News & Updates

  

1/19/2021: Important Update from the Sister Church Team--Food Pantry Drop-off happen on 1/21:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/sisterchurch119

1/15/2021: This week's church news:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews2021jan15

1/13/2021: A note from your Board of Trustees about new Covenant with Minister:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/covenant

1/12/2021: Join the Stewardship Team: 

Do you have some free time in the next few months, and the desire to help ensure our church can continue to foster the whole person, justice and compassion?  You can get to know others, lend your particular skills, and have some fun along the way, by joining our 2021 Stewardship Team. We’re getting started in January and will wrap up by May.  As we move through this time of uncertainty into our next chapter, it is vital that we complete a successful pledge drive. We are looking for volunteers to help develop materials, make stewardship presentations, organize fun Zoom pledge parties, track pledge data, send emails, and make phone calls.  To reach out to all members and friends, we want to assemble a team that reflects the congregation as a whole.  If you are willing to help, please contact team chair Walt Jesteadt (jesteadt1869@gmail.com, 402-676-5386) or the church office.  

 

 

1/8/2021: Church news for this week:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews2021jan8

 

1/7/2021: Text Messages from First Unitarian Church to Members

The Remind app is a communication tool First Unitarian will use to reach you. Church staff will be able to send urgent messages (such as weather closing alerts) and reminders of important church events (such as the annual meeting) all via text messages to your phone.

On Tuesday, January 26, every church member who has a cell phone number recorded in the church database will receive a text message from the church office. If you do NOT wish to receive this first test text message, please contact the church office by January 11 at admin@firstuuomaha.org.  Learn more here: www.firstuuomaha.org/remind

 

 

1/6/2021: Partner Church Update: 

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/partnerchurchupdate2021

 

 

 

1/5/2021: Publication of the newest issue of Chalice Connection is now out:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/ccjanuary2021

 

1/4/2021: Reminder Email of the Mid Year Meeting Happening this Sunday, 1/10/2021:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/midyearmeeting2021

1/1/2021: Happy New Year and Invitation to Pathways Class Email from Carrie:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/pathways2021

1/1/2021: Church news for this week: 

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews2021

 

 

12/26/2020: Church news for this week:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600626

 

 

 

12/23/2020: Christmas Eve Service reminder and holiday greetings from our minister: 

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/christmas-eve-service 

 

12/22/2020: Donations Online

Did you know you can donate online to First Unitarian Church? It's easy to use--choose to donate with your credit card or your checking account. We greatly appreciate your donations and support! Thank you! Go here: https://secure.myvanco.com/YGZR/home

 

12/18/2020: Church news for this week can be found here:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600602

 

12/16/2020: NOTICE OF THE MID-YEAR CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Meeting Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Board of Trustees would like to invite you to our second mid-year Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:30am via Zoom. This tradition began last year as a way to check in with the congregation and bring forth new business that the Board, the Ministry Team Council (MTC), and other leadership is working on more routinely rather than just once a year. We seek your input and welcome discussion. A letter about this meeting was sent to all church members on 12/11.  Learn more here:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomah.../midyearmeeting2021-2600618

 

 

12/16/2020: Invite a Friend to Church!

Word of mouth is one of the most viable ways that people find the Unitarian Universalist church. People often ask themselves why they didn't find us sooner. Your invitations & good words are often the key to introducing people to our community. This week, invite a friend to join you on Zoom as you go to church! 

 

 

12/15/2020: Caring Note for Member and Caring Team Asking for Helpers

Church member Evelyn Whitehill has been transferred back to the hospital and would greatly appreciate cards and notes. Send to:
Evelyn Whitehill, Patient Mail Bellevue Medical Center Rm 420,  2500 Bellevue Medical Center Drive, Bellevue,  NE 68123

Interested in being a member of the Caring Team? Join today! The Caring Team maintains contact with and expresses concerns for ill, homebound, and bereaved members of the church. In 2020, the Caring Team has been very helpful in keeping members connected. Email the church office to be added to our Caring Team list: admin@firstuuomaha.org

 

 

12/11/2020: Church news for this week can be found here:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600570

12/10/2020: CommUUnity Caravan Recap Email

Thanks to your generosity, our caravan was a success. Read more here: https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/caravanrecap

 

12/10/2020: Holiday Cookie Decorating with Christina

Elementary RE students are invited to a holiday cookie decorating party on Sunday, Dec 20th from 2:00-3:30pm via Zoom!  

