Tuesday Talk 11/26/2019

 

Catch our very own Amber Scott in roller derby action, this Saturday, at The Skatemare Before Christmas! Amber (aka “Peach”) will be skating for Team Halloween in Ohio Roller Derby’s Christmas vs. Halloween showdown!

Tuesday Talk

Last week I wrote about the squirrels having a grand time playing in a huge tree in a neighbors yard. Then on Wednesday as I was leaving for work, I heard a chainsaw. I looked out and sure enough, there was a bucket truck with workers in neon orange vests hauling down limbs from the squirrel tree. They were just getting started and I had to leave for work. My stomach was in knots not knowing what I would come home to. Since the property line features a buried high pressure gas pipeline (never mind that I protested pipelines at Standing Rock!), and the tree branched out over the clearance zone, I was ready for the worst.

Thankfully (I am grateful!) the workers just trimmed off lower branches that hung over a garage. My stomach was gradually returning to normal when I saw the squirrels. There were still plenty of branches to run, leap, and play. Whew. Close call.

Maybe I can blame the squirrels, but probably not. I knew I needed more playfulness in my life and Ms. Maddie Catty needed a playmate. Long story short, for the first time since childhood, I now have a puppy. Of course I named her Fiona (as in Fiona Hill). She is a miniature Australian Shepherd and full of puppy energy. Let’s just say, I’m on a steep learning curve and am exhausted. Good thing she is so cute.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Safe travels, happy cooking, and enjoy family, friends, and strangers – whomever is at your table. And if you can, take time out to play – either squirrel style or puppy style. 🙂

Blessings,
Rev. Marian

Ms. Maddie Catty checking out her new puppy friend Fiona (Hill).
“What have you brought into my house!”
(They are beginning to get along, despite initial claws and paws.)
Entertainment Suggestions

Jan Waters (First UUer and SYCer) came in the office this week bubbling over with excitement about the new Mr. Rogers movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 5/5 stars.

Rev. Marian recommends the encore showing of “Akhnatten” presented by The Met Opera. Philip Glass’s spellbinding masterpiece, on the Met stage for the first time, stars Anthony Roth Costanzo as the daring ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, appearing opposite J’Nai Bridges as his powerful wife, Nefertiti. The Met’s dazzling production also features an eye-catching company of acrobats and jugglers, and is led by world-renowned conductor Karen Kamensek. The encore showing is Dec. 4th. Follow this link for more info, location, and tickets.

Youth Group PIE Sale was a yummy success!
Rev. Marian got a slice of pie and says it was one of the best apple pies she’s ever had! Next year she’s ordering early. 🙂

SHOUT OUTS!
Opportunities and Reminders

Thanks!
Bread bakers and helpers
Thank you so much for helping to make Sunday’s Bread communion so deliciously wonderful. I heard many compliments about the bread. Thank you for all of your hard work baking, slicing, preparing the baskets, and serving.

Our congregation would not be the same without each one of us contributing to the whole. Together we create a loving community – and one that knows good bread!

***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 (Library)
POSTCARD Writing Session
Host: Ohma Willette
Let your rage out — on a postcard!
Does rage boil in you about guns, bullies, crumbling bridges, income inequality, low voter turnout, racial profiling, the border wall, ICE or something else? Splash your rage boldly across a postcard — during Middle Hour — We’ll have postcards, stamps, pens and addresses. Express YOUR rage! Speak out. Express your distress. Will you get a response? Unlikely. Still, YOU have expressed your pain. Think of the postal workers who might read your words and the staff person who sorts the mail and the one who delivers it. Don’t forget the individual who empties the trash — your words could reach beyond the intended. Does it do any good? It could help you put your pain into words — that’s a positive

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS (Room B – near kitchen)
a self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…
Help make holiday postcards to send to our partner church in Bolon, Romania.

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

THIS WEEK

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, November 28th, 2–3:30pm, Beach Hall
Thanksgiving Dinner
(should have already RSVP’d)
We meet again to share our blessings and the joy of community. Returning by popular demand is our Gratitude Tree and Talent Show. We need two volunteers to bring a turkey, which can be prepared at the church. We also need volunteers for setup and clean up. We ask for a $5 donation for dinner. We will eat promptly at 2pm.

