Mid-Week Update February 22, 2017

Midweek Update February 22, 2017


TONIGHT: VESPERS: A service of evening prayer and meditation  @ 6:30 pm. Our bodies, our minds and our spirits need a time of rest and renewal. Situations in our country and our world feel urgent. Many of us are engaged in social justice action and acts of resistance. Some of us are starting to feel overwhelmed. Vespers is a peaceful, contemplative time. It is a time when we are given permission to lay down our fight, fears, and anxiety for a short while, so that we can heal our broken hearts before we return to the work and the world. Join us for this opportunity to be in community, Supporting each other in our need for self-care.

Help Eugenia Celebrate First U member Eugenia Willner will celebrate her 95th birthday  on February 23rd.  Her family is requesting that (surprise) birthday cards be mailed to her at 1111 Audubon Parkway, Louisville, 40213. 

Tell the City What You Think! This coming Sunday, February 26 Louisville Metro Government is seeking input in updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which goes through a large update every 20 years, establishes a framework to guide future growth in the community.  Please come during the RE hour on Sunday, February 26 in the Social Hall to give your input!

First U Hikers The next hike is Sunday 2/26, at 4pm, at Mt. St Francis in southern IN. Even in the winter, the woods and lake hold beauty and surprises. No experience needed, and this is a family-friendly hike. Need info? Contact Kathy Gapsis 812-989-9152kgapsis [at] gmail.com.

CUPPS Creating Sacred Space Workshop Please join the First UU CUUPs class on Wednesday March 1st at 7pm in the church library. We will explore the three step process for creating sacred space in a new area including home, work or your business environment. We will discuss the tools necessary as well as the types of areas in which sacred space is desired. Other topic include how to keep area psychically clean for spiritual work and how to choose items to included in sacred space.

LSURJ Workshop for Men March 1 Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice coordinators will be having a workshop intended for white men relating to race and masculinity. This will be held at First U on March 1, 6:30-8:30.  This free community wide event is limited to 50 people. Tickets will be required, so act quickly. The workshop is a means to begin conversations specifically amongst men who identify as white to explore ways that we can live and work effectively to promote both racial and gender justice. It is intended to be an initial conversation -- some come to listen, share and learn...and to be invited to next steps.  To register for tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/standing-up-and-stepping-forward-white-men-supporting-racial-and-gender-justice-tickets-32057794727

New to UU Class Sunday, March 5   at 12:30 pm You are invited to pick up your lunch in the social hall and bring it to the Open Classroom (room 205) so we can eat together and begin class.  The class usually lasts 2 ½ hours. During the class, we discuss some history of Unitarian Universalism, as well as information about First U and membership. Childcare available. If possible, please contact Claudia Runge or the church office to let us know you plan to attend so we can have enough prepared materials. (Walk-ins also welcome!)

Worship Associate Training Every Sunday, a worship associate adds to our worship experience - adding the stones for Joys and Sorrows, sometimes doing the chalice lighting or a reading, other behind the scenes things. We are having a Worship Associate training on March 12, after the service. Let student minister Christe Lunsford or Worship Associate coordinator Trish Ramey know if you'd like to attend.

Healthy Communications  Team   The HCT is available to collect whatever feedback you may have for First U leadership after the Celebration of Life on the second Sunday of the month. Next opportunity: March 12.

Black Lives Matter Vigil  Join us after the service on the second Sunday of each month. Our vigils provide an opportunity for church members and friends to speak up, identify as allies, and invite a conversation about race. Our next vigil will be March 12.

Book Club March 13 at 6:00. The March book is Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks. The discussion leader will be Jill Sampson. Everyone welcome. Book Club meets in the parlor.

Brownbaggers meet at 11:45 on March 14 in the library. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy with the group, then hear an interesting speaker.

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!

LSURJ: Racial Justice for Families Series Mark your calendars!  Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ)  will offer a three-part series in the Open Classroom (Rm. 205) during the RE Hour beginning March 5! Session One: March 5:  How to talk to your kids about whiteness and race (adults)

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, preferably by email, at del.ramey [at] ieee.org to add your name... then get out and do!!

Women’s Alliance Spring Retreat March 31-April 2 in Prospect. Registration is $50 for the weekend/$30 for a day. Contact Kathy at kgapsis [at] gmail.com.

Celebration of Life 11:00am
“Generosity of Spirit”
Speaker: Linette Lowe

Linette Lowe will speak to what it means to cultivate generosity of spirit. You may remember Scrooge’s character from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Scrooge was a miserly, miserable person only concerned with extracting the most from his employees to benefit his business. But after the “intervention” provided by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Scrooge awoke a changed man. He saw every person he encountered as an opportunity to practice generosity – he embodied generosity of spirit. We’ll explore what this means and how we, too, might enjoy such an awakening.

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 the 26th:
Writing and Journaling Group, in the Library, room 103
The Garden, in the Youth Room, room 203
Coffee and Social Justice, in the Social Hall
Give Input about the City Plan in the Social Hall (see the FYI)

Calendar Events
9:45   RE
11:00  Celebration of Life
1:30    OWL at TJ
4:00    Trans Kids/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.