The Newsletter  November 2019

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Building Project Update

Here is a summary of our work this month:

Audio Sound Design team - Inventoried equipment, outlined audio needs, meeting with consultant re: meeting needs for larger sanctuary space. 
Out Building - settled on design and size to meet needs; getting bids for construction.
Received and reviewed latest architect sketches and supporting documents.
Lawyer working on surveys and legal descriptions for land to be acquired.
Landscape Design Team being formed for grounds, play areas, memorial garden.
Refining cost estimates with architect and building consultant.
Working with Township zoning and fire folks in preparation for Zoning Board approval.
Contract with Del-Co for land transfer finalized. 
Refining interior designs for piano, stage, fire exits, handicap accesses, and administrative area.

Adult Enrichment

November's opportunities for adult enrichment include:
Second Monday Morning Covenant Group, November 11, 10:00-noon, at the church: a discussion of group members' "gratitude practices."
Brown Bag Books, Tuesday, November 19, at noon in Fellowship Hall: discussion of Educated, by Cara Westover.
NUUC's Women's Group, November 24 (Sunday), after service at Nielsen House: worrisome practices of our medical system and health care options associated with the various candidates for president.
Stories of Power and Passion: A UU Reading of the Hebrew Bible , Tuesday November 12, and Tuesday November 26, 7:00-8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.  Rev. Joan Van Becelaere leads discussions of various themes in the Hebrew Bible.  Sessions are 2nd and 4th Tuesdays through January.   You are welcome to attend even if you haven't participated before.
Green Burial Project

Our friends at Heritage UU Congregation Cincinnati are embarking on an exciting project:  The creation of a green burial site!  To learn more about this environmental project, click here. 
Empty Bowl Project Soup Lunch at NUUC this Sunday!
It's that time of year again. Soup weather! . Each year our congregation participates in the Columbus Park and Recreation's event that raises funds for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. It is exciting to see what wonderful soups and breads people make for Empty Bowls. Besides enjoying wonderful soups and great conversations with friends, we are able to support the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Last year we raised over $600 for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. This year Empty Bowls will be held on Sunday November the 3rd from 11:30-12:30 in Fellowship Hall. Anyone who wants to can join us for a soup and bread, and those who are willing can make a small donation for the lunch.  The proceeds from Empty Bowls go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, who provides support other foodbanks in central Ohio. We have been a part of this event close to 20 years with very successful results. 

Celebrating the Life of Betty Persons. Long term NUUC member Betty Persons died peacefully this week at her residence in Friendship Village of Columbus.  She was 102 years old.  An informal memorial service is being planned for next week.  Please contact if you would like to receive the details for the event.

Social Justice News

UU JUSTICE OHIO 2019 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY: Envision Justice - Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, 10 am - 4 pm at the Methodist Theological School of Ohio (MTSO), Delaware, Ohio. Featuring the Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches as keynote speaker - Where There is a Vision of Love and Justice, People Flourish; workshops on Transgender Justice, Immigration, Gerrymandering, Poverty, and discussion of "Those Things that Continue to Divide Us." Lunch provided by MTSO's excellent farm-to-table program and includes vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options. Business Meeting where we will elect new UUJO Board Members, approve the budget and vote on important changes to our bylaws to strengthen our work for justice in Ohio. Childcare is provided but you must register by Oct. 27. REGISTER today at .  

FAITHFUL FOOTPRINTS: HOME ENERGY SAVINGS PROGRAM : Would you like to lower your energy bills while caring for the Earth? Our faith calls us to be good stewards of the Earth. One way to be a good steward is to be efficient with the natural gas energy we use in our homes. The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) is partnering with Ohio Interfaith Power & Light and Columbia Gas to provide energy efficient solutions for us. Through the Faithful Footprints Program you can sign up for a home energy audit performed by a trained energy professional. The audit takes about 2-4 hours. Afterward, you'll receive a personalized report of your home's energy efficiency with potential savings of up to 50% off the cost of energy-efficient upgrades. A home energy audit is valued at $500, but is only $25 if booked before November 30, 2019. Beginning in December, the price goes back to the standard price of $50 which is still a bargain! For every home energy audit completed, IACO will receive $20.
The Home Energy Audit includes:
  • A comprehensive test for air leaks
  • Infrared scan of walls to detect insulation levels
  • A safety check of your natural gas furnace
  • Interior/exterior inspection
  • Installation of free energy-saving products as needed (e.g. programmable thermostat, energy efficient showerhead, faucet aerator, water heater pipe wrap)
  • A Report Folder which includes:
-       A list of any eligible energy efficient improvements through the program which can include attic insulation, wall insulation and duct sealing
-       Testing results
-       Information about rebate offers for energy-efficient home upgrades
-       Application for rebates
-       Contractor options for scheduling efficiency upgrades
-       Information on heating system rebates available through Columbia Gas
A home energy audit helps you conserve energy and save money with installation of free energy-saving products, expert home improvement recommendations, and rebates to make those improvements. And saving energy not only lowers your monthly bill, but also helps our community move toward a brighter, cleaner, healthier future for everyone.
Signing up for a home energy audit is easy! Simply visit or via phone 877-644-6674. Be sure to use promo code: IACO so that IACO gets $20 for every audit completed. If you have questions, contact Deb Steele of Ohio Interfaith Power & Light at
SAVE THE DATE (December 8, 2019) : The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to: 'Develop an Interfaith Community based on Understanding, Friendship and Trust.' In addition to UUs, the other 8 faith traditions making up IACO are: Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Jewish, and Sikh. On December 8th, IACO's 4th Annual Interfaith Prayer Gathering & Potluck will take place at Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna.  The theme this year is: "Caring for the Earth, Our Shared Home" and IACO is partnering with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. The time is 4:30-7:30 (Prayer Gathering 5-6; Potluck: 6-7:30). The one hour Prayer Gathering involves all 9 faith traditions sharing values and ideas on protecting our planet. There is no cost; people are encouraged to bring a dish to share for the potluck. It is a wonderful family activity.  To register, call the IACO office (614-849-0290), or go to the IACO Facebook page or website: .  For more information, contact Pam Patsch at .
PLASTIC BAG REPURPOSING DISCONTINUED: Our Horizon volunteers have been taking plastic bags to the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) where inmates made them into sleeping mats for the homeless. NUUC must discontinue collecting bags because ORW is no longer allowing bags to be dropped off. Another way to be a good steward of the Earth is to take reusable bags with you when you shop. If you forget and end up with plastic bags, please take them to a grocery store that recycles them.