ANNOUNCEMENTS: Feb 17–25

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Special Announcement

Austin Marathon & Half-Marathon notice, Feb 19. The scheduled marathon will cause some road closures in the church area this Sunday. Their website www.youraustinmarathon.com has information about affected routes. Good luck to the church members participating in this event, we’ll be rooting for you!

Annual Giving Statements. Thank you for your generosity over the past year. Your church office has spent the month of January transitioning to new personnel and roles. We are a little behind in closing up the books and accounts for 2016, including verifying the completeness and accuracy of the records. Once that is finished, we will mail statements to everyone of their giving during 2016 (January through December). We apologize and appreciate your understanding that statements will go in the mail a little later than January 31 this year.

Friday, February 17

Paradox Players: Performance of “The Taming,” Howson Hall, 8 p.m. In this hilariously raucous, all-female “power-play,” contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of an ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and a bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her kooky cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip to eavesdrop on the birth of a nation. For ticket prices and reservations, call (512) 744-1495 or visit www.paradoxplayers.org.

Saturday, February 18

First UU Recommends: “Owning Your Own Life,” Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido Pkwy, Cedar Park), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Do you feel like other people and events are running your life? Are you hoping for happier relationships and the calm confidence of living a principled life?

Join systems theory expert Dr. Ken Shuman as he leads us through the steps to living a thoughtful life based on our own guiding principles. In this one-day workshop, Ken will help you uncover the places where you get anxious, identify the lies you may have accepted about yourself, and discover the person you wish to be. More info and registration: http://bit.do/ownlife.

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: women@austinuu.org.

Paradox Players: Performance of “The Taming,” Howson Hall, 8 p.m. See the Feb. 17 announcement.

Sunday, February 19

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

Worship Service: “To Run and Not Be Weary” with Susan Yarbrough, Sanctuary, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. No question about it, each of us is committed to bending the arc of the universe toward justice. But the distance to that goal seems enormous, and we often wonder how we can find the strength to stay the course. This Sunday, as thousands of runners participate in the Austin Marathon & Half-Marathon, let’s think together about what will sustain us spiritually as we train for the lifelong work of justice-making.

“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. 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 (laine.young@austinuu.org) 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

Religion and Worldviews Book Group, South Portable, 9–10:30 a.m. This week we continue “Living with the Devil” by Stephen Batchelor. We’ll discuss chapters 37, Glenn & Rhonda 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. This Sunday we continue discussing chapters 12 to the conclusion of “Hillbilly Elegy,” by J.D. Vance. Next week we will begin discussion our next book, “Listen Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?” The group is always open to visitors and new members. For more information, contact Bill Forbes: mindmeaning@austinuu.org.

Public Affairs Forum: “Cities Leading Climate Change” with Mayor Steve Adler, Sanctuary, 12–1 p.m. In December, Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler and Brandi Clark Burton attended the C40 Mayors Summit 2016 in Mexico City. The event, convened by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, rallied 40 mayors from around the world and sustainability representatives of 90 cities to focus on the leadership needed by cities to hit the targets in the Paris Agreement. They also released a report which outlines the scale and scope of actions needed if we hope to avert more than a +1.5C global temperature rise. Come learn about the big picture, what Austin is doing, and what you can do to help ensure a climate safe future.

Alphabet Soup Social Club, 12:30 p.m. This group is for anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, inter­sexual, pansexual, or asexual. The goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for us to gather in commu­nity and nourish our souls. If you’re a heterosexual ally we welcome your support but ask you refrain from at­tending these meetings.

We usually meet monthly for brunch after second service at a rotating loca­tion. This month we will meet for a potluck at First UU. For more info please contact Tomas Medina at alphabetsoup@austinuu.org or follow the Alphabet Soup Social Club on Facebook.

