Mid-Week Update August 15, 2018
Midweek Update August 15
Farewell Linette Our DRE, Linette Lowe, finishes up her tenure on our church staff at the end of August. On August 19, as part of the service, we will celebrate our time with Linette with a special presentation, and wish her well as she moves to on to the next stage of her journey as CLCM Director. Be sure to be present on the 19th for this transition.
Fall RE begins this Sunday. See the description of classes below.
Social Justice and First U Sunday, August 26. In July, a social justice "summit" was held to review our present social justice projects to determine whether we are focused on what matters most to us, and to look at new ways of working. A follow-up to that summit is scheduled for August 26 after the service in the library, where participants will be asked to make some decisions about justice priorities and possible organizational changes to enhance our effectiveness. All are welcome (whether you attended the first summit or not).
Women’s Alliance The next General Meeting is this coming Saturday, August 18 from 10am until noon in the Social Hall.
Churchyard Friend August 25 Like to garden? Want to make friends with some nature-lovers? The Churchyard Friends are an informal group of First U volunteers who work on church green spaces to maintain and beautify our church home. Come join us on Saturday August 25, 8am (weather permitting), for an hour or two, will be focusing on weeding in the courtyard and butterfly garden. No skills necessary, instruction provided. Questions? Contact Kathy Gapsis: kgapsis [at] gmail.com
KRCRC Booth at the State Fair August 16-26 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Many people from First U have served at our pro-choice booth at the Kentucky State Fair through the years. Thanks for your continual support of reproductive justice. Contact Millie Peters to volunteer for a three-hour shift.
Fresh Stop Market Contact www.newroots.org or Barbra Justice at velma2720 [at] yahoo.com or 502-234-0607. Next delivery: Wednesday, August 15. Order deadline: Friday, August 24 for August 29 delivery.
Chalice Lighters Wanted If you're entering third grade or above, we'd love to have you learn how to light our chalice at the beginning of our Celebration of Life services. This is an important role in our service, and we want all children and youth to have an opportunity to participate in this way. Please contact Linette Lowe at dre [at] firstulou.org before September 1 if interested!
Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence The group normally meets on the third Sunday at First U. In August, they will be meeting at Central Presbyterian (318 W. Kentucky St.) instead due to a scheduling conflict. See Trish Ramey for more information.
Middle School Youth Retreat 2pm Saturday, September 22-2pm Sunday, September 23. Join us for the 5th annual camp. We’ll be at the YMCA Camp Piomingo in Brandenburg, KY. The cost is $75 for youth and $55 for adult chaperones. Register online (www.firstulou.org) under “events.” The deadline is September 14.
RE Registration Now Online Go to our website: www.firstulou.org. Under the Learning tab, choose Children's Religious Exploration, then scroll down to the RE Registration link. Computers will be available Aug. 12 from 9:45-10:45 in the upstairs RE lobby, or register at your leisure at home. All children and youth must be registered to attend!
RE Volunteers Needed We will use SignUpGenius again this year to fill our Children’s Celebration Leader and RE volunteer spots each Sunday. Bring your calendars and sign up for at least four hours per semester for our RE Co-Op! RE doesn’t work without YOU! This link is also available on the church website under Learning.
Renew or Sign-Up for Kroger Community Rewards Kroger gives money to non-profit groups each quarter. Be sure to designate First U to receive a percentage of your spending at Kroger at no cost to you. Sign up online by going to to Kroger.com/communityrewards to sign up online Search for First Unitarian by name or by the NPO number, CN305, and link your Kroger Plus Card by selecting "enroll." Individual purchases will begin counting towards First Unitarian within 7-10 days of registering your Kroger Plus Cards online. Every time you shop for groceries and scan your card, First U automatically starts earning a rebate. Please note that all supporters must re-enroll each August..
Recycling & Food Reminder Don't put anything in the recycling bins with food on it. If there's food in the bin, the city won't take it and we will have to throw everything – including the recycled materials –in the trash. Thank you. House and Grounds
Celebration of Life 11:00am
Speaker: Rev. Kathy Hurt
Religion has often been the place people turn for certainty, when they feel the need for an anchor. But because we follow a path in which certainty is not offered, how do we find places to anchor as Unitarian Universalists?
