Learn, Grow & Be Together May 2024

LAFs dinner this Friday at Dusmesh

The Lively After Fifty group’s May dinner will be at Dusmesh Indian Restaurant, 944 Ludlow Ave. 6 p.m. this Friday, May 17. If you have not already responded and would like to attend, please let Anne Septic know by today, May 14.

Please help spruce up our space Friday, May 17dust pan
Jeff Flanagan, our caregiver, is on medical leave. We are organizing volunteers to clean the church until a temporary replacement can be hired.

Can you volunteer 1-3 hours this Friday morning between 9 and 12?  We’ll be dusting, washing windows, emptying trash, sweeping and mopping inside and weeding outside.
Thanks! Rich Overturf and I are looking forward to seeing you.
~ Cliff Shisler, property team leader

Newcomer Potluck May 18

Our second Newcomer Potluck will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 18. 

All are welcome – whether you have visited once or whether you have been at St. John’s for decades. If you have time, bring a dish to share, but we always have an abundance of food, so no worries if life is too hectic. Children are invited as well. This is a time for each of us to get to know other folks better, so there will probably be some games to help us do that. Come for good food and lots of fun.

Forum: Transform Cincy, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday, May 19
The May 19 forum in Krolfifer Fellowship Hall will be on Transform Cincy. The mission of Transform Cincy is simple: Provide free wardrobes, head to toe, for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Why? Because affirming care is the best way to protect transgender youth. Having a safe space and community center available gives new opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth to make new friends and make a difference in their community. A more recent focus has been expanding their programming to offer community groups and social events.

Tristan N. Vaught who is the Co-founder of Transform Cincy and previously served as the Director of Education and Training at Living with Change, will be the speaker. Transform Cincy is also our split-the-plate recipient this month.

 Partner Soup and Bread Lunch Next Sunday, May 19!

soup and breadOur last partner church soup and bread lunch for the season will be Sunday, May 19. Come join us for delicious bread and desserts and homemade soup for six dollars ($6) to benefit the programs of our partner church in Saint Laszlo. Watch for the board next Sunday to sign up. I hope many people will gather for our last event of the year. Then, you can attend the budget input session right after eating.

~ Mary Lynne Schuster

Braver Angels — June 2 Men’s Group Potluck Program
hands hold wristsFormed after the 2016 election to bridge the partisan divide, the volunteer-led Braver Angels promotes community gatherings, debates, and grassroots leaders working together. 
For the Men’s Group Sunday, June 2, program at 7 p.m., Cincinnati member Rich Overturf will explain what Braver Angels has been up to locally and nationally to strengthen our democracy. All are welcome. For the 6 p.m. potluck, in addition to bringing food to share, all those dining are asked to also bring their own dishware, utensils and beverage.


Meditation on Wednesdays and Sundays

Meditation is available 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays in Haehnle Hall and from 10-10:45 a.m. on Sundays in the Ghandi Room.  For more information, or if you plan to come for the first time to the Wednesday session, please contact Erna or Alicia beforehand at erna.olafson@gmail.com or Alicia at 513-807-9902.

Brown bag lunch with Rev. Jenn Thursdays at noon. lunch bags

Pack a lunch and enjoy conversation with Rev. Jenn and whomever else joins.

Sanctuary and Immigration Team, virtually 2nd Wednesdays. Next meeting June 12

Learn with our St. John’s UU Sanctuary and Immigration Team (SIT) about the region’s immigrants and refugees and how to support them. SIT generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. by Zoom.

Several members of St. John’s distribute food contributions through the Willows Project, with which we are associated. We are members of the Cincinnati Immigrant Dignity Coalition, and are involved with community organizations in our Cincinnati area, Butler County and Northern Kentucky.

All are welcome at the meetings. Contact: Sarah Loar Seibert, SIT coordinator, at seibertcs@zoomtown.com.