Mid-Week Update April 19, 2017

Midweek Update April 19, 2017

Urgent Finger Food Request
 Friday, April 21 Kris Philipp is requesting donations of finger foods for a Louisville Standing Up For Racial Justice (LSURJ) event being held at First U this Friday night, April 21st, 6:30 to 8:00pm. They will be honoring the Waggoner High School football team for their commitment to racial justice. The players "took a knee" during their football games to raise attention to racial injustice throughout the country and received not only harassment & death threats but also community & school support for their actions. They are estimating 80 attendees. If you can provide snack food/finger food, please contact Kris at 502-500-2047 by text or phone.

Join Our Walking Team at the Louisville Earth Walk Saturday, April 22 Join us on Earth Day for a 5K walk celebrating the planet and raising awareness about ways members of the community can take steps to create a more sustainable city!  The walk will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 at 9am in Iroquois Park.  Before and after the 5k, there will be motivational speakers, music, including John Gage and The Troubadours of Divine Bliss, and a kids’ activity area. First Unitarian Church’s Solar Array Project is organizing a walking team.  Each walker is asked for a $10, tax-deductible donation. If you’d like to join the team, or if you have any questions, contact Joe Kremer at joe_kremer_99 [at] yahoo.com or Kathy Kremer at kathykremer11 [at] gmail.com. First Unitarian Church has signed on as a sponsor.  For a complete sponsor list and for more information, go to Facebook.com/louisvilleearthwalk.

CLCM Hold On To Your Hats! Sunday April 23, from 3-6pm. You are invited to enjoy music by Robbie Bartlett, wine, appetizers, desserts by Gumby's Catering and a Silent Auction to support the mission of Central Louisville Community Ministries. It's a fun afternoon with friends, and benefits a great cause. CLCM assists low-income residents with emergency rent assistance, emergency utility assistance, a food pantry, a clothes closet, and more. We depend on the generosity of our 8 downtown church members to fulfill our mission. You can buy tickets at the door. Genscape 1140 Garvin Place, 40203. Contact Kathy Gapsis at kgapsis [at] gmail.com.

Chalice Lighter Training is a way for children in the congregation to get to know the ministry staff, to begin to participate in worship, and to learn our UU Principles. It is offered each spring to children in 3rd grade and up.  Children get a workbook and are asked to go through it with their parents/guardians. They will meet three times in the sanctuary for 30 minutes: April 30, May 14, and June 4. Those who complete the program will be commissioned as new Chalice Lighters in the service on June 4, when they will light the chalice. Please let Linette know if your child would like to participate before April 23 at dre [at] firstulou.org.

Looking for Volunteer Henna Artists Seeking  several folks willing to do henna tattoos at our All Church Picnic after the service on May 21. We supply the henna.  Contact Linette if you're interested in this fun way to help!

Draft Budget Discussion Attention:  There will be a meeting to discuss a Draft Budget for the next fiscal year on April 30th at 9:45. The location will be announced.

CLCM Personal Care Pantry The CLCM personal care pantry is running low on all items, but especially shampoo and toilet paper. Please bring in any donations this Sunday and place them in the hamper by the entrance to the kitchen/social hall.

A Plea From the Friendly Stewardship Committee We are coming close to the end of our Stewardship Pledge season and would like to have all pledge cards done by April 30th.  Pledge cards can be mailed in or placed in the Pledge box on the usher's table.  You can also pledge online by going to our website (firstulou.org) and hitting the green pledge button.  To date we only have received pledges from 45 of our potential 130 members.  Thanks for your generosity! Devi, Chair of Stewardship Committee

Annual Service Auction Sunday, April 30, 1:00-3:00 Lunch will be served in the sanctuary. Child Care will be provided. What is it? The Service Auction is an annual fund-raiser to support First Unitarian Church’s many programs. Start by getting a bidding number after church. There is a Silent Auction where you write down your name and bid. At 2:00, the highest bidder takes the item. The Live Auction begins at 1:00. To make a donation – Email Tiffany Taylor at tiffany.taylor [at] twc.com or call 812-987-7965, or fill out a donation form. Donations must be received by 5:00pm Friday, April 28. What to donate? – Ask your favorite restaurant or other business to give a gift certificate! Make a meal, or offer a personal or professional service. Ask Tiffany or Doug Taylor for some ideas. We also have last year’s list for inspiration. Where do I put donated items? Place donated items in the old nursery. See Linette Lowe for a key or the office volunteer during the week. *** Everyone who arrives by 1:30 and stays until the end (about 3:00) will be entered in a drawing to take home a $100 bill!

