October 20, 2016  |  Vol. 3 No. 42
Have You Attended a Capital Campaign Focus Group Yet?
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Thank you to the 100+ congregants who have attended our Capital Campaign Focus Groups so far! We're grateful for your participation, your questions, and the hopes and dreams that you've shared for First Universalist and our future.

We're halfway through the Focus Group process, and encourage everyone we haven't heard from yet, to attend one of these 45 minute long Focus Groups. At one of these groups, you'll learn about the challenges and opportunities we face, and possible ways that we could move forward in response to these challenges.

If you haven't attended a Focus Group yet, please join us. It's been 15 years since our last Capital Campaign, and your voice, perspective, and questions are wanted and needed as we shape our shared future!

I'll see you in church,
Let your voice be heard! The upcoming Focus Groups are your opportunity to help shape the future of First Universalist.

P.S. Here's the list of upcoming Capital Campaign Focus Groups:

Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. Cummins Room
Sunday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. Cummins Room
Sunday, Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m. Sanctuary
Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. Cummins Room
Sunday, Oct. 30, 10:45 a.m. Arches Room
Sunday, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Worship this Sunday
Sunday, Oct. 23, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Youth-friendly worship (grades 6 through 12 attend entire service)
"Stories We Don't Want to Tell"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
What stories do we refuse to tell, or dislike telling? What happens when we fail to tell the story that is unfolding right in front of us? As we look around the political landscape, what is the whole story that is unfolding, and how can we summon the moral and religious courage to tell that story?

Peace Site Re-Dedication
This Sunday, between services at  10:50 a.m., there will a be a short ceremony in the Peace Garden. With a backdrop of the Earth Ball, choir members will sing and we will remember the dream of Lynn and Donna Elling for world peace and world citizenship, as well as make the connection between Environmental Justice as it relates to peace.
A Look Ahead
Sunday, Oct. 30, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. 
"Memory, Amnesia, and Hope"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink

Recent Sermon Podcasts
October 16, 2016
"The Reasonableness of Hope"
Rev. Jen Crow
October 9, 2016
"The Story of Place"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
October 2, 2016
"One Bed, Please"
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
September 25, 2016
"Invited In"
Rev. Jen Crow
October Worship Theme: The Whole Story
Our lives are not just made up of stories; they are also made by stories. Indeed, who of us hasn't felt controlled by a story? Stuck in a story? Hopeless about the way our story will end up? A friend tells me that her family "clings to the story about how I'm the clumsy one." I've never seen my friend trip, not once. Or drop a thing, ever. And yet, somehow, when she goes home, she spills coffee on at least one outfit, stubs at least one toe and stumbles down at least one step. The power of story! This month, we endeavor to tell whole stories, the stories that shape us, the stories that stand in our way, the stories that create openings for something new whether in our racial justice work or in our personal lives!
Have You Attended a Capital Campaign Focus Group Yet?
In the Capital Campaign Focus Groups we're conducting this month, we're laying out some of the urgent needs we face as a church, and sharing a vision for how we might address those needs. 

Each Focus Group includes a 20-minute presentation, followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions and share your ideas. 

All First Universalist members and friends are invited and strongly encouraged to attend one of the remaining 45-minute Focus Groups:

Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. Cummins Room
Sunday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. Cummins Room
Sunday, Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m. Sanctuary
Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. Cummins Room
Sunday, Oct. 30, 10:45 a.m. Arches Room
Sunday, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m. Sanctuary