All necessary supplies (homemade cookies, frosting bags, and decorations) will be delivered to each family prior to the Zoom party. If you prefer to use your own cookies/decorations, or to pick up your cookie-decorating package at church, you can also indicate this on the sign-up form. The deadline to sign up for cookie package delivery is Thursday, Dec 17th.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/mwqgomEykTLDQpwv9

 

12/10/2020:  Special note from the Board of Trustees

At the December meeting, The Board of Trustees passed a motion: The Board of Trustees of The First Unitarian Church of Omaha wishes to recognize and express our gratitude to the UU The Vote Team for their tireless work in promoting our principles.

"You should all be proud of your work. We certainly are and remain grateful for what you have accomplished." -- Sharon Piehler, Board President

12/9/2020: Be A Buddy!

The Membership Team knows that people are getting tired of being isolated during COVID and we know how important it is to stay connected to one another. We would like to try something new for those of you who don't have family or friends checking on you regularly or those of you who can't or do not want to attend Zoom service. We're calling it the "Be a Buddy" system.

 

If you are feeling isolated for any reason, having a Buddy checking in on you can offer that missing connection of Sunday morning services and church events. 

 

HOW IT WORKS: All interested congregants will be paired with another congregant who is also interested in being a Buddy. Each pair will determine when and how they'll check in with each other. It might be a quick, frequent text or email to say "Good morning. All is well here." Or it could be a quick phone call. The key is for each person to hear from the other. 

 

That's all there is to it! If you are interested, please email Carrie at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org no later than December 31, 2020.

 

 

12/8/2020: Sister Church Call for Donations

Our sister church, Clair Memorial United Methodist,  will hold its annual pre-Christmas Giveaway on December 10-12. They will also give our FREE flu shots. Can you help? Our sister church would appreciate contributions of clothing, household goods and new or gently used toys & games. Contributions may be dropped off at the church, 5544 Ames Ave., December 8 or 9 between 10 am & 4 pm.

Questions? Contact the Sister Church team at sisterchurch@firstuuomaha.org

12/7/2020: Sign up for Mystery Friends 

Mystery Friends is a pen pal program intended to create connections at First Unitarian Church between children/youth (K-12th grade) and adults who may not already know each other well.  The deadline to sign up is Sunday, Dec 13th.

On Dec 14th, participants will be notified of their code names and sent a reminder to send their first letter. Letters can be mailed to the church or emailed to the DRE. Each week on Saturday between Dec 19-Feb 6, all letters received the previous week will be postal mailed to the intended recipient. By signing up for the Mystery Friends program, you are committing to sending 8 letters, one each week beginning with Dec 14 & ending the week of Feb 8.

Sign up and learn more here: www.firstuuomaha.org/mysteryfriends

 

 

12/4/2020 Church news for this week can be found here:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600562

 

12/3/2020: Special Caring Notice of Mara Winter's Celebration of life: 

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/celebrationoflife

11/29/2020: Caravan reminder email:  https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/caravanreminder

11/28/2020: Church news for this week can be found here:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600546

 

11/22/2020: commUUnity caravan happening Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 - 2:00pm in the parking lot @ First Unitarian Church, 3114 Harney St.

PLEASE BRING DONATIONS FOR:

 

YES (Youth Emergency Services): Warm new clothing items such as gloves, hats, coats, hand warmers, and fleece blankets and/or holiday gifts such as headphones, Apple & Android chargers, footballs, razors, electric shavers/clippers, basketballs. Every year YES gives out holiday gifts to the teenagers in their program—help us make their holidays bright!

 

First U Neighborhood Care: $10 gift cards to nearby gas stations, $10 gift cards to nearby fast-food places such as Taco Bell, Runza, McDonalds,  $10 gift cards to nearby grocery stores such as Hy-Vee or Bakers, bus passes (the office usually purchases the 10 rides with transfer bus pass). Share your holiday spirit with those in need!

 

Clair Memorial Food Pantry: Pastor Portia requests canned soup, boxed or packaged meals for chicken or tuna, and cereal. Every month the Clair Cares Food Pantry feeds hundreds of people—help us make sure their pantry  is well stocked for the holiday season!

