Tuesday Talk 10/29/19

Dumpster diving raccoon style.
Dave Richter snapped a few pics of Rocky Raccoon in action.

Tuesday Talk

Happy Halloween First UUers!

Allie here with an update from the Board happenings from this month.

I’m excited to announce that we have filled the vacancy on the Board! Heidi Ballard, a long time First UU member, has agreed to join us. I have met with her to get her up to speed on Board matters and she attended her first meeting this past Wednesday.  We also have new youth Board members, Caroline Mocharski and Teddy Davidson.

November and December Board meeting dates have been changed to 11/20 and 12/19 due to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Meetings are open to all.

Mark your calendars for the mid-year meeting on 1/19/20 at 12:30pm.

The Board has voted to approve new Reserve Fund policy to help us establish and manage our new Operating and Facilities reserve accounts. All normal and routine expenses for the operation of the Church should be budgeted in the annual Operating Budget. The Operating Reserve Fundserves the purpose of a savings account or rainy day fund. It should be used only when needed and use of the funds requires approval of the Finance Committee and the Board. With the establishment of the Facility Reserve Fund, funds are available to be spent for intermediate level facility needs: more costly than the expected facility expenses but less than capital projects normally funded with a capital campaign. Establishing these accounts is a very important for the long term financial stability of our Church.

Deborah Boyd was approved as a new member of the Finance Committee. If you have an interest in serving on the Finance Committee, please e-mail us at board@firstuucolumbus.org.

Laura Hartman, our Church Treasurer, gave an update from Finance committee. In general, our finances are on track with where they should be this time of year. We are looking ahead to some significant expenses involving the roof. We’ll update you as more information is available. One of the many financial indicators that Finance and the Board are looking at monthly, is Sunday morning worship attendance. We have noticed that attendance is down year to year. This is something that we are keeping a close eye on. We also noted that we welcomed 10 new members this month!

Personnel Committee met for the first time this church year in October. There are a number of changes that they are maneuvering through regarding payroll and the Employee Handbook. If you have an interest in serving on the Personnel Committee, please e-mail us at board@firstuucolumbus.org. We are specifically looking for people with Human Resource experience.

The Board has sent a letter to the UUA asking for more active engagement and leadership with Move to Amend. This is a nationwide movement to amend the US Constitution to end corporate personhood and state that money is not speech.

We talked about the outcomes of the Safety Task Force from a few years ago. There is an opportunity to follow-up on some of the recommendations. Coordinating Team (CT) will be looking through these over the next couple of months to see what needs to be done.

Caroline and Teddy provided an excellent youth report. They are looking to increase membership to youth group and have some imaginative ideas for fundraising. Please support them in their efforts as more information comes out. If you are interested in learning more about youth group or youth activities in our congregation, please reach out to amber@firstuucolumbus.org

Larry Drake, Lisa Brandt, Greg Denby and I facilitated the last Town Hall conversation in September focusing on nurturing. We all presented our notes from these conversations. CT will be reviewing our notes and reporting back on actionable items at our next meeting. The next Town Hall will be on February 2nd. The question will be: How can we, as a congregation, better work for justice through learning? Please plan on joining us in Beach Hall!

Phew–A lot of updates this month!


Opportunities and Reminders

Flu Shots – above expectations!
Final count was 160 people received flu shots at First UU. We vastly outperformed the Health Department expectations – and planning. They ran out of some versions of the vaccine and also ran out of bandaids! Next year, they’ll be ready. And so will we.
Thanks to Holly Adams for organizing!

Helpful Hints
New Table and Chair Movers/Stackers
As part of our ongoing project to update Beach Hall, we have a new table mover and 16 chair stackers. Here’s the deal:

– all long folding tables should be placed on the table mover (stored in the old chair closet). All tables should be stored after Sundays and other events.

– all new blue chairs should be stacked 7-8 high on the rolling chair movers (can be stored in old chair closet). Note that these can be very easily moved to needed location – and retuned when finished.

Marian Garcia is working on curtains for the closets that have windows. As soon as that is complete, we will be moving what is stored where. Stay tuned for more info.

***Middle HourMiddle HourMiddle Hour***
It’s a happening place! Come early, stay late. There is something for everyone.

Middle Hour is an exciting and changing mix of Forums, Theme Talks, Learning Labs, Sampler Groups, Creative Space, Tabletop Conversations, and more! It all happens between services from 10:10–10:45.

