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May 27, 2020

Important Notice: Zoom Update Required

When you sign in to Zoom this Sunday, you’ll be required to upgrade to 5.0.  This may take a few minutes, so please UPDATE EARLY,  preferably before Sunday. You can click on this link, which will open on an empty (blank) meeting. CLOSE the meeting with the x in the upper right corner, and a box will appear asking you to upgrade your zoom. If you have problems with the upgrade, please send an email to the Volunteer Desk.  Pam or Trish will get back to you as soon as one of them is able.
Here is an article Zoom published if you have questions, but for most of you, it should go smoothly.

Notice of Annual Meeting

June 7, 2020 at 12:30pm

Dear Members and Friends of First Unitarian Church of Louisville,

There will be an annual meeting held online after the Sunday Zoom service June 7, 2020 at 12:30pm. All members are encourage 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 of Trustees. The church budget for the fiscal year of July 2020 to June 2021 will also be discussed and voted on.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to have a proxy be in attendance and vote for you, click here to complete a proxy form. Be sure to ask the person before naming as proxy to make sure your proxy will be in attendance. The representative can only be a proxy for one person. This form should be filled out completely and emailed by June 1. Late forms will not be accepted.

We hope to see you there on Zoom or have your vote received via US mail by June 4, 2020 or by email on June 6. Check-in for this zoom meeting will start at 12:15pm.

The budget, slate of officers, proxy form, and annual meeting minutes from 2019 will be available online soon.

Holding this meeting on Zoom will increase time required for discussion. If you have questions for the Board PLEASE EMAIL THESE TO THE CHURCH AHEAD OF TIME.

Kyle Ellison
President, Board of Trustees


Flower Communion June 14 – send pics ASAP

We will adapt this annual tradition for an online presentation, and are also exploring holding our Flower Communion out in our courtyard for those who wish to gather in an outdoors, socially distanced setting.
If you wish to remain at home and want to share your flowers during the service, take a picture of YOURSELF with your flowers. Click here to send pictures or for more information.  Your selfie can include family members and pets – and flowers may be still in the ground or beautifully cut and arranged or even use a painting of flowers.  Send your pictures by June 10th.  More to come about the possibility of a courtyard gathering in addition to our typical zoom gathering.


Don’t Forget = Sunday May 31 is the deadline for donations

First U Service Auction is our largest fundraiser, helping to pay utilities and maintain our commitment within and outside the church In the past, it was a live and silent auction of unique services, events, and items. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and our concerns for keeping everyone safe, we have decided to try an auction online.

There are two ways to be involved.

Donate by May 31!
Art, services, handyman work, gift baskets, and event tickets
Artists, please donate one of your pieces.
Cooks, please donate a dinner.
Ask your friends, co-workers, golf-buddies, etc…. to donate
Gift basket contributions – combined with similar items – gladly accepted.
Participate June 7-14!  ONLlINE ONLY
log-in, see photos/descriptions, and bid!
Current items up for auction:
  • Restaurant gift cards (including FDKY BBQ)
  • Gift Basket from Conrad Caldwell House, including tour
  • Handyman, yard work, electrical work
  • An old-fashioned pumpkin carving party
  • Life Coaching sessions
Past (and hopefully present donations):
  • Homemade specialties: cobblers, cakes, brisket, beers, etc.
  • Theme-based gift baskets
  • Original artwork: We’ve sold photography, paintings, and drawings
  • Airport transport
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons: violin, foreign languages, photography, etc.
  • Landscape design
  • Tax preparation
To donate, contact [email protected] and include:

photo of the item if possible (approximate 700px by 700px)
description (estimated value, how many, and if a story is behind the item).

Logos from corporate sponsors welcome.

More Auction Updates to Come!


RE update

Hello First Unitarian Family!

Happy Spring to all in this season of renewal!

