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Friday, March 17

Texas UU Justice Ministry: Advocacy Training, Howson Hall, 7-8:30 p.m. Join Chuck Freemen from TXUUJM and fellow UUs to learn about strategies for advocating for our UU values at the local, state, and national levels. Contact:

Saturday, March 18

Get trained and deputized to do voter registration in Travis County! Howson Hall, 10–11:30 a.m. Here is the link to sign up to register: Registering is required so that we may bring enough information packets for everyone. We’ll also be having sessions Sat. April 15, or Sat. May 20 (only one class is required). Contact Mary Patrick:

Women’s Spirituality Group, Rm 13, 10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. This group is for women who are high school age and older. We are open to new members at all times, and we invite you to join us. Contact Diane Bohman:

Sunday, March 19

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

Worship Service: “Show Up, Pay Attention. Breathe.” with Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Sanctuary, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. Right Mindfulness is the element of the Buddhist Eightfold Path that teaches about meditation. What are some good ways to meditate? What can it do for us? What does it do for the world?

“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.

Easter Canned Food Drive—please bring your canned food! Easter Sunday is April 16, and we’ll have a great morning with games and Easter goodies for participants in our annual can hunt. Please bring canned food and other non-perishables to the church all through the month of March. There will be a collection cart next to the Lifespan Faith Development table in the gallery. We hide the cans on Easter, the kids find them, and then we give it to the Capital Area Food Bank once we’ve played with our food.

We would love to have adult volunteers to help with all the Easter festivities! Contact if you would like to join in the fun!

Lifespan Faith Development Sunday School. We would love to have your assistance in our classrooms! The true enrichment of our children’s spiritual learning depends on your involvement. Contact Laine Young ( for more information.

Classes First service classes
(9:30–10:30 a.m.)
Second service classes
(11–12 p.m.)
Pre-K: “We Are Many, We Are One” Rm. 23
K–1st: “Wonderful Welcome” Rm. 17
2nd–5th: “Moral Tales” Rm. 15 (2nd–5th) Rm 15A (2nd–3rd only)
4th–5th: “Toolbox of Faith” (Combined class; see above) Rm 15B
Junior Youth Group (6th–8th): “The Gospel According to the Simpsons” Rm 13
(10:45–11:45 a.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

Mind and Meaning Book Group, South Portable, 10:35–11:45 a.m. We will discuss chapters 6–7 of “Listen Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?” by Thomas Frank. The group is open to visitors and new members. For more information, contact Bill Forbes:

Public Affairs Forum: “How to Keep From Becoming that Against Which I Rage: The Interpersonal/Intrapersonal Part of Ongoing Activism” with Lisa Rogers, Sanctuary, 12–1 p.m. Longtime Texan lesbian folk singer and social worker Lisa Rogers seeks nasty women and bad hombres to help ponder the interpersonal and intrapersonal part of trying to get and “stay woke” in these turbulent times. Lisa will facilitate a discussion panel with three movers and shakers in the Austin area.

Public broadcast of Public Affairs Forum, 6 p.m. Harvey Kronberg’s Feb. 12 presentation, “Current Trends in Texas Politics: An Insider’s Perspective” will be shown at 6 p.m. on ChannelAustin, channel 10-10. Or find the talk on the church’s YouTube page.

White Allies for Racial Equity, March 19, Rm 13, 12:30–2 p.m. We welcome self-identified white UUs as we discuss racial disparities in our criminal justice system. Bob Libal from Grassroots Leadership will lead our discussion. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their experiences at recent marches.

The UU White Allies for Racial Equity is a group of self-identified white Austin area UUs and friends. Through training and self-examination, we educate ourselves about racism and whiteness in order to be good allies in anti-racism work in our church and our communities. Meetings are third Sunday of the month.

Monday, March 20

ARCH Sack Lunch preparation, Kitchen, 6 p.m. Contact for third Monday of the month: Blythe Bergoon,

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, March 21

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

Red Tent meeting, Rm 13, 6:30–9:15 p.m.

Board of Trustees meeting, Gallery, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22

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

F.RE.D. Night! 6–9 p.m. Please note 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.

“Great Decisions,” facilitated by Helen LaFlare. Group discussion program to investigate current U.S. foreign policy challenges, guided by topics from the “Great Decisions 2017” briefing book from the Foreign Policy Association. Books may be purchased, individually or shared, for $25.

