May 25, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 21
It's Time to Make Your Annual Pledge!
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Dear Church Members and Friends,
For the past six months, we've been running the Capital Campaign and the Annual Pledge Campaign together. We have been visiting one-on-one with as many members and friends as possible, and during the visits, we've asked folks to make both their one-year annual gift and their five-year capital gift.
We are now unhooking the two campaigns, so you can make your annual gift even if you haven't yet had your Capital Campaign visit. We are still hoping to visit with everyone about the Capital Campaign, but we need to get the Annual Gifts in for our 2017-2018 budget which will be approved at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 4. Time is of the essence!
We've just mailed out the Annual Pledge cards to everyone. When you receive this packet , please return your Annual Pledge as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, June 2. You can also call the church to make your annual pledge over the phone, if that's easier for you.
Your annual gift supports our vibrant and growing faith community, including our children and youth, adults and elders, and our many justice efforts.
Together, we help our ministry thrive, as we welcome, affirm, and protect the light in each human heart, as we listen deeply to where love is calling us next, and as, with humility, courage, and compassion, we act for justice in the world.
Thank you for your support and generosity of your faith community!
In gratitude,

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m.
We begin our Summer Sunday schedule this Sunday, with a single service at 10 a.m.
No Religious Education; childcare only*

"A New Ending"
Terri Burnor, guest preacher
The textures of life and death are created by the stories shared and the ones that remain hidden. We feel our memories physically and work their well-worn tracks in the actions we repeat. What if we change the storylines to a new way of being that leads us from the known to the unknown?
*This Memorial Day Sunday, childcare is provided for ages 6 months through 5th grade only. 
A Look Ahead
Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.
Flower Communion Sunday
Our annual meeting of the membership follows worship at 11:30 a.m.

Recent Sermon Podcasts
May 21, 2017
Youth Sunday: "Indigo"
May 14, 2017
"Love Is the Thing"
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
May 7, 2017
"Embodied God"
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
April 30, 2017
"Resisting White Supremacy: A Teach-In"
Thursday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Could you join the  Lend -A- Hand  group  on Thursday  morning,  June 1 , from  9:30 a.m. to noon , to work on fix-up projects at First Universalist Church?  It's a handy, high spirited group of folks who come once a month to church on the first  Thursday , to fix up, mail, sort, paint, clean up, or whatever jobs need doing to keep the church running smoothly, efficiently, and beautifully!  If you would like to participate, please email Sandy at  or call her Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m. to sign up. Thank you!
Annual Meeting of the Membership
Sunday, June 4, 
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Please plan to attend our Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This year our church business is limited to approval of the annual budget and the election of members to the Board of Trustees, the Foundation Board, and the Nominating Committee. This is a time when we celebrate a successful year and conduct the business of this church that only church members can do. We need a quorum to conduct the meeting - please give us the gift of your time so that we may complete this work! View the agenda, slate of candidates, and budget information here.
Wellspring Info Session
Sunday, June 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wellspring offers spiritual deepening within our UU tradition and is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our faith through a year-long small group experience. You're invited to join us at an upcoming info session to learn more! (One additional session will be offered in July.) After a day-long opening retreat on August 26, Wellspring will meet every other week through May 2018. Attendance at an info session is required if you wish to participate next year. Learn more.
Racial Justice and Our UU Faith Workshop
Saturdays, June 17 & 24, 9-11:30
Join us for a workshop exploring a framework and tools for understanding race, racism, and whiteness and the spiritual imperative that drives our racial justice work. This is a distilled experience of the 24-hour training offered by Dr. Heather Hackman.
This is a two-part workshop offered on Saturdays, June 17 & 24, from 9-11:30 a.m., led by Lark Weller and Brian Eshult.
To register, contact Sandy at or 612-825-1701.
Save the Date: Lake Harriet Bandshell Worship Service & Potluck
Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. and join us for our annual outdoor worship service and potluck picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell! This will be our only service on this Sunday.
Summer Sundays for Kids
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day,  we have one worship service at  10 a.m.  

