ANNOUNCEMENTS — January 26 2020

 

​Visitors: You are invited downstairs after the service for coffee and, if comfortable, asked to take a blue cup which indicates you would enjoy conversation with members. Please also visit the Welcome Table where you can find information on Unitarian Universalism and our church. All visitors, their friends and relatives, and friends and relatives of members are welcome to attend all church functions and social events.

 

Assisted Listening Devices and Large Print Orders of Service are available in the church entryway for your use. Greeters can direct you to these resources.

 

​Please sign in on the pink sheets in each pew. This is much needed information which we use to follow attendance trends and recognize visitors.

 

​Parking: Parking is directly west of the church in the surface parking lot or on the street. We want to save the surface lot for those who need to park closer. You may park in the Midtown Crossing Parking Garage to the west of the church lot. The entrance to the parking garage is on Farnam Street. You must have your ticket validated for free parking. Have your ticket validated downstairs in the Common Room. Find the ticket-validating machine on the south side of the Common Room on the bookcase. Questions? Contact the church office at admin@firstuuomaha.org.  

 

​Children: The sanctuary foyer has a speaker and comfortable chair for those who need a place to comfort a child during the service.​

 

TODAY

Social Justice Fair 

Sunday, Jan. 26 during Coffee Hour in the Common Room after the church service. Come find out more about many opportunities to get involved in our church and community. 

 

First Steps: A Class for VisitorsSunday, Jan. 26 at 11:45am in the Whitney Young Classroom. You are invited to join us as we gather together to learn more about the basics of Unitarian Universalism. RSVP to our membership coordinator, Carrie, at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org.

 

Bridge Group
This group meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month in the conference room after the service. If you’re a complete novice, join us to learn how to play this age-old game. It will boost your memory and your deductive reasoning skills. If you've played before, come for some entertainment and some time at the game table. We usually play for about two hours. Questions? Contact Scott at scott.kemper@gmail.com.

Announcements 

Minister To Be Out of the Office  
Rev. Michelle will have surgery this Monday and will be out of the office for the next few weeks.  She is expected to return to the office on February 18th. In the meantime, please contact the church office for any matters which require attention before her return. Pastoral care coverage is available.  Please let Cat know if you would like a pastoral care call or visit. We're wishing Rev. Michelle all the best and a speedy recovery. 

Preserve Our Building Fund Drive
2020 marks the 15th year of our Preserve Our Building drive at First Unitarian Church. Jaime Alexander had the original idea of starting the fund to put aside money specially to maintain our 100-year-old building and its magnificent sanctuary. The original impetus for his thought was the major restoration of the sanctuary, which occurred in 2004, made possible by the maturation of the Erickson bond, a generous gift to the church by Gordon and Olive Erickson some years earlier. Monies in the fund may only be used for the purpose of non-routine building maintenance, and expenditures may only be made with the approval, by vote, of the members of the congregation. The last such expenditure ($20,000) was approved in 2018 to contribute to major restoration work to the large windows in the sanctuary, which were showing signs of their age. This project remains ongoing, as restoration work done well usually takes time. Much appreciation to Bob Perrin for his work in overseeing this project.
 
Our current fund balance stands at $76,054.20. Those of us promoting this project know that our members and friends are generous in their support of the church and its programs, and we are asking you to consider a contribution, large or small, to this special project. Your assistance will help ensure the inspirational beauty of our church home for years to come. Help maintain the well, so that we, and others who will come later, may drink.
 
Checks should be made out to First Unitarian Church with POB marked in the memo line. Send your check to the church office or drop it in the collection plate on Sunday. Cash donations can be placed in one of the church envelopes located in the pews. Be sure to indicate that the contribution is for Preserve our Building.  Contact the church office for contributions by credit card and other means.  Thank you for your support!

Update from the Ministerial Search Committee ---  Minister Interviews are Happening!

Ministers spent the month of December reviewing the Congregational Records of the thirty UU churches in search this year, and on January 2, we received from the UUA the names of interested ministers who wanted to know more about our congregation.

We have completed video interviews, lasting approximately an hour, with all of the ministers who expressed an interest. We’ve conducted initial reference checks and made offers for ministers to pre-candidate with us. We are pleased with the quality of the interested ministers. Each minister who accepts our offer to pre-candidate comes to Omaha over a weekend in February or March for social time, a three hour interview with the committee, a tour of the city and our building, and a worship service they will conduct at a UU church outside of Omaha.

