Mid-Week Update March 22, 2017

Midweek Update March 22, 2017


Louisville Planning Input Opportunity March 26 at 9:45 am Re-Scheduled from February  Louisville Metro Government is seeking the help of local groups in updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan. A Comprehensive Plan, which goes through a large update every 20 years, establishes a framework to guide future growth in the community. The document describes the community’s direction for future development and growth while also recommending policies and projects to achieve desired results. This plan affects the entirety of Louisville Metro. Join us to voice your concerns.

Women's Alliance Retreat Registration after the service, in the social hall. The retreat is Friday March 31-Sunday April 2 - come for the weekend, or just for the day Saturday. Need more info? Contact Kathy at kgapsis [at] gmail.com

Stewardship Update How will you support our church in the upcoming year? Giving time, talent, treasure or a combination? All are necessary and appreciated! Pledge cards will be distributed each Sunday in March and a Pledge Breakfast will take place this Sunday, March 26.  If you have any questions, please contact Devi (devipiercemd [at] gmail.com).

Book Club Date Change The regular March meeting of the First U Book Club has been rescheduled to this Sunday, March 26after church. The book scheduled for discussion is Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks.

First U Hikers Join us at 5:00 pm Sunday for a hike, weather permitting, at Iroquois Park. Lee Wells has info about parking. We are meeting in the parking lot at 5 pm - contact Lee or Roger rohlman [at] twc.com for more information

Hippety-hoppity, Easter's on its way! April 16 
Egg stuffings are needed!
  Please donate individually wrapped small candies (no nuts, please) or non-edibles such as small toys, erasers, individual stickers, or bouncy balls.  You may place donations in the marked box outside Linette's office upstairs. All donations must be in by April 9 when we will stuff the eggs. Anyone available to help with that task, including youth and adults, would be welcomed in the lobby area upstairs on April 9! Thank you!
Pancake Breakfast There will be no RE on Easter morning, April 16.  Instead, Navigators Chapter 86 will host our annual Pancake breakfast from 9:30-10:30.  Come enjoy a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings with your family and friends at First U.  Donations support the Chapter's activities. 
Easter Egg Hunts will take place at 10:15 for Preschool-1st grade in the Courtyard (meet in the social hall) and 10:30 for 2nd grade and up in the churchyard (meet in the belltower room).  Bring your Easter baskets and join us for a fun tradition!

Nehemiah Assembly Tuesday, March 28, 6 pm.  All of CLOUT's member churches join at Memorial Hall to encourage and celebrate the commitment of our city's political and institutional leaders for affordable housing funding, restorative justice practices in our schools, and a compassionate and comprehensive response for those suffering from mental health and addiction problems. Make your voices heard! Free childcare is provided. For more info, help getting there, etc. contact Jane Martin  Buckley.

Annual Service Auction Sunday, April 30, 1:00-3:00 Lunch will be served in the sanctuary. The silent auction will take place in the Social Hall. Child Care will be provided.

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 what ever 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.

Memorial Donations First Unitarian Church wishes to thank both the Dorothy Grossman family and all those who made donations to the church in Dorothy's honor following her recent Memorial Service.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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

Black Lives Matter Vigil  On the second Sunday of each month, our vigils  after the service provide an opportunity for church members and friends to speak up, identify as allies, and invite a conversation about race. The next vigil will be held April 9.

Healthy Communications Team   The HCT is available to collect whatever feedback you may have for First U leadership next Sunday after the Celebration of Life.

Hold On to Your Hats The Central Louisville Community Ministry fundraiser, is scheduled for April 23, 2017.  It promises to be a fun and popular event.  You can get your tickets now, only $30.  See Lois Allen or Kathy Gapsis to purchase your tickets now.  We are also still looking for sponsors and for donations to our Silent Auction.  An afternoon of entertainment for such a worthy cause!

Join us Sunday: March 26 
Celebration of Life 11:00am
Creedo: I Believe
Speaker: Rev. Peter Connolly

As members of a religious tradition that does not share a central belief, it is especially important for us to be able to state precisely what we each believe.  In order to encourage fellow UUs to grapple with this challenge, Rev. Connolly today shares his own credo, or belief statement

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 or look in the newsletter.

Adult Classes For a complete description of all classes,  go to http://firstulou.org/lre or look in the newsletter.

Classes Meeting March 26:
Writing and Journaling Group, in the Library, room 103
The Garden, in the Youth Room, in room 203
Coffee and Social Justice, in the Social Hall
Louisville Planning Input, in the Social Hall – See the FYI
At 12:30 Hindsight, Humor, and Hope: Who Me, an Elder? In the library, room 103 

Calendar Events
9:00   Pledge Breakfast
9:45   Religious Exploration
11:00  Celebration of Life
12:15  Women’s Alliance Retreat Registration
12:15  Book Club
12:30  Hindsight, Humor and Hope Class
1:30    RCWP Baby Shower 
4:00    Trans Youth/Child Family Gathering
5:00    First U Hikers

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.