Midweek Update December 4, 2019

Coming Up

Save the Dates (click links for more information)
December 8   Sunday Lunch
December 8    New to UU Class
Deadline December 15  Santa’s Helper for Coleridge-Taylor
December 15   Winter Solstice Singing Ritual (Celebration of Life)
December 22   Holiday Coffee Hour
Return by December 24 Guest at Your Table
December 24   Christmas Eve Vespers Service


TODAY: Retired Older Men Say Goodbye to 2019 by Eating Out!
All “older men” are invited to join us ROMEOS at the  Golden Coral (4032 Taylorsville Road Louisville, KY 40220) on Taylorsville Road at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 4 for pretty good food and great fellowship – see you there! Gary Drehmel.

Calling All Generous Spirits! 
During our December 8th Sunday service we will have a second collection to fund a holiday thank you for our wonderful staff for all they do for us. Let’s plan to make our own pockets, purses, and piggy banks lighter as we make this season brighter for our staff!

Breakfast for RE Participants Sunday December 8
Calling all RE children, youth and adults! Come at 9:45am! There will be no MORSH, instead all RE classes (children and adult) will meet in the Social Hall to share breakfast and prepare for the “Give Peace a Chance” Celebration of Life. Please bring a breakfast item to share if you can. The church will provide juice, milk, and coffee along with fruit, bagels and cream cheese.  See you then!

Please Sign Cards December 8
Please sign cards for our Members to be Remembered this Sunday.

Brownbaggers December 9
“A Favorite Holiday Recipe! “
Come join the Brownbaggers at 11:45 ( or so) in the church library on Monday. Bring a favorite Holiday recipe to share, and tell us why it is special to you! Recipes will be copied and distributed to participants. All are Welcome. See you then with your lunch and your recipe.

First U Book Club December 9
Our December holiday tradition is to meet in the Open Classroom at 6pm to enjoy each other’s company without a book to discuss. Please bring a sweet or savory dish – finger foods are nice. Cups, plates, napkins, soft drinks, and ice will be provided. Please feel free to bring a poem or short tale to share, especially one that has a holiday theme.

December Lunch will be on December 8.

New to UU Class
December 8 from 12:15-3:00pm

Want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, as well as the history and workings of our church?  You may be a one-time visitor, one who has been attending regularly, contemplates joining our congregation, or already a member. Whatever your connection to First U, we welcome you to this gathering. We will have lunch in the social hall so you can eat first or bring your lunch to the library. Please let us know if you plan to attend and/or need childcare so we will have the required number of caregivers. Email Claudia Runge (or call/text 502-608-5710 and leave a message with your name), to let her know that you plan to attend and if you need childcare.

Calling All 18-35 Year-Olds!  Introducing…..yoUUngish…First U’s new young adult group! If you’re curious about the wonders of life and the navigations of adulthood, join us from 10-11am before service every Sunday at First U. Snacks and bevs provided!!

Opportunities to Make a Difference

Thank you, David Runge, for polishing the silver candelabras and punch bowl and bringing in a large bag of holly every year. Thank you to the Aesthetics Team, especially Carol Tobe.

Santa’s Helpers for Coleridge-Taylor Families
Deadline to Return Gifts Extended 
Bring in your gifts by Sunday, December 15.Click here for information about the project.  Contact Mary Ballard.

Gift Cards Requested We are collecting gift cards in any amount, to be given to the families receiving Santa’s Helper gifts. They can use them to purchase food, needed household items, or clothing. Cards from places such as Kroger, Target, and Walmart are much appreciated. You may also donate money that will be used to purchase cards for you (cash or check – designate for Coleridge-Taylor gift cards). If you have questions, please contact Mary Ballard (502-594-9347).

Recycle Your Old Christmas Lights 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.

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.

Thank You for Your Contributions!
Your generous donations of hats, gloves, mittens, socks, etc. collected for the homeless were delivered to the Outreach office at the St. John Center recently.  They will be taken out on the street and into camps; for both women and men.
Carrie Dorton and Jamie Bush, on behalf of all St. John Center/UP Outreach Workers and their clients, were thrilled to get our two big boxes and several bags of donations!  Thanks to all who helped with the collection!!
2019 Christmas Tree Decorating – December 1

Holiday Happenings

Second Annual Holiday Coffee Hour
December 22

Join us after the Celebration of Life to celebrate the holidays. It will take place in the Heywood House Lobby and Parlor and Library (rooms 101, 103).  Enjoy the Holiday Decorations, refreshments, and each other!

Winter Solstice Singing Ritual December 15
The Solstice Singers will present the Winter Solstice Singing Ritual at the 11:00am service at First U. As the wheel of the year turns, our ritual celebrates the dark of the year and the coming of the new light from a woman-centered pagan perspective. Come enjoy the ritual and songs of Winter Solstice with us!

