What’s UUp Sunday, May 31?

Important Notice: Zoom Update Required

When you sign in to Zoom this Sunday, you’ll be required to upgrade to 5.0.  This may take a few minutes, so please UPDATE EARLY,  preferably before Sunday. You can click on this link, which will open on an empty (blank) meeting. CLOSE the meeting with the x in the upper right corner, and a box will appear asking you to upgrade your zoom. If you have problems with the upgrade, please send an email to the Volunteer Desk. Pam or Trish will get back to you as soon as one of them is able.

Here is an article Zoom published if you have questions, but for most of you, it should go smoothly.

Celebration of Life 11:00am

The Mystery of Community
Speaker: Linette Lowe

In times like these, when the church has left the building, what does it mean to be in community?  How can we be together apart?  As the Executive Director of Central Louisville Community Ministries, Linette will explore some of the mystery and magic of community at work around us and the power it has to change us and our world for the better.

Joys and Sorrows
One of the important aspects of a church service is sharing our joys, concerns and sorrows with one another. We encourage you to share if you wish, by contacting the Volunteer Desk. Emails received by 10:00am Sunday will be included in Sunday’s service


Join Us Online or by Phone via ZOOM
Meeting ID
Online click here

Password may be obtained by sending an email to the Volunteer Desk before Sunday, telling us who you are and why you are interested in our services.

Phone (312) 626-6799 or (646) 876-9923

You can call in to listen even if you don’t have access to the internet. 

Need Help? The Volunteer Desk will begin monitoring at 10am.
Sign in online early to make sure you’re all set up.

Order of Service

“There are moments when the heart is generous, and then it knows that for better or worse our lives are woven together here, one with one another and with the place and all the living things.” 
                                                   – Wendell Berry, in Jayber Crow

Gathering          Ethan McCollum
Welcome           Jill Sampson
Chalice Lighting          Linette Lowe
      Nurture This Precious Light by Naomi King

Call to Worship        Linette
      Community Means Strength by Starhawk

Hymn       Gather the Spirit     Ethan
Our Mission and Covenant   (unison)          Linette
     We are a church of reason and spirit that
     witnesses for progressive faith,
     nurtures our community and transforms our world.
     Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law.
     This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace,
     to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.
Invitation to Generosity          Jill
     Contributions are gratefully received.
     Click here for multiple donation options.
Offertory          Ethan
Joys and Sorrows          Linette
Sung Response          Comfort Me          Ethan
Moment of Prayer and Meditation          Linette
         Carry On by Carrie Newcomer
Sung Response    There is More Love Somewhere    Ethan
Moment for All Ages     The Bread Man     Linette        
Sermon     The Mystery of Community     Linette
Hymn          We Are a Gentle Angry People        Ethan
Extinguishing the Chalice (unison)          Linette
     We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth,
     The warmth of community, or the fire of commitment.
     These we carry in our hearts until we are together again. 
Closing Words          Linette
     Be True, Be Well, Be Loving by Cynthia Landrum

Postlude          Ethan.

We thank those that worked on the service.

Linette Lowe, Service Coordinator

Ethan McCollum, Music

Jill Sampson, Board Representative

Worship Ministry

Tech Crew:  Jim Fry, Pam Middleton, Trish Ramey,


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.

Join Us Next Week –  June 7

Learning to Dance in the Rain
Speaker: Pam Middleton

Hanging in Pam’s kitchen is a plaque that says, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”   Although it may have been created as no more than a “Hallmark card” greeting, it still contains a universal truth.  We are in a confluence of storms now, natural and political, and if we only try to wait it out, we may find that life has passed us by.  Pam will talk about different ways that people have learned to dance in this storm, and how we can learn to dance in the rain.
Presented by Pam Middleton, First Unitarian church member since 2013, teacher, physician, contra dancer.


Our Staff
Rev. Lori Kyle, Minister
Loren Crawford, RE Coordinator
Ethan McCollum, Choir Director
Barbara Creasy, Office Admin.

NaQueesha Puckett, Childcare
and RE Asst.
Shuna Franklin, Childcare
Earl Reynolds, Building Supervisor
Michael Purintun, Bookkeeper


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.


Website Click “Give” on the top of the home page. Select General Operating Fund and fill out the form.

Phone Download Vanco’s app GIVE+ Search for our zip code (40203) and pick our church.

Bank Set up your online banking to send your pledge check automatically or for a one time gift.

Mail a check to the church
(809 S. 4th St. Louisville 40203)

However you choose to givethank you!
Click to Contact    Bookkeeper     Office Administrator     Treasurer

Religious Exploration Update

Though we are apart, we will get through this together.

RE Opportunities

Shared Breath
Thursdays at 12:00pm
Need to take a breather? Join Loren Crawford every Thursday at 12pm for a breathing meditation. No meditation experience required. Let’s take care of ourselves with simple meditations for stress relief.
Join Zoom Meeting click here
The Seekers & Middle School Hangout
Sundays at 2:00pm
Want to hang out with your RE buddies? Join us on Sunday afternoons from 2pm – 2:45pm for a low-key get together. We’ll talk, play some games and just hang out. Your church family misses you!  For grades 2-8.
Join Zoom Meeting click here
Storytime for Wee Ones
Tuesdays at Noon 
Need a story break? Want to see your RE friends? Join Loren Crawford and guest readers for a couple of stories every week.
For Pre-K-Grade 1.
Join Zoom Meeting click here
The UU Common Read
Sunday May 24 12:30-2pm – Chapters 5 & 6
“An Indigenous Peoples HIstory to the United States” 

The fourth Sunday of every month. Please join us even if it’s your first time!
Join Zoom Meeting  click here
 Postcard Project
On April 5th the Moment for All Ages focused on sending postcards. If you want to take part in sending and receiving postcards to and from people all over the world, check out this website.First U Snail Mail Adventure
AND/OR join the First Unitarian Snail Mail Adventure! Let’s bring back the custom of handwritten letters. It’s such a treat to get a real letter in the mail, and it will help our beleaguered  mail service. Click Here to fill out a simple form that signifies that you’d like to exchange snail mail with someone in the congregation. I will send you the mailing information you need to send someone a letter or postcard and I will share your mailing address to someone else who has signed up. For adults, youth and children  – children may sign up separately, or you may sign up as a family or individual.
Family Chalice Facebook Group
Check out our newly created Family Chalice Group page on Facebook that is dedicated to sharing our experiences as a congregation, photos, tips, resources and encouragement. It’s a place to ask for help if needed and offer help if you are able. This page is not just for RE, but of all of us.
Please Join a BAND Group
Here we can offer resources more specifically to RE. The more people that join, the better it is. Click on a link to try it out- it’s easy!     Adult RE Group invitation link:     Children RE Group invitation link
Please be well everyone!
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Love will outlast it all.
Loren Crawford
[email protected]
Coordinator of Religious Exploration

Announcements: See the Midweek Update

Current Church Operations


  • Sunday services Join us online or by phone.
  • Religious Exploration Many opportunities by Zoom for all ages
  • First U meetings are to be held via Zoom. Contact your meeting/committee chair for details.
  • Calls to the church office  (502-585-5110) will be forwarded to the office email. If you leave an email address in your message, she can respond to you more quickly.
  • We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and the Governor’s office regarding the future resumption of church services and activities.
  • Contributions We offer multiple options for making donations.