Weekly Announcements September 9, 2022

09 September 2022
Welcome Back Potluck - September 11th following the 11am service
We're kicking off the church year by bringing back our Welcome Back Potluck! Bring your family and friends, a dish to share, and join us on the playground! While we will have plates and cutlery available, we encourage families to reduce our waste and bring their own. Drinks and the opportunity to join in community will be provided!
 
Environmental Ministry
Environmental Ministry is in the process of transitioning to the new Social Justice Teams model.  Would you like to help chart our work going forward?  Would you like to get involved in the actions we take?  Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/EnvMinSMA  If you would like to get involved, sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/EnvMinSignUp.  If you have questions, contact: 
 
Virtual Coffee Hour Host
Volunteer as a Virtual Coffee Hour Host - Do you attend Sunday services via Zoom? Would you like to discuss the sermon & get to know some of the folks who attend virtually?  Now is your chance. We need volunteers to host the Sunday virtual coffee hour one Sunday every 1-2 months - 12-1pm. It's easy & fun. You get to meet new folks & you get to do it from the comfort of your own home. Sound good?  Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/VituralCoffeeHost. Questions: Susan Jarvis at 
 
Reproductive Justice
The First Unitarian Church social justice team is looking to organize a group of members who are interested in supporting women’s reproductive rights in Utah in light of the recent supreme court decision regarding abortion access. The full scope of this work is yet to be determined but could include such efforts as supporting women traveling to other states for abortions as well as political advocacy and coordinating with other agencies such as Planned Parenthood. If you are interested in being involved please email Nicole Lewis-Rogers and Karin Baumgartner at:
Search Committee Congregational Survey is here
See the search for senior minister webpage for details and survey link - click here
 
Small Group Registration is now open
Want to meet new people and develop relationships that go deeper? Small Group Ministry is the place for you. In our small groups, we share a monthly reflection theme and learn the skills of active listening, growing close to each other through sharing our personal journeys. Lifelong friendships are made in our small groups, as we learn to care for one another. To register for Small Group Ministry - click here.  
  
Auction Committee: SAVE THE DATE

October 22, 2022 Garden Place at Heritage Park.  New venue and more exciting surprises! Details on the auction page: CLICK HERE

Religious Education
Religious Education Registration
Our new church year is just around the corner and Religious Education registration is open! Follow this link to register your children and youth for the 2022-2023 church year! Groups will begin on September 11th with our annual In-Gathering worship service. Questions? Email Amanda at 
 
Save The Date
Save The Date: High School Youth and Parent Social Dinner September 20th at 6pm! Click here for a calendar reminder:
 
Volunteers Needed for New Personnel Taskforce/Committee!
The Board of Trustees welcomes 3-4 volunteers to join a newly-formed Personnel Taskforce. After the completion of two time-critical tasks, the Taskforce will transition to a standing Personnel Committee. The Personnel Taskforce will review and update existing job descriptions so that they match the actual job responsibilities of church staff. The Personnel Taskforce will also update the Staff Handbook. We hope to complete both tasks this fall. At that point, the Taskforce will transition to a standing Personnel Committee, which will meet every other month to engage with and advise on HR matters. Taskforce members are encouraged but not expected to join the Committee.Keeping HR documents updated and relevant is good practice at any organization—and helps us ensure that staff thrive at Frist Church! In addition, the inclusion of updated materials in the Search Package will be critical for attracting great candidates for the Senior Minister position.  If you are experienced and/or interested in HR matters, care about our staff, and are available in September and October, this is your opportunity to make an important contribution to First Church! Please contact Melanie Steiner-Sherwood at  if you’d like to sign up or have additional questions. 
 
Social Justice Team

The First Unitarian Church social justice team is looking to organize a group of members who are interested in supporting women’s reproductive rights in Utah in light of the recent supreme court decision regarding abortion access. The full scope of this work is yet to be determined but could include such efforts as supporting women traveling to other states for abortions as well as political advocacy and coordinating with other agencies such as Planned Parenthood. If you are interested in being involved please email Lisa Hyte and Phil Bossart at: 

Social Justice Volunteers wanted. For the past 7 yrs, First UU mbrs, Bernie & Marita Hart have prepared breakfast 4 times a wk for the homeless. What is so unique about the program is that after enjoying breakfast, they gather to do TaiChi. Why TaiChi? TaiChi is known as meditation in motion & offers therapy & healing for PTSD, TBIs, anxiety & depression-issues the homeless face daily. Because this project aligns so well w/ 1st UU values, we now have an opportunity to help. Contact Lisa H for info at  

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Recycling Information Update: 

Click here to see details for the update on recycling items currently being accepted or see the list on collection bins in the Eliot Hall closet.

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Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation is a way to "imagine what might be?" and become awake to the reality of our own experience with peace and compassion.
Join Mindfulness Meditation Sundays 8:45am. For more information click here for our webpage.
All are welcome.
Contact for zoom link