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Upcoming Calendar Events

Sundays  11 am Celebration of Life
Monday August 8  6 pm Book Club
Sunday August 14 11 am Water Communion
Sunday August 14 12:15 pm LUNCH (rescheduled from the First Sunday)
Sunday August 14 1 pm Memorial Service for Pat Harrod
Sunday August 21 after church Religious Exploration Picnic in Central Park
  • 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 Sunday, August 7 – via zoom only

Holding Out Hope

The Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley

In describing her sermon, the speaker says, “Grieving has been turned into coping and getting back to “normal,” and this is where John Schneider says we have it wrong. John was a psychologist and a member of the UU congregation in Traverse City, Michigan. He specialized in grief and grieving. For him, this emphasis on coping is all about getting back to where we were, rather than the more appropriate task of finding a way to reach beyond, to move into something different, and to find transformation through the process. For John, grief was not only about coping, but also about hope, and the power of hope to transform our grief and loss and love into something that can help us move into a future made different by that loss.”

The Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley is a Congregational Life Consultant with the MidAmerica Regional Staff, is a life-long Unitarian Universalist who was an active lay leader before entering ministry in 1991.  She was board president, board member, worship associate, stewardship campaign chair, religious education teacher, bookkeeper, secretary, and shoveled the snow as well as many other “duties as assigned.” She lives in Kalamazoo, MI, with her partner and their dog Teddy.

Flexibility?: We Plan and Covid Laughs
If we’ve learned anything the past two years, it’s that plans change, criteria changes, and expectations should always include a question mark at the end of the word. We’ve had speakers cancel due to Covid at the last minute, and we have learned to roll with the punches. We have been taking good care of ourselves and most of us are vaccinated, and prepared to deal with the milder cases that are inevitable in the coming years. We will be updating our Covid statistics and policies weekly in this location.

Coming later this afternoon – But remember, service is ZOOM ONLY this week due to technical difficulties in the sanctuary system.


Sections below in this order:

Social Justice

Religious Exploration

Our Community

Social Justice

Solar Over Louisville Enrollment Deadline is August 14

From the Seventh Principle Team: Solar Over Louisville, a partnership between Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Sustainability Council to offer ways to help Louisville meet its clean energy goals, is offering its “Solar Over Louisville” campaign to sign up households deep discounts to install solar panels.  The deadline to sign up is August 14.  To learn how you can sign up and other events, click HERE.

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. 

CLCM Clothes Closet Opened This Week!
Thanks to generous volunteers, the Clothes Closet located upstairs at Calvary Episcopal Church is now open Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 for clients to choose up to six items once a month. We are in need of your donations of freshly laundered, gently used, practical adult clothing and shoes. (Suits and formalwear are not accepted.) Most needed items include XL, 2XL, and 3XL men’s clothing, and any men’s and women’s pants, shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, socks, underwear, shoes, and belts. If you have children’s clothing to donate, please contact Golden Arrow at 502) 589-3537.

All items must be clean and sealed in plastic bags.  You may drop your items off at First U on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30, or set up an alternate time by emailing the CLCM Director at [email protected] or call the CLCM office at (502) 890-8186 to arrange for drop-off. Thank you for helping us offer clothes to our low-income neighbors!  

Back Black-Owned Business Initiative
The First U Racial Justice Team invites our friends, congregants, and others to support black-owned businesses during August, National Black Business Month.  Every week in August, the Racial Justice Team is highlighting two black-owned businesses that we encourage you to patronize. Do take note, there are also many black-owned businesses that you can check out at this link.  

UU the Vote and First U
KUUJAN is planning to “UU The Vote 2022” and working throughout Kentucky to mobilize voter turn-out for these critically important national and statewide elections. KUUJAN is working to develop UU the Vote teams at each congregation, and will help each team with resources, as well as connecting teams with local organizers (in Louisville… the Louisville Urban League and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.) We are building the First U UU the Vote Team! If you are interested in being a part of these efforts, contact Rus Funk.

KUUAN Network Change
The Kentucky UU Justice Action Network is ending the monthly All-Network Gatherings.  They are transitioning to probable bi-weekly calls but will let us know.

CLCM Announces LGE Matching Grant
CLCM is one of 13 members of the Association of Community Ministries serving all of Metro Louisville and they’ve already used a year’s worth of funding already trying to help folks keep the lights and AC on during these hot days. LGE has offered to match up to $200,000 in utility assistance donations. Please consider donating online at the link here:, on CLCM’s Facebook page, or you can write a check to: ACM, PO Box 99545, Louisville, KY 40269-9545. All funds will be matched by LG&E and will help low-income neighbors keep their gas and electric on!

How to Support Proposed Climate Control Law
Finally, a proposed law to counter the climate crisis! You can take immediate action to work for the  passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 that will make much-needed investments in clean energy, clean transportation, resilient agriculture, climate resilience, environmental justice, and jobs. It is a long-delayed first step in climate action and part of a broader budget reconciliation bill. The recent flooding in Eastern Kentucky has highlighted the need for urgent climate action.

We must act now to require our elected representatives to support the bill. Phone, write a letter or email our representatives in Washington to urge them to act in the interest of their constituents, rather than their party.

Their addresses and phone numbers are:

  • Senator Mitch McConnell
    317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-2541.  Contact
  • Senator Rand Paul
    167 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510
    Phone: 202-224-4343 Contact
  • Representative John Yarmuth
    Washington Office: 402 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20510; Louisville District Office. Romano Mazzoli Federal Building.600 Martin Luther King, Jr. Place, Suite 216. Phone:  (202) 225-5401 Contact

Please note: Your letter, email or phone call does not need to be detailed or erudite. You must simply ask them to support the bill for the sake of a healthy future. (It never hurts to mention that you are acting as a person of faith).

Religious Exploration

August 14th: RE Open House

  • After the service all RE classrooms will be open for touring and families may sign their children up for the 2022-23 RE Year. Whether you have kids or not- come and see what we are up to!

August 21st: Two Events

  • 10:15 am What does it take to be an RE Teacher?
    For those considering volunteering to be an RE teacher but don’t know what it involves, there is an informational meeting just before the Celebration of Life. About 30 minutes. 
  • RE Family Picnic Sunday
    Following the Celebration of Life, we will gather at Central Park. Everyone is welcome- with or without children. Bring your own Picnic lunch. We will provide drinks, games, and treats.

August 28th: RE Teachers Training

  • 9:30am- 10:30am You will be given what you need to successfully teach an RE class, learn how you will be supported, and become familiar with classroom resources.

September 11th: RE Classes begin!

  • The first Sunday after Labor Day, all adult, children and youth RE classes will begin.

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.

Summer MORSH Packet
RE (Religious Exploration) does not meet during the summer but Director of Religious Exploration, Loren Crawford, shared a full edition of MORSH (Multigenerational One Room Schoolhouse) activities and links for your summertime pleasure.  You can find a link to it in your emailed Midweek Update or in the RE section of this website.

Building Our Community

Calling All Kitchen Geniuses!  
Now that the First Sunday lunches have resumed (and continuing, we hope), 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

Rev. Lori’s REVISED Summer Schedule 
(Remaining Away Dates) August 1-8, 16, and 22-29

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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