August 11, 2016  |  Vol. 3 No. 32
Join us this Sunday at the Lake Harriet Bandshell
for Worship and a Potluck Picnic
Our annual outdoor worship service by Lake Harriet is a cherished late summer tradition. Join us for an energizing service and a potluck picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell this Sunday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.!

We'll enjoy tunes from the bands A Ghost Revival and The OK Factor, worship led by Rev. Ruth and Rev. Justin, and a delicious potluck picnic together afterwards. 

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.

Please note: this will be our only worship service on Sunday, Aug. 14 (no service at 3400 Dupont). The service will be held rain or shine (check our Facebook page in case of severe weather). See you at the Bandshell!
Worship this Sunday
Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m.
at the Lake Harriet Bandshell (map)
Why Church?
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
Church is more than a community. Church is community that submits itself to right relationship. This is why we stand on street corners with Black Lives Matter, or take the time to listen and discern where Love is calling us next. We gather together to remind ourselves of patterns that heal and make us whole. We worship. We endeavor to keep compassion at the center of our living and dying. So in this time of unrest and challenge, we need church -- authentic church.
Read more.
Musical Guests: A Ghost Revival and The OK Factor. 
A Look Ahead
Sunday, August 21, 10 a.m. 
Rev. Jen Crow & Lauren Wyeth

Summer Sundays at First Universalist!
Worship at 10 a.m.

Recent Sermon Podcasts
August 7, 2016
"What You Can, Where You Are, With What You Have"
Rev. Ashley Horan
July 31, 2016
"Broken Open"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
July 24, 2016
"Telling a New Story After Prison"
Arif Mamdani and Thomas Wright
Musical Guests this Sunday at the Bandshell
A Ghost Revival is a band from Minneapolis comprised of Lisa Hirst Carnes (lead vocals, keys, oboe), David Carnes (guitar, vocals), Sean Broderick (guitar), Luca Gunther (bass), Jim Anderson (drums), and Ken Brahmstedt (sampler/keys).

The OK Factor is a duo experimenting in a number of genres, including folk, bluegrass, jazz, and popular music. Classically trained musicians from the Midwest, cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Dietmeyer began collaborating in 2012 while pursuing their Bachelor of Arts degrees in music performance. They joined forces with the goal of creating musical experiences that would challenge their formal training.
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.
Simpson Housing Seeks Mentors and Tutors
Simpson Housing Services, a local nonprofit which provides housing and support to people experiencing homelessness (and one of our official Faithful Action Partners), is looking for caring adults committed to making a difference in the lives of children and youth. There are volunteer opportunities available for those interested in being a tutor or mentor. Simpson seeks to build on the inherent potential of our youth through caring relationships as well as academic support. 

Informational sessions will be held on: 
* Tuesday, Aug. 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
* Thursday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7 p.m.

To register to attend, go to Simpson's Volunteer Calendar and follow the calendar link for the date you wish to attend. You may also contact Christina Giese at: or 612-455-0859.
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!
Cycle of Life and Pastoral Care
We hold in our thoughts and prayers:

Alexander and Debra Adams, parents of Zachary Adams, age 24, who passed away after an auto accident the last week in July. Zach grew up in our church's OWL program. A celebration of his life will be held here at church on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.
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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3400 Dupont Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408


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