A Unitarian Universalist Church | 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315 | P: 515-244-8603
This Sunday, May 15, 2022
What Is Your Faith?
with Coming of Age Youth
What is your faith? Join our 8th and 9th grade Coming of Age youth as they explore this central question of Unitarian Universalism.

Our students spent the year considering their own values and how they live them, what it means to lead and to serve, what justice means to them, and more – all towards finding their own way to express their UU faith. Come hear their distinct, individual, and clear voices.

Zoom Passcode: Safford
(Please mute your mic before the service begins!)
Forum: Q&A with Board Officers
with the Board of Directors
11:00 a.m. in Griffin Hall

Come see the board officers for a Q&A regarding budgeting, plans for the coming church year, etc. We are excited to hear from you!

Zoom Passcode: Griffin
Forum ideas and presentations are welcome! Click here to coordinate a forum.
Joys & Concerns
Joys & Concerns for Sunday should be submitted by noon on Friday.
Click on the Caring Community webpage for the following options:

  • Caring Ministry – for temporary assistance, such as meals or rides, or to volunteer 
  • Pastoral Care – for support through a difficult time 
  • Senior Minister – for an acute need (515-244-8603, ext. 102)
Pastoral Care: May 15 — 21
Gene McCracken is the Pastoral Care Associate available for the week beginning at
10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Email pastoralcareteam@ucdsm.org for assistance or call the Associate's telephone number in the church directory.
The Board of Trustees
wants and needs your input!
from the Board of Trustees
The Board will soon begin setting its goals for the new church year that begins
July 1. Below is a link to a survey including two open-ended questions. Please help the Board plan by responding to the survey.

The Board's Governance Committee sought your responses to those two questions in meetings held at church earlier this spring. Since not all church members participated in one of those meetings, we wanted to follow-up by asking the same questions of all members via this survey.

Please complete and submit the survey by Thursday, May 26.
Minister Evaluation
Member Feedback Requested
from the Board of Trustees
UCDSM members, it’s time to take the ministerial review survey and give feedback for Reverend Amy. To access the survey click here

The survey is also available on the church website.

The survey will be open through May 17, 2022.
Mark Your Calendars! 
THIS Saturday, May 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
A churchwide Member Art and Music Coffeehouse
in Griffin Hall
Do you like to sing, give a reading, lead a meditation, dance, or play an instrument? Please drop in and share your talent with us on this open-mic night!  

Do you enjoy music and art but try to avoid the stage's limelight? Please plan to come and just be entertained! 

No advanced sign-up is required. A stage and microphone will be provided as well as snacks and munchies, but please BYOB. 

Let's spend a fun night celebrating music and the arts together! Because childcare is not available, this is a tween to adult low-key "chill" event. Inquiries or questions? Contact Karen Kraemer at choir@ucdsm.org.
Let's Have a Rousing Revival: 
All of First Unitarian is Invited!
from the Leadership Team
Sunday, May 22
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
West Des Moines
Cornflower Shelters A & B

Potluck and more - see what's happening around church! Get reconnected to things you enjoy or discover something new for you and your family.

Want to be part of discussion group or movie night? Help plan parties? Organize for social change? Teach our awesome UU children and youth? 

Bring a dish to share, your place setting (let's not throw too much in the landfill), a camp chair and lawn games. We have a playground right by the shelter, and lots of space.

We are REVIVING our faith in Central Iowa!

See you there!

Questions? Contact Leadership@ucdsm.org.
Calling for Coffee Crew Volunteers
from the Hospitality Team
Join our Hospitality Team's Coffee Crew and help promote community at First Unitarian!
With the kitchen closed, we could use all the help we can get to serve congregants and visitors after each Sunday service. Tasks include bringing snacks and carafes of coffee and cleaning up after coffee time (10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Sundays) in the Gathering Area.

Each team works at least one service every other month, and members rotate responsibilities. Join a team by contacting our volunteer Hospitality Coordinator at hospitality@ucdsm.org.

Unity Circle - Potluck & Conversation
Thursday, May 19, 12:00 p.m.

Unity Circle will meet Thursday, May 19, at 12:00 p.m in Griffin Hall. There will not be a speaker, just lots of good food and conversation. 

Reminder: the kitchen is completely empty, so please bring appropriate serving utensils. The BUNN coffeemaker has been disconnected, so please also bring your own beverage.

