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Upcoming Events

The Evolution of God Book Study Group:  Our group will meet Sunday, June 2nd, at 9:30am, in the Common Room to discuss Part 3 of The Evolution of God by Robert Wright. This book explores how human conceptions of God have changed from the time of hunter-gatherers through the development of monotheism, Christianity, and Islam. Part 3 discusses the evolution of Christianity. New members are welcome at any time! Subsequent meetings will be on the 4th Sunday of the month.  On June 23rd we will read Part 4, and on July 28th we will read the last section, Part 5. Questions? Email Jody Petrow at jspetrow@gmail.com

Book Club:  We meet next on Monday, June 3 at 7pm online via Zoom. The book we will discuss is James by Percival Everett. 

Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/my/firstuuomahareligiouseducation?omn=94671824742

After Monday’s meeting, we will gather on Monday, August 26 to share what we read over the summer. Our September book selection is  An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Questions? Reach out to Dave Richardson at drichardson821@gmail.com

People's Film Festival Screenings:  

Monday, June 3 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch Runner, a 2019 documentary. Click here for the Facebook event. 

Monday, June 17 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch God & Country. Click here for the Facebook event. 

First Steps: An Online Gathering for Visitors -- Thursday, June 6

Curious about membership at First Unitarian? Just want to know more about Unitarian Universalism? Join us for First Steps via Zoom on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm.  Join Membership Coordinator Melissa Gibson on Zoom e for an informal chat about First Unitarian's journey and yours! Feel free to contact Melissa with any questions or comments at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org

CommUUnity Night:  We meet at 6pm in the Common Room the 1st Friday of each month. Our next meeting is Friday, June 7.  If you haven’t participated before, CommUUnity Night is a fun, laid-back all church event. We gather for a potluck and we don't worry about who is bringing what. Kids are free to play. If you're too busy to bring something, don't worry. All we really want is YOUU! 

Making a Journal Class -- for ages 12 years and up! 

Please attend both dates: Sundays, June 2nd and June 9th, 1:30pm to 4pm in the Common Room. Cost: freewill donation to the church. 

 

Come join the fun and learn how to make a journal book that you will fill with your photos. Learn the basics of making the book from the spine up. Or purchase an unfinished book at Michael's and learn now to decorate it and create interactive pages for your book. Blank books that are 6" x 6" are also available from Tricia Piatt for a small fee. Class can be rescheduled if these dates/times don't work for those interested. Because the books are very detailed and intricate, please plan on attending both dates.  For a supply list and to sign up, please contact Tricia by text message at 402-812-3582. 

Fiber Arts Night:  Sunday, June 9. Do you crochet? Knit? Sew? Embroider? Count stitches?  Do you like to play with yarn, fabric or string? If so, come join the First U Fiber Arts Night. We meet in the Common Room to chat, share ideas, and work on our individual projects. Come share your talent with others, learn from each other, and get to know your fellow fiber artists. We meet the second Sunday of each month in the Common Room from 6pm to 9pm. Please direct any questions to Catherine Plumlee at catplumtree@gmail.com 

3F Book Bonanza Group:  This group meets monthly at 7pm in the Merritt Lounge on the second Wednesday of the month. ​Next meeting: June 12. Please email questions to Sheri Conner at ksvortex@msn.com

Books for this year: 

June - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick

July - The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

August - The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

September - Foster by Claire Keegan

YRUU Reunion 

June 14th 7pm-9pm - First Unitarian Common Room

It’s Check-In time!!! Youth & Advisors who participated in YRUU at First Unitarian & Second Unitarian anytime in the last 5 years (2018-19 through 2023-24), and have since aged out (18+), are invited to attend a YRUU Reunion! Join us for pizza, conversation, memories, and any traditions or old photos you want to bring along. Please let us know here if you’re able to join us (or if you are unable to attend this time, but would like to to be notified of  future events). Please pass this message and link along to any former YRUU youth & advisors you have contact info for!!

Family & Friends Game Night:  Join us on Saturday, June 15 at 4pm in the Common Room. All are welcome. Bring snacks and games. Questions? Email aha@firstuuomaha.org 

 

Sunshine Social: Summertime Picnic Gathering on June 22nd

Join us for a delightful day of community and connection on Saturday, June 22 at Halleck Park in Papillion.  We will be at the Halleck Park Pavilion from 4pm to 10pm (address: 710 E Halleck St, Papillion, NE 68046). Get ready to soak up the sun and enjoy the refreshing breeze as we come together for an afternoon of fun and relaxation.

We'll provide a delicious spread of main dishes, along with plenty of cool lemonade and water to keep everyone hydrated. Feel free to bring your favorite side dishes to share! Don't forget to pack your lawn chairs, blankets, and bikes, as we'll be setting up at the picturesque lakeside location. Whether you're lounging in the shade, enjoying a picnic on the grass, or taking a leisurely bike ride around the area, there's something for everyone to enjoy. While you're here, take advantage of the nearby playground for the little ones, or simply sit back and take in the serene beauty of the lake. It's the perfect opportunity to unwind, connect with friends old and new, and make lasting memories together.  Mark your calendars and spread the word – we can't wait to see you there for a day filled with laughter, good food, and summer vibes! Questions? Email communitynight@firstuuomaha.org

UU the Vote Team Meeting

Our next Zoom gathering will be on Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm. There is a good possibility of a Special Session of the Unicameral to work on tax reform and possibly a return to a "Winner Take All" electoral vote system. Questions? Want to get involved with UU the Vote? Email Dave at drichardson821@gmail.com

Learning Opportunity: Omaha AVP invites you to a two-hour mini-workshop exploring mindfulness as a way to deepen connection with yourself and others. This is a fun and lively workshop called Be Here Now. Free and refreshments served.

