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Friday, January 19

Saturday, January 20

Board of Trustees Retreat, Howson Hall, 8:30–4 p.m.

Racism Unlearning Circle, Rm 15, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. 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 event info, monthly topic, and to access readings and videos to prepare for the meeting. Please RSVP to Contact:

Service Saturday: Austin Diaper Bank, 10–11:30 am. Join others from First UU as we help sort, count, and package donated diapers for Central Texas babies and seniors. The Austin Diaper Bank’s mission is to provide diapers to families who need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for a healthy and comfortable quality of life. The diaper bank is located near Hwy 183 & Burnet Rd. Advance sign-up is required, space is limited to 15 participants so we will have a waitlist if necessary. Children are welcome. Register online at or at the Social Action table in the gallery after Sunday services. For more information, please contact Amy Schaefer:

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, January 21

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

Worship Service: “The Power in the #MeToo Movement” with Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Sanctuary, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. The cover of Time magazine featured the “silence-breakers.” Why is this movement so revolutionary? Are there any problems with it? How might we respond to the stories?

“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 classes. We will have combined One Room Sunday School classes this week.


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 begin a new anthology: “Great Conversations,” book one, also published by the Great Books foundation. Our first reading will be “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” Paul will lead. More info:

Mind and Meaning Book Group, South Portable, 10:35–11:45 a.m. This week we’ll discuss chapters 10–11 of “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in an Age of Accelerations,” by Thomas Friedman. The group is open to visitors and new members. Contact Bill Forbes:

Public Affairs Forum: “Exploring Genomics, the Ultimate in Personalized Medicine” with Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Sanctuary, 12 p.m. Join Sharon Hausman-Cohen, M.D. as she explores the field of genomics and helps us to understand how the small changes in an individual’s DNA, called single nucleotide polymorphisms, can reveal more than you can imagine about your personal health. Physicians who utilize this completely personalized data can effectively identify both genetic health risk and benefits for their patients and can then develop more targeted, customized prevention and intervention treatment plans for a multitude of medical conditions.

Hogwarts Winter Celebration! 1 p.m. Come celebrate Hogwarts style with our First UU Austin camp Hogwarts Winter Celebration! We will have magical crafts and treats, including butterbeer. We’ll also have information on what the camp is all about. All are welcome! For more info, email

Public Affairs Forum Broadcast, 7–8 p.m. Dr. Zachary Elkins’ January 2018 forum, “What To Do About Gun Rights?” will be broadcast on public access channel 10. You can also find the recording on the church’s YouTube page.

Monday, January 22

ARCH Sack Lunch preparation, Kitchen, 6 p.m. Contact for fourth Monday of the month: Elizabeth DeLeon,

Mindfulness Meditation Group: Labyrinth Walk, Rm 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m. The Mindfulness Meditation group will be hosting a labyrinth walk for the new year. Everyone who wants to participate is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, January 23

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

Fellowship Ministry meeting, Rm 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24

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

Midweek Connect! F.RE.D. Night, now called Midweek Connect, will have a 5-week run starting January 10–February 7. Here’s what you can expect at Midweek Connect.

5:30 p.m. Dinner! Vegetarian as well as kid-friendly options. Dinner is $6/ person and kids eat for free!

6 p.m. Vespers! Midweek Connect Vespers is for all ages!

6:30 p.m. Classes! There will be both adult and children education options, and childcare is available as well. Here are our class offerings. (Find longer descriptions in latest newsletter.)

Low Pressure Life, facilitated by Jeanette Hargreaves. Tired of being stressed out? Learn how to reduce anxiety through awareness about how you influence others and how they influence you.

Meet Your Brain, facilitated by Bruce Naylor. Are you puzzled about how your mind works? Join us in an introduction to the mind-brain connection and learn a new paradigm for human understanding based on science.

Wonderful Wednesdays! Wonderful Wednesdays! is a program for kids from K–4th grade. Along with learning about our UU values and principles, each Wednesday has a focus of arts & crafts, learning more about a famous Unitarian Universalist, social action, or gardening.

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

Thursday, January 25

New FUUN Happy Hour Gathering! Galaxy Cafe (1000 W Lynn), 6(ish) p.m. Some UUs from 78703-04 are starting a Thursday happy hour meetup. Feel free to join us in Clarksville regardless of your zip code. It’s counter service, so you can arrive/leave when convenient. For more information, contact

Friday, January 26

Saturday, January 27

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

Volunteer & Staff Appreciation Party, Howson Hall, 7 p.m. Volunteers and staff of First UU: thank you for all you have done for First UU! Please join us for our third annual volunteer and staff appreciation. This is NOT a potluck, please come as our guest to celebrate the people who make our church community great! This is an intergenerational event. RSVP to how many in your party and if you will be needing childcare.

Other Announcements

Parents Night Out, Feb 10, 5–8 p.m. Parents, come enjoy a night out with fellow UUs. Drop your young children off at the church, then join us for dinner and drinks at La Mancha. Young children can play in the nursery, and the older kids can have a pizza party and watch a G-rated movie. Please RSVP to the number of adults and the number/ages of kids attending.

Join the First UU ATX CROP Hunger Walk Team! Feb 25. Our First UU team and congregations from around the city will partake in our annual Hunger Walk to end hunger in Central Texas and around the world. (If you’re attending the Southwest UU Women’s conference that weekend, choose CROP Walk as one of your optional events on the registration form.) Participants walking with the First UU team will enjoy lunch after second service, then carpool a short distance to Camp Mabry for registration at 1:40 p.m. Register to raise money from family and friends for walking, donate to the First UU team, 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 All are welcome on this 2.4 mile route which includes a wheelchair-friendly one-mile option. For additional information visit the Social Action table in the gallery, or contact Emily Speight: or (512) 636-7005.

New: Rose for Families with Babies! Have you welcomed a new little one into your home? We are starting a new program here at First UU where we put an announcement in the order of service and have a rose at the pulpit to celebrate your new arrival! Contact Laine at

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:

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