Mid-Week Update November 22, 2017

First U Family Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23 at 2:00 pm
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.  More details will be shared closer to Thanksgiving.  Everyone welcome!

Calling All Younger Musicians! Each year for Chalica, our young talent shares their musical gifts with us by playing during the service. Please let Linette know by Nov. 22 at dre [at] firstulou.org if you would like your young musician to play on December 3. All ability levels welcome!

Suzi Schuhmann's memorial service will be held at First Unitarian Church on December 6, 2017, which would have been her 80th birthday, at 12:00.  A light reception will follow.  Please plan to join us to celebrate Suzi's life.

Reception Food Request Finger foods such as small sweets, fruit, sandwiches, etc are needed for the reception after Suzi Schuhmann's memorial service December 6.  Anyone wishing to participate in donating, preparing or serving food at the reception, please contact Lois Allen at  loisjallen [at] gmail.com or call 502-935-3554.

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 on the Sunday before Thanksgiving 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!

Overflow Book Sale November 26 The Library at First Unitarian (room 103), as I am sure you noticed, was overflowing with books. Finally the Aesthetics Team went through the books, rearranged the shelves with the books we decided to retain and now we are ready to sell what we are not keeping.  We will offer them to the congregation for a donation in the Social Hall. Most are non-fiction. Some were doubles and many were hard to let go but we don't have the space for all the books! Come and take a look during “Coffee Hour” after the Sunday Celebration of Life, in the Social Hall.

Poinsettias November 26, and December 3 It is the First Unitarian Tradition to decorate the Sanctuary with Poinsettias for the Christmas Eve Vespers Worship Service. The Aesthetics Team does this with your help. We offer you the opportunity to purchase a poinsettia(s) to honor someone, some event, or give thanks to someone or some group. Your words will be printed in the Christmas Eve Vespers Order of Service. After the service, you may take your poinsettia(s) home with you.  Orders may be placed at First U from November 19th until December 6th. Come see one of us at our Poinsettia Info Table in the Social Hall on Sunday (November 19th, 26th and December 3rd). You may also order any time you are at First U by completing and placing the form (next to the box) and your check or cash into this poinsettia box on the counter of the volunteer area. Make the check out to First Unitarian Church. or you may mail your order and exact wording you would like in the Vespers Order of Service with a check (made out to First Unitarian Church) for $15.00 for each poinsettia, Mail it to Barbara Creasy, Office Administrator, First Unitarian Church. 809 S. Fourth St. Louisville, KY 40203
Please note that all orders must be received by December 6 to be mentioned in the Vespers order of service. Thank you.

Calling All Santa’s Helpers! Holiday Assistance for Coleridge-Taylor Families Deadline December 10 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 500 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 19. Gifts may be returned to church by Sunday, December 10 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!

Celebration of Life 11:00 am
“Play as a Spiritual Practice”
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Kathy Hurt

Once we leave childhood, many of us mostly stop playing (and when we do play, we may feel guilty about it, as if we are wasting time).  But the need to play does not end with childhood, and important spiritual growth happens when we play.

Religious Exploration  Sundays 9:45-10:45
Classes Meeting November 26
See Class Descriptions at firstulou.org/cre (children) and firstulou.org/lre (adult)
Nursery care is available 9:30-12:00. Room 214
Preschool -1st Grade (Explorers) Treasure Hunting-Take 2 Room 212
2nd - 4th Grade (Seekers) Spirit of Adventure Room 207
5th - 8th Grade (Questers) Lodestone Room 202
Yoga Bring a mat if you have one.  Room 205
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven Room 101—Parlor
Will not meet - Faith Like a River Room 103—Library
Coffee and Social Justice Social Hall

Calendar Events
9:45am     Religious Exploration, see website for choices and room numbers
11:00am   Celebration of Life – sanctuary
11:00am   rental: Spiritual Israel Church – in choir room
12:15pm   Pick up Santa’s Helper name for Coleridge Taylor – social hall
12:15pm   Overflow Book Sale – social hall
12:15pm   Order Poinsettias for Vespers – social hall