April 20, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 16
Pledge Day is April 26!

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 26, 4 to 8 p.m., for Pledge Day, a celebration of our community that includes dinner, fellowship, bingo, a bouncy house, and more!

A buffet dinner catered by The Sioux Chef, served between 5 and 6:45 p.m., will include smoked turkey, wild rice and roasted vegetables, greens & seeds salad, and cornbread. Kids can enjoy the bouncy house between 4 and 6:30 p.m., and bingo for all ages (with prizes!) begins at 6:30 p.m.

We'll wrap up the evening with a prize drawing - you could win a $200 gift card to Kitchen Window or a $150 gift card to Parasole restaurants! Everyone who has made their pledge or scheduled their capital campaign visit by the end of Pledge Day on April 26 will get one entry into the drawing. Each household that attends Pledge Day gets a second entry!

Different this Year: Campaign Visits & Pledging in Person! 
This year, we've been inviting everyone to make their annual pledge in person during their capital campaign visit. Thank you to the more than 100 members who have already made their pledges for both the capital and annual campaigns!

A capital campaign visit is an opportunity to meet in person with a campaign volunteer for 30-45 minutes to talk about the church and our exciting plans. When you receive your invitation for a visit, please respond with an enthusiastic "yes, let's meet!" These are friendly conversations; we encourage generosity, but with no pressure! We trust that each of us will decide on a gift that reflects our commitment to the church and what we can afford to give.

To schedule your capital campaign visit, stop by the table in the social hall this Sunday. There will also be an opportunity on Pledge Day to schedule your campaign visit.

If you'd like to have your capital campaign visit at church, there will be opportunities this Sunday, April 23 (before, during and after services), as well as on Pledge Day. We want to make this an easy and fun process!

We know Pledge Day is quickly approaching - if your campaign visit doesn't happen before April 26, your pledge card will be available for you at church on Pledge Day so that you can make your annual pledge. 

It is crucial that we continue to fund the near term operating needs of the church, even as we envision our future and begin to build it.

Thank you for your generosity and support of this church community!

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, April 23, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"The White Trash Among Us"
Rev. Karen Hutt
This Sunday's guest preacher, Rev. Karen Hutt, is a CPE educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. She has worked as a pediatric chaplain, a trauma chaplain and chaplain educator at hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area. Karen is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Association. She holds a master's of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and she did her undergraduate studies at Boston University.
A Look Ahead
Sunday, April 30, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Recent Sermon Podcasts
April 16, 2017
"Resurrection 2.0"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
April 9, 2017
"The Growing Edge"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
April 2, 2017
"Seeking Transformation?"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Listen to the podcast
March 26, 2017
"Risking Hope"
Rev. Jen Crow
Musical Guest This Sunday: Ellis
Ellis Delaney is a member of First Universalist Church, with her partner Terri and daughter Ruby. A winner of several awards and honors, Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills as well as her engaging performances. Many folk festivals have "audience choice" awards, and Ellis has claimed those honors at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. She also won the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Contest in 2013, the Midwest Mountain Stage New Song Contest (US) in 2011 and the award for the Just Plain Folks (International) Best  Female Singer Songwriter Album in 2009.
April 30 Worship: #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn
On Sunday, April 30, First Universalist will join more than 500 Unitarian Universalist congregations/communities in shifting our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy, known as #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn. This call to action comes from a growing network led by UUs of color and white UUs working together. 

Our service will feature an excerpt from the powerful work Citizen: An American Lyric written by author Claudia Rankine and presented by actors of Frank Theater. We will sing together, learn together, question together, and lean in...together. 

You won't want to miss participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action.

