Congregational Announcements - April 30, 2017

27 April 2017

Attention Committee Chairs! It’s that time of year again. Please send your committee reports to Jenni at by Monday, May 1st to be included in the Annual Report for the 2016-2017 church year.

Communication with those on the other side of the divide On Thursday, May 4th from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in Eliot Hall, Dr. Wazir Jefferson will join Rev. Tom Goldsmith in facilitating a discussion on communicating with people on the other side of the divide. Our Social Justice Council has made learning to communicate with the conservative right and Trump supporters a top priority. This promises to be a lively discussion. No registration necessary. Just come join us.

Highway Cleanup: May 6 - Looking for a quick and easy way to help the environment, volunteer and connect with other UU’s at First Church?  Join the First Unitarian Highway Cleanup Crew on Saturday, May 6.  Carpool meets in the church parking (Northeast of the Church) lot at 9:00 a.m. and at the Utah Department of Transportation Station (Immediately North of the I-15 at the East Canyon Exit) at 9:30 a.m.  For more information please contact Todd Seymour at  or 801.783.7837.

Scottish Dancing and Lunch Plan to stay after 2nd service on April 30 for a light lunch followed by an afternoon of Scottish (and some English and Welsh) country dancing taught by Martha Veranth. Martha has been teaching dances at the Solstice party since 2009 and loves to get everyone of all ages up and dancing. The music and Martha’s instruction will have your feet flying in no time. Lunch will begin at 1:00, dancing by 2:00. The cost for lunch including Scottish shortbread and expert dance instruction is $12/person, $45/family.

Church Picnic June 11th - First Church Needs Your Help! This year’s picnic is Sunday, June 11, and we have several volunteer opportunities. Help is needed for a supplies and food run (Friday, June 9); hauling tables, chairs, food, etc. to Sugar House Park (Sunday morning), and set-up at the site; grilling hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hotdogs, mixing (soft) drinks, and assistance with cleanup. Religious education has offered to plan activities for our youth.  Volunteers to coordinate other youth or adult activities will be warmly welcomed. Contact Joe Herring at , or 801-440-5521.

Refugee Resettlement Committee Sweep the dust off your porch, wipe the frost off your windows and critically scan inside your house for vibrant living and dining furniture, table lamps, wall art, etc. Spot what you can do without, and can share with families of tired, bright faces new to the Salt Lake Valley arriving in need our help. Seize the item and call Joe DuBray (904-527-9773) or email () and someone from the RRC will pick it up, promptly, to welcome and brighten the Spring of a refugee family.

Social Justice film Have we got a film for you. If you are gay, lesbian, Moslem, atheist, minority of any kind; if you have bee afraid to “come out” to your parents, if you have left the denomination of your family, if you have lived in a city where you didn’t fit in; we have a film for you. This is the story of 3 gay Palestinians who move to Tel Aviv to explore their sexual identity. “Oriented” will be shown Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Eliot Hall. Sponsored by Tanner Center for Human Rights, Unitarian Social Justice Committee and Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land. Free. Panel discussion following 80 minute film. As Unitarians we try to build and more just and inclusive world.

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 pm. For more information contact Sonia Carnell at (801) 262-1151 or .

  • April 30: Red Moose Coffee Company (1693 South 900 East)
  • May 7: Market Street Grill (54 West Market St.)
  • May 14: Provisions (3364 South 2300 East)
  • May 21st: Congregational Meeting - no lunch bunch today
  • May 28th: Flatbread Naepolitian Pizzeria (2121 S. McClelland, Ste. E)

Dinner and Dialogue  Due to the amazing and generous support of so many of you, our Dinner and Dialogue events have been going very well.  It seems that we are getting to know each other better!  Please feel free to host a dinner (or lunch or brunch if you wish) on a date and time of your choosing in your home, or sign up to attend one.  We have newcomers and old-timers alike participating, so be sure to look over the white binder at the Congregational Life Table in Eliot Hall to see what might interest you.   You can contact Darlene Thayne at suppers or 801-455-6553 if you need any assistance on this.  Let's get acquainted!

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. The community supports our intention to experience the benefits of being mindfully aware so that we may cultivate and live with calm, peace and ease.  All are welcome. Sundays Following the end of the first service, in the Parlor.