Congregational Briefs and Announcements

08 September 2016

Congregational Briefs and Announcements (as of 9/12/2016)


Dinner and Dialogue

Have you heard about DINNER AND DIALOGUE? It’s a great way to socialize and meet new members and friends outside of the traditional church setting. Participants gather in small groups and share a meal together in one home. You may sign up as a HOST where you set the date, time and the menu and decide how many guests you can accommodate. Or you may choose to sign up as a GUEST where you will attend and contribute by bringing a dish to share (appetizer, salad, dessert, beverage, etc. assigned by the host). Either way you choose to participate, you are guaranteed to make new FRIENDS! Our goal is to have a couple of these each month.I will coordinate by getting the guest names to the host and assisting in any way possible. There will be a table set up at our Activities Fair on September 18 so you can sign up or ask questions if you wish. After that, we will have our Dinner and Dialogue book at the Congregational Life Table in Eliot Hall for the remainder of the year.

If you are unable to sign up to participate in Dinner and Dialogue at our church service or have questions, feel free to contact me, Darlene Thayne, at 801-455-6553 or send an email to . I have gotten to know some very lovely people through this activity. Why not give it a try?


Refugee Resettlement Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) was founded by Albert Einstein to assist refugees. All these years later, Salt Lake City is one of 29 U.S. cities to which IRC relocates refugees. Not many weeks pass without new arrivals. First Church has been an adjunct of IRC for many years. Thanks to furniture donations from the congregation and the efforts of a group of volunteers, hundreds of refugee families have spent their first night in Utah in a furnished apartment. That humanitarian effort was formally recognized by IRC recently. Visit the atrium adjacent to Eliot Hall to see what the church received. When you read the plaque there, pat yourself on the back. It wouldn’t have happened without your support. Thank you from all of us who work on the Refugee Resettlement Committee. If you want to join us or donate furniture, please call Joe Dubray at (904) 527-9773.


Open Minds Book Group

The Open Minds Book Group’s next meeting will be September 22nd at 7 pm in the Haven when we will discuss “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. For more information, please contact


Mindfulness Group

Every Sunday, meditation is offered as a time to pause, practice calming our thoughts and setting an intention to be mindful in our daily life. Guidance for developing meditation practice is shared along with suggested websites and reading. Alone, together helps to stay with the intention and to learn the benefits of being mindfully aware. 9:45 am to 10:30 in the Parlor. All are welcome.


UU Lunch Bunch

A family-friendly group for anyone and everyone who would like to get together for lunch and chat with like-minded people. Meet at the Restaurant on Sundays at 1:00 pm. For more information contact Sonia Carnell at (801) 262-1151 or .
September 11: The Greek Festival (meet at corner 300 West 300 South)
September 18: No Lunch Bunch - Activity Fair at church
September 25: The Garage (1199 Beck Street)
October 2: Trio Café (6405 South 3000 East)