Loren Crawford
Coordinator of Religious Exploration

Things to Know

Click on Titles to Find Out About: (or scroll down)         

Seekers & Middle School Hangout Sundays at 2:00pm
The UU Common Read 
 – Sunday May 24 12:30pm
Storytime for Wee Ones Tuesdays at Noon

Shared Breath Meditation  Thursdays at Noon
Snail Mail Adventure   Anytime
Postcard Project  Anytime
Family Chalice Facebook Group
BAND Groups

RE Opportunities

The Seekers & Middle School Hangout
Sundays at 2:00pm
Want to hang out with your RE buddies? Join us on Sunday afternoons from 2pm – 2:45pm for a low-key get together. We’ll talk, play some games and just hang out. Your church family misses you!  For grades 2-8.
Join Zoom Meeting click here
Storytime for Wee Ones
Tuesdays at Noon 
Need a story break? Want to see your RE friends? Join Loren Crawford and guest readers for a couple of stories every week.
For Pre-K-Grade 1.
Join Zoom Meeting click here
The UU Common Read
Sunday June 28 12:30-2pm – Chapters 7&8
“An Indigenous Peoples HIstory to the United States” 

The fourth Sunday of every month. Please join us even if it’s your first time!
Join Zoom Meeting  click here
 Postcard Project
On April 5th the Moment for All Ages focused on sending postcards. If you want to take part in sending and receiving postcards to and from people all over the world, check out this website.….First U Snail Mail Adventure
AND/OR join the First Unitarian Snail Mail Adventure! Let’s bring back the custom of handwritten letters. It’s such a treat to get a real letter in the mail, and it will help our beleaguered  mail service. Click Here to fill out a simple form that signifies that you’d like to exchange snail mail with someone in the congregation. I will send you the mailing information you need to send someone a letter or postcard and I will share your mailing address to someone else who has signed up. For adults, youth and children  – children may sign up separately, or you may sign up as a family or individual.
Family Chalice Facebook Group
Check out our newly created Family Chalice Group page on Facebook that is dedicated to sharing our experiences as a congregation, photos, tips, resources and encouragement. It’s a place to ask for help if needed and offer help if you are able. This page is not just for RE, but of all of us……
Please Join a BAND Group
Here we can offer resources more specifically to RE. The more people that join, the better it is. Click on a link to try it out- it’s easy!     Adult RE Group invitation link     Children RE Group invitation link
Please be well everyone!
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Love will outlast it all.
…..Loren Crawford
[email protected]


CLCM Update
Since March 1 of this year, Central Louisville Community Ministries has distributed $69,714 in assistance with utilities and rent — more than double what we would in a comparable time period, thanks to several generous grants and our wonderful supporters.  The Food Pantry at Calvary Episcopal has distributed 1052 bags of groceries, feeding 1791 people, and given out 281 masks.  In this time, when so much is out of our control, it is so good to be able to DO something to help.  Thank you all for making that possible!!

Personal Care Items Needed for CLCM
Central Louisville Community Ministries has resumed distribution of personal care items to our neighbors. Just like you, WE NEED TOILET PAPER! If you find some and can share, please drop off at First U,  Mon-Thurs from 930-1130am. Other items gratefully accepted are toothpaste, bar soap (not Ivory), shampoo, lotion, deodorant, razors, feminine hygiene products, and dish washing soap.

Shoppers Needed!!!
CLCM and the Food Pantry needs shoppers, either in person or to order & pick up curbside. We provide the funds, but we need folks to actually purchase and bring items to the food pantry. Please contact Rev. Lori or call the church at 502-585-5110. Thank you!


Carrying Forth the Torch!  (Calendar of Giving
Please continue to donate funds, food, cleaning products or personal care items for CLCM. Drop off donations at church 9:30-11:30 Monday-Thursday..



Cloth Mask Makers Wanted
Several local organizations that work with people with limited means are accepting cloth masks to distribute. This includes CLCM, for their volunteers and clients, Clinic Escorts for their volunteers and patients of EMW Clinic, and Phoenix Health Center’s Common Assessment Team for people experiencing homelessness. If you are interested in making masks for any of these groups, contact Rita  for sewing instructions, resources, and information on delivery. Sponsored by Women’s Alliance and Committee on Homelessness…..

Devi’s Churchyard Tenders (DCT)
Named in honor of its founder, Devi Pierce, the DCTs are a small team of hearty volunteers that keep our churchyard clean on a regular basis, currently three times a week, using supplies and protocols Devi provided to ensure appropriate safety and sanitation.  Should the need for more frequent cleaning develop, the DCTs will expand their efforts.  Thanks Devi for launching this effort!  Contact Cassandra if you want to join. Committee on Homelessness


Fresh Stop Market Training Opportunity
Barbra Justice, the current Market Manager, will be retiring after this upcoming season. New Roots is looking for someone to work with her this year to train for the next year! Contact New Roots at 502-509-6770. This is an important food justice initiative, especially in this time when our supply chain is in question and supporting our local farmers is so crucial.

