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……….Boldly Inclusive,

………………..Radically Friendly


A Whole Lot Going On

In addition to all of the usual activities, here are a few new ones to note.
Further information is down the page.
Sunday May 9       at 9:30am Draft Budget Review via zoom
Tuesday May 11    at 6:00pm 8th Principle Discussion via zoom
Tuesday May 11    at 6:00pm Draft Budget Review via zoom
Saturday May 15   at 4:00pm Women’s Alliance Meeting in courtyard
Sunday May 16   at 12:30pm 8th Principle Discussion via zoom
Saturday May 22 at 11:00am Church Picnic at Central Park
Sunday May 23     at 1:00pm (Rain Date) Church Picnic at Central Park
Saturday May 29 at 10:30am 8th Principle Discussion via zoom
Sunday June 6 at 1pm Annual Congregational Meeting via zoom
Sunday June 6 Auction Begins

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First U Parade & Picnic…ARE YOU READY?!?
To celebrate a hugely successful stewardship campaign, and to spend safe and fun time together, join in for our parade and picnic!!
Where: Central Park pavilion  4th and Magnolia
When: Saturday, May 22 from 11am – 1pm (rain date May 23, 1pm – 3pm) 
Why:  Safe fun and togetherness! (socially distanced)
What: picnic (we supply drinks and packaged snacks, you bring food for your group)
Parade (decorated bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons, shoeboxes, floats)           
Will there be prizes?   YES!!!                                                                    
       1) most imaginative float 
       2) most colorful bike, tricycle, scooter, wagon, etc.
       3) bravest parade entrant
 Parade – Prizes – Picnic – Music – Games  – FUN!!!
~~This will be THE BEST party of the spring!!~~ RSVP for your spot in the parade to [email protected]  by May 21  (or just come and have fun)!

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Reminder to Leaders of Groups, Committees, and Ministries
If you did not turn in your report for the Annual Meeting Report to the office, please do so right away. Contact the office if you have questions. Thanks.


Board Invitation to Review Draft Budget for 2021 – 2022
The Board invites the congregation to review the draft budget prior to the annual meeting. They are hosting two zoom calls and will provide a draft budget for review and questions. Please plan to attend one or the other to provide your feedback and get any questions answered.  We’ll incorporate feedback from these meetings into the final draft. 

Meetings: Sunday, May 9 at 9:30am and on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00pm
Links to the meetings are in the email sent to you Monday. 


Is First U Ready to Adopt the 8th Principle?
A few days ago, you received an email from Rev. Lori inviting you to participate in exploration and discussion about First U adopting the 8th Principle. Click here to read that email. The email contains links to zoom discussion groups meeting May 11, 16, and 29, a FAQ sheet about the 8th Principle and Discussion Questions Please read the email and make plans to attend at least one discussion group. Questions? Contact Rev. Lori .


Another Annual Awesome Auction Coming Your Way!!

Auction Begins June 6
 Our annual Service Auction will be online again this year. The Auction is our largest fundraiser, and is used alongside your pledges to live out the mission of our church.
We are already planning to offer overnight stays, admission to sports and museum events, food…things to help you shake off the Covid lockdown and start enjoying some of your favorite things again.

We are looking for great donations from YOU that others will be interested in bidding on: is there a service you can get donated (carpet cleaning? yard work? plumbing/electrical/painting?) If you are interested in offering a meal experience in your home, we will resume those this year and anyone vaccinated can participate.

If you have a great experience to offer, an unusual item of value, a fun meal to share with others, send your idea to Kathy G by May 23. More info will follow when it’s time to preview and register for the auction!

Women’s Alliance Meeting
The first in-person meeting of the Women’s Alliance in 2021 is being planned for Saturday May 15 from 4-6pm, weather permitting, in the church courtyard. Light refreshments will be served, there will be a short business meeting, and lots of socializing. Not a member yet? No worries, you’re welcome to come see what we are all about, and join afterward if you like. Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Kathy G.


