First Universalist Church 
 Weekly E-News
April 10th, 2014

A Message From Lauren Wyeth,
Director of Children, Youth, & Family Ministries:


We're Minnesotans (though I'm newly so), and I've learned that means we're not big on tooting our own horn. But here's the thing: First Universalist is home to the third largest Unitarian Universalist religious education program in the country.* I'm not suggesting we deserve a parade. I'm a Minnesotan, after all.

But we are leaders in UU ministry with children and youth. And we have a message for the world: Raising children with love and hope works. Encouraging them to have open minds yields awe, discovery, and a thirst for truth. Religious education rooted in a welcoming, affirming community and based on UU theology and principles builds compassionate kids who are hungry for justice. We see it here in our classrooms every Sunday.

We have something special happening, worthy of some horn-tootin'. Let's acknowledge that we are in a position to make a real difference in the future of our faith, and be good stewards of our success with UU religious education. Let's keep the dream alive, being generous with our time, talent and treasure. Let's do it for our children and youth, and for people everywhere who long to hear.  


* Based on the Unitarian Universalist Association's reported numbers of registered children and youth in large congregations

A Message From 
Rev. Jen Crow


Thank you to many of you who have turned in your pledges for the upcoming 2014-15 church year. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity and your support of this community that offers support and transformation not just to its members and friends, but to the community, as well. As we head into the spring in earnest, there are only a few weeks left until the beginning of the new church fiscal year on July 1, 2014. That means that your staff and Board are hard at work creating our budget for the year ahead. At this point in the budget process, two things are clear: 

  • We are still waiting to hear from many of you about your pledge for the upcoming year, and without your response it is challenging to plan accurately. 
  • At the current pledging rate, we will need to make significant cuts to our budget. 

Please return your pledge cards in person or pledge online as soon as you are able.


~ Rev. Jen


Pledge Drive Update
The Pledge Drive is over but many of us haven't pledged yet. 
Here is where we stand as of Friday, April 4th:

Total pledges: 318 pledge units pledging $732,641
Percentage of people who've submitted their pledge: 37%
Please set some time aside this week for your ritual of giving.  
Think about it.  Talk about it.  Pledge.


~ The 2014 Pledge Team

(To pledge online, click here)

Habitat on the Hill


What an amazing week it has been. The foundation for the House That Love Built was poured, and a dozen of us joined hundreds of others at the State Capitol for Habitat on the Hill - it was a perfect combination of advocacy and action. Together, we advocated for increased funding for affordable housing across the state by talking to our legislators and our governor. We heard stories from families who live in Habitat homes about the stability and hope that their homes have brought them. Our actions - through our generosity, our labor, and our advocacy - will offer opportunity where there had been despair, and for that, I am forever grateful.


~ Rev. Jen


April 13
Order of Service

April 13

Highlighted Event

Tilling the Soil
April 13th
1:00-3:00 PM

Cummins Room
First Universalist Church
Sign Up For Habitat for Humanity
'House That Love Built'
Interested in volunteering your time and talents to the 'House That Love Built' site BUILD?

Now you can sign up online!

Click here to fill out the online form.

If you have any additional questions, email: 
Chuck Coskran at or Tom Saterstrom at
Sunday, April 13, Tilling the Soil: Discussion of "Race, The Power of an Illusion,"  1:00 PM, Cummins Room

Tuesday, April 15, Tilling the Soil: 2nd Screening of "Race, The Power of an Illusion," 6:00 PM, Room 203

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

Thursday, April 17, Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30 PM, Cummins Room

Saturday, April 19, Children's Easter Party (0-5 years old), 9:00-11:00 AM, Chalice Room: RSVP by clicking HERE

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