Contact unitycircle@ucdsm.org with questions.
from First Unitarian Humanists
Book Group
You’re invited to join the Humanist book group on Sunday, May 15, as we continue reading Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. We will review chapter 8, followed by a general discussion of the entire Part II "The Agricultural Revolution."   The book group will meet at the church at 11:00 AM. Everyone is invited, either in person or via Zoom!
Legislative Report
Our Humanist friends in Iowa City have invited us to join them for their annual legislative report. You can meet with state representative Mary Mascher and state senators Joe Bolkcom and Zach Wahls via Zoom at 7:00 PM on Tuesday evening, May 17. 
Al Éxito's successes featured in Register
from Dave Witke
A fine article about Al Éxito was featured on Page One of The Register's metro section on Tuesday, May 11. This is the Latinx youth group that our congregation and the members of our Immigration Group have been working with for several years. Al Éxito is also the group that sponsors the annual Mary Campos scholarship awards to which many of our members have contributed.

Among other roles, Al Éxito helps Latinx youths gain academic success, prepares them for college admission or other post-high school careers, teaches them entrepreneurship skills, and prepares them for community leadership roles. Our ongoing connection with this group should make us proud.

Submissions to the Intercom Weekly are due on Wednesday at 12 noon. Submissions after the deadline cannot be guaranteed a spot in that week's newsletter.
 For a full list of upcoming meetings and events, please visit our church calendar.
If you wish to add your meeting or event to our calendar, please contact: calendar@ucdsm.org
Chalice Groups Forming!
from Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw
Coming Soon! 
You asked for them and they are coming! First Unitarian is beginning a Chalice Group small-group ministry program! 
What is a Chalice Group? 
Chalice Groups are fun and meaningful small group ministries which meet once a month. During their 60–90-minute meetings, each group discusses the monthly topic; topics designed to generate conversation and thought without requiring homework. 
How Do They Work? 
Each Chalice Group of 8-10 people meets monthly with a Group Facilitator. The Facilitators are being recruited now, so if you are interested, please email revamy@ucdsm.org and volunteer. Each Facilitator picks a time and a location for their Chalice Group. The Facilitators names, and their times and locations will be shared in the Intercom and in physical sign-up sheets at church beginning May 15th, 2022. People can sign up under the Facilitator they choose. Locations may include Zoom only groups. 

What do Facilitators have to do?

Facilitators have to:

1. Attend a monthly meeting with the other Facilitators and the minister to choose the monthly topic and try it out together to make sure it generates conversation

2. Send out reminder emails to their Group about their monthly time and location

3. Tell their Group what this month’s topic is and get the conversation going

4. Except in cases of emergency, commit to Facilitating for the length of this Group cycle (so either three or six months at a time)

Watch for the sign-up sheets beginning May 15th at church, and consider volunteering to Facilitate today by emailing revamy@ucdsm.org.

Positions Open!
We want to hear from you!
from the Board of Directors, Financial Oversight Committee, and Nominating Committee
Wondering how you can make First Unitarian all you want it to be? We are looking for individuals to serve on the Board of Trustees, the Financial Oversight Committee and the Nominating Committee. Please contact Chelsea Hayes or Fern Stewart. We would love to hear from you.
Unsung UU Award – Nominations Open!
from the Board of Trustees
Each year, the Board of Trustees presents the Unsung UU Award to a member or friend of our church who works tirelessly behind the scenes, is someone we can always count on, and is always willing to assist when needed.

The Board of Trustees requests nominations from the congregation in the spring and announces the recipient at the Annual Congregational Meeting on the first Sunday after Memorial Day. A plaque with the list of recipients dating back to 1977 is on the wall in the church foyer.

Please take some time to fill out the nomination form and let us know who has made a difference in your life as a part of the First Unitarian community. Go to https://www.ucdsm.org/unsung-uu-award/ and submit the form at the bottom of the page by May 15, 2022. If you prefer a paper form, they will be available in both the office and by the auditorium doors when you come to service.
2022 – 2023 Community Partner Nominations & Champions Wanted!
from the Faith In Action Coordinating Team
Faith in Action is a bridge connecting First Unitarian with the service organizations of our community. Each year our congregation selects 2 community organizations as partners. Each selected organization has a Champion from the congregation who serves as a conduit for engagement activities with the selected groups.