In the summer months,  Sunday morning childcare and Religious Education classes are offered for children ages 6 months through those entering 6th grade in the Fall. 

There is no pre-registration required for Summer Sundays -- simply sign your child in at the classroom.
  • Babies, ages 6-17 months, Room 102
  • Toddler/Preschool, ages 18 months-3 years, Room 100
  • Children ages 4 years through kids entering 1st grade, Room 104
  • Kids entering 2nd-6th grade, Chalice Room
  • Youth entering 7th-12th grade, attend service with family
More information about Summer Sundays is online here.
Habitat for Humanity Summer Work Week Registration Open
One of the best weeks of the whole year is just around the corner - First Universalist's Habitat for Humanity summer work week! Our week is Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18 . Our site is in North Minneapolis. 

Please consider joining in. We need 60 volunteers in all (12 per day). 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 how to use tools? No worries! Your fellow volunteers and our Habitat site supervisor will help you. 

To sign up, go to the link below and register for one day, multiple days or the whole week.

Hope to see you this summer!
New Exhibit in the Social Hall: Work by Beth Andrews

A new exhibit of work by artist Beth Andrews is now on view in the gallery space in the Social Hall through August 13.

The medium used in Beth Andrews' paintings is called "Encaustic." It is a mixture of beeswax and resin. The process involves layering and scraping back, hiding and revealing. The finished product has the look and feel of an archeological finding. The framed pieces in this exhibit are part of a series called "Rhapsody."

The artist writes: "I paint to explore that mystical place where structure and spontaneity collide, where the art is guided by my hand but not controlled by my will. In that place, time falls away, and physicality fades. In that place, I feel profoundly connected."

Learn more about the artist and her work at
Attend UUA General Assembly In Person or Online
The Fifth Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association states we agree on "the use of the democratic process within our congregations." Here's an opportunity to act on that principle: Represent our church at the UUA General Assembly (GA) meeting the weekend of June 24 in New Orleans.
While part of what happens at GA is important association business - this year is a UUA President election year - by no means is GA all about work. It's also a UUA exhibition and conference. There are hundreds of inspiring workshops, worship services, vendors, and social events crowded into the schedule.
Full conference information is available at Conference registration and travel expenses are not sponsored by the church, but note that there is an option to attend online as an "off-site" delegate or participant.
Anyone can attend GA, but if you want to be able to vote on UUA business you need to be a delegate. Our delegation must be approved by a vote at our annual meeting on June 4.  If you wish to nominate yourself to be a delegate, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Doug Smalley as soon as possible at 651-955-8899 or .
  Church Office Closed Monday, May 29

The church office will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. The building will be accessible only to Families Moving Forward volunteers and families.  
  Cycle of Life and Pastoral Care
We hold in our thoughts and prayers:

Our thoughts are with Danielle Goins and her daughter, Rebecca Secrest, on the death of Rebecca's one month old son, Jaiden Amari Scott. May love surround them all.

Our hearts are with Karen and Barry Johnson as Karen begins treatment of a recurrence of cancer, this time in her lungs. She will have surgery on June 8.
We celebrate with Stephanie Payne on her marriage to Bill Capecchi. The wedding will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, May 27.
Our love and congratulations to Meredith Smith. Meredith is proud to announce the arrival of her first grandchild, Lucille Marie Swann on May 9. Her parents are Maren Smith Swann and Brian Swann.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lucy Swift and her husband, Tony, as Lucy navigates a new diagnosis of cancer. She is grateful for the love and support of the church, and for her medical team as they work on a treatment plan for the sarcoma tumor that has woven into the muscle on her back.

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 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.
  Info Session: Moms Demand Action for Sensible Gun Laws
Are you concerned that proposed Minnesota gun laws will make it easier for people to carry loaded guns into more places including schools? Or that another piece of legislation would allow adults to carry loaded guns with no permit or safety training?  If you would like to know what is being done in our state and what you might be able to do, come to an informational session and hear from representatives from Moms Demand Action for Sensible Gun Laws on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at 3701 Garfield in Minneapolis.  To reserve a spot or for more information, call Barb Sindelar at  612 824 3677 .
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