Mid-Week Update June 21, 2017

Interim Minister
 The Board is pleased to announce First Unitarian has contracted an Interim Minister, Reverend Kathy Hurt.  Rev. Kathy Hurt has been a transitional and developmental minister in several churches over her 30-year career in ministry.  She grew up in Texas and life has taken her to California, Michigan, Ohio, and Minnesota.  She's a Meadville Lombard Seminary graduate and was ordained by Unity Church - Unitarian in St. Paul.  She started out in Minnesota helping churches do the transition work of preparing for new ministers.  Over her long career, she's seen it all.  Growing churches, fellowships exploring how to hire their first full time minister, even one church in Ohio that was liberal Baptist exploring converting to our Unitarian Universalist denomination. In between her years of formal ministry, she ran her own community ministry business, did work with women and children and at risk youth and got a masters degree in counseling.  Most recently she's been the Senior Minister at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Michigan where she is finishing out the church year before coming here to settle in for the next two years. Our first Sunday with Rev. Hurt will be August 6th, where we will welcome her with cake and fellowship, so mark your calendars and plan on being here as she introduces herself to us and join us for a celebration after that service.

First U Hikers Join us Sunday at 5pm. We’ll explore the Ohio River edge on the Indiana side, meeting at Ashland Park. Ice cream reward from The Widow’s Walk afterwards! All are welcome. Contact Roger for information. (rohlman [at] twc.com)

Holiday Closing The church office will be closed Tuesday, July 4.

Fresh Stop Market Next Delivery: Wednesday, July 5; Orders Due: Friday June 30. There will be a Fresh Stop table in the social hall after the service on Sundays. Stop by to place an order, have questions, or just to say hi.  For information about ordering, volunteering, or anything else, please contact New Roots at www.newroots.org or 502-509-6770, or Barbra Justice at velma2720 [at] yahoo.com  or  502-234-0607.  Share prices are income based, and EBT is accepted.

CUUPs: The Way of the Phoenix Workshop Transitioning Through the Nine Ancient Egyptian Spiritual Bodies. Please join us for this fascinating two-part workshop led by Normandi Ellis, who is just returning from another of her many trips to Egypt.  Normandi is an internationally known teacher, author of 11 books,  Clairvoyant Spiritualist Minister and Arch-Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis.  For the last 20 years,  her translations of the Book of the Dead, Awakening Osiris, has been considered as the essential text for any pilgrimage through the ancient Egyptian temples. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase this and several other autographed copies of her books during the workshop.  Additionally, Normandi will be available to participants afterwards for private readings by appointment. Including lecture, discussion, and Q&A, this six-hour workshop will be held at First U and is broken into two sessions. Friday, June 30th, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 and Saturday, July 1st, 2017 from 9:00 – 1:00.  Cost is $60 if registered by June 16, 2017. Late registration after the 16th of June will be $75.  To register, please contact Normandi Ellis at ellisisis [at] gmail.com or call 765-606-7119  Checks and payments for preregistration should be made out and mailed to Normandi Ellis at 318 Eastern Drive, Chesterfield, Indiana 46017 To pay by credit card, go to  http://www.thecatsmeowtarotandtalismans.com/special-events.html
You may also visit the First Unitarian Church CUUPS webpage for more information.   http://www.firstulou.org/cuups

Fundraising for First U Openings to Work at the Forecastle Festival July 14, 15, 16 remain! This is a wonderful way to raise money for the church's operating budget, especially if you would like to contribute money to the church but have limited money to pledge. A 4 hour shift, selling drinks at a beverage booth with other volunteers from First U and TJ, earns money for the church. SIGN UP NOW! Contact Kathy Gapsis (kgapsis [at] gmail.com) for info.

Join us Sunday, June 25 
Celebration of Life 11:00am
The Power of You and You
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie

As has become usual during the week of the General Assembly of Unitarian Universalist Congregations, we will be watching a video from a worship service at GA. This year we will hear the Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie, who has been the Associate Professor of Unitarian Universalist History and Ministry at Starr King School for the Ministry. Prior to that she was the settled minister of the North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center, Ohio since 1996. Join us as she explores how the power of you and you, UUs together, can transform the world.

Religious Exploration will not meet this Sunday.

Calendar Events
9:45   NO Religious Exploration this week
11:00 Celebration of Life
2:30   rental, Drama rehearsal 
4:00   Trans Youth/Children Family group
5:00   First U Hikers (Ohio River, Indiana side; meet at Ashland Park)