The Newsletter  April 2019   
Our theme this month in worship and religious education is WHOLENESS

Please register your children for Religious Education by clicking  
Registration is very important even if your young person attends Religious Education only sporadically.
N ew NUUC Family Play Group

Join us for a new group of parents and children! We'll have Duplo LEGOs for inside, and if the weather cooperates, we'll head outdoors. While the kiddos play, the parents will have time to chat over coffee. There may even be a guest appearance from Miss Merrily (the puppet!) and Rev. Susan Ritchie. We will have juice and bagels, in addition to lots of coffee for the grown-ups. If you have a family member with an allergy, please let us know, so that we can make accommodations. Have questions? Contact Cara Greenberg or Morgan Patten:    RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Can't make this month? Join us on May 4.

Watch Out for Miss Merrily!

April activities for Adult Enrichment 

The Second Monday Morning Covenant Group (10:00-noon), meeting April 8 and exploring "The Challenges of Aging"

Brown Bag Books, meeting on third Tuesdays (April 16) at noon, discussing Timothy Egan's book, The Worst Hard Time, about the American Dust Bowl storms

NUUC's Women's Group, Sunday, April 28 after service, looking at the essay "In Search of Gender Troublemakers," by Juliet Jacque. This essay deals with transsexuals' issues, including the threat of violence. Jacque points out that feminism and trans activism have not always been on the same side as she discusses various documentaries and films about people having to confront "gender bigots." Marty Keith has copies of the essay.

Also, planning is underway for the spring "Eat and Meet" dinners where NUUC folks can get to know one another through conversation while sharing a meal. Marty Keith is organizing these. Please see the information (and sign-up sheet) posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

Hospitality Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to serve as a greeter or coffee host for dates beginning in May. You can sign up online by clicking here.  
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. If you want information about the greeter and/or coffee host responsibilities, written guidelines are available (see the February newsletter or contact Diane). or 614-204-4184 (call or text)

Join Us for A Special Lunch Celebration!  

Join us for a chef prepared farm-to-table lunch buffet to celebrate the kick off of our Capital Campaign (no cost to you!). We'll gather at the Dining Hall of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio, just seven minutes north of NUUC), on Sunday April 7, 2019 at noon. Gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options available. All ages welcome. RSVP by Wednesday, April 3 to
Turn right once you get to the main entrance of MTSO, the Dining Hall is the first building on your right.  Parking available behind the building.  

Join our Youth Orchestra!

The NUUC Youth Orchestra will be playing music from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" this spring. Youth of all ages and instruments are invited to join us. The score is for full orchestra, including percussion and saxophone! If you play an instrument that does not have sheet music (guitar, recorder, etc.), Marlene will write a part for you, but please give her plenty of notice! Rehearsals for the Youth Orchestra will be as follows: April 7, April 14, April 28 on Sunday mornings immediately after the workshop service for about 45 minutes. You can miss one rehearsal and still perform with the group. There will be two performances: Sunday, May 5, Sunday, May 19 = Music Sunday We will also meet for rehearsal at 9:45 on the morning of the performance. It's fine if you have to miss one of the two performances as long as you can attend 2/3 of the rehearsals. See Marlene Hartzler at any upcoming worship service or email at if you would like to be part of this fun ensemble.


Service Auction Coming Soon!

Attention on the set! The Service Auction, "Lights, Camera, Auction!," is coming up on Saturday, April 27, from 5:00 until 8:45 PM. This NUUC event, this movie, will be phenomenal. There will be an exciting Live Auction, a Silent Auction, a Theme Basket Auction, and even a Kids' Raffle Auction, PLUS fantastic movie-related decorations, fun activity booths, door prizes, and a delicious free supper. Also, admission and childcare will be free, so please come and be part of the "cast." Costumes are optional! Dress for Hollywood if you like. Come as a movie character or as a favorite actor, or even a film monster- whatever!

Help Needed
This will be a big event and we'll need help to transform the church into the "set" of the Service Auction. Please consider volunteering. Setup and decorating take time, but are so worth the effort. Setup will be on Monday. April 22. at 6:00-9:00 PM. Decorating evenings will be Thursday, April 25 and Friday April 26, from 6:00-10:00 PM, with pizza available both evenings. We also need the loan of 6 ft. or 8 ft. tables or card tables. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or just speak to Bob Keith.