No sign up is necessary - mark your calendar now and let your voice be heard!
Artists' Reception
Sunday, Oct. 23, after both services
Two complementary art exhibits will be on view in the Social Hall beginning this Sunday. Stitch by Stitch is a textile series in which artist Barbara Harman expresses her long fascination with the beauty of the natural world, embellishing works on fabric with hand embroidery and beadwork. Presented alongside the textiles, the ceramics exhibit showcases the talents of artist Pratibha Gupta. She has been a painter and potter for more than 25 years, and her artful vessels exhibit this interdisciplinary work. Join us after both services this Sunday for an Artists Reception in the Social Hall!
Senior Nature Hike 
Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.
Historic Fort Snelling 
Meet at the Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center Parking Lot. Get directions.
 Join us to savor the remaining brilliance of the Minnesota fall season on the trails near the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers for our October Daytime Connections Senior Nature Hike.  The group will hike for approximately 2 hours. There will be opportunities to shorten the hike at various points for those preferring that. Following our hike we will gather at Lucky's 13 in historic Mendota.  RSVP to Tom Saterstrom (saterstromtom@yahoo.com; cell: 952-239-3629).
Young Families Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 29, 9-11 a.m.
 Come celebrate Halloween and autumn with the littlest members of our church community. All families with children up through 1st grade are invited to attend. Older siblings are welcome, too. We will play together, do Halloween crafts, and march in a Halloween costume parade. Enjoy crispy apples, bagels, buttery popcorn and hot cider. This is a wonderful way to connect with other families with young children, while kids make memories and deepen their ties to their church community. Don't miss it!
"A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" Book Discussion
Thursday, Nov. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
Please note: this event, originally scheduled for Oct. 20, has been postponed. 
 Instead, please join us at one or both of the next two sessions (Nov. 3 and Dec. 1) which are a drop-in format and don't require attendance at a previous session. This book is a terrific read with its sixteen essays by accomplished writers about their experiences as people of color living in Minnesota. It's highly readable, a poignant and sometimes painful insight into their perspective on Minnesota Nice and just how cold Minnesota can be. It is available online, at most book stores, and the Minnesota History Center. 
For the discussion on  Nov. 3, please prepare by reading essays 6 - 11 (pages 81-155).
This Sunday: Get to Know Our Faithful Action Partner Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light 
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light believes the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice. MNIPL brings Minnesota's faith communities together within the growing climate justice movement. MNIPL has mobilized interfaith support for legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, sparked just community solar development through the Shiloh Temple Community Solar Garden Project, and provided leadership and training to hundreds of faith communities' members across the state. Participants in the 'Be the Spark' and 'Youth Be the Spark' leadership programs connect their gifts and passions with the work of building a more just and sustainable world.

First Universalist Church has a long relationship with MNIPL; in fact, we are a founding member. To learn more about this important history, read what MNIPL has to say about us on their website.
The Environmental Justice Team is happy to share this day for a rededication of our "Peace Pole" at 10:50 a.m. We believe that climate change and world peace are inextricably linked and that justice in all forms - racial, economic, environmental - will be threatened by the destabilizing forces of climate change. We understand, as Black Lives Matters states, "No Justice, No Peace." To attain a peaceful world we must become protectors of our earth while we challenge the systemic forces that benefit from war and injustice. Please join us for this important rededication in the memory of Lynn Elling.
A Successful End to the 2015-2016 Budget Year
By Rev. Jen Crow, Executive Minister

