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Upcoming Calendar Events

Further information is down the page

Sundays, 11 amCelebration of Life in the sanctuary or on Zoom.
see UPCOMING SERVICES on the home page
for further details
1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays, 9:30 amAdult RE – In person
2nd Sunday, 9:45 amMultigenerational Open Schoolroom (MORSH) in person on 2nd floor
Sundays, 11:20Kids’ Celebration, in person on 2nd floor
May 1-29Ministry Council sponsoring the Give Hope Food Drive
May 29-June 5First U Online Auction
Sunday June 5, 1pmAnnual Meeting in the sanctuary

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FYI – HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY


The Ministry Council’s Give Hope Food Drive Needs You!

Bring your donation to the Social Hall this Sunday
There are two teams to which to give— Team Give (composed of the Connections and RE ministries) and Team Hope (composed of the Worship and Justice ministries). These teams will be competing for the prize of getting to name the topic of Rev. Lori’s July 10th sermon (winner based on the weight of total team donations). AND, to add to the fun each team will be using their donated food items to build a structure in the sanctuary!!

Donations go to the food pantry at Calvary. 

Requested items:
cereal; peanut butter;
 pasta and sauce;
canned meats, soup,
vegs, fruit; ravioli;
mac n’ cheese;
toiletries; ramen.

And don’t forget….your team has the opportunity to build a structure with your donated items (items received as of 5-11-22 have been counted and moved to the sanctuary, ready for building. Newly donated items go to the Social Hall to be counted). You don’t have to be a member of either team to donate.

An Update from Rev. Lori:
Our two First U teams, Team Give and Team Hope, have been busy bringing donations (thank you!!).  The tally so far for # of donated items is…
Team Give – 35, and Team Hope – 103. There are lots of days left until the end date of May 31, and I’m looking forward to watching each team’s stockpile grow!

If you belong to both teams or neither, disburse your donations as you choose… it all goes for the great cause of helping our neighbors! Questions? Contact Rev. Lori or your Ministry Council chairperson. Let the giving games go forth!


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FYI – Happening Soon


The First U Online Auction is Coming: Time to Prepare!
Our first 2022 auction will be all online, and will offer passes to local attractions, gift cards, any summertime event you want to offer, and “things” – unique items you may have at home to donate. 

The online auction will begin May 29, and run for 1 week, ending after the annual meeting on June 5. These have been a lot of fun, so plan to participate! 

Now is the time to think about what you could offer to the online auction. Do you have points from a credit card that you could redeem for a gift card? We have several already, so check with Kathy G first so we don’t duplicate. Do you have a connection with a local business that you could ask for a donated pass/gift?  Do you have unique items you’re ready to pass along?  All items gratefully accepted – email [email protected] if you have any questions.

The second auction will be in-person in the fall, and will be more focused on dinners offered in people’s homes and events/experiences.


Stewardship Update
As the church fiscal year winds down, now is a good time to review the financial pledge you made last year, and check that you’re on track with your payments. Many folks also pledged to pay an amount towards UUA dues. The church sends a check to the UUA in June, so for your contribution to be included, now would be a good time to pay that if you haven’t done so yet (make out a check to First U – write “UUA dues” in the memo line). We appreciate all who have made a pledge to First U and have been able to fulfill that pledge!


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FYI – Long Term Info you might need

Want to Attend the UUA GA?
June 22-26 in Portland, OR or virtually. First U funds are available to help defray costs! Rev. Lori and former interns, Rev. Chris Rothbauer and Rev. Christe Lunsford, will be recognized as full fellowship ministers. Contact Kathy T.


Update to our Covid Risk Response Matrix:

First U is adapting as new information continues to emerge. As of 5/11 Jefferson County has entered to MEDIUM risk category with 205 cases per 100K. However the greater Louisville Metro Area including surrounding counties in Ky and IN is still in the LOW Risk category, according to covidactnow.org and CDC guidelines. If the Greater Metro Area continues in the Green Zone the following guidelines will apply.