 

PICK UP:

Stop and see Rev. Shari at her station to pick up your Christmas Eve candle. During the Dec 24th Zoom service, light your candle during "Silent Night," and our screens in gallery view will light up like a Christmas tree with the bright love of the season.

 

SIGN UP:

Stop and see Christina at the RE Station to sign up for Mystery Friends, a pen pal program that matches adults with children/youth in our congregation. This year we will exchange letters for 9 weeks, between Dec 14-Feb 12, and meet on Zoom to reveal our identities on Feb 13! (More details and online sign-up option to follow).

 

DRINK UP:

YRUU will be selling hot chocolate and apple cider at the RE Station as a fundraiser for our Share the Plate Program.

Questions? Contact the church office: admin@firstuuomaha.org; 402 345 3039 ext 101

 

11/19/2020: Omaha Interfaith Thanksgiving Service THIS Sunday @ 5pm Online. Read all the info here:
https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/interfaithservice

 

 

11/18/2020: Peter Mayer “live” Concert Opportunity this Saturday, Nov 21 at 7pm
Are you a Peter Mayer fan (e.g., Blue Boat Home, Everything is Holy Now…)?  You are invited to join a “live” (via Zoom) concert by Peter Mayer THIS Saturday, Nov 21 at 7pm.  Tickets are $15/person, with all proceed to go to First Unitarian Church of Omaha.  This concert is part of the Heart & Hand Auction at First Unitarian Church, but open to anyone interested. Contact ** auction@firtsuuomaha.org 
if you would like to attend.

 

 

11/17/2020:  Important note: Be sure to UPDATE your Zoom app before Sunday! 

Certain Zoom features will only work if you update your Zoom app. There are three ways to do this: 

 

1.) If Zoom has released a mandatory updated, you will receive a popup or a bar on your client prompting you to update. From there, review the terms and conditions, and update your client. 

 

2.) For optional updates: Select your profile image in Zoom, click "check for updates," and then you will be prompted to update. 

 

3.) Head to the Zoom site download page: https://zoom.us/download

Here you will find all the latest releases and you can download the client straight from the web.

 

​This YouTube video will explain these 3 options: 

https://youtu.be/E7zERcVLUBM

11/15/2020: Auction News

  1. For the auction, donor receipts and statements for purchases were emailed immediately after the auction.  If you haven’t received yours successfully, please contact auction@firstuuomaha.org

  2. Event open to anyone interested:  information session on COVID-19 by Jennifer Larsen Tues eve, Nov 17th at 7 pm.  Zoom link in the enews.   

  3. Auction event with open seats:  “live” (via Zoom) concert by Peter Mayer.  Saturday, Nov 21 at 7 pm.  Tickets $15.  Contact auction@firstuuomaha.org if interested.  (Blue Boat Home, Holy Now, many other hits). 

11/13/2020: Church news for this week can be found here: https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600530

 

 

11/11/2020: Omaha Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Sunday November 22, 5pm
All are welcome to join us online for this year’s Omaha Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. In its 25th year, this worship service brings together faith communities across the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and UU traditions to pray, sing, and reflect together. This year’s theme is Rise in Gratitude as we seek to name all that we lament and that is out of order from this year, while also giving thanks for all that we have to be grateful for in the midst of it all. Special music is included in this collaborative service. The host this year is Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and the service will be broadcast on Trinity’s Facebook page at 5pm on Nov 22. It will also be available on their website (trinityepiscopal.org/video) and YouTube channel. Rev. Woodbury has contributed to the service along with many interfaith colleagues, and invites members and friends of First Unitarian to take part. If you've never attended the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service before, this is a great year to check it out.

11/9/2020: You're Invited! Take part in these two at-home chalice activities! 


1.) First U CommUUnity Chalice Lighting Project

Share your light with our community by joining the First U CommUUnity Chalice Lighting Project. This idea comes to us from the Sanchez-Soto family, who demonstrates the passing of the flame in this video: https://youtu.be/8QN9jKeH0HY.

Written directions can be found here: https://bit.ly/33EmFdp 

You’re invited to use a chalice you have at home, or any candle you’d like. Don’t forget to “pass the flame” after you light your chalice, and send your video (Google Drive works well) to dre@firstuuomaha.org  by Nov. 20th. The CommUUnity Chalice Lighting will be used for our Sunday, Nov. 22nd Bring a Friend to Church Sunday.

