Ways You Can Help
YES Meal Prep: Volunteers Needed for 11/25 and Donations for the YES Angel Tree
Monday, Nov. 25 at 9am in the Kitchen. Help Kim prepare a meal for the YES Shelter. Our menu this month is pulled pork (thanks to Wendy Buchholz) and veggie salad. Donated desserts are always welcomed. In November we will collect holiday gifts for teenagers. Some ideas: ear buds, hair accessories, gift cards to fast food restaurants and to Target. Contact Kim with questions. Youth Emergency Services (YES) hosts an annual holiday party for its youth.
Beginning November 1, a small tree will be on display in the Common Room with paper ornaments with suggestions for gifts. No gift will be large. Most are for either gender. You don't even have to wrap it! The members of this church are so generous when it comes to helping out those who cannot help themselves. Let's make these kids’ holiday shine bright! Gifts will be collected during the Sunday, December 8th service.
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Women's Alliance Bake & Craft Sale on November 24
Love to bake? Make some yummy treats to be sold at the sale.
Love to craft? Make a few creations for the craft sale.
Don’t have time to bake or craft? Show your support by purchasing a yummy treat or a special creation for your home or as a gift!
What do I need to do?
Bring your items BEFORE service on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 to the common room. Please price all craft items with “recommended” prices.
Label your baked goods with special ingredients (nuts, no nuts, gluten free, keto, non-dairy, etc). Purchase items at the sale immediately after the service.
(All baked goods will be priced by the Women’s Alliance volunteers)
YES Teens on First Unitarian’s Holiday “MITTEN TREE” Shopping List in December
This year, our church will collect donations that will benefit the teens served by Youth Emergency Services (YES) in the month of December.
Starting Sunday, December 8, place your donations of new hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks and underwear in the “Gift Boxes” located in the church foyer. Like last year, we will not have the usual mitten tree in the Sanctuary. Instead, we will have beautifully decorated gift boxes to accept your donations in the foyer.
YES serves homeless and at-risk youth by meeting their immediate needs for food, clothing, safety and shelter and providing a support system to help them get back on their feet. First Unitarian already has a strong connection to this nonprofit in our neighborhood through the volunteers, led by Kim Callaghan, that each month prepare a meal to help feed the teens served by YES.
Black & Pink Holiday Card Party
As you can imagine, the holiday season can be a really rough time for folks inside prison. Whatever holidays you may or may not celebrate this time of year, our incarcerated members are often denied the ability to celebrate their traditions in the ways they choose, whether their desire be to celebrate the returning of light for Solstice, the miracle of Hanukkah, the birth story of Jesus, the tradition of Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day, or something else. All too often our members do not have family and friends to reach out to them with cards or visits, making this time particularly isolating.
With your support someone on the inside will experience a moment of joy, connection and kindness, while telling prison staff that people on the outside are watching.
This is why First Unitarian is hosting a card party to support Black and Pink’s Holiday Card Drive.
We will meet from 5-8pm on Wednesday, December 4 in the Common Room of First Unitarian Church with the goal of preparing 100 holiday cards to be sent to people inside the prison system.
Warm beverages will be provided, attendees are encouraged to bring a holiday treat to share if they would like. Treats are optional and not required for attendance.
If you are unable to attend but would still like to support the event, you can donate Holiday Cards by dropping them off at the church office prior to
Can you spare some time on a Sunday morning to assist a hospitality team in welcoming visitors, distributing the order of service, collecting the offering or cleaning the kitchen? Yes, we have hospitality teams for that purpose but sometimes a team may be short a member or two leaving them struggling to keep up. We are putting together a list of people a team can call on as a possible substitute when they are short a team member. The more substitutes, the less often you may be called, and you can specify which job you are most comfortable doing. If you are already a member of a hospitality team, please also consider joining the list of substitutes.
Please consider joining the list of substitutes by emailing Carolyn McNamara at email@example.com or text her at 402-709-3192.