  • proof of vaccine is no longer required to attend church services, although we still highly recommend vaccination
  • masking is now OPTIONAL, although we support all those at risk who choose to continue to wear masks
  • social distancing is now OPTIONAL
  • adult and children’s in-person RE is now being offered
  • social hour after the service has resumed

A warning to all, the case number depends on the number of people who are actually getting the test in public places, and doesn’t count home tests. It is likely higher than the published number. The more dependable metric is the hospitalization rate, which has remained stable between 3 and 4 per 100K for the last three weeks.

Anyone who wishes to continue stricter precautions is encouraged to do so. We want everyone to feel safe being back together in church, and we want everyone to feel welcome!

To keep us all safe, several safeguards will remain in place. Good hand hygiene is a must. Our enhanced cleaning protocols in the building will continue. Enhanced ventilation in the building will continue.
We ask that you stay home if you’re feeling unwell, or take a home covid test (with negative result) before attending.

Click here to read the letter from the Board. See the chart we’re following. This matrix, developed by the First U Covid Task Force, will continue to evolve as new data is shared, and possibly as new covid variants emerge. We will get through this together. The team announces current levels in the Friday What’s UUp email.


Building a Diverse Multicultural Community with First U grants
First Unitarian Church of Louisville is awarding grants to build a diverse multicultural community that accountably dismantles racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions. This program, with an original allotment of $25,000 in the Sanctuary Fund, will distribute grants between $250 to $5,000 that encourage social and racial justice while involving the broader community and First Unitarian Church. Click here for more information.


New First U Office Hours
11am-3pm Monday-Thursday
Contact Barbara, the office administrator at [email protected] and the Volunteer desk at [email protected] The best way to reach us at any time is by email. Phone (502) 585-5110 will be answered 11-3 Mon-Thur. If you don’t reach someone, leave a message, including your email address, as messages are automatically emailed to the office.


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Social/Spiritual Events!


Soul Matters Sharing Circles
Your information about Soul Matters Sharing Circles from Rev. Lori was sent out Wednesday afternoon. Please read about this exciting opportunity here or in your email.

Click here for the full description of groups.

  • Young Adult Small Group  Gen Z or a Millennial and new to First U? Contact Annette.
  • Parenting Small Group  Is your nest still full? Is your gas tank less full? Contact Kristi 
  • Wise (Older) Adult Small Group  For retirement age Contact Kathy D.

Want to Attend the UUA GA? June 22-26 in Portland, OR or virtually.
First U funds are available to help defray costs! Rev. Lori and former interns, Rev. Chris Rothbauer and Rev. Christe Lunsford, will be recognized as full fellowship ministers. Contact Kathy T for information.

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Volunteer! Donate! Here are opportunities


Give to Kentucky Tornado Relief Efforts
If you are interested in donating to the tornado relief efforts through First U, please make your check payable to First Unitarian Church, and in the memo line, write “KY Tornado Relief.” You can also check the First U Email list sent recently for other options.Thank you for your generosity!

Committee on Homelessness Seeks Volunteers
Are you interested in engaging more with our Church, our Church neighborhood, and our larger community? The Committee on Homelessness is recruiting members and volunteers. Here are some of the things we do:

  • The Compassion Team –  a group of Church members trained to engage with people experiencing homelessness on our Church property. The calls are few and far between, but the experience is gratifying. So far we have helped two individuals find shelter and medical care. 
  • The Churchyard Tenders – this team takes regular shifts to pick up debris left by churchyard visitors.  Keeping our churchyard clean has reduced the number of people who have used it for overnight sleeping, drug use, and loitering.
  • The Committee on Homelessness – the committee members meet once a month. All of us are involved in one or more of the other teams, but that is not required. We monitor the activities of Louisville groups that serve people experiencing homelessness and network at community meetings.  As we learn about the problem of homelessness, we are planning to involve Church volunteers in a community service project, probably partnering with one or more neighborhood organizations.

