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Upcoming Calendar Events

Further information is down the page and in the Upcoming Services box on the Home Page

Sundays at 11amCelebration of Life in person and on Zoom
Sunday, July 25 at 11amCelebration of Life – Speaker Rev. Sharon Kutz-Mellem.
in person and on Zoom
Sunday, August 1 at 11 amCelebration of Life – Speaker Cynthia Ganote
in person and on Zoom
Monday, August 9 at 6pmBook Club in the library
Sunday, August 15RE classes resume. Water Communion. LUNCH.
Sep 10-12First Unitarian Campout
Monday, Sept 13 at noonBrownbaggers lunch and learn returns

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Gratitude from Joan Beal


Rev. Richard Beal’s wife Joan wishes to send a message of gratitude to our congregation for the memorial service that we had on July 18th to celebrate Richard’s life. She expressed that she was deeply touched and pleased by the service and that it meant a lot to her and their son Barney.  Joan also wishes for the First U community to know that if anyone wishes to make memorial donations, they can be made to First Unitarian Church of Louisville.

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You’ve Got Mail! What About Your Friends?
You clearly received and have opened your Midweek Update. Good for you as you keep up with announcements. Ask your church friends if they receive their email from church. Even though they were sent updates and special announcements, some of your friends don’t see them through no fault of their own or of the church. Sometimes these messages may be hidden in an odd location, especially if they are using gmail. If they aren’t receiving the updates, please share this information. Click here to see more below. If the person isn’t signed up for email, they can request to be added to the list by contacting the Volunteer Desk or the Church Office.

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Rev. Lori’s Summer Schedule
Rev. Lori will be out of the office on vacation and study leave until August 10. If she is urgently needed, please contact the Volunteer Desk and she will be notified.


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Social/Spiritual Events!


First U Small Groups Forming Now!
Click here for the full description of groups.

  • Young Adult Small Group  Gen Z or a Millennial and new to First U? Contact Annette.
  • Parenting Small Group  Is your nest still full? Is your gas tank less full? Contact Kristi 
  • Wise (Older) Adult Small Group  For retirement age Contact Kathy D.

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Two September Events

Save the Date: UU Campout at O’Bannon Woods
3pm Friday September 10-noon Sunday, September 12
We’ll stay in group cabins. O’Bannon Woods State Park is a 2,000-acre state park in the state of Indiana, 32 miles west of Louisville, KY. Questions? Click here for more information or contact Connections Ministry.

  • 2 nights of group cabin camping (single & bunk beds)
  • Lodge and indoor dining
  • 5 Meals (and snacks)
  • Games, hikes, workshops, and family fun
  • Nearby attractions such as cave tours and a waterpark
  • Trees, indigenous wildlife, and nature exploration.

Cost: Weekend Family fee $35, Single: $20
        Day Visit: Family $15, Single: $10
        Park Entry Fee: $9 per car

Reservations: Signup site coming soon
Questions:  Connections Ministry 


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Welcome Back Brownbaggers!
 Now that a lot of Covid 19 dust has settled we are ready to meet again in person.(YEA!). Our first meeting of 2021 will be Monday, September 13th at 12:00 noon in the church library. Come a little early to visit and enjoy the “Brown Bag” lunch you brought (Gary will fix coffee and a treat).

We will have an interesting speaker to enlighten and/or entertain us from noon to 1:00 pm. (More details will follow — stay tuned)
All friends and members who are interested and available are welcome.
BTW if you have an idea for a stimulating program,  send Gary an e-mail.


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Volunteer! Donate! Here are opportunities


Tech Deck
A special announcement on behalf of the Tech Deck team, Pam, Jim, and Trish – after 16 months of nonstop service, Tech Deck members would REALLY appreciate adding to their ranks so they can occasionally take a Sunday off. The Tech Deck is responsible for audio/visual needs during Sunday worship services. It’s not that hard and they will train you. Contact the Volunteer Desk to sign up or ask questions.

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Preparation and Clean-Up Crews for Sunday Lunch
Calling all volunteer minded people! Have you been interested in participating in volunteer positions in the church, but are having a hard time finding the right fit? Do you need an opportunity with flexibility? We have the place for you!

  • Set up and take down tables and chairs for our monthly shared lunch on a rotating basis
  • Wash dishes and clean up after lunch on a rotating basis

Bonus: you get to eat first! Anyone interested can send an email to sign up or for more information to Kristen Drehmel or Brian Daly.