***

 

2.) Sunday Service Chalice Lighters

Are you missing all our friendly faces? Me too! Please sign up to be a Sunday Service Chalice Lighter at one of our Zoom services by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3i0unDb.

All you need is a candle (traditional or battery will do), and we will spotlight your screen as your family member(s) ignite the flame. If your family would also like to lead the chalice-lighting words, the worship leader will provide them for you. Though it isn’t required, you are welcome to use a chalice if you have one at home. 


 

 

 

11/6/2020: Sunday, November 22nd is the First Bring a Friend to Church Sunday!
Lately everyone seems so distant. What better time to be with our church family and our friends and family too than the Sunday morning Zoom service?
 
We’re not trying to fill the virtual pews, or to increase attendance, what we want to do is invite a friend (or two) who:

  • Could benefit from being in community with others

  • Want to be in a place where the responsible search for truth and meaning is honored and encouraged

  • Would be interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism

We’d love to see those people you care for be a part of our service. 
 Please invite a friend to join us for a newcomer friendly, uplifting service on November 22nd.

Just send your friend this link: www.firstuuomaha.org/uplift

Your friend will be given the Zoom service info at that link and learn a bit more about the service and the church. 

We’re always happy to see new faces on Sunday mornings!
 
With love,
The Membership Team

 

 

11/6/2020: This week's church news available now at this link:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600518

11/4/2020: Governance Team Members Needed 

Our By-Laws provide for a board appointed Governance Team.  This team is a standing  committee that is responsible for enabling the Board to become the best and most productive Board it can be. Its duties include maintaining accurate job descriptions for the Board, leading the annual training session for new Trustees, to which “old” Trustees are invited, facilitating an annual review of the Board covenant, organizing the Board’s annual evaluation of itself, and other appropriate process monitoring and improvement. We are seeking volunteers for these roles. You do not have to have board experience, just a willingness to read through documents and update them and to help create training materials. This is a perfect way to get to understand how our church works and governs. The time investment is minimal, maybe an hour or two a month and the work will be deeply appreciated! If you are interested or have questions, please contact Rev. Shari, Sharon Piehler, Cat Dixon or any board member.  

 

11/3/2020:  Outside Opportunity: Post-Election Vigil & Community Gathering

Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 8 PM – 9:15 PM EST

Think you might want some supportive companionship in the aftermath of the election? There will be a national UU Vigil. Hosted on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube. Join the UUA, UU the Vote, Side with Love, and UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray for this event. Learn more here: www.facebook.com/events/3713971198666868/

11/2/2020: Auction Wrap Up

The auction team is arranging pick-up/delivery for items they have.  Thank you to everyone who donated and purchased items! 

*If you need to arrange special delivery (e.g. frozen item, custom made cookies, etc, please get in touch with your buyers soon to make a plan.  *If your donation was a class or event using Zoom, Donna Neff will contact you about setting up the link, alerting your buyers, and advertising it if open seats remain.  Plans should start 2 weeks before the event. Questions or concerns?  Email auction@firstuuomaha.org or call Donna (402-699-3183) or Sara (720-312-4854)
THANK YOU for supporting the church through the auction! 

10/30/2020: This week's church news

Go here: https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600510

10/30/2020: TODAY--Heart & Hand Online Auction ends at 7pm! 

Last chance to shop, then party! Bidding ends/sales final TODAY (Oct 30) at 7pm. Halloween Auction Party starts TODAY (Oct 30) at 7pm. Costumes encouraged-contest with prizes! Go here for the auction site: http://www.auctria.com/auction/2020HHAuction

 

10/29/2020: Two days left of Auction Week!

Support the church and shop! Learn more here: https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/auction2020

 

 

10/28/2020: Fall Back Reminder

When you head to bed Saturday night, 10/31, don’t forget to set clocks back one hour. 

10/27/2020: For this Sunday, November 1st
**For those who have lost loved ones in the past year, Samhain rituals can be an opportunity to bring closure to grieving and to further adjust to their being in the Otherworld by spiritually communing with them. We will above all be honoring and recognizing our beloved departed from this past year. **If you wish to add a name to this role, please email Wesley Morrison-Sloat, Second Unitarian Church member, wesleymorrisonsloat@gmail.com with the subject line 'Role of the Honored Dead.' Thank you.

