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Friday, April 21

Saturday, April 22

Path to Membership, Howson Hall, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. If you’re ready to consider membership, we encourage you to attend a “Path to Membership” class. You can meet other prospective members, learn about UU history and principles, the church’s diverse programs, and the benefits and responsibilities of membership. The class is offered quarterly. Contact: Shannon Posern,

Dorothy Carter memorial service, Sanctuary, 5-6 p.m.

UU/Quaker Singalong, Howson Hall, 7:30–10:30 p.m. Please bring snacks and finger foods, musical instruments, and copies of songs you want to sing. Copies of “Rise Up Singing” are provided. This is an alcohol-free event, round-robin format held on the fourth Saturday of the month. Contact Mary Jane Ford:

Sunday, April 23

Martha’s Free Breakfast, Howson Hall, 8:30 a.m. Funded by a bequest from Martha Leipziger.

Worship Service: “The Lorax” with Rev. Chris Jimmerson, Sanctuary, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. This will be a special intergenerational service to observe Earth Day, so please bring the entire family. We will tell the beloved Dr. Seuss story, “The Lorax.”

“Coffee House Service” Howson Hall, 10:45 a.m. For a more casual worship experience, drink coffee and enjoy a bagel while watching the service on the big screen in Howson Hall.

Lifespan Faith Development notice. There will be no Pre-K through 8th grade classes today with the intergenerational service. The senior youth group will still be meeting as they are planning for the upcoming youth service.

Classes First service classes
(9:30–10:30 a.m.)
Second service classes
(11–12 p.m.)
Senior Youth Group (9th–12th): “Exploring Our Values Through Poetry” Rm 11
(10:45 a.m.–1 p.m.)


Children’s Choir (K–3rd) Rm. 11
Youth Choir (4th–8th) Rm. 13

Religion and Worldviews Book Group, South Portable, 9–10:30 a.m. This week we continue “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, chapters 12-18. Barbara Noblin will lead. If you see that we are discussing a favorite book of yours, please join us for the discussion and bring your copy with you. We welcome new members and new insights.

Mind and Meaning Book Group, South Portable, 10:35–11:45 a.m. We’ll continue with chapters 45 of “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America,” by Nancy Isenberg. The group is open to visitors and new members. For more information, contact Bill Forbes:

Public Affairs Forum: “Reforestation and Justice” with Scott Sabin; Sanctuary, 12–1 p.m. Environmental concern is often seen as a luxury, in opposition to the fundamental needs of human beings and their development. Learn how poverty and environmental issues are intimately connected, and hear about the exciting progress that is being made in solving issues of extreme poverty and environmental degradation in the developing world. Through providing training in environmental restoration, sustainable agriculture and savings-led microfinance, Plant With Purpose partners with rural subsistence farmers to sustainably grow out of poverty while restoring their environment.

Spring Into Action 2017: Book Discussion: “The Third Reconstruction,” Rm 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Please note the updated meeting time. White Allies is hosting a discussion of William Barber’s book, the 2017 UUA Common Read, about how he worked with a coalition of diverse allies to launch the Moral Mondays movement. All are welcome!

Pre-congregational meeting, Sanctuary, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Note the updated meeting times. Please plan to attend! It will be an opportunity to informally discuss and ask questions about items of church business, including the board slate and nominating committee members, that will then be formally voted upon at the congregational meeting next month. Please mark your calendars for that too, on Sunday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Public broadcast of Public Affairs Forum, 6 p.m. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Brandi Clark Burton’s Feb. 19 presentation, “Cities Leading Climate Change” will be shown at 6 p.m. on ChannelAustin, channel 10-10. Or find the talk on the church’s YouTube page.

Monday, April 24

ARCH Sack Lunch preparation, Kitchen, 6 p.m. Contact for fourth Monday of the month: Elizabeth DeLeon,

Mindful Meditation practice, Sanctuary, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Our sessions include thirty minutes of meditation practice such as sitting in silence, sitting with a guided meditation, or taking a walking meditation. For the last half hour someone brings a poem or spiritual reading to read and reflect on. Bring a cushion if you prefer. For more info:

Tuesday, April 25

Covenant Yoga, Howson Hall, 2–3:30 p.m. Drop-ins welcome. Hatha slow-flow. Bring your mat. Contact: Mary Jane Ford,

Fellowship Ministry meeting, La Mancha (2203 Hancock Dr), 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26

Philosophical Discussion Group, Rm 11, 1–5 p.m.

F.RE.D. Night! 6–9 p.m. The F.RE.D. Dinner is now a F.RE.D. potluck. Find the latest newsletter for more class details, or contact Classes start at 7 p.m.

Spring Into Action 2017: F.RE.D. Movie Screening of “Zootopia,” Rm 13, 7–9 p.m. Lifespan Faith Development is hosting a screening of this animated comedy-adventure set in a modern mammal metropolis. Can predators and prey ever get along?

Adult Choir Sectional, Sanctuary, 6:30–7 p.m.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) class, Rm 11, 6:30–9 p.m.

Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary, 7–8:45 p.m.

Writer’s Circle, Rm 15, 7–9 p.m. In honor of National Poetry Month, a new Writer’s Circle group is starting at First UU Austin. The only real requirement for being a writer is a willingness to write. This is true as well: all you need to do to become a poet is a write a poem and proclaim it so.  Ideally participants will commit to writing a poem or a very short piece of prose to be shared every week. Contact or for information about this new group!

