Mid-Week Update August 16, 2017

FYI

Choir Potluck There will be a Choir Potluck this Thursday  at 6:00 followed by rehearsal at 7:00. See Ethan McCollum for more information.

Women's Alliance Summer Meeting August 19 at 9:30-11:30am in the Social Hall for our first meeting of the church year.  There are many exciting plans for this meeting, in addition to some lovely morning treats.  We will be introduced to the new minister, Rev Kathy Hurt, and vote on grant recipients.  If you aren't already a member, come check us out!!

RE Registration Electronic registration forms are available at our website at firstulou.org and on computers in the upstairs lobby Sunday as is our SignUpGenious page for volunteering.  Please register any children or youth that will participate in any of our programming so that we can have reliable contact and safety information for each child.  Caregivers are asked to volunteer at least four hours per semester to ensure our RE co-op has the support it needs.  Thank you!

CLCM Walk in Central Park The 3rd annual Walk in Central Park, to benefit CLCM, (Central Louisville Community Ministries) is Saturday Sept 16, at 9 am in beautiful Central Park. Registration is available after the service on Sunday - $15. Family rate is $25. Contact Kathy (kgapsis [at] gmail.com), or Lois (loisjeanallen [at] gmail.com) for more details.

Fresh Stop Market Order by August 25 for August 30 delivery. NEW: If you are pre ordering a share and you use SNAP benefits, you can get a free share in addition to the share you pay for. You have to call the New Roots office or pre order at the Fresh Stop Market. Stop by the Fresh Stop table in the social hall after the service on Sundays to place an order, ask questions, or just to say hi.  For information about ordering, volunteering, or anything else, please contact New Roots at www.newroots.org or 502-509-6770, or Barbra Justice at velma2720 [at] yahoo.com or 502-234-0607. Share prices are income based, and EBT is accepted.

First U Hikers Our rained-out August hike has been re-scheduled for Sunday, August 27 at, 6pm. We'll stick to the same plan, meeting at Eva Bandman Park, 1701 River Rd. No experience necessary, all are welcome! Contact Roger for details: rohlman [at] twc.com.

Back to School Shopping?  Please add an extra pack or two of markers, glue sticks, colored pencils, water colors, disinfecting wipes and tissues to your list for RE. Thanks for supporting our programming.

Middle School Youth Cluster Retreat For the fourth year, middle schoolers from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky will gather at beautiful YMCA Camp Piomingo for an awesome retreat weekend.  Come enjoy getting to know other UU youth from our cluster as we hike, cooperate on a low-ropes course, hone our archery skills, and maybe even conquer the famous Nighttime Pipeline.  The Retreat is Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1, the cost is $85 for youth and $55 for adult chaperones (scholarships available). Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8i5gtntpMGimLHOtlZcN03wfpgZol_QLb-JahzatJj66_CA/viewform?usp=sf_link and on the church website under Events.  Registration closes September 11, so don't delay!  Direct any questions to Linette at dre [at] firstulou.org.

Brownbaggers Beginning with the September 11 meeting, the Brownbaggers will meet on the second MONDAY at 11:45. Bring a sack lunch and come to the church library for an interesting speaker. See Gary Drehmel for more information.

4th-6th Grade OWL Sexuality Education Program OWL is a facts-based, highly acclaimed, age-appropriate sexuality education program that we are proud to offer.  This fall, the 4th-6th grade program will meet from 11-12:15 on Sundays.  Mandatory Parent and Child Orientation will be September 10 at 1:00, and ten sessions will follow, ending in November.  Please contact Linette at dre [at] firstulou.org if you would like your child to participate.  Families who are not First U members are also welcome, so please spread the word!

Game Night!  It's back!  Friday, September 15, beginning with a potluck at 6:00 and games to follow.  Bring a dish to share and a game or two and join us for a fun community event.  All are welcome!

Navigators Inclusive Scouting Kick Off Our kickoff for the 2017-18 scouting year will be a potluck cookout on September 17 from 1-3 at the Waterfront park Silver Lot picnic area. Navigators is an all-genders, intentionally non-discriminatory scouting group.  Children preschool and up and their caregivers are welcomed into the group, where we learn skills of outdoor competency, perform service to others, and build community as we become more truthful, respectful, inclusive, generous, dependable, resourceful and cooperative.  Contact chapter86 [at] navigatorsUSA.org for more information, and look for activity on our Facebook page.

Abrahamic Tradition Conversation Are you a UU in the Abrahamic tradition?  That is, are you a UU Christian, UU Muslim, or UU Jew? Would you like to join others in the Abrahamic tradition to discuss theology, UUism, and your living faith?  Gather in the Social Hall at 12:15 for a meetup on September 27 or contact Sam Webb at slwebb97 [at] gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday Evening Evensong Service Join us on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:30-7:00 in the Sanctuary as we continue the evening contemplative service series.  This short service is a place of quiet centering, music, and ritual that will send you forth feeling renewed.

New to UU Class  Sunday, October 1 Are you new to First U and Unitarian Universalism? Interested in learning more about the history of our church, as well as the history and story of Unitarians and Universalists? Or maybe you’ve been attending First U for a while but never had the opportunity to sit in on a class and hear our story or share yours. Whatever your situation or wherever you might be in your spiritual journey, you are invited to join us for the New to UU class on Sunday, October 1, at 12:30 in Room 205 (upstairs). Lunch will be provided at our usual first Sunday luncheon, and childcare will be available. The class lasts about 2 ½ hrs. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by contacting Claudia Runge (claudiarun [at] gmail.com). Walk-ins are also welcome!

First U Justice Broadsheet Now, as much as ever, words without Action are not enough. Mission and Outreach Ministry invites you to sign up for the Social Justice Broadsheet email with actions you can participate in. Contact Del at del.ramey [at] ieee.org

Join us Sunday, August 20
Celebration of Life 11:00am
“Theology of the Beyhive”
Speaker: Christe Lunsford

Religious Exploration  Sundays 9:45-10:45
New Classes Begin August 20
Adult Fall RE
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven This curriculum in feminist theology introduces the pre-patriarchal Goddesses of prehistoric and early historic times, their early power, and their ultimate loss of power as patriarchy became the established social structure in Volume One.  Volume Two explores female images and voices in Judaism and Christianity, as well as the oppression of women in patriarchal religions.  Last, present forms of feminist spirituality and hopes for the future will be considered.  Due to the reading requirements for this class, enrollment is required.  Weekly, Room 101-Parlor.

Faith Like a River: Themes from Unitarian Universalist History This UU Tapestry of Faith curriculum guides participants to explore the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history--the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.  Themes include freedom of belief, prophets and social justice, diverse community, institutionalism, and Unitarian Universalist identity.  Weekly, Room 103-Library.

Unconditional Parenting A discussion group for those who are currently parenting, have done so in the past, or aspire to.  Check out the ten principles of unconditional parenting here:  http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/principles-unconditional-parenting/  First and Third Sundays, Room 203.

Yoga Bring a mat if you have one.  Fourth Sundays, Room 205.

Drum Circle Bring a