ANNOUNCEMENTS: May 26–June 3

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Friday, May 26

Saturday, May 27

UU/Quaker Singalong, Friends Meeting House (3701 E. MLK Blvd), 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, singalong@austinuu.org.

Sunday, May 28

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

Worship Service: “The Richness of Diversity” with Rev. Chris Jimmerson, Sanctuary, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. For flower communion, a Unitarian tradition since World War II, each person brings some flowers to church, and we enjoy what they look like when they are all together. When we go home, we take a different flower from the one we brought. This helps us remember the beauty in our own diversity. The First UU of Austin Vocal Chamber Ensemble will sing selections from Benjamin Britten’s Flower Songs.

“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.

Religion and Worldviews Book Group, South Portable, 9–10:30 a.m. This week we continue our new reading format. From the “Introduction to Great Books,” first series, we’ll read “Rothschild’s Fiddle” by Chekhov. Michelle will lead. We welcome new members and new insights.

Mind and Meaning Book Group, South Portable, 10:35–11:45 a.m. This Sunday we’ll begin discussing “The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone,” by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach, covering the introduction and chapters 1 & 2. The group is open to visitors and new members. For more information, contact Bill Forbes: mindmeaning@austinuu.org.

Public Affairs Forum: Various speakers, “Austin Sanctuary Network Activists Work in Solidarity with Immigrants,” Sanctuary, 12–1 p.m. Sanctuary is a place where love and protection are living realities. The Austin Sanctuary Network (ASN) has grown as a coalition of 23 faith communities, immigrants and other members of civil society and organizations that support asylum seekers fleeing violence.

Three ASN leaders, the Rev. Babs Miller and Ann Glenn from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and Josefina Castillo from Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera and St. Hildegard Community, will discuss what this growing group of volunteers is doing in solidarity with our Austin-area immigrant community.

ASN uses a variety of tactics, including: physical sanctuary where immigrants live within houses of worship; accompaniment where we attend court hearings with immigrants; and direct action where we take sanctuary into the streets in solidarity with immigrants to challenge Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, arrests and deportations, which are unjust.

Public Affairs Forum Broadcast, 6 p.m. Mindy Montford’s April 2017 talk, “A Conversation About the Office of Our New Travis County DA, Margaret Moore” will broadcast on Public Access channel 10. Or find it on the church’s YouTube page.

Monday, May 29

ARCH Sack Lunch preparation, Kitchen, 6:30 p.m. Contact for fifth Monday of the month: Joan Forbes, joangforbes@grandecom.net.

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: meditation@austinuu.org.

Tuesday, May 30

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

Wednesday, May 31

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

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

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

Thursday, June 1

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

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

Friday, June 2

Saturday, June 3

Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Women’s Spirituality Group, Rm 13, 10 a.m. –12:30 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, women@austinuu.org.

Other Announcements

A reminder on parking. As you come to church on Sunday, please remember not to park in either the deposit lane or the ATM lane behind the credit union next door. They have graciously agreed to allow us to use their parking, which saves us thousands of dollars. If we abuse this privilege, they could revoke our agreement. Thank you for your cooperation!

Lifespan Faith Development: Splash Day is June 4! Another school year is about over, which means it’s time for us to break out the pools and water balloons for our annual Splash Day, happening during both RE hours. Fun for all ages! The Sunday after next, bring your kid to church in their swimsuits, shorts, flip-flops, sunscreen, etc. and don’t forget a towel and change of clothes for after our Splash Day fun!

Alphabet Soup group: Texas Equality March, June 11. In two weeks, join members of First UU’s Social Action and Alphabet Soup groups in the Texas Equality March for Unity and Pride. We’ll be marching with other Central Texas UU churches in the Austin March for LGBTQ rights, which coincides with the national Equality March on the same date in Washington, DC. The march starts at Republic Square in downtown Austin at noon, and we’ll plan to gather there at 11:30 to join the march to the Capitol. For more information, go to the Texas Equality March For Unity and Pride on Facebook and/or contact Tomas Medina at alphabetsoup@austinuu.org.

Getting to Know UU class, June 11, Rm 15A, 12:15–1:30 p.m. This informal class is a good way to learn more about UUism and this church. Contact: Shannon Posern, membership@austinuu.org.

Feel the love (and coffee buzz) for Pride Month, June 25! In honor of Pride month and the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality in all 50 states, we are serving hand-brewed espressos and lattes from a popup bar in Howson Hall after services on June 25. Coffee offerings by Figure 8 Coffee in East Austin. Please join us to celebrate love!

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 myfirstuu@austinuu.org. For instructional videos and other myFirstUU resources: http://bit.ly/myFirstUUhelp.

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 myfirstuu@austinuu.org.

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 myfirstuu@austinuu.org for help getting signed up. You can also submit change requests directly to shannon.posern@austinuu.org 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 caring@austinuu.org, 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 membership@austinuu.org, 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: insidebooks@austinuu.org.

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: sharing@austinuu.org.

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 flowers@austinuu.org. Professional flower arrangements and displays created by Rebecca Frazier-Smith, TMF, owner of Bella Fiori floral studio and longtime member of First UU.

First UU is trending! We’ve got a wealth of exclusive content awaiting you on the internet! Check out some of the following online features:

Have you “liked” us on Facebook yet? facebook.com/fuuca

Send us a tweet on Twitter! twitter.com/FirstUUAustin

Get involved with our Social Action Committee: http://bit.ly/fuua-sa

Alternative Space Gallery on Facebook: facebook.com/alternativespacegallery

Equual Access Austin on Facebook: http://bit.ly/EquualAccessAustin

Did you know videos of the Public Affairs Forum are posted regularly to YouTube? youtube.com/user/FUUCAustinTX

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