If any of this sounds interesting, please contact Suzanne Meeks to talk about opportunities to get involved!


GOT METAL??


You can help Solar Array help First U!
(and clear out stuff in your way!)

Drop off cans and scrap metal at the Solar Array Project collection can in the courtyard behind the wooden fence. Your scrap metal will help First U cut its carbon footprint and clean the air and water! Thanks!

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Social Justice Ministry


Judicial Election Information:

Shared by the First U Justice Ministry
So often, when we go to vote in the primaries, we have no idea who to vote for, particularly in Kentucky’s non-partisan judicial elections. As a service to First U members and friends voting in Jefferson County, here is a document provided by the non-profit, non-partisan Jefferson County Public Law Library. This resource provides names and self-provided bios of all judicial candidates where more than two candidates are running in the May 17th primaries.  Note: All the local judgeships are up for election this year. Since judicial candidates run as nonpartisan, these candidates will be on ALL primary ballots.


Voter Registration

Any KY citizen who will be 18 by Nov. 8, 2022, the day of the General Election, is eligible to register and vote in the May Primary as well as the General Election. If you would like to take 2-3 hours to help register high school students, please email Beverly Moore or call 502-494-9777 and leave your name and address. Volunteers can be any gender.


From the Seventh Principle Team: Only 5% of Plastic is Recycled
According to a recent report in The Guardian, the recycling rate for post-consumer plastic was just 5 to 6 percent in 2021. Around 85 percent of plastics end up in landfills, and the remaining 10 percent are incinerated. Plastic producers have slapped the triangular “chasing arrows” shape on the bottom of products and misleading people into thinking they are recyclable, when in fact the symbol does not guarantee that. The Department of Energy researchers report that landfilled plastic waste in the United States has been on the rise because of low recycling rates, population growth, consumer preference for single-use plastics, and low disposal fees in certain parts of the country according to a press release. Also, countries such as China used to accept ships full of plastic waste from the US but, without that option, more plastic is ending up thrown away, since few US facilities have the capacity to recycle it. 
Another report revealed that the generation of plastic waste per person in the US has increased by 263% since 1980, from 60 pounds a person to 218 pounds a person. Some solutions are already in place. Fiber-based food trays that can be composted or recycled, Nestle has replaced plastic with paper on candy in the UK, and reusing and refilling bottles rather than tossing them after use also helps. More work is needed, such as banning single-use plastic, water refilling stations, and reusable food and dishware.

KUUJAN (Kentucky UU Justice Action Network)

KUUJAN Monthly meeting The First Wednesday of Every Month via Zoom 7:00-8:30 pm

Go to the website https://www.kuujan.org for more information. A monthly meeting of Unitarians in Kentucky interested in social justice.


Interfaith Power and Light

Solving the Climate Crisis
Join people of faith and conscience to call on President Biden to show US leadership in solving the climate crisis.
We are witnessing increasing numbers of disasters caused by climate change and public support for climate action is high. Take a minute to visit the website

Welcoming Refugees

The Special Project for Afghan Refugees has welcomed one Afghan family into a fully furnished home, thanks to the generosity of FirstU and All Peoples’ congregations.

The Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, working with Louisville Showing up for Racial Justice, has compiled updates from local organizations, including information about families and individuals from Afghanistan and Haiti, asylees from Cuba, and immigrants from the southern border.  For more about this as well as pending federal, state, and local legislation, read the full report   
“Love Knows No Borders”—Unitarian Universalist Association.


Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice

LSURJ Monthly Meeting (Base Building) -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.  

Also, every month on the Second Thursday at 3pm, SURJ members nationwide gather to learn together and spend time making calls and sending emails in support of frontline racial justice campaigns.

First U Justice Ministry
Want to know about more opportunities for involvement? Click here or send an email to [email protected] 

Join us as we work together in community to build the world we need.