Here is this week’s Middle Hour lineup:

LEARNING LAB (Room #301)
Personal Finance
Led by Patricia Boughton. All are welcome.

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS (Room B – near kitchen)
a self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…

TABLETOP CONVERSATIONS (Beach Hall near the windows)
Organized by Amber Scott and Kelli McNeal
Intentional conversations on an evolving set of topics.

You’re invited!
Pathways to Membership

In our Pathways classes, we give an overview of Unitarian Universalism and our congregation at First UU Columbus. We explain the next steps to becoming a member and what being a member of First UU means. We always recommend taking the class before deciding to join because of the valuable information provided in the class, and the wonderful connections you will make with your classmates. Your participation in the class does not obligate you to join but you will have the info you need and you’ll make new connections.

You are invited to register and participate on either: 

Saturday, Nov. 9th from 9am-1pm
Wednesday, Nov. 13th from 6pm-9pm

Clicking on either link above will take to you a short registration form. We are looking forward to the great conversations we will share!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kelli McNeal

Congregational Life Coordinator


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).

Wednesday, November 7th, 7pm, Beach Hall
Presentation: Eating on $4.50 a Day
Presenter: Carol Smathers, OSU Associate Professor
Carol Smathers is an OSU Associate Professor who teaches and conducts research on providing healthier options and to encourage healthier eating. Since January 2018, her household food budget has been $1.50/meal/person, so groceries for one week (2 people, 21 meals each) do not exceed $63. Using lots of photos, she will share how she eats delicious meals that follow USDA MyPlate guidelines. Data on food costs, food deserts, fast food, and food insecurity are woven throughout the presentation.

Friday, November 9th, 6:30–9pm, Beach Hall
First Friday Potluck and fun
Please join us for a potluck and Harry Potter-themed activities. Get sorted into a Hogwarts house, and then choose your wand (or will it choose you?). Potion making, spells, Quidditch tag, and more! Bring enough food to share and we will also enjoy Hogsmeade favourites: bangers & mash, Shepherd’s Pie (including vegetarian) and, of course, Butterbeer. We’ll have activities for all ages, including adults! Dress up if you like.

Daylight Savings – Fall back 1 hr.
Sunday, November 3rd, 9 & 11am, Sanctuary
Please Report Suspicious (Relgious) Activity
Rev. Marian

Are we afraid of what is different? Curious? As we delve into our Unitarian Universalist third source, wisdom from the world’s religions, we lift up what has informed our own faith. We’ll also explore how does religion help us going forward.


UU Justice Ohio (UUJO) 2019 Annual Assembly: Envision Justice
Saturday, Nov. 9th, 10am–4pm,
Methodist Theological School (MTCO), Delaware, OH

Featuring: Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Executive Directory, Ohio Council of Churches

Keynote: “Where There Is a Vision of Love and Justice, People Flourish”

Workshops: Transgender Justice, Immigration, Gerrymadering/Fair Voting Maps, Poverty, and discussion of “Those Things that Divide Us.

Lunch: provided by MTSO’s excellent farm-table program and includes vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore options.

Register: www.uujo.org

Thursdays, 11am (Every Thursday)
Unity Walk for Immigration Justice

You are invited to join us on a Unity Walk, a silent march and time of prayer outside the LeVeque Tower, 50 West Broad Street. Faith leaders, immigrant activists and community members are invited to walk in solidarity with individuals and families whose basic humanity is being denied by our unjust and immoral immigration system. Though we walk in silence, our actions speak to the injustices that our communities face.

This building houses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices. During the march, we walk in prayerful silence and pause at the front of the building where we join together in prayer.

Though we walk in silence, our actions speak to the injustices that our communities face. We call today for a system that:

  • puts an end to the detentions and deportations that shatter immigrant lives and families
  • protects the rights of all workers, immigrant and non-immigrant alike
  • enshrines the shared values of our faith communities and our nation at large: the values of justice compassion, kindness and generosity
  • gives immigrant communities the right to remain with their families, with their communities, in their schools, and in their places of worship

If you are driving, please note that parking can be challenging downtown. The LaVeque Tower parking garage can be accessed from Front Street. There is a parking lot adjacent to the west side of COSI. The Statehouse parking garage is being renovated and may be full due to having fewer spaces than usual.  Or take the bus–get off at Broad and High and walk West on Broad Street to Front Street.

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