July 27, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 30

Summer Worship Theme: Meeting the Moment

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, July 30, 10 a.m.
"Capturing the Moment"
Rev. Karen Gustafson
This week we will reflect on abundance and scarcity, grace and gratitude, and how privilege and circumstance shape the ways we respond to meeting the moment. Please join Rev. Karen Gustafson, former minister of First Unitarian of Madison and beloved UU colleague, as she leads worship this Sunday.
Summer Sundays for Kids 

A Look Ahead
Sunday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m.
"Making Honey from Failure"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink

Recent Sermon Podcasts
July 23, 2017
"Threads of Faith"
Arif Mamdani

July 16, 2017
"Getting Comfortable with Grief"
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie

July 9, 2017
"Have Mercy"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
Next Pathway to Membership Class is Aug. 9 & 16

If First Universalist is feeling like your spiritual home, if our mission moves you, then we hope you'll take part in the  Pathway to Membership

Joining First Universalist is a symbolic, spiritual act of saying "yes" to growing your soul in this place, with these people, within our free faith tradition. This new member class is a great chance to build community, explore Unitarian Universalism and our church's unique history, and learn how to get involved. In the final session, participants are invited to sign the membership book and officially join the congregation.

This class is offered as a two-part series, the next of which is offered on Wednesdays, Aug. 9 & 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To register, contact Sandy DiNanni at  Sandy@firstuniv.org  or 612-825-1701. Childcare is available free of charge with at least seven days advance notice when you fill out this form.
Lake Harriet Bandshell Worship Service & Potluck

Join us for our annual outdoor worship service and potluck picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m.!

We'll enjoy music, an inspiring message from Rev. Justin, and a delicious potluck picnic together afterwards.  Please note: this will be our only worship service on Sunday, Aug. 20.

For the potluck, please bring a dish and/or beverage to share, as well as chairs or blankets to sit on. Bring plates, cups and eating utensils for everyone in your party. 

The service will take place rain or shine. Sunglasses and/or hats are recommended for your comfort.  Get complete details, RSVP, and share on Facebook here !
First U volunteers "dig" gardening! Thank you to Dick Rueter, Karen Parson, Bob Friedman, and Pat Gottschalk for their help keeping the gardens and grounds at church looking beautiful.
The Capital Campaign continues through the summer, with campaign volunteers visiting members to share the vision of "Not for Ourselves Alone; Building an Inclusive Future." 

We're thrilled to announce pledges and gifts of $5,242,935 from 375 members and households so far! If you haven't had a visit, please let us know your availability by filling out this form.

Every pledge is important!
Holiday Giving Program 2017: Seeking Applicants
This holiday season marks the return of First Universalist Church's Holiday Giving Program. The Holiday Giving Program is a bi-annual campaign in which funds are raised within our congregation throughout the holiday season. The program encourages the First Universalist congregation to lessen materialistic spending during the holidays and redirect the giving to a chosen non-profit to help further programs meant to advance racial equity.

The campaign encourages all members to consider cutting their holiday spending in half and to contribute these savings to the chosen recipient of the Holiday Giving Gift. Although funds raised during the campaign varies from year to year, the total gift for 2017 will likely reach approximately $60,000.

So ask yourself, what could a non-profit you love do with $60,000?

The Holiday Giving team is seeking non-profit organizations in the city of Minneapolis that are committed to advancing racial equity to apply to the Holiday Giving Program. Should you know of any non-profit organizations that are committed to advancing racial equity in the city of Minneapolis, please send them an invitation to apply to the Holiday Giving Program at the link below . The deadline for applications is August 8, 2017.

Families Moving Forward: Come One, Come All!
The Families Moving Forward volunteer team is growing! We already have half of our volunteer slots filled, but we need more hands on deck to complete the effort. We welcome you, as an individual, a family, or perhaps a new member to our congregation looking to get involved and make a difference. Jump in and lend a heart and a hand as we welcome and support families experiencing homelessness here at our congregation for the fourteen days of Aug. 20 through Sept. 3.

