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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2: Rev. Eric Meter presents “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.

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).  Join Deb Baillieul in the Creative Expressions corner to explore Puppets and Power. Use paper plates and tongue depressors to determine what’s powerful.
  • Board Town Hall (Beach Hall)   How can we, as a congregation, better work for justice through learning?

10:20am Peace Pals Rehearsal (Room 402)

12:45pm Auction Team (Library)

3:00pm   Concert: And Then They Came for Me (Sanctuary)

6:30pm   Millennial Covenant Group (Room 302)

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, FEBRUARY 9:  Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart will present “Shades of Humanism.” A deeper look at our Unitarian Universalist fifth source, humanism. How a long history of non-theistic thinking has impacted and changed us. Where did it begin, where is it going? What is it anyway?


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

This Sunday, February 2: Concert: “And Then They Came for Me.” At 3:00 to 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 (made payable to First UU), at the door. Reserve tickets at:  Jan Phillips

Our First UU Auction: “Come Fly with Me,” is Saturday, February 22, from 5 to 9:30pm. Please plan to attend! Stop by the auction table in Beach Hall after the services today to pick up an auction catalog, to purchase tickets for $15 (tickets for children between 11 and 16 are $5 and children under 10 are free), and to sign up to volunteer, for childcare or to bring a finger-friendly appetizer and/or bake sale item. If you still would like to make a donation, please enter your event, service, gift certificate, etc. online by visiting or visit the auction table to fill out a paper form. We have enough physical items at this time.

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 to 2:20pm. Please register at or email Kelli McNeal,, with questions.

From Nominating Committee: Church leadership is an excellent way to deepen your connections to the people and mission of our church. If you know someone—including yourself!—who you think would be great in a leadership role at First UU, the Nominating Committee is taking nominations now. Forms are available from any Nominating Committee member or in the committee’s mailbox in the volunteer workroom, or you can talk to any committee member, or email us at See Gina Phillips, Dana Reynolds, Shirley Lange, Heidi Drake, Kelly McConaughey, or Barb Fiorini for more information. Deadline is March 6.

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,

Why don’tcha plan now and die later? For end of life planning, come to the information session by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio. Sunday, February 9, 12:30pm, in Slower Lounge. Cathy Elkins

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.

Feed My Sheep food pantry   February is Undies Sundays month. Bring girls and boys new underwear, 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

Budgeting Workshop  Wednesday, February 12, from 6:30-8:30pm OR Sunday, February 16, from 12:30-2:30pm. Join us for a meal and then discussion on household budgeting. We’ll discuss tips and techniques to help you achieve your personal financial goals. Please RSVP for meal planning. Vegetarian and gluten free friendly.

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, or Rachel Kraut (614-774-2362). We need donations: small household furniture, antiques and collectibles, boutique/upscale clothing for adults.

Monday, February 3

3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Monday Men’s Spirituality

Tuesday, February 4
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, February 5
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s;
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm JAM Democracy & Human Rights Focus Area

Thursday, February 6
9:30am Improvisational Dance
12:00pm UU Food Co-op
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 7
11:00am Nia Class
12:00pm Cooking for Faith Mission
6:30pm First Friday Dinner
7:30pm Kehilat Sukkat Shalom Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, February 8
8:30am Zen Orientation & Meditation
10:00am Families with Young Children
10:45am Hispanohablantes
1:00pm Healthy Relations Policy Team
7:30pm All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Sunday, February 9
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
9:00am Pathways Class
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Choir
12:30pm Funeral Consumers Alliance End-of-Life Planning; Nominating Committee
1:00pm Beloved Conversations
1:00pm Auction Team