Category: Personal & Spiritual Development

Night Sky

Words on the Wind

Blog, Personal & Spiritual Development

The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Oh, dear ones. We are entering the holiday season, always complicated, in the midst of post-election grief. I notice anxiety, anger, and sorrow tick-tocking its way through my own body… Read More >

Mission trip reflections – By Mary Ann Aiken

Blog, Religious Education, Personal & Spiritual Development

This year I went on my second mission trip. As a youth group, we really put in a lot of hard work to raise money for the trip, so I want to thank the… Read More >

Post-Election Processing

Blog, First Church News, Personal & Spiritual Development

By the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom I am so grateful to all the members of our congregation and the community who joined us for the post-election ritual and processing on Wednesday, Nov 9. It was… Read More >

Dedication of Parents and Children: November 20, 2016

Blog, Personal & Spiritual Development

A Dedication of Parents and Children is scheduled for our Thanksgiving service. This simple ceremony is the UU version of the traditional Christian “baptism” or “christening,” though the meanings we attach to it are… Read More >

First Sundays: An R.E. Tradition!

Blog, Religious Education, Personal & Spiritual Development

The first Sunday of each month is a time for our young people in K5-Eighth grades to get to know each other in multiage community, and work on developing their faith as UUs in… Read More >

A Night Out With the YRUU Teens

Blog, First Church News, Religious Education, Personal & Spiritual Development

A mission trip fundraiser! Saturday, November 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m. $25.00 per adult; $10.00 for children ages 7-15; free for kids under 7 years  The YRUU youth group is hosting a talent show for church… Read More >

Mission Trip 2016 reflections by Annalise Lozier, Mission Trip Participant

Blog, First Church News, Personal & Spiritual Development

This was my first year going on the mission trip, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The opportunity to truly impact the lives of others in a positive way is not… Read More >

Oct. 2016 Membership Moments: Joining First Church

Blog, First Church News, Personal & Spiritual Development

By Cheri Taylor, Membership Development Coordinator   When you decide to join First Church, it will be a big moment for you and for us. We have a responsibility to see that you are… Read More >

Denominational Connections: The Chalice Lighters Winter Call to Grow UU Congregations From Bruce Wiggins, Denominational Affairs Coordinator

Blog, First Church News, Personal & Spiritual Development

The “Chalice Lighters” program gives you an opportunity to grow Unitarian Universalism in our state and region. It is an initiative of our Unitarian Universalist Association’s MidAmerica Region to fund small projects by individual… Read More >

Why You Should Take the Time to Reflect on First Church

Blog, Personal & Spiritual Development

If you’ve been a member or pledging friend of First Church for more than one year, you know that this year’s stewardship process is a little different. Yes, we traded the large all-congregation event for small and large group events in members’ homes and in the church! Yes, we are using appreciative inquiry process in these events! Orchestrating ten small to mid-size donor events takes more effort than planning one large donor event, but I have faith it will be successful in deepening personal relationships and networks within the congregation, while creating more opportunities to support the place we love. Your stewardship team believes this trade-off is worth the hard work of the numerous members volunteering as hosts and facilitators.