 

10/26/2020: Auction Reminder with Highlighted List of Items

Support the church and shop--it’s Auction Week! Go here for details:  https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/itsauctionweek

 

10/26/2020: Teams Meeting Happening in November 

The MTC is pleased to announce the date for our next Teams Meeting. We will meet on Saturday, November 7 at 10am via Zoom. The Zoom event information is below. A meeting agenda will be sent in the leaders newsletter which goes out at the beginning of November.  It will be great to hear from you all!  We understand that some teams haven't been as active during the pandemic, but please do join us so we can reconnect, discuss the new Annual Vision of Ministry just approved by the board, and discuss the future.  

Topic: November Teams Meeting
Time: Nov 7, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94994471948
Meeting ID: 949 9447 1948

10/25/2020: EMR Video

Did you miss the Sunday service or want to see the EMR video again? Check it out here: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1891629043

 

 

10/24/2020:  It's Auction Week!

Register to bid! See a list of highlighted items and get more info here:

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/its-auction-week-time-to-shop-bid

10/23/2020: Enews! 

Check out this week's church enews here: https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600486

 

 

 

10/22/220: Exciting News for the Book Club 

Author Kurt Anderson will join the First U Book Club Discussion this Monday, 10/26 at 7pm via Zoom! We are thrilled to have this nationally known writer zoom in with us as we discuss his latest book "Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History" (Penguin Random House, 2020). Andersen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from Westside High School. He notes that in his youth he and his family had affiliations with First Unitarian Church. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he edited the Harvard Lampoon. Need the Zoom event link? Email Dave at drichardson821@gmail.com.

10/21/2020: Sign up TODAY for the Great Pumpkin Hunt! 

Today is the deadline to sign up for the hunt. Go here for all the details: 
https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/pumpkins-2600498

10/20/2020: Auction Reminder

Now is the time to make your donations to the auction and to register to bid. Go here for all the details: 

https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/ticktock

10/20/2020: WANTED: Writers, Artists, Photographers, Dreamers!
Chalice Connection, a quarterly publication of First Unitarian Church, Seeks Art, Poetry, Reflections, and Stories from our church members and friends. The issue theme is: imagination. Deadline for submissions is 11/27/2020. Learn more here:
www.firstuuomaha.org/cc

10/16/2020:  This Sunday service information: Sunday, October 18 at 10:30am online

"Cycles of Survival & Symbiosis"

By Aly Tharp
Weaving together lessons from the plant and animal kingdoms and stories from social & climate movements, guest speaker Aly Tharp will cast a vision for collective liberation through collective healing & regeneration.  

​About the guest speaker: Aly Tharp is the Program Director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), and has been leading various national UU climate justice programs for six years. She grew up in Plano, TX, is a member of Wildflower UU Church in Austin, TX. Aly's greatest joy & passion is community building for social change through art, culture, and food.

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

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

10/16/2020: Weekly enews packed with info! 

This week's church news is filled with many opportunities to get involved: share a story of deep listening with our minister for next week's service, take part in the great pumpkin hunt, register to bid during the H&H online auction, film yourself as a chalice lighter, join Rev. Shari for a connection session on Zoom (one is scheduled for today at noon!), or plan to attend one of the many other Zoom events (Book Club, CommUUnity Night, UU the Vote Meeting, AHA meeting and more) coming up!

Everything you need to know about what's happening at First U is right here: https://mailchi.mp/firstuuomaha/churchnews-2600474

10/15/2020: Opportunity to Share!

Do you have a personal story that illustrates how listening to people with life experiences or worldviews different than your own has enriched your understanding of life? It could be through our sister church in Omaha, our partner church in Transylvania, through conversation with other UUs right here, or with friends from different cultures, etc. Rev. Woodbury would love to hear your anecdote and may incorporate it into her message on Sunday, Oct. 25. You can email her at minister@firstuuomaha.org or go to https://calendly.com/rev-woodbury to schedule a 15-min. conversation to share your experience. To see upcoming Sunday services, click here

 

10/14/2020: WAYS YOU CAN HELP: The next Clair Cares Food Pantry will be Saturday, October 17.