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Central Louisville Community Ministries

CLCM Update
Central Louisville Community Ministries’ Annual Campaign is building momentum, and we humbly ask for your support.  Your financial support provides emergency rent and utility assistance to our neighbors in need, and your food donations feed the hungry. The CLCM office is seeing record numbers or requests for food and utility assistance. You can mail a check to CLCM, or give online.

CLCM continues to ask for donations of personal care items (but NO over-the-counter medications) that can be dropped off at the CLCM office at First Unitarian on Monday -Thursday between 9:30-11:30am.
You can mail a check to the office, or donate at their website.
You can check out CLCM at the Better Business Bureau site.


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See the RE pages on our website for the most recent information.

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Join Us Sunday, May 15, 2022

11 am in the sanctuary and on Zoom

Celebration of Life

Speaker: Rev. Lori Kyle

Recently we immersed ourselves in the awakenings that poetry often brings, and did so through our own creations. On this Sunday we return to prose as we continue our exploration of the theme Nurturing Beauty. Join Rev. Lori as she reflects on the inspiration and wisdom of the great Irish poet John O’Donohue. 


If you are interested in seeing some recent services, they are available for the past 3-4 weeks in the service archives accessed from the Home Page of this website. Older service links will be provided on request from the [email protected]


Share Joys and Sorrows even when you cannot attend in person —– 
Send an email to the Volunteer Desk at [email protected] by 5pm on Friday stating your name and your joy or sorrow. You may also enter your feelings during the service by using the chat feature  

Join Us via Zoom   
      Find the link on the Home page, at the top right in blue lettering “Live Stream our service and meetings”

        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. Click HERE.

Using the Church Building: Small Groups
If you are part of a small group that would like to meet in the building, please reach out to Barbara, our office administrator to confirm that space is available and to be placed on the calendar.
Our Online Calendar…A Great Tool (when utilized)!
This is a friendly reminder of how useful the website’s calendar is in planning use of our building space…especially now that we’re returning to in-person presence. So that all of us can get accurate information, please, individuals and committees alike, communicate with Barbara about reservation of space so that it can be posted, and so that your reservation can be locked in! 

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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.


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


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 office hours from 11-3 Monday – Thursday.

What if Church Email Doesn’t Arrive in Your Inbox?
If you know of someone unable to see messages from First U, please share this information:

  • If the person isn’t signed up for email, they can request to be added to the list contacting the Volunteer Desk or the Church Office.
  • If signed up but not receiving mail, the first step is to verify that mail is being sent. Contact the office to have Barbara check this. Sometimes when an email address is changed, the person doesn’t think to update it with the church. Barbara can easily check to see if an email is listed and which one was the last one opened.
  • When someone isn’t receiving the email, especially if they once did, most of the time it’s being sent, but Google changed the way gmail is set up and how mass mailing is handled. While it goes to the Inbox most of the time, sometimes it’s placed elsewhere.  The most common location is called “All Mail” but it may also be sent to areas such as Promotions or Social. Most people don’t even realize these areas exist and they may even be hidden from view depending on how the account was set up. 

    If you look on your email page, usually on one side, there is a list of folders labeled Inbox, Drafts, Sent Mail and Trash, which most people are familiar with. But over the years, new choices such as “All Mail” have been added. Click “more” to keep scrolling down the list. At the bottom of your list, you’ll see “Manage the List” which can help you try to set folders the way you want them. Once you locate your hidden mail, you can change settings to have it sent to inbox or at least know where to look for it.

I hope this helps. This has become a widespread problem no matter which program is used to send out mail. Barbara Creasy, Office Administrator


The 2021-2022 Board of Trustees
     Peggy Muller, President
     Bill Allison, Vice – President
     Joan Garrett, Secretary
     Jill Sampson, Treasurer
     Donna Corbett, Member at Large
     Barbra Justice, Member at Large
     Lon Kaminar, Member at Large
     Jan Nelson, Member at Large