The organizations receive half of the Sunday collections and also offer opportunities for our members to engage in activities and programs which allow for focused involvement.
At our next congregation annual meeting we will again select 2 organizations for the coming year beginning September 2022 and ending August 2023.

The Faith in Action Committee is seeking nominee organizations for the coming year. If you know of an organization you believe will be a good fit with our UU Community, nominate them today!

Nominations are due May 15, 2022!

Below is the link to the application
The First Unitarian Kitchen Is Most Definitely Now Closed!
from the Kitchen Project Committee
Deconstruction of our kitchen took a major leap forward this week as a muscular team of volunteers removed ALL the cabinets and counters on Tuesday.  This was an amazing effort with a great crew completing the work in under three hours!  Here is the team; from left, Al Powers, Ann Mowery, Tom Thurtell, Ron Heideman, Sherwin Back and Walter Pearson.   
There is an old adage, the lost is always found. Might these keys belong to someone in the congregation? 

If so, you can collect them from our new Director of Finance and Administration Alice Stewart.

At the auction, held as part of last Saturday’s FFFFF, we received a successful bid for the ten-burner, two-oven Wolf range! It was removed last weekend; watch for next week’s KP update for more info about its new owner.   

If you'd like to set up a regular (weekly or monthly) contribution to our social justice activities, click here and enter the dollar amount for "Donation." 
Urge Congress to fulfill its pledge
to Support the Green Climate Fund
from Write Here, Write Now
This month we’ll write our Senators and Representative Axne to urge them to work to include funding for the Green Climate Fund in 2023 federal budget negotiations.  

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a vital international effort to assist developing countries in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help their people adapt to the worst effects of climate change. Yet despite the fact that the United States is responsible for a huge share of emissions causing this crisis, it has made only token contributions to the Fund since committing to support it in 2014. 

Join in writing Senators Grassley and Ernst and Representative Axne to urge them to ensure America does its fair share to address a problem our nation plays a huge role in creating.
Letters are due by Friday, May 13. You can send your letters by US Mail, by e-mail, or by direct online submission.
(Click-on the graphic below the “WHWN: Green Climate Fund” heading).
Faith in Action Partners
Knock and Drop | Just Voices
Our current partnerships run from September 2021 through August 2022. They were selected by our members at our June 2021 annual meeting. The organizations are:
Our Champion is Gene McCracken
Our Champion is Harvey Harrison
Staff Office Hours & Contact Info
Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw, Senior Minister
Sunday: Service 9:30-10:30, 11am-2pm by appointment
Monday: Sabbath
Tuesday: 11am-5pm
Wednesday: 11am-1pm and 3pm to 5pm (1-3pm slot is available for drop-in visits)
Thursday: 11am-5pm
Friday: Writing Day
Saturday: By appointment
https://calendly.com/revamypshaw - Please use to schedule appts

Alice J. Stewart, Director of Finance and Administration
515-244-8603 ext. 101
Mondays: by appointment
Tuesdays – Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fridays: by appointment
Zoom meetings available on request

Devon McClurken, Director of Faith Formation
Off Mondays
Tuesday-Friday, Sunday: by appointment

Emily Petty, Communications Coordinator
515-244-8603 ext. 103
Off Mondays
Tuesday-Friday, Sunday: by appointment
To submit an item for the Intercom, email communications@ucdsm.org

Hannah Notch, Social Media and Executive Support Specialist
Tuesday - Friday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
To have an event or meeting added to the church calendar, email Hannah at calendar@ucdsm.org
Intercom Weekly Submissions
Deadline: Wednesday @ 12 noon

  • In the body of an email, please include a title, relevant dates and times, contact information, and a brief description of your event or announcement.

  • Please proofread your article before submitting (or ask a trusted friend to proofread if you need help!) We try to check every article, but we still miss things.

  • An image can help make your article stand out! Please feel free to attach an image to your email. (JPG or PNG files are preferred.) Note: images that violate copyright laws will be rejected.

  • The Intercom Weekly is sent out to our mailing list on Friday at 12:00 p.m.

  • We run announcements for no more than three consecutive weeks, so please plan accordingly.

  • Per church policy, we do not share private email addresses or phone numbers in our communications. We will set up an @ucdsm.org email address for you as the contact person for your group which will automatically forward to your private email, so you won't have to do anything special to view it. (Please allow a few extra days for us to set up the email when you submit your announcement.)

Please email communications@ucdsm.org to submit your information.
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