This is a youth-friendly worship service and all are welcome on Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. Read more about the national movement here.
Impacts of Climate Change in
Central America Forum
Saturday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us in the social hall on Earth Day for dessert and coffee to discuss climate change impacts in Central America. Did you know that Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala are among the countries most affected by climate change? Three panelists with expertise in agriculture, water policy, and tropical ecosystems, and Project Minnesota León's (PML) Director inNicaragua, will talk about a project in rural San Carlos to obtain clean drinking water.  First U's Environmental Justice group is co-hosting this event with PML, the non-profit that facilitates our Youth Cultural Exchange program. This event is free, but donations for PML's water project will be accepted. More information.
Watch Party: "Whose Faith Is It Anyway?: Confronting White Supremacy in Faith Institutions" Online Panel
Sunday, April 23, 5:30-8:45 p.m.
Black Lives of UU (BLUU) is hosting an online panel discussion on Sunday, April 23 at 6 p.m. CST, and we're hosting a "watch party" here at church in the Cummins Room. The online panel will discuss the issues facing people of faith doing liberation work within long standing institutions. A l ight dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., then we'll watch the p anel discussion together from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and then a debrief will be led by Rev. Justin Schroeder, Denise Konen, and Lena K. Gardner. Learn more and RSVP on the Facebook event.
Pledge Day 
Wednesday, April 26, 4-8 p.m.
Pledge Day is free, family-friendly, and fun! Join us for a celebration of our community that includes dinner, fellowship, BINGO for all ages (with prizes!), a bouncy house, a prize drawing, and more. The  buffet dinner catered by The Sioux Chef includes smoked turkey, wild rice and roasted vegetables, greens & seeds salad, and cornbread.  Join us any time between 4 and 8 p.m. Kids can enjoy the bouncy house between 4 and 6:30 p.m., dinner is buffet-style and will be available between 5 and 6:45 p.m., and bingo for all ages begins at 6:30 p.m. Learn more.
Senior Hike with Daytime Connections
Thursday, April 27, 10 a.m.
Join  other First U seniors for an easy hike on the  Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail  near Excelsior.  Meet at 10 a.m. at Maynards  in Excelsior at 685 Excelsior Blvd., 55331.
We'll hike on an old rail bed (really flat!) of packed gravel. The trail offers scenic views of Lake Minnetonka and passes through Excelsior, Greenwood, and Deephaven. We'll hike east on the trail for about one hour, and then turn around and head back to the restaurant. If you prefer a shorter hike, you can simply turn around sooner and meet the others at the restaurant at about noon.  RSVP to Lisa and Eric Berglund at  lakemn@usfamily.net  or 763-559-0330.
Congregational Budget Meetings
Sunday, April 30, 12:30 p.m. 
& Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.
The Board of Trustees will share a draft budget at Congregational Budget Meetings on Sunday, April 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary and Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cummins Room. After a presentation of the budget and its rationale, there will be an opportunity for questions. The board will prepare a final version of the budget for presentation to the Congregation at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 4 at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Lend-A-Hand is an opportunity to help care for our building and grounds as part of a volunteer team, meeting on first Thursdays. In coordination with our facilities staff, this team undertakes various projects to keep our church clean, orderly and attractive. Volunteers gather at 9:30 a.m. and end their activities by noon. If you would like to participate, please email Sandy at sandy@firstuniv.org to sign up. Thank you!
First Universalist Habitat Heroes in St. Paul
Polly Talen, Ingrid Young, Peg Mitchell, Rev. Justin Schroeder, Joan Naymark, and Chuck Coskran were among those at Habitat's "Day on the Hill."
Submitted by Joan Naymark

First Universalist advocates joined more than 100 other volunteers from around the state for Habitat for Humanity's "Day on the Hill" in St. Paul on Tuesday, April 18. 

We heard from House and Senate housing bill authors, Housing Commissioner Tingenthal, Habitat leaders, and a Habitat Homeowner who understands the Housing Continuum - she and her children were homeless, gained shelter due to help from Simpson, and now live in a Habitat House. She now works for Hennepin County supporting those living in group homes and is also on the Board of Simpson Housing Services. It was an inspiring success story about the importance of housing to support positive economic, educational, health, and community outcomes. After getting inspired and trained, we went to talk with our own elected officials in small groups. We even pulled many legislators out of the session to speak in the (chaotic) halls in the State Capitol.   

Advocacy works - our voices make a difference, and all those green shirts were a visible call to action all day long. Thanks to everyone who has signed a Habitat postcard, made phone calls, or done other advocacy work in the past. These housing funding bills are far from secure, however - there is more to be done. Watch this space for an opportunity to join an advocacy party/event at First Universalist to help get these bills over the finish line by the end of the legislative session.     
May 14 Child Dedication: Sign-Up Now Open
Unitarian Universalists believe that every child brings new life and hope into the world.
The next Child Dedication will take place on  Sunday, May 14 at both services. During the Child Dedication ritual, the congregation pledges itself to partner with and support parents and families in the religious upbringing of the child. Child Dedications take place during Sunday worship services twice a year, in May and November.
Infants and children of members and those on the path to membership at First Universalist may be dedicated. If your family would like to participate in the upcoming Child Dedication, sign up by filling out the  Child Dedication form online here by Friday, May 5.
Questions? Contact Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries, at  612-825-1701 x111 or  lauren@firstuniv.org.
International Workers' Day: May 1
Another Opportunity to Stand on the Side of Love
Consider joining members of First Universalist as we join with MIRAC - The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee - on International Workers' Day, Monday, May 1, 2017.
MIRAC is an immigrant rights organization fighting for legalization for all, an end to all anti-immigrant laws, and full equality in all areas of life. As a faith community committed to racial equity, this is an opportunity to stand as allies with people living in heightened fear following the 2016 election. 
The day begins at 3 p.m. at East Phillips Park (2307 17th Ave. S. in Minneapolis), followed by a march at 4:30 p.m., a convergence at the West Bank at 5 p.m., and a final rally at the Federal Building at 6:30 p.m. So even if your schedule demands that you work that day, your support will still be welcome at the Rally at 6:30 p.m. (4th and 4th in downtown Mpls.).
If you have already placed your name on an email list for Sanctuary and Resistance, look for a "SignUp Genius" email which will give you a chance to sign up for any or all of the activities. Stop by in the Social Hall after services on April 23 or 30 for more information, including ideas for ways to support International Workers' Day, even if you can't participate on May 1.
Youth Cultural Exchange Book/CD/DVD/Video Game Sale  
Come support Youth Cultural Exchange by purchasing gently-used Books, CDs, DVDs and Video Games at our sale in the social hall on Sundays,  April 23 and 30.
This summer, twelve First Universalist 8th and 9th grade youth will travel to Nicaragua where they will live with local families to gain cultural understanding and forge lasting cross-cultural friendships. Your donations and purchases will help us bring the twelve Nicaraguan host siblings to Minnesota for two weeks in 2018.  Thank you for your support!
AUW 2017 Women's Speaker Series: Final Event 
The Association of Universalist Women (AUW) invites you to join them on  Saturday, April 29,   8:30 a.m.-noon  in the Social Hall to hear from two speakers will share personal stories of domestic abuse and what they are doing to stop the violence. 

