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January 15, 2020


RE Needs You!
New RE time = more kids! = need for more teachers
2 Seekers teachers, gr. 2-4, twice a month this semester Jan. – May
2 middle school assistants, twice a month this semester  Jan. – May

New Children’s RE Schedule Help keep our classrooms safe and get to know our younger generation – they are amazing and our future depends on them. Children’s Religious Exploration now meets during the service. They go upstairs after the Moment for All Ages and return at the end of the service.  More teachers are needed right away! Contact Loren Crawford .

Brown Bag Book Club: UU Common Read
Calling all readers! Join UU churches around the world in The Common Read: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. This Brown Bag Book Club meets the 4th Sunday of the month, (begins January 26) following the Celebration of Life.  Bring your lunch, bring your thoughts. This is a self-guided group.  Meeting place: Open Classroom Drop-ins welcomed.

Books are $16 and are available for purchase through First U. Contact Loren   to order one. If you have already ordered one, they are available for pick-up Sunday. Please bring a check or exact cost.

Calling All Young Adults!!
yoUUngish is a new group for First Unitarian young adults 18-35 years of age that are navigating adulthood and share a curiosity for the wonders of life. Join us weekly for snacks, conversation, and fun 10-10:50 in the Parlor.

From the Care Team
As a faith community, and in our effort to foster community, First U’s Care Team works to build connections to each other and to the congregation beginning with our one to one contact. Should you wish to reach out when you have needs or concerns which might be addressed within the church, and need another point of contact to do so, reach out to the Care Team via email.

Opportunities to Make a Difference: Click on links to find out more.
Homeless Street Count
Free Money for First U
Volunteer for Clean-Up Needed

RE: Exciting Times Ahead!

New time for Children’s RE Classes!
Children’s RE now meets during the Celebration of Life except on the 2nd Sunday of the month.  Children start in the sanctuary then go upstairs after the Moment for All Ages Help Needed.

Adult Religious Exploration Classes Winter/Spring
January 12- June 7
Join us to build community, feed mind and spirit, and put principles into action.
(Childcare will be available for children who come with adults at 9:45 Sundays).

Identities and Stereotypes: Seeing Ourselves/Seeing Each Other
9:45am each Sunday
This class features two documentary films that will be screened in small segments followed by discussion. In January-March, we’ll see and discuss, The Mask You Live In, a film by the Representation Project. It follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Facilitator: Geoff Runge. The class meets in the library. Drop ins welcome.

 Young Adults Ages 18-35
Join us at 10:00 in the parlor each Sunday. Find out more.

The Common Read
See the invitation to the Brown Bag Book Club in the FYI. The group meets the 4th Sundays of the month at 12:15 in the Open Classroom.

MORSH: Second Sundays at 9:45
Multi-generational One-Room School House: On the second Sunday of every month, adults, children & youth gather to explore the ministry theme through song, story, mindfulness & activity stations. Designed for adults & children to experience together. It meets in the Social Hall from 9:45-10:45 on the second Sunday of the month. On MORSH Sundays, children remain in the sanctuary for the entire Celebration of Life.

First U Kitchen Renovation

Planned for January 9-February 29

You may have noticed the newly painted walls in the Sanctuary and Social Hall, the new carpet in the platform, and the refurbished restrooms on the first floor.  These are just some examples of repair work being done at First U thanks to the Capital Campaign we had a few years ago. The members of the Capital Improvement Project Planners (CIPP) are overseeing these renovations.  Its members are Mary Ballard, Roger Ohlman, Bev Daly, Kathy Thackeray, John Peabody, Joe Kremer, and Kathy Kremer. Beginning Thursday, January 9 and through Saturday, February 29, 2020 the church kitchen will undergo renovation and will be unavailable.

Here are some of the details: Everything in the kitchen has to be moved out and no one will be allowed in there during the renovation.   This will affect the Social Hall’s appearance, but it will still be usable for those who don’t mind a few appliances and other equipment being stored there temporarily. Some supplies will be stored in the cabinet below the coffeemaker. Coffee Hour will still be held in the Social Hall on Sundays.  There will be no First Sunday Luncheon in February. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your patience. For more information, please contact  Kathy Kremer.  Thank you.

Opportunities to Make a Difference

2020 Homeless Street Count
Cassandra Culin invites you to join her for the 2020 Street Count!  The Coalition for the Homeless conducts this important event each year to verify the number of people sleeping outdoors in Louisville.  More volunteers cover more areas more accurately!
Mandatory training: Wed, Jan 29, 6-7pm
Street Count: Thurs, Jan. 30, 4:15am-6:30am
Both events meet at Hotel Louisville.   Questions? Email Cassandra  First U. Committee on Homelessness

Free Money for First U
Do you have a Kroger Plus Card? In addition to getting you special discount pricing, Kroger will send money to First Unitarian as well – at no cost to you!  Through the Kroger Community Rewards Program, we receive a check each quarter from Kroger based on a percentage spent by people that have signed up to support First U.   Search on the Kroger website by name (First Unitarian Church) or by our code number (CN305) to participate.

Recycle Your Old Christmas Lights
Don’t throw them away! First U’s Solar Array Project will take your old lights and turn them into cash which will be used to buy more solar panels for First U! Drop them into the SAP aluminum can receptacle in the courtyard (outside the kitchen door) or give them to Joe or Kathy Kremer. Questions? Email Joe.

Calendars and Canned goods, Oh My! CLCM is collecting calendars and non-perishable food items for its clients.  If you receive more freebies from organizations that you support than you can use, please leave them in the CLCM box at the Volunteer desk. In addition, we are continuing our Reverse Advent Calendar collection of food items–no need to stick to the suggested list–that will help replenish our pantry in January, when things are often leanest for our clients.  Thanks for all you do! Linette Lowe .

Wanted:Clean Up on Sundays
Wanted: Willing adults to do church ground clean-up on Sunday mornings.  All necessary supplies to safely clean our outside space will be provided. For more info contact Devi Pierce. Sponsored by First U Committee on Homelessness.