White Allies meeting, Rm. 13, 12:30–2 p.m. We welcome self-identified white UUs as we discuss legal and illegal immigration, the failures of the cur­rent immigration system, and how the anti-immigrant sentiment grown by this for-profit system can lead to racism. Cristina Parker from Grassroots Leadership will lead our discussion, which will also include learning what is being done to build solidarity with immigrants and what we can do to join the work. Participants at the meeting will also have the opportunity to share their experiences at recent marches.

Paradox Players: Performance of “The Taming,” Howson Hall, 3 p.m. See the Feb. 17 announcement.

Public broadcast of Public Affairs Forum, 6 p.m. This week will be a repeat broadcast of Anna Graybeal’s 2016 presentation, “A Solution for Climate Change, Our Greatest Challenge.” It will be shown at 6 p.m. on ChannelAustin, channel 10-10. Or find the talk on the church’s YouTube page.

Monday, February 20

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

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, February 21

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.

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

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

Wednesday, February 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 laine.young@austinuu.org. Classes start at 7 p.m.

“The Wi$dom Path.” This is a 12-workshop program where participants understand how money can be a more effective force for living lives of meaning and value, and for creating positive change. There is a $20 enrollment fee for this class, with scholarships available. Each workshop can be attended without attending any others: newcomers are welcome!

“Examining Whiteness.” This is an 8-week group meeting on a weekly basis for white folks based on the UUA program, “Examining Whiteness: An Anti-Racism Curriculum.”

“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.

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

Thursday, February 23

Friday, February 24

Paradox Players: Performance of “The Taming,” Howson Hall, 8 p.m. See the Feb. 17 announcement.

Saturday, February 25

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: singalong@austinuu.org.

Paradox Players: Performance of “The Taming,” Howson Hall, 8 p.m. See the Feb. 17 announcement.

Other Announcements

Surprise Pals Reveal Party! Feb 26, Rm 17, 12:15–2 p.m. If you are lucky enough to be participating in our Surprise Pals program this year, please remember next week is the ever-important Reveal Party! You’ll finally meet your Surprise pal face-to-face, eat delicious goodies, and play get-to-know-you games!

Austin CROP Hunger Walk, Feb 26, Camp Mabry. Join fellow UUs as we help to end hunger in our community and around the world. First UU participants will enjoy lunch after second service then carpool to Camp Mabry for registration at 2 p.m. with the grand step off at 2:30 p.m. Register to raise money from family and friends for walking, donate to the First UU team and/or just walk with good company and learn about hunger issues around the world along the way. To donate or register as a walker, go to crophungerwalk.org/austintx/FirstUUChurch. All are welcome on this 2.4 mile route that includes a wheelchair-friendly one mile option, and children have a great time at this event. Visit us at the Social Action table in the gallery, or contact Emily Speight at cropwalk@austinuu.org or (512) 636-7005.

Camp UU/Hogwarts Volunteer Recruitment party, March 1, 7–8:30 p.m. Our recruitment party will host magical activities, as well as information on volunteer roles during camp. All interested in helping out are welcome, no magical experience required!  Email Laura Miller at mrssockterrier@gmail.com if you have any questions. Childcare will be provided. The camp will be the week of July 2428.

Green Sanctuary Movie Night, March 3, 7 p.m. Our next Green Movie Night will feature “Sand Wars.” Join us for this surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Due to the high demand for sand, the planet’s reserves are being threatened. Admission is free, donations accepted.

Do people mumble more when they speak to you? Do you have to ask people to repeat what they just said? Has your spouse said you need hearing aids? If the answer to any of these questions is yes…you should plan on coming to the next Senior Lunch! On March 8 in Howson Hall at noon, the program will be about the latest hearing aid technology, especially the T-coil (or tele-coil) system. We have installed in our sanctuary this technology that sends crystal clear words directly to your hearing aids without additional headphones, wires or devices. Make a reservation by email: seniors@austinuu.org, or call Alice Cashman at (512) 837-0988.

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.

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 flowers@austinuu.org. Professional flower arrangements provided 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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