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​3/12/2020:​ 

A Letter from Our Interim Minister

 

Dear Ones,

I am writing to let you know that all in-person church events, meetings, and services are cancelled, for now.  This decision has been made in conjunction with the church staff, the MTC (Ministry Team Council), and the Board Executive Committee.  Though it may feel overly cautious to some, it is the right thing to do.  As a faith community it is our duty and our responsibility to look out for each other as best we can and as best we know how.  And as some have said, later on it will be better to feel silly than to feel sorry.

We are not "closing" the church, but moving it - to a mostly online presence.  Church services and meetings will happen online via Zoom.  Pastoral care will happen by phone, text, messaging, mail, or Zoom - whatever works best for you.  Big events will simply be postponed until we can meet in person again.  All of this will require us to be both flexible and creative.  As we adapt to changes in how we "do" church, we won't be perfect at it but we will, with practice, get better at it.
 
Speaking of practice, one thing you can do right away is check out Zoom if you are not already familiar with it.  (Zoom is similar to Skype or Facetime.)  You can try it out with a friend who knows how to use it or watch one of their tutorials. (go to zoom.us, click on the down arrow next to the "RESOURCES" tab and then click on "Video Tutorials")

We WILL be holding a church service, on Zoom, at 10:30am Sunday morning.  We are also planning on hosting practice Zoom sessions and having coaches available by phone or email to help you get prepared.  So, please keep an eye out for updates from the church.  It will be more important than usual to check your email and/or the church's Facebook page over the coming weeks.  It will be the best way we have of staying connected to each other and staying informed. 

Though we may not see much of each other in person for a little while, we are still a community; a wonderful, loving community that cares for each other deeply.  We will continue to be together and look out for each other.  

With love and deep respect,

Rev. Michelle

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3/23/2020:

Donations to First Unitarian Church of Omaha

You can donate ONLINE by going to this web page on the church site: 

https://www.firstuuomaha.org/donate

OR send your check to the church via regular mail:


First Unitarian Church
3114 Harney St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Staff will be picking up the mail and depositing checks. We appreciate your generosity during this time. Thank you! 

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3/24/2020:

The Church Building is Closed

All events, activities, and meetings are cancelled or moved to online. Our staff members and leadership are visiting the building every day according to a schedule we have in place, but we ask that members and friends please refrain from visiting the church if you are NOT part of the MTC or staff. 

Please read your church emails and watch the church Facebook page for updates. 

Please go here to see a list of upcoming online events: www.firstuuomaha.org/events

If you need assistance with online events or need some other help, please send an email to MTC@firstuuomaha.org.

Please stay healthy! Thank you! 

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3/25/2020:

Online Church Events Are Happening

Be sure to see all the upcoming online church events on our web page here: www.firstuuomaha.org/events

And join us on on Zoom online on Sunday! Go here to see upcoming services: www.firstuuomaha.org/sundayservices

To learn about online religious education for children and youth, please go here: www.firstuuomaha.org/re-news 

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3/26/2020: 

ALERT: EMAIL SCAMS

Dear Church Friends and Members,

It's come to our attention that some members of our congregation have received emails today that appear to come from Rev. Michelle. These emails ask for the person to purchase gift cards online and to send the gift card codes via email. These messages are scams. The email may appear to be from Rev. Michelle, but the email address is NOT the minister's email address. Often the person who is pretending to be the minister will say they are not available by phone and to only email them back. That's a red flag. The first email the scammer sends usually says something like the minister needs your help. If you respond, the scammer will then ask you to do something--usually purchase gift cards or ask you to give them personal information.

The minister and the church office and church staff will NEVER ask you to purchase gift cards or send your credit card information or other private information via an email.

When you doubt, the best thing to do is NOT respond to the email. Contact the person who is supposedly sending the email by PHONE and be sure to look up the company or person's phone number yourself. Don't trust the info in the suspicious email.

You can read more about these email scams here--from a recent UU World article about email scams:

www.uuworld.org/articles/church-gift-card-scam?fbclid=IwAR18ZyRXQO4-hxhoBmTm6r0CtlspW2HpMrwmOrnfjP7eo0_XvzXK1toHjB0

You can notify Gmail of this email scam at https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse to file a case.

You can also notify the State of Nebraska at https://protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov/report-scam

The church office has contacted the authorities when this email scam has happened in the past, but it has started up again. If you did receive a phishing email, please report it.

For examples of these email scans, please see page 16 in the January newsletter.

Thank you,
The Church Office

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3/29/2020: 

Need Help with Online Events? 

All online church events and classes are happening on Zoom, an online video-conferencing service. Do you need help with this? We have a team of church volunteers ready to help you use Zoom. If you need assistance, please email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org and one of our church volunteers will get back to you. Please include your first name and your phone number in case we need to call you. If there's a Zoom event you want to attend, we suggest getting into it at least 10-15 minutes before it starts if it's your first time.

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3/29/2020: 

Caring Note

We are sad to inform you that longtime church member Lana Hammel has passed away. Click here to read the obituary. 
As of right now, there are no plans for a service. Memorials are suggested to First Unitarian Church and the Nebraska Humane Society. 

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3/30/2020:

Religious Ed Classes - Reminder

First Unitarian Religious Education will be continuing online for children and youth who wish to stay connected with our community during this time. To simplify things, all classes will now have the same Zoom link, and the link will be the same each week, accessing different classes at different times.

 

Need the Zoom link? Email dre@firstuuomaha.org

Please include your first and last name with your email request.

 

Need help with Zoom? Email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org

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3/31/2020:

Stewardship Campaign 2020

This year's theme for the Stewardship Campaign is Stoking the Flames of Gratitude. The Stewardship Team is looking toward all of you to help us begin to kindle the spiritual practices of gratitude and generosity. There are so many things to be grateful for as we actively participate together in this intentional community, continue our transition, and look forward to a Settled Minister.

All Stewardship events have been postponed. We will notify the congregation when we have new dates! 

Pledge Forms: All church members and friends should have received pledge forms via mail at the beginning of March.  Click here to download a PDF of the pledge form. Print, fill it out, and mail the pledge form to the church office. Thank you! Every pledge is important! ​

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​​4/1/2020:

Upcoming Sunday service online: 

​Sunday, April 5 at 10:30am

​​​​Rev. Oscar Sinclair from the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, guest speaker

​​ONLINE Sunday Service  

​​Join Zoom Meeting
https://uuma.zoom.us/j/124198681

​Please include your first and last name when you log into Zoom, and please try to arrive to the online service 5-10 minutes early. 

​Need help with Zoom? Email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org 

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​4/2/2020: 

First UU Easter Scavenger Hunt!

Hello First UU families!
In this time of social distancing we can’t all meet for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, however, we’d love to celebrate this time of rebirth as a community.  Your RE Team has come up with the idea of an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt across the city. You can hang Easter pictures at your house or drive around to find Easter pictures or do both! Both activities are open to anyone and are completely inter-generational.
 
If you would like to be a STOP on our Easter Scavenger Hunt or participate please go here to learn more: www.firstuuomaha.org/re-news

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4/3/2020:

CommUUNity Night is Still Here and Happening Tonight! 

