Latest Announcements

SUNDAY, December 22: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart and our Religious Exploration program will present Lights of the Season. Feel free to wear your favorite holiday attire (ugly Christmas sweaters…).

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.

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.

Labyrinth   December 26–January 1
We will be hosting the “Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth” again this holiday season in the Worship Center. The schedule for its availability is:
– Thursday – Monday, December 26-30: 3–7pm
– Tuesday, December 31: 7pm–midnight
– Wednesday, January 1: 10am–3pm
Volunteers are needed! 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 music at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4eada62daa8-labyrinth3   Coordinator: Cath Saveson

Christmas Services at First UU

  • December 24 at 5pm – Christmas Eve Family Celebration. Join Rev. Eric Meter and Amber Scott for a family centered celebration of Christmas.
  • December 24 at 8pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, with Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart and 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.

Dinner & Conversation   Sign up now for the first quarter (January, February, March). This is an easy way to get to know other UUs. Once a month, groups of about eight meet for a potluck dinner and conversation. The same groups meet during each month of the quarter. Signing up means you’ll attend the three dinners. The group decides on the dates. Marcia Canter

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.

UU Art   Enjoy the Art Quilt Alliance display “Breaking with Tradition: Altered Quilt Blocks and Mandalas,” through December 29 in the Sanctuary and Lobby. 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 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.

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 on December 22 and 29 after the services, where 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

Gift cards are needed to provide food for Edith Espinal, Miriam Vargas, and the Honduran family living at Just North. Kroger cards are preferred. Jan Phillips is collecting the gift cards. You may give them to her at church.

Yoga for Caregivers   Every 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   We are collecting for a Christmas ham drive, and asking for toys (under $10 each) for children, unwrapped. Please bring these on Sunday mornings, by December 22. Lists of children to sponsor for Christmas are ready to pick up. Also, because of your generous Thanksgiving donations, we were able to provide turkey and fixings to 166 food insecure families. Thank you! Jacques Angelino, JAM Food Insecurity Team

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.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Monday, December 16
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Monday Men’s Spirituality

Tuesday, December 17
9:30am Archives Team
7:00pm Book Bites; Yoga for Caregivers; Zen Meditation

Wednesday, December 18
1:00pm Wednesday Women’s Book Group
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Meaningful Movies; All-Ages YA Book Group; Finance Committee

Thursday, December 19
9:30am Improvisational Dance
7:00pm Board of Trustees; BREAD Team

Friday, December 20
11:00am Nia Class
12:00pm Cooking for Faith Mission
6:00pm Rainbow Connexion

Saturday, December 21
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:00am Scriptures Class
10:45am Hispanohablantes
12:00pm Move to Amend

Sunday, December 22
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Gathering
12:30pm Nominating Committee