Saturday, November 30th, Beach Hall
6:00 Potluck; 7:15 beginners; 8–10:30 dance
All Soles Contra and Square Dance
Round out your Holiday weekend with Potluck, Community, and Dance!!

Live music…all dances will be taught…beginners welcome!
A potluck will kick off our holiday-weekend evening. Please bring a dish to share. Tableware and drinks will be provided.
New to dancing? A beginners’ session will get you started. You will learn some basic figures that will be repeated in the evening’s dances. All dances will be taught and no partner is needed
Dancing including free childcare is available in a nearby classroom.
Cost is $8 for adults; $4 ages 12-25; and free for those under 12.
For more information, visit: www.firstuucolumbus.org/all-soleswww.bigscioty.com

Sunday, December 1st, 9 & 11am, Sanctuary
Living into the E-word
Kelli McNeal and Rev. Marian

What are our principles calling us to as Unitarian Universalists? What do we do when our instincts tell us to do one thing, but our principles call us to a different path? Together, we’ll take a deep dive into one of our principles and ask the difficult questions about our principles and values.

SAVE THE DATE…
Senior Gathering
Thursday, December 5th

– 10:45 Come to enjoy Karen Thimmes’ piano music
– 11:00 Rev. Marian and Rev. Eric will welcome those in attendance.
Program: “The Roads I’ve Lived On in my UU Life: A Show and Tell Story” Rev. Alison Wohler, First UU member and Minister Emerita, UU Society of Amherst, MA.
– 12:00 noon Lunch in Beach Hall
Please make your reservation by Sunday, December 1, office or 614-267-4946, ext. 210.HOLIDAY FAIR
Sunday, December 8th, after both services, Beach Hall

• Cookie Fair
Bake 2–4 dozen of your favorite holiday treat and bring them to Beach Hall on Sunday morning. Then, visit the Cookie Fair tables to mix-and-match to fulfill all of your holiday needs. Proceeds support the Holiday Appeal. Cookie Monsters (aka Cookie Managers): Donna Greenman, Donna Adassa, Marylou MacDonald.

• Coming of Age (CoA) Project Fundraiser
Money raised will be used to fill food boxes to be given to Columbus families who live in a food desert. Each food box costs $20.

• Bookstore and Fair Trade
Complete your holiday shopping with books and environmentally friendly items, including coffee.

4th Annual Interfaith Prayer Gathering & Potluck
Sunday, December 8th, 4:30-7:30pm
Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Clark State Rd., Gahanna.
IACO Liaison: Karen Dawson
Join us as we look at our planet from the perspective of nine different faiths. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to office@iaco.org.

Labyrinth
December 26–January 1

Coordinator: Cath Saveson
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.
Musicians are invited to perform contemplative music to provide a meditative environment for labyrinth walkers. Sign up to provide music

First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me! 
Saturday, February 22, 2020
To really take off, we’ll need many donations to zoom in and take the bidding sky high! You can donate from the auction website or email.  We’ll have a table in Beach Hall starting near the end of November, then on January 5 and February 9 we will have Auction 101 sessions during Middle Hour to share auction information and answer questions.

Save your stuff!
Rummage Sale
May 22, 2020 weekend

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.

JUSTICE UPDATES

Contact U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown NOW
Edith on HUNGER STRIKE!
Can you stand with Edith? She is in the 90th-plus hour of her hunger strike to persuade Senator Sherrod Brown to visit her in Sanctuary. (Edith began her hunger strike on Friday at 7pm.) This will be her third Thanksgiving in Sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church.Her strength and leadership have a worldwide reach. She keeps fighting so that she can be reunited with her family.

Please call U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s offices and ask for a response to Edith’s invitation to visit her.

Columbus office:  614.469.2083
D.C. office:  202.224.2315

#fastwithEdith
#let Edithstay
SolidaritywithEdith.org

THIS MOMENT IN UU HISTORY
Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
November 29, 1879
John Haynes Holmes was born in Philadelphia, PA. He served Unitarian churches in MA and NY, with his most important ministry at Community Church in New York City, which he integrated. Holmes was a leader in liberal thought, especially the application of liberal theology to social causes. He was a pacifist in World War I, preached economic socialism, helped form the American Civil Liberties Union, and was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Holmes was also among he first Americans to recognize the importance of Mohandas Gandhi of India and became his chief American publicist. He died on April 3, 1964.