December 28, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 52

December Worship Theme: Hope

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, Dec. 31, 10  a.m. (one service only)
Multigenerational Worship
"Hope Sings"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Join us for a multigenerational Singing Sunday service at 10 a.m., as we explore - through word and song - the power of music to be a source of hope, resistance, and comfort during trouble and trying times. Children are welcome in the service.
Please note: there will be no Religious Education this Sunday.
A Look Ahead
Sunday, Jan. 7, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
Remembrance Sunday
Sharing Sunday (for all ages)

Recent Sermon Podcasts
December 24, 2017
"Wisdom of the Four-Leggeds"
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
December 17, 2017
"A New Work Is Come"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
December 10, 2017
"Stubborn Hope"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Listen to the podcast
December 3, 2017
"Hope Against Hope"
Rev. Jen Crow
December Worship Theme: Hope
Barbara Kingsolver writes, "The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what to hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." Some of us struggle to find hope. Some of us take hope for granted. Hope is what sends a student to school, an addict to a 12-step program, an activist out into the street. Theologian Julie Neraas writes, "While hope is a strengthening force, it also lays a person open to the vulnerabilities of love, desire, expectation, disappointment, loss." This month we wrestle with hope, what to hope for, with all its complexity, and how to live under its roof.
Newcomer Circles
Wednesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
OR Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 7-8:30 p.m.
Recent visitors and new members are invited to join a Newcomer Circle! These 4-session gatherings of 6-10 newcomers offer a chance to explore core Unitarian Universalist values, reflect on our spiritual journeys, and connect with other folks who are new to church. Sign up by emailing We look forward to meeting you!
Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, Jan. 7, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect on our losses over the past year and to honor those we love who have died. It is also an opportunity to mark other significant losses in the life of your family, such as a separation or divorce, saying goodbye to friends who've moved away, the passing of an animal companion, or the loss of a home, job, or familiar school community. You're invited to bring a photo or memento of loved ones you are remembering to the sanctuary for our shared altar that Sunday morning.
Faith Delegate/Caucus Training
First Universalist members have the chance to join with other faith-based Minnesotans and lead together throughout 2018 to transform our politics and our state.
ISAIAH leaders and their partner organization, Faith in Minnesota, have come together to develop a 2018 Faith Agenda. This Faith Agenda represents shared social justice values and proposed policy priorities for the next Governor of Minnesota. The ISAIAH-led coalition is committed to lead through 2018 to ensure that our elected leaders are accountable to our agenda for Minnesota.
The first step to Claim Our Voices around our vision for a just Minnesota is faithful participation in our civic life through caucusing on February 6, 2018 and beyond. ISAIAH is leading to recruit more than 500 Faith Delegates who will lead our path to bring more than 3,000 people of faith to caucuses with our faith agenda on February 6.
Faith Delegates are leaders who are committed to put racial and economic justice at the heart of our politics through 2018 by committing to bring our faith agenda into the center of public decisions through caucuses all the way to party conventions in June of 2018.
Faith Delegate/ Caucus Training
Location: First Universalist Church
Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018       
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
ISAIAH's path through caucuses and party conventions is how we will build insurgent political power through 2018. ISAIAH is uniquely positioned for a power breakthrough around this path because it has the biggest base of committed and disciplined leaders across the state. ISAIAH is a non-partisan organization and does not believe that one person or one party is our path to freedom and liberation. They believe the path to freedom and liberation lies in us. ISAIAH is using the caucus and convention process to ensure that its Faith Agenda - the issues it has identified that matter most - are at the center of our politics in 2018 and beyond. You are invited to this training to get grounded in this strategic path from the caucuses through conventions and to prepare you to powerfully participate in the February 6 caucuses.
For more information about this event, please contact First Universalist member Jeanne Guignon at 952-270-1931 (text or call) or by email at
Leslie Barlow Art Exhibit & Artist's Reception
Paintings by artist Leslie Barlow will be on display in the sanctuary and social hall gallery  January 7 - February 4 Primarily an oil painter, Leslie's work explores complex social issues like race, multiculturalism, "otherness," and identity . She investigates these through the use of the personal, revealing her own experiences as a mixed-race woman living in Minnesota. Her works often depict family, friends, and people in her community to reflect the subtle and not-so-subtle integrations of these ideas into individual lives and identities. 
Many of the paintings which will be on display at our church are from Leslie's Loving series. These paintings have gained wide recognition. In 2017, Leslie received a Foundation Award in the Minnesota State Fair Juried Exhibition for a large oil painting from this series. She has appeared in TPT's Minnesota Original, on the Minnesota Monthly Magazine's list of "Best New Art 2016," and was selected as "Artist of the Year" for 2016 in City Pages. In 2016 she was commissioned by the Vikings team to create 6 portrait paintings of iconic Vikings players. 