Fall Religious Exploration 9:45 (August 19 - December 10, 2018)
Adult RE Classes
Building Your Own Theology (BYOT) Rev. Kathy will lead participants in this classic Unitarian Universalist program based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian. Participants will work on developing their personal credos, the fundamental religious or spiritual beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of their lives. Areas of focus include coming to terms with human nature, ultimate reality, history, ethics, and religious meaning. Class will meet on the first and third Sundays in the Library, Room 103.
Popcorn Theology James Jeffries will lead this exploration of faith, truth, meaning-making, and choice through popular films from the 1980s and 90s. Excerpts will be viewed in class to spark discussion. Fourth Sundays in the Library, Room. 103.
Tending the Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting Attendees will participate in a discussion based on Michelle Richards' book of the same title. Copies will be available for purchase, but are not necessary to participate. Come with a journal and an open mind, and discuss topics such as incorporating spiritual practices into family life, teaching the UU Principles in age-appropriate ways, answering difficult questions on religious matters, and dealing with religious disagreements, among many others. Weekly in Room 203.
Multigenerational One Room Schoolhouse (MORSH) On the second Sunday of the month, adults, children and youth gather to explore the ministry theme through a song, story, mindfulness practice, and activity stations. There will be activities suitable for adults and children. This is a great opportunity to get to know our community members of all ages--you never know when you will make a new friend. Please plan to join us and support our efforts to grow community through religious exploration--together! Second Sundays in the Social Hall.
Women's Spirituality Group In Part II of the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven program, we will continue our journey into the past to reclaim the stories of powerful women to be found in ancient Judaism and in early Christianity. We will also look at the global silencing and brutalization of women that accompanied the rise of patriarchal religion and society. Finally, we will celebrate the exciting new world-view and theology that has emerged in our time, and explore the personal and social changes that may be suggested by that new world-view and theology. Weekly in the Parlor, Room 101. (In order to facilitate the spiritual deepening and sharing of participants, this will be a closed group, so plan to register in class during the month of August.)
Children’s RE Classes
Important Note on Communications: All communications for Children’s RE will be through Remind. Please text your child(ren)’s class code(s) found below to 81010 to join Remind. Help us save paper and stay in the know!
Nursery (Sprouts) Nursery care is available during the RE hour (9:30-11:00) for children infants to Preschoolers every Sunday. Infants and toddlers in the nursery will be engaged with an age-appropriate chalice-lighting, story, activity and snack each week, as well as ample time for play. Elena Meeks and NaQueesha Puckett, Leaders. Nursery care continues during the service as well, though all children are welcome in the service. Room 214. Class code: @1stunurs
Preschool—Kindergarten (Explorers) We Are Many, We are One offers young children the opportunity to learn about their religious community and tradition, as well as the freedom to discover and express their uniqueness. The four units in this program encourage children to develop their sense of identity and self-esteem within their Unitarian Universalist community and their world. The themes of "Many" and "One" – community and individuality, alike and different, humankind and me – provide a focal point. Room 212. Class code: @1stuexpl
1st - 4th Grade (Seekers) Faithful Journeys participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. Through sessions structured around our UU Principles, we demonstrate that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals affirm with many kinds of action. All sessions include hands-on activities as well as guided discussion, reflection, and self-expression to engage participants with various learning styles. Room 207. Class code: @1stuseek
5th - 8th Grade (Questers) Learn-MORSH-Serve-Fun Rotation First Sunday: Learn! Second Sunday: Multigen One Room Schoolhouse in the Social Hall! Third Sunday: Serve! Fourth Sunday: Fun! Join us to learn, participate in Multigenerational faith development, serve our church and our neighbors, and have fun together! Ideas generated by the class will take us out into the community to visit other faith traditions (and our own), serve our neighbors, and build community among ourselves by having fun together. Room 202. Class code: @1stuques
Senior High (Individual Apprenticeships) Senior high students will work with the Director of RE to find meaningful and fun involvement in the life of the church. Opportunities might include assisting in a classroom, learning a skill such as working tech deck, or working directly with the DRE. Class code: @1stusrhi
Multigenerational One Room Schoolhouse: See Adult Classes.
Calendar of Events:
9:45 New Fall RE Classes Begin
11:00 Celebration of Life
11:00 rental: Spiritual Israel Church
2:00pm rental: Women to Women Kentuckiana – social hall and open classroom
4:00pm rental: KRCRC Board Meeting – library