Mid-Week Update March 21, 2018


Immigrant Justice March 25 at 9:45 in the Open Classroom Workshop-Video: “Jose and Mr. Ramos: The Dreamer” (9 min.) Jose Ansaldo is a bright, optimistic kid about to graduate from middle school who dreams of going to college. He came to the U.S. as a child and fears being separated from his mother, and his U.S.-born siblings. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/videos/jose-mr-ramos-dreamer/     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6taJeGBlgA

Help Stuff Easter Eggs We will stuff the eggs at 9:45 on March 25. Anyone available to help with that task, including youth and adults, would be welcomed in the lobby area upstairs! Thank you!

First U Hikers The next hike for First U members, friends and family is Sunday March 25, starting at 5pm.  We'll meet at Claudia Runge's house, 1578 Cherokee Rd, if there is no rain. No experience needed, will be on an easy trail. We'll be admiring wildflowers and other signs of spring. Contact Kathy Gapsis for details, kgapsis [at] gmail.com

Sign Spring/Easter Cards Please come wish our “Members to be Remembered” a happy spring/Easter. Stop by the social hall after church this Sunday to sign greeting cards (made by Debbie Gilbert) to those who can't be with us this spring.

Pancake Breakfast April 1 There will be no RE on Easter morning. Instead, we will have our annual Pancake breakfast from 9:30-10:30.  Come enjoy a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings with your family and friends at First U. This is a fundraiser by the Navigators.

Easter Egg Hunts will take place Sunday April 1. Bring your Easter baskets and join us for a fun tradition! 10:15 for Preschool-1st grade in the Courtyard (meet in the social hall) 10:30 for 2nd grade and up in the churchyard (meet in the belltower room). 

Membership Our Annual Meeting of the Congregation, a key time in church life when significant decisions regarding leadership and funding are voted on by members, is coming the first Sunday of June.  Anyone who has been considering signing the membership book will need to do so by April 4 in order to be eligible to vote on matters considered at the meeting.  Interested in signing?  See Rev. Kathy or Board President Jill Sampson to arrange to do so.

Conversation Table Talk with a member of the Immigration Justice Leadership Team during the Coffee Hour on March 18, and 25.

Save the Date: Service Auction  First Unitarian Service Auction Sunday April 15th 1:00 - 3:00pm Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Silent auction opens at 1:00 in the social hall and the live auction will begin at 1:30 in the sanctuary.  A light lunch and child care will be provided.    

Christe’s Graduation It's coming sooner than you think!! Christe graduates in Chicago on Sunday May 20th, at 4pm.  Put it on your calendar NOW, and start to make plans. If you are interested in riding up with First U members/friends, or paying to get on a private bus or van,, contact Kathy Gapsis to get on the list.  kgapsis [at] gmail.com


Celebration of Life 11:00

“Going to Extremes”

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Kathy Hurt

Our UU tradition has historically placed a high value on reason, which we often translate into reasonableness and moderation. But are there times when behaviors and positions that might seem unreasonable, even unbalanced, are called for? And what place does passion have, given that it tends to make any of us quite unbalanced?


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

Preschool-Kindergarten (Explorers) Treasure Hunting-Take 2 Room 212

1st - 4th Grade (Seekers) Spirit of Adventure Room 207

5th - 9th Grade (Questers) UU Youth United Room 202

Stuff Easter Eggs Anyone available to help with that task, including youth and adults, would be welcomed in the lobby area upstairs! Thank you!

World Religions  room 103. 

Parents and Families Group  room 203.


Calendar Events

9:45 Immigrant Video (IJLT) Open Classroom 205

9:45 Stuff Easter Eggs – Upstairs lobby area

9:45 RE

11:00 Celebration Of Life

11:00 rental: Spiritual Israel – Choir room

1:00  Transition Committee – Library