August 4, 2016  |  Vol. 3 No. 31
Worship this Sunday
Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m.
What You Can, Where You Are, With What You Have
Rev. Ashley Horan
Between family and community commitments, work obligations, self-care and rest, and the pain of a broken-hearted world, it can be overwhelming to know how to respond to the many different needs that are constantly asking for our attention. How can we discern what we are really called to do, how we should show up, and how to sustain our bodies and spirits in all of these spheres of our lives? Read More   

Rev. Ashley Horan is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, and the Learning Coordinator for Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner, the Rev. Karen Hutt, and their two children.
A Look Ahead
Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m. 
Outdoor Worship & Potluck Picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell
Rev. Justin Schroeder & Rev. Ruth MacKenzie

Summer Sundays at First Universalist!
Worship at 10 a.m.
Please Bring Your Own Mug to social hour after worship. This helps save on water and labor, and keeps the kitchen cooler during the summer. 

Recent Sermon Podcasts
July 31, 2016
"Broken Open"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
July 24, 2016
"Telling a New Story After Prison"
Arif Mamdani and Thomas Wright
July 17, 2016
"Suffering and Ambiguity: Lessons from Chaplaincy and the Book of Job"
Andrea Johnson
Summer Worship Theme: Telling a New Story
At the intersection of what is holy, and what is human, is a willingness to change, to shed old habits, old ways of thinking, old frameworks, old skin, to cast off what no longer functions and dare to do a new thing, to tell a new story. This ability to change is at the heart of creation and creator. In the book of Isaiah, God says: "Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it?" In these summer months we will endeavor to be alert and present, to see and tell the new story emerging from within, among, and beyond.
Senior Nature Hike
Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.
Meet at Eastman Nature Center within Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove

Join other First Universalist Seniors on Tuesday, Aug. 9 for a hike in another of Minnesota's beautiful parks: Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove. Meet at the Eastman Nature Center on the west side of the Reserve. (Please note: it is not accessed through the main entrance, which is on the south side of the Reserve.)

The hike will last about two hours on trails that pass through heavy woods and open prairie. The terrain is uneven in some places. Hiking poles and sturdy footwear will improve stability. Bring a water bottle or your preferred beverage. After the hike, the group will gather at Dehn's Country Manor for lunch.

RSVP to Lisa and Eric Berglund at 763-559-0330 or
Lake Harriet Worship & Potluck Picnic
Sunday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.

Join us for an energizing worship service and potluck picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. - a cherished annual tradition!

We'll enjoy tunes from the band A Ghost Revival, worship led by Rev. Justin and Rev. Ruth, and a delicious potluck picnic together afterwards. Please note: this will be our only worship service on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Please bring a dish and/or beverage to share, as well as chairs or blankets to sit on. Bring plates, cups and eating utensils for everyone in your party. The picnic will take place on the park hill across the street from the bandshell.

If you have a yellow "Standing on the Side of Love" t-shirt, please wear it! Sunglasses and/or hats are recommended for your comfort. There is limited free parking near the bandshell. Parking pay stations and meters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is part of an annual outdoor worship series at the Lake Harriet bandshell with about 15 neighborhood congregations participating. Learn more.
Backpack Blessing Sunday
Sunday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.
As summer comes to an end, don't miss our third annual Backpack Blessing and worship service on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. The multigenerational service will offer children, youth, and adults of all ages the opportunity to reflect upon how we might carry the love of our church community and the tools of our faith with us wherever we go. In this season of returning and restarting, we affirm the boundless worth of each and every person, and encourage one another to consciously seek a path of integrity and compassion.

Children and youth are encouraged to wear their school backpacks to church so that we can include them in the Backpack Blessing ritual. If your student is in need of a backpack, please email
The Pathway to Membership
Thursdays, Aug. 25 & Sept. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Feeling like First Universalist could be your spiritual home? Join us for a class exploring Unitarian Universalism, the history and mission of this congregation, and the experience of membership. Participants meet with ministers, lay leaders, and are invited to share and reflect on their own spiritual journeys and values. We ask that all those who wish to become members of First Universalist take this class, which is offered as a two-part series. To register, contact Sandy at or 612-825-1701. Childcare is available free of charge with at least seven days advance notice.
Water Communion Sunday
Sunday, Sept. 11, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Water is a gift. It replenishes and sustains our lives. On Water Communion Sunday, we bring water from our homes, our travels, our walks, our bike paths, and combine them in a ritual called Water Communion. Please bring a small jar of water on Sunday, Sept. 11 for the beginning of our church year, in this multi-generational Sunday service.
School Supplies Needed for AFA Students
School supplies are needed for Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) high school students. First Universalist Church supports AFA as part of our faithful action ministry. We're collecting donations of the following supplies: spiral bound notebooks (not 3 ring binders), pencils, pens, back packs, and pocket folders. Walgreens and office supply stores are already featuring these items on sale at greatly reduced prices! 

AFA would also appreciate, for those parents cleaning out teens' closets as they have grown or are going away to college, some gently used teen appropriate clothes that might be shared with the AFA clothing closet. Bring your donations to the social hall on Sundays. Thank you!
Your Invitation to Sing in Summer Choir
The Summer Choir will be singing in services again on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. If you like to sing but can't make an extended commitment to choir, this is a perfect opportunity for you! There is just one 45-minute rehearsal at 9 a.m. on the day of the service. All are welcome! If you have any questions, contact Dr. Randal Buikema at
Call for Volunteers for Lend-A-Hand August 11
Lend-A-Hand is a new volunteer opportunity to help care for our building and grounds as part of a volunteer team, meeting on second Thursdays, July through December 2016. In coordination with our facilities staff, this team undertakes various projects to keep our church clean, orderly and attractive.

Cleaning activities might include dusting, sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming. Volunteers might help tidy the sanctuary, social hall, library, entryway, or other spaces, or help fix things: replace light bulbs, repair window openers, patch/paint walls, etc.

Volunteers gather at 8:30 a.m. for bagels, juice and coffee and end their activities by noon. Each Lend-A-Hand activity has slots for 12 volunteers. 

Lend-A-Hand will meet again on Thursday, Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m. to noon. If you can help out that day, please email Sandy at to sign up. Thank you!
Habitat Summer Work Week August 15-19
First Universalist is sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity Summer Work Week, Monday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 19. The work day is from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. and we provide 15-18 volunteers per day. Volunteers must be 16 years or older and 16 and 17 year olds must be with an adult (18 or over). All you need to bring is yourself and your willingness to work. All tools will be provided and lunch will be provided by other First U volunteers. Ask anyone who has worked at a Habitat site - the benefits are many.

Our work site is new construction at 2441 16th Avenue South in Minneapolis. We'll be working in the early stages of the build. 

There are still a few spaces available for Friday, Aug. 19. Sign up here.
Let Us Keep You in Our Thoughts and Prayers
If you are experiencing a crisis or transition, or celebrating a joy, please let us know. To be included in our Cycle of Life each Sunday in worship, contact Sandy DiNanni at or 612-825-1701. If you would like support, call the office at 612-825-1701 or contact any member of our Pastoral Care Team.
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