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

Upcoming Calendar Events

Sundays……………….9:30-12:30
11 am

11:15-12:15
Nursery
Sunday services
(Children attend until after the Moment for All Ages)
Children’s RE
SunMar 1911 amStewardship message – CLOUT
SunMar 2611 amStewardship message – Social Justice
Sun Apr 211 amStewardship message – Earth Day
SunApr 2noonFirst Sunday lunch – celebrate end of pledge drive
Sun Apr 212:15Common Read Discussion – Mistakes and Miracles
SunApr 911 amEaster – Rev. Sturtevant
SunApr 9noonEaster Brunch – Tiffany and Co
SunApr 16noonCommon Read Discussion – Mistakes and Miracles
Sun Apr 30noonCommon Read Discussion – Mistakes and Miracles

Bad Weather Reminder: The church office is officially closed when JCPS is out of school due to weather emergencies. You can still contact the Volunteer Desk or Barbara, the Office Administrator, by email at any time. CLCM is also closed when JCPS is closed due to the weather..

  • 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 on Sunday, March 19 at 11 am

The Call of Our Faith

Speaker: Trish Ramey

In every moment, life is giving us an invitation. As UUs, that invitation is to discover ourselves as spiritual beings, to be part of a community of like-mined individuals who are on the journey together, and to reach out to the world, to make it a better place for everyone.  Join us this Sunday to as we explore how we at First U can respond to this invitation.  Trish Ramey and Jane Martin Buckley will lead this service with a particular focus on CLOUT (Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together).  So many community-changing things are happening within and because of the CLOUT network. You won’t want to miss this service to learn what you can do to make a difference in Louisville.
About the Speaker
Trish Ramey has been a UU since her twenties when she joined the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati (where she then met her husband of 44 years, Del Ramey, AKA, the guy with the camera). Since then she’s been a 30-year member of First Parish in Framingham, MA, and now a 12-year member of First U. She is chair of our Justice Ministry and has been a network member of CLOUT since 2015; there, she soon became chair of CLOUT’s Affordable Housing Issue Committee and has recently been appointed to the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board.

FYI

Sections below in this order:

Social Justice

Religious Exploration

Our Community


Social Justice


Legislative Concern: Transgender

Update: there is a chance that this bill will die before March 19. It’s not too late to add your voice.


First U supports all people in decisions regarding their gender affirmation, 
There is an upcoming bill in the Kentucky House– HB 120, co-sponsored by Savannah Maddox, that addresses transkids medical care. It would institute some pretty heinous laws, affecting parents, doctors, insurance regulations, and governmental medical funding. It would:

  1. Criminalize parents seeking medical or surgical care for their children under 18 that addresses gender reassignment
  2. Criminalize physicians providing any medical or surgical treatment that addresses gender reassignment. (This could include psychological counseling)
  3. Bans insurance coverage for sexual reassignment care within the state
  4. Forbids the use of any governmental funding of any medical care affiliated with  gender affirmation or medical treatment

To voice your objection to this draconian measure, call 1-800-372-7181 and register your objection to this bill.


March 7 is National Cereal Day! The month of March is Cereal Month at CLCM!!
The food pantry at Central Louisville Community Ministries is collecting your donation of breakfast cereal, and any other non-perishable food, during March. Donations can be dropped off at Calvary Episcopal Church, 812 S 4th St, from 9:30am-noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We’re aiming to collect 1000 boxes of cereal – pick up a few extra when you buy your own, and help to feed our downtown neighbors.


Religious Exploration


For the most up to date information – go to the Religious Exploration page on this website.


Nursery open from 9:30 – 12:30

MORSH
RE’s Multi-Generation One-Room School House for the month of March is available here. It is full of things to explore, to create, to read and take part in. Click here This month’s theme is Vulnerability.


