Tuesday Talk – 03/10/20


Coming soon! Save the date…and your stuff!
Saturday, May 2nd

Our guest columnist this week is Seth Kraut.

I’m Seth Kraut, and I’m running the church rummage sale this year. On May 2, the church will be filled with gently used goods looking for a new home.

The rummage sale is a great opportunity to clear out your garage, basement or storage space. Your unused items can be put to good use instead of a landfill. It is also budgeted with a goal of raising $8000 for the church.

The rummage sale requires a large number of volunteers. Paperwork from previous sales shows over 60(!) people helped on the day of the sale with similar numbers in the week leading up to the sale. If you’re reading this, we could probably use your help.

Our immediate need is volunteers to help with planning or leading a portion of the effort. We have information from previous sales, so we’ve got a blueprint. In April, we’d like to pick up furniture and some items, so we’ll need to organize pick ups and storage. In the last week, we’ll have to sort, price, and lay out all the items.

There’s a website with information at http://www.rummagesale2020.com. There you can find links to volunteer or tell us about your donation. If you need more information, please email me.

Opportunities and Reminders

***Middle HourMiddle HourMiddle Hour***
Sunday, 10:15–10:45am
Forum: Care & Share Timebank
Room #301
Facilitator: Michael Greenman

Concerned about rising costs in a turbulent economy? Like to share your skills/interests with others and lack expertise in services you need? Learn about the CSTB – the “service exchange community-building” organization (part of JAM) that has been hosted by First UU for 9 Years.
Middle Hour is Fun!
Creative Expressions
Room A/B
Join Deb Baillieul in the Creative Expressions corner to plant seeds for spring. Make paper pots and plant vegetables.


For additional churchwide activities and events, please see First UU News (emailed on Fridays and in the Sunday Order of Service).

For information about family and child-focused events and classes, see the RE News (emailed to families and in the Sunday Order of Service).

Thursday, March 12th
Senior Gathering – Cancelled

Thursday, March 13th
All Souls Contra Dance – Cancelled
As our first priority as a community is to take care of each other, the decision has been made to cancel Friday’s planned dance. COVID-19 is a reality in our world today. We don’t want to be alarmist, but at the same time do not want to put on an event that involves close personal contact, as social dancing does. Hoping to see you all dancing, again, soon!

Pi Day: 3.14159
Saturday, March 14th, 1:59pm, Sanctuary, Beach Hall
Celebration of Life: Art Beach
*Precautions will be taken to prevent spread of COVID-19.

Art was a long-time UU. As a young adult, his first church was All Souls UU in Washington, D.C. He joined First UU when it was by the OSU campus. He helped move and build the building on Weisheimer (the original sanctuary, including a sunken floor, is now Beach Hall) in the early 1960s. Art held many leadership positions at the church. Most often he was involved on the Finance committee. His wife Gracie also taught Sunday school and volunteered in many ways.

As his health would allow, Art was a regular at services and at Senior Gatherings. He also played and taught bridge to anyone who wanted to learn. Art was also very generous, helping to establish our operating and facility reserve funds through a generous donation. For all of his (and Gracie’s) generosity and years of service, our fellowship hall was renamed Beach Hall last year.

*Precautions will be taken to prevent spread of COVID-19.
Sunday, March 15th, 9am & 11am, Sanctuary
“Living Proof that First UU Does Good Work” with Rev. Joel Miller 
I come from this church. And you’re why I’ve been in ministry for 30 years.

Parent Workshop: Teens and Technology: Dating in a Digital World
Wednesday, March 18th, 6–7pm, Room 301

Technology is an important aspect of teen dating relationships. In this session, participants will explore popular social media applications and websites frequented by teens that can be used as a tool of power and control as well as prevention.
Presented by Chelsea Getz from The Center for Family Safety and Healing.
Suggested donation $5-$10. For more information, contact Amber Scott.Save your stuff!
Rummage Sale
Saturday, May 2nd

We will also need volunteers. Please contact Seth Kraut (614-477-0099) 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.


Friday, March 13th, 8pm
First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St.
Salsa Fundraiser in Support of Miriam Vargas      
8pm: Salsa lesson with Rowan McLachlan
9–11pm: Dance Party with DJ Mark Legg
$10 cash donation, plus salsa raffle—Latin food and drinks
Space is limited. Sign up is encouraged.

Sunday, March 29th, 3pm
First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St.
Flautango Fundraiser for Miriam Vargas’s legal fund
Enjoy songs and music from Latin America with Flautango, duo of Rodolfo Vazquez, flutist, and Sean Ferguson, on guitar.
Donations accepted.

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, or leave them with Rev. Marian.

Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
March 7, 1965
600 civil rights marchers who set out from Selma, AL, on their way to Montgomery to urge passage of the Voting Rights Act, were attacked by local law enforcement officials at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Known as “Bloody Sunday,” this event led Martin Luther King to call on clergy of all faiths to join him in Selma. More than 125 Unitarian Universalist ministers answered the call. On March 21, 1965, more than 3,000 marchers left Selma for Montgomery and by March 25, 25,000 marchers entered Montgomery. On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. Three people were killed during the Selma marches—James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist minister; Jimmy Lee Jackson, an African-American laborer and church deacon; and Viola Liuzzo, a Unitarian Universalist layperson from Detroit.