Pastor Portia is requesting: ​
Soup
Spaghettios or ravioli
Cereal

Your pantry donations can be delivered TOMORROW Thursday, Oct. 15 between 10am and noon to Clair Memorial United Methodist Church (5544 Ames Ave.) Go to 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!

Questions? Email sisterchurch@firstuuomaha.org

10/13/2020: Heart & Hand Auction News 

  • YOU ARE INVITED to our annual Halloween “Heart & Hand” Auction!   A FUNdraiser for the operating budget.  It is entirely on-line this year with pandemic precautions for safety—but still awesome!

 

  • Please explore the AUCTION WEBSITE:  With no in-church auction party, the website IS the auction!  Click here to get info, donation forms, register to bid, and plan your prize-winning costume. Click here to browse the ever-growing CATALOG of wonderful items to be auctioned. (Tickets to Vala’s and Bellevue Berry Farm on sale now!)

 

  • Please DONATE something to the auction this coming week! The deadline for donations is fast approaching:  Wednesday, Oct 21.   Large or small, serious or fun—we need your donations for a successful auction.  Click here for donation forms and pandemic safety guidelines or contact auction@firstuuomaha.org. (Do not deliver donations to the church. You will be contacted to arrange safe pickup/delivery.)

 

  • REGISTER to bid and mark your calendars: AUCTION WEEK is Oct 23-30: On-line bidding begins 7 pm Oct 23, and ends (sales final) at 7 pm Oct 30th.   Click here to register to bid on the Auction Website.

 

  • HALLOWEEN AUCTION PARTY (via Zoom) 7-8:30 pm, Friday, Oct 30th   Costumes strongly encouraged. Prizes for best costume in 4 categories:  Masked Disguise, Family Photo, Posh Pets (yes!), and Spook’s Choice (open).  “Door prizes”!  Join friends for fellowship and fun.

 

10/11/2020: The Great Pumpkin Hunt!
In this time of social distancing, our RE Team has come up with the idea of a Great Pumpkin Hunt across the city, modeled after our Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt last Spring! You can create a pumpkin for participants to find at your house, or go hunting for pumpkins, or both! Both activities are open to anyone, this is a multigenerational activity. If you’d like to be a stop on the map, please sign up by Oct 21. See more details, view some inspirational UU pumpkins, and sign up here https://bit.ly/3nu8KOR.

10/11/2020:  The Next AHA (Atheists Humanists Agnostics) Group Event

AHA invites all to join us for this historically interesting presentation and discussion on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7pm via Zoom. Rev. Shari’s subject is "The Intersecting Histories of UUism and Humanism."  Join the Zoom session at this link: https://zoom.us/my/firstuuomahareligiouseducation 

Questions? Email AHA@firstuuomaha.org 

10/10/2020: New! Theme Connection Sessions with Rev. Woodbury

Theme Connection is an occasional online gathering which offers the opportunity to connect with the minister and a small group via Zoom. Rev. Shari will facilitate, springboarding off the monthly Soul Matters theme. The intent of these experiential sessions is to create pathways to deeper connections within ourselves and among the session’s participants, while exploring how the theme speaks to our lives. Each session stands alone and no preparation is required. Days of week and times of day will vary to accommodate different schedules. Initial sessions will be on Friday, Oct. 16, noon to 1pm, and Tuesday , Oct. 20, 6-7pm. The theme this month is Deep Listening. The number of participants per session is limited to foster connection, so sign-up is required.

To sign up, go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48ADA82EA3F8C52-october

10/07/2020: This Sunday service information

Sunday, October 11 at 10:30am online

“Roots Hold Me Close”  

By Rev. Shari Woodbury

In times of anxiety and uncertainty, a sense of continuity with the past can be an anchoring force. If I listen deeply to where I come from, how does that affect the journey of life?  What if your roots are lost? In the spirit of our October theme of Deep Listening, and on the brink of Indigenous People’s Day, we’ll listen to indigenous wisdom on this topic. Join us as we consider just how our roots might hold us close – and help us find a way forward.

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

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

10/05/2020: NEW Auction Facebook Page

Check out the new 2020 Heart & Hand Auction Facebook page for all your auction action: www.facebook.com/Heart-and-Hand-Auction-103373241471774

 

 

10/02/2020:   Planning to attend the Sunday service on Zoom?

