Tuesday Talk

Greetings! Our Church Administrator, Brian Hagemann, is guest editing this week’s edition. He has exciting news about flying!

Hey there folks!
Do you love to fly?  I do.  Love it.  Everything about it — from the people watching at the airport while waiting (yes even the waiting), the boarding process, seeing the excitement (and boredom) of travel for the variety of passengers along for the ride.  Making up fun little stories in my head about all the people I see… and if at ALL possible and I can get a window seat, I’m good for hours upon hours with that new perspective on our world.  I guess I just don’t fly enough for it to become routine.

Well… we have our own dose of excitement coming here this week with our Annual Auction Dinner and Social Event!  This years theme is “Come Fly With Me!”.  I’ll drop in below the pertinent details for you, but need to say that if you’re new, or have not attended an auction dinner before, you’re missing out!  I’ve been coming to auctions since 2008 when my family moved here to Columbus and each year brings new excitement and opportunity to meet folks, enjoy the wonderful appetizers, dinner and baked goods, wine and beer (new this year) and GREAT items to bid on.  No matter what your budget you WILL find things to bid on, and I recommend you especially check out the social gathering events being offered;  museum tours, guided hikes, board game parties, movie nights, excursions and more.  This is an important fundraiser for our church and everyone’s participation DOES make a difference.

We attempt every year to make this a more family friendly event and have childcare available and a special movie with popcorn for the kids!

I really hope to see you there and if I’ve in any way encouraged you to attend for the first time (or 15th!) find me at the auction this Saturday, February 22ndand let me know!

Wheels up!
Brian Hagemann
Director of Administration

Come Fly With Me!
Saturday, February 22 from 5 pm – 9:30 pm.

We want to see you here!  (We plan for 200 people, we’ve sold over 160 but with your help this Saturday we can reach our goal!).  We have heard that many people will be on vacation or out of town on Feb. 22.)

It will be really fun and the decor this year will be pretty special.    I think I heard it’s a ‘flight theme’!  😉

Tickets will be $18 at the door.  Children 10 and under are free and children between 11 and 16 are $5.   New members can attend for free.

We will have cocktails and beer in addition to wine.  The suggested donations are $3 for beer, $3 for wine, and $5 for our “Rocket Fuel,” a specially formulated (limited edition) rum-and-juice-based cocktail.

We have free child care on auction night complete with a Disney movie, popcorn, pizza, juice boxes, fruit and cookies.  (We also will be handing out Play Doh for the children who are age appropriate.  That is, there is no reason why parents with children should think that their child will not like the auction too!)

Everyone can bid in advance up until Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11:59 pm if they have already purchased a ticket.  If someone would like to bid in advance and has not bought a ticket, then they can email the auction team at auction@firstuucolumbus.org to be registered to bid online.

We hope that attendees will consider bringing a finger-friendly appetizer, or a bake sale item on auction night so everyone has enough to eat to hold them over until dinner.  If we can get bake sale items by 4pm and appetizers by 4:45 that would be helpful

We still need volunteers!  If anyone can help out in any way, have them contact the auction team at auction@firstuucolumbus.org.  We especially need help from volunteers willing to stay after the auction to help us put the worship center back into Sunday service mode for the following morning.

Kathleen Fowler and Bob Mills helping lead the Pastoral Care training workshop last week.

Opportunities and Reminders

Thank you for being an awesome member, friend, volunteer, leader, and overall supporter of all the great things we do together as a congregation. What is your amazing story???

From Nominating Committee…
Church leadership
 is an excellent way to deepen your connections to the people and mission of our church. If you know someone—including yourself!—who you think would be great in a leadership role at First UU, the Nominating Committee is taking nominations now. Forms are available from any Nominating Committee member or in the committee’s mailbox in the volunteer workroom, or you can talk to any committee member, or email us at nominating@firstuucolumbus.org. See Gina Phillips, Dana Reynolds, Shirley Lange, Heidi Drake, Kelly McConaughey, or Barb Fiorini for more information. Deadline is March 6.