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RE Teacher or Helper
We are planning to return to RE Classes starting August 15. Please contact Loren if you’d like to be involved.

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Wanted:  Books by Black Authors or About Black Characters
Little Free Libraries strive to offer books in every community and a book for every reader.  For a little over 5 years, Metro United Way has sponsored dozens of Little Free Libraries in predominately Black neighborhoods. The books in these LFLs have been mostly by white authors or feature white characters.  In an effort to correct this, LFLs is asking for donations of new or gently used books by Black authors or about Black characters for readers of any age group—children, young adults, and adults. There will be a basket in the lobby to drop off books. If you have some books to donate or have questions, please email Kathy K. Thank you.   

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Who/What is the Care Team?
Our mission is to help congregants feel connected to and supported by the church, the minister and each other. The absence of in-person services and other gatherings at church during the pandemic has presented new challenges to fostering connections.
 
Hopefully, members and friends have recently received at least one contact from a member of the First U Care Team. When you are contacted, even a brief response to confirm your receipt of the message would be appreciated. We are not trying to intrude into your life, but we do want to be sure you know you are on our radar and that you have a(nother) point of contact within the church, should you need one. Who knows—you might make a new acquaintance or even a friend.  We really do CARE.
 
Of course, we can also be reached through our general e-mail box. Thank you! Janet & Kathie J, Care Team Co-chairs

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Greeters 

The Greeters welcome members and guests in the Library Lane lobby before and during the service and establish rapport with attendees.  Our ministry provides a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for our church community.  If you are willing to commit to one hour of greeting each month, we can use your talents. Contact Brian (Connections Ministry) to volunteer.  There will be a training session for greeters in September, as well as on-the-job mentoring and training.

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Ushers

Ushers distribute bulletins and hymnals in the sanctuary and help people find seats.  Helping to maintain social distancing in the sanctuary as long as it is needed will be an important part of the job.  Ushers are also a part of our fire and tornado safety team.  This is a commitment of one Sunday morning every 2 months and is usually done as a team of two. Contact Pam to volunteer. There will be a training session for ushers in September, as well as on-the-job mentoring and training.

There will be separate training sessions for ushers and greeters in September, as well as on-the-job mentoring and training

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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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Rain Gear Donations
The Committee on Homelessness Summer Collection is for NEW rain ponchos and umbrellas. These will be distributed to community outreach workers serving people without shelter, and shared with CLCM for their clients. Please bring your contributions to Church and leave them in the basket in the front entry. Thank you for your generosity!

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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

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Immigration Justice (click for new link)
The First U Justice Ministry shares that there are more than 11,000 cases in Louisville as part of a 1.3 million immigration-court case backlog nationwide. Click here to learn more, including causes and what you can do.

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Part-Time KUUJAN Position Available
All Peoples UU Church is looking for a part-time Justice Center Coordinator.  Salary: $25,000 – $30,000.plus benefits. Click here for more information.

KUUJAN Monthly meeting The First Wednesday of Every Month via Zoom 7:00-8:30 pm Go to the website https://www.kuujan.org for more information. A monthly meeting of Unitarians in Kentucky interested in social justice.

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LSURJ Monthly Meeting (Base Building) -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.  

Also, every month on the Second Thursday at 3pm, SURJ members nationwide gather to learn together and spend time making calls and sending emails in support of frontline racial justice campaigns.

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

Join us as we work together in community to build the world we need.

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Religious Exploration: Fall 2021

Hello Everyone! We are so happy to be starting in-person RE classes again on August 15th. We are thrilled to be offering dynamic curriculum from Soul Matters this year. Our teachers are vaccinated and we will be asking all unvaccinated children to wear masks for class. Our classrooms are being freshened up and restocked. We are excited!
 
Here is the link to register– Please do it soon to help our planning!
 
Age Groups
Nursery: infant to toddler
PreK-Grade 1 (Explorers)
Grade 2-4 (Seekers)
Grade 5-8 Middle School
 
We begin August 15th
Children begin in the 11am Celebration of Life with their families and then leave for their own classes after the Moment for All Ages. Class concludes at noon.

MORSH
The second Sunday of every month is MORSH Sunday: Multi-Generational One Room Schoolhouse for all ages, including adults. It meets in the Social Hall at 9:45-10:45 before the service. There is a worship circle, storytelling and multiple activities- art, games, movement based activities. And of course, there’s snack!  Children do not have regular RE classes on MORSH days.
 
