News Update 1/23/13


Second Unitarian’s Annual “Sing for Your Supper” is Saturday, January 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. (meal at 6).  Polish your musical talents, poetry writing, recitation, and dramatic readings.  This is your opportunity to perform.   Audience participation is also welcome!  Please bring soup and/or dessert to share.  Fellowship will provide bread, coffee, and beverages.  Childcare will be provided downstairs after the meal, from 7 to 9 p.m.  Questions?  See Judy Eller or Betty Segell.


On Saturday, January 26, from 9 to 11 a.m, Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) is hosting a workshop on how congregations can work together to improve the quality of life for families in our community.  Learn how to build a relational culture within our congregations, listen for issues of common concern, act together for the common good, and create a culture of participation and problem solving vs. a culture of passivity and helplessness.  The workshop is at Augustana Lutheran Church, 3647 Lafayette Avenue.  Our congregation is a founding member of OTOC.


Worship this Sunday, January 27, will be by Dawn Staszko, the Director of Public Relations from Tinh Tam – Council of Buddhist Study.  Part of our struggle in life is to navigate our culture with the ways other people find faith and live their lives.  Our faith is dedicated to that and from the sacred act of listening, we learn and grow in our own spiritual lives and practice.  If you already know Buddhism, you’ll find great connections here.  If you’re new to it or wonder about it, this is a chance to see how it might coincide with your life.  Come join us!


Practice gardening using the principles of organic and sustainable gardening.  Get a plot in our Second Unitarian’s Community Garden.  Information about our garden and how to sign up for a plot will be discussed on Saturday, February 2, 11 a.m., downstairs at church.  Each plot is big enough for a few tomato plants, peppers, lettuce, cabbages, pole beans, herbs, or hill cucumbers. For more information, contact Marco Ballarin or Vicki Pratt.


There will be no Second Circle on Sunday mornings in February. The Sunday morning program for teens is “under construction” as we assess what the needs are and whether Sunday morning is the best venue to meet those needs.  We continue to ponder options and will keep you posted as we progress. Please share your thoughts and ideas with Anita Jeck and Gay Robinson Abraham as we give thought to this important segment of our church community.


TEENS:  Join us for a YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) Overnight, 8 p.m. Friday, February 8, through 8 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at First Unitarian Church.  We will watch a movie, play games, try team-building exercises, and snack all night. It’s a chance to visit topics and activities that we generally don’t have time for on Wednesday nights. PARENTS:  We are looking for volunteer chaperones that night. Contact Naomi Solomon if you are willing to help.


The Radio Talking Book Service (RTSB) of Nebraska will be the subject at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 12. Director John Fullerton will describe its objectives and operations, who and how it benefits, and its sources of funds.  RTSB offers volunteer opportunities — perhaps you’ll discover a talent you didn’t know you have. You also may know some visually impaired person who would enjoy radio programming that is informative and entertaining for the mind.


One half of Second Unitarian’s offering received in January will go to the CERG (Central East Regional Group of the Unitarian Universalist Association) Disaster Relief Fund.  The Fund collects donations to aid UU congregations and members affected by Hurricane Sandy, providing the basics needed for people who have been displaced or are in need of emergency support.  Additional funds will assist congregations in rebuilding damage.  To nominate an organization for our Share the Plate program, visit the church website or contact the Social Justice Coordinating Council or Rev. Scott.


Lifespan Religious Growth and Learning is collecting donations for the Nebraska Humane Society.  They need blankets, towels, one-gallon Ziploc freezer bags, distilled water, clear plastic tubs, yarn, box fans, rubber-backed rugs, and more.  These items will be donated at our January Family Service Learning Project.  We will meet Sunday, January 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Nebraska Humane Society at 90th & Fort to begin a behind-the-scenes tour. Following our tour, we will meet in their auditorium for our gathering and worship.  Contact Kirsten Stiles at or 402-334-0537 ext. 112 for more details.