***Middle HourMiddle HourMiddle Hour***
Sunday, 10:15–10:45am
Middle Hour is Educational!
Learning Lab: Wise Choices
Room #301
Facilitator: Tom Baillieul

Join Tom for a fun, interactive exploration of the life-cycle paths taken by products we use every day.
Middle Hour is Fun!
Creative Expressions
Room A/B
Self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…Middle Hour is Action!
TableTop Conversations: Democracy
Beach Hall (tables near the windows)
Facilitator: JAM’s Democracy Working Group

Join Chris Johnson and others to talk about democracy and how to UU the Vote.


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).

Tuesday, February 18, 7pm, Room 201
(monthly on third Tuesdays)
Yoga for Caregivers
Leader: Heidi Beke-Harrigan
Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a blanket/towel or two, and a small pillow.

Wednesday, February 19th, 7pm, Sanctuary
BREAD Movie Night
Sponsored by JAM (Justice Action Ministry)
Movie: Poverty, Politics and Profit: Inside America’s Affordable Housing Crisis, followed by a discussion of BREAD’s affordable housing campaign and brief updates of BREAD’s other campaigns. BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity) is Central Ohio’s 40-member congregation-based, multi-faith community organization founded by First UU and ten other congregations 23 years ago to hold local decision-makers accountable for addressing serious community problems. Contact BREAD at 614-220-9363, www.breadcolumbus.comwww.facebook.com/breadorganization

Friday, February 21st, 6:00–9:00pm, Beach Hall
Rainbow Connexion Potluck and Gathering
This group is for those who identify themselves as LGBTQIA…
Bring your favorite food to share. Stay for the meeting which will include planning fun activities, doing business, enjoying community. Most monthly gatherings include an Odyssey.
For more information, contact Barb.

Saturday, February 22nd, 5:00–9:00pm, Sanctuary, Beach Hall
First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me!
Fun! Food! Friends! Come Fly with Me! and bid on fantastic meals, events, trips, and more. Support our church at the same time.

Sunday, February 23rd, 9am & 11am, Sanctuary
“Right Here, Right Here” with Revs. Marian, Eric, Sylvia
Is love enough? Sometimes we think love is all about emotions. So why do we wear shirts wtih LOVE in big letters on bright yellow shirts? Surely, there is more.

Quorum Needed!
Sunday, February 23
rd, 12:3pm, Sanctuary
Congregational Meeting 
We will discuss the plans to finance the costs associated with repairing and replacing the roof above Slowter Lounge and the SYC/RE classrooms. Please come, a quorum is needed. Childcare will be provided.

First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me! 
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 5–9pm
The event of the year! Come Fly with Me!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.


First UU at the Theater!
Saturday, February 29, 2pm, Crooswoods Theater
Film: Just Mercy
Come join the Coming of Age class, mentors, teachers, Beloved Conversation participants, and their families for a private showing of this film, We have reserved a theater with 43 seats, so act promptly to reserve yours. If we get 43 participants, we will have a standby list. Contact Sylvia Howe for more information.

Saturday, March 7, 6:30pm, at Just North UCC, 2040 W. Henderson Road 
We Are All One People: An Interfaith Dinner and Multi-cultural Evening
Facing death threats, an Honduran family of four was forced to flee their home. Just North UCC has taken in this family. Come meet them and hear the story of their 90-day perilous journey to find asylum in our country.
For more information and to purchase advance tickets electronically, visit: www.justnorthucc.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. Vegetarian options will be provided. All are welcome.
Tickets: $15 per person; $25 per couple/family
Sponsors: Just North, First UU, and Temple Israel

Monday, February 24th, 7–8:30pm, Room 301
Racial Justice and Immigration (RJI) JAM Working Group Please join us as we recap our recent activities and make plans for the future.  Email racialjusticeandimmigration@firstuucolumbus.org for more information.

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
February 18, 1868
Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford was ordained at Hingham, MA, becoming the first woman Universalist minister in New England.