ANNOUNCEMENTS: July 21–July 29

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Friday, July 21

White Allies: Screening of “Moonlight,” July 21, Howson Hall, 6:30–9 p.mAll are welcome for a screening of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, followed by a four-speaker panel: Sheldon Darnell, co-founder and president of Black Pride; Joe DePalma Hinojosa of PFLAG and Branches of Faith Ministries; and Candace Aylor of Austin Justice Coalition. Fourth panelist TBA. More details under events on the church’s Facebook page or by email:

Saturday, July 22

Hogwarts/Camp UU: Today’s the last day—Help our campers give back to our neighbors! See announcement under Sunday, July 16.

UU/Quaker Singalong, Friends Meeting House (3701 E MLK Blvd), 7:30–10:30 pm. 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, July 23

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

Worship Service: “Pura Vida!” with Rev. Chris Jimmerson, Sanctuary, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. Costa Ricans use the phrase “pura vida” as a sort of all-purpose greeting, exclamation, or fond farewell. It literally means “pure life.” We’ll explore its deeper meaning, and what it might be like to live pura vida. Duo Kara Bliss and Austin Haller perform original arrangements of jazz standards and musical theatre tunes at a variety of Central Texas venues. Reviewed as “a touch of old school with a modern insouciance,” their reinventions reveal fresh elements of familiar favorites, while lesser-known gems are resurrected, polished, and held up to the light.

“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: Summer School classes are in session! It’s not too late to join the summer fun as a classroom helper! Being in our Sunday RE classrooms is a wonderful way to learn along with our lil’ UUs, deepen your own faith, and have fun along the way. If you are interested in this serving opportunity or would like more info, contact

Classes First service classes
(9:30–10:30 a.m.)
Second service classes
(11–12 p.m.)
Pre-K–1st: “World of Wonder”   Rm. 17
2nd–5th: “Jedi Academy”   Rm. 15
Junior Youth Group (6th–8th): “Middle School MythBusters!” Rm 11 (10:45–11:45 a.m.)
Senior Youth Group (9th–12th): Fellowship with Jr. Youth Group Rm 11 (10:45–11:45 a.m.)

Mind and Meaning Book Group, Senior Minister’s office, 10:35–11:45 a.m. This week we will begin discussing chapter(s) on “Political Factors” in “Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective,” by Thomas Sowell. The group is open to visitors and new members. For more information, contact Bill Forbes:

Public Affairs Forum Broadcast, 6 p.m. Bruce Naylor’s May 21 talk, “The Warrior Brain: Politics from a Brain Science Perspective” will be broadcast on Public Access channel 10. You can also find it on the church’s YouTube page.

Monday, July 24

Camp UU/Hogwarts, First UU, July 24–28

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, July 25

Camp UU/Hogwarts, First UU, July 24–28

Fellowship Ministry, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Meeting at La Mancha (2203 Hancock Dr). Contact Sarah Miller:

Wednesday, July 26

Camp UU/Hogwarts, First UU, July 24–28

Thursday, July 27

Camp UU/Hogwarts, First UU, July 24–28

Friday, July 28

Camp UU/Hogwarts, First UU, July 24–28

Social Action: Youth Rise Texas Performance, Howson Hall, 7–9 p.m. Youth Rise Texas is a youth-led organization supporting teens impacted by incarceration and deportation. The program’s 2017 #StayWoke cohort presents “The Change,” a performance and fundraiser supporting our 2017-2018 school year scholarship program. “The Change” reflects on the notion of change, the recent social and political changes we are all experiencing, and the daily changes Youth Rise teens are cultivating in their lives to keep hope alive and well.

Your support at this event will go to this school year’s Mentored Youth Fellowship Program to provide $1000 scholarships to ten youth, who’ll work on a social change project with a mentor. First UU’s Inside Amigos are honored to host this event and encourages donating to the scholarships. Tickets cost $5 for students, $10 for social workers and teachers, and $20 for the general public. Buy tickets at the door or through the event listing on Facebook.

Saturday, July 29

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 is offered quarterly. Contact Shannon Posern:

Other Announcements

Support East Austin children as they head back to school! Counter Balance: ATX is seeking school supplies for elementary to high school students. Donated supplies will go to the East Austin communities that Counter Balance: ATX sponsors, as well as to children who have parents currently incarcerated. Needed items include:

Backpacks (not red or blue) Folders with pockets & brads Spiral & composition notebooks
Binders Tab dividers Lined notebook paper
Blue & black pens Markers Highlighters
Crayons No. 2 & colored pencils Erasers
Glue sticks Round-tip scissors Scientific calculators
Flash drives Reusable water bottles

Donations will be accepted before, during, and after Sunday services on August 6 & 13 at the Social Action table in the gallery.

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.

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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