From the CLOUT Justice Ministry: Affordable Housing We are down to the last few days to persuade Mayor Fischer to meet the Affordable Housing Trust Fund's $10 million need (as defined by Metro Council ordinance in 2008). We ask that you do either or both of these actions to remind him of this commitment.
1. Join us at City Hall Metro Council meeting for the Mayor's Budget Address on Thursday, April 27 at 4pm [get there by 3:00!]). Let Trish Ramey know if you can attend.   tramey [at] alum.bu.edu or 774-270-0006
2. Contact Mayor Fischer  Call: (502) 574-2003 or Email: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/mayor-greg-fischer/contact-mayors-office
CLOUT = Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together.  More suggestions were sent to First U followers via email and posted on facebook.

WHAT?!? First U is cleaning out its lost and found, selling books for nearly nothing, and selling church cookbooks at a reasonable price! First U’s House and Grounds Committee is cleaning house! Lost something? Look over the lost and found items we collected over the year! Love books?  Check out the ones we’re clearing out from the third floor and selling cheap! Like to cook?  Buy a brand new 1997 church cookbook featuring recipes from our members! Look for us after the service every Sunday in May in the Social Hall!

All-Church Picnic May 21 after the Celebration of Life - Great food, great friends, and great things to do! Both Adult and Children's activities available. This All Church Picnic will take place in the courtyard and the Social Hall. Hope to see you all there.

Women's Alliance Social Shower The First U's Women's Alliance will have the annual social action shower on May 27, a Saturday. The recipient of the gifts will again be The Scholar House. Gifts include all household items, including feminine hygiene products, diapers, anything that cannot be purchased with food stamps is needed and appreciated. If you can't make the shower please leave donations at the church marked for purpose. The shower will be at Linda Parry's house. All women, members of WA or not, are welcome. It's a pot luck.

The House & Grounds team meets about one Saturday a month and we go through the building fixing plumbing, lighting, chairs, cutting the grass, trimming the trees, planting and painting and doing whatever else that needs to be done.  Collectively we have over 600 years of maintenance knowledge and wisdom that we would gladly impart to new members wishing to join our team.  And we'd be surprised if you couldn't teach us a thing or two.  Contact Joe Kremer at joe_kremer_99 [at] yahoo.com or Roger Ohlman at rohlman [at] twc.com.

First U Justice Broadsheet Words without Action are not enough. Mission and Outreach Ministry invites you to sign up for the Social Justice Broadsheet email with actions you can participate in. Contact Del at del.ramey [at] ieee.org

Join us Sunday, April 23
Celebration of Life
 11:00 am
Everyday Mindfulness
Speaker:  Diane Melvin

What support can the spiritual practice of mindfulness offer us to  live more authentic and meaningful lives? By learning to pay attention, non-judgmentally, in each moment, we can learn to live into every aspect of our lives with more integrity, kindness, wisdom and open-heartedness. Join us as we explore together the vast potential for transformation found in this simple yet difficult approach to daily life.
 Diane Melvin has served as the director of religious education at the People's Church in Kalamazoo Michigan for the past 15 years. She holds a master's degree in environmental studies and is a credentialed religious educator through the UUA.

Religious Exploration: Sundays 9:45-10:45
Nursery Infants and toddlers will be engaged with an age-appropriate chalice-lighting, story, activity, snack & play time each week. Room 214
Children P-12 For a description of classes, go to http://firstulou.org/cre
Adult Classes For a complete description of all classes, go to http://firstulou.org/lre
 Classes Meeting April 23:
 The Garden, in the Youth Room, in room 203
 Coffee and Social Justice, in the Social Hall

 Calendar Events
9:45   Religious Exploration
11:00 Celebration of Life
4:00   Trans Children/Youth Family Gathering

Transitiion Team Members

The Team members include Linette Lowe, Transition Team Leader; Christe Lunsford, Student Minister; Devi Pierce, Board President; Jill Sampson, Board Vice President; Kathy Thackeray, Ron Zorn, Debra Gilbert, and Jill Sherman. During the transitional time prior to the arrival of an interim minister, these Transition Team members will support the congregation. Feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns you might have during that time. If you need to reach us, please call the church's main phone number 502-585-5110 and leave a message. If you have a ministerial emergency and need to reach someone on the transition team outside of regular church office hours, please leave a voice mail at 502-262-7470 and someone will return your call.