Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sunday, April 17th, 11 am, Earth Day Service!

Our 6th annual outdoor Earth Day Service will be held this Sunday, April 17, at *11 am* in Audubon Park, under the enfolding arms of the Tree of Life/Great-Grandmother Oak. We will gather with our sisters and brothers from the other two Greater New Orleans UU congregations, Community Church and North Shore, as well as volunteers and guests from other UU churches around the country, for an inspirational service on "Sacred Waters." There will be speakers from all three churches, a combined choir, and special musical guests the Youth Choir of our partner church the Unitarian Church of Arlington, VA. Special activities for children will part of the event.

A Potluck Picnic will follow the service. So wear sunscreen and sun hats, and bring chairs and blankets. Pack some food to share (GNOUU will provide the drinks), and be ready for a great day to celebrate the Earth and Sacred waters!

From the east: Take Tchoupitoulas towards Audubon Park; it deadends in the Park. Turn right (the only way you can turn.) Watch for the Big Tree on your left after the giraffes, before you reach the Labyrinth and the stables. Parking along East Drive. (If you get to Magazine St., you've gone too far -- park and walk back.)

From the west: Take Magazine St. to the zoo entrance, turn right and head to the Riverview Park ("the Fly"). Drive all the way around, over the railroad tracks twice, til you arrive at the junction with Tchoupitoulas. Follow directions above.

Help needed:
We need help bringing folding tables from First Church earlier on Sunday, help with setting up, and help bringing things back to church when the event is over. Please call Diana Gray if you can be of any assistance -- 773-972-9451 cell or 504-267-7380 home (leave message if she's not home).

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rededicating Our Sanctuary

Sunday, October 10, 2010, 10:30 am

This Sunday we will celebrate how far we've come in our journey of resurrection since Katrina with a service to rededicate our beautiful Sanctuary, and recognize with love and appreciation the people whose creativity and commitment made this progress possible.

I am overjoyed to announce that Marcie Brennan, who did such tremendous work on the new floor, will be present on Sunday to be recognized, and to say good-bye, as she is nearly finished moving to Mobile, Alabama, for a new job.

I hope in future years, the date 10/10/10 will stand out in our minds as the day we turned a corner, resanctified our worship space, and rededicated ourselves to the work of restoration, recovery, and renaissance that lies before us!

See you at church!
Rev. Melanie

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas Tree Sale Volunteers Are the Best Present!!

The annual Christmas tree Sale is the church's financial mainstay -- our largest outside fundraiser by far. And the sale cannot happen without the participation and dedication of many (if not most!) of the church's members and friends. As best as we can reconstruct from the Tree Sale volunteer sign-up sheets, here are the folks we have to thank for making this year's sale a success. (And if you helped in any way with the sale -- selling, acting as cashier, unloading trees, bringing refreshments, working the chainsaw, whatever -- and your name does NOT appear here, please contact the church office so we can update this list and thank you publicly for your contribution.) We want to send out particular thanks to those who were shift leaders and to those who worked more than one shift, as well as special recognition to Linda Reine & Max Oeschger who wounded in the line of duty!

