Library Move and Music Space Organization

Although the building is closed, our Building and Grounds staff and volunteers continue to work on updates to the new combined Library and Music space on the second floor. We still have more work to do, but every week we move a little closer to completion. The pandemic limitations have...

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1st U Virtual Coffee House

Saturday, October 24 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Whether you have talent to share, or just want to enjoy the show, please plan to join 1st U’s VIRTUAL Coffee House online. It is open to PERFORMERS AND AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES. Watch for a link for the online signup form,...

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Arpeggio Accordion Available

The church needs to find a new home for an Arpeggio brand accordion. This appears to be a fairly high quality instrument. It is marked “Made in Italy” and what may be a model number – “Matr.N. 2743”. There are 5 treble register switches. Based on the deterioration of the...

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Scott Ward Memorial Archive

In order to create a lasting digital memorial to Scott Ward, our beloved Honorary Minister of Music who died on June 5, the Scott-Spezak family (Will, Megan, and Chris) would like to curate photos and create a lasting digital archive. If you have photos or videos in digital format, please...

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Music Director Job Posting Update

The Music Director Search Team has been working together diligently for the last several weeks. We want to let the congregation know that the job description for Music Director at First Unitarian Church has now been posted on our website. Click here to view the job posting. Please share it...

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Music Director Job Posting Update

The Music Director Search Team has been working together diligently for the last several weeks. We want to let the congregation know that the job description for Music Director at First Unitarian Church has now been posted on our website. Click here to view the job posting updated June 17,...

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Music Survey

Our Online Music Survey is ready and waiting for you! Please help us find the best Music Director for our church by completing it as soon as you can. Your input is vital to the success of our search, and it shouldn’t take you too long to complete. We want...

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Music Director Job Posting Update

The Music Director Search Team has been working together diligently for the last several weeks. We want to let the congregation know that the job description for Music Director at First Unitarian Church has now been posted on our website. Click here to view the job posting updated June 17,...

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Music Director Job Posting

The Music Director Search Team has been working together diligently for the last several weeks. We want to let the congregation know that the job description for Music Director at First Unitarian Church is available, here. Please share it with anyone whom you think might be interested in this position....

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Virtual Choir

Are you a singer? Do you miss singing in church? While we are socially distancing, we are still providing music for our worship services with the First U Virtual Choir. Through modern audio-video technology, we are able to record and blend our voices and video recordings to be used in...

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Music Happenings at First U

We are exceedingly grateful to Cyril Everett Caster and Catherine Braik Selin for stepping in so quickly and providing their beautiful music for the last two months of our first online-only worship services. Now that things are settling down we are ready to return to our previous plan for offering...

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Staffing Restructure and the Budget

The budget for FY 20-21 is set up with a different staff configuration for Music, Membership and Children’s Religious Exploration. Our plan is to hire a half-time Music Director, a quarter time Membership Coordinator and a paid Children’s Religious Exploration Guide. You can learn more about the proposed new positions...

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Choir News

Due to cancellations, our Easter Sunday service will be streaming only and the choir will not be performing or rehearsing as scheduled. Keep singing at home! We look forward to resuming once we are up and running again.

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1st U Coffee House

Saturday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Whether you have talent to share, or just want to enjoy the show, please plan to attend 1st U’s Coffee House in the Parish Hall. It is open to PERFORMERS AND AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES. We’ve created an online signup form here...

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Music Staffing Update Since the departure of Scott from First Unitarian, we have been fortunate to have a wonderful stream of guest musicians sharing their talent and skill with us each week. During this interim period, Rev. Pam has been scheduling musicians from the community and from the congregation to...

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Come Sing a Song with Me!

We are pleased to announce that Anne Turner (who directed the choir for the 2/16 rededication/installation) will be directing the choir for the April 12 Easter service. Rehearsals will be at 7:00 p.m. (ending around 8:45 p.m.) on March 26, April 2, and April 9. New and returning singers are...

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Organ Concert POSTPONED!

Because of the impact of COVID19, we must postpone the Organ Concert originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15th at 3:00 p.m. We will reschedule David Schelat, one of Delaware’s finest organists, for a Fall Concert. David, then, will show us what our magnificent Rieger Organ can do with the special...

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1st U Coffee House

Saturday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Plans for the 1st U Coffee House are coming together. This is open to PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. We’ve created an online signup form here if you or a group would like to share your talent(s) that evening. The form explains how...

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Organ Recital

Imagine listening to Bach’s Toccata, Adagio, & Fugue, BWV 564, a composition that shows off what a skilled organist can do with the pedals of our amazing Rieger organ. To organists, the pedals are another keyboard, and you may never have heard our organ played with the section of pedals...

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1st U Coffee House

Save the Date, Saturday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. We will be having a 1st U Coffee House. For singing, dancing, poetry, stand up comedy, playing an instrument and pretty much any other talent you might want to share; this Coffee House is the time. This is open...

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SAVE THE DATE – Organ Concert

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 15th at 3:00p.m. David Schelat, one of Delaware’s finest organists will show us what our magnificent Rieger Organ can do. When our Rieger Orgelbau organ was installed in 1976-77, it was the first tracker organ in Delaware. For a number of years after, organists...

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Thank You!

Thanks to all who attended our annual Martin Luther King Celebratory Concert on January 24! We raised $622 for the YWCA’s Racial and Social Justice program and our sanctuary was blessed by the timely words from “Beyond Vietnam” by Dr. King (spoken by Rev. John G. Moore) and the voices of...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Concert

On January 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., we will hold our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Concert. A good will offering will be taken to support the mission of YWCA Delaware. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. A light reception...

