809 S. 4th St, 502-585-5110

Upcoming Services and Archived Services – upper right corner of the home page

Upcoming Calendar Events

Sundays  11 am Celebration of Life
Sunday Oct 02 11 am Blessing of the Animals!!
Sunday Oct 09 10 am MORSH – in person RE
Sun Oct 09 noon LUNCH – not on the first Sunday this month.
Sun Oct 09 1 pm Church AUCTION
Sun Oct 16 7 pm Folk Song CONCERT
Sat Oct 22 9 am Earthwalk
Tues Oct 25 6 pm First U Board of Trustees Meeting
  • We offer a hybrid approach to our Sunday Celebration of Life services, both in-person and via zoom. 
  • For the zoom link, go the “Live Stream Our Service” on the home page upper right corner.  The Meeting ID is 4508929882  You will not need a password. Contact [email protected] if you have trouble getting online. 
  • Join Us for Lunch October 9, not 2 – We’ll enjoy lunch together the day of the Auction.

Join us Sunday, Oct 2

In person or on Zoom

Blessing of the Animals


Speaker:  Rev. Lori Kyle

Send Your Pet Pics and Bring Fido Too!
Our Blessing of the Animals service is Sunday. You can bring your pet to church, or email to Rev. Lori a picture of your pet (or better, your pet AND you) to be included in a slide show to be shown during the service.  If your dear one passed over the rainbow bridge this year, send us a picture of your deceased pet with a few sentences in memoriam.

Our Pets: Mutual Blessings
Every year around this time we have our Blessing of the Animals service, and it’s here again!  In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we have the opportunity to bring our pets to church to receive a special blessing. 

Join Rev. Lori in this special multi-generational service as we share stories about how our pets inspire us and bless us back.


RE Changes October 2
No Adult RE for morning of 10/2 as we prepare for our Blessing of the Animals Service.
No All Ages RE on 10/2 as we will be engaged in the Multigenerational Service of the Blessing of the Animals.

Covid Update Sep 28: Green
The good news is that the metro community risk for covid has been lowered to the Low Risk level (green) as of Sep 22. Here at First U, masks and social distancing are not required, but remain a great option for those of us at increased risk. And if you aren’t aware, the updated booster vaccines, targeting the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein variants, are now available.


FYI

Sections below in this order:

Social Justice

Religious Exploration

Our Community


Social Justice


From the Seventh Principle Team: Louisville Earth Walk.
Saturday, October 22, at 9am at Hogan’s Fountain, Cherokee Park
Door prize for First U Walkers. 

Join in the 6th annual Louisville Earth Walk, a community celebration and fundraiser for local environmental organizations, on Saturday, October 22, at 9am at Hogan’s Fountain, Cherokee Park. Walk either on a 3.7-kilometer (~2 mile) walk or online, or anywhere, all in the spirit of caring for the environment. 

Questions? Ask Barb Kelty, Kathy Kremer, or Margaret Pearce. 

First Unitarian Church is a co-sponsor again this year. (Sign up there at the First U table to win a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE from Carmichael’s bookstore!) 

Each week, we will introduce you to some of the Earth Walk sponsors. 

  • Our Earth Now, a youth-led group, raises awareness and energizes a movement to enact both social and environmental change through collective empowerment and action.  Its Louisville Environmental Activist Training program teaches people how to go from idea to action.
  •  The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center is a nonprofit, interfaith spirituality center devoted to teaching contemplative practices like mindfulness, meditation, and deep connection to the natural world. 
  •  Project Warm provides energy conservation services and education to promote energy-saving practices in the community through its free services to low-income households, seniors, and the disabled living in Jefferson County. 
  • The West Jefferson County Community Task Force, established by the Jefferson County Division of Environmental Health and Protection, promotes environmental justice by identifying environmental problems in 12 West Louisville neighborhoods. Celebrate our beautiful planet while raising awareness and funds for local organizations working to protect the quality of life for all

Utilities Assistance Crisis
There are currently no funds available in the city of Louisville to assist with gas and electric payments, which allow clients to keep their utilities on and thus avoid eviction. Our congregation is a supporting member of Central Louisville Community Ministries (CLCM), which is leveraging generous donations from individuals and congregations to help keep our neighbors turned on, but the need is far outpacing their funds.  Donations to this effort can be made through CLCM’s website at by clicking the “Donate” button (please put a note in the “Add a Message” box that this is for utilities assistance). Or you can send a check to CLCM at 809 S. 4th Street, 40203, with a note in the memo line for utilities assistance. Thank you, as always, for your support of their more than 50 years of work in our neighborhood.


CLCM: Pedal Power
Transportation is often a major issue for our clients.  One way we try to help is through our partnership with Pedal Power, a volunteer group located at Beargrass Christian Church, that takes in used and/or broken bikes, fixes them up, and then donates them to various organizations, including CLCM. Each month, we hope to give away about a dozen bikes.  There is always more need than we can meet. If you have bikes to donate, you can take them to Beargrass Christian to the garage in the back and leave them in the bike rack there.  Your donated bike means transportation – and joy! – for a soon-to-be cyclist. If you have questions, please contact Linette.


CLCM Clothes ClosetMen’s Clothing Needed
The Clothes Closet of Central Louisville Community Ministries is in need of men’s clothing items. Clean, gently used functional men’s clothes (not suits and ties) and shoes can be left in the First U social hall, in garbage bags that are closed with twist-ties or tape. Thanks so much!


