July 1, 2012:
One Service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary
"Let's Thank the Men"
Rev. Judy Welles, Summer Minister
This spring we were unpleasantly reminded that the issue of women's access to a full range of reproductive health care options remains unsettled and controversial. Lest we women think that this is our struggle alone, we'll call to mind all
the ways that men are affected by the issue of choice, and remind ourselves of the myriad ways men have participated to gain reproductive justice for all.
Meet our summer ministers, Revs. Judy Welles and Duane Fickeisen.
Half Our Weekly Offering Is Shared
For July: "Store to Door"
This organization is a grocery delivery and shopping service for seniors and people with disabilities. It helps vulnerable people throughout Oregon maintain their independence, and is the only nonprofit providing this service in Portland.
Learn more at:
Store to Door. (Note: On Sunday, July 1, we will joyfully share our plate with our House and Grounds Volunteer Committee, which has been doing such a great job of beautifying our grounds.)
Rev. Sinkford's Blog:
We the People
I never thought I would be celebrating a Supreme Court decision today. Nor that I would be finding hope in the affirmation of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Like most of you, I expect, I am still waiting to read the
details of the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling---announced this morning---upholding the heart of the Affordable Care Act. I am no legal scholar. I also do not aspire to be a political pundit. But as a minister of our liberal religious gospel I do
find several sources of hope in the ruling.
July 1, 2012:
Sunday, Jul. 1, immediately following the service (approx. 11:15 a.m.), in the Channing Room. If you are ready to become a member of First Unitarian Church, print and read our
Membership Enrollment Kit. Then, complete the enrollment and pledge forms at home, and bring them on Sunday. We look forward to welcoming you! Questions? Please contact:
Rev. Thomas Disrud.
First Share--Every Sunday Throughout Summer
Bring your vegetables, herbs, and flowers---whatever is growing in excess in your garden or left over from your farmers' market shopping. There will be a table of baskets in Fuller Hall after service for sharing abundance of the season. No
money exchanged; just give and take. Questions?
Paul Kidwell, or 503-360-4508.
Please join us for summer's first Labyrinth walk this Sunday, July 1. The Labyrinth will be available in the Buchan reception room from 9:30 a.m.–12 noon in B102. Walk for clarity, walk to meditate, walk with hope, walk in peace. Friends
of the Labyrinth will be available to answer questions.
Our Peace Action Committee is gathering signatures calling on investment giant TIAA-CREF to divest from companies that profit from the occupation of Palestinian lands and denial of Palestinian rights.
Read details, and/or
sign petition online. Or, sign at the Peace Action table on Sundays.
Also This Weekend
EJAG Summer Potluck/Meeting
Thursday, June 28, 6–8 p.m., at the home of Marcia Meyers. Our Economic Justice Action Group combines a potluck with its summer monthly meetings---a fun and informative opportunity to get acquainted with EJAG's people and programs.
Marcia, or 503-665-3957.
Cuba Travelers' Tales And Potluck
Friday, June 29, 6 p.m., in Fuller Hall. Cuba AyUUda will host our popular Travelers' Tales event featuring reports from our last group to visit Cuba, a trip that was focused on the ecology of the island. Potluck at 6 p.m.; tales begin at
7 p.m. Be curious!
"Beloved Conversations" Reunion
There will be a potluck reunion this Saturday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Buchan Reception Room for all Beloved Conversation class participants. If you participated in a class and have not had a chance to RSVP, please contact
Kate right away, or call 503-228-6389, ext. 10.
Voices of Veterans: A Bridge Back Home
Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m., in the Sanctuary. For veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other wars.
Order Tickets Here. This Welcome Home Ceremony brings together veterans and the local community. Join author Michael Meade for an evening of poetry, stories, and cogent commentary on the realities of war and the difficulties of
returning from it.
LGBTQ Pride July Potluck
Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m. LGBTQ Pride is hosting a potluck and a Christmas in July White Elephant gift exchange at the home of Patty Wolff, 5038 NE 32nd Ave., Portland, 503-331-0415. Bring your favorite salad, desert, or drinks to
share. RSVP to Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be creative and prepared to have a great time. All are welcome!
Joanna Macy, Speaking on Active Hope
Friday, Jul. 27, 7 p.m., Eliot Chapel, followed by a reception and book signing in the Channing Room.