Obviously, we need to practice good social distancing, but we still want to see all our CommUUnity Night friends. We aren’t sure exactly how this will look, because it’s our first attempt, but we have set up a Zoom Meeting that can be joined anytime between 6pm and 7pm TONIGHT, Friday, April 3rd.
 
Since we can’t share food, we’ll have to share stories! Bring a story of hope or joy or madness in the time of social distancing to share with the group. You can eat your dinner at this time, or not. Obviously, kid and pet noises are absolutely fine during this time and everyone is welcome. Pajamas are great, but make sure you’re wearing pants! (This is a family-friendly event, after all.)

Need the link to the Zoom event? Email admin@firstuuomaha.org.

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​4/4/2020:

Chat with the Minister, Rev. Michelle LaGrave

Looking for some time to connect with your community? Each week we will provide an open time for connecting with the minister and with each other while we are unable to meet in person.

Please join us any Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Our next Chat with the Minister happens Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM central

Need the link? Email admin@firstuuomaha.org -- please use your first and last name with your email request. 

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​4/5/2020

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Need Help with Online Events? 

All online church events and classes are happening on Zoom, an online video-conferencing service. Do you need help with this? We have a team of church volunteers ready to help you use Zoom. If you need assistance, please email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org and one of our church volunteers will get back to you. Please include your first name and your phone number in case we need to call you. If there's a Zoom event you want to attend, we suggest getting into it at least 10-15 minutes before it starts if it's your first time.

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4/5/2020:

Donations to First Unitarian Church of Omaha

You can donate ONLINE by going to this web page on the church site: 

www.firstuuomaha.org/donate

OR send your check to the church via regular mail:


First Unitarian Church
3114 Harney St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Staff will be picking up the mail and depositing checks. We appreciate your generosity during this time. Thank you! 

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​4/6/2020: 

New Church Publication 

The first issue of Chalice Connection, a quarterly magazine published by First Unitarian Church of Omaha, is now available. This magazine is about connection. Our church members and staff will share stories of gratitude and experience, poems, reflections, and church history in each issue. We hope you enjoy it, and please consider submitting to our next issue which will come out in July.   


To see the magazine online, go to this link:  
https://12b46bfc-2dbb-193a-6f93-c40b0c7091d5.filesusr.com/ugd/6ac81d_2d63aabd41064eea80bdf9e029e7e5d2.pdf

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4/7/2020:

Contribution Statements Have Been Sent

A Message from Our Treasurer

On April 6th, we sent out contribution statements. Some of you elected to receive your contribution statement by email, others by regular mail.  We send statements in April because the church financial year ends on April 30 and we want to provide the latest information on current-year pledges. Note: Pledges or contributions received in the last few days may not appear because they have not yet been recorded in our system.  There will be contributions during the month of April, but if you are more than a month behind and want to make a one-time credit card contribution, you can do that by going here:  www.firstuuomaha.org/donate

Select Annual Operating Fund, enter the amount you wish to contribute, and click on Next.

We realize that in these difficult times, not everyone is in a position to pay their pledge.  If you are among those who are out of work as a result of the pandemic, please do not worry about any amount you have not yet paid. It is important, however, for those of us who have not been financially impacted to pay our pledges because the church is committed to continue paying our staff and meeting our other obligations.  If you have questions or did not receive a statement, please contact treasurer@firstuuomaha.org.

If you have not pledged for the coming year, it is not too late.  Send an email note to treasurer@firstuuomaha.org. 

Thank you for your support of the church and its programs.

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​​4/7/2020:

​An Update from the Ministerial Search Committee of First Unitarian Church of Omaha

The Ministerial Search Committee is delighted to announce that we have matched with a candidate to serve as our settled minister. After several months of rigorous search and discernment we are very proud to make this announcement. 
At this coming Sunday’s Online Service (Sunday, April 12), we will have a "Minister Reveal Event” where we will provide as many details about the identity of our candidate as we can at that point. Preliminary plans for our candidating week will also be addressed on Sunday. If you have questions, you can reach the Search Committee by email: searchcommittee@firstuuomaha.org

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4/8/2020:

Easter Sunday Service Online This Week
Sunday, April 12 at 10:30am
Rev. Michelle LaGrave

At this service, we will have a "Minister Reveal Event” where the Search Committee will provide as many details about the identity of our candidate as we can. Preliminary plans for our candidating week will also be addressed on Sunday.

The Zoom link for Sunday's service: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/124198681
Please arrive to the Zoom event 5-10 minutes early. We will be using the Zoom waiting room feature to screen out any uninvited intruders. Please be sure that you put your first and last name as the Zoom username so the host will know that you are someone who should be allowed in. If you need the dial-in instructions, please email admin@firstuuomaha.org and include your phone number so we can send you the Zoom number and access code, and let the host know your number belongs to an invited guest.

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4/9/2020:

Pathways to Membership Class Reminder

 

This class via Zoom will start TODAY, Thursday 4/9 at 6:30pm  (Zoom event information below) and takes place on consecutive Thursdays: 4/16, 4/23, and 4/30. Each class builds off the next, so please plan to attend all four weeks (where possible, of course, I understand if you have to miss a week). 

This class is designed for newcomers, those wanting to join the church, and members alike. It offers a chance to discuss our journeys together.  I hope you can make it.  RSVP please! Send an email to: coordinator@firstuuomaha.org

The link to the Zoom event: 
https://zoom.us/j/656080878

Meeting ID: 656 080 878

If you need the dial-in instructions, please email coordinator@firstuuomaha.org and include your phone number so Carrie can send you the Zoom number and access code and identify you when you join the event. 

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4/9/2020:

Sharing Your Pronouns & Changing Your Name on Zoom 

During a Zoom call, you have the ability to change your display name and/or share your pronouns with others.

If you are joining a Zoom call from your phone or tablet, first you need to go to the "Participants" icon at the bottom (or top) of your screen. Then, you will click on your name and select "Rename".

If you are joining a Zoom call from your computer, go to your video square and click. From the menu that appears, select "Rename".

Please note: changes made in a Zoom call may reset once you leave the call. To make permanent changes to how your name is displayed, you will need to login to your account at zoom.us and edit your profile settings.

Need help with Zoom? Email our volunteer team: zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org

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4/10/2020:

The First UU Easter Scavenger Hunt Starts Saturday:

Click here for the Map: https://viewer.mapme.com/firstuuomahaeasteregghunt2020

(A How To Video Tutorial can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/EggHuntTutorial)

You can go hunting anytime between Saturday, April 11th at 9am and Sunday, April 12th at 8pm.

(We want to respect people sleeping in, neighbors, dogs barking, etc.)

During the scavenger hunt hours, travel the city as a family using your map to find all the eggs.

For added fun- take pictures! We’ll cheer you on and try to create a fun collage of all the images.

While participating: PLEASE USE THOUGHTFUL SOCIAL DISTANCING. If two families arrive at the same time please wave like crazy from the car, but don’t get out of the car at the same time. Be careful about not touching things if you haven’t wiped them down yourself, etc.

