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Mt Hood Area Cluster Annual Picnic

Mt Hood Area Cluster of UU Congregations--
Annual Potluck Picnic
Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. in Hood River, sponsored by Mid-Columbia UU Fellowship of Hood River.

This will be a non-business get-together. Meet at the Rockford Grange, 4262 Barrett Dr., Hood River.

Get directions here (allow an hour+ from downtown Portland).

Bring whatever you like; this is a free-for-all potluck. Drinks, dishes, and silverware provided. Also available: refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, etc. Why not first attend the Mid-Columbia UU Fellowship for worship at 10 a.m.? Rev. Ken Jones, the new interim minister, will speak, and several members of the congregation will provide sightseeing tours between the service and the potluck. If you plan to attend, contact >  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , so he can alert our hosts.


Invitation to a Wellspring Information Session

Have you heard about Wellspring? It is a program that was piloted at our church this past year with thirteen participants in a spiritually deepening journey within our Unitarian Universalist tradition.  It was a rich experience over 10 months.

We plan to offer this program again beginning September 2013-June 2014.  If you are interested in participating, please come to an information session on Sunday, May 26 at 12:35—after the second service.

Now in its fifth year of success throughout the UUA, the Wellspring program offers a spiritual journey dedicated to claiming, re-imagining, and practicing the ever-evolving living tradition of our faith.

Wellspring is an opportunity for learning more about ourselves and our faith through five interconnected components:

  • commitment to a daily spiritual practice,
  • monthly spiritual direction (self-reflection with a guide),
  • small group meetings twice a month ,
  • reading about the theological and historical foundations of our faith, and
  • putting our faith into action.

One of our current participants wrote: “I learned more about the foundation of UU history and how our church arrived to where we are today.” We sampled Buddhism, Transcendentalism, Humanism and more. We celebrated Winter Solstice, a truly lovely experience. We introduced our personal spiritual practices and in the process we learned to trust each other with our souls. Now we are building our on beliefs. We had fine facilitators to nurture our growth and it has been a most amazing experience. I love it and I will continue to expand my beliefs.

After an introductory retreat day in the September, Wellspring groups will meet twice a month through June 2014.

Join us for a Wellspring Information Session to learn more and to help you decide whether Wellspring is a commitment you want to make.   Please join us after the second service on Sunday, May 26, in the Channing Room.  Bring your questions, and your open hearts.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Rev. Marcia Schekel, Ron Walker, Ann Faricy


The Legacy Society

Have you included First Unitarian Church in your will or estate plan? If so, you’re already a member of the First Unitarian Church Foundation’s Legacy Society!

The Foundation, a separate 503(c)(3), operates solely for the support and benefit of First Church to help ensure a strong and vibrant future.

Remembering the church in your will or estate plan is all about “planned giving.” It can take many forms:  a bequest in your will, a charitable remainder trust, or a gift of life insurance, for example, as well as a donation of securities or real estate arranged through the Foundation.

The Legacy Society was created to acknowledge and thank those members and friends of the church who have taken this important step. If you’ve already done this, please do let us know so that we might recognize you.  

For more information about the Legacy Society or about making a planned gift, contact Erin Tafuri at the church office 503-228-6389, ext. 31, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Every estate gift you make now will help to leave a lasting and valuable legacy for First Unitarian Church and its work in the world.


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