First Universalist Church 
 Weekly E-News
April 17th, 2014

A Message From 
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie


I'm looking out my window this morning. There is a light dusting of snow, and we're back to 30� temps. Is it any wonder that our Christian brothers and sisters speak of resurrection, this movement from darkness to light, lifelessness to living and breathing? It's hard to trust that movement will happen, that resurrection will manifest when you're stuck in a job you hate, when you're in a never ending battle with your kids, when depression won't seem to let go of your heart. It's hard to trust, to believe.


The Chinese character for darkness is a combination of two gestures: "gate" and "sound." We may not be able to see our way out, but we can trust there is sound to guide us. A gate is there in the darkness, calling us into new life, into resurrection. Sit quietly for five minutes today. Sit with your eyes closed. What do you hear? What do you sense?


~ Rev. Ruth

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 11th:

Total pledges: 360 pledge units, submitting $813,178
Percentage of people who've submitted their pledge: 41%


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)
The Pathway to Membership

Could First Universalist be the home for your spiritual journey? The Pathway to Membership invites participants into a more in-depth exploration of Unitarian Universalism, the history of this congregation, and experience of membership. The Pathway to Membership is a requirement for membership.

Our last class before next fall will take place on:
Saturday, May 10 from 9:00am-3:00pm. 
We hope you can join us!

To register, please contact the Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink at Childcare is available free of charge by submitting the request form at by May 2.

April 20
Order of Service

April 20 

Highlighted Event

Young Families 
Easter Party
April 19th
9:00-11:00 AM

Chalice 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
Notice to the Congregation:

The board of trustees will be sharing a draft budget with the Congregation at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. After a presentation of the budget there will be an opportunity for questions. The board will prepare a final version of the budget for presentation to the Congregation at our Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for Sunday June 1 following the church service.

-David Bach
Board President
Saturday, April 19, Children's Easter Party (0-5 years old), 9:00-11:00 AM, Chalice Room: RSVP by clicking HERE
Sunday, April 27, Congregational Budget Conversation, 12:45 PM, Sanctuary
Sunday, April 27, Earth Day Celebration, after both services, Cummins Room
Sunday, April 27, John McKinley Artist Reception, after both services, Social Hall

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Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM-1:00 PM