Tuesday Talk

While Rev. Marian is away with her family (and a few days this week with fellow colleagues at the Senior Ministers of Large UU Churches gathering) this column will be hosted by others. Thank you Rev. Eric for hosting this week.


You know the phrase, A picture is worth a thousand words? Well, here’s a photo taken of  the annual Church Auction held last Saturday:

A great time was had by all. Rev Marian joins me in shouting out Thanks to everyone involved in putting the evening together, helping with decorations, cooking, and organizing everything under the sun!

Hat’s off to our Auction Team for another job spectacularly well done! And to everyone who contributed and/or the many wonderful auction items. Together, we flew high, indeed!

Opportunities and Reminders

YES! First UU is a Teaching Congregation
We Raised the Paddle for the Intern Fund 
Thanks to the Raise the Paddle at the Auction and additional gifts, we have enough money in our Intern Fund to begin the search. THANK YOU! We might get lucky and find an intern for next church year, if not we will be first in line for the following year. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who donated for our future.
If you missed the auction and would like to add to the fund, please contact Rev. Marian.

***Middle HourMiddle HourMiddle Hour***
Sunday, 10:15–10:45am
Learning Lab: Ohio Votes and UU the Vote efforts
Room #301
Facilitator: Chris Johnson

Voters have been purged from Ohio’s voting rolls without notice. Come and see how to check if you are registered or show others how to check. Also see how to help someone register to vote.
Middle Hour is Fun!
Creative Expressions
Room A/B
Join Deb Baillieul in the Creative Expressions corner to explore emotions. Work with play dough to explore strong hard feelings.


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).

Friday, February 28th, 11am, Sanctuary
Celebration of Life: Ron Starbuck

Sunday, March 1st, 9am & 11am, Sanctuary
“UU Source: Jewish and Christian” with First UU’s Jewish and Christian class
Join us as the Jewish and Christian Scripture class presents how these ancient texts are interpreted for UUs today. (Note: this class was begun last year by our Ministerial Intern Amanda Hays. It is now lead by a team of three First UUers.)

Friday, March 6th, 6:30pm, Beach Hall
First Friday Dinner  
Our traditional First Friday dinner will be followed by a discussion of the recent move Just Mercy. Any who participated in the church screening trip to see the film, or who saw it independently are encouraged to take part.
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.


Jennifer with her twin daughters at the “And Then They Came for Me” concert to support First UU’s Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance (FILA). We have helped Jennifer and others with legal fees to obtain U-Visas and Asylum status.
We are keeping families together and saving lives.



Racial Justice & Immigration Support—Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 29th, 10–11:30am
Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave.
Prayer + Action Gathering with Edith Espinal
Prayer service in solidarity with Edith and other sanctuary leaders in the National Sanctuary Collective.

Friday, March 6th, 11am
I-670 and Cleveland Avenue
Banner Drop in Support of Miriam Vargas

Saturday, March 7th, 6:30pm
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

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.

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February 27, 1807
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, ME. He taught modern languages at Bowdoin College in Maine and at Harvard University in Massachusetts. His many famous poems included “Psalm of Life,” “Excelsior,” “The Song of Hiawatha,” “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” “Tales of a Wayside Inn,” and “Evangeline.” A friend of the Transcendentalists of the Concord-Cambridge area, Longfellow was the brother of Samuel Longfellow. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the most famous American poet of his time, at home and abroad, and was especially loved in England, where he received honorary degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge. His house in Cambridge, once a center of the intellectual life in the Boston area, is now maintained by the National Park Service, which gives historical tours and hosts cultural events. Longfellow died in March 1882.
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