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Come One, come all to the Spring Faire! 

The Spring Faire is almost here!  Come celebrate Spring at our exciting annual Service Auction fundraiser!  

Saturday, April 9, 2:00-5:30pm

Enjoy the fun activity booths - get your picture with your family in Renaissance clothing!  Learn to Juggle, Make a crown,  Enjoy Magic Tony Marconi's magic show, and try your luck in the duck pond!  Delicious food and fun childcare will be provided, and period games and facepainting will be available for kids of all ages.  

And of course, don't forget to attend the exciting Live and Silent Auctions - The Live Auction begins at 3:00 sharp!  

Click Here to check out the catalog with our exciting offerings!  :)

Decorators needed: All who are willing and able to come join the SAMMS for a "Decorating Party" on Wednesday, April 6 or Thursday, April 7 from 6:00-8:30pm.  
Thank you!
Passover Seder
Join us for NUUC's annual Passover Seder on Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 PM. The traditional Jewish dinner on the theme of liberation! We use a contemporary Haggadah--(a ritual retelling of the Jewish people's escape from slavery in Egypt), and then enjoy our meal. We'll have a Potluck style dinner (although Rev. Ritchie promises to bring a yummy entree), and then observe the ritual elements of the dinner in a family friendly style. Sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, or online by visiting
Spring Spruce-up Day on Sat. May 21st

Mark your calendar! On
Sat May 21st from 9AM - 3PM we will be holding
Spring Spruce-up Day to get both the church and Nielsen House ready for summer. We'll be doing a variety of tasks both outdoors and indoors. Please
consider helping out on this day. You could work for a few hours, half a day, or more... whatever works best for you. Any help will be appreciated. If May 21st doesn't fit your schedule, you can select a task and do it when you can. Look for the sign up sheet and list of tasks posted in Fellowship Hall. If you have any
questions about this event, please contact Bob Keith or Roger Orwick of the Building & Grounds Committee.
General Assembly is Coming to Columbus 
  This summer from  Thursday, June 23 - to Sunday, June 26, The UUA General Assembly will be held at the Columbus Convention Center We have an amazing opportunity to share our sense of community by attending this great event.  But we can also provide a service to the many others coming from all over the country to attend.

Please consider being a host for someone who might like to choose an alternative to the standard hotel room  during General Assembly.  If you live in the city of Columbus, or even on the outer suburbs, and have a spare room and a generous spirit, you might find this to be an extraordinary change to learn about other UU's.

If you have an interest, and would like to learn more about hosting, please contact Eileen Watters ( eileen.watters@gmail.com or740-225-5342).  To fill out an online application, please click here.
Worship
NUUC Recorder Ensemble

The NUUC Recorder Ensemble has full wind in its sails once again. We would like to invite you to join our
tootling fun! For more information, contact Becca Morse at beccamorse@gmail.com 
(or 614-805-6680) 
or Nathan Morse at zefquaavius@gmail.com. 

We rehearse together on the second and fourth Fridays of each
month at noon at Friendship Village of Columbus. If you're interested, but the rehearsal time doesn't work for you, just go for Baroque and contact us anyway: 

If enough people are interested in an alternate time, I'm sure we can work out a second rehearsal schedule. Just because a hobby blows doesn't mean it's not fun!
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Seeking a Volunteer Treasurer

We are looking for a new volunteer Treasurer. The Treasurer pays our bills, monitors our accounts, and works with the Finance Committee and the Board.  If you would like to hear more of what is involved, please contact RevRitchie@aol.com



Hospitality Teams

No doubt you have noticed, that since November, there have been different greeters each Sunday morning. You may have also noticed that the coffee hour host signup sheet has been filled in three month blocks. This is the result of the Leaders' Council creating four hospitality teams, each of which would serve one quarter. Each team is responsible for making sure that we have greeters and coffee hour personnel assigned for each Sunday for a period of three months. It is up to each team to decide how this is accomplished. Members of the team could rotate themselves to cover these services or they could enlist other members of the congregation to fill these responsibilities.

The rationale behind this process is twofold. It eliminates the burden of a social committee constantly trying see that someone has signed up for coffee hour host and a membership committee trying to make sure there is a greeter each Sunday. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is provides more involvement opportunities with minimal time commitment for our friends and members.

