Tuesday Talk

 

Masterpieces from Sunday’s Creative Expressions Middle Hour.
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Tuesday Talk

Early in my ministerial career, I wrote a newsletter article titled “Three Funerals and a Fire”. It was a strange set of circumstances that lead to a most unusual week. It involved among other things, a bar, doves on a fishing pier, a boat, a ferry, Australia, raking leaves, and sleeping with a box. Ask me sometime and I’ll fill in the details.

Life has once again conspired to recreate the scenario, only with very different details and locale. Both times, the actual circumstances were very serious and heartbreaking. It was the details that made that earlier week standout. This time however, I am looking for the relief that helps to hold all that is.

With the tragic death of Paul Evans from a house fire, the personal loss of a long-time friend, who was the wife of Rev. Lois who spoke at my installation here three years ago, the sudden death of another long-time friend, and of course, the pending death of my mom, life has come full circle, and then some.

When we are close to someone, it is hard to see beyond the grief.  Yet, we cannot get lost in grief, even if it beckons and claims us for a while. Rev. Lois waited vigil for weeks by the bedside and when others asked what they could do, she asked that friends send pictures of people or things they loved. It was such a humble request reaching for beauty and love when the heart is breaking.

It doesn’t take death or tragedy to make us sad. We all have circumstances in our lives that bring grief, worry, or disruption. What do you do to break the cycle? Do you find moments of humor in the midst of collapse? Do you reach out, asking for things of beauty and love?

We will celebrate Paul’s life on Friday (at 10am) just as other lives will be celebrated in due time. I am reminded how important it is to tell your loved ones how much you love them, tell your friends how much you appreciate them, and yes, smile at life. You never know when circumstances align in some weird way again.

It is a blessing to be alive, to live life to its fullest, and to love as if it matters.

With much love and appreciation for you all,
🙂 Rev. Marian

Auction team planning meeting discussing donations and how much better we would feel if we had more of them by Sunday’s catalog print deadline!
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SHOUT OUTS!
Opportunities and Reminders

First UU congregation!
Thank you for attending our mid-year meeting! We had a quorum and talked about all the great things going on as well as the leaky roof challenge. (We’re working on it and will keep you posted.) Overall, we are on track for a great year: good financials, 18 new members since August, and lots of engagement. Your Board, ministers, staff, and volunteers are working hard to make Sunday services meaningful, provide quality programming for all ages, and make sure our space is well cared for. Biggest thanks goes to you, First UU members and friends, for making our community so fabulous. Let’s keep it going strong. 🙂

Thank you to Wahru, Rev. Ron Payne, Julia, Ben, our choirs, and all who made our Sunday service honoring MLK’s life and legacy so special. Now, for the work….

Registration is open! Sign up NOW! 
Beloved Conversations
Retreat: Jan. 31–Feb. 1
Sessions: every other week for 8 weeks

A small-group program that helps congregations talk about race and ethnicity, and explore how we can use this experience to help create a more just world.
Childcare provided upon request.
$75, scholarships available.
If you have any questions, email Rev. Eric or call him at 614/267-4946.

Donation deadline is this Sunday!
From our Auction Team…

Our First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me!
Saturday, February 22 at 5 pm.
We need many donations in order to make our auction “take off”! Donations must be received by January 26 to appear in the printed catalog. You can enter your items online or by filling out a form at our auction table in Beach Hall after each service. At the auction table you can also sign up for childcare, to bring an appetizer, to volunteer, and to get your questions answered. Can’t think about what to donate? Ask us! We have lots of suggestions.

From our Nominating Committee…
Want to meet new people, contribute to the church, and learn new things? Do you know someone who would be a good leader and representative for our church? The Nominating Committee would love to hear from you!

You are invited to submit a nomination form telling us about yourself or someone else who you think would make a good leader. Submitting your name, or someone else’s, is not an obligation. It’s an invitation to a conversation about potentially serving on the Nominating Committee, Board of Trustees, or as Moderator. And, if these positions aren’t your thing, we can put you in touch with Kelli McNeal, our Congregational Life Coordinator, to review other opportunities.