The Service Auction Catalog is available now on our website at or in hard-copy form in Fellowship Hall. In the catalog, you can read descriptions of all the generous and diverse donations up for bidding. The catalog is FULL of amazing donations for all the types of auctions. For the Live, Silent, and Theme Basket auctions, bidding starts at one third of the estimated value, so participants can jump in and be part of the excitement. The evening itself will be fun, but enjoyment continues all year as people take part in the outings, classes, etc. they have won or provided.

There is still time to donate. Just enter your donation through Thursday April 18. While your entry won't be in the Catalog, it will be in the Supplement to the Catalog. Simply use the All-In-One Form noted above or the form's paper version found in Fellowship Hall.

Activity Booths
Remember, there will be more happening than the various auctions. Children are sure to love the activity booths: "Mold a Movie Monster," with clay; "Walk of Fame," with starred squares ready for hand prints; and "Hollywood Rings," a ring toss game with prizes. Adults as well as children will have fun in the "You Oughta Be in Pictures" green screen photo booth where your picture will be overlaid onto fantastic backgrounds. Also, a popcorn machine will be producing free movie popcorn to be savored throughout the evening.

What If You Cannot Attend?
If you cannot attend the Service Auction, consider proxy bidding. You just pre-select the items you'd like, set a dollar limit on each of how much you are willing to bid, and have someone do the bidding for you. The Service Auction Makers will be glad to get you a proxy bidder or you may arrange one yourself.

Pre-Register for Express Check-In
By pre-registering, you can considerably reduce the time of your check-in when you arrive at the Service Auction. To pre-register for this event, just use the All-In-One Form available on our website as noted above or the form's paper version found in Fellowship Hall.

We hope you can attend the Service Auction and be part of this fun, gala evening that will be long remembered.


If you have any questions, please contact Chris Aultman ( or 614-365-0944, or one of the other "Service Auction Magic Makers" (SAMMs): Jan Bourke, Dee Burlison, Marty Keith, Azin Sharifi, Trina Timson, and Bob Keith (chair).

Social Justice News

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, April 28th. 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.
ROCK THE BLOCK INTERFAITH DAY OF SERVICE: Join Habitat for Humanity and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio on Saturday, April 27th from 10-3 to work with other faith communities in revitalizing a local Linden neighborhood near Minnesota Avenue. Rock the Block is an event held in a targeted neighborhood for a concentrated period of time, focusing on small-scale home repair and preservation projects for low income homeowners, and community projects to improve and beautify the neighborhood surrounding the homes. For families to succeed, sometimes the dynamics of their neighborhood have to change. Neighborhood Revitalization is a holistic approach that expands Habitat's traditional partnership with new homeowners and volunteers to include neighbors and local organizations for a far greater impact. Imagine 75-100 of your friends, family and community members circling around this neighborhood, coming together and lifting it up through park clean ups, exterior home repairs, landscaping, painting and more! This is a great opportunity to involve the entire family in serving the community! More information about location and how to RSVP will be on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, in the Order of Service, and on the IACO Facebook page.
9:30 to 3:00 pm - program. Gatherings in CLEVELAND, CINCINNATI, COLUMBUS, AKRON AND TOLEDO.   The Columbus Gathering will meet at First UU Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH 43214. Come join with others from sister UU Cluster Congregations and local partners to learn more about state and local justice issues. Keynote speaker will be Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio,ranking minority member of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee in the Ohio Senate. Her keynote will be livestreamed by Zoom and will address what is happening in the Ohio Legislature and how her UU values impact her work as a state senator. And then plan with others in your Cluster about ways to address local and state issues; working together with neighboring UU congregations and local partner organizations. There is no charge for these Gatherings. Lunch will be provided. Donations to help cover the cost of lunch are welcomed. Register at: Questions? Contact Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, 303-641-5896 or
HORIZON DONATIONS: Thanks to everyone who has generously donated yarn, fabric, craft supplies, puzzles, and games to the Horizon women at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). Horizon has limited storage space at ORW. We currently have a huge supply of yarn and fabric and do not need more at this time. Please save your yarn, material, and craft supplies. A new request for donations will be posted in the newsletter and Order of Service once our supplies start to run low. The women truly enjoy the opportunity to make gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, Easter baskets, Christmas stockings, and other items for their community service projects. They greatly appreciate the generosity of our congregation in donating the supplies they need for these projects.

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 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.