We are in the middle of our second quarter with this system. It has worked remarkably well. So far, since November, we have not been without a greeter or coffee hour host on any Sunday morning. Being on a hospitality team may sound like more of a commitment than it really is. It consists of one meeting on a Sunday after the service and serving one, two or zero times as a greeter or coffee hour host. Normally there are 12 Sundays in a quarter. If there are 12 folks on the team, each team member is responsible for one Sunday as greeter and one Sunday as a coffee hour host. Some team members may not enjoy greeting but enjoy hosting coffee hour and vice versa. In that case, team members can trade off responsibilities or someone, not on the team, who enjoys one or the other of these tasks might be asked to take a Sunday.

The first two teams were filled by asking individuals. Very few, of which declined the invitation. We have two quarters left to complete a year. Consider this your personal invitation to be included on one of these teams. It would be wonderful if we could do this without having to asked those who have already served to do it again. Although, I know that many would be willing to repeat. Anyone willing to help out with this project, please contact John Rodeheffer (jrodeheffer@insight.rr.com).
Music Notes

Music Sunday, our annual celebration of music in worship, will be here soon. This year, Music Sunday will be Sunday, May 22, during the 10:30 worship service. The NUUC Adult Choir will be singing favorites from the 2015-2016 season and will be joined by the children (see below for parent information.) We have several spots available for anyone who would like to share a musical talent. If you would like to perform for Music Sunday, please email Marlene Hartzler before April 17. To maximize participation, priority will be given to ensembles; remaining spots will be offered to soloists.

Parents of youth age 5-14: The Travelers, Explorers, and Seekers have been learning the song "This Little Light of Mine" during Sunday RE classes. They will be singing a wonderful arrangement with the NUUC Adult Choir. (To hear what it sounds like, go to YouTube and search "This Little Light of Mine Joel Raney.") The combined adult and kids choirs will perform this for TWO worship services: May 1 and May 22 (Music Sunday.) Jen Aultman and the RE teachers will be preparing the kids during RE classes so the only extra rehearsals with the full choir will be on Sunday, May 1, and Sunday, May 22, at 10:00am. 

Musically Yours,
Marlene Hartzler

Mowing at NUUC - We Need Some Help

For this mowing season, the Building and Grounds Committee plans to handle the mowing using the same approach as last year, which will avoid us having to contract out the mowing and save about $3,050 in the budget.  Our plan is for the B&G Committee to handle the mowing on a rotating basis with some help from the congregation.  B&G Committee members will mow 3 weeks of each month, and the 4th week and sometimes the 5th week will be handled by a different volunteer from the congregation.  This approach will spread the work so each committee member will mow about once a month, and each congregational volunteer would mow just one time during the season.  Our approach will keep everyone's work commitments reasonable. 
 
The area to be mowed includes both the church yard (bounded by the driveway and the parking lot) plus the yard around Nielsen House.  We have a riding mower, which is used for almost all of the mowing.  For a few small, tight areas, which the riding mower cannot handle, we use a push power mower.  The southern field at the rear of our property and the west side of the parking lot are excluded and will be mowed separately compliments of Gary Rusk, using his large tractor.
 
Therefore, we would like to get 1 or 2 volunteers from the congregation each month to mow one time in the season.  The mowing season runs from April through early November.  But volunteers from the congregation will be needed only for the months of May through October, which is 6 months.  Three of those months have 5 weeks and will require 2 volunteers, so we need a total of 9 volunteers.
 
Please consider volunteering to mow one time this season.  If would like to help the church handle the mowing, you can sign up on the mowing sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall.  Just pick a date that works for your schedule.  If you have questions or would like more information, just contact Bob Keith at 740-369-1919 or bobkeith@frontier.com 
April 2016 Newsletter Social Action News

LOOSE CHANGE: In March, our Loose Change Offering of $131.33 was given to Faithful Forgotten Best Friends, an organization that works to improve the quality of life for pets of the homeless and less fortunate in the downtown Columbus, OH and Franklinton areas through educating their owners and providing food, basic veterinary care, vaccinations and assistance with spay and neuter of their pets. During the month of March, NUUC also collected bags of pet food to donate to FFBF. The Loose Change recipient for April will be selected by the NUUC youth in the Coming of Age program.

