The Newsletter  January 2019   
           
Our theme this month in worship and religious education is Possibilities

Please register your children for Religious Education by clicking  
Registration is very important even if your young person attends Religious Education only sporadically.
Help us develop our new photo directory! Members, if you have a digital photo of yourself, please email it to minister@nuuc.org. Thanks for your help! Note: our Child Safety Policy prevents us from using photos that include children.

Brown Bag Books

Dear Readers,

Well here it is at last...a reading list that will keep you very busy!  This will take you through May!  Lots of variety here; lots of people picking books!
 
January      
American Wolf:  a true story of survival and obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

February    
The Dry by Jane Harper

March        
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:  a novel by Gail Honeyman

April          
The Worst Hard Time:  the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl by Timothy Egan

May           
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
 
Brown Bag Books meets on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the North Church.  We would love for you to join us as you are able!  Hope to see you on Tuesday January 15th!


We are looking for someone who lives near the Dublin Retirement Center on Post Road in Dublin who might be willing to give a member who can no longer drive a ride to service from time to time. If you are interested and able, please let Rev. Ritchie know (minister@nuuc.org).

News from Your Board of Trustees

Dear NUUC Members and Friends,

At the vote at the congregational meeting on December 16, the congregation overwhelmingly approved the hire of architect Kay Onwukwe and builder Shaun Greer to develop a schematic design for building expansion (to present for congregational approval this winter).   While Kay will be using some of the programming work already done by our previous architect, Dave Kerr, Kay would also like to have the opportunity to hear directly from any members of the congregation directly about their hopes for the new design.  Towards that end, all are welcome to join us in an Architectural Visioning Meeting on January 25 from 4 PM to 6 PM in Fellowship Hall. Rumor has it tracing paper will be involved!!  If you have something you would like to convey to Kay, please email that to board@nuuc.org

Should the congregation show enthusiasm for Onwukwe's design, our consultant Barry Finkelstein, will return in March to train stewards, and we will launch a combined annual pledge and capital campaign drive this Spring.We are using this opportunity to permanently relocate the annual pledge drive to the spring, also changing the fiscal year from its current association with the calendar year to a July fiscal start.  

We ask that congregants simply extend their pledge at their current levels until the campaign launch.  Email minister@nuuc.orgto indicate if you would like to increase your pledge, or if you need to decrease it due to changed circumstances.

Sincerely,
Your NUUC Board of Trustees



  
Service Auction Coming in April!
 
Save the Date! Our annual service auction will be on Saturday April 27 in the evening starting at 5 PM.
 
Marvelous! NUUC's 2019 service auction will be an exciting event. While we haven't yet set the theme for this service auction, we do know it will be clever and add to the enjoyment of the festivities. Break out of winter with a fun-filled evening that will be an experience to remember.
 
Multiple events for the whole family! This will be a gala event with many activities for everyone - our exciting Live Auction, a Silent Auction, a Theme Basket Auction, and even a Kids Raffle Auction! In addition, there will be activities for everyone. We'll take time to gather as a community and celebrate with merriment and, of course, great refreshments!
 
More Info! For more information about the service auction, go to www.nuuc.org/service-auction/ to see our FAQ information and previous catalogs. Put on your thinking cap and come up with your service donation. In mid-January, our All-In-One Donation/Volunteer Sign-Up/Registration Form will be available for you to enter your donation, either online or with the paper version located in Fellowship Hall. More information will also be available in special announcements/skits, the order of service, and from members of the planning team.
 
Thank you for your support of NUUC's biggest fund-raiser!
-The Service Auction Planning Team: Chris Aultman, Jan Bourke, Dee Burlison, Marty Keith, Azin Sharifi, Trina Timson, and Bob Keith (chair)

 

Social Justice News

HOLIDAY FAMILY 2018: Thank you for your generous donation to the Holiday Dinner for the women in the Horizon Prison Initiative program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie served a meal on December 30 to 84 participants and another 15 volunteers and staff members. She and the women have had fun planning the menu of field greens salad, homemade rolls, roast beef, roasted potatoes, green beans, cupcakes, cookies, and festive punch with rainbow sherbet. Later they will had the opportunity to walk a labyrinth. For many of the women, sharing a meal of real and delicious food with each other, staff, and volunteers is the highlight of their holiday. They are very appreciative that this was made possible by our congregation. Thanks too for the donations of craft supplies which were used to create amazing decorations in the living space of each of the 12 households.


INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) Helping Central Ohio Homeless: Join representatives from other faith communities to help serve meals at the Van Buren Shelter, 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, 43223, from 5:30 PM (introduction and tour) to 7:45 PM on Sunday, January 27th. If you are interested in joining the other IACO members who are volunteering, please contact Gwyn Stetlerat  gwyn.stetler@ymcacolumbus.org This is a great opportunity to serve those in need AND to get to know people from other faith traditions. For more information, see the SAC bulletin board or ask Pam Patsch.
 
REPURPOSING PLASTIC BAGS: Sometimes we forget to bring our reusable bags to the store and end up with plastic bags. Now you can donate your plastic grocery bags to the women in the Horizon Prison Initiative program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. The women use the plastic bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless. You can leave your plastic bags in the designated container next to the office in Fellowship Hall. Please note, ORW ONLY accepts plastic grocery bags.

DONATE YARN : The Horizon women have been very busy knitting and crocheting winter scarves and hats for community service projects and are in need of yarn. If you have yarn you would like to donate, please put it in the plastic bin in Fellowship Hall.