Do, however, wave eagerly, blow kisses, make the “I love you” sign in sign language, or do fun dances for any congregants (or, heck, anybody) you see along the way.

Have fun! If you have questions, contact Kate Wiig at bkatewiig@gmail.com with the subject line "First UU Easter Scavenger Hunt".

Happy Hunting!
Your First UU RE Team

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4/11/2020:

New CUUPS Online Event Planned:  CUUPS Celebration of New Moon

Sunday, April 19 at 6:30pm. This ritual is going to be a bit different. While everyone loves a good full moon ritual, we decided to lead a new moon ritual. This is the time when the mood is dark. But while we can’t see her, she is still there. This is the time to set new intentions and start new plans for the month ahead, so that we can watch those intentions grow with the moon. Join us for a unique New Moon Ritual over Zoom.

If you are interested in attending this Zoom event, please email cuups@firstuuomaha.org with your first and last name and we will respond with the zoom link.

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4/12/2020:

Announcement from the Ministerial Search Committee 

After a year of work, your Search Committee is very pleased to present Reverend Shari Woodbury as our Ministerial Candidate.

What this means: We have winnowed down from written ministerial records, primary video interviews, and three pre-candidating weekends, a candidate for our church.

Rev. Shari is our choice--and we are delighted she felt the same! A "candidate" is a minister that has been chosen by the Search Committee, but who has not yet been called by congregational vote. (This is like the President-Elect at the annual meeting.)

See her introductory video here:

https://www.shariwoodbury.com/omaha.html

What's next?
Candidating Week, April 26- May 3. This is the time that the congregation gets to experience Rev. Shari's ministry--open Zoom socials, meetings with the board and various groups, staff discussions, etc. For this week, she is our minister. There is a Sunday service at the start of the week, and one at the end. After that, Rev. Woodbury will sign off and the congregation will vote (more details on that later).

You may be concerned that you will not have as much opportunity to meet Shari because of our current social distancing. During a normal candidating week, there are typically just one or two opportunities for the general congregation to chat with a candidate. That is usually a coffee hour and a social, where a room full of others are eager to say hello. We are working on designing a week where there are smaller groups and will share the schedule when it is finalized.

Questions? Email the Search Committee at searchcommittee@firstuuomaha.org

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4/13/2020:

A Message from the Sister Church Team about the Upcoming Food Pantry

Anxiety grows in Omaha as the novel coronavirus spreads. The natural responses occur in us: fight, flight, freeze. Freezing is the most logical response for most of us (hunker down at home). Flight can only help spread the virus. Fight, that’s what the medical workers, the first responders, the food service workers, the grocery store workers and others do for us. We know that the virus is most dangerous for the most vulnerable among us.

Next Saturday, April 18, our Sister Church will hold its monthly food pantry. Attendance is expected to be higher than usual, because many low-wage workers have lost their jobs. Clair needs our help to serve the vulnerable members of our community.

Before coronavirus came to Omaha, people who needed food would come into the Clair Church building, sign-in, and wait their turn to “shop” for the food items they wanted. Now, no more than ten people can be in the building at one time. All of the shoppers will stay outside. Volunteers will place pre-filled boxes of food in people’s cars. The shoppers will line-up in cars outside the building to wait their turn. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone in this situation wear a cloth facemask. This is a new recommendation, so most people will not have facemasks to wear.

Those of you who have fabric, a sewing machine, and time, please make facemasks to donate to the shoppers at the food pantry. And keep a couple for yourselves. Go to the CDC website for simple instructions:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

As always, donations of food are also needed. Pastor Portia is hoping for 200 cans of fruit and/or fruit packs. Donations of personal bottles of hand sanitizer and cloth face masks are also welcome.

Drop them off between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at: Clair Memorial United Methodist Church (5544 Ames Ave., Omaha)
 
At the drive-up door on the east side, under the canopy.

Those of you with a heroic streak, consider volunteering at the pantry. Six volunteers are needed. It is no more risky than working at Hy-Vee. You must be young-ish, healthy, not pregnant, and not living with or caring for a medically vulnerable person. You should also be conscientious and assertive with the best COVID19 hygiene practices. You should bring your own cloth facemask, latex or vinyl gloves, and hand sanitizer.

  • Two volunteers from First U are needed to box donations at Clair Church on April 17 between 1 and 4 p.m.

  • Two volunteers from First U are needed on Saturday, April 18, starting at 9 a.m., to hand out face masks to the people waiting in cars outside the church.

  • Two more volunteers from First U are needed to help place boxes of food in people’s cars on April 18, starting at 10 a.m.

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Mark Loscutoff at mark.loscutoff@gmail.com or 402-250-2791.

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4/13/2020:

NEW PARENT CHAT EVENT ONLINE

All parents of children in our RE programs (nursery through 12th grade) are invited to join Machaela for Parents Chat on

Monday, April 13th at 9:30 PM. The Zoom meeting can be accessed at this link: https://zoom.us/j/7873284055. Please include your first and last name in your Zoom username so we can identify you and permit you to join the meeting. 

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4/14/2020:

RE Classes Continue Online

First Unitarian Religious Education will be continuing online for children and youth who wish to stay connected with our community during this time. To simplify things, all classes will now have the same Zoom link. Classes: 

Sunday 11:30am Elementary RE Class 
This week's class will be taught & hosted by Donna Neff. Kindergarten and preschool children are also invited to join with their parents for a chalice lighting (and however much of the class fits into their attention span).

Sunday 1:30pm Middle & High School RE Chat
This will be an informal chat time. Check in with each other, talk about the past week, and discuss creative ways to stay connected and utilize your time during social distancing. All middle and high school students are welcome to join us, even if you have not been regularly attending on Sunday mornings.

Special parent chats online will take place Monday evenings. 

YRUU will meet online at the usual time, Wednesday nights at 7:00pm.

Questions?  Need the Zoom link? Email Christina at DRE@firstuuomaha.org.

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4/15/2020:

This letter about our candidate will be sent out today to church members who receive mailed newsletters instead of emails. Please share this with your church friends you know who do not check their email:

Dear Member of First Unitarian Church of Omaha,

If you have not heard, your Ministerial Search Committee is very pleased to present Rev. Shari Woodbury as our ministerial candidate!

What this means: We have winnowed down from written ministerial records, primary video-interviews, and three pre-candidating weekends, our candidate. Rev. Shari is our choice—and we are delighted she felt the same! A “candidate” is a minister that has been chosen by the Search Committee, but who has not yet been called by congregational vote. (This is like the President-Elect at the annual meeting.)

If you’d like to learn more about Rev. Shari Woodbury, she has created a website. Here is the web address: www.shariwoodbury.com/omaha.html


Candidating Week is the traditional way we introduce the minister to the congregation. This is the time that the congregation gets to experience Rev. Shari's ministry, with a few changes from the norm. We would all prefer to have our candidate here in person, but in this time of pandemic and isolation, that is not an option. Instead, the Search Committee is working on several online events—open Zoom socials, meetings with the board and various groups, staff discussions, etc.