OWL
We are also offering Our Whole Lives: Sexualtiy Education, aka OWL. These are age appropriate classes that we offer to church members and folks outside the church too. This fall we are offering the class for K-Grade2, then in the Spring we are offering the grade 6-9 OWL class in collaboration with All Peoples Church. If you are interested in those classes, there’s a place to sign up on the registration form.
 
WE NEED TEACHERS!!
This is a community educational proposition and it takes a community to pull it off. We have several folks in place, but we need more to make it work. If we have a team of four folks per age group, then we can spread the teaching Sundays out, it won’t just fall on one or two people. One Sunday a month is MORSH Sunday, with no regular RE classes.

All curriculum and supplies will be prepared for you each week- you don’t have to invent the wheel each Sunday. 

We have a special need for folks to teach  The Seekers (grade 2-4) and The Explorers (Prek-Grade 2).

Please contact Loren if you are interested in joining us as a teacher.
 
Orientation for all RE teachers will be Sunday August 8th 9-10:30 am.

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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.
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, July 25, 2021

11 am in person and on Zoom

Celebration of Life.

Here is the World. Beautiful and Terrible Things will Happen. Don’t Be Afraid.

Speaker: Pastor Sharon Kutz-Mellem

An exploration of goodness and hope in the midst of cruel immigration injustice.

About the Speaker: Pastor Sharon Kutz Mellem is a retired Presbyterian pastor who has a lifetime of experience in the Social Justice arena.  In the 90’s her focus shifted from housing injustice to welcoming the many immigrants that were coming into the Louisville area. In 2018 during the Trump administration’s cruel Zero Tolerance immigration and family separation policies, she traveled with a hastily assembled group of concerned people from all over the country to witness the treatment of immigrants seeking asylum at our Southern border. This group became Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden of which Sharon is a founding member. 
Helpers at the border observed that there was a need to aid asylum seekers traveling north to their sponsors with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Grannies Respond Kentucky was formed in August of 2018  to meet asylum seekers traveling through the Louisville bus station with baby supplies, warm clothing, food, and assistance in understanding complicated bus schedules. In one year more than 12,000 migrants experienced what Welcome really looked like in the United States of America. Sharon is exploring the possibility of writing a book about her family’s experience of living with and supporting, from 2018 until now, a young asylum-seeking mother and her child.

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Share Joys and Sorrows even when you cannot attend in person —– 
Send an email to the Volunteer Desk at [email protected] by 5pm on Friday stating your name and your joy or sorrow. You may also enter your feelings during the service by using the chat feature  

Join Us via Zoom   
      Find the link on the Home page, at the top right in blue lettering “Live Stream our service and meetings”

        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. Click HERE.

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Using the Church Building: Small Groups
If you are part of a small group that would like to meet in the building, please reach out to Barbara, our office administrator to confirm that space is available and to be placed on the calendar.
Our Online Calendar…A Great Tool (when utilized)!
This is a friendly reminder of how useful the website’s calendar is in planning use of our building space…especially now that we’re returning to in-person presence. So that all of us can get accurate information, please, individuals and committees alike, communicate with Barbara about reservation of space so that it can be posted, and so that your reservation can be locked in! 

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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.


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


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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.

What if Church Email Doesn’t Arrive in the Inbox?
If you know of someone unable to see messages from First U, please share this information:

  • If the person isn’t signed up for email, they can request to be added to the list contacting the Volunteer Desk or the Church Office.
  • If signed up but not receiving mail, the first step is to verify that mail is being sent. Contact the office to have Barbara check this. Sometimes when an email address is changed, the person doesn’t think to update it with the church. Barbara can easily check to see if an email is listed and which one was the last one opened.
  • When someone isn’t receiving the email, especially if they once did, most of the time it’s being sent, but Google changed the way gmail is set up and how mass mailing is handled. While it goes to the Inbox most of the time, sometimes it’s placed elsewhere.  The most common location is called “All Mail” but it may also be sent to areas such as Promotions or Social. Most people don’t even realize these areas exist and they may even be hidden from view depending on how the account was set up. 

    If you look on your email page, usually on one side, there is a list of folders labeled Inbox, Drafts, Sent Mail and Trash, which most people are familiar with. But over the years, new choices such as “All Mail” have been added. Click “more” to keep scrolling down the list. At the bottom of your list, you’ll see “Manage the List” which can help you try to set folders the way you want them. Once you locate your hidden mail, you can change settings to have it sent to inbox or at least know where to look for it.

I hope this helps. This has become a widespread problem no matter which program is used to send out mail. Barbara Creasy, Office Administrator