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Worship begins at 10:30am and typically runs 60-75 minutes.
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Worried about virus exposure? Masking provides effective protection to the wearer and masking is always welcomed at church. (It is not required.) Complimentary surgical masks are available. For the highest protection, bring your own N95 or KN95 mask. Another option is to join in worship via YouTube. The church's COVID Task Force encourages everyone to keep up with vaccines and boosters. (Need a ride? Email email@example.com.)
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Sunday, March 3 at 10:30am, in person or online via Youtube
“Tell Me A Story”
with Rev. Shari Woodbury
Stories are one of the oldest forms of human play. Stories also have the potential to express our purpose – and even seed our destiny. What kind of stories can we create together at First Unitarian? Rev. Woodbury explores stories of the congregation’s past, and invites you to help write the story of our future. With the Sanctuary Singers.
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The Order of Service may be downloaded on Sunday morning.
Our Share the Plate Recipient for the month of March is All Peoples Pantry. All People’s Pantry (APP) has provided culturally appropriate foods to the greater Omaha-Council Bluffs area intercultural community whose needs are not met by traditional food pantries. Alongside partnerships with other churches, health organizations, and nonprofits, the All People’s Pantry not only provides food but creates a space to care for the whole person, where diverse cultures feel comfortable, safe, and supported. Click here to donate.
Sunday, March 10 at 10:30am, in person or online via Youtube
“Know Your Voting rights”
With Steve Smith
Steve Smith, Director of Communications for Civic Nebraska, will give a talk about voting and voting rights. Mike Forsythe, Voting Rights Manger, and Cheuqa Yang, Voting Rights Organizing Coordinator, will both be in the Common Room after the Sunday service to answer questions.
Sunday, March 17 at 10:30am, in person or online via Youtube
“Courageous Women of First Unitarian"
With Church Members Linda Parker and Dave Richardson and Rev. Shari Woodbury
We will be celebrating the unveiling of a plaque honoring Grace Holdrege, the woman who led the effort to save the church from the brink of extinction in the early decades of the 20th Century. In addition, we will honor several other key female figures from the first half of the 20th Century.
Sunday, March 24 at 10:30am, in person or online via Youtube
"Honoring Nebraska Author Willa Cather"
With Sculptor Littleton Alston
Nationally known sculptor, Littleton Alston, the creator of the magnificent statue of Willa Cather which now resides in Statuary Hall in the Nation's Capitol, will talk about the significance of this work.
About the artist: Littleton Alston maintains a sculpture studio in Omaha, where he is also Associate Professor of Sculpture at Creighton University. His sculptures are included in public and private collections throughout the country, and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His artwork ranges from figurative bronze sculptures to stainless steel abstract works and most recently to large metal and assembled helmets sculptures. Some of his recent public art commissions include sculptures for the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Omaha, Werner Park in Papillion, Dreamland Park and Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in Omaha, the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln and the World Food Prize Foundation Headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. Littleton has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Martine Vaugel Studio in France, and most recently, at the International School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy. He holds a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Arts Rinehart Graduate School of Sculpture in Baltimore. In 2019, he won the Willa Cather National Statuary Hall Competition, from more than 70 applicants, to create a portrait statue of Cather that was unveiled in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol Building on June 7, 2023.
Sunday, March 31 at 10:30am, in person or online via Youtube
By Rev. Shari Woodbury
What is the Good News of Easter? Rev. Woodbury considers this question through the lens of the proposed new values encapsulating Unitarian Universalism through our national association – including our featured value for March, Generosity. Let’s see what we can glean from the community around Jesus, and the course they took after his tragic death.
It is appropriate to acknowledge that the First Unitarian Church of Omaha occupies the traditional treaty lands of the Omaha and Otoe-Missouria Tribal Nations whose sovereignty existed long before the state of Nebraska. We would also like to express our respect to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, and over 170 other tribes represented within the Omaha area