For this week Candidating Week, Rev. Shari is our minister. She will preach, lead meetings, and be spending her time doing the work of our church. There is a Sunday service at the start of the week, and one at the end. After the service on Sunday, May 3, Rev. Woodbury will leave the Zoom meeting and the congregation will vote on whether to call her as our minister.

Go here for more information about the annual meeting: www.firstuuomaha.org/annualmeeting.

A letter regarding the annual meeting was sent out on 4/14 to every church member.


You may be concerned that you will not have as much opportunity to meet Shari because of our current social distancing. During a normal candidating week, there are typically just one or two opportunities for the general congregation to chat with a candidate. That is usually a coffee hour and a social, where a room full of others are eager to say hello. We are working on designing a week where there are smaller groups and will share the schedule when it is finalized.

Candidating Week begins on April 24th and ends on May 3rd. If you do not have access to internet service, or a device, the MTC is helping match people with services. They can be reached at mtc@firstuuomaha.org or by calling the church office 402-345-3039 ext 101 by April 20th. (Note: this is earlier than the request for help for the annual meeting.)

If you’d like to ask some of the Ministerial Search Committee questions, please feel free to call Kate Godfrey (402-880-1327), or Dave Richardson (402-212-5054).

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4/15/2020:

Online Sunday Service--Please join us on Zoom! 


Sunday, April 19 at 10:30am
Rev. Michelle LaGrave
This Sunday the Nominating Committee will share the award winners for this year, including the UU of the Year. Also, this Sunday we will have a practice poll on Zoom following the service. We will use a Zoom poll to conduct the voting during our Annual Meeting (happening online on Sunday, May 3). Be sure to join us this Sunday, stay for the poll following the service, and hang out for coffee hour breakout rooms.   The Zoom link for Sunday's service: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/124198681

Please arrive to the Zoom event 5-10 minutes early. We will be using the Zoom waiting room feature to screen out any uninvited intruders. Please be sure that you put your first and last name as the Zoom username so the host will know that you are someone who should be allowed in. If you need the dial-in instructions, please email admin@firstuuomaha.org and include your phone number so we can send you the Zoom number and access code, and let the host know your number belongs to an invited guest.

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4/17/2020:

Annual Meeting Letter Sent to Church Members

A Congregational Annual Meeting Notice Letter was sent to all church members on 4/14.  This letter explains how we will handle our online Annual Meeting via Zoom on Sunday, May 3rd. Leading up to this important meeting we will practice using the Zoom poll features to vote after the Sunday service. To learn more about the Annual Meeting on May 3rd, go here:  www.firstuuomaha.org/annualmeeting. A second letter from the Search Committee was sent on 4/15. This second letter gives information about our candidate. You can read that information here: www.firstuuomaha.org/candidate

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4/19/2020:

Candidating Week begins on April 24th and ends on May 3rd. The Candidating Week schedule is below. 

If you do not have access to internet service, or a device, the MTC is helping match people with services. They can be reached at mtc@firstuuomaha.org or by calling the church office 402-345-3039 ext 101 by April 20th.  Please allow 3 days for a response to phone calls.

Here are the events happening during Candidating Week that are open to anyone from the congregation: 

Friday, April 24 7:30-9:00 pm: Finally Friday Young Adults Game Night with the Minister

Sunday, April 26 10:30 -11:30 am: Sunday Service

Sunday, April 26 11:30 am -12:30 pm: Elementary RE

Sunday, April 26 1:30 -2:30 pm: Middle & High School RE

Monday, April 27 12:00-2:00 pm: Coffee & Tea with the Candidate (This will require advance sign-up for a fifteen-minute one on one slot with the candidate, with 8 total slots available)

Monday, April 27 6:00-7:00 pm: Hopes & Dreams for Social Justice at First UU

Tuesday, April 28 2:00-3:00 pm: Small Group with the Candidate (This will require advance sign-up, with 8 total slots)

Wednesday, April 29 7:00-8:00 pm: Chat with the Candidate

Thursday, April 30 12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch with the Candidate (This will require advance sign-up, with 15 total slots)

Friday, May 1 9:00-9:30 am: Morning Meditation (This will require advance sign-up, with 10 total slots)

Friday, May 1 3:30-4:30 pm: Small Group with the Candidate (This will require advance sign-up, with 8 total slots)

Friday, May 1 5:30-7:30 pm: CommUUnity Night

Saturday, May 2 10:00 am -12:00 pm: Teams Meeting

Sunday, May 3 10:30-11:30 am: Sunday Service

 

  • If you are interested in any of these events, please sign up by sending an email to signup@firstuuomaha.org with your first and last name

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4/20/2020:

A Message from Your Ministerial Search Committee

Want to know more about Reverend Shari?  We have more! Reverend Shari's website now has more background information--questions she answered in her ministerial record--for you to enjoy. Her website gives you access to information about Shari's ministry, sermons, her leadership work, and more. This is more information and background about an incoming candidate than we've ever had available, and we hope it will help members get a better feel for her in this unusual social distancing atmosphere.

Here is the link to her website:  www.shariwoodbury.com/omaha.html

Or you can access it through the church website (there's a blue button labeled Ministerial Candidate on the home page).

Questions can be sent to the Search Committee: searchcommittee@firstuuomaha.org   

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4/21/2020:

Candidating Week Starts THIS Friday, April 24


Candidating Week is the traditional way we introduce the minister to the congregation. This is the time that the congregation gets to experience Rev. Shari Woodbury's ministry, with a few changes from the norm. We would all prefer to have our candidate here in person, but in this time of pandemic and isolation, that is not an option. Instead, the Search Committee is working on several online events—open Zoom socials, meetings with the board and various groups, staff discussions, etc. Candidating Week will run April 24 to May 3.

Here's a Candidating Week event happening THIS FRIDAY and it's open to everyone:

Finally Friday Young Adults Game Night with the Minister:
Friday, April 24 7:30-9:00pm

Zoom event link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84884604831?pwd=WVgwVkt6YmpGM1ZTU1kzbHNMNHRKZz09

Meeting ID: 848 8460 4831

Password: 524319

Host: Jessica Eman 

​THE EVENTS BELOW REQUIRE SIGNING UP IN ADVANCE:

Coffee & Tea with the Candidate: 
Monday, April 27 12:00-2:00pm

This meeting requires advance sign-up for a fifteen-minute one-on-one slot with the candidate, with 8 total slots available. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to: signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 24th.


​Small Group with the Candidate: 
Tuesday, April 28 2:00-3:00pm

This meeting requires advance sign-up for a fifteen-minute one-on-one slot with the candidate, with 8 total slots available. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to:  signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 24th.

 

Thursday Lunch with the Candidate: 
Thursday, April 30 12:00-1:00pm

This group meeting with 15 total slots requires advance sign-up. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to:  signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 24th.

 

Friday Morning Meditation: 
Friday, May 1 9:00-9:30am

This group meeting with 10 total slots requires advance sign-up. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to: signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 24th.


​Small Group with the Candidate: 
Friday, May 1 3:30-4:30pm

This group meeting with 8 total slots requires advance sign-up. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to:  signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 24th.