Annual Coat Drive Now Until October 20

CLCM’s annual Coat Drive and Giveaway is coming soon!  Each year we provide 400-600 warm coats to our neighbors as the weather cools.  This year, the drive starts now and will end October 20, with the Giveaway on Monday, October 24 at First Unitarian Church.  Donations are gratefully accepted at First Unitarian Mon-Thurs 9:30-1:00 or by arrangement.  You can call 502-890-8186 with questions.  Thank you!


Help the Committee on HomelessnessUP for Women and Children

Please support the coffee ministry with UP for Women and Children! They are in need of the following supplies (only):
     Instant oatmeal packets     Ground coffee for percolator
     Instant ramen soup cups    Sugar packets
     Sugar substitute packets    Plastic spoons
You can order the coffee or ramen directly from UP’s Amazon wish list at https://www.uplouisville.org/  Other items can be dropped off at church in our basket in the front hall, every little bit helps. Please notify Suzanne M if you donate! Thank you, the women who receive services at UP are so appreciative of our care. 


We Need You
Fridays 11am-3pm
September 23, 30 and October 7

If we want to see change in Kentucky, we need to increase the vote — which means increase voter registration among ALL who are eligible! Join the KUUJAN voter registration effort by volunteering to staff a voter registration table in one of Louisville’s low-turn-out areas — downtown Louisville (near First U!)

We will staff a table for the next four Fridays at the Goodwill Resource Center at the corner of Broadway and Campbell. Every Friday from 11-3 The Goodwill Resource Center is a busy place because residents come to pick up groceries from Dare to Care.  This provides an excellent opportunity for us to register a large volume of typically underserved voters.  

We need help on just 2 dates, September 30 and October 7.  Come for part of the time, if you can’t stay the entire time.  It helps to bring a laptop or tablet to register online, but registration cards will also be available. 

Please contact Bev Moore or Trish Ramey to volunteer or if you have questions.  



Religious Exploration

Nursery open

from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

We’re looking for

an additional person to join Jess.

Contact Loren for information.


RE Changes October 2
No Adult RE for morning of 10/2 as we prepare for our Blessing of the Animals Service.
No All Ages RE on 10/2 as we will be engaged in the Multigenerational Service of the Blessing of the Animals.


October 9th: First In-Person MORSH!

  • The Multigenerational One Room School House returns in October. You will be hearing more about this unique all ages RE offering.

Building Our Community


Mark Your Calendar: Church Auction, Sunday, October 9

12:00pm – Lunch and Silent Auction in the social hall
1:00pm – Live Auction (Child care provided; ending time by 3:00 pm)

What is the Auction?
The Auction is a fund-raiser to support First Unitarian Church’s many programs. After church on Oct. 9, go to the Social Hall for a bidding number.

The event begins with a Silent Auction. Each item has a bidding sheet where you write your name and bid. At 1:30, we collect the sheets, and the high bidder takes the item home.

The Live Auction begins at 1:00. Our Auctioneer will take bids for items ranging from ethnic dinners to homemade goodies, sewing lessons, and artwork. We’ll have something for everyone!

How do I make a donation?
Email Tiffany Taylor or call/text 812-987-7965. You can bring Silent Auction donations to the church during office hours or Sunday, Oct. 2, and put them in the church parlor marked with your name and “For the auction.” Let us know if you need something picked up.
All donations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

What should I donate?
Live Auction: Ask your favorite restaurant or other business to give a gift certificate, make a meal, offer a personal or professional service, teach a skill, or share a talent. 

Silent Auction: Items that are new or like new that you think someone would pay $5 or more for. This is a great chance to find a new home for items you’ve been meaning to re-gift!

What else can I do to help?
Come to the auction! We greatly appreciate all the wonderful donations, but the Auction can succeed only if church members and friends attend and bid.

I can’t come that day! Can I still bid?
Yes! Preliminary lists of Auction items will be sent out by email. Let us know what items you’re interested in and how high you’re willing to bid; we’ll enter your bids for you.

Do I really have a chance to win $100?
Yes! Everyone (no age limit) who arrives by 1:00 and stays until the end of the auction will be entered in a drawing to take home a $100 bill.

See you at the Auction on Oct. 9!

Rise Up and Sing Concert at First U October 16 at 7pm

Enjoy a concert by activist folk singers Annie Patterson and Charlie King in concert.  Click here for ticket information and to learn more about their music.


CUUPs on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
The Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) group will resume in-person classes on September 7th and will meet in the church library.  We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month and begin class at 7pm. All of CUUPS classes and public rituals are open to all our church family. If you have an interest in learning more about Earth-Centered spirituality, please join us.


Calling All Kitchen Geniuses!  
Now that the First Sunday lunches have resumed we are seeking volunteers to help straighten up our new kitchen afterwards and wash dishes so that we can use the church’s reusable dishes. Teams of 5 are being organized so that each team will work once every 3 months. Sign up by contacting Kathy Kremer


Greeters – Past, Present & Future
We are looking for a few good people to help us serve as the church’s welcoming force. Connection Ministry: Rita Sasse & Brian Daly



~ Land Acknowledgment ~

First U acknowledges that Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Osage native peoples lived on the land we now call Kentucky prior to their forced removal. We honor both our past and ongoing connection to them.

Find out more here.


To Reach Us

Office Hours

11am-3pm Monday-Thursday
The best way to reach us at any time is by email.

  • Barbara, the office administrator [email protected]
  • Volunteer desk [email protected]
  • Phone (502) 585-5110. If you don’t reach someone, leave a message, including your email address, as messages are automatically emailed to the office.
For More Information
Contact the Minister; [email protected]
Contact the Building Superintendent; [email protected]
RE Coordinator: [email protected] or see the RE page on this website
Justice Ministry; [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

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