Leslie will be available to talk about her work after both services on Sunday, January 14.
Augsburg Fairview Academy Students and Staff Share Their Gratitude for Our Support
Thank you for your generous support of Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) on Sunday, Nov. 19. AFA is a public charter high school offering a welcoming and supportive environment for students who have faced educational, economic, and racial barriers to achieve in the past. AFA is one of our six Faithful Action Community Partners; this is our 6th year for partnership with AFA. Our offerings are used to support the Hope Food and Clothing Closets at AFA, and funds permitting, other projects like field trips. With gratitude, AFA staff and students made the following slideshow which tells about the school, its students and what our contributions mean to them. View the slideshow here.
"I don't have food at home, but I can get some before I leave school from the Hope Closet."
- AFA student
First Universalist is the primary support for the Hope and Food Closets; donations are needed throughout the school year.

Donations for Hope Clothing Closet: men's and women's winter jackets (black or dark colors preferred, size M, L, X-L); winter hats, scarves, and gloves; hoodies; jeans for men and women; men's and women's underwear and socks. Clothing should be clean, teen appropriate, and in good repair. 
Donations for Hope Food Closet: single serving microwavable soups, mac & cheese, stews; fruit cups (mandarins are favorite); granola bars; trail mix; nuts. Toiletries: toothpaste and toothbrushes; men's and women's deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner; lotions; chapstick; condoms; sanitary products. Ethnic hair products highly desired. 

Bring items to the information desk in the social hall on Sundays or leave them on the shelves labeled AFA by 34th St. entrance.
Join Us for Our Habitat for Humanity Winter Work Days: Jan. 11, Feb. 8 & March 8
First Universalist has three Habitat for Humanity work days coming up in early 2018, and we'd love to have you on the crew! The dates are Thursdays, Jan. 11Feb. 8 and March 8

Volunteers must be over sixteen years of age, and sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. The work day is  from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. , and lunch will be provided. 

Worried that you don't know much about building and using tools? No worries! Your fellow volunteers and the Habitat site supervisor are there to help you. 
Plan Ahead for Year End Contributions
Calendar year 2017 is quickly coming to an end. If you would like to make a financial gift prior to the end of the year, donations must be transferred, postmarked, made online at My First U or dropped off at the church office no later than Sunday, Dec. 31. Please be aware that the church office is now closed until Jan. 2, but contributions can be dropped off with a staff member at the information desk in the social hall before or after this Sunday's service. 
If you have questions, contact Andrea Love at the church office by phone at 612-825-1701 ext. 100 or send an email to .
Thank you to all for your ongoing support and generosity to First Universalist Church. 
Holiday Office Hours & New Office Hours in 2018
The church office will be closed from Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 1. 

When the office reopens in the new year, we will have slightly different hours. The new office hours for 2018 are as follows:
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mondays
8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesdays
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursdays
Closed Fridays and Saturdays
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sundays
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 or 612-825-1701. If you would like support, call the office at 612-825-1701 or contact any member of our Pastoral Visitors 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.
Seeing All God's Children: An Interfaith Service Embracing Immigrants and Refugees
Sunday, January 7, 1-2 p.m. at Basilica of St. Mary (88 N 17th St, Minneapolis)

Please join ISAIAH, Ascension Catholic Church and The Basilica of Saint Mary for an interfaith service embracing immigrants and refugees. Through our testimony, prayer and music we will recognize our common bond and dignity as beloved children of God. We will celebrate a year of sanctuary, repent for the times we've failed to see each other as children of God, and pledge to see and talk about each other as a united community in both our personal conversations and in public discourse.

Special music will be provided by Mundus, the Basilica's resident world music ensemble (guest singers welcome) and community singing will be led by Ahmed Anzaldua from Border CrosSing. 
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3400 Dupont Avenue S.
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