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Special Announcement


Courage & Wonder Workshops. The workshops are guided conversations in small groups that create wishes for our community’s future. Reserve your seat at the table in our larger dialogue to assess our church’s mission, values, and ends. Sign up online for a workshop date!

Friday, November 17

Saturday, November 18

“Path to Membership” class, 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. Class offered quarterly. Contact: Shannon Posern,

Courage & Wonder Workshop, Howson Hall, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1:30–3:30 p.m. See announcement under Sunday, Nov. 12.

Racism Unlearning Circle, Rm 15, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Please note the corrected event time. Based on Undoing White Supremacy Austin’s (UWSA) unlearning circles, this group will be a place for white folks to discuss the creation and meaning of whiteness, white supremacy, racism, our role in perpetuating oppressive systems (intentionally or not), and how we can take accountable action to dismantle white supremacy and show up with minoritized peoples to demand an end to dehumanization. Check the First UU Facebook page events section for more event info, to see the monthly topic, and to access readings and videos to prepare for the meeting. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP to For questions about this group, email

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

Spanish classes, Rm 13A, 2–3:30 p.m. Join us for Spanish classes taught by First UU member Martha Johnson, originally from Colombia. Register by emailing Peggy at

Sunday, November 19

Martha’s Free Breakfast, Howson Hall, 8:30 a.m.

Shop today! Alternative & Fair Trade Holiday Market, Gallery, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Come by and start your holiday shopping between services and other activities. As in the past, we’ll have UU Service Committee holiday cards and gifts. We also have coffee, tea and chocolate from Equal Exchange which gives small farmers a fair price and also supports UUSC. The organization United for a Better Life (Unidas Para Vivir Mejor), in addition to providing fair wages to women, is adding to their building to expand their school in Guatemala. True Vineyard helps women in Africa by providing a way for them to earn a living for their families. If you are not familiar with alternative gifts, come by the Church World Service table to learn more. CWS provides opportunities for you to give a special gift to someone in need in honor of a friend or relative: the perfect gift for someone who doesn’t need any more stuff.

Worship Service: “Elijah” with Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Sanctuary, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. The job of preachers and prophets has often been described as “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Disruption is annoying. No one likes to be spoken to in the prophetic voice. Elijah’s story tracks his trials, tribulations and triumphs.

“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: Sunday School is in session! Don’t forget to pick up your LFD Child & Youth Programming bookmark at the LFD table outside the sanctuary on Sunday.


First service classes
(9:30–10:30 a.m.)

Second service classes
(11–12 p.m.)

Pre-K: “Chalice Children”

Rm. 23

K–1st: “Picture Book of World Religions”

Rm. 17

2nd–3rd: “Faithful Journeys”

Rm. 15B

Rm 15B

4th–5th: “Windows and Mirrors”

Rm 15A

Junior Youth Group (6th–8th):
“Heeding the Call”

Rm 13
(10:45–11:45 a.m.)

Senior Youth Group (9th–12th):
“Our Name is Earl”

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’ll continue in the third series of “Introduction to Great Books,” with the reading “Conscience,” by Immanuel Kant. Jayne Carter will lead. New members and viewpoints welcome. More info:

Mind and Meaning Book Group, South Portable, 10:35–11:45 a.m. We will discuss chapters 7–8 of “The Glass Cage: How Our Computers are Changing Us,” by Nicholas Carr.  The group is open to visitors and new members. Contact Bill Forbes:

Public Affairs Forum: “Urban Farmswith Michael Hanan, Sanctuary, 12 p.m. Michael Hanan is CEO of Agua Dulce Farm in Austin. Agua Dulce Farm is Austin’s premier grower and supplier of fresh salad greens, herbs and fish—serving many of Austin’s favorite restaurants, farmers’ markets and grocery stores. Mr. Hanan and Agua Dulce Farm have been featured in National Geographic.

Driven by a passion to help people live healthier and happier lives and to improve the sustainability of our food and agriculture systems, Hanan has been working on the front lines of urban agriculture in Austin for the past five years—first as co-founder of Ten Acre Organics, and most recently as CEO of Agua Dulce Farm. Agua Dulce develops, employs, and demonstrates the most efficient methods of organic growing, including aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture.

White Allies for Racial Equity, Rm 13, 12–1:30 p.m. Note update in start time. For our next meeting Scott Butki & Nicole Meitzen will provide tips, tricks and suggestions for folks preparing for and attending rallies. They will also be taking questions and addressing concerns folks have about rallies and related events.

