Mid-Week Update May 23, 2018

Midweek Update May 23

FYI

All Church Picnic THIS Sunday! May 27 from 12:15-3:00 in the church courtyard and social hall. Come celebrate together with Food:  Picnic Foods, Veg & Sides Fun: Bounce house, tarot readings, cotton candy, face painting, bubbles, henna tattoos, & more. Friends: Church Folk! Sponsored by the RE Ministry. Donations will be accepted. Contact Linette (dre [at] firstulou.org) for more information.

Gather to Honor Earl After many years of dedicated service, Earl Reynolds is officially retiring as building supervisor for First Unitarian Church, effective May 31, 2018. All are invited to a farewell dinner for Earl to honor and thank him for his service, and to celebrate his future adventures in retirement! Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018  Time:  5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Place: First Unitarian Church. Dinner will be in the Social Hall. Barbecue sliders (meat and vegetarian), side dishes, soft drinks, coffee and tea will be served. Come one, Come all! Questions? Contact Mary Ballard at 502-594-9347, or at ballardmb2 [at] bellsouth.net

Kailoa Pulupeike (Michael Ben-Avraham) Memorial Service A memorial service for long-time member, Kailoa has been scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 at First Unitarian with a reception to follow. Reception Help Needed: Finger foods such as small sweets, fruit, sandwiches, etc are needed for the reception after Kailoa’s service.  Anyone wishing to participate in donating, preparing or serving food at the reception, please contact Lois Allen at  loisjallen [at] gmail.com or call 502-935-3554.

Flower Communion Ceremony June 3 The annual Flower Communion Ceremony will be here soon! Please bring a stem or two of flowers to share, and each of us will go home with different flowers than we brought. Through the "miracle" of the flowers, there are always enough for everyone, so come whether you remember to bring any or not. Plan to stay after the service for a light lunch and our Annual Meeting. Childcare will be provided. 

Fresh Stop Market Returns June 6 from 4:30-6:30 Volunteers and shareholders are needed. Contact New Roots at www.newroots.org for information or to sign up. You can also contact Barbra Justice (velma2720 [at] yahoo.com).

Volunteer to Work Forecastle Festival Sign-up for this fun fundraiser for First U.  You work in a beverage booth at this midsummer music festival, First U gets paid. Last year we raised over $1,000 this way. Once your shift is completed, you get to stay, free, as long as you like (admission otherwise is $50). Get family and friends to join in too! You can sign up online at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f44abaf23a75-forecastle2  Please state "For First" in the comment section. This is a joint activity with TJ Unitarian Church.

Women’s Alliance Social Action Shower June 2 at 10am at Pam Middleton’s House. Please join us on Saturday June 2 at 10 Please bring a dish for a pot luck lunch and a gift for the worthy organization, La Casita Center (www.lacasitacenter.org). We will party with adult beverages should you choose, and have a short business meeting.  If you can't bring a dish, or a gift, come anyway.  There will be plenty for all.  The party is at Pam Middleton’s House, close to Mid-City Mall in the Highlands.  Send an email to pamiddleton1 [at] gmail.com or call Pam at the church (Monday and Tuesday 10-2) for the address. Suggested gifts:  Gently used baby clothes, Diapers (any size), Baby Wipes, Toilet Paper, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Soap (Bar), Napkins, Paper Towels, Cleaning Supplies, Kitchen Garbage Bags, Feminine Items, White Rice, Dry Red or Black Beans, ​Spaghetti, Spaghetti Sauce (Jar), Maseca Flour, ​Cooking Oil, Sugar, Salt.  La Casita Center says this: “We are a grassroots non-profit ​​located in Louisville, KY accompanying families in the Latin@ community. ​Our mission is to empower these families, providing a foundation for systemic change with long-term effects. We are passionate about social justice, solidarity and accompaniment of the most vulnerable, and promotion of health and healing among our newest immigrant Latin@ families. We do this through direct service (meeting basic needs as well as through education, advocacy, and the creation of networks of support.

Annual Congregational Meeting June 3 at 12:45 The meeting will be held in the church sanctuary and all members are encouraged to attend.  Non-members may attend but are not allowed to vote on presented issues.  A light lunch will be provided prior to the meeting.  Childcare will be provided. The stated business of this Annual Meeting will be election of members to the Nominating and Endowment Committees, and the Board.  The church budget for the fiscal year of July 2018 - 2019 will also be presented for a vote.  Members present will also hear an update from the Immigration Justice team formed at the last annual meeting and be given the opportunity to vote on their resolution. If you are unable to attend, but would like to have a proxy be in attendance for you, contact the church office (office [at] firstulou.org) for a proxy form. They are also available in the Volunteer area in the file of forms.  This form should be filled out completely and sent back to the church, or given to Clare Gervasi anytime BEFORE June 2nd at 12:30pm. Late forms will not be accepted for any reason.  Please make plans to attend.

Celebration of Life 11:00 am 
RE Sunday
Speakers: Linette Lowe and Friends

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

Calendar Events 
9:45   RE
11:00 Celebration of Life – sanctuary
11:00 rental: Spiritual Israel – choir room
12:15 All-Church Picnic – courtyard and social hall