Latest Announcements


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2:  Rev. Eric Meter will present “Safety Is Not Enough.” Safety, though a human need, is never enough. In fact, alone, it becomes a trap. It needs to be balanced by a willingness to be brave.


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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25: Concert: “Shades of Ellington,” 7pm, in the Sanctuary. With Laura Camara and the Jake Reed Jazz Trio, featuring music by the great jazz composer and pianist Duke Ellington. $10.

First UU Auction:  Sunday, January 26, is the deadline for all items to be included in the auction catalog! In order for our First UU auction to be a success and raise the $30,000 expected of us, we need 150 more items. That is, we need everyone to donate a fellowship activity, a dinner, a service, an excursion, a vacation lodging, tickets to the theater or sporting event, a food item or two, a gift certificate or two, etc. Please enter your items online by visiting or come to the auction table in Beach Hall this Sunday to fill out a paper form. Can’t think about what to donate? Come see us at the auction table after the service and we will help you. At the table you can also sign up for childcare, to bring an appetizer, and to volunteer. The auction will be Saturday, February 22, from 5-9:30 pm.

Beloved Conversations: Sunday, January 26, is the deadline to register! This is a 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 begins with a retreat on January 31 – February 1, and continues with a series of small groups meeting twice monthly over the next four months, on either Thursday evenings or Sunday afternoons. Please mark your preference when you register. $75, scholarships available. Childcare provided upon request. If you have questions, join us during Middle Hour. Register online at  Rev. Eric Meter, 614/267-4946,

Long Strange Trip: Our UU History, Part VI   Wednesday, January 29, 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

Concert: And Then They Came for Me   Sunday, February 2, 3-4:30pm, in the Sanctuary. Benefit for First UU’s Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance (FILA). Featuring Starlit Ways, Crazy Faith Freedom Choir, and Abby Moulton.  Emcee: Eric Gnezda, award-winner songwriter and PBS host. $20, cash or check (payable to First UU), at the door. Reserve tickets at:   Jan Phillips

Want to know more about First UU and Unitarian Universalism? Wondering whether you’re ready to make a commitment to the congregation and become a member? Wondering what it means to be a member? All great questions will be explored at our next Pathways to Membership class on February 9, from 9am-3pm. Please register at or email Kelli McNeal,, with questions.

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, as long as their applications are received by February 14, 12pm. SYC offers part-time classes for children aged 2½-5. If your child will be two or older by June 30, we urge you to act promptly, since we usually fill up quickly. Information about applying can be found on the SYC website,, or you can call the school office, 614-267-0254.

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,

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.
Denni Hale, 614-633-8082,

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,

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. You don’t have to commit to every month, but just to be on the list to consider. Tim Hooks

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

Monday, January 27

3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
6:30pm Auction Team
7:00pm Bridge Group (call 499-2434); COA Teaching Team

Tuesday, January 28
9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Atheists/Skeptics/Humanists (ASH);
Zen Orientation & Meditation; Spirit of Life Choir

Wednesday, January 29
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:30pm Film: “Long Strange Trip” (UU History)

Thursday, January 30
9:30am Improvisational Dance

Friday, January 31
11:00am Nia Class
6:00pm Auction Catalog Prep

Saturday, February 1
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:00am SPAN (Single Payer Action Network)
10:45am Hispanohablantes
3:30pm Drum Circle

Sunday, February 2
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
12:45pm Auction Team
3:00pm Concert: “And Then They Came for Me”
6:30pm Millennial Covenant Group