Ways You Can Help

Share the Plate: October

Our October Share the Plate recipient is our Sister Church Clair Cares Food Pantry. Click here to donate directly: https://clairumc.churchcenter.com/giving

Halloween Heart & Hand Auction Party:  Oct 28th, 6-9 pm. 

Mark your calendars.

The Halloween Heart & Hand Auction returns as a hybrid on-line auction and in-person party and auction!!  Fun and funds--this is our major annual FUNdraiser for the church operating budget.

Get all the details:  Click here to check out the Auction website (how bidding will work, the costume contest, the Fall Favorites potluck, and more) or  stop by the Auction Table at church on Sunday.  Click here to get a flyer to print for your refrig!

Volunteer to help!  The Auction is a big deal-many moving parts.  Please say “yes” if you are asked to help—or better yet, contact the Ministry Team Council (MTC) to see what needs doing: Email:  MTC@firstuuomaha.org. (Immediate need—help pick up donations.)

Donate!  In addition to temping physical items, we encourage sharing of talents and skills, and social events (yes!) at people’s home or at church.  (Guidance from our Re-opening Task Force:  donors can offer whatever auction events they wish, as long as COVID-related protocols are stated clearly.  We hope for a variety of events for people with all levels of Covid-safety needs.)

To donate on-line click here,  email donation details to auction@firstuuomaha.org or get a paper donation form during coffee hour at church. 

Questions:  email auction@firstuuomaha.org

Sunday Morning Tech Crew

 

We are looking for more in-sanctuary techies for Sunday mornings. Our tech team has done a fantastic job making the process easy and intuitive.

 

Eager to help our Tech Team or want to learn more? You can reach out to Stef Lewis (srodriguez.srr@gmail.com), who is lining people up to shadow experienced techies and learn the ropes. A checklist is ready for you, and video training will soon be available as well.

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed 

We're looking coffee hour volunteers! Sign up with your friend or your team or small group. Choose to take just one Sunday at a time or sign up for a spot once a month! An easy one-page of directions is available. Go here to sign up today: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fa4af2fab9-coffee

Sunday Morning Greeters

We have an ongoing need for Sunday morning greeters/ushers. The tasks are fairly simple – make sure the doors are unlocked (and then locked), collect the offering, and share a hearty “Good morning!” to all who enter. Click here for the sign up online. 

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Chancel Flowers Volunteers 

Volunteers are still needed for the months of Feb, June, and July 2023 to bring flowers for the chancel table in the Sanctuary. Any kind of flowers or plants are welcome, and they can be dried, fake, etc.
You can volunteer alone or as part of a group or team.  If interested, please contact Linda Hruska at lhruskane@gmail.com

RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO BE 
A WELCOMING CONGREGATION 
 

WHAT IS A WELCOMING CONGREGATION? The Welcoming Congregation program was launched by the UUA in the 1990’s to address homophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people within the denomination and the broader community. 
 
WE ARE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION! In 2003, First Unitarian Church of Omaha proudly became an officially recognized UUA Welcoming Congregation, committing ourselves to work hard to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are full members of our faith community. 
 
WELCOMING CONGREGATION RENEWAL: The UUA is challenging congregations to a process of Welcome Renewal, recommitting to our original pledge, highlighting for new members what it means to be a Welcoming Congregation and learning more about the current needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ people in our church and the broader community. And the UUA is hoping congregations make Welcome Renewal an annual commitment by embedding this process into our yearly planning. 
 
COME BE A PART OF OUR WELCOME RENEWAL: The Side With Love Team is the initial activator but success requires a diverse team of all genders, sexual orientation, ages, cultural and racial groups, to engage the congregation in this process of Welcome Renewal. 

NEXT MEETING (online):

The Welcome Renewal Committee will meet to review the Welcome Renewal steps as we seek to update our Welcoming Congregation status.  We encourage your input and help with our planning to ensure that all people in the LGBT community feel welcomed and included. 

Please come to the Zoom meeting on Thursday, September 29 from 7-8:30pm. Please contact Carol Ramsey with any questions: carolramsey@cox.net or  402-720-3074

Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83174878721
Meeting ID: 831 7487 8721

Let's Get Out the Vote! 


This is an invitation to help out with a "Postcard Preparation Party" (gotta love alliteration.).  The UUtheVote team will be working on attaching name labels and stamps to prepared postcards on Sunday, October 9 right after the service in the Whitney Young Room. These cards will go out to members as part of our "Get Out the Vote" efforts. Questions? Contact Linda Hess or Dave Richardson.  

Sister Church Food Pantry

Each month, volunteers are donating food or helping at the food pantry. There are special requests and procedures.

 

Go here for more info: www.firstuuomaha.org/sisterchurch

From the Membership Team: 
 
Front Door Wreaths

We would like to make the front entrance more welcoming year-round. Seasonal wreaths placed on the front doors are a great way to warm the entrance. If you’re able and willing to create and/or purchase these wreaths, please contact Membership Coordinator, Melissa Gibson, at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org.
  
Communication Cards

You may have noticed the new yellow cards at the entrances to the sanctuary. These cards replace an assortment of other papers. Visitors can input their information, members can update their contact information, a space for Joys & Concerns is available on the back, and there is a QR code to find upcoming events and programming on the church’s website. Everyone is encouraged to make use of these cards. Just drop them – filled out or blank – in the offering basket!
 
Rainbow Lanyards for Membership Committee & Greeters

All members of the Membership Committee and Sunday Morning Greeters are encouraged to wear the new rainbow lanyards during Sunday services and coffee hour. This designates you as someone for visitors to approach with questions (and if you can’t answer the question, you can guide them to someone who can). Lanyards are available in the middle drawer in the foyer (beneath the parking validation area).