Fresh Stop Markets Will be Back! 
First U’s market will begin June 3. No, it won’t look the same, as all shares will be prepackaged by the farmers in disposable bags, and we will be following all safe distancing and other guidelines, but we will have the same locally grown organic produce. Barbra Justice is your First U contact, or you can call New Roots at 502-509-6770 for more information. Go to the Fresh Stop website to learn all about it. Please pass the word to anyone you may know who has limited resources or uses SNAP benefits


Know Someone Without Internet Access?
We’re sending print copies of the email (Sunday service information, Midweek Updates, Rev. Lori’s Love Notes, etc.) to those that can’t access it. If you know someone who would like to be on the list, contact the church office.


Wednesday Walk for Good
Join us Wednesdays at 7pm to get out and walk for 10 minutes or more, walking separately (social distancing!), but together in spirit. (If this time, day, or the weather condition doesn’t work for you, do it when it does!)  You can even take a selfie and send it to our new FB group page. After your walk, take the time to support our beloved community by donating $10 by mailed check or on the church website: $10 for your 10 minute Walk for Good!


Private Facebook Group in Addition to Our Page
Have you joined First U Family Chalice yet? Click here to join or see the “Group” link on the left of the public Facebook page. (Be sure to “like” our Facebook Page so you receive information as well!)


Ring the Bells!
Clifton UU has invited us to join the other local UU churches ringing the bells at 10am each day. Contact Clifton UU member,  Jo Ann Dale, to sign up. Food Donations to their Little Pantry are appreciated.


Join Us Sunday, May 31

Online Celebration of Life 11:00am

The Mystery of Community
Speaker: Linette Lowe


In times like these, when the church has left the building, what does it mean to be in community?  How can we be together apart?  As the Executive Director of Central Louisville Community Ministries, Linette will explore some of the mystery and magic of community at work around us and the power it has to change us and our world for the better.

Joys and Sorrows
One of the important aspects of a church service is sharing our joys, concerns and sorrows with one another. We encourage you to click here if you wish to share. Emails received by 10:00am Sunday will be included in Sunday’s service.


Upcoming Services click here

Join Us Online or by Phone via ZOOM


Meeting ID 4508929882
Online click here. You will need a password.
Phone (312) 626-6799 or (646) 876-9923

Obtain a Password by sending an email to the  Volunteer Desk  with information about you, how you know about First U and why you would like to join us.  We screen admission due to the very unfortunate reality of “zoom bombing”.

You can call in to listen even if you don’t have access to the internet. 

Need Help? The Volunteer Desk will begin monitoring at 10am. Sign in online early to make sure you’re all set up.


Meetings Church Groups and Meetings, as well as the Sunday Celebration of Life, are currently meeting via Zoom. Contact your group leader for other meeting information.


Join Us Wednesdays at 5:30pm

Shared Reflection
Music and
Chat with Friends

Click for information


Zoom link  Click here
Meeting ID: 886 0365 0024
Password: 2020
Phone: +1 301 715 8592 US
Every week on Wednesday,
until June 3, 2020

Current Church Operations

  • Sunday services Join us via Zoom using your phone or computer. See above..
  • Religious Exploration Many opportunities exist for all ages. Click here for the latest update.
  • First U meetings are to be held via Zoom if they meet. Contact your meeting/committee chair for details.
  • Calls to the church office will be forwarded to and received in email by Barbara, our office manager.  If you leave an email address she can respond to you more quickly.
  • We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and the Governor’s office regarding the future resumption of church services and activities.

Dear First U Members and Friends-

After much consideration, the Board of Trustees and I are announcing that First Unitarian Church will postpone returning to regular face-to-face worship services and events beyond May 22, 2020, despite being sanctioned to do so by governmental guidelines.

What will happen after places begin to reopen is unknown, but for now we prefer to continue providing you with support and love from a distance for everyone’s safety.  Developing a re-opening plan will be science and data-driven and based on care for our community.  If you need to be in the church, you are asked to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands upon entry.  Other building users have been asked to follow similar guidelines to ensure safety for all.

Despite not meeting in person, the vitality of our congregation goes on.
Look for more information as we continue to adapt to this unique time in our history!

For More Information
Contact the Minister
Contact the Care Team
Contact the RE Coordinator
Contact the Church Office
See the First U webpage.
Photos of First U by Del Ramey