Active Hope Event Details. Admission at the door $5-15 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by First Unitarian Adult Programs, GAIA Workshops-Growing Awareness Into Action, Living Earth Gatherings,
Transition PDX, and KBOO.
Summer mUUsic Camp for Kids
Our annual interactive camp is designed to give kids in grades 3-6 a chance to learn and perfect their music skills, including reading notes, counting rhythms, as well as performing independently and in groups.
Learn More. Questions or to register:
For Children and Youth
Special RE Program Every Sunday* This Summer at 10 a.m.
Each service this summer will begin with Together Time in the Sanctuary, followed by classes for children 12-years and younger. For our 3- to 5-year-olds, there will be a story class featuring Caldecott Award winners. For children ages 6
to 12, we have fun activities that revolve around a different Dr. Seuss story each week. Those who are 8- to 12-years old can participate in a fun and delicious cooking class. Registration cards are available at the Eliot Information Desk.
(*PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday, July 8, there will be NO summer RE classes, due to a large rental event in the Buchan building. Childcare for 3-years old and younger will be provided in the nursery. All other children and youth are
invited to attend the service with their families.)
Register for classes and retreats at the Adult Programs table on Sunday.
November Shakespeare Retreat
Thursday–Saturday, Nov. 1–3, Ashland, Ore. Fee of $255 includes two plays, discussion with a performer in Romeo and Juliet, two nights at the Bard's Inn downtown (including breakfast). Take the backstage tour for an additional $15
(space is limited). See: Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's passionate tragedy set in 1800s Pacific Northwest, and, Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Party People, a mix of theatre, poetry, jazz, blues, hip-hop, and salsa
about the American revolutionaries of the Sixties and their own struggles today. This retreat fills quickly. For this retreat, you may
register online, or at the Adult Programs table on Sundays.
Summer Classes For Adults
We are pleased to announce opportunities for congregants to celebrate, learn, continue spiritual practice, and gather together at church throughout the summer. Sign up at the Adult Programs table for any of the following events happening
at church during July and August. Payment will be made at class time, unless otherwise noted.
Click here for details on these summer classes:
--T'ai Chi Chih Practice: Joy With Movement.
--T'ai Chi Chih: Introductory Class.
--Meditation Class: Awareness of Thoughts and Feelings in Meditation.
--Southern Short Stories: Bringing the Heat of the South to the Northwest.
--Field to Vase: Flower Arranging.
--iRest Yoga: Coming Home to Yourself.
--Vegan Picnic: Summer Potluck.
Get Involved/Make A Difference
There are many ways to deepen your connection to First Church and beyond. Here are a few:
Click here for details on the following volunteer opportunities.
--Help water church block garden beds
--Help us make a short video
--Usher on Sundays
--Volunteer in the church office weekdays
In the Community
News of congregant milestones, joys, and concerns.
Longtime member Connie Bowen died June 17 at the age of 90. She had been a member of the congregation since 1937 and lived at Terwilliger Plaza in her retirement years.
Ron LeMaster, father of member Susan LeMaster and grandfather to Shayla Bailey, died June 23. Ron had been declining with dementia for the past eight years. His death resulted from a traumatic brain injury from a fall taken on Friday
evening. Ron was 83 years old. Celebration services and burial at Willamette National Cemetery will be held in July.
"Thank You" --- From Amy Beltaine, Intern Minister
Read Amy's special message to the congregation as she concludes her year with us.
Meet the Chorister
Julia Ingram interviews members of our choral community from time to time. We hope you'll enjoy "meeting"
Beacon Bookstore Summer Reviews
Our Bookstore is pleased to announce the arrival of the latest edition of the Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide. In addition, a new historic novel by member Arnie Pickar is available. And, two new books for youth who are
looking for good summer reads!
More about these books.
Andeo International Homestays Seeks Host Families
This local, non-profit, student exchange organization needs welcoming families to host this summer. Host a teen from France, Spain or Germany for 3½ weeks in June, July or August, or a college student from China or Japan for 2–4 weeks in
July, August or September. Students have spending money and health insurance, and a small hosting stipend is provided. Questions? Contact
Paulene Hedgpeth, or 503-274-1776, or visit:
www.andeo.org (Andeo is a valued renter of our Eliot Center every summer.)
Raw Faith Radio---With Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, Minister Emerita.
First Unitarian Church: 2011-2012 Annual Report.
Resources for Hard Times
Electronic UU Job Board
UU World Weekly (online version)
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)