First Universalist Church
Weekly E-News: June 26, 2014
June 29 Order of Service and Bulletin
To view the June 29 Order of Service and Bulletin online, click below. 
Summer Worship Schedule, one service at 10:00AM.
Growing Together: An Update on our Ministry and the Budget


With such an inclusive and theologically diverse faith, it's easy to forget that we actually have some core practices at First Universalist Church. They are:


  • To welcome, affirm, and protect the light in each human heart; last week, 20 children attended Chalice Camp, warmly welcomed by adults and middle school camp counselors. We will never stop loving and affirming our children!
  • To act outside our walls to make the world a better place; thanks to the efforts of hundreds of congregants, we'll finish the "House that Love Built" in the middle of July! This has been a yearlong project and we are helping to transform an entire neighborhood.
  • To listen deeply to where love is calling us next; love is calling us to become a church committed to racial justice principles and practices. This coming year, we continue this journey through workshops, classes, worship, and deepening partnerships in the community.

Our gifts - whether time, talent, or financial resources - fuel these core practices, and these practices, in turn, help us give, receive, and grow into love's people. It is our budget that supports these practices and the mission of the church. 

I am grateful to all of you who have given so generously to support our 2014-2015 budget. Although we've had to make cuts in the budget, the good news is that it appears we'll be able to restore childcare in September! As additional financial pledges come, we'll restore staff hours in our Religious Education Department, as well as hours for our Minister of Worship Arts position. 

Together, we help this faith community thrive.

I'll see you in church,



Pledge Statistics


For the 2014-2015 Pledge Drive:
Total pledging: $1,102,012
Number of people who aspire to give at the sustainer level: 61
(As of June 26, 2014)

To read Rev. Justin's letter to the congregation about the 2014-2015 Pledge Drive and budget, click here.

Join the UU Pride Parade Contingent on June 29! 

This year we will have drummers, a large rainbow dragon and easy chants to call out as we march downtown Minneapolis to Loring Park. 
You can meet at the Hiawatha rail station before for a light breakfast and travel together or meet us there. Show your UU pride and our commitment to our inclusive and welcoming faith communities! 
Parade begins at 11:00 am.  UUs  march together in unit #90, which starts at 3rd St. S., between 4th and 5th Ave in downtown Mpls.  Walk is one mile and ends at Loring  Park.   Wear your yellow "Standing on the Side of Love" tee shirt.


Sign Up for Habitat Build Days
It's time to BUILD 'The House That Love Built'...and we only have a few build days left!  We are also looking for volunteers to help with lunches.


Photo submitted by Bill McTeer
Did You Know?


The News & Updates section of our website is updated daily, Monday-Thursday!  For the latest news and information from First Universalist Church, be sure to check out our website:
Pastoral Care 

Let us keep you in our thoughts and prayers. If you are experiencing a life transition, loss or grief or if you are celebrating a great joy, this church community wants to be there with you. 

If you would like to be included in our Cycle of Life in worship, please contact Sandy Dinanni at

If you would like ministerial support, please contact Rev. Jen Crow at 

If you would like to give or receive support in the form of meals, rides, or one-on-one support, please be in touch with Rev. Jen ( or Kathy Coskran ( or Kathy Urberg (, co-chairs of our Congregational Care Team.

In faith,

Rev. Jen Crow
Save the Date


August 3: Save the date!
* Lake Harriet service at the Bandshell at 10am  
* Annual Church Picnic at 11am. 
June 29 OOS & Bulletin
An Update From Rev. Justin
Pledge Statistics
UU Pride Parade
Sign Up for Habitat Build
Volunteer for LGBT Pride!
Water Communion Sept 7
Garden Work at First U
Volunteer at Twin Cities LGBT Pride!


June 28 and 29, 2014


Join us on June 28 or June 29: Sign up for a slot and help make UUs visible! The Unitarian Universalist Pride booth represents congregations across the state, gives us the opportunity to share information about our faith, congregations and fellowships, and our social justice work. Training materials provided.


March in the Pride Parade June 29: This year's UU Pride Parade contingent will have drummers, a large rainbow dragon (that needs 4-6 people to operate), and folks singing as they walk downtown Minneapolis toward Loring Park. We plan to meet at the Hiawatha light rail station and then travel together to the parade, which begins at 11:00 a.m.


Contact to participate.


The Church Office Will Close Early July 3

To allow staff to celebrate the July 4 holiday, the church office will close early at 4:00 PM on Thursday, July 3rd.  It will open again for regular hours on Sunday at 8:00 AM.  Thank you!


A 'Thank You' From Augsburg Fairview

Click Below To Watch the Video!


Seeking TV Donations!

If you're upgrading your television, please consider donating your old TV to church! We are seeking TV monitors for use in our classrooms; they will be mounted and equipped with inexpensive Roku devices so classes can easily access online resources. Your generosity will enable us to incorporate more music and short videos that inspire deeper exploration of Religious Education lessons. 
In order to meet our needs, donated TVs must be flat screens with integrated speakers and an HDMI input. If you have it, mounting hardware is appreciated, too. Please deliver your donation to the church office, and leave your name and address for Brad so he can provide a letter documenting receipt for use in tax preparation. Thank you!
Any questions?  Email Brad at

Water Communion: Sept 7
On Sunday, Sept 7, we will celebrate the UU tradition of Water Communion -- and now is not too early to collect your liquid offering. We certainly have enough water this summer to make it hard to choose your source. Gather up a few ounces of that precious liquid -- from Minnehaha Falls, your basement, your travels, the lake, or your favorite pool. Then, in the fall, bring your drops to join with the waters of our whole community in our Water Communion ingathering ritual. 


Do you love working outside doing yard and garden work? 


With all the recent rain, the church grounds are in need of some loving attention. If you're interested in working with a team, doing pruning, weed pulling, and trimming, please let us know! We're planning to meet several times a month, but it's flexible. In addition to having our church grounds look nice, this is also about being a good neighbor.  Please email Ginny at:  to indicate your interest.



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First Universalist Church
3400 Dupont Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408

Happy Pride 2014 from the staff at First Universalist Church!


In the Universalist spirit of love and hope, we give, receive, and grow