At the end of March, we will communicate to the UUA our ranking of the pre-candidates based on who we believe could best serve as our next settled minister. Each minister can pre-candidate at up to three churches, and they will similarly be ranking those congregations. The UUA Transitions Office helps to identify where there is mutual interest and on April 2 we will learn if we made a match!

And, if you’re interested in reading our Congregational Record, it is now posted in the password protected members area of the church website. The Congregational Record is a forty some page deep dive into our congregation’s history, culture, staff, finances, religious education, facilities, demographics and perhaps most importantly, what the congregation is looking for in its next settled minister, The Congregational Record is our best effort to tell our congregational story and reflect what we heard from the congregational survey, cottage meetings, focus groups, lay leaders and Rev. Michelle.

Inclement Weather Cancellations 
In the event of bad weather and a church service or event is cancelled, the church office will email everyone on the enews list, update the church website, and post on the church Facebook page. When in doubt, play it safe! 

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Ways to Help & Get Involved

Social Justice Fair 2020--This Sunday! 
Save the date: January 26 during coffee hour in the Common Room. If you're looking for a way to get involved in the church and community, this fair will feature different opportunities. Please join us! 

Clair Cares Food Pantry in February  
Our Sister Church, Claire Memorial United Methodist Church, will hold its food pantry on Saturday, Feb 15th, and the Sister Church Team would like to ask for your help. Come to Clair Friday, Feb 14th at 8am to assist with preparing the food pantry. Tasks will include things like taking large packages of hot dogs or other meat and repackaging them into family-size portions and getting all the perishables into the fridges and freezers. You can also bring your food pantry donations with you. Assistance is also needed on Saturday, Feb 15th while the food pantry is open--hours 9am to 2pm.  
Address: 5544 Ames Ave., Omaha, NE 68104. 
If you want to help with the pantry and have questions, please email: sisterchurch@firstuuomaha.org

Caring Drivers Needed for Church Members
1.) Long-time church member Virginia Shumate would like a ride to church on Sundays. She lives at the Bickford House (7337 Hickory St., Omaha). If you can give her a ride, please call 402-556-8763. 

2.) Rosharra, a friend of the church, needs rides on Sundays. She lives near the airport. Please email rosharraowens1234@gmail.com or call her cell at 630-532-9752 if you can help. 

 

Church Events

Social Justice Fair 
Sunday, Jan. 26 during Coffee Hour in the Common Room after the church service. Come find out more about many opportunities to get involved in our church and community. 

First Steps: A Class for Visitors
Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11:45am in the Whitney Young Classroom. You are invited to join us as we gather together to learn more about the basics of Unitarian Universalism. RSVP to our membership coordinator, Carrie, at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org.  

Bridge Group
Meets the second and fourth Sunday after the service in the Conference Room. 

 
Book Club
Monday, Jan. 27 at 7pm in the Merritt Lounge. Our book is Educated by Tara Westover. Questions? Contact Dave at drichardson821@gmail.com

Memorial Service for Clyde Kramer
Friday, Jan. 31 at 2pm in the sanctuary. 

People's Film Festival
Monday, Feb. 3 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch Rollbacks: An Assault Against Life on Earth & Racing Extinction video highlights.

Compassionate Communication Group
Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Common Room. Next meeting: 2/4. Using Compassionate Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, we learn to connect with ourselves and others with harmony and our values. Learning to communicate more compassionately, like speaking a new language, takes practice. Thus we're a practice group learning together. No prior experience necessary.


CommUUnity Night
Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:30pm in the Common Room. This casual potluck is a chance to hangout with friends. RE brings the main dish. If you don't have time to bring a side dish or dessert, that's okay! All we want is yoUU. Childcare is provided in the nursery if needed. Come join us! 

CUUPS (Covenant of UU Pagans) Event: Imbolc
Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6:30pm in the Common Room. Imbolc, also known as Candlemas or Brigid's Day, is a time to gently awaken from our winter hibernation. We will have a candle blessing. If you don't have a candle to bring, one will be provided. Ritual starts at 6:30pm, potluck to follow. 

People's Film Festival
Monday, Feb. 10 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story & Listening. This is a documentary following the life of Lizzie Velasquez, her triumphant journey to the other side of bullying, and her mission to inspire and empower a more positive online environment.

The 3F Book Bonanza Group
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7pm in the Merritt Lounge. We do NOT meet in January. For February, we will read and discuss Beloved by Toni Morrison. Questions? Email Sheri at ksvortex@msn.com.

People's Film Festival
Monday, Feb. 17 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch THE BEST OF ENEMIES, a timely drama starring Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) and Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

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