“People become members of this church by signing the membership book …” and we have turned that simple act into a celebration! Our next celebration will take place on Sunday, April 19, during both services. The New Member Class (required prior to signing the book) will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (brunch and childcare provided). To register for the class or to ask questions, please see Mary Early-Zald on a Sunday morning or be in touch with Membership Coordinator Denise Gyauch (383-5760 ext. 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org) before noon on Saturday, April 4.
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All youth in 9th-12th grade are invited to Youth Group. We meet Sundays 11 AM to 1 PM in the Youth Room (aka Norris House Conference Room). Join us for the beginning of the worship service; we’ll go down to the Youth Room after the story for all ages. Check in at the FUUN Family Welcome table in the Social Hall if you have questions. For more information, please contact Jonah Eller-Isaacs, FUUN’s Religious Education Administrator, at REAdmin@firstuunashville.
April Youth Programs
April 5 – On the Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimages
April 12 – Senior High Conference at The Mountain (no Youth Group)
April 19 – Stress Reduction Techniques with Jim Schettler
April 26 – Flower Communion (Youth Group will join Sunday services)
Classes meet on Wednesday nights 7 – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change; please check the FUUN announcements blog for current information.
Childcare is available on Wednesdays and Sundays, and on other days only if specifically stated.
Making Crepe Paper Flowers
April 8 – Classroom A (main building)
Longing for Spring? Learn from Dale Waymack how to make crepe paper flower stems that will be offered for sale at this year’s Herb Fair. No special skills needed to make these delicate beauties that will last beyond the blooming season, and all materials provided.
April 22 & 29, May 6 & 13 – Fireside Room (main building)
Participants in this workshop, facilitated by our lead minister, the Rev. Gail Seavey, and our associate minister for music, the Rev. Jason Shelton, will explore the purpose, substance and style of Unitarian Universalist worship, and examine the roles of music, readings, meditation and prayer, sermons and liturgy, both as individual elements and as parts of the whole. This will be a creative, hands-on workshop. This class is a prerequisite for becoming a worship associate, but it is not required that you become one if you take the class.
There are no Sunday classes this month.
The Nominating Committee is developing a slate of candidates for leadership positions in the church, and we are seeking help from the congregation. At the annual meeting in June, the congregation will elect representatives to the following positions:
Vice President/ President-Elect (Board of Directors)
Finance Council Chair (Board of Directors)
Secretary (Board of Directors)
Parish Minister’s Advisory Committee
Associate Minister for Music’s Advisory Committee
We are also seeking chairs for the following committees: Adult Religious Education, Caring, Communication (co-chair), Facilities, Fellowship, Fundraising, Membership and Stewardship (co-chair).
Other positions may open up; please keep checking the church blog for the most current list of open positions. If you have an interest in serving in one of these roles, or you wish to recommend someone else, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee (Cindi Brown – chair, Clark Moore – chair-elect, Carol Bapty, Jack Bleik, Lawanna Edwards, Bill Latimer, Sharon Ruiz) or send an email fo email@example.com
The FUUN Easter Egg hunt will take place April 5 on the front lawns between the first and second services. Don’t forget to bring your Easter baskets.
Join us for a picnic after church on Sunday April 12th in the Social Area/Patio/Front Yard of church. We will provide the chicken,veggie option and beverages. Please bring your favorite side dish, dessert or munchies to share. Surface Tension, featuring our very own Tom Surface and Victoria Harris, will be playing popular tunes for our enjoyment. Come on out and hang out with your FUUN Friends Volunteers needed to help set up and clean up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see Shari Tisch to volunteer.
Regretfully, not enough people have registered and so we must cancel this class, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 14.
Be sure to reserve your table at the FUUN Yard Sale, coming up on March 28. Sellers can reserve a table or two, bring in their treasures to sell, and donate portion of proceeds to the church. We are asking for a minimum of 10%.
In conjunction with the yard sale will be our ever popular book sale. Please collect any books you would like to donate and bring them to church; we will be collecting on the first four Sundays in March: March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Look for us in the social area to sign up for a table or to donate books.
We can’t do this without your help, so grab those books that are just waiting to find a new home and bring ‘em in!
Contact email@example.com or see Shari Tisch for more information.
By giving … that’s how
This year’s Stewardship campaign is officially kicking off this Sunday, March 15th. The online pledge form is already open for business here. Please check it out. Come by the Stewardship table in the social area before/after services to find out more. And, watch your mailbox for the Stewardship brochure and pledge card. We need everyone to think about increasing their annual pledge and submitting it as soon as possible.
“With our membership increasing to almost 500 members we have many more demands on our staff, facilities and volunteer lay leadership … as a result of this growth our staff, buildings and grounds and committees are all stressed” – Phil Thomason, Stewardship Chair
The Passover Seder is an ancient Jewish tradition that recounts the Israelites’ flight from bondage in Egypt and celebrates freedom. The Seder is both a service and shared sumptuous meal, and includes music, prayer, interactive reading, a special game for children, and one of the greatest stories of all time. We are delighted that once again Natalie Hafner will be our chef. We encourage families with children to attend, as the goal of the service is to share and pass on this story and celebrate freedom and the overcoming of oppression. Reservations and payment will accepted in the social area after Sunday services March 15th-29 and can also be reserved by calling the FUUN office at (615) 383-5760 during office hours. Prices are $17 for adults, $9 for children under 12 years of age, with a maximum price per nuclear family of $50. A vegetarian option is available. Please register early! Questions? contact Ann Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org.