Mid-Week Update May 16, 2018

FYI

Invitation to the Celebration of the Life of Susan Moffett Saturday, May 19. Join the family and friends of Susan Moffett on Saturday, May 19 at First Unitarian Church for a celebration of her life and accomplishments. The church will open at 4:00pmand the celebration will begin at 4:30pm. There will be an opportunity to share your thoughts about Susan during the formal celebration or informally during the reception following. In addition, at 8:00 pm continue the celebration at the Highland Community Center (936 Barret Ave.) for Contra dancing in Susan's honor. Admission is free. For more information, contact Jeff Matthias. (jmattlou [at] gmail.com).

Christe’s Graduation Christe graduates Sunday, May 20 at 3:00pm in Chicago at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago at 5650 S. Woodlawn Avenue.

Annual Budget The Board has reviewed next year’s budget direction at some length. It will be presented to the membership at our Annual Meeting on June 3. Meanwhile there will be a chance to see and discuss the proposed budget on Sunday, May 20. Board members and myself will be in church before and after the service so anyone interested can learn details and background prior to voting for adoption at the Annual Meeting. John Grossman, Treasurer

All Church Picnic! May 27 from 12:15-3:00 in the church courtyard and social hall. Come celebrate together with Food:  Picnic Foods,  Veg & Sides Fun: Bounce house, tarot readings, cotton candy, face painting, bubbles, henna tattoos, & more. Friends: Church Folk! Sponsored by the RE Ministry. Donations will be accepted. Contact Linette (dre [at] firstulou.org) for more information.

Gather to Honor Earl After many years of dedicated service, Earl Reynolds is officially retiring as building supervisor for First Unitarian Church, effective May 31, 2018. All are invited to a farewell dinner for Earl to honor and thank him for his service, and to celebrate his future adventures in retirement! Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Time:  5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Place: First Unitarian Church. Dinner will be in the Social Hall. Barbecue sliders (meat and vegetarian), side dishes, soft drinks, coffee and tea will be served. Come one, Come all! Questions? Contact Mary Ballard at 502-594-9347, or at ballardmb2 [at] bellsouth.net

Volunteer to Work Forecastle Festival Sign-up for this fun fundraiser for First U.  You work in a beverage booth at this midsummer music festival, First U gets paid. Last year we raised over $1,000 this way. Once your shift is completed, you get to stay, free, as long as you like (admission otherwise is $50). Get family and friends to join in too! You can sign up online at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f44abaf23a75-forecastle2  Please state "For First" in the comment section. This is a joint activity with TJ Unitarian Church.

Women’s Alliance Social Action Shower June 2 at 10am at Pam Middleton’s House. Please join us on Saturday June 2 at 10 Please bring a dish for a pot luck lunch and a gift for the worthy organization, La Casita Center (www.lacasitacenter.org). We will party with adult beverages should you choose, and have a short business meeting.  If you can't bring a dish, or a gift, come anyway.  There will be plenty for all.  The party is at Pam Middleton’s House, close to Mid-City Mall in the Highlands.  Send an email to pamiddleton1 [at] gmail.com or call Pam at the church (Monday and Tuesday 10-2) for the address.   Suggested gifts:  Gently used baby clothes, Diapers (any size), Baby Wipes, Toilet Paper, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Soap (Bar), Napkins, Paper Towels, Cleaning Supplies, Kitchen Garbage Bags, Feminine Items, White Rice, Dry Red or Black Beans, ​Spaghetti, Spaghetti Sauce (Jar), Maseca Flour, ​Cooking Oil, Sugar, Salt.  La Casita Center says this: “We are a grassroots non-profit ​​located in Louisville, KY accompanying families in the Latin@ community. ​Our mission is to empower these families, providing a foundation for systemic change with long-term effects. We are passionate about social justice, solidarity and accompaniment of the most vulnerable, and promotion of health and healing among our newest immigrant Latin@ families. We do this through direct service (meeting basic needs as well as through education, advocacy, and the creation of networks of support.

Annual Congregational Meeting June 3 at 12:45 The meeting will be held in the church sanctuary and all members are encouraged to ttend.  Non-members may attend but are not allowed to vote on presented issues.  A light lunch will be provided prior to the meeting.  Childcare will be provided. The stated business of this Annual Meeting will be election of members to the Nominating and Endowment Committees, and the Board.  The church budget for the fiscal year of July 2018 - 2019 will also be presented for a vote.  Members present will also hear an update from the Immigration Justice team formed at the last annual meeting and be given the opportunity to vote on their resolution. If you are unable to attend, but would like to have a proxy be in attendance for you, contact the church office (office [at] firstulou.org) for a proxy form. They are also available in the Volunteer area in the file of forms.  This form should be filled out completely and sent back to the church, or given to Clare Gervasi anytime BEFORE June 2nd at 12:30PM. Late forms will not be accepted for any reason. Please make plans to attend

Celebration of Life 11:00 am
Reinventing Legacies
Speakers: Brian Daly and Lee Wells

Understanding who we are and where we come from are important concepts for many people. Often this journey of seeing understanding is done through genealogy and personal stories. In this service we will explore our connections with the people who preceded us at First Unitarian. We will focus on those who choose to be interred in our Memorial Garden that surrounds our church. Learn more about your chosen path by reviewing the path other Unitarian Universalists have chosen. Revisit with us the joys and accomplishments of our community’s ancestors.

Religious Exploration 9:45 – 10:45
See Class Descriptions at firstulou.org/cre (children) and firstulou.org/lre (adult)
Nursery care is available 9:30-12:00. Room 214