Midweek UUpdate (April 14)
A Note from Our New Building Superintendent, Kristen Drehmel
Hello dearest First Unitarian friends!
By now the news of me taking over as building supervisor has gotten around, but you may be wondering what exactly I’ll be doing. The position is changing a bit from what you may expect.
I’ll be starting up an initiative to promote our building for weddings and rentals for other events. If you, or someone you know, are interested in renting space at First U, contact me to schedule a tour and discuss what you can access. It’s such an exciting opportunity, and I’m excited to take you all with me!
Of course, I’m also taking over several of Earl’s previous responsibilities such as ordering cleaning supplies, scheduling inspections and ensuring the building is cleaned satisfactorily. I’ll also continue making sure that everything in our building and on the grounds is working correctly and is maintained (with lots of help from the Resources Ministry and House and Grounds team!). Together, we’ll make sure that we are using our energy and resources wisely.
Courtyard Service April 25
Plan to come for an open-air courtyard Sunday service on April 25th at 11:00. Join Rev. Lori and the 7th Principle Team as they celebrate Earth Day for this special opportunity to gather in a safe, masked, socially distanced gathering.
From the Seventh Principle Team:
An Environmental Justice Issue (LG&E’s rate proposal)
LG&E has proposed an increase in the basic charges and a decrease in the reimbursement for energy produced by home solar panels (net metering). Increasing basic charges disproportionally affect low-income communities. Reducing the reimbursement for excess electricity would make solar panels less fiscally desirable and thus imperils the solar movement. Neither increase should be implemented. (See the attached letter from the 7th Principle Team to the Ky Public Service Commission for more details). The Public Service Commission must approve rate changes and your opposition to these egregious changes can affect their decision. Our UU principles call on us to act for justice and to protect the planet. Please go to the Kentucky Public Service Commission website. You can click here to file a complaint. Be sure to reference case 2020-00350, the case number for LGE’s request for rate increases.
We can make a difference!
Stewardship Drive Update:
WE CAN DO THIS!!!
We are on our way to making this campaign the most successful in years, but we still need your pledge to put us over the top!
|We are asking you to step up and pledge what you can because every pledge is important. We have not yet reached our goal of 100% participation, but that can be changed with even one-time donations. Please call Nancy MacPherson, Stewardship Chair, at 262-212-9622 or email her. She would love to talk with you about how your pledge can help. Your pledge will be “A Shot in the Arm” that ensures First U’s financial health.|
Congratulations to Richard and Janet Rink, the final winners of the Weekly Prize Drawing. They received 4 dozen homemade cookies baked by Susie Ems. THANKS TO ALL OUR PLEDGERS who are committing to the financial health of our church community.
New to UU Class – Saturday, April 24
Are you new to First U and Unitarian Universalism? Interested in learning more about the history of our church, as well as the history and story of Unitarians and Universalists? Or maybe you’ve been attending First U for a while but never had the opportunity to sit in on a class and hear our story or share yours.
Whatever your situation or wherever you might be in your spiritual journey, you are invited to join us for the New to UU class on Saturday, April 24, 11am. on Zoom. The class usually lasts approximately 1 ½ hrs. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by contacting Claudia Runge. If you aren’t sure you can attend but find at the last minute that you can be there, don’t hesitate to join us anyway. Everyone is welcome.
Social Justice Ministry
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
|First U Justice Ministry|
Want to know about opportunities for involvement? Click here or send an email to [email protected]
Update and Appreciation from the Committee on Homelessness
Thank you for the tremendous response to our request for warm winter items! We were able to supply clients from CLCM and distribute hats, gloves, socks, and scarves to the community outreach workers who work with people in camps and on the streets. We will begin planning for a Church-wide project to support the needs of people without shelter once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, so stay tuned! For more about the committee, click here.
|LSURJ Monthly Meeting The First Tuesday of Every Month via zoom 7:00-8:30pm|
Register here Learn more and invite friends via Facebook:
All are welcome to learn more about getting involved in and helping plan the LSURJ part of Campaigns for Action on issues like mass incarceration and ending cash bail, policing, the city budget, and getting cops out of schools.
KUUJAN Monthly Meeting: The Second Wednesday of every month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm on Zoom. Learn more on the KUUJAN webpage at kuujan.org
KUUJAN Seeks Your Input
KUUJAN’s Racial Justice Team seeking the opinions of all UUs, not just those actively serving on social or racial justice committees in THIS SHORT SURVEY. Learn more about KUUJAN on their webpage, kuujan.org.
from The Rev. Dawn Cooley, Kentucky UU Justice Action Network Coordinator
Religious Exploration: Spring 2021
Want to know about the many opportunities to participate in Religious Exploration? See the latest update for class information and family activities.
Dungeons and Dragons meets on Saturdays from 1-3pm
click here for link For our registered D&D friends
Children’s Worship Circle at 10:30am every Sunday
On Zoom: for Preschool-Grade 4. Every Sunday at 10:30. We meet to light the chalice, share joys and sorrows and a story. We are finished in time for the Celebration of Life at 11.