Other Candidating Week Events (not requiring advanced signup)

Rev. Shari will also take part in other all-church events (like Sunday service and CommUUnity Night) and those links will be sent out via email on Friday and shared on the Candidating Week web page on the church website. Read more about Candidating Week by clicking here.​​​

Questions about the candidate can be sent to the Search Committee: searchcommittee@firstuuomaha.org 

Need information about the Annual Meeting which will be held on Zoom on Sunday, May 3? Click here.

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4/23/2020:

Sunday, April 26 at 10:30am--online

Ministerial Candidate, Rev. Shari Woodbury

“Pillars of Ministry”

Get to know our Ministerial Candidate as she shares pillars of ministry in story, song, and image. The service will include a Time for All Ages, as well as an opportunity to draw together in caring community.​

The link to the Zoom church service event: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188?pwd=L1NrbGI1U3A3U1l1RFVYZkR0Y1cwdz09

Please arrive to the Zoom event 5-10 minutes early. We will use the Zoom waiting room feature to screen out any uninvited intruders. Please be sure that you put your first and last name as the Zoom username so the host will know that you are someone who should be allowed in. If you need the dial-in instructions, please email admin@firstuuomaha.org and include your phone number so we can send you the Zoom number and access code, and let the host know your number belongs to an invited guest.

Need help with Zoom? Email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org ​

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4/24/2020:

Last chance to sign up!

The Ministerial Search Committee has a few openings remaining in the following "space is limited" online events during Candidating Week.  Here is the list of events you can still sign up for and note the deadline has been extended to 4/28: 

Thursday Lunch with the Candidate: 
Thursday, April 30 at 12:00-1:00pm

This group meeting with a few slots remaining requires advance sign-up. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to:  signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 28th.


​Small Group with the Candidate: 
Friday, May 1 at 3:30-4:30pm

This group meeting with 6 slots available requires advance sign-up. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to:  signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 28th.

 

To see all the week's events, go here: www.firstuuomaha.org/week

Please arrive to Zoom events on time. We will use the Zoom waiting room feature to screen out any uninvited intruders. Please be sure that you put your first and last name as the Zoom username so the host will know that you are someone who should be allowed in. If you need the dial-in instructions, please email admin@firstuuomaha.org. 

If you need help with Zoom, please email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org

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4/27/2020:

Sunday, May 3 at 10:30am

“Dreaming Together”

Rev. Shari Woodbury

As the conclusion of Candidating Week with our prospective new settled minister, Rev. Woodbury will share dreams for the ministry we may undertake together.

The link to the Zoom church service event: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188

Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

After the service, we will hold our Annual Meeting. Click here for more information about that meeting.

Please arrive to the Zoom event 5-10 minutes early. We will be using the Zoom waiting room feature to screen out any uninvited intruders. Please be sure that you put your first and last name as the Zoom username so the host will know that you are someone who should be allowed in. If you need the dial-in instructions, please email admin@firstuuomaha.org and include your phone number so we can send you the Zoom number and access code, and let the host know your number belongs to an invited guest.

Need help with Zoom? Email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org 

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4/29/2020:

Youth Group Fundraiser

Come one, come all, to entertain or be entertained at the YRUU 2020 Talent Show Fundraiser!

YRUU, our church youth group, is fundraising for Immigrant Legal Center, and you can help by sharing a talent or by buying a virtual "ticket" to the show. All members and friends of First U are invited to submit a 2-3 minute video of themselves performing any variety of family-friendly talent, or a photograph of visual art they have recently created (paintings, photography, sculpture, fabric arts, culinary arts, etc). Please include at title for your act or creation, and email your videos or photos to Christina (dre@firstuuomaha.org) by May 10th.

If you are unable to email your video as an attachment, let Christina know by May 8th and we will figure out how to get it from you. If you have a Gmail account, a good option is to upload to Google Drive and share to dre@firstuuomaha.org from there.

**The Talent Show will premiere on YouTube at 7pm on May 16th for everyone who has purchased a "ticket".**

We will be able to watch the Talent Show video together and cheer our favorite acts from a chat box. You can purchase a ticket by sending a freewill donation (any amount is ok!) via online giving at www.firstuuomaha.org/donations (select YRUU Fundraiser as the fund code) or by mailing a check made out to First Unitarian (with "YRUU Fundraiser" in the memo line). Donations must be received by May 13th to receive a link to the premier showing.

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4/29/2020:

Remaining Candidating Week Zoom Events Open to Anyone in the Church:

Chat with the Candidate--TONIGHT!
Wednesday, April 29,  7pm-8pm: 

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86731124715?pwd=dWVHNnBaM05KQTlNdS9odFZyUnhNQT09

Meeting ID: 867 3112 4715

Password: 595484

Host: Rev. Shari Woodbury

 

​CommUUnity Night: 
Friday, May 1,  5:30-7:30pm

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/7873284055

Meeting ID: 787 328 4055

Host: Kate Wiig

​​

Teams Meeting:
Saturday, May 2,  10am -12pm

Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/j/99486929188?pwd=L1NrbGI1U3A3U1l1RFVYZkR0Y1cwdz09

Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

Password: 285721  

Host: Cat Dixon

Sunday Service May 3 at 10:30am

“Dreaming Together”

Rev. Shari Woodbury

As the conclusion of Candidating Week with our prospective new settled minister, Rev. Woodbury will share dreams for the ministry we may undertake together.

​​The link to the Zoom church service event: 

​https://zoom.us/j/99486929188

​Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

Following the May 3rd Sunday service, we will hold our Annual Meeting on zoom. Please click here for more info about that meeting.

Please arrive to Zoom events on time.
We will use the Zoom waiting room feature to screen out any uninvited intruders. Please be sure that you put your first and last name as the Zoom username so the host will know that you are someone who should be allowed in.  Please do UPDATE your Zoom app if it prompts you to do so. The prompt will usually show up as soon as you start the program. If you need help with Zoom, please email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org.


What is Candidating Week?
Candidating Week is the traditional way we introduce the minister to the congregation. This is the time that the congregation gets to experience Rev. Shari's ministry, with a few changes from the norm. We would all prefer to have our candidate here in person, but in this time of pandemic and isolation, that is not an option. Instead, the Search Committee has set up several online events—open Zoom socials, meetings with the board and various groups, staff discussions, etc. 

Want to know more about Rev. Shari Woodbury? 
We have more! Rev. Shari's website now has more background information--questions she answered in her ministerial record--for you to enjoy. Her website gives you access to information about Shari's ministry, sermons, her leadership work, and more. This is more information and background about an incoming candidate than we've ever had available, and we hope it will help members get a better feel for her in this unusual social distancing atmosphere.
Go here to see her website: www.shariwoodbury.com/omaha.html

Questions about the candidate or this candidating week can be sent to the Search Committee: searchcommittee@firstuuomaha.org 

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5/4: General Assembly Online General Assembly dates: June 24-28, 2020. Go here for info: www.uua.org/ga/off-site/registrantsDidn’t think you’d go to General Assembly in June because it was scheduled in Rhode Island? Well, think again, it’s virtual this year and you can go! Let's all go together and worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process.Maybe be a delegate? www.uua.org/ga/off-site/registrants/delegates.Some sessions do not require registration and are free of charge: General Sessions, 3 workshop services, etc. A programming schedule is in development, check back for finalized information. The Ware Lecturer is Naomi Klein. www.uua.org/ga/program/highlights/ware-lecture.If you would like to be a delegate for our church, please email MTC@firstuuomaha.org

5/5: YRUU 2020 Talent Show Fundraiser!