Date: Sunday, June 30, Time: 2pm - 4pm, Place: First Unitarian Church, Common Room.

Comments from earlier workshops: 
"Love the workshops. Keep it up!"
"Very friendly and welcoming people."
"Supported people where they are now."
"I liked the encouragement and support."
Register by emailing omahaavp@gmail.com or text Suzanne King 832.723.6630

CommUUnity Night:  We meet at 6pm in the Common Room the 1st Friday of each month. Our next meeting is Friday, July 5.  If you haven’t participated before, CommUUnity Night is a fun, laid-back all church event. We gather for a potluck and we don't worry about who is bringing what. Kids are free to play. If you're too busy to bring something, don't worry. All we really want is YOUU! 

First Steps: A Class for Visitors on July 7th after the service

Curious about membership at First Unitarian? Just want to know more about Unitarian Universalism?  Join us in the Merritt Lounge after the service on Sunday, July 7 to learn more about UU and our community. Questions? Email Melissa at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org 

3F Book Bonanza Group:  This group meets monthly at 7pm in the Merritt Lounge on the second Wednesday of the month. ​Next meeting: July 10.  Please email questions to Sheri Conner at ksvortex@msn.com

Books for this year: 

July - The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

August - The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

September - Foster by Claire Keegan

History Program on Sunday, July 14 at 2pm in the Sanctuary

Each month the Douglas County Historical Society sponsors a program called "Second Sunday."  It consists of a presentation focusing on some aspect of local history. Our church has been selected to do the presentation on Sunday, July 14th at 2pm in the church Sanctuary.
The program is titled:  

A Midtown Masterpiece: The History of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha
Attendance at Second Sundays is normally around 35 to 50 people. Ordinarily, the DCHS charges non-members $5. We have arranged for church members to attend for free. We think this is a great opportunity to show off our church and let Omahans know more about us and our 155-year history in Omaha. Bob Perrin and Dave Richardson will present the program. Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 14th at 2pm in the Sanctuary.

Fiber Arts Night:  Do you crochet? Knit? Sew? Embroider? Count stitches?  Do you like to play with yarn, fabric or string? If so, come join the First U Fiber Arts Night. We meet in the church basement to chat, share ideas, and work on our individual projects. Come share your talent with others, learn from each other, and get to know your fellow fiber artists. We meet the second Sunday of each month in the Common Room from 6pm to 9pm. Next meeting:  July 14.  Please direct any questions to Catherine Plumlee at catplumtree@gmail.com

 

Pool Party (offsite)

Sunday, July 14, 6-8pm, at Gilbert Pool in Bellevue. There is a 60 person limit at the pool so make sure to click the link below to RSVP! We are allowed to bring in drinks and food, just no alcohol and no glass containers. If you have not been to Gilbert Pool before, it has 2 waterslides and a zero-depth entry for the littler kiddos.

RSVP here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4DABA82BAAFF2-49889321-church

The Compassionate Communication Group:  Hybrid meetings will be on first and third Tuesdays at 7pm in the Common Room.  (Contact Suzanne King nvcsuz@gmail.com for Zoom link) During our practices, we learn to transform the thinking, language and moralistic judgments that keep you from the enriching relationships and start to resolve conflicts with more ease, learn to ask for what you want in ways that ensure you’ll receive it, begin to hear the true needs of others with less effort, strengthen your personal and professional relationships and start living to your full potential.  Everyone is welcome. No prior experience needed.  

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation:  Insight Meditation hosted by the Mindfulness Outreach Initiative (a Nebraska 501c3) will meet on most Sundays at 4pm in the Common Room. The meditation will last about 40 minutes and there will be time for conversation and questions as well. Church member Mark Wiesman will host or Dave Reed. If you have questions, please contact Mark at oceanica3@cox.net or the church office. Click here to learn more.

Bridge Group: This group meets at noon in the Common Room on the first, third, and fifth Sundays for about two hours of play.  If you know how to play, please join us. If you want to learn, join us. Talk to one of us -- Scott Kemper (scott.kemper@gmail.com, 402-981-7819), Tim Duggan,  Doug McIntosh and his wife Marie. All are welcome! 

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED: Pride Parade 2024
This year the Pride Parade takes place on Saturday, July 13. Come help represent First UU in this year's parade. We will go together as a team and plans are just now forming. Go here for more information about the Pride events this year: https://heartlandpride.org/event/heartland-pride-parade-2024/
Are you interested? Need more info? Email Carol at ceramsey25@gmail.com

 

 

Outside Opportunities from other nonprofits and churches can be found by clicking here

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