Thursday, April 27

FUUN-31 Fourth-Thursday Happy Hour! Galaxy Café (8127 Mesa Dr), 6 p.m. The First UU Neighborhood 78731 (FUUN-31) happy hour group is meeting for drinks/dinner. We’ll go to the Galaxy Café location just north of Spicewood Springs Rd. We’re not restricted to 78731—please join us! For more information, contact

Friday, April 28

White Allies for Racial Equality: Movie Night, Howson Hall, 7-9 p.m. We will be hosting a screening of “13th,” the Oscar-nominated docu­mentary about race and the Thirteenth Amendment, by the director of Selma. Following will be a panel discussion by four activist groups: Chas Moore, Austin Justice Coalition; Fatima Mann, Counter Balance ATX; Darwin Hamilton, Reentry Advocacy Project; and Njera Keith, Black Sovereign Nation. Free admission, childcare available.

Saturday, April 29

Elaine Carpenter memorial service, Sanctuary, 10-12:30 p.m.

Spring Into Action 2017: Welcoming Dinner, Howson Hall, 6-8 p.m. Join Membership and Fellowship for a special edition of our quarterly new member potluck. We will welcome our new members, enjoy a great dinner, and discuss what we can do to make First UU more welcoming.

Other Announcements

Spring Into Action 2017: People of Color Group Book Discussion: “Tears We Cannot Stop.” Apr 30, Rm 13A, 1–2:30 p.m. People of Color will discuss Michael Eric Dyson’s book, which argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face some difficult truths about our society. All are welcome!

Registration for CampUU/Hogwarts is open! During the week of July 2428, 2017, the rooms and hallways of First UU will be transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Campers are children ages 6–11 (corresponding to rising 1st though 6th graders); junior prefects are ages 12–14, and regular prefects are ages 15 and up. We also eagerly welcome adult volunteers to help as everything from house elves to professors to camp staff. No magical experience required!

Only a handful of spots remain for campers but we are seeking many more prefects and junior prefects! Don’t miss out on the magic! Register now! For more info, including schedule, costs, and registration information, please visit:

Save the Date! The 2017 Annual Silent Auction is coming. This year’s auction will run officially from Sunday, April 30–Sunday, May 14. On May 14 we’ll close the auction and celebrate our community in participation with ResistDance, a drum-dance group for democracy. And there will snacks! Plan to join us and please continue to send your donations to Gillian Redfearn at

What is this myFirstUU all about? It’s a handy new web portal to our church database. It provides members with 24/7 access to their own profile information and tools for engaging with First UU ministries and events. Members can create a login and use it to view and update contact information, view family information, look up other members, view participation in groups and classes and view contribution records and give online. Signing up is easy! Just email a request to For instructional videos and other myFirstUU resources:

Your church—Now at your fingertips! Access the member directory and church calendar and give to First UU anytime, anywhere—right from your smartphone using the Church Life mobile app. For more info or assistance getting signed up, email Shannon Posern at

Giving to First UU has just gotten easier! In addition to online giving through myFirstUU or on the go through the Church Life mobile app, you can now give via text. Simply send a text to (512) 710-0218 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount. Within a few minutes you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Once registration is complete, you’ll receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, just send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically!

Have you moved? Or has your contact information changed recently? You can now submit change requests using myFirstUU or the Church Life app. Email for help getting signed up. You can also submit change requests directly to or call (512) 452-6168 x1314.

First UU Cares! If you or someone you know in the church needs the help of our caring ministries, there are many ways to reach out to First UU Cares. Send us an email to, call (512) 452-6168 x1315, or leave a note in the Joys and Concerns book in the church foyer.

Want to get more engaged in activism? Visit our Social Action Committee volunteers in the gallery after services to either learn about the variety of projects we offer, or buy your own bright yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” t-shirt with our mission statement printed on the back. Get it while you can for only $10.

Are you visiting? Welcome to First UU! Stop by the Visitor Table on Sundays to learn more about our church community. Or talk to anyone wearing a green “Membership” ribbon!

Meet and assist new members at the church! The First UU “Compadres” program helps welcome new members into the church, and help them connect within First UU’s community. For more information on being a compadre, or on being paired up with one, contact Shannon Posern at, or call her at (512) 452-6168 x1313.

Keep your book donations coming! Our partnership with Inside Books is a joint project between First UU Social Action and Green Sanctuary. Thousands of fiction and nonfiction books are donated through Inside Books by our generous congregation. It’s a great way to downsize! And it makes a lifesaving difference to Texas inmates in short supply of books. Tax deductible receipt available.

Bring your donations to Inside Books in front of the bookstore any Sunday, or join us on second Mondays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Space 12 (3121 E. 12th St) to help send books. For details, write Richard & Beki Halpin:

Sharing Suppers returns! These are casual dinners held the third Saturday of each month. They’re open to anyone attending the church and include families, singles, and couples of all ages. Participants take turns hosting and planning the meal and each attendee contributes something to the dinner. Sharing Suppers are an excellent way to learn more about the church and meet people who can help you get involved in the church’s various groups and programs. Contact:

The Flower Ministry is blossoming! The Sunday morning flower service has become the Flower Ministry. Members who reserve flowers for display in the sanctuary for Sunday services may choose to either take their flowers home after second service, or donate them to be “paid forward” to an organization or person in need of cheer. Recipients of donations include Dell Children’s Hospital, Christopher House Hospice, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Austin, among others. To reserve flowers for Sunday services, the signup calendar and reservation forms are in the hallway near the mailroom. Sign up for a Sunday of your choosing. For more info, contact Professional flower arrangements and displays created by Rebecca Frazier-Smith, TMF, owner of Bella Fiori floral studio and longtime member of First UU.

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