Midweek Update November 28, 2018

FYI: December 2

First Sunday: CLCM Personal Care and Food Pantry
While welcome any time, First U has a focused drive on the first Sunday of each month to collect items for the CLCM food pantry, and the personal care closet. As you do your shopping this week, remember to pick up some items to donate to our neighbors in need. We collect non-perishable foods, and place them in the blue basket on the dais in the sanctuary.  We collect personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, shampoo, deodorant, razors, soap, and dish and laundry detergent.

Christmas Tree Decorating
12:45 in the Social Hall
Help us make the season festive by joining us immediately after the first-Sunday luncheon this Sunday to help decorate the Christmas tree in the Social Hall.  You can bring an ornament from home or use those we have at church.  Cookies and Christmas carols provided!  Any questions please contact Bev Daly or Kathy Thackeray.

Tomato-Basil Tarts and Triple-Chocolate Brownies
December 2 First Sunday Luncheon
The menu also features Triple-Chocolate Brownies and you can order carry-out to fill your holiday entertaining needs! Whole Tomato-Basil Tart: $12. Half-dozen brownies: $5. Both freeze well, and the tarts are easy to reheat in your oven. To order, comment or message Tiffany on the First U Facebook page or contact the church office.

Poinsettias for Vespers $15
Sunday, December 2
This is the last day to purchase a poinsettia(s) to honor, in memory, or give thanks someone or some group. This will be printed in the Vespers Order of Service, so please print legibly. After Vespers you may take your poinsettia(s) home with you to enjoy. There’s a table in the Social Hall after the service to order and make payment. Make checks out to First Unitarian and note “for poinsettia” in the memo line. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Thackeray or Bev Daly of the Aesthetics Team.

Dinner Club Sign up Now 
Sign Up in December
The First Unitarian Dinner Club season is tipping off in January! This event allows you to meet and dine with old and new members at First U.  We ask that you host one potluck dinner over the coming season and attend events hosted by others.  We are forming club teams with either 6 or 8 members.  A signup chart is in the social hall from December 2 through December 23. Dinner clubs will meet once in January, March, May, and July at times convenient to club members.  Sign-up now!! Contact the Connections Ministry ([email protected]) for more information.

FYI: Holiday News

Vespers Cookie Gurus 
The annual Vespers reception needs your talent for cookie and Christmas snack preparation. Just bring your Christmas Eve contribution to the evening service.  Your delicacies will provide after service refreshments. Cookie gift boxes will be given to homebound members who are unable to attend services. Please sign-up in the social hall or by email ([email protected]) if you can commit now. Thanks.

Coleridge Taylor Santa’s Helpers
Thank you for taking a name of a student to shop for. Your items need to be at church by December 9. Contact Mary Ballard (502-594-9347 or [email protected]) with questions.

Gift Cards
We’ll be collecting gift cards, in any amount, to be given to the families of the Coleridge Taylor students being adopted by the Santa’s Helpers. Cards for Target, Walmart, and Kroger will be most helpful. If you prefer, Mary will purchase the gift cards for you if you give her the money.

Christmas Eve Vespers
Save the Date. December 24 Preludes begin at 5:00 and the service at 5:30. This is an event for the entire family.

FYI: Mandala Project
Sundays December 9-16

First U is co-sponsoring an event with Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church (TJUC). The Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion is delighted to host the traveling Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India. The Monks will be creating a large sand mandala in the TJUC sanctuary beginning at 12:30 PM on December 9 and concluding early on the morning of Sunday, December 16. The First U Youth Group will be visiting when it is dismantled.

Please join us during any of the hours when the Monks will be working. The current schedule is:
* December 9: 12:30-4:00pm Opening Ceremony and initial stages of construction of the mandala.
* December 11: 11:00am – 5:00pm Monks at work on the mandala.
* December 12: 10:00am – 5:00pm Monks work on the mandala; Special noontime meditation led by the Monks at TJ on Wednesday.
* December 13: 2:00-8:00pm Monks at work on the mandala.
* December 13  4:00-6:00pm Family friendly educational experience for all ages; Labyrinth walk with Rev. Jeff Liebmann.
* December 14: 10:00am- 5:00pm Monks work on the mandala.
* December 15: 1:00-5:00pm Monks work on completion of the mandala.
* December 16: 9:00-10:30am Mandala dissolution ceremony at TJUC, followed by bringing sand to the designated water location. All those present will receive a small amount of blessed sand from the mandala.

More information about the Drepung Gomang Monastery here: http://drepunggomang.org/

Our Whole Lives
For Middle School Youth Starting in January

Our Whole Lives is a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world. First Unitarian Church offers this program collaboratively with Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church. Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. Although the curriculum was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, this volume is completely secular and free of specific religious doctrine or reference. However, the underlying values of the program reflect the justice-oriented traditions of both denominations. Maintaining the OWL values and assumptions established in the first edition, the second edition introduces new content, activities, perspectives, language, and resources for today’s young teens. New topics include body image, social media/internet, bullying/bystander responsibilities, and consent education. Look for more information coming soon about this important new version of a time honored curriculum for youth.

Join Us Sunday, December 2

Celebration of Life 11:00am
“The Light Coming Into the World”
Speaker: Loren Crawford, Coordinator of Religious Exploration

Chalica is a week-long celebration of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. Many spend the week doing for others. There is a Chalica Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UU.Chalica) for you to enjoy and there are many Chalica-themed videos on YouTube. The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a holiday organized around Unitarian Universalist values.

Religious Exploration 9:45 – 10:45
See Class Descriptions at firstulou.org/cre (children)
and firstulou.org/lre (adult)
Nursery care is available 9:30-12:00. Room 214

Adult RE Classes Meeting December 2
Bring Your Own Theology (BYOT) in the Library, room 103
Tending the Flame: The Art of UU Parenting in room 203
Women’s Spirituality Group closed group meets in the Parlor

Calendar Events
9:45 RE
11:00 Celebration of Life – Sanctuary
11:00 rental: Spiritual Israel Church – Choir Room
12:15 First Sunday lunch – Social Hall
12:45 Tree decorating – Social Hall
1:00   RE Ministry Meeting – room 203