informal playgroup for parents of young kids, new parents, and caregivers. Come and hang out with us, to share experiences, successes, and concerns with other parents, while the kids play and get to know each other!

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.

“UU the Vote” Watch Party   Sunday, January 12, 3:30-5:30pm, in the Sanctuary. We will be hosting a group to watch the Zoom launch of the “UU the Vote” campaign, gathering as a virtual community of UUs across the country. Join us!  https://www.uua.org/justice/vote2020

Beloved Conversations   Registration is now open for this small-group program that helps congregations talk about race and ethnicity, and explore how we can use this experience to help create a more just world. It starts with a retreat, January 31 – February 1, which will be followed by eight small group sessions held every other week. Childcare provided upon request. $75, scholarships available. If you have any questions, contact Rev. Eric at 614/267-4946 or ericm@firstuucolumbus.org. You can register for the course at http://www.firstuucolumbus.org/beloved. The registration deadline is January, 26, 2020.

Racial Justice & Immigration JAM Working Group meets Monday, January 13, 7-8:30pm, Room 301. Please come and hear what we’ve been doing and help us plan future actions. New people welcome. Jan Phillips, jephillips4444@sbcglobal.net

Meaningful Movies: Human Flow, a documentary by Ai Weiwei. Wednesday, January 15, 7pm, in the Sanctuary. First UU’s January Meaningful Movie is sponsored by the Racial Justice and Immigration JAM Working Group. We will view and discuss this important film, which highlights the massive scale of human movement due to war, climate change, and religious and ethnic discrimination.

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.

Long Strange Trip: Our UU History, Parts V and VI   Wednesdays, January 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.

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? Deb Baillieul, debbsyc@yahoo.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.
Brad Bushman, 614-359-4797, bushman.20@osu.edu,  projectlinus.org

Our First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me! is Saturday, February 22, 5 pm. We’ve received some great donations so far, but we need more! Donations must be received by January 26 to go in the printed catalogue. Please enter your items online by visiting http://togetherauction.com/firstuu or by filling out a form at our auction table in Beach Hall after each service. At the auction table, you can also sign up for childcare, to bring an appetizer, to volunteer, and to get your questions answered. Can’t think about what to donate? Ask us! We have lots of suggestions. Danya Furda

Volunteers needed! Sunday morning coffee service is in danger of being canceled for 2020! This is not something we want to do, but we have a small number of volunteers doing double and triple duty to bring coffee service each week. Come join our volunteer team and help us bring coffee to family, friends, and members each Sunday. We ask volunteers for one service, one Sunday a month. Please contact Denni Hale at (phone/text) 614-633-8082 or rayneblueoh@gmail.com.

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, camping items, etc.

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? Tim Hooks, hookstj@gmail.com

Enrollment open for School for Young Children’s 2020-21 school year. Processing of applications will begin on February 14, at 12pm. Currently-enrolled students, children of church members and children from SYC alumni families receive priority consideration as long as their applications are received by February 14, at 12pm. SYC offers part-time classes for children aged 2½ through 5. If you have a preschool child who will be age 2 or older by June 30, 2020, and are interested in enrolling your child, we urge you to act promptly since we usually fill up quickly. Information about applying can be found on the SYC website, www.syccolumbus.org, or you can call the school office, 614-267-0254.

Feed My Sheep food pantry   January is Socks-It-to-Me Sundays month. Bring warm socks, all sizes, to our table in Beach Hall. We also 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

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Monday, January 13
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm RJI (Racial Justice & Immigration) JAM Working Group

Tuesday, January 14
9:30am Archives Team
1:00pm Caregiver Support
1:30pm Library Team
6:30pm RE Team; Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation
7:30pm First UU Bible Class

Wednesday, January 15
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s;
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Meaningful Movies; All-Ages YA Book Group; Finance Committee
7:30pm Film: “Long Strange Trip” (UU History)

Thursday, January 16
9:30am Improvisational Dance
7:00pm BREAD Team
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 17
12:00pm Cooking for Faith Mission
6:00pm Rainbow Connexion

Saturday, January 18
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:00am Scriptures Class
10:45am Hispanohablantes
12:00pm Move to Amend

Sunday, January 19
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
12:30pm Mid-Year Congregational Meeting
6:30pm Care and Share Time Bank Potluck; Millennial Covenant Group