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 MTC@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

10/01/2020: Pledge Update

So far we have received $21,240 in increased and new pledges. Thank you to everyone who considered what you can do to close our $33,000 pledging gap for this pandemic year, and who has let us know your updated pledge commitment. We can do it! Every pledge counts -- if you haven't responded yet, please go here:
https://forms.gle/Vb897p6AM5WYRAnk7

This supplemental pledge campaign will help us know where we stand so leadership can plan responsibly to sustain our mission. We will be reaching out individually to those we do not hear from. Thank you for taking a few minutes to let us know what you can do to keep the fire of our liberal religious values burning bright. You can do that at this simple web form:https://forms.gle/Vb897p6AM5WYRAnk7
or by emailing Cat Dixon at admin@firstuuomaha.org.

 

10/01/2020: The October issue of the Chalice Connection

The newest issue of the quarterly magazine of our church is now available. Click here.

We are looking for art, poetry, photos, stories, and reflections for our next issue which will come out January 2021. The theme is imagination. Send your submissions to the church office by November 27. Email admin@firstuuomaha.org.

 

9/30/2020: This Sunday service information

Sunday, October 4 at 10:30am online

"There Is More Love"

By Rev. Shawna Foster

In times of a terrible pandemic and horrific politics, it's hard to feel like there's any more love out there for us to give to our neighbors and nation. What are the sources of love in our tradition that we can reach for to get through hard times? Explore with Rev. Shawna Foster the thoughts of our nation's forebears on the nature of divinity and where we can find more love for ourselves, our communities, and our world through the toughest of times.

We will also continue honoring our interconnection in worship through Joys & Concerns. You can share yours in the chat, or submit one via the web form to have your joy or concern lifted up in worship. Go here for the web form: www.firstuuomaha.org/joysandconcerns

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

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

9/29/2020:  Next UU the Vote Meeting

As the election approaches the UU the Vote group has been busy. We met on Wednesday, September 23 to discuss our various activities. Over the next couple of weeks we will be conducting a congregational canvass to encourage voter participation and make sure every eligible voter is duly registered. We have also initiated a dashboard on Google Docs to record our activities. Members have been active in a number of get out the vote activities with groups with goals similar to ours. We also have a lot of individuals who are independently working on various campaigns.  Our next Zoom gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th at 6pm.

Questions?  Need the Zoom link? Email Dave at drichardson821@gmail.com.

9/27/2020:  CommUUnity Night is Still Here & Happening on Friday, October 2nd

Because we need to practice good social distancing, we have set up a Zoom Meeting that can be joined anytime between 6pm and 7pm on Friday, 10/2. 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 or the church office at admin@firstuuomaha.org

9/24/2020: Auction 2020

DON’T MISS the AUCTION ACTION!

  • YOU ARE INVITED to our annual Halloween “Heart & Hand” Auction!   A FUNdraiser for the operating budget.  So-named because it features items that build connections (e.g., lessons, outings, sharing food) as well as lots of intriguing stuff.  It is entirely on-line this year, but still will be awesome!

  • Check out the AUCTION WEBSITE:  With no in-church auction party, the website IS the auction!  Click here to get info, donation forms, register to bid, plan your prize-winning costume, and browse the ever-growing CATALOG of items to be auctioned.

  • DONATE SOMETHING TO THE AUCTION! Large or small, serious or fun—we need your donations for a successful auction!  Donation forms and pandemic safety guidelines are on the auction website or contact auction@firstuuomaha.org.  (Please do not bring donations to the church.) 

  • Mark your calendars: AUCTION WEEK Oct 23-30: On-line bidding begins 7 pm Oct 23, and ends (sales final) at 7 pm Oct 30th. 

HALLOWEEN AUCTION PARTY (via Zoom) 7-8:30 pm, Friday, Oct 30th.   Join friends for a costume contest, “door” prizes, fellowship and fun.   

  • For anything auction, contact Sara (720-312-4854) or Donna (402-699-3183). 

9/23/2020: Pledge Update

Thank you to everyone who considered what you can do to close our $33,000 pledging gap for this pandemic year, and who has let us know your updated pledge commitment. So far we have received $18,245 in increased and new pledges. We can do it! Every pledge counts. This supplemental pledge campaign will help us know where we stand so leadership can plan responsibly to sustain our mission. We will be reaching out individually to church members we do not hear from. We know that many are doing the best you can to get through each day, with attention pulled in many directions. Thank you for taking a few minutes to let us know what you can do to keep the fire of our liberal religious values burning bright. You can do that at this simple web form: https://forms.gle/qda6goePdvbJRGAK9

or email the church office at admin@firstuuomaha.org.

