Mid-Week Update May 24, 2017

FYI
CLOUT alert: Thursday
 The city budget is out. They have underfunded the Affordable Housing Trust Fund again. The Council can fix this. Join us this Thursday to advocate for Full Funding. Support Trish Ramey as she makes her first Council debut, speaking for CLOUT. For more info, contact patriciaramey1 [at] gmail.com

Women’s Alliance Social Shower this Saturday The First U's Women's Alliance will have the annual social action shower on May 27. The recipient of the gifts will again be The Scholar House. Gifts include all household items, including feminine hygiene products, diapers, anything that cannot be purchased with food stamps is needed and appreciated. If you can't make the shower please leave donations at the church marked for purpose. The shower will be at Linda Parry's house. Call 502-366-0762. All women, members of WA or not, are welcome. It's a pot luck.

Ants, Bugs, Mice, Oh My! Just a reminder that if you don't wish to see the creatures of the great outdoors roaming the church halls, that you need to keep food put away. This includes wiping up spills and not leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Thank you for your cooperation.

Fresh Stop Market is Back! The first Old Louisville Fresh Stop Market of this season will be at First U on Wednesday, June 7 from 4:30 to 6:30.  Orders for shares must be in by Friday June 2. Prices are: $6 for those receiving WIC, $12 for low income, $25 for all others, and $40 for our new justice share, which buys one share and subsidizes a share for someone in need. Remember, you can also donate a share to a family in need. To order, go online to newroots.org, or call 502-509-6770.  We have a real need for volunteers and shareholders this year. This is a community based program designed to provide affordable, organic, locally grown produce to low income and food insecure areas of the city. Last season was successful and we hope to do even better this year, with help and support from the members at First U. For information about ordering, volunteering, or anything else, please contact New Roots at www.newroots.org or  502-509-6770, or contact Barbra Justice at  velma2720 [at] yahoo.com or 502-234-0607. Share prices are income based, and EBT is accepted.

Summer RE! Join us for some great, relaxed summer Religious Exploration programming, beginning June 11.  Children Preschool through Middle School will enjoy an all-ages curriculum developed by one of our own youth a few years back based on the seven UU principles.  We'll have a story, activity stations, and learn about an important UU from history each week.  For adults, by popular demand, we will be offering Jedi Academy for Adults.  This is a class focused on using the Force for good through mindfulness training.  You don't need to know or love Star Wars to participate, but light sabers are welcome!  Coffee and Social Justice will also be offered. Summer RE runs June 11 through August 13 from 9:45-10:45.  See you there!

Lost and Found/Books for Sale is Now a Yard Sale! Stop by the Social Hall after the service and check out the unclaimed lost and found items for sale. Everything left over will be donated to charity.

Annual Meeting Sunday June 4 at 12:30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend.  Non-members may attend but are not allowed to vote on presented issues.  The stated business of this Annual Meeting will be election of members to the Nominating and Endowment Committees, and the Board.  The church budget for the fiscal year of July 2017 to June 2018 will also be discussed and voted on. A light sack lunch will be provided prior to the meeting. If you are unable to attend, but would like to have a proxy be in attendance for you, a proxy form is available.  This form should be filled out completely and sent back to the church, or given to Devi Pierce, Board President, anytime BEFORE June 4th at 10:00 AM.  Late forms will not be accepted. Hope to see you there! Devi Pierce, President, Board of Trustees

Forecastle Festival Volunteers Needed! Sign-ups are underway for working a beverage booth at the Forecastle Festival this summer....and it has big benefits! You get in for free and only need to work a 4-5 hour shift, and First U makes money from your work!  Slots are filling up fast. If you are interested and have not yet received the email to sign-up, contact Kathy Gapsis kgapsis [at] ghmail.com.

CLCM Wednesday Volunteer Needed Please contact Sue Gentry at 502-587-1999 and leave a message if you are able to help. Thank you!

Chalice Circles Forming If you are interested in joining a Chalice Circle, please email Linette your name and days and times that work best for you to dre [at] firstulou.org or call the church. Circles are forming now!

Join us Sunday, May 28
Celebration of Life 11:00am
White Supremacy Teach-In
Speaker: Lois Allen

Calendar Events
9:45   RE
11:00  Celebration of Life
4:00   Trans Youth/Children Family Gathering
6:00    rental: Pink & Black Tent

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.