Crossing Paths For Middle-Schoolers meets Sundays at 12:30
On Zoom March 7: Part 2 of Hinduism
Adult RE: Is This America? Meets every other Sunday 4pm-5pm
via zoom The class meets every other week. The class continues its exploration of racism in policing by taking a wider focus in order to help us all process the historic events we are living through. Jill Sherman and Joan Garrett are the class leaders. See the RE Update link above for information about the class and the book.
Earth Day Celebration 2021 in Partnership with All Peoples
Saturday, April 24th 1-3pm
From the RE Update: You are cordially invited to an Earth Day celebration in the beautiful outdoors behind All Peoples, formerly known as Thomas Jefferson Unitarian. There will be a scavenger hunt in the woods, a labyrinth walk, a wildflower identification challenge, seed planting, along with learning and craft stations. This is for all ages. We will practice social distancing and mask-wearing. Please join us- this is a great opportunity to come together as a community and make new friends.
All Peoples is located at 4936 Brownsboro Rd in Louisville, KY 40222
Dance the Maypole!
Friday afternoon April 30th from 3pm-4pm in the First U Courtyard
Find out more in the RE Update.
|New Adult RE Class Begins April 11|
Addressing and Ending Race Sexism: A Call to White Men
Sundays April 11th – May 2nd 4-5pm
Facilitated by Rus Funk, meeting for four sessions
This conversation will be a brave space for men to explore how we internalize both sexism and racism, how this impacts how we understand and experience both male and white privilege, and what we as white men can do about it. Our hope is that this class will generate some interest and momentum from the participants to take concrete steps from within First U.
Central Louisville Community Ministries
Personal Care Items Needed by CLCM
CLCM maintains a Personal Care closet of items to be given to our neighbors in need – items not covered by SNAP benefits (what used to be called food stamps).
They CAN’T accept over-the-counter medications, but do need an unending supply of toilet paper, soap, shampoo, razors, tooth brushes and paste, deodorant, and laundry detergent. Drop off donations at church Mon-Thurs from 9:30am-11:30am.
Help is Available – emergency LG&E and water assistance is available from CLCM and rent assistance is available through StopMyEviction.org.
Join Us Sunday, April 18, 2021
Celebration of Life.
11 am on Zoom
The Mystique (or mistake?) of Atheism
Speaker: Rev. Lori Kyle
A basic definition of the concept of ‘religion’ is a belief in/worship of some superhuman power, especially a personal God or gods. Conversely, an atheist is defined as a person who lacks belief in the existence of God or gods.
One would therefore surmise that the two would have extremely little, if any, overlap. Nonetheless, our own faith tradition of Unitarian Universalism is a religion, and a large portion of members in our ranks self-identify as atheists. On this Sunday Rev. Lori explores the often misunderstood phenomenon of atheism and how it fits into UUism.
|Share Joys and Sorrows—– |
To have your joy or sorrow read out loud during the service, Contact the Volunteer Desk at [email protected] by Thursday. You may also enter your feelings during the service by using the chat feature
|Join Us via Zoom |
Online A separate Zoom link titled “First U Celebration of Life: Link to Sunday’s Zoom Service” will be emailed at the end of the week to all friends and members of First Unitarian. Do you want to be on our mailing list? Contact [email protected]
Need Help connecting Sunday morning? Contact the Volunteer Desk. We begin monitoring at 10:30am Sundays. However, calls for help received after 11am may not be answered immediately.
By Phone to Listen (312) 626-6799 or (646) 876-9923
Enter the Meeting ID 4508929882 and press #,
No participant ID is needed, press # a second time.
You do not need internet access to listen by phone.
|Opportunities for Sharing: Donations and Pledges|
First Unitarian is a resilient and vibrant community! Our important work continues through this public health emergency, even as our habits and routines are changing. You can support our community and its mission in a variety of ways.
We Are a Welcoming Congregation
We welcome all persons to participate fully, openly, and equally, in all aspects of our congregational life, in ever-widening circles of inclusion. We respect and affirm diversity and its gifts in race, ethnicity, national origin, affectional or sexual orientation, family or relationship structure, gender identity, gender expression, sex, abilities, neurodiversity, age, socio-economic class, political views, religious belief, creed, or interpretation of religion.
|For More Information|
Contact the Minister; [email protected]
Contact the Church Office; office @firstulou.org
Click Religious Exploration for information about RE. Click the links for RE opportunities for adults and children.
Contact the RE Coordinator; [email protected]
See the First U News or Events web page.
Members and friends may contact the Care Team ([email protected]) for personal assistance.
Building Use Policy click here
|Calls to the church office, (502) 585-5110, will be forwarded to our office manager’s email. If you leave an email address she can respond to you more quickly. Calls will be answered from church during reduced office hours from 10-2 Tuesday – Thursday.|