9/23/2020: In case you missed it! Community Caravan

Check out the photos from our Saturday, Sept 12th Community Caravan. Thank you to everyone who participated and to those who brought donations for our Sister Church food pantry. Go here for more photos: www.firstuuomaha.org/wateringathering2020

9/22/2020: This Sunday service information

Sunday, September 27 at 10:30am online 

“A Higher Image” by Rev. Shari Woodbury

Our cultural and political climate reflects what theologians call a “low anthropology” or image of the human being. Lifting up a higher image may be not just a source of renewal and relief for all the heartbroken witnesses and activists among us, but a deeper antidote to what ails humanity today. In this time of fear, cynicism and derision, join us to reawaken a loftier view.

​We will also continue honoring our interconnection in worship through Joys & Concerns. You can share yours in the chat, or submit one via the web form to have your joy or concern lifted up in worship. Go here for the web form: www.firstuuomaha.org/joysandconcerns

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

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

9/19/2020: Stewardship letter mailed out to church members who have not yet responded to supplemental campaign 

Dear Friends and Fellow UU’s:

We are personally reaching out to every person in our church community during this supplemental pledge campaign. If you have already responded to the campaign, we thank you and you do not need to respond again.

While we, as UUs, focus on making this world a better place, we must face the fact that we need money to keep our congregation operative. We have a large and magnificent building to maintain and repair, staff to pay, dues and bills, and our community promises to keep.

Our regular spring pledge campaign was cut short by the pandemic. We ended up $33,000 short of our goal. That goal still relied on us drawing from reserve funds. We launched our fall supplemental campaign with some success but are still almost $15,000 short of our goal.

If we do not meet our goal, we still must honor our obligations and pay our bills. In the short term that means using money set aside for future growth, large scale building repairs and as assurance against the unknown. We can also consider larger cuts than we have already made to expenses, and face the hard decisions that come with that tactic.

To enable us to proceed as planned, we are asking everyone to please pledge or increase your pledge to help us maintain what we have and cherish. Any new pledge or increase helps. We understand that not everyone is able to pledge or increase a pledge, and we appreciate hearing from you even if that is your situation. You can also consider making a one-time supplemental contribution in addition to your current pledge. It all helps, and every investment in our mission is deeply appreciated.

Enclosed is a form to fill out and mail back to us. If you prefer, you can respond via email (admin@firstuuomaha.org) or on our church website (Stewardship tab). If we do not hear back from you by September 25th, we will reach out by phone to touch base. We need to know what our funding parameters are so that we can plan our church year in a realistic and responsible manner.

Thank you for your support. Together we can sustain the church community we love, and continue to put our principles into action in the world around us.

 

Rev. Shari Woodbury, Minister

Sharon Piehler, Board of Trustees
                    

9/18/2020: Pledge Update  

Thank you to everyone who considered what you can do to close our $33,000 pledging gap for this pandemic year, and who has let us know your updated pledge commitment. So far we have received $17,270 in increased and new pledges. We can do it!  Every pledge counts -- if you haven't responded yet, please go here to share what you can do. This supplemental pledge campaign will help us know where we stand so leadership can plan responsibly to sustain our mission. We will be reaching out individually to those we do not hear from. We know that many are doing the best you can to get through each day, with attention pulled in many directions. Thank you for taking a few minutes to let us know what you can do to keep the fire of our liberal religious values burning bright. You can do that at this simple web form or by emailing Cat Dixon at admin@firstuuomaha.org. 

9/18/2020: A Message from the MTC (Ministry Team Council)
We want to remind everyone that the church building is still closed. We hope to return to in-person services in the summer of 2021, at the earliest. Church leadership will assess the situation every month and will keep the congregation informed of any changes. Starting this month, leadership has agreed to allow volunteers (who are doing the work of the church) into the building for limited visits. Entrance to the building will be handled case by case and visiting the church will require scheduling time with the church office. There are special protocols to keep other volunteers and church staff safe. Please email the church office at admin@firstuuomaha.org with questions.

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