YRUU, our church youth group, is fundraising for Immigrant Legal Center, and you can help by sharing a talent or by buying a virtual "ticket" to the show. All members and friends of First U are invited to submit a 2-3 minute video of themselves performing any variety of family-friendly talent, or a photograph of visual art they have recently created (paintings, photography, sculpture, fabric arts, culinary arts, etc). Please include at title for your act or creation, and email your videos or photos to Christina (dre@firstuuomaha.org) by May 10th.

If you are unable to email your video as an attachment, let Christina know by May 8th and we will figure out how to get it from you. If you have a Gmail account, a good option is to upload to Google Drive and share to dre@firstuuomaha.org from there.  

The Talent Show will premiere on YouTube at 7:00pm on May 16th for everyone who has purchased a "ticket".
We will be able to watch the Talent Show video together and cheer our favorite acts from a chat box. You can purchase a ticket by sending a freewill donation (any amount is ok!) via online giving at www.firstuuomaha.org/donations (select YRUU Fundraiser as the fund code) or by mailing a check made out to First Unitarian (with "YRUU Fundraiser" in the memo line). Donations must be received by May 13th to receive a link to the premier showing.    

5/6: Online Sunday Service

 

Sunday Service May 10 at 10:30am Online

This annual church service is presented by the YRUU, our church youth group. 
 

​​The link to the Zoom church service online event: 

​https://zoom.us/j/99486929188

​Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

5/8: When will the church building reopen?

A few people have begun asking this question; an understandable one since the Governor recently announced that churches can reopen this week.  The answer is simple: we don't know exactly and not yet.  The guidelines churches are being asked to follow are complicated, logistically speaking, for a church to implement.  And, we believe it is too soon and not yet safe enough for us to feel comfortable taking a risk.  Nor is there a compelling enough reason to consider taking on this risk when we have been so successful in moving the church online.  Please rest assured, the staff and MTC are in continual discernment about the process and timeline and we will let you know as soon as we have any new information to share.  You can always reach out to either the staff or the MTC if you have additional questions.  In the meantime, let's keep on Zoom-ing!

5/10: A Message about our Sister Church Food Pantry


A big thank you to everyone who donated food, money and masks to last month's Clair Cares drive-thru food pantry! A special shout-out to Katie Zimmer for volunteering to load boxes of food.

 

More volunteers and donations are needed this month.
Pastor Portia is requesting: 

·         Canned soups

·         Canned fruit

·         Spaghetti-Os

·         Jello cups

 

Please deliver donations on Friday, May 15 between 9am and 1pm to

Clair Memorial United Methodist Church (5544 Ames Ave.)
At the drive-up door on the east side, under the canopy.
 

Want to volunteer at the food pantry? Healthy adults under age 60, not pregnant or living with a medically vulnerable person, please contact Mark Loscutoff by Tuesday, May 12, email: mark.loscutoff@gmail.com  or call 402-250-2791.
 

If you’re unable to deliver your donations, Carol Ramsey with the Sister Church Team is willing to pick them up. Please email her with your request carolramsey@cox.net or call 402-720-3074. Please contact Carol by May 13th with your request. 
 

Besides the monthly drive-thru pantry, Clair is providing boxes of food weekly to elderly residents of public housing. If you wish to contribute to this effort, please mail a check to Clair, or donate online at:

clairumc.churchcenter.com/giving  

5/13: Chat with the Minister, Rev. Michelle LaGrave

Looking for some time to connect with your community? Each week we will provide an open time for connecting with the minister and with each other while we are unable to meet in person.

Please join us any Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Our next Chat with the Minister happens TONIGHT Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM central

Join the Zoom event by clicking on this link: 
https://uuma.zoom.us/j/211256378

Those unable to use the internet to access Zoom, please email admin@firstuuomaha.org and include your phone number and first and last name.

5/15: Sunday Service Online 

Sunday, May 17 at 10:30am
Thresholds with Rev. Michelle LaGrave
Topic: Sunday Service 
Time: May 17, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: 
https://zoom.us/j/99486929188

Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

Please arrive to Zoom events 5-10 minutes early. *Be sure to update Zoom if the app prompts you to update!*  

5/19: Technical Difficulties Last Sunday

For most participants, the Zoom service on Sunday had sound issues. We apologize and we're working to make sure things work better this week. We've heard that other churches using Zoom also had challenges last week. Rev. Michelle posted her May 17th sermon along with the order of service and readings so you can read it. Click here

If you would like a paper copy mailed to you, please email the church office: admin@firstuuomaha.org.

5/20: Omaha Gives 2020

This year First Unitarian Church will raise funds for the Neighborhood Care Team
Our Neighborhood Care Team is evolving to meet the needs of an ever-changing neighborhood and community. Every year, many volunteers have come together to build over 100 neighborhood care packages with personal hygiene items and winter accessories to be given out to those in need.  

YOUR donation will help us help others!
Your gift of $10 lets us hand out a gift card to a nearby restaurant so a hungry person can eat. 
Your gift of $15 is a gift card to a gas station for someone who is running out of gas. 
Your gift of $20 allows us to help a person in need with a medical prescription at nearby Walgreen's.  
Your gift of $50 allows us to give a book of bus tickets to a neighbor who needs transportation to work. 
Your gift of $100 allows us to create dozens of care packages that are filled with socks, gloves, blankets, water bottles, breakfast bars and hygiene items.

The assistance we share provides immediate tangible assistance. We also give our visitors a list of community resources for them to get connected to other relief agencies. Thank you!

Click here to donate.

5/22: YRUU Talent Show Fundraiser

The YRUU Talent Show Fundraiser is now on YouTube and viewable at any time at this link: 

https://youtu.be/NV5z3pz-X38 

Thank you to everyone who contributed talents and donations for the event. The youth are excited to be sending over $700 to Immigrant Legal Center in Omaha!

5/22: Sunday Service Online - Sunday, May 24 at 10:30am

"That's trash!  What we're throwing away."

With Church Member Jody Petrow 

Topic: Sunday Service 
Time: May 24, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: 
https://zoom.us/j/99486929188
Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188
 

5/26: First Steps: Get to Know Unitarian Universalism & Church Online

You are invited to join us as we gather together on Zoom to get acquainted with the basics of Unitarian Universalism and our vibrant community. The next class will be Sunday, May 31st at noon.

Questions? Want to RSVP? Need the Zoom link? Email Carrie at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org.

5/27: *CommUUNity Night is Still Here & Happening on Friday, June 5th on Zoom*

Obviously, we need to practice good social distancing so we have set up a Zoom Meeting that can be joined anytime between 6pm and 7pm on Friday, June 5th. Obviously, kid and pet noises are absolutely fine during this time and everyone is welcome. Pajamas are great, but make sure you’re wearing pants! (This is a family-friendly event, after all.) We’ll see you online!

