The Newsletter  February  2019   

 Our theme this month in worship and religious education is TRUST

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 Thanks for your help! Note: our Child Safety Policy prevents us from using photos that include children.

Brown Bag Books

Dear Readers,
We reviewed American Wolf in January, with lots of interesting discussion!  The following is an updated list for Brown Bag Books.  Please note the change of books for May. 
The Dry by Jane Harper

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:  a novel by Gail Honeyman

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

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Man who walked backwards:  An Amerian Dreamers Search for Meaning in the Great Depression by Ben Montgomery
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, February 19th!
Good Reading!

Adult Enrichment
For the next month, Adult Enrichment activities include various topics, as well as possible plans.  On February 11 the Second Monday Morning Covenant Group, meeting at the church from 10:00 until noon, will share ideas about "That's What Makes Us Human...!"  On February 19, the month's third Tuesday, at noon at the church, Brown Bag Books will cover The Dry, by Jane Harper.  This novel is a best-selling mystery.  Then, NUUC's Women's Group will try out a new meeting time-the fourth Sunday, right after church, in an upstairs room at Nielsen House.  That date is February 24.  No night driving!  This group is exploring essays from the book Can We All Be Feminists? edited by June Eric-Udorie.  February's essay is Soofiya Andry's "Deviant Bodies," about existing in a "visibly gender-nonconforming body."  If you'd like a copy of this essay, please see Marty Keith.  Some months Women's Group will go out for lunch and have their discussion in a restaurant.  Occasionally, if any movie related to a women's issue is playing, they may arrange to see it together, with coffee afterward.  

News from Your Board of Trustees

Your board of trustees has called a meeting of the congregation for March 10, immediately following worship.  We will elect new officers, and also, should it be available with enough advance time to distribute, ask for a vote to approve architect Kay Onwukwe's design for our building expansion.  

Volunteer for Hospitality!

 Beginning February, NUUC will be implementing a new, online way to volunteer to serve as a greeter or coffee host. The program, Sign Up Genius, is already being used successfully by the RE program.

* You do not have to have your own Sign Up account to use this program.

* If you would like to volunteer but prefer not to use Sign Up Genius, contact Diane Mattox at or 614-204-4184 (call or text) and she will be happy to Sign you Up ... although she does not profess to be a "Genius"!

* If you want information about the greeter and/or coffee host responsibilities, you can refer to the written guidelines. Click here for guidelines for greeting
Diane will be facilitating the Greeter/Coffee Host sign up through 2019. Feel free to contact her.

Thank you for your consideration!

Diane Mattox

Service Auction Coming in April!


It's coming! What's that? The exciting Service Auction will happen on Saturday, April 27 in the evening, starting at 5:00. The theme will be "Lights, Camera, Auction!", which will be all about movies. What a fun way to shake ourselves free of winter!
What to expect: A rousing Live Auction, a Silent Auction, a Theme Basket Auction, and even a Kids' Raffle Auction; PLUS fantastic movie-related decorations, fun activity booths, and a delicious free supper.
What to do: Please donate services or goods!
●   It might be a theme dinner, lunch, or party you could host.
●   It might be something you are skilled at doing, such as music lessons, fitness training, or
●   It might be a much-appreciated service, such a ride to/from the airport, or yard/house work.
●   It could be some article you can make, like a piece of art, a scarf, jewelry, or gourmet food
       (a brisket! pies!) .
●   OR, you might put together a theme gift basket.
To give you ideas, the catalogs from the past 7 years are available on the NUUC website (see weblink below) and in Fellowship Hall. Another good source is the Theme Basket Idea Book, also in Fellowship Hall.
Deadline for Donations is Monday, March 11 . You can submit your donation using either the paper All-In-One Donation-Registration-Volunteer Form located in Fellowship Hall, or you can use the online version of the form found at .
With your help, NUUC can have a great Lights, Camera, Auction! service auction.

