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February 19, 2020


Calling All Musicians!
Rev. Lori is excited about diversifying Sunday services by utilizing the musical talents of our church family, in addition to the amazing talents of our choir director/accompanist Ethan McCollum. If you play an instrument or are a vocal soloist and interested in sharing your talents in Sunday worship, please contact Rev. Lori.

Brown Bag Book Club: UU Common Read
Fourth Sundays at 12:30-2 in the Open Classroom
Childcare available
Join us discussing the UU Common Read: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. (Click title to see a video trailer.)  Open to all, drop-ins welcome!  Bring your lunch, bring your thoughts.  On February 23, we will discuss the Author’s Note and Introduction.  Books are $16 and are available for purchase through First U.  Book Description For more information, contact Loren.

RE Needs 2 middle school teachers
(twice a month this semester  Jan. – May)
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 meets during the service except on the 2nd Sunday of the month. They go upstairs after the Moment for All Ages and return at the end of the service.  More helpers are needed right away! Contact Loren Crawford 

Help Charles Whaley Celebrate His 92nd Birthday February 29
Longtime First Unitarian Church member Charles Whaley will celebrate his 92nd birthday! He’s a leap year baby, and this year he has a real birthday. If any UU members would like to send him birthday wishes or cards, contact the Volunteer Desk in the church office or the Office Administrator for contact information. Visits and phone calls are also welcome.

Reaching Beyond Our Walls

Bring a soup or dessert or just attend and enjoy what others bring. Vote for your favorite. Even though they are sponsoring it, you do not have to be a Women’s Alliance member to enter – males and youngsters also welcome to enter soups or deserts.) Contact Jane Buckley or Rita Sasse for information.

New Roots Fundraiser: February 27
Help raise funds for New Roots, the sponsor of our Fresh Stop Market. It will be at the Tim Faulkner Gallery. For information, see Barbra Justice.

The First U Committee on Homelessness and CLCM are co-sponsoring a Compassionate Encounters Workshop for volunteers and other lay people who may encounter people experiencing homelessness and wish to do so with awareness and compassion.
*experiences that lead to homelessness
* ways to approach and engage individuals with compassion
* trauma-informed approaches
* de-escalation techniques
* processes to enhance safety of all involved
Presenter: Tim Welsh, LCSW, a counselor at the Family Health Center’s Phoenix Healthcare for the Homeless.

CLCM Trivia Night: March 7
Join us at Calvary Episcopal Church next door. Doors open 6:30pm, trivia starts at 7pm. Admission is $10, and the winning table gets a cash prize. Pizza, drinks and desserts will be available for sale.  Come and join an open table, or bring a group of friends with you – all ages are welcome! Support Central Louisville Community Ministry. For more details, contact Kathy.

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.

Join Us Sunday, February 23

Celebration of Life 11:00

Finding Forgiveness
Speaker: Rev. Lori Kyle

As Unitarian Universalists, many of us are deeply moved by ideals fueled by justice.  And from justice often emerges an appreciation for outcomes based on fairness. This Sunday we will explore how surrendering our inclination towards fairness frees us to consider embracing forgiveness.

Children will attend RE during the Celebration of Life.

Calendar Events February 23
9:45/10:00 Adult RE
11:00   Celebration of Life – Sanctuary
Children will leave for RE
11:00   rental: Spiritual Israel  Church – Choir Room
12:30   Brown Bag Book Club (UU Common Read) – Open Classroom
12:30   CLOUT Network Meeting – Library

For More Information

See the First U webpage.
See the Church Calendar.
Contact the Church Office.
Contact the Care Team.
Photos of First U by Del Ramey

Opportunities to Make a Difference

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.