If you need the link to the zoom event, please email Kate at Bkatewiig@gmail.com

5/28: This Week Online: Sunday, May 31 at 10:30am

Poetry Potluck

Poetry can make us think, connect, and express what is in our hearts. Yet a poem can resonate with each of us differently. Please join us for a potluck of poetry. Instead of a sermon, the Worship Arts Team invites you to listen to some favorite poems and reflections on why they are so special. We hope you'll be enlightened, moved, and/or amused. 

The link to the Zoom church service event: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188

​Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

5/29: Caring Note
We are very sad to inform you that long-time church member Ron Withem passed away yesterday. Our thoughts are with the family.

We will share more information when it’s available.

5/29: Sister Church Events in June

Clair will host a Giveaway of Clothing and Household Items on Friday, June 12 from 8am - 2pm and 3pm - 7pm,

and Saturday, June 13 from 8am - 2pm. 

Clair will accept donations of items between 10am and 5pm every day, starting Monday, June 8 at Clair. The address is 5544 Ames Ave., Omaha, NE 68104.  

The next Clair Cares Food Pantry will be Saturday, June 20. Up to 2 volunteers are needed on Friday and 2 on Saturday, same hours as last time. Up to 2 volunteers are needed on Friday and 2 on Saturday, same hours as last time.

Pastor Portia is requesting: 

·         Canned fruit or Jello with fruit

·         Canned beans

·         Spaghettios or ravioli

·         Canned soups

Please deliver donations on Friday, June 19 between 9am and 1pm to Clair Memorial United Methodist Church (5544 Ames Ave.)
At the drive-up door on the east side, under the canopy.

 

 

6/9: The Celebration of Life Service for Church Member Lana Hammel

This service will happen via Zoom on Thursday, June 11th at 7pm with Rev. Michelle. 
We invite you to come prepared to share stories and memories of Lana. 

Topic: Celebration of Life for Lana Hammel
Time: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://uuma.zoom.us/j/94054482965

6/10: An Update on Heart & Hand Auction Events

Auction events affected by the pandemic are being rescheduled or creatively reimagined, but there are a few cancellations. Donors and buyers are being contacted directly, but for a calendar with the latest status of auction events, go here:

https://app.auctria.com/Az/5e092c2a-8131-4347-b95c-d0a878446c28/Event/Index?page=92ae8cd7-dda6-46e7-8756-48a3247c2aa7&initial_state=~()

6/12: Sunday Service Online - Sunday, June 14 at 10:30am

Flower Communion
The traditional flower communion service celebrated in a new way online. Also, this Sunday is our new member recognition. Join us on Zoom!
 

Topic: Sunday Service 
Time: June 14, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: 
https://zoom.us/j/99486929188
Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

6/13: The Final Chat with the Minister Zoom Event
Looking for some time to connect with your community? Please join us Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm via Zoom for the last chat with the minister. Rev. Michelle is moving at the end of this month and her last service is June 21st. This will be the final minister chat scheduled.  Join the Zoom event by clicking on this link: 
https://uuma.zoom.us/j/211256378

6/22: Information about Church Member Jim Van Arsdall Visitation and Service 

The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 24th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the West Center Chapel.  The funeral will be Thursday, June 25th at 10am at the West Center Chapel (7805 W. Center Road).  

The service will be live-streamed by the funeral home and the link can be found on this site:  www.heafeyheafey.com. Go to that website Thursday morning and hit the live cast button at the top right-hand corner of the web page.  It will be updated to the live stream for Jim's service Thursday morning. 
We're told that those attending the service or visitation will need to wear masks and practice social distancing. The funeral home will have limited capacity. 

 

 

6/23: Sunday, June 28 at 9:00am online
This Sunday, First Unitarian Church will not hold a Sunday service on Zoom. Instead, we ask that you watch the General Assembly (GA) Sunday morning service which will be available at the link below on Sunday at 9am our time:
https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2020/sunday-worship
NOTE: The start time is 9:00AM

Sunday Worship Program Description: Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience is open to the public. Rev. Joan Javier-Duval will deliver the sermon at the 2020 General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship. She serves as Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. She is the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines, mother of a kindergartner, and spouse of a proud Vermonter. Beauty, gratitude, and love are at the heart of her faithful striving for collective liberation and a thriving planet.
This is a free event--registration to GA is not required to watch this service.
Speakers: Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, Rev. Mykal Slack, and Benjie Messer
Once the GA service is is over (we estimate the service will last an hour), you can are welcome to join us for Coffee Hour with your First U Omaha friends via Zoom. The Zoom event link is the same one we use every Sunday. See below: 

Topic: Sunday Coffee Hour
Time: June 28, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188
Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

6/26: A Final Good-bye!
Thank you everyone for your wonderful cards, notes, tokens, gifts, and parade. 

You have given me a wonderful send-off that I will remember for a long, long time!
Some of you have asked about whether we can stay in contact, so I'd like to share a bit about the protocols

here. We can not remain in contact. This is to help you and your new minister establish your new relationships. 

I am required to "unfollow" you on Facebook and so I will not see and can not respond to your posts. 

However, I do not have to "unfriend" you and you will still be able to read my posts and at least know a

little bit about what I am up to, as well as Micah and Bella, of course. If we do bump into each other

in the wider UU universe, whether at a workshop or some big event, like General Assembly or

Regional Assembly, we can stop and talk a bit. No need to pretend we don't see each other or

anything!  ;)  Just know that even though we can't talk, I will miss you and I will think of you, often.
With Love and Gratitude,
Rev. Michelle

 

 

6/30: Sunday Service info

Sunday, July 5 at 10:30am online: "Tending the Flames of Active Hope" Presented by CUUPS 

We will discuss the four points to maintaining active hope: Grounding Yourself in Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain, Seeing in New Ways, and Going Forth. This is a service of spiritual sustenance for collective liberation which builds on concepts from the GA Sunday service. Here is a link to a UU World Magazine article for reference: 

https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/spiral-practice

​Topic: Sunday Service
Time: July 5, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: 
https://zoom.us/j/99486929188

7/6: This Sunday service Information 

Sunday Service info

Sunday, July 12 at 10:30am online

"When Justice Cannot Wear a White Hat: My Experience at Gitmo"
Guest Speaker: Nancy Meyer
Nancy Meyer is a 9/11 Victim's Family member who was sent to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base for a week last fall as a member of a non-governmental organization (NGO) called September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. She lives an hour west of Omaha outside Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska (pop 600). This talk will cover her personal experience in visiting Gitmo to witness pre-trial hearings of the five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks. She will describe the baffling paradoxical nature of the place.

The Zoom event link is the same one we use every Sunday: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188

Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

 


 

 

7/13/2020: CALL FOR PET PHOTOS

In this time of Pandemic as we all spend more time at home, the presence of our furry, feathered or scaly family members brings us joy, comfort, laughter and tears.  We would like to celebrate the love that animals family members bring into our lives.  So in the vein of the flower communion - we are asking everyone to send in photos and/or stories of pets and we will show them off in a slide show on August 16th.  Please email photos to Catherine Plumlee at catplumtree@gmail.com by August 12th. 