As a hosting congregation, we provide physical necessities, like sleeping spaces and food, allowing families to concentrate their energies on finding affordable housing and employment that will sustain them. The set-up team transforms the Religious Education rooms from classrooms to bedrooms, complete with matching sheets, toiletry items, and flowers on the table. Families of all configurations arrive at our congregation around 5:45 p.m. each evening, share a meal with us prepared by volunteers and engage in activities ranging from family games to age specific activities for children. As our guests prepare to depart at 6:30 a.m. each day, they are greeted by our overnight hosts and offered breakfast.  

This is where your presence matters! We need approximately 60 volunteers each week! Each night we ask for 3 volunteers to prepare the dinner meal, 3 volunteers to engage in evening activities, and 2 volunteers to spend the night (comfortable beds and the opportunity to sleep are provided). We need 12 volunteers to transform the classrooms to bedrooms and then return them to classrooms at the end of the stay.

In addition, we are seeking an Evening Activities Coordinator to help set up the Evening Activities station for the two weeks and to help train volunteers during our Orientation evening on Thursday, August 17. If you're interested, we'd love to have you join us! Send Jess Lyons an email, jess@jessicaleighlyons.com.

This is multi-generational hospitality! Families from our congregation have had wonderful experiences spending the evening, whether it be meal prep and/or evening activities.  

For more information, you can join us in the Social Hall following services on July 30, August 6, and August 13. Volunteers can sign up directly online here

Questions and comments can be directed to david.j.caccamo@gmail.com or jess@jessicaleighlyons.com.
First Universalist Stories: Chloe Maynor
Each week throughout the summer, we're featuring one or two stories submitted by members about what First Universalist means to them. Chloe Maynor  writes:

Chloe Maynor
"When I first started going to First Universalist, I was in first grade. I was small and naive, and I really just liked the snacks they would put out after the service. When I was a bit older, (11 or 12) I liked coming here because I liked having a big place with tiny spaces. The meditation rooms, the arches, and all the nooks, books, and crannies. The feeling of tiny spots known to only me. I got a little older still, and I began to notice what a truly unique place First Universalist is. A community of individuals willing to discuss and further a truly free search for spirituality and meaning, fostering innovation, inclusivity, and positive change. Especially through the eyes of a youth, I believe that this is what a church should be. Never once have I been told what to believe, and never once have I felt that what I chose to believe would cause objection or outburst. As far as a climate for youth developing spiritually, I couldn't ask for a better community. 

"The church as a whole is very inclusive, open minded, and loving. All of these things we will desperately need in the coming years. I'm not very familiar with all of the initiatives and projects the church takes on, but I'm pleased with the racial justice and sanctuary positions the church has taken. It's very important to me that not only does the church believe in love, acceptance, and human rights for all; but that they act on it and promote that kind of change in the larger community. As Michelle Obama famously put, "When they go low, we go high." However, I think that current politics warrants the addition of, "When they go low, we go high, and we get to work." This is a church that goes high when others go low, but it also gets to work. I would encourage it to keep doing so, and do even more if possible. Change will be brought not by belief, but by belief and action together."
Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples'
Decade of Water Summit August 1 & 2 
The first   Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples' Decade of Water Summit   is being held at First Universalist Church on Aug. 1 and 2. T his is an indigenous-led, youth-oriented conference that came out of recent community conversations about the spirit of Mde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) hosted by our church. The Summit, the first of ten annual gatherings, is dedicated to the protection of water and human rights.

Mni ki wakan means 'water is sacred' in the Dakota language. Several events will take place at Mde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) on Monday, July 31 to honor our connection to this body of water. We warmly invite First U members and friends to participate.  Meet at Thomas Beach on the south end for the  ceremonious prayer walk around  the lake from 7 to 9 a.m. Following the walk at 9 a.m, watch 25 indigenous and non-indigenous youth engage in a Sacred Canoe Paddle from Mde Maka Ska to Cedar Lake. Have fun and honor the paddlers at a noon community potluck picnic at Cedar Lake south of Cedar Lake Point Beach. Meter parking at 2501 Cedar Lake Parkway. Bring something to share!

This Summit welcomes both indigenous peoples and their allies. To learn more or donate to defray costs for the youth, or to register to attend the Summit, go to mnikiwakan.org
  Cycle of Life and Pastoral Care

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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