Our Community


Pledge Drive Moment
The annual Pledge Drive has begun! Hopefully you’ve received an initial contact from your canvasser, and you’re considering making a financial pledge to support First U. We appreciate all our pledgers, and as an added thanks, all those who turn in their pledge by this Saturday, March 18, will be entered into a drawing for a loaf of homemade bread!  Our theme this year is Change Adds Up To Growth, and your change (your money) nurtures and grows our faith community.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. 
-Barack Obama


Article II Commission Proposal March 19, 12:15pm
in the Church Library and via Zoom
Please join Jill, Cassandra, and Linette for a follow-up discussion of the Article II Commission’s proposal. Bring your questions, thoughts, and willingness to engage the process around articulating our shared UU values in preparation for the next steps at General Assembly. Light lunch will be provided. 


UUA Common Read Book 
Mistakes and Miracles, Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism.
“Co-authors Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin—a white minister and a lay person of color—explored five UU congregations’ journeys toward Beloved Community. Their book shares the joy, disappointment, and growth these congregations found.”   
  
This is relevant to the discussion of Article II revisions, Jill Sampson and Cassandra Culin will facilitate our discussion of this engaging and timely book. Click here.

Discussions will be April 2, 16 and 30 after church


Coffee Hour

  • Coffee hours have restarted. Visit and enjoy social time after services on Sundays.
  • Short-term volunteer opportunity: coffee hour host – meet new people, engage in great conversations, partake in good coffee and snacks. Serve once every two months on a Sunday that fits your schedule. Sign up 
  • Wanted: Musicians Musicians to perform at Coffee hour (10 minute sets) Contact Connections Ministry.

A Note to Retirees
Are you a retiree looking to donate to First Unitarian tax free?   You can use your IRA retirement account to make that donation by way of a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).  Every dollar of QCD that goes directly to a non-profit, such as First Unitarian, will satisfy your RMD requirement and not be treated as income for your federal taxes! You can reduce your taxable income while doing good for the world.  You can pay your pledge, donate to the capital fund or the endowment with your disbursement. Reach out to the treasurer for more information! 


Problems with 1st U Mobile Directory?
If you have recently tried to open our church mobile directory and found that the app asked you for your code, you’re not alone. Some folks think that Apple updated software at some point, which caused our directory to ask for the individual codes again. Whatever caused this, we sent the codes out to everyone who is in the directory last Friday. 

Didn’t Receive the Mobile Directory Email?
All families who are in the church mobile directory should have received an email from Universal Church Directory last Friday. That email contained your family’s Unique Identifier (or Code) for accessing the directory. It also contained directions for downloading the mobile directory app if you have not already done so. However, if you did not receive that email, please know that some folks found it in their Spam folder/Promotions folder (or whatever your folder is called). Check there for an email from Universal Church Directory. You may have it but don’t know you have it! If your email address has changed, contact Claudia to update this. 

If you have never downloaded the directory app and would like to learn how to get it, email Claudia Runge


Pastoral Care Needs
For Pastoral Care, please reach out to your assigned Care Team member, the person who checks in with you throughout the year. They will put you in contact with the Pastoral Team member that can best meet your needs. The Volunteer Desk can provide you with your Care Team member’s contact information. If you don’t know who your Care Team person is or if you don’t have a Care Team person, the Volunteer Desk can also assist you. In an emergency or highly sensitive situations, congregation members may contact a member of the pastoral team directly. Suzanne MeeksBarb Kaminer or Elwood Sturtevant.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or online at 988lifeline.org. The Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 911 in life-threatening situations.


Joys and Sorrows
One of the treasures of church congregations is the way people care about and support each other. Our joys and sorrows are shared during our services, whether in person or via chat. Only those actually associated with the church (as member, friend, or active participant) will receive the emailed list of shared joys and sorrows and by request only. Contact the office to be placed on the list. If you have already signed up, you do not need to do so again. Click here for more information. 


CUUPs on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
The Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) group resumed in-person classes on September 7th. We meet in the church library 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.


First U Book Club: Monday, April 10
This is a reminder that we are gathering at ??pm on Monday, April 10 in the library for Book Club.  Our April selection is “Becoming Nicole”, the inspiring story of transgender actor-activist Nicole Maines and her extraordinary family, by Amy Ellis Nutt. Margaret Pearce is this month’s discussion leader.



If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or online at 988lifeline.org. The Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 911 in life-threatening situations.


~ 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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Donations by Phone
If you use a phone app to give, please load the Vanco Mobile app to replace GivePlus.