About Us

The faith we live by in this church searches for truth in our own individual hearts, in our own life experiences, in the many faith traditions and philosophies that nurture us, in the explorations of science. Ours is not a blind faith: It is based neither on creeds, the scriptures of any particular religion, the pronouncements of a church hierarchy, nor the words of any single person. Rather, we submit our beliefs to the test of knowledge, reason, and compassion. Our faith aims to treat all humans irrespective of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious belief with caring and respect. Ours is a faith of deeds and commitment to building humane character and love for the natural world. It is a faith of the free mind and the loving heart.

Announcements

Sunday, January 20 - 11am Service


Black Racial Justice Now

Beverly Cluster Pulpit Exchange
Reverend Ed Heilman, Park UCC
Worship Associate: Judy Trautman

We continue the annual tradition of having ministers from congregations in the Beverly Cluster of churches speak in one another’s pulpits. This year, three congregations are participating, so Rev. Ed Heilman of Park Congregational Church (UCC) will return to First Unitarian; Rev. Rob Johnson of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will be at Park Church, and Rev. Tim will preach at Holy Trinity.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, January 13 - 11am Service

CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

We will be back to our regular schedule on Tuesday


Doing Church

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

How do we “do” church at First Unitarian? What is tradition and why is there change? What are the roles and responsibilities of the congregation, leadership, and the minister? In the middle of the church year, and the beginning of a calendar year, we’ll look at our ways of doing church.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, January 6 - 11am Service


Let's Make Some Resolutions
David Strickler

Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day, commemorates the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus and signifies the end of the Christmas season. On this Sunday, we will use our wisdom to create and share New Year’s resolutions focused on spiritual growth, on strengthening covenantal relationships within our congregation, and on continuing the ‘work of Christmas’ in the wider community.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, December 30 - 11am Service


Countdown

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Melissa Jeter


On the next to last day of the year, we're kind of done with 2018 and are about to begin the countdown to 2019. What was worth counting in the year just ending, and what might we count down to?

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, December 23 - 11am Service


Gifts And Grievances

Reverend Tim Barger

Gratitude from giving and getting gifts is one thread for the eve of Christmas Eve sermon. The other is the string of December holidays, with attention to December 23 being the day for the invented holiday of Festivus, which emphasizes an "airing of grievances." December 23 also is the day for HumanLight, a holiday invented by a group of humanists.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the Service this Sunday.

Sunday, December 16 - 11am Service


All Music Service

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Even though our music program hasn't been in normal operation this year, we can still have a less-than-traditional all music service. Caroling in the church!

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the Service this Sunday.

Sunday, December 9 - 11am Service


The X In Xmas

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie

Rev. Tim will talk about the X abbreviation and why it's appropriate shorthand at holiday time. He might also have a few words about the so-called War on Christmas.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the Service this Sunday.

The Mooney's are moving to Rhode Island this December. The last time they will be at service will be December 9th. Please join us in wishing them well during coffee hour that day by bringing finger foods or desserts. Questions? Contact Carla

Sunday, December 2 - 11am Service

Being Light In A Heavy World

Melissa Jeter

Everyday we experience, consume, and participate in stories, narratives, and philosophies that shape our perception of the world. There are also stories that we have held sacred because they hold truths about Being that only makes sense through living the experience. How can these stories empower us when we encounter interpersonal violence and abuse of power? What kind of world could we create by Being Light in a Heavy World.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the Service this Sunday.

The Mooney's are moving to Rhode Island this December. The last time they will be at service will be December 9th. Please join us in wishing them well during coffee hour that day by bringing finger foods or desserts.

Sunday, November 25 - 11am Service


World Religions

Judy Trautman, Sister Sandy Shermanr
Reverend Tim Barger

A report on Rev. Tim's trip to the week-long Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto at the beginning of November.

Music Notes: Today’s music for the Thanksgiving season will feature our own Garth Simmons on trombone, with Bonnie Rowe on piano.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Due to lack of volunteers, fellowship hour refreshments going forward will be limited to coffee only through the remainder of the year. This will reduce the amount of weekly set-up and clean-up required by the kitchen committee.

Hosting fellowship time requires arriving at church early to brew coffee and set up fellowship hall and the kitchen through cleaning up and closing the kitchen and fellowship hall afterward. If your group would like to host fellowship time, please contact Carla or another member of the kitchen committee to sign up and learn procedures.

Please note that this does not affect potluck, which will continue to take place on the fourth Sunday of each month only. Please contact Gwen if you would like to help with Potluck.

Sunday, November 18 - 11am Service


You're Welcome Here

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate - Luanne Billstein

"Hospitality is both the answer to modern alienation and injustice and a path to deeper spirituality." ~from Radical Hospitality: Benedict's Way of Love by Father Daniel Homan, O.S.B., and Lonnie Collins Pratt

A call to radical hospitality. The sermon topic was given by Melanie Christiansen, who won the "buy a sermon" bidding in last spring's auction.

Music Notes: The Reverend William Gill and Chris Joseph will lead us in our musical selections at today’s service.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Due to lack of volunteers, fellowship hour refreshments going forward will be limited to coffee only through the remainder of the year. This will reduce the amount of weekly set-up and clean-up required by the kitchen committee.

Hosting fellowship time requires arriving at church early to brew coffee and set up fellowship hall and the kitchen through cleaning up and closing the kitchen and fellowship hall afterward. If your group would like to host fellowship time, please contact Carla or another member of the kitchen committee to sign up and learn procedures.

Please note that this does not affect potluck, which will continue to take place on the fourth Sunday of each month only. Please contact Gwen if you would like to help with Potluck.

Service Info

Our worship services are held each Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  We offer many opportunities to engage in fellowship directly after service in our Fellowship Hall. We have Lifespan Faith Development programs for children and adults September through May.  We will be glad to see you here!

Location

First Unitarian Church of Toledo
3205 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614-2423
419-381-6999


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Reverend Tim Barger

Email him at: revtim@uutoledo.org

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