Mid-Week Update November 14, 2018

Midweek Update November 14, 2018


First U Book Club TODAY, Wednesday, November 14 in the parlor at 6pm. (Note date change) The group will be discussing When the Killing is Done by T.C. Boyle.

Game Night THIS FRIDAY, November 16, 6-8pm in the Social Hall. Dust off your Yahtzee dice, pull out some old puzzles, check your chess board, and get ready for some fun with church friends! Jill Sherman and Bethany Borgemenke will host. We will bring some snacks and invite you to bring some, too. This event is for all ages. Questions? Text Bethany at 502-999-3853 or call/text Jill at 502-262-7662.

First U Family Thanksgiving ~ November 22 at 2:00 We will have a warm space with plenty of food for any and all of you, your friends and family, and any who don't want to be alone on Thanksgiving. All you need to bring is a dish and some time to pitch in and make it happen. This is a low-key and friendly event. 

Please RSVP if you can, to Trish Ramey and let her know you're coming and what you can bring. (tramey [at] alum.bu.edu) The Rameys will provide the turkey, cornbread stuffing, and a pie or two.

Everyone else will help with the other dishes, more pies (we hope) and the cleanup. Many hands make light work and many cooks make a feast! Bring a dish and your favorite libations, then enjoy a meal with friends.  Everyone welcome!

NEW EVENT: Christmas Tree Decorating December 2  It’s holiday time!  Help us make the season festive by joining us immediately after the first-Sunday luncheon on December 2 to help decorate the Christmas tree in the Social Hall.  If you can and wish to, please bring an ornament from home or use those we have at church.  Cookies and Christmas carols provided!  Any questions please contact Bev Daly or Kathy Thackeray of the Aesthetics Team. 

The Solar Array Project at First U was begun in 2008 with the mission of doing our part to protect the environment by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide into the air. So far, First U has installed 14 panels on the roofs, generating nearly five percent of the electricity the church uses annually.  The project has also installed LED lights throughout the church; insulated the Heywood House basement, installed plastic on many of the windows and replaced two refrigerators and one freezer with more energy efficient models.  Contributions to the Project are always gratefully accepted to reduce the carbon imprint of the church by purchasing more solar panels.  On average, it costs $1000 to purchase and install one solar panel. The Project’s work is never done!  Project chair Joe Kremer and all the faithful church members who donate cans, assorted metals, money, and pie sale proceeds (Thank you, Women’s Alliance) care deeply about our church’s commitment to service and the environment.  

Guest at Your Table is an annual collection for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, which works to advance human rights around the world. Each year we distribute boxes and information for folks to take home. We hope that you will feed the Guest at Your Table box regularly between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve (or before if you will be out of town), when we return the boxes. Every little bit helps support our partners around the world!

Chalica Begins December 2 We look forward to celebrating this unique UU celebration. Chalica is a week-long celebration of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a holiday organized around Unitarian Universalist values. Each day, a chaliceis lit and the day is spent reflecting on the meaning of that day’s principle and doing a good deed that honors that principle. Not all Unitarian Universalists celebrate Chalica, but it has a growing following. There is a Chalica Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UU.Chalica) and there are many Chalica-themed videos on YouTube. Be watching for information about First U’s Chalica celebration.


Happening This Sunday, November 18

Members to be Remembered Cards  Please sign cards after the Celebration of Life service  that will be sent to those unable to get out much.

Women’s Alliance Pie Sale $10 Each pie is $10 PIE!! You NEED these for the Holidays!  Mostly home-made and all delicious.  We will start selling pies after the service, at about noon in the social hall.  NO early sales - we sold out before we opened a few years ago, and that is just too disappointing.  Proceeds from the Pie Sale will be donated to the Solar Array Project of First U. (See the FYI for information about this very worthwhile cause.)

Poinsettias for Vespers (order November 18-December 2) It is the tradition to decorate the Sanctuary with Poinsettias for Vespers Worship Service on December 24th. The Aesthetics Team does this with your help!  We offer you the opportunity to purchase a poinsettia(s) to honor, in memory, or give thanks someone or some group. Your words will be printed in the Vespers Order of Service.  After Vespers you may take your poinsettia(s) home with you to enjoy. 

Orders may be made in person or by calling or sending your order.  The Aesthetics Team will have a table in the Social Hall to take your order(s) and payment (each poinsettia is $15.00) on Sundays after the Sunday Worship Service on November 18, 25, and December 2.  All orders must be at First U by December 2. You may mail your order to Barbara Creasy, Office Administrator, First Unitarian, 809 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203. Please make checks to First Unitarian.  Please write neatly as we don’t want a mistake on your loved ones’ name. Any questions please contact Kathy Thackeray or Bev Daly of the Aesthetics Team.  

Calling All Santa’s Helpers! Holiday Assistance for Coleridge-Taylor Families November 18 – December 9 During the upcoming holiday season, we are again reaching out to our neighbors at Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary School, located at 1115 W. Chestnut Street.  Coleridge-Taylor’s student population is a mix of children from all parts of the Louisville metro area who are in preschool through grade five. More than 600 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch prices due to low family income. 

If you would like to play Santa’s Helper and “adopt” a family or child by providing a toy and clothing gift for the holiday season, we will begin assigning students to their “Secret Santa” after church on Sunday, November 18. Gifts may be returned to church by Sunday, December 9 for delivery to Coleridge-Taylor.  We’ll also be collecting gift cards, in any amount, to be given to the families.  Contact Mary Ballard with any questions: ballardmb2 [at] bellsouth.net or (502)594-9347.  Thanks!


Join Us November 18

Celebration of Life 11:00am
"Feed Me"
Speaker: Rev. Kathy Hurt

 A service to prepare for Thanksgiving by reflecting on the many hungers we carry, and what most satisfies them.

Religious Exploration 9:45 – 10:45
See Class Descriptions at firstulou.org/cre (children) and firstulou.org/lre (adult)

Nursery care is available 9:30-12:00. Room 214

Adult Classes Meeting November 18
            Bring Your Own Theology (BYOT) in the Library, room 103
            Tending the Flame: The Art of UU Parenting in room 203
            Women’s Spirituality Group closed group meets in the Parlor

Calendar Events
 9:45 RE
11:00 Celebration of Life
11:00 rental: Spiritual Israel Church – Choir Room
2:00  rental: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – Sanctuary
4:00  rental: KRCRC Board Meeting – Library