Social Justice News

UUJO ACCOMPANIMENT TRAINING WEBINAR: Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Accompaniment networks are created to help neighbors support neighbors. The networks support our immigrant neighbors who face overwhelming stress and the threat of family separation each day.  Volunteer roles include:  accompanying immigrant neighbors to district and federal court, as well as, ICE Enforcement and Removal Offices.  Volunteers raise funds for bond and legal fees and support families who are in crisis following the deportation of their loved one.  Accompaniment networks are developed to meet the needs identified by our neighbors who are being impacted by the ICE and immigration policy in the US.  Join this webinar to learn about what's happening in Massachusetts and how we can use this information to organize and strengthen our work in Ohio.  We will also schedule in-person follow-up trainings in different parts of the state in consultation with volunteers. Facilitators: Laura Wagner, Executive Director Unitarian Universalist Mass Action; and Ruben Castilla Herrera, Columbus Sanctuary Collective. Please register HERE. Contact Rev. Joan Van Becelaere if you have questions
UUJO DOES NOT EXIST WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT: This past year has been incredibly troubling in far too many ways.  Our faith and our vision of a Beloved Community of freedom and justice are being tested.  But people of conviction like you are not backing down. When you support UUJO, you are joining a faithful community of people who are committed to a transformative vision of a society where the inherent dignity and worth of every human being is recognized and embodied in all the real, hard places of life. UUJO is incredibly grateful for our work together to support and expand justice in Ohio in 2018. And we are excited about our possibilities and plans for 2019. Will you make a donation to UUJO today? With your contribution to Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio, we can amplify our Ohio UU voices to speak truth to power and work to embody new realities of justice in Ohio and beyond. Please click to donate online or send a check to: UUJO, PO Box 980, Worthington, OH   43085. To learn more about the work UUJO is doing, visit the website or Facebook page.
INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) Helping Central Ohio Homeless : Join representatives from other faith communities to help serve meals to homeless families at the Van Buren Shelter, 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, 43223, from 5:30 PM (introduction and tour) to 8:00 PM on Sunday, February 24thth. If you prefer an earlier time, you can volunteer to serve meals to single women from 3:30-6:00. Please contact Gwyn Stetler at if you are interested in volunteering. 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.
INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) CIRCLE SUPPERS : Do you enjoy good food, good conversation, and meeting interesting people from other faith traditions? Then the IACO Circle Suppers are perfect for you! You are invited to sign up for a series of 3 suppers for small groups of 6-8 offered in the homes of participants. The agreed upon host will prepare the main course, arrange with the other participants to provide the other parts of the meal, and determine whether to meet on Saturday or Sunday evening. These gatherings will allow participants to: share a meal together; to eat foods from different religious/cultural traditions; share in different rituals connected with eating together; and get to know persons from other faiths and cultures. The dinners will be on February 23 or 24, March 23 or 24, and April 13 or 14. If you are interested, but not ready to commit to particular dates at this time, you may sign up as an alternate and be invited to attend a supper when someone signed up cannot make it. If you want to participate, please register by February 5th by: signing up on line at ( or contacting Dick Dawson (614-563-4855) to register by phone. For more information, see the SAC bulletin board, IACO website, or ask Pam Patsch.
"WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?":  Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville's latest documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this documentary is an emotional and moving film that takes you beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius, who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.  A screening of this documentary will be shown on February 12th, 5:30 pm at the Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) - Columbus, 2885 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235. This event is co-sponsored by AARP, IACO and Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN).  A discussion will follow the film and refreshments will be provided. You can register online at For more information, see the bulletin board or Facebook pages for WIN, IACO, or TASO.

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.

Guest at Your Table returns to NUUC

This year our congregation will be participating in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's program, "Guest at Your Table," during the month of February. Guest at Your Table is an annual tradition in which congregation members take home a box featuring people that the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has worked with recently. These people are your 'guests,' and you are asked to share your blessings with them each meal by putting your spare change in the box. The first Sunday of March we will ask you to bring your donation envelope or your Guest at your table box to church. With each Individual gifts to Guest at Your Table of $125 or more, are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock. A $40 donation makes you a member of the UUSC. 

What is Guest at Your Table?
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. Since UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that our members make possible. The program is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals - the "guests" in Guest at Your Table.

History of Guest at Your Table
Guest at Your Table has been an important part of UUSC and congregational culture for 40 years. Each year, involvement in Guest at Your Table grows strengthening UU connections to our shared principles and helping to challenge injustice throughout the world. This year, we are adding new features to make it more fun for families and more meaningful for people regardless of their congregational connections.
Guest at Your Table has evolved from a charitable drive to a multigenerational human rights awareness and action program. Other similar efforts have occurred in the United States since the depression era. UUSC's program made its debut in 1975, following former UUSC staff member Warren Salinger's trip to the Netherlands. While there, he was inspired by a similar organization's program, entitled "Gast aan Tafel," to educate its supporters about its work, and to raise vital funds, through the use of colorful boxes the whole family enjoyed.

UU congregations and individuals in the United States and around the world participate in this important annual tradition. We come together, learn about people directly connected to human rights work, reflect on our own lives, and raise funds to advance justice in communities near and far. This is also a time to invite new members to join UUSC and take action in support of our shared vision.

2018-2019 Theme: Justice Across Borders from the Northern Triangle of Central America, to deserts of Mexico and Arizona, to detention centers in the United States, the road away from danger is paved with injustices. Partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, UUSC addresses root causes, supports migrants in transit, and protects the right to seek asylum. Join with UUSC for Guest at Your Table to learn more about UUSC's and our nation's involvement in Central America - historically and presently - and our courageous Migrant Justice partners.