Peter Abbotsford
Kelsey Atherton
Claudia Barker
Jason Begnaud
Misty Begnaud
Steve Bellaire (with infant Jackie Bellaire in training!)
Jeanne Barnard
Charles Bogen
Neil Boris
Marcie Brennan
Reese Brewer
Stephen Buzick
Glenn Carl
Cathy Cohen
Sarah Covert
Aaron Danielson
Emily Danielson
Mary Jo Day
Dottie Gardner
JB Gautreaux
Megan Harbison
Cheryl Hart
Van Hart
Cody Henson
Deb Henson
Marisa Henson
Mary Holt
Kathleen Hubbell
Brian Jamison
Charles Johnson
Glen Kahrman
Adam Kemp
Alice Kemp
Joshua Kemp
Suzi Kroll
Kris Lackey
Celeste Lambert
Maggie Mackay
Ann Maclaine
Aymie Manning
Henry McCarthy
Betsy McGovern
Harmony Minturn
Wayne Moore
Eric Morel-Ensminger
Melanie Morel-Ensminger
Liam Murphy
Coleen Murphy
Nash Murphy
Nick Napolitano
Max Oeschger
Angie Palazzolo
Anna Reine
Chris Reine
Linda Reine
Marco Rosamano
Ellyn Rosas
Nancy Ruck
Esther Scott
Sarah Sheffield
Karleene Smith
Muriel Sullivan
Robért Sullivan
Victoria Sumrall
Camille Tucker
Lucy Tucker
Michael Tucker
Noel Twilbeck
Ed Vail
Wayne Vicknair
Andrew Wall
KG Wilkins
Steven Williams
Veronica Young
Birdie (Last name not available)
Charlene (Last name not available)

Grateful Thanks to These Generous Contributors!

The following members and friends pledged their support, or gave outright, the First Church's recently concluded 2010 Annual Budget Drive "First You Make a Roux." Thanks for making our congregational "roux" rich and dark! (If you pledged or gave to our 2010 campaign, and your name does not appear here, please contact the church office so we can correct our records.) Our grateful thanks and appreciation to everyone who pledged, gave and worked on the ABD campaign this year!!

Kelsey Atherton
Claudia Barker & Michael Tucker
Jeanne Barnard
Adena & Neil Boris
Joe & Martha Boudreaux
Marcie Brennan
Reese Brewer
Steve Buzick
Phil Bylsma
Jyaphia Christos-Rodgers
R. Catherine Cohen
Sarah Covert
Mary Jo Day
Gregory Ferris
Charles Foster
Dorothy Gardner
Tom Gault
JB Gautreaux
Gerard Goar
Michelle Gremillion
Harbison, Cathy
Harbison, Frank
Mary Holt
Julie Howard
Kathy Hubbell
Glenn Kahrmann & Noel Twilbeck
Alice Abel Kemp & Wayne Moore
Suzi Kroll
Celeste Lambert & Sarah Sheffield
Cherie LeBlanc
Maggie McKay
Ann Maclaine
Amelia Manning
Laura Manning
Doris Marlin
Jane Mauldin
Henry & Yvelyne McCarthy
Betsy McGovern
Laura Miller
Melanie Miranda
Mary & Oliver Mithoff
Rev. Melanie & Eric Morel-Ensminger
Coleen Murphy
Kathleen North
Max & Nicole Oeschger
Marian Owen
Angie Palazzolo
Mary Laurel Ratliff
Chris & Linda Reine
Linda & Marco Rosamano
Ellyn Rosas
Nancy Ruck
Esther Scott
Kit Senter
Karleene Smith
Robért Demarais Sullivan
Victoria Sumrall
Mary Louise Sweat
David Van Antwerp
Deanna Vandiver
Wade Welch
Steven Williams
Veronica Young

Thursday, February 5, 2009

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Le Flambeau in January 2009 ... New Place of Publication

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

DVD available from the Poetry Service Held in Honor of Charles Foster

A First Church Tradition: Poetry Service DVD available
Poetry Service Held in Honor of Charles Foster

A First Church annual tradition is an intergenerational service that is devoted to poetry. Charles Foster, our poetry master of ceremonies, lead this service for many years. Unfortunately Charles, no longer lives in New Orleans and we miss his presence greatly. The 2008 Poetry Service was held in his honor on October 26, 2008.

Members and friends are invited to participate by reading their own poetry or a favorite by someone else. Our youth are encouraged to read poetry that speaks to them, too! Alice Abel Kemp, stepped up to be our "Poetry Goddess" in 2008.

If you would like to order a DVD or VHS of the wonderful poetry service held on October 26, please see Yvelyne or Henry McCarthy to order a copy. The total cost of $10 is dedicated to the Church to help with expenses. Please make checks payable to First UU Church.