First Universalist Church 
 Weekly E-News
April 3rd, 2014

A Message From 
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink


As we continue delving into our racial justice work through book discussions, movie screenings, and our pilot Racial Justice Circles, the promise of a more just world brings this poem to mind. Give yourself a one-minute break to soak up the hope and challenge in Berry's words.  See you Sunday!


~ Rev. Elaine

by Wendell Berry


If we will have the wisdom to survive, 
to stand like slow growing trees 
on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it... 
then a long time after we are dead 
the lives our lives prepare will live 
here, their houses strongly placed 
upon the valley sides... 
The river will run 
clear, as we will never know it... 
On the steeps where greed and ignorance cut down 
the old forest, an old forest will stand, 
its rich leaf-fall drifting on its roots. 
The veins of forgotten springs will have opened. 
Families will be singing in the fields... 
native to this valley, will spread over it 
like a grove, and memory will grow 
into legend, legend into song, song 
into sacrament. The abundance of this place, 
the songs of its people and its birds, 
will be health and wisdom and indwelling 
light. This is no paradisal dream. 
Its hardship is its reality.

Food Garden for Haitian Families


This past weekend, 2nd through 5th grade children made fruit salad and collected over $275 in donations to sponsor a food garden for Haitian families through UUSC. Learn more by clicking here.


April 6
Order of Service

April 6

Highlighted Event

Comfort Shawl Creators
April 6th 
10:30-11:45 AM

North Narthex
First Universalist Church
Pledge Drive Update
The Pledge Drive is over but many of us haven't pledged yet. 
Here is where we stood as of Friday, March 21:

Total pledges: 293 pledge units pledging $677,511 
Percentage of people who've submitted their pledge: 34%

This is not unusual and we always seem to bring in what we need at the last minute but this can be a bit stressful and nerve wracking for us.  Help reduce the stress of the Pledge Team.
Please set some time aside this week for your ritual of giving.  
Think about it.  Talk about it.  Pledge.
~ The 2014 Pledge Team
A Message From Administrative Assistant, K.C. Bogdan:
Racial Justice Training Participants:

This is just a friendly reminder that the second training session is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th at 8:30 am. A light breakfast, lunch and beverages will provided during this training. Dr. Heather Hackman has asked you to bring your completed assignments (which I forwarded to you via e-mail a few weeks ago) with you on this date. Please let me know if you haven't received it or misplaced it. I will be happy to e-mail it to you again.  Thank you in advance for attending the second training session. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 612-825-1701 Ext. # 123 or email me at .
Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, April 12th. 


K.C. Bogdan

Solidarity Rally for Planned Parenthood on April 18th 
Each year on Good Friday, the Planned Parenthood clinic is picketed by hundreds of people. In response, hundreds attend the Solidarity Rally at Planned Parenthood to stand against the distorted religious messages of shame and guilt that are heaped upon women for their very sexuality. Please join UUs from around the state as we lift our voices for reproductive justice because of our faith, not in spite of it.
Click here for additional information
Sunday, April 6, Art 4 U Sale, after both services, 
Social Hall

Sunday, April 6, Comfort Shawl Creators, 10:30 AM, 
North Narthax

Friday, April 11 - Sunday, April 13, AUW Spring Retreat, Koinonia Retreat Center

Sunday, April 13,
Tilling the Soil: Racial Justice Discussions, 1:00 PM, Cummins Room

Thursday, April 17,
Daytime Connections, 10:30 AM, Social Hall

3400 Dupont Ave South, Minneapolis, MN, 55408.  
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM-1:00 PM