We welcome self-identified white UUs as we discuss this and related topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their experiences around being a white ally. The White Allies group educates themselves on anti-racism via trainings and discussion to be better allies in our community. Contact:

Alphabet Soup Potluck, 12:30 p.m. The next Alphabet Soup event is a potluck at the church. Alphabet Soup is for any and all persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexual, pansexual, or asexual. The goal of our group is to  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 Tomas Medina:

Pre-Congregational Meeting, Sanctuary, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Courage & Wonder Workshop, Howson Hall, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The workshops are guided conversations in small groups that create wishes for our community’s future. Reserve your seat at the table in our larger dialogue to assess our church’s mission, values, and ends. Sign up online for a workshop date:

Church Partnership: 33rd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Celebration, Riverbend Church (4214 N Capital of Texas Hwy), 3 p.m. For the past 32 years, iACT has had the great joy of bringing the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service to the Austin community. This year’s service will be hosted by the Austin Muslim Community. We invite you to experience prayers and practices from all of Austin’s faith communities in this amazing service. We will be joined by Mayor Steve Adler, as well as other local leaders and clergy. Service from 3–4:30 p.m. and reception from 4:30–5:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite dish, ready to serve and labeled for those with dietary restrictions. (No pork or shellfish please!)

Public Affairs Forum Broadcast, 7–8 p.m. David King’s October 2017 forum, “Code Next: How will it shape Austin’s future?” will be broadcast on public access channel 10. Please note the changed broadcast time, which will remain for the rest of the year. You can also find the recording on the church’s YouTube page.

Monday, November 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:

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil, Austin City Hall Plaza, 7:30 p.m. Join the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) and supporters as we gather together in solidarity with others around the world to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance. We will honor and memorialize those murdered because they dared be themselves. The vigil will include speakers from the LGBTQI community, community leaders and allies. Co-sponsored by First UU of Austin. See Facebook event.

Tuesday, November 21

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

Austin Presence Group, Rm 13B, 6:30–8 p.m. We continue our book discussion on Michael Singer’s “The Untethered Soul.” A $5 donation is requested in order to support the church. For additional details, visit us at Come light another candle to illuminate your understanding along the spiritual path called life. Contact: Joe Linsalata, (512) 327-5000 or

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

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

Wednesday, November 22

Philosophical Discussion Group, Rm 15A, 1–5 p.m.

Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary, 6:45–8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 23

Building Closure. The church building and facilities will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, excluding the following event.

Thanksgiving at the Church! Howson Hall, 3:30 p.m. As always, we invite you to share in a potluck meal with us this year to celebrate the season with gratitude and love. Please plan to bring a donation of $5 for individuals, $10 for families ($10/$20 if you choose not to bring food) to offset the costs of supplies. Sign-up sheets will be available in the gallery every Sunday during the month of November, or you can call, text, or email our host, MarrGwen Dickson at (512) 468-8649 or

Friday, November 24

Building Closure. The church building and facilities will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 25

Spanish classes, Rm 13A, 2–3:30 p.m. Join us for Spanish classes taught by First UU member Martha Johnson, originally from Colombia. Register by emailing Peggy at

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,

Other Announcements

Take it to ICE’s doorstep: Let Alirio Stay! Dec 6, 8:30 a.m. Now is the time for our congregation to show up in person to stop Alirio’s deportation. We’ll start with a press conference in the courtyard at First UU, and then board a chartered bus to the Immigration Customs Enforcement Field Office in San Antonio. No one will be turned away, but if you can donate $5 or more to help us pay for the bus, we’ll appreciate it. Please RSVP with Peggy at or in the gallery at church after both worship services, where you can also pay ahead of time. If you can’t go and want to donate $5 for the bus, we appreciate that too.

Fellowship Committee: Holiday Caroling & Festivities! Dec 16, Howson Hall, 5 p.m. Are you feeling the holiday spirit? Meet us for pizza and a cookie exchange in Howson Hall, bring some of your favorite goodies. After we’ve eaten, we will go caroling in the neighborhood around the church. Candles and songbooks will be provided. Please RSVP to so we can plan how many pizzas to order. Please include the number of people in your group and any dietary restrictions.

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!

Need to make a payment online, or update your contact info? You’ve just got to try out myFirstUU! It has payment history, member info, and allows you to connect with church committees and activities. Email or see our online resources for help getting signed up.

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!

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.

Help fight hunger in Travis County! First UU accepts donations for Caritas of Austin. All non-perishable food and personal care items are very much appreciated and can be placed in the blue box outside the sanctuary. Please check the expiration dates on food items.

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:

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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