Guest at Your Table is an annual collection for the Unitarian Universalist  Service Committee, which works to advance human rights around the world. Each year we distribute boxes and information for folks to take home. We hope that you will feed the Guest at Your Table box regularly between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve (or before if you will be out of town), when we return the boxes. Every little bit helps support our partners around the world!

Calling All Santa’s Helpers!

Holiday Assistance for Coleridge-Taylor Families
Return gifts by December 15. 

During the upcoming holiday season, we are again reaching out to our neighbors at Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary School, 1115 W. Chestnut Street.  Coleridge-Taylor’s student population is a mix of children from all parts of the Louisville metro area who are in preschool through grade five. More than 600 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch prices due to low family income.  If you “adopted” a family or child by providing a toy and clothing gift for the holiday season, thank you.

Gift Cards in any amount will also be collected. These can be used by the family for food, household items, or clothing as needed. Stores such as Walmart, Target, Kroger, etc. are appreciated.
Questions? If you have questions, please contact Mary Ballard (502-594-9347).  Thanks!

Join Us Sunday, December 8

Celebration of Life: 11:00am“Give Peace a Chance”
Loren Crawford and Rev. Lori Kyle

On this Sunday the service will be a children and youth focused service led by Loren, our Coordinator of Religious Exploration. We will use the music of John Lennon as well as music of the Beatles to focus on messages of love and peace, while commemorating the 39th anniversary of Lennon’s death. We’re featuring our amazing RE Department in this musical service!

Click here to find out about Religious Exploration opportunities.

Calendar Events
9:45  RE Gathering and Preparation – Social Hall
11:00  Celebration of Life  – Sanctuary
11:00  OWL Class
11:00  rental: Spiritual Israel Church – Choir Room
12:15  Lunch – Social Hall
12:15  New to UU Class – Library
1:00    Personnel Committee – Open Classroom
4:00    rental: Children’s Memorial Service – Sanctuary, Social Hall, Library
5:00    rental: NA Plan Group – Parlor

Christmas Eve Vespers Service 

“The Spirit of Compassion:
A Homily for the Holidays”
5:00 Musical Preludes
5:30 Service Begins
Join us for our annual holiday Vespers service on the evening of Christmas Eve.  The theme for our service this year is compassion. Through this celebration we open our hearts and minds to the experiences of others. This is especially relevant in these days when we are often encouraged to consider our own needs and perspectives above all others, with little consideration for another’s perspective or experience.

During this time of year when numerous religions celebrate major holidays, we will also explore ways in which various faith traditions engage in compassion and giving in order to connect with those who are less fortunate.  In keeping with our long-held and beloved tradition, the service will include the singing of Silent Night in our candlelit sanctuary and will conclude with exuberant singing of Joy to the World.  We look forward to seeing you there!

A cookie and punch reception will follow the service. Plan to join us, and invite your family and friends! (Donations requested)

Children at Vespers
The RE Ministry would like to encourage families to be in this special service together! The service runs an hour. Flameless electronic candles will be available for young children so they can participate fully in the candle-lit portion of the service.  The Library will be available with sound piped in and quiet toys, coloring, and a rocking chair available if littler ones need a break.

Return Guest at Your Table Boxes at Vespers
Please return your Guest at Your Table boxes at the Vespers Service. You may place them on the ushers table.  Your donations goes to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, which works to advance human rights around the world.

Vespers Cookie Gurus Wanted

Just bring your Christmas Eve contribution to the church by 3pm. Your delicacies will provide after service refreshments. Cookie gift boxes will be given to homebound members who are unable to attend services. We’re also in need of helpers to arrange platters, fill boxes, and help out. Please sign-up to help or bring goodies in the social hall or by email Connections Ministry if you can commit now. Thanks

Upcoming Celebration of Life Services

Sundays at 11:00am

December 15: “Solstice in Song and Ritual”
Linette Lowe
The Solstice Singers will present the Winter Solstice Singing Ritual at the 11:00am service at First U. As the wheel of the year turns, our ritual celebrates the dark of the year and the coming of the new light from a woman-centered pagan perspective. Come enjoy the ritual and songs of Winter Solstice with us! It will be led by long time church member, singer, and CLCM Director, Linette Lowe.

December 22: “Many Flames, One Light”
Rev. Lori Kyle
Numerous religious traditions celebrate significant holidays during this season. Consequently we often now hear greetings of “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” On this Sunday we will explore some of these holy days celebrated around the world, and will take special note of the theme of light that is a consistent theme throughout various traditions.


Religious Exploration 

There’s a place for you at 9:45 Sunday mornings!
What is Religious Exploration?

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RE Classes for Children and Youth
RE Classes for Adults
Our Whole Lives (OWL)  Sexuality Education

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