 

7/15/2020: This Sunday service Information 

Sunday, July 19 at 10:30am online

Denise Allain, church member
Home – it means so many different things to so many people. We often hear ‘There’s no place like home’ or ‘You can’t go home again’. But is there? Can you? What does home really mean? I decided it was time to figure out what did this little four letter word means to me.

Topic: Sunday Service
Time: July 19, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: 
https://zoom.us/j/99486929188
Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

7/16/2020: UU the Vote: Next  Meeting! 
Are you looking for specific strategies to impact the upcoming election. Join us! At our next virtual meeting, on Tuesday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m, Brad Christian-Sallis, Voting Rights Field Director for Civic Nebraska, will train us on supporting Civic Nebraska’s voter registration and Get Out The Vote efforts. And, learn about how you can support the group, “Diverse Women Lifting our Voices”, (“DWLOV”) to increase voter participation among African American women in the Second Congressional District, 55 and older, who voted in 2008 and/ or 2012 but not in 2016. The importance of the work we put in for the upcoming November election cannot be overestimated. It has been said many times that this election will be the most important one of our lives. Let’s make it one that increases citizen participation and enriches our democracy. Contact Cat in the office admin@firstuuomaha.org, Catherine Plumlee catplumtree@gmail.com or Dave Richardson drichardson821@gmail.com for the Zoom meeting link.

7/20/2020: This Sunday service Information 

Sunday, July 26 at 10:30am online 

​"Making 'Right Relations' More than a Catchy Phrase"

with Affiliated Community Minister, Rev. Dr. Sarah Voss​

​The Zoom event link is the same one we use every Sunday: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188
Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

7/23/2020: Scammers continue to target churches even now during the pandemic.

Scammers will email or text pretending to be the minister of your church or a family member or customer service of a business you know or a bank. Please educate yourself about these online and telephone scams. Click here.
If you receive a suspicious message that you think is from the minister or church staff, please contact the church office by emailing admin@firstuuomaha.org

 

7/25/2020: Card Shower for Our New Minister, Rev. Shari 

Rev. Shari will officially start at First Unitarian Church on August 1st. We would like to welcome Rev. Shari to Omaha with a Card Shower! This is a chance for you to share a little bit about yourself and to make her feel welcomed. Just mail your cards and notes to the church:Rev. Shari Woodbury First Unitarian Church of Omaha 3114 Harney St. Omaha, NE 68131Here are some suggested prompts of things to include in your note (just ideas--not necessary to answer all of these):- Give your name, family member names, ages of kids, and how long you've attended First U(A photo directory was given to Rev. Shari by the way, so she can put names with faces)- How are you involved at First U? Groups, activities, past roles- Why are you a UU? - What do like about our church/congregation/city?- What your favorite things to do in Omaha? What are your favorite restaurants? - What are your likes and interests? The MTC, board, and church staff are thrilled that Rev. Shari has arrived and we know you all will want to welcome her with open arms, but because of the pandemic, we need to think of new ways to do this. We're discussing some Zoom events and other ideas and more information will be shared soon.  Get your cards in the mail! Let's make our new minister feel welcomed! Thank you.

7/27/2020: CUUPS will hold its event on Zoom on Sunday, August 2nd at 630pm.-- Update: rescheduled to 8/16
Come help and celebrate Lammas with us. This is known as the first harvest and the bread festival. This time of year marks the waning of summertime and beginning of the harvests. Contact cuups@firstuuomaha.org for the Zoom link and with any questions.

7/28/2020: This Sunday service information

Sunday, August 2 at 10:30am online 

"Fight, Flight, Freeze, Fawn or Fix?"

with church member Kate Godfrey, D.C.

Making peace with the stress response.

The Zoom event link is the same one we use every Sunday: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188
Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

8/3/2020: Rescheduled CUUPS Meeting

CUUPS will hold its event on Zoom on Sunday, August 16th at 6:30pm. Rescheduled from 8/2. Come help and celebrate Lammas with us. This is known as the first harvest and the bread festival. This time of year marks the waning of summertime and beginning of the harvests. Contact  for the Zoom link and with any questions. 

8/4/2020: Sister Church Pantry in August

The next Clair Cares Food Pantry will be Saturday, August 15.
Pastor Portia is requesting: ​

·         Tuna and chicken

·         Spaghettios or ravioli

·         Cereal 

Please deliver donations on Friday, August 14 between 10am and 1pm to Clair Memorial United Methodist Church (5544 Ames Ave.)
At the drive-up door on the east side, under the canopy.
*Please introduce yourself and say you're from First Unitarian Church when donating to Clair. Thank you!

​Want to volunteer at the food pantry? 

​Up to 2 volunteers are needed on Friday and 2 on Saturday, same hours as last time. Healthy adults under age 60, not pregnant or living with a medically vulnerable person, please contact Mark Loscutoff by email: mark.loscutoff@gmail.com  or call 402-250-2791.​Besides the monthly drive-thru pantry, Clair is providing boxes of food weekly to elderly residents of public housing.

If you wish to contribute to this effort, please mail a check to Clair, or donate online at:

clairumc.churchcenter.com/giving  

8/5/2020: This Sunday service information

Sunday, August 9 at 10:30am online 

"Rooted, Inspired, & Ready!"

Our congregational attendees to the annual General Assembly meeting will share insights and highlights from the sessions held last month. Terri Lynn Brewer will share thoughts on gratitude and spirituality, Sharon Conlon will give an update on The UUCEF and how our finances can, and should, promote our principles as well as an update on the Palestinian situation with learning from the UUJME workshop. Sharon Piehler will review the two Actions of Immediate Witness that were voted on by the entire delegation. 

The Zoom event link is the same one we use every Sunday: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188
Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

8/6/2020:  UUtheVote Continues to Pump Up the Volume
If you are looking for a way to make a difference in this crucial election year, join us in our effort to promote participation in the democratic process. We're working as a local affiliate of the UUA-sponsored UUtheVote project. Our group has met twice now. Our numbers are increasing and our activities are ramping up. Several members of Second Unitarian have also joined us. On July 28, we participated in a great training session with Brad Christian-Sallis from Civic Nebraska. This group works to make elections fair, modern and accessible. The session focused on how we can encourage voting by mail, and getting out the vote in general. If you are interested in contacting them, go to civicnebraska.org.
 
Our next Zoom meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm. Further information including the Zoom link is forthcoming. Please consider joining us. The UUA is also sponsoring a series of webinars on how to participate in “get out the vote” activities. They are held on alternate Wednesday evenings. Information is available at uua.org. Our local group will be conducting the Sunday Service on Zoom on August 30th. The theme will be how our faith and our values can be put into practice in a democratic society. Questions? Email Dave at drichardson821@gmail.com.

8/11/2020: This Sunday service information

Sunday, August 16 at 10:30am online 

"Animal Celebration"

In this time of pandemic as we all spend more time at home, the presence of our furry, feathered, or scaly family members brings us joy, comfort, laughter, and tears. Join us as we celebrate the love that animal family members bring into our lives.

The Zoom event link is the same one we use every Sunday: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188
Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

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