Joan Hicks Boone, a member of the Minnesota Valley Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), will speak at 9 a.m.  Joan's talk will offer a brief overview of  NOW, discuss specific   safety and legislative concerns related to domestic violence, and  conclude   with action items that can be taken on an individual or global basis in  the area of domestic violence.

F arhio Khalif established the Voice of East African Women organization and secured legislative funding for a domestic abuse shelter in St. Paul for East African women.  Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Farhio will share her story of growing up in Somalia and her emigration  journey. She will also provide a window into the challenges faced by  Somali immigrant women  in Minnesota and what she is doing to make a difference.
Call for Worship Associate Applications for 2017-18
Do you love worship? Do you have a flair for writing? Does your heart soar when you're telling a story about your spiritual journey? Consider applying to be a Worship Associate!

Worship Associates speak 2 or 3 times during the church year in our worship services, September through May. Associates and Rev. Justin Schroeder gather during the year to discuss themes for upcoming months, talk about writing for oration, review how to lay out a manuscript, and practice public speaking.

If this interests you:
  • Write a 500 word piece about your experience with forgiveness .
  • Submit your manuscript to Rev. Justin Schroeder at: justin@firstuniv.org
  • Deadline for submissions is May 17, 2017.
The Worship Team will be choosing applicants that represent the multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-racial congregation we are becoming.

Augsburg Fairview Academy Prom at First U
Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) will hold its prom in our Social Hall on  Saturday, April 29 . We are pleased to offer our space to AFA as one of our community partners and as part of our mission to make our building available to the community. Here's how you can help:
  • Donate baked goods (cupcakes requested). Bring items to the social hall on Saturday, April 29 between 10 a.m. and noon or between 5 and 6 p.m. The prom's theme is "Starry Night" with the colors gold, silver and black. Cupcakes with gold and silver sparkles would be a hit! Please let Cindy Marsh know if you are able to donate so we know if we'll have enough: cindy.marsh2588@gmail.com
  • Help decorate the social hall on Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-noon. AFA staff will be decorating and can use a little help. This is a good opportunity for a parent and teen or older child. Please let Cindy know if you are able to help: cindy.marsh2588@gmail.com.
AFA is a public charter high school for students who have not been successful in the public schools. Many are homeless or marginally housed. The prom is a "very big deal" to the students as they have so few extracurricular activities. First U has supported AFA in various ways for the last five years.  Many thanks for your ongoing generosity and support!  
  Cycle of Life and Pastoral Care

Our thoughts are with Rui Rui Blefuss, who will be having surgery on her left foot on Tuesday, April 25. Prayers and cards are welcome. 

Let Us Keep You in Our Thoughts and Prayers
If you are experiencing a crisis or transition, or celebrating a joy, please let us know. To be included in our Cycle of Life each Sunday in worship, contact Sandy DiNanni at sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701. If you would like support, call the office at 612-825-1701 or contact any member of our Pastoral Care Team.
Congregational Care: Caring Corner
Write a note to a congregant who could use support! There are cards available in the library, which is located off of the Social Hall. You are welcome to stop by and write a card at any time. Just leave it in the basket and the church will mail it for you. Learn more about congregational care on our website
Planned Giving & the Heritage Circle
Please let us know  when you designate First Universalist Church as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan so we can thank you for your generous commitment and welcome you to the Heritage Circle. The church office and the Planned Giving Committee can help you. Learn more on our website.
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