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

Our Whole Lives (OWL) class, Rm 11, 6:30–9 p.m. For 10–12th graders.

Green Sanctuary Committee meeting, 7–8:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, March 23

Friday, March 24

Celebrate Sulma’s U.S. Residency! Howson Hall, 79 p.m. Let’s celebrate our dear friend Sulma Franco, who has now earned a U.S. resident card, which gets her closer to becoming a U.S. citizen. She lived in sanctuary at First UU in 2015 to avoid deportation to her home country Guatemala. Everyone is welcome to join us for appetizers, music, and an update from Sulma. If you’d like to help us decorate or bring appetizers, contact Peggy at

Saturday, March 25

Frances Rowe memorial service, Sanctuary, 2–3:30 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:

Other Announcements

A big thank you from Second Saturday volunteer program! Many thanks to the volunteers who showed up for our last Second Saturday on March 11 at 10 a.m. Toni Wegner, Kirsten Molldrem, Susan Thomson, and Peggy Morton cleaned and freshened up the portable building for possible use as a sanctuary residence for an immigrant/immigrants in immediate need of shelter. Debra Salzberg and Mari Galle volunteered at Top Drawer, a resale shop that supports Project Transitions. Props to Megan and Matt Kressin, with their children Liam and Finn; Lacey and Chris Wolff, with their son Dane; and Meredith Kinsey and Andy Weiner, with their children Clay and CeBe who all did a huge cleanup and weeding project at the Child Guidance Center. Wow! And next month will be even busier with more opportunities.

Please let me know if you are interested in receiving a notice about the work we can do in our community. Thank you again for all that you do!

The church auction is coming! The 2017 annual silent auction is upon us, and your donations are wanted. This year’s silent auction will run from Sunday, April 30—Sunday, May 20. Looking for experiences and brand new, still boxed, super-cool items. Looking for some big-deal, awesome items for weekly raffles. Please contact Gillian Redfearn with your donations/suggestions at or (512) 784-4241.

First UU People of Color, Alphabet Soup Group, and Bowling! March 26, Dart Bowl (5700 Grover), 12 p.m.  The next People of Color (POC) and Alphabet Soup event is a joint afternoon of bowling and socializing! Please join us!

The People of Color group is for anyone who identifies as a person of color, Latinx, bi/multi-racial and wants to socialize with other POC UUs. Alphabet Soup is for any and all persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexual, pansexual, or asexual. The goals of our groups provide a safe and nurturing environment for us to gather in community and nourish our souls. If you are an ally we welcome your support but ask that you refrain from attending these meetings. For more info, contact either or

Young Adult Group Meeting, March 26, 12 p.m. We will have our monthly brunch after second ser­vice. Meet outside of the sanctuary and walk to a local restaurant for some fun and fellowship!

Spring Into Action 2017: Grounds and Garden Day, April 1, 9-11:30 p.m. No fooling—come help us in the garden! Our days of grounds work will be followed by lunch on us from 11:30 to noon. Our homegrown gardening experts will direct us as we get our flowerbeds and grounds glowing with tidy spring energy. We’ll have music to set your toes tapping while you work.

This is a family-friendly event, all are welcome. Bring your trimming tools, gloves, hats, sunscreen and fun to share. It will be a terrific time! For more info or to sign up, contact: Beki and Richard Halpin: or (512) 288-4080.

Hands on Housing: Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 8! That’s the date for the spring Hands on Housing project. HoH is a program through iACT to paint, do small repairs, and beautify the home of a low-income elderly or disabled household. The agency uses other funding to do major repairs before the volunteer events, and we finish the job! Volunteers must be 14 years and older.  We need both skilled and unskilled volunteers for painting (unskilled) and special repair projects (skilled). Come to the Social Action table in the gallery on Sundays before the event to sign up, or contact Jill Smith & Luther Elmore 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:

There’s a “blossoming” new ministry at First UU! The Sunday morning flower service is becoming the Flower Ministry. When you sign up to donate flowers for Sunday worship services, you can choose to either pick up the arrangement after second service or you can “pay it forward.” If you pay it forward the church will donate the arrangement to someone in need of cheer. To reserve a Sunday, stop by the flower bulletin board near the welcome center to select a date of your choosing and to pick up a donation form; or email Professional flower arrangements provided by Rebecca Frazier-Smith, TMF, owner of Bella Fiori floral studio and longtime member of First UU.

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