Conversation and musings from Rev. Marian…

Dear First UUers,

This week I just had to talk instead of write. Please watch the video and know that I share in the shock, horror, and grief that yet another person has wrought upon us.

Blessings to you all and of all generations,
Rev. Marian

A pastoral reflection for this moment.

This Coming Sunday
Service @ 10am

In-person AND live-stream

How Shall We Remember?

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere

How shall we remember those who put their lives on the line to protect our country? We remember the soldiers of the Civil War, WWI , WWII and others. But there are many more who have sacrificed their lives to protect our rights and freedom.

Join us after the service for Coffee and Community Time. It’s a great way to socialize and get to know one another. 

Chancel Designs are created by Su Farnlacher and Denise Deschenes.

Last Sunday’s Service

MUSIC SUNDAY

Featuring our First UU Choirs
Watch Previous Sunday Services Here
Chalice is from the UU Community Church of Washington County, Hillsboro, OR.

Celebration of Life Services

We will share information on upcoming services as we know the dates and details. As they say, watch this space…

Joys and Sorrows

You may request that a Caring Card be sent on behalf of the congregation at https://firstuucolumbus.org/joys-sorrows-form/.

This week we catch up on Joys and Sorrows from the last Sunday.

Caring Cards  and Joys and Sorrows from Sunday:

  • We send healing thoughts to Dan Rothert’s father, David, who had a very small, very focal stroke Friday night and was admitted to Grant Hospital for overnight observation and more tests. Symptoms have resolved themselves quickly.

  • Sebastian tested positive for Covid on Thursday, but has mild symptoms and is already recovering well. He’s grateful for the extra screen time, and Lisa and John are grateful for vaccines and, so far, their own negative tests (knock on wood!).
  • Elaine Fujimura and Tony Skrabak: We are celbrating the graduation of our daughter (and UU Sunday School alum) Heather Skrabak from George Washington University Law School last week. She will be serving a federal clerkship in the 10th circult court in Denver for the next year.

May our hearts be enlarged to hold each other’s sorrow and joy.

Share-the-Plate 

Our Share-the-Plate recipients for May is Pathway Clubhouse.

Pathway Clubhouse provides a friendly, communal space for adults living with mental illness in Franklin County to participate in the development of social relationships, employment and education opportunities, and community involvement. Using the Clubhouse Model, our psychosocial rehabilitation program hopes to empower its members through participation in new experiences while engaging with fellow members around the Clubhouse.

For more information about Pathway Clubhouse, visit pathwayclubhouse.org

Our donations have a bigger impact when we give together. Please go to www.firstuucolumbus.org/donate to support our church and our Share-the-Plate offerings.

Click to Donate to Share-the-Plate
What do you want as we come back?
… coffee, greeters, teachers, helpers, A/V, Sunday readers, leaders, …

This is OUR church.

We make it what it is.

Volunteer opportunities abound.

Send Kelli any requests along with your availability. 🙂

Worship Team

Interested in presenting a service this summer?

The Worship Team is re-forming. We are looking for diversity of people, ideas, and experiences. Contact Su or Rev. Marian if you are interested.

WANT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CHURCH DIRECTORY?

For your protection from scammers, we have an OPT IN directory. You have to let us know if you want your name and contact information included!

If you do not let us know using the OPT IN option, you will not be included. And your church friends have a hard time reaching out to you.

If you would like to be included in the directory, please fill out this membership update form and let us know which information you would and wouldn’t like listed.

If you are a member and would like a copy of the directory, please contact Marian Garcia in the front office.

OPT IN to be listed in the DIRECTORY
First UU Reopening Status:
Masks Strongly Encouraged

Effective: April 8, 2022
modified May 8, 2002
Covid case numbers are rising even though the risk is still rated as “LOW”, we strongly recommend indoor mask usage.

We monitor the guidelines from the CDC and COVID tracking systems, and as conditions warrant, we update our First UU policies.
 
We encourage wearing masks as well as continued good hygiene practices. These include hand washing, sneezing into elbow, etc. as well as staying home when you are sick or not feeling well.  

  • Individuals: Masks are encouraged.
  • Small Groups: Masks are encouraged, especially if a group member requests mask usage.
  • Leaders: Make informed decisions on behalf of larger groups. This applies to services, music, events, etc. Leaders are empowered to require masks as deemed appropriate.
  • Space Usage: Continue to use additional ventilation (open doors/windows, fans) and favor open spaces. The building has high-quality ventilation systems. Masks are available.
This guidance is all about personal responsibility for self and others. We are a loving and caring community, and we are respectful of personal decisions to wear or not wear a mask. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to stay healthy and end this pandemic.