I'm happy to report that 2015-16 was a successful budget year. Thanks to your timeliness and generosity in paying your pledges, and to our staff for keeping expenses down, we ended the year with a surplus of $640 after paying both the mortgage principal and the line of credit principal out of our operating budget. For those of you who follow our financial status and health closely, you know that this is a big moment. We are excited that our new financial systems and staffing pattern are working, and to be in such a strong financial position. To learn more about the details, you can check out the End of Year Budget Narrative provided to the Board of Trustees.
New Art Exhibits in the Social Hall this Sunday
Two complementary art exhibits will be on view in the Social Hall beginning Sunday, Oct. 23, and running through Nov. 27. An Artists Reception will take place in the Social Hall after both services this Sunday, Oct. 23.
The ceramics exhibit showcases the talents of artist Pratibha Gupta. She has been a potter and painter for more than 25 years, and her artful vessels exhibit this interdisciplinary work. A native of Mumbai, India, she migrated to the U.S. in 1984 and has been a resident of Minneapolis since then. Her experience as a painter and former sculptor influences the shape and design of her pots. She treats clay as an opportunity to have a visual adventure and is always coming up with new forms and combinations. She likes her work to be beautiful as well as useful. Pratibha Gupta writes: "The usefulness of the bowl lies in its being empty, only then it can be filled with anything. To me this is akin to spirituality. Only when we are empty of ego can grace fill us."
Stitch by Stitch is a series in which artist Barbara Harman expresses her long fascination with the beauty of the natural world, embellishing works on fabric with hand embroidery and beadwork. Throughout her art practice, now approaching 45 years, and through long forays into many media including printmaking, artist books and painting, she has been inspired by the beauty that is all around us. She builds images using stencils, hand-carved stamps, numerous textural elements, brushes, and rollers. Each piece in this exhibit began with a painting on fabric. Some also include archival inkjet prints from her photographs onto additional fabric, usually silk. Barbara writes: "More than 15 years ago, I mentored several textile artists. These experiences helped to empower me to bring what had previously been only utilitarian textile skills into an expression of my art. It has been an inspiring journey, one that allows for slow work that is meditative as well as expressive. The decisions are incremental, sometimes minute, at the same time they are momentous. Color; thread choices; stitch length, direction, and type; appliqué; and, how each, separately and together, speaks to the underlying painting."
Order Your Wreaths and Garlands Beginning Sunday
Submitted by: Kris Hoffwomyn

Once again, we will be selling beautiful wreaths, swags, garlands, and centerpieces for your winter celebrations. This year the proceeds will be donated to Augsburg Fairview Academy as part of their drive to fund equity in education. Their Go Fund Me goal is to raise $10 K. We will be taking orders on Sundays for four weeks October 23 - November 13 in the social hall between services. 

Delivery will be to the church on November 27 or December 3. I am also able take orders via email. Checks are the preferred method of payment.

Thanks in advance for your continued support of our fundraising goals. Kris, Lilly, and Kate hope to raise $600 for the teachers and students at AFA! 
Contact Kris Hoffwomyn with questions:  hoffgal@gmail.com  or  612-719-4374.
Hats for the Homeless
Greetings to all the knitters and crocheters at First Universalist! It's time to get out your knitting needles/crochet hooks and yarn and start making hats. Eight years ago a small group started making hats to be distributed to Simpson Shelter as a holiday gift. The project has continued to grow and about 20 agencies received donations last year. There is a donation basket near the elevator. If for some reason you don't see it, give your donation to Sandy at The Hub. For more information, visit: www.hats4thehomeless.blogspot.com.  
Final Open Ritual of the Women's Ritual Circle
Self-identified women who are interested in earth-based and pagan spirituality are welcome to attend the final open ritual - for this year - of the Under Northern Skies Women's Ritual Circle. The circle is open to newcomers on Sunday, Oct. 30 in the Cummins Room. For women who choose to join, there will be a commitment ritual on Monday, Nov. 14 in the Cummins Room, after which the circle will close to new members until next fall. Ritual begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Contact Beth at belovedporcupine@gmail.com for more information. 
  Cycle of Life and Pastoral Care

A memorial service for Mary Djerf will be held at church on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.

We celebrate with McLean Cozine, who was part of our Coming of Age and high school program, now in his freshman year in college, who was just awarded the Luminary Leadership award by the Unitarian Universalist Association for his outstanding service and leadership in our denomination. McLean is the son of Elizabeth Short and Kirk Cozine, long-time members of this congregation.

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.
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.
Child Dedication is Nov. 6
The next Child Dedication will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6 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.  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, please sign up by filling out and submitting the  Child Dedication Form . Forms are due by Sunday, Oct. 30.
Donations for Augsburg Fairview Academy Hope Food & Clothing Closets
First Universalist is beginning our fifth year of partnership with  Augsburg Fairview Academy  (AFA). Young adults from diverse communities who face educational barriers to achievement in traditional schools are welcomed into AFA, a charter school that prepares them for college, career and life. The Hope Food and Clothing Closets were developed by AFA students in a class on leadership and organization development; they chose this project to meet their needs and to provide hope. First Universalist is the primary contributor. A list of items needed can be found on our website.  Thank you for your generosity!
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