UUSC FAIR TRADE COFFEE: Shop for delicious Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, & chocolate after the service on April 10, 2016. Your purchase of Fair Trade products means that workers along the supply chain are provided a living wage. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) supports a number of worker-owned, local producers who are in danger of being replaced with multinational corporations that have little respect for workers' rights. Making consumer choices that are aligned with our UU Principles is one way to help create a more just world community.

UPCOMING SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS

FAITH BASED SOCIAL SERVICES: IN THE WORLD FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD - A Public Forum on Faith Based Social Services. Sunday, April 3rd, 2.00 - 5.00 p.m., First Congregational Church, 444 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215. This event is the first in a series of Public Forums on Faith Based Social Services sponsored by the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO). Representatives from Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish, and Muslim social service agencies will discuss how they came into existence, their history, and the role of faith values. For more information, see the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or visit the IACO website

FAITH CLIMATE ACTION AND STATEHOUSE LOBBY DAY - Wednesday, April 20th, 11 am - 1 pm. As diverse voices and people of faith we share a common concern for the Earth and for the health and well-being of all Ohioans. We are calling for civil dialogue and conversation that will result in swift actions to remove the freeze on the Renewable Energy Standards for Ohio. Join us as we call for actions that promote our common good and a sustainable future for all; meet with elected officials; and network with people from all over Ohio, coming together in prayer and commitment! Register Here. For more information see the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or visit the Ohio Interfaith Power and Light website. If you would like to visit your state Representative or state Senator in the afternoon, please sign up on the registration form and they will arrange the visit. Amanda Hoyt from Faith in Public Life will provide training for the lobby visits at 6:30pm on April 4th at the Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201. For those unable to attend the training on April 4th, Amanda will be offering a webinar and online video. Gathering space arranged to network after legislative visits, from 3:00 pm until 5:30 at Trinity Episcopal Church located across the street from the East side of the Statehouse. Invite your out-of-town friends to attend. Buses available from: Cleveland/Mansfield; Toledo/Bowling Green; and Cincinnati/Dayton-but you must register early to get a seat. $20/ticket includes $10 lunch card. Details about bus pick up locations and schedules will be provided in follow-up communication. Buses will leave Columbus no later than 5:00pm.

RACE AND JUSTICE: AN HONEST CONVERSATION: How do we address racism in our everyday lives? How do we take action to address race in our larger community? All are welcome to come and explore how we interrupt racism in our own communities. This hands-on workshop will help you build skills to take action! Special presentation from Molly Shack, Civic Engagement Director for the Ohio Organizing Collaborative on Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9am-12pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd, Columbus OH 43214. Register at www.uujo.org. Sponsored by UU Justice Ohio and SURJ Columbus.

COMMIT2RESPOND CLIMATE JUSTICE MONTH: 
Join Commit2Respond to receive an email each week of Climate Justice Month with featured actions, inspirations, and educational resources. From World Water Day (March 22) through Earth Day (April 22), Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience will build resistance to climate change and add our moral voices to the movement for climate justice. Building on Climate Justice Month 2015, which focused on spiritual grounding and making commitments, Climate Justice Month 2016 will focus on living into our commitments through collective action. Congregations, faith groups, teams, and families are all invited to take action together. 

How We Will Take Action: Every week of Climate Justice Month Commit2Respond will showcase a featured resource for inspiration, a featured resource for education, and a featured action. In Week 1 we will act to advance the rights of frontlines communities by advocating for water rights. In Week 2 we will join the interfaith campaign to shift to a low carbon future and model for world leaders the strong action required from us all. And in Week 4 we will march, teach-in, and advocate for reclaiming our democracy from the likes of Big Oil and the Koch brothers, growing the movement for justice. On or around Earth Day, we will hold worship services, Earth fairs, advocacy days, and much more, working with community organizations and fellow religious groups to grow the climate justice movement. RSVP for Climate Justice Month to receive extra inspiration and resources by email throughout the month.

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