Homestays Provided by First U members
UUs have a tradition of providing homestays for traveling UUs, and many congregations do this as a fundraiser. First U began listing in the homestay directory (called UU’re Home) a few years ago, with 4 members offering a room. The ideal offering is a comfortable bedroom with use of a private or shared bathroom.  We have not had many requests, but just this year already hosted a couple and earned the church around $800. If you think you might like to be added to the list of potential hosts, please contact Kathy G to get further information.


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Kroger Community Rewards Supports First U


Through the Community Rewards program, Kroger supports local organizations, including First U. Last quarter they sent a check for $261.70 at NO COST TO THE CUSTOMER! Go to the Community Rewards link to enroll and designate First U. A portion of every purchase you make using your PlusCard will be given to the church.


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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

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
      ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Update and Appreciation from the Committee on Homelessness
Thank you for the tremendous response to our request for warm winter items! We were able to supply clients from CLCM and distribute hats, gloves, socks, and scarves to the community outreach workers who work with people in camps and on the streets. We will begin planning for a Church-wide project to support the needs of people without shelter once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, so stay tuned! For more about the committee, click here.

LSURJ Monthly Meeting 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.  

KUUJAN Monthly Meeting: The Second Wednesday of every month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm on Zoom. Learn more on the KUUJAN webpage at kuujan.org

KUUJAN Seeks Your Input
KUUJAN’s Racial Justice Team seeking the opinions of all UUs, not just those actively serving on social or racial justice committees in THIS SHORT SURVEY. Learn more about KUUJAN on their webpage
from The Rev. Dawn Cooley, Kentucky UU Justice Action Network Coordinator


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Religious Exploration: Spring 2021

RE Update
Want to know about the many opportunities to participate in Religious Exploration? See the latest update for class information and family activities.

Dungeons and Dragons meets on Saturdays from 1-3pm 
click here for link For our registered D&D friends
Children’s Worship Circle at 10:30am every Sunday
On Zoom: for Preschool-Grade 4. Every Sunday at 10:30. We meet to light the chalice, share joys and sorrows and a story. We are finished in time for the Celebration of Life at 11. 
Crossing Paths For Middle-Schoolers meets Sundays at 12:30 
On Zoom  March 7: Part 2 of Hinduism
Adult RE: Is This America? Meets every other Sunday 4pm-5pm
via zoom The class meets every other week. The class continues its exploration of racism in policing by taking a wider focus in order to help us all process the historic events we are living through. Jill Sherman and Joan Garrett are the class leaders. See the RE Update link above for information about the class and the book.

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Central Louisville Community Ministries

The ability to provide emergency rent and utility assistance to our neighbors in need has greatly expanded during the pandemic due to increased federal and local grants. We’re grateful to First U donors and the network of other congregations who are also supporting CLCM in this work. More than $500,000 has been funneled out into our community. 6342 bags of food have been provided, and 3641 masks.
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 on Monday -Thursday between 9:30-11:30am.
The spring fundraiser is underway, and 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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Join Us Sunday, May 9, 2021

Celebration of Life.

11 am on Zoom

Mother’s Day on Mother Earth

Speaker: Rev. Lori Kyle

This time of year is rife with the overarching theme of motherhood.   In addition to Mother’s Day in which the mother figures in our lives are revered, we also celebrate Mother Earth through Earth Day observances and are especially aware of the workings of Mother Nature during the springtime bursting forth of new life. On this Sunday Rev. Lori explores how we engage this concept of motherhood in relation to how we perceive our connection to the Earth, and ultimately to each other.


Share Joys and Sorrows—– 
To have your joy or sorrow read out loud during the service, Contact the Volunteer Desk at [email protected] by Thursday. You may also enter your feelings during the service by using the chat feature  

Join Us via Zoom   
        Online 
A separate Zoom link titled “First U Celebration of Life: Link to Sunday’s Zoom Service”  will be emailed at the end of the week to all friends and members of First Unitarian. Do you want to be on our mailing list? Contact [email protected]
        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.

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 reduced office hours from 10-2 Tuesday – Thursday.