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Christmas Eve Special Offerings

Our Special Offering at the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Service will support Lutheran Community Services (LCS). LCS has been serving low-income families in Wilmington and New Castle County, with emergency food, housing and other services since 1959. When congregants or community members ask First Unitarian for help, we often refer them to the...

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Counterpoint Thank you and Raffle Results!

Congratulations to Suzie Cornell, the winner of our Counterpoint Society membership drive! As winner of the raffle, Suzie will choose a sermon topic and musical style, and Rev. Pam and Scott will craft a Sunday service accordingly. Thanks to everyone who donated to this year’s Counterpoint Society drive. We have...

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Learn a new Hymn!

Help us expand our repertoire! You have an opportunity to learn one of the more contemporary songs from the Singing the Journey teal hymnal. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning (December 1) when our Honorary Minister of Music, Scott Ward, will be teaching a contemporary Winter Solstice song for...

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Counterpoint Drive Continues

Well, we are entering the last “official” Sunday of the annual Counterpoint Membership drive, although donations of any amount are always welcome. Thank you, thank you to those who have been able to participate this year. And remember, joining Counterpoint with a denotation of ANY amount, gets you enrolled in...

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Counterpoint Drive Continues

We are entering the second week of the annual Counterpoint Membership drive. Did you know that if there was no Counterpoint, there would be no All – Music Sundays? Or African drummers visiting Sunday morning? To learn more, and to join, go to the piano in the Sanctuary after church,...

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Drum Circle

Join us Wednesday, May 8 at 7:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Richard Speck will lead a drum circle. Drum Circle is a form of meditation that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. All are welcome. We begin following the Vespers service, held in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m....

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Music Notes

Pop Up Choir – April 7th

Come Sing in the Intergenerational “Pop Up” Choir. The Intergen “Pop Up” Choir is for families and individuals who love to sing, but don’t have time for regular Choir. The “Pop Up” choir will meet 9:30 a.m. the first Sunday of the month, have some light refreshments, then sing for...

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Easter Music – Sunday April 21

Service at 10:30 a.m. (Pre-service concert at 10:15 a.m.) Celebrating Spiritual Renewal through Music The Music of Franz Schubert: Mass in G D167, and Lieder Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Minister, Scott Ward, Honorary Minister of Music, the Choir of First Unitarian Church with Instruments, Natalie Gilbert, soprano, Terry Ward, Baritone 10:15...

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February & March Music Events

For details on each event, please click here. Sunday, February 17, Noon – 1 p.m. “Outsiders Becoming Insiders: The Inner History of the Broadway Musical.” View our flyer, here. Saturday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. coordinated by Scott Ward and Martin Hargrove “Coffee House” – email Scott at...

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Change of Date!!

The class “Outsiders Becoming Insiders: The Inner History of the Broadway Musical” taught by Jim Curtis will be Sunday, February 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. View our flyer, here.

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February Music Events

Wednesday, February 13, 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. in Parish Hall, led by Rev. Richard Speck. “Drum Circle” A half hour of the practice of meditation, called “The Drum Circle.” After the quiet, reflective style of Vespers (6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., led by Cindy Cohen), you can join our...

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Upcoming Music Events

January 13, our fund drive kick off Sunday morning service! Music featuring the Chamber Choir and the Rob Swanson Jazz Trio. CANCELLED – NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED – Webinar on January 13, 7-8 p.m. in Room 25, will provide an opportunity for music ministry leaders to discuss the challenges...

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Christmas Eve Special Music

Our traditional mini-concert before the 10:00 p.m. service (9:45 p.m.) will be “Holiday Classics from the Stage and the Screen.” Beloved songs to be sung by bass Martin Hargrove. During the service there will be a mix of traditional music and more modern selections with our choir and instruments. At...

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Christmas Eve Services!

UU’s have a unique perspective on winter holidays and we invite you to join us. December 24, 2018 – 4:00Monday,  – “No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant” – Rev. Roberta Finkelstein and Catherine Williamson, Director of Religious Education. Rev. Roberta and Catherine will lead a service that retells the classic Christmas story...

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Music for Christmas Eve

Our traditional mini-concert before the 10:00 p.m. service (9:45 p.m.) will be “Holiday Classics from the Stage and the Screen.” Beloved songs to be sung by bass Martin Hargrove. During the service there will be a mix of traditional music and more modern selections with our choir and instruments. At...

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Annual Counterpoint Membership Drive!

It is the time of year for our annual Counterpoint Society membership drive. Counterpoint is a group of people who are able to give support to the Music Program above their regular church pledge. Counterpoint makes it possible for all the special guest musicians and music Sundays we have during...

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Late Summer Music Highlights

Join the Summer Choir, Part II! Sunday, August 26:  Come to church early, 9:40 a.m. and join the Summer Choir! We will sing arrangements of hymns that Scott and Rev. Roberta will use during their “Readings and Hymns” service about the end of summer. Fun arrangements, harmonies and rhythms. OPEN TO...

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Youth Choir

JOIN the First U Children & Youth Choir

Scott Ward is leading the First U Children & Youth Choir for 3rd graders – 12th graders. The choir will meet 3 times prior to the performance on December 17. Attendance is required at 2 of the practices in order to participate. If there is enough interest, we will have...

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Music Notes

Counterpoint Society Membership Drive

Counterpoint is a group of people who are able to give funding directly to the music program to support special music for our worship services. Some recent examples are last Sunday’s performance by Monica McIntyre, The Harvey Price Quartet, the Scott Davidson Trio, our “Elvis Band” and more to come....

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