Explore getting involved! Help your friends get involved! The online form is here, or if you prefer to put pen to paper, hard copy versions will be available at the church starting on January 26th; just see a member of the Nominating Committee. If you would like to get in touch with us about any other matters, send an email to the Nominating Committee at nominating@firstuucolumbus.org.

Is an Intern in our future???
Contribute a Teaching Share to the Intern Fund 
If we would like to have a ministerial intern in the coming years, we have to put the funds in place now. In order to say ‘yes’ to a school and a potential intern, we have to know that we can uphold our promise. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Rev. Marian soon.

***Middle HourMiddle HourMiddle Hour***
Sunday, 10:15–10:45am
Hosted TableTop Conversations: Environment
Beach Hall (near window)
Facilitator: Brian Hagemann 

Join the JAM (Justice Action Ministry) Environmental Working Group for a variety of conversations focused on the environment.Learning Lab: Beloved Conversations
Room 301
Facilitator: Tony Skrabak

We can answer any questions you have about the Beloved Conversations program.
Middle Hour is Fun for Everyone!
Creative Expressions
Room A/B
Paint a Masterpiece During Middle Hour!
Join Janet Mangini in the Creative Expressions corner for a fun painting activity! Children and youth of all ages will have the opportunity to create works of art that will be sold at the church auction, or scanned to create items such as greeting cards!
Board Chair Allie Bonsteel and Moderator Bill Fiorini leading the Mid-Year Congregational Meeting.

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).

Wednesday, January 22nd, 7:30pm, Room A/B
Long Strange Trip: Our UU History, Part V
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. All are welcome.

Friday, January 24th, 10am, Sanctuary
Celebration of Life: Paul Thomas Evans

CONCERT
Saturday, January 25th
, 7:00pm, Sanctuary
Laura Camara and the Jake Reed Jazz Trio
Featuring music by the great jazz composer and pianist Duke Ellington. $10.

Sunday, January 26th, 9am & 11am, Sanctuary
“Your Experience with the Universe is Your Authority”
with Dana Reynolds and Kelli McNeal
In our faith tradition, authority draws on our experience and is informed by reason, not a creed. Today we’ll look at how that authority influences “power with” instead of “power over” religion.

SAVE THE DATE…
Concert to Benefit Immigrants
And Then They Came for Me Concert
Sunday, February 2nd, 3:00—4:30pm, Sanctuary
Benefitting FUU’s Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance (FILA)
Featuring:  Starlit Ways, Crazy Faith Freedom Choir, and Abby Moulton.  Emcee: Eric Gnezda, award-winner songwriter and PBS host.
Tickets: $20, cash or check (payable to FUU) at the door
Reserve tickets online.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 2, 2020 (Saturday)

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

UU Living Legacy Tour!
Tour Deep South civil rights historical sites and meet people who were there.
Friends who are members of the UU church in Champaigne – Urbana, IL, invited First UUers to join them on a UU Living Legacy Project tour to historical civil rights sites. One highlight is we get to cross the bridge in Selma and speak to people who were part of that historical moment.Early registration, (which includes a discount) is open now. They need a minimum of 30 for the pilgrimage to take place.The tittle of this tour is: Multi-Generational UU Living Legacy Pilgrimage. It’s scheduled for March 16 to the 20th, departs from Memphis, lasts 5 days & 4 nights. Anyone age 12 and over can come.The IL folks have the option of traveling to Memphis on Amtrak. Would be more logical for us to carpool! Memphis is 600 mi. from Columbus. For more information, click here.

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.

THIS MOMENT IN UU HISTORY
Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
January 20, 1566
Francis Dávid, who later converted Prince John Sigismund of Transylvania to Unitarianism, gave his first Unitarian oration in the main church of Kolosvar, Transylvania.