ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sept 15–23

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Friday, September 15

Saturday, September 16

Racism Unlearning Circle, Sept 16, 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 childcare@austinuu.org. For questions about this group, email racismunlearning@austinuu.org.

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: women@austinuu.org.

Sunday, September 17

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

Worship Service: “Gathering in Community” with Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Sanctuary, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. The beginning of an examination of our mission, as we’ve been getting our discussions about the congregation’s goals, or ends, with a question in our minds: “do we need to change this mission, or does it still express who we want to be?”

“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.

Welcome Rev. Meg back to First UU! Howson Hall & Courtyard, 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. Please join us for a party to celebrate the return of our senior minister, Meg Barnhouse, from her sabbatical. We will be enjoying food, beverages and fellowship after the second service. All ages welcome! Those that sign up to bring side dishes: please them them to the kitchen if they need to be kept cold in the fridge, or directly to the tables in the center of the gallery.

Lifespan Faith Development: Sunday School returns! The fall semester starts this Sunday! Don’t forget to pick up your LFD Child & Youth Programming bookmark at the LFD table outside the sanctuary on Sunday. Class descriptions available in latest newsletter.

Classes

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. Please note changed location. The week the group will continue the second series of “Introduction to Great Books.” We’ll discuss “Why Americans are Often So Restless,” by Alexis de Tocqueville. Peter Tighe will lead. We welcome new members and new insights.

Mind and Meaning Book Group, South Portable, 10:35–11:45 a.m. Please note changed location. This week we continue with chapters 8–9 of “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” by Michael J. Sandel. The group is open to visitors and new members. Contact Bill Forbes: mindmeaning@austinuu.org.

Public Affairs Forum: “A Conversation with Travis County District Attorney,” with Margaret Moore, J.D. Sanctuary, 12–1 p.m. Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore is an insider in Central Texas politics, and has a lifetime of public sector work experience at the county and state levels. She’s also the second woman to serve as Travis County DA. Moore will discuss what she envisions as the primary responsibilities of the DA and the steps she is taking to reorganize the office to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. She will also focus on the main issues she has encountered in the first eight months of her term. She will give an update on how the office is dealing with the Austin Police Department DNA Lab problems, on developments surrounding the immigration policies of the Sheriff, and on the creation of a Civil Rights Unit to handle officer involved shootings and other use of force cases.

White Allies for Racial Equity, Rm 13, 12:30–2 p.m. Peggy Morton will be speaking about sanctuary, particularly about our current sanctuary resident, at this month’s White Allies meeting. This will be a chance to not just learn about sanctuary efforts in the region, but how one can help at First UU.

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 as we go out and do anti-racism work in our church and our communities. For more info or to be added to our email list, please contact Scott Butki at sbutki@gmail.com.

Public Affairs Forum Broadcast, 6 p.m. H. Clyde Farrell’s 2016 presentation, “Planning for Later Life” will be broadcast on public access channel 10. Or find it on the church’s YouTube page.

Monday, September 18

 

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.

Paradox Players: Readers’ Theatre, Gallery, 7:30–9 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19

UBarU meeting, Rm 13, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

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.

Austin Presence Group, Room 13B, 6:30–8 p.m. We’ve started a new 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 meetup.com/AustinPresenceCome light another candle to illuminate your understanding along the spiritual path called life. Contact: Joe Linsalata, (512) 327-5000 or Linsalata@austin.rr.com.

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

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

Wednesday, September 20

UU Men’s Luncheon, IHOP (11654 Research Blvd), 11:45–1 p.m. We meet with other UU men from the Live Oak, Wildflower and Georgetown congregations. The IHOP is on the west side past Duval exit. Find us in the private meeting room in the back. Bring a friend and join us! Contact: Jon Montgomery, jonfile@aol.com.

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

Garden Club Work Day, Playground, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Classroom Helper Information Session & Orientation, 6:30–8 p.m. Join us for fun, fellowship, and dinner while we go over the basics of being a classroom helper in the classrooms on Sunday mornings. This information session is open to those who will be a classroom helper this year, as well as those who would like to learn more about becoming one. RSVP to laine.young@austinuu.org. Childcare will be provided.

Adult Choir Rehearsal, 6:45–8:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21

PFLAG meeting, Rm 17, 6:45–8:30 p.m. PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) support group meetings are welcoming to all. Anybody can attend. Anybody can raise LGBTQ related questions or issues for all to discuss and to offer input and support. You may participate in the discussions or just observe. Contact: Tomas Medina, alphabetsoup@austinuu.org.

Friday, September 22

Saturday, September 23

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.

Other Announcements

White Allies: Screening of “I Am Not Your Negro,” Sept 29, Howson Hall, 6:30 p.m. Join us for this screening and panel discussion of the Academy Award-nominated documentary about writer James Baldwin. Panelists will include Lewis Conway of Grassroots Leadership; Meme Styles of Measure Austin; Gina Tillis, of Education as the Practice of Freedom Project; and Virginia A. Cumberbatch, Director of the Community Engagement Center at UT Austin. Contact sbutki@gmail.com for any questions.

LGBTQ Pride Parade rescheduled! Sept 30. Due to Hurricane Harvey, Austin’s LGBTQ Pride Parade and Festival have been rescheduled. The parade will be on Saturday, Sept. 30, and the festival is on Oct. 21. All are invited to march in the parade under the banner of Central Texas Unitarian Universalist churches. Join the fun by meeting up with us on San Jacinto just east of the Capitol by 7:45 p.m. If you need help finding us, ask any of the volunteers to point you to walking contingent #39. The parade kicks off at 8 and goes down Congress to West 4th Street. For more information contact Tomas Medina at alphabetsoup@austinuu.org.

Connections Fair—Save the Date! Oct 22, Courtyard, 8:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Please join us for First UU’s annual Connections Fair. Learn about different groups and ministries at the church and how you can get involved! Contact: Shannon Posern, membership@austinuu.org.

Erin Walter’s Ordination Ceremony! Oct 27, Wildflower Church, 7 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin and Wildflower Church invite you to our co-ordination of Erin J. Walter at Wildflower Church (1314 E. Oltorf). Dessert and music reception to follow. An ordination committee is being formed, email erinjwalter@gmail.com if you’d like to volunteer for this special service.

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 myfirstuu@austinuu.org 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 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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