75th Anniversary Celebration

In 2020 our church will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Our anniversary task force has been hard at work making plans to commemorate this historic occasion.  We have selected our anniversary theme “75 Years of Love & Service” and have planned several events for the anniversary year.

Events

Open House & Book Reading – January 25, 2020.  The open house will feature historic displays throughout the campus along with beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  First UU member, Bill Bush, has been updating our church’s history, which will be published in book form.  A free copy of the book will be distributed to all members at the open house, along with a reading and discussion from the author. 

Homecoming Sunday – January 26, 2020 – All members and friends, both current and former, will be invited to attend this special welcoming and welcoming back Worship service.

Anniversary Banquet – April 25, 2020 – It was in April of 1945 that our church held its first service, entitled “Foundation Sunday.” We will recognize this important date with a banquet held at the San Antonio Food Bank.  It will feature a buffet style dinner, speakers, a slide show, and dancing.  We are proud of our long relationship with the Food Bank and because ‘service is our prayer’ will ask all attendees to bring a non-perishable food item with them to the banquet to donate.  This will be a family friendly event, with childcare available.  Tickets for the banquet will go on sale later this year. 

Anniversary Sunday – April 26, 2020 – Our Anniversary Worship service will feature special Worship elements to commemorate the founding of our church, such as guest speakers, special readings and songs.

Picnic & Concert in the Park – late summer 2020 – We will host a picnic and concert in the park.  With potluck, BBQ, games and music, it is sure to be a blast.  We hope to be able to have some of our favorite guest musicians, that have played at our Worship services over the years, perform at the concert.

Symposium – fall 2020 – To wrap up our anniversary year, we will feature a symposium in the fall with featured speakers and contributors focusing on the future of First UU Church going forward.

Donating Your Time, Treasure, and Talent

All of this celebration doesn’t come without work and money. We need donations to help cover the costs and volunteers to help with the events. Look below to see how you can help make our 75th Anniversary a success.

Sapphire & Diamond Fundraiser

Our anniversary colors are sapphire blue and diamond white which gives us the name for our direct giving fundraiser.  Individuals and families can donate at whatever level they select.  This drive will continue throughout the year and you can give as many times as you like.  All donations will be tallied and the donors will be recognized at our Anniversary banquet in April 2020.  Look for donation envelopes in the pews of the Sanctuary and there will be a special 75th anniversary display in the Sanctuary foyer.  You can also donate directly online at the Online Giving section of our website.

Service Auction

On October 5, 2019, we will hold a service auction.  Can you cook, bake, do yard work, shop, clean?  Just what is your special skill?   Volunteer some of your time so we can auction it off to raise funds to defray the costs of our 75th anniversary celebration.  Contact Maria Bush, the service auction coordinator, at mfbush003@gmail.com or 813-766-3327 to volunteer.

Volunteers

We will need people to assist at all levels of the events – decorating, cleaning, cooking, set up, clean up, mailings, and probably many other tasks that we haven’t even thought of yet. To volunteer with any of the events described on this page contact one of the 75th Anniversary Task Force co-chairs: Dorothy Wallace at lee20@flash.net or David Rodriguez at drodz1969@yahoo.com.