December 22, 2016  |  Vol. 3 No. 51
December worship theme: Presence

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.
Message in Music & Poetry
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
Come join us on Christmas morning for a 10 a.m. worship service of meditation, music, and poetry. With musical guests, Emily Greenleaf (vocalist) and Eric Rynes (violinist) and the wonderful talents of pianist Jerrod Wendland, we will experience the music of Karen Tanaka and rest in the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye, Mark Nepo and others. If you long for a time of quiet and grounding before the day's activities begin, need to be in community, and/or simply want to rest in beauty, First Universalist Church will be the place to be on Christmas morning. 
A Look Ahead
Upcoming Sunday Services
Sunday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. only
Singing Sunday
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink

Schedule of Holiday Services
Saturday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m.
Christmas Pageant
Saturday, Dec. 24, 9:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Recent Sermon Podcasts
December 18, 2016
Rev. Justin Schroeder
December 11, 2016
"Joy in the Midst of It All"
Rev. Justin Schroeder & Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
December 4, 2016
"Everything We Need is Here"
Rev. Jen Crow
November 27, 2016
"The Long Haul"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Listen to the podcast
Christmas Pageant
Saturday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m.
Our annual Christmas Pageant is a beautiful telling of an ancient story. It is a tale of hope and hospitality, a reminder that every child is born a redeemer, a story that speaks to us all of what it means to be a seeker, a star, a wise one, a wanderer. Please note: there will be no childcare for the Dec. 24 pageant.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Saturday, Dec. 24, 9:30 p.m.
  The Candlelight Service at First Universalist is a time of mindfulness, meaning making and music. This service is a weaving of scripture readings, poems, musical offerings, silence, and lighting our hearts and spirit with the candlelight and hope. 
Remembrance Sunday is January 8
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.

Join us on Sunday, Jan. 8 (services are at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.) for Remembrance Sunday. We'll enjoy music by Give Get Sistet. 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.

All children and youth attend the first part of worship with their families before being excused to their Religious Education classes.
Women's March on Washington and in Minnesota
"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."
-Mission Statement of the Women's March on Washington and in Minnesota
On January 21, the day after the inauguration, Revs. Jen Crow and Ruth MacKenzie will be heading to Washington to join the Women's March on Washington. Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink will be joining the march here in Minnesota. March organizers write: "In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women's March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us."
Unitarian Universalist Twin Cities churches are combining efforts to offer ways for people to participate as well as continue to deepen our racial justice work and calling.
One bus has been secured to go to Washington by Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul. All congregations are welcome to join in, but seating is limited. (They are hoping to secure more but at this point there is only one available.) The cost is $235 for travel and $109 for lodging. All registrants are asked to contribute to a fund to provide scholarships for women of color. For details please go to: Bus Registration
Pre-training sessions. People who are intending to go to either march are asked to attend one pre-training session that will offer context and breakout sessions on self-defense and de-escalation/interruption.
Thursday, Jan. 5 at First Universalist: potluck at 6 p.m., meeting from 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Unity: potluck at 6 p.m., meeting from 7-9 p.m.
March: Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. A designated meeting place will be announced soon, so we can march together in DC and Minneapolis.
Post-March De-brief. We strongly encourage people to attend the Post-March De-brief and Mobilization Meeting. This meeting will help us extend our efforts beyond the march and challenge us to continue to lean into our racial justice work.
First Universalist Social Hall: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. potluck, 7-9 p.m. meeting 
Hosted by Rev. Ashley Horan and Lena Gardner
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie and Meg Reid are organizing our First Universalist efforts for the March on Washington, and Rev. Elaine will organize our Minnesota March efforts. Please feel free to email with questions at or More articles will be forthcoming after the holidays.
More information about the marches: 
Sign Up for Circles Beginning Monday, Jan. 8
This winter, we invite you to grow your soul and find your community within the larger community here at church by joining a circle. Whether you're ready to engage in a spiritual practice or deepen your racial justice work, there is something for you! 

Circles are groups of 8-10 committed participants who come together with a trained leader to nurture spiritual growth in community. These groups are grounded in the spiritual practices of deep listening and  open-hearted reflection.

Don't miss your chance to sign up!  Registration will be open from  January 8-24 online at  and on Sundays,  January 8, 15, and 22 in the Social Hall.
Plan Ahead for Year End Contributions
With the end of the year quickly approaching, the financial team at First Universalist wants to remind you about the deadline for giving for the calendar yearIf you want your financial gifts counted toward 2016, your checks need to be postmarked or dropped off at the church office no later than December 31, 2016. Please be aware that the office will be closed between December 26 and 31. The church will be open for holiday services (Dec. 24 & 25), and contributions can be dropped off with a staff member at the information desk in the social hall before or after those services. 

You are also welcome to give online if you'd like, either at MyFirstU or via Square Cash. These gifts will need to be made by December 31 as well to count toward 2016.

Thank you for your generosity!

If you have questions, contact Andrea at 612-825-1701 x100 or
Church Office Closed Between Christmas & New Year's
Please note that the Church office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year's (Monday, Dec. 26 - Friday, Dec. 30). The office will reopen on Monday, Jan. 2.

Regular church office hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  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 Care Team.
Congregational Care: Need a Ride?
Need a Ride? We can help with at least two weeks' notice. Contact Anne McBean at 612-388-0660 or if you need help with a ride or would like to offer a ride to a congregant. 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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