THIS SUNDAY 11 AM SERVICE in the SANCTUARY
“Baha’i And Other Liberal Faith Stories”
November 13, 2011, 11 AM
We tell the story of Baha’u’llah on his birthday, and are proud that our own temple carries small signs of the world’s religious traditions. How is it that focusing on our community as a center for faith, spirituality and theological reflection was one of the key cries from our visioning conference? Is there something happening in the soul of old First U? Contact:
Introducing the New First U Website!
Finally, the new website is here! If you haven't seen it already, click over to www.firstunitarian.net and take a look. Same address, completely different design -- featuring blogs from our RE community and Rev. Olson, a new calendar feature that allows members to upload events, and much more!
Any new website design will have a few bugs, so don't hesitate to let us know if you notice a problem. Email Laura Laing, our content manager, with the url of the page and as much detail as possible. Also email Laura if you have ideas for making the site even better. She won't be able to accommodate everyone, but she'll do her best!
And stay tuned to Happenings and The Beacon for more details about the site. It's only going to get better and better!
Please send your caring notes, new employment, moves, babies, weddings, serious illness or death of members or close relatives
To Submit items to Happenings, the Calendar, and Sunday Announcements
1. CALENDAR ONLY: NEW PROCESS! Now you can submit events to the church calendar very easily! Clickhere to complete the online form (Allow 48 hours for your event to be approvedand added to the calendar.
2. HAPPENINGS AND SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Submit your Happenings announcements by
, before noon each Tuesday.
3. SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS ONLY:For announcements that you want only in the Sunday announcements, please
by 2pm Tuesday.
Promote Your Church Event
With out new website, it's even more critical than ever that church events are included in the online calendar -- for several reasons:
- The church calendar is managed through the website. If youre event is not there, you haven't reserved the church space and you could get bumped by another group.
- Starting soon, Happenings will be automatically generated from the church website. If your event is not there, it won't appear in Happenings.
- Because the website is easier to navigate and more stable, more an dmore people will depend on it as the best sources for up-to-the-minute news about the church. If your event isn't there, people won't know about it.
- Soon we'll start using more social media sites to promote events. Again, if your event isn't there, it won't get promoted.
We've made it much, much easier for you to add your event to the website. Just go to the home page, and click "add new event" in the green box. Then complete the form, making sure that you put the location of your event in the description field and include a contact name and email address. The event will be reviewed before it's aproved, so you should allow two business days.
Volunteering at First Unitarian is a great way to make friends, have fun, and do something constructive for the congregation. If you see an opportunity below that may be of interest, get more info from the contact person.
Volunteers Needed for the November 13 Gala Concert featuring The Handel Choir Chandos Singers and James Houston on our organ. This is a great opportunity to participate in a one time only volunteer effort and support a Music Committee event to raise funds for our organ restoration. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up on the day of the event. Contact Roberta Van Meter for details.
Come to the Concert!
Sunday, November 13, 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary: the Handel Choir’s Chandos Singers, Directed by Melinda O’Neal are joined by James Houston, organist and music director of First Unitarian Church for a concert of choral and organ selections to benefit the restoration of the Niemann organ. The concert features the music of Katherine Lucke, founder of the Handel Choir, director of the Peabody Conservatory and former organist and choir director of First Unitarian Church along with a nod to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Additional selections by American composers Moses Hogan, Dudley Buck, Adolphus Hairstork, J.W. Whitcare, and Samuel Barber, and the Nigerian composer Fela-Sowande.. Tickets $15 Don't miss this spectacular event!
Pilgrimage for Jobs and Justice
Don't miss this important Social Justice event! We start at St. William of York Church on Cooks Lane.(Plenty of parking!) We'll march along Edmonson Ave. making stops along the way to raise our voices around the injustices which have divided our city, and the hope we have of building a new way forward together. We'll conclude with a festive celebration at the West Baltimore MARC Station. We hope to have a large First Unitarian contingent at this event!
For more information, cotact Dick or Lauralee Humphrey or Rev. Olson
Mark Your Calendar
- Saturday, November 12: March for Jobs and Justice
Sunday, November 13: The Handel Choir's Chandos Singers and our own Jim Houston.
Saturday, November 19: Transgendar Day of Celebration
Sunday, November 20: Transgendar Day of Remembrance
Saturday, December 3: Auction
Thursday, December 22: Winter Solstice Service
Saturday, December 24: Early and lat Christmas Eve Services and Potluck Dinner