The Newsletter Janurary 2015                  
Congregational Meeting January 25


 The congregational meeting for the approval of a budget for 2015 will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, immediately after the service (child care will be provided).  The Board has every expectation of presenting a balanced budget.  This year's total raised in pledges for 2015 was $158,500, a nice increase over last year's total $149,040. 

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NUUC Youth Group
For grades 6 through 12
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Contact Kristin Grimshaw 
Movie Night!! 

The Social Committee is planning a 'Movie Night' in late Jan or early Feb. This would be a chance for folks to gather over a nice potluck meal and enjoy an interesting movie in the comfort of the livingroom, with lively discussion to follow.

If you are interested in attending 

(or hosting) please contact Eileen Watters: 

or 740-225-5342. 

Brown Bag Books

Meets at Noon the Third Tuesday of the month.  Get all the details by clicking here.
Ways and Means 

Share your passion for fair trade and UU-ism with others by giving gifts whose labels proudly display these values.    If you are interested in volunteering for these opportunities, or if you have other ideas for fundraising opportunities for our congregation, Please contact Becca Morse at  

Thank you!


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Kroger Community Rewards card

Do your regular grocery shopping, and earn money for NUUC at the same time!  If you need help signing up. someone will be available on the second Sunday of each month to walk you through the process.  

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We are a registered Non-Profit organization at the Delaware County Community Market.  You can buy groceries from Local vendors AND have a portion of your purchase donated to us!  Check it out! 
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Susan RevElations!


I am writing to ask you to join me in an unusual and powerful collaboration of United Methodists, Seventh Day Adventists, Unitarian Universalists,  Jews, Presbyterians, United Christ of Christ members, and more, as we offer a public witness of concern regarding the human costs of systemic racism.  The "Columbus Prays" prayer march will begin at 6:30 PM on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the First Congregational Church at 444 East Broad Street, in downtown Columbus.  We'll walk to City Hall, the Columbus Police Department, the downtown prison, and the Statehouse.  We will sing together as we go, and at each stop a member of one of our different faith communities will offer a statement of affirmation and prayer looking forward to a day where systemic injustice is no more and all individuals are held in honor and dignity. 

www.ColumbusPrays .com for more information. 


I hope to see you there.  I do think that now is a unique and importatnt time for us all to come together, in our many diversities, and help us turn to new strengths in our current atmopshere aof unrest and lack of trust.  If you can attend, please let me know, and I'll find a place at First Congregational for us to gather so that we might walk together.


May 2015 be a year of more justice, for all. 


To Life!



Adult Enrichment


How to Lead a Lay Service


Join us Jan. 11 at 11:45 AM-1:00 PM in the church vestibule for an adult class, How to Lead a Lay Service.   Rev. Susan will cover the basics of putting a worship service together,including pain-free techniques for writing a sermon. This workshop is open to anyone who is curious
about how worship "works"-no interest in leading a service is required.
Sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, or you can do so online at:

Mindful Writing

Interest in the Adult Enrichment opportunity, "Mindful Writing: Writing to Wake the Soul," is growing. So are the challenges, and the fun! To go along with the long nights before the Winter Solstice and possibly the pre-holiday havoc and fatigue, December's topic was "Brokenness." But we also examined the "Hope" that can arise out of our low times.

For January's meeting, we writers are looking at "Sin," an appropriate topic, perhaps, for the depths of winter. What is sin? Does it even exist? What does it look like? Do the various sins have different colors? This is one to exercise the imagination! February is also a winter month, but, hey, it's short, and it has Valentine's Day in it.

So in preparation for February's session, we will be exploring the dimensions of "Love." Come to any or all the sessions, as you wish. Everyone is welcome. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, at 6:30, in Fellowship Hall. If you have questions, please give me, Marty Keith, a call at 740-369-1919 or email me at



News from your Social Action Committee (SAC) - January 2015 Newsletter

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING: Our Loose Change offering in January will be donated to the Barrett Family at Red Lake Nation Reservation.  Red Lake is the poorest economic community in Minnesota with an average income of $12,000 a year per family. Donna Hrabcakova has known this family for 10 years and provides support as often as she can. Shirley is a single mother raising her children with traditional Ojibwa values in this isolated reservation in Northern Minnesota.  Shirley is raising 7 children on her own and not too long ago tragically lost a daughter.  The Barretts are the Pipe Carriers and makers of the Ojibwa Pipes on the reservations (a very sacred honor). They are hungry and in deep need of food.  Cash and check donations will be converted to gift cards for Walmart and Target. You may also contribute food donations for Donna to ship to the family. Make check contributions to NUUC with Barrett Family in the memo line. Donna deeply appreciates your donation of compassion to this family.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST JUSTICE OHIO MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE: UUJO is a statewide advocacy network for the 38 UU Congregations in Ohio which organizes justice seekers statewide to promote education, service and advocacy consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals.  In a banner week UUJO received 501c3 status and a $5,000 challenge matching grant from the UU Fund for Social Responsibility.  Those making contributions by December 31, 2014 can help meet that challenge while taking advantage of end-of-year tax deductions for charitable contributions.  Please complete the online membership form today!


CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS:  Join Ohio Interfaith Power and Light (OhIPL) on January 22, 2015, 7-9 pm at Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware for an informative, thoughtful, and morally relevant conversation about climate change.  The first hour of the presentation is a video by Dr. Joel Barker of Byrd Polar Research Center at OSU and Ted Ford, President and CEO of Advanced Energy Economy. They will talk about the impact of climate change in Ohio and the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy to fuel Ohio's economy.  The presentation will be followed by a conversation about climate change that honors different perspectives, faith affiliations, and responses.  Visit the OhIPL website for more information and to register for the conference.


COMING SOON: UUSC Guest at Your Table in February


SOCIAL JUSTICE LIBRARY:  The Social Action Committee has started a lending library of books and DVDs on social justice issues such as immigration, poverty, LGBTQ, environment, and human rights. Check out our selection on the bookshelf in Fellowship Hall and please consider donating appropriate books or DVDs to add to our collection. 


SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE BULLETIN BOARD:  Check out the folding divider in Fellowship Hall with information about upcoming SAC activities as well as issues and actions at the local, state, and national level. If you have information about social justice issues you want to share with the congregation, please post it on the bulletin board or email it to Pam Patsch at

- Sunday, January 4th at 11:45 am.  New members are always welcome.

Treasurer's Report of November 2014 Results, December 29, 2014

Highlights: November YTD financials reflect Income of $145,513 which is only ($366) lower than budget because of Non-Pledge giving and the tremendous work of our Ways and Means committee bringing in over $10,300 this year. Expenses of $150,471 are ($4,137) over budget. YTD we have spent ($5,026) more than our income and borrowed $4,000 from reserves to meet our obligations. Pledge offerings are ($13,303) less than budget after eleven months. Spending has been within budget in most areas, with the following exceptions: Advertising ($556) due to the new church sign, Ways and Means Committee ($1,007), Child Care ($719), OMD dues ($383), and UUA dues ($231). Other differences are mainly due to timing.

This past month your Finance Committee, Minister, and Board of Trustees have worked together to develop a balanced budget to present to the Congregation for their approval. The presentation to the
congregation was delayed as a number of elements under consideration were unresolved pending further information and meetings in January. Thank you for your patience.

Pledges are the life blood of our budget. In the first eleven months of 2014 they made up more than 88% of our income. Pledges for 2015 indicate a 6% increase over the 2014 Budget and we are all grateful for your support.




Respectfully submitted

Jerry Schardt, Treasurer

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Month Ended November 30, 2014

                                    Actual           Budget

2014 Pledges               12,677.66       12,420.00
2015 Pledges               500.00                0.00
Non-Pledge Offering       359.25               0.00
Rental Revenue              200.00           125.00
DRE Restricted Funds 1,345.63               0.00
W & M Fundraising        5,689.28            716.66
TOTAL INCOME        20,771.82       13,261.66

TOTAL Administrative      1,127.47           560.82
Bld & Prop Ins                       0.00           308.33
Bld Mortgage                     785.00           833.33
Bld Property Tax                    0.00             21.25
TOTAL Building R&M            483.31           431.23
TOTAL Building Utilities        618.21          676.24
TOTAL Committees                67.39          199.97
TOTAL Compensation       10,760.14       9,386.49
TOTAL Dues                       1,013.00          911.66
Pledge Canvass                         0.00            16.66
TOTAL EXPENSES               14,854.52     13,345.98

OVERALL TOTAL          5,917.30          (84.32)

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation
YTD Ended November 30, 2014

                                        Actual              Budget
2014 Pledges                     123,317.26       136,620.00
2015 Pledges                           500.00                  0.00
Misc.                                        77.18                   0.00
Non-Pledge Offering              4,728.74                   0.00
Rental Revenue                     1,308.75            1,375.00
DRE Restricted Funds             5,382.52                  0.00
W & M Fundraising                10,198.33           7,883.34
TOTAL INCOME                   145,512.78         145,878.34

TOTAL Administrative         5,204.27          6,169.18
Bld & Prop Ins                    3,774.00          3,391.67
Bld Mortgage                      8,805.97          9,166.67
Bld Property Tax                   267.82             233.75
TOTAL Building R&M            4,448.62          4,743.77
TOTAL Building Utilities        6,788.71         7,438.76
TOTAL Committees              1,864.49         2,200.03
TOTAL Compensation        108,631.62    102,779.11
TOTAL Dues                       10,642.00      10,028.34
Pledge Canvass                       111.15           183.34
TOTAL EXPENSES             150,538.65    146,334.62
OVERALL TOTAL                (5,025.87)         (456.28)

Board of Trustees


Click here for the December meeting minutes (draft, not yet approved)