First Universalist Church
Weekly E-News: May 2, 2014
A Message From Rev. Jen Crow:


There is a poem I love that talks about the day-to-day challenges we all face. The gray weather, the dishes, the worries. It says that unless we are careful, we can succumb to a case of the mulley-grubs. And it suggests a cure - to put on a red dress and bake a chocolate cake. 

Now I may not have a red dress to wear, but this suggestion does get me thinking. What is my guaranteed cure for a case of the mulley-grubs, and what is yours? How can we get outside of our worries and trials, and lean in to the love that surrounds us, to the beauty of this world?

For me, my cure can take all different forms: a walk with the dog, reading poetry, making dinner, bringing cookies to the office, coloring with the kids, sending a friend a gallon tub of Nutella...

In the midst of this gray week, the sun is on its way. How will you welcome it? How will you cure your own, or another's, case of the mulley-grubs?

I can't wait to hear your answers. 

In faith,
Rev. Jen


Rev. Justin Returns From Sabbatical
Senior Minister Rev. Justin Schroeder has returned from his sabbatical and will be at both 9:30 and 11:15 AM services on Sunday, May 4th.  Welcome back, Rev. Justin!

The staff at First Universalist surprise Rev. Justin with balloons on his first day back in the office!
May 4 Order of Service and Bulletin
To view the May 4 Order of Service and Bulletin online, click below.

Worship Associates at First Universalist 

  • Do you love worship?
  • Do you have a flair for writing stories or prose?
  • Are you comfortable speaking in front of a group?
Please consider applying to be a Worship Associates for 2014/2015.



Reflect and Connect in a Circle This Summer


Looking for spiritual nourishment this summer?  Hoping to connect with some of the fascinating, thoughtful people of First Universalist?  Joining a summer circle may be just the thing for you!

Our circles are groups of 8 to 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.  


We are offering circles that are open to everyone, as well as circles especially for newcomers, parents of school-age children, people of color, and queer young adults.  We're also offering a four-session chi-gung circle series.


How Do I Get Involved?

Online registration is open from this Sunday, May 4 through Monday, May 19.  Group sizes are limited and registration is first-come, first-served.  You may also register in the social hall on Sundays, May 4, May 11, and May 18.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink at or 612-825-1701 x124.

A Message From Rev. Jen
Welcome Back, Rev. Justin!
May 4 OOS & Bulletin
Worship Associates at First U
Reflect & Connect in a Circle
Pledge Statistics
Sign Up for Habitat Build
May 'Liberal' Now Online
Housing Justice Update
Orchestra Members Needed

Pledge Statistics


For the 2014-2015 Pledge Drive:

Total pledges487 pledging units, totaling $983,333.
Percentage of people who've submitted their pledge: 55%


As of May 2, 2014
Sign Up for Habitat Build Days
It's time to BUILD 'The House That Love Built'...and we need volunteers!  Build days start in May and extend throughout the summer. We are also looking for volunteers to help with lunches.
May Edition of 'The Liberal' is Now Online! 
Don't forget to check out The Liberal online!  Please note that the May edition will be the last published edition for the next few months, while The Liberal goes on summer vacation.  To read the May 'Liberal', click here.


Housing Justice Update
Thanks to our members who participated in Housing Advocacy.  We leveraged our collective voices by joining Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in support of the $100 million bonding bill at the State Legislature.  This bill would create new affordable housing and renovations, maintain supportive housing, and move people out of homelessness across Minnesota.
Orchestra Members Needed

Are you proficient at playing an instrument?  We'd love to have you be a part of the First Universalist Orchestra.  If you have any questions, contact


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3400 Dupont Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408
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Upcoming Events:
  • Wednesday, May 7: Open Budget Conversation with Rev. Justin, 7:00 PM, Cummins Room
  • Saturday, May 10: Path to Membership Class, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Cummins Room
  • Saturday, May 10: Spring Jazz Band Concert, 7:30 PM, Sanctuary
  • Thursday, May 15: Daytime Connections, 10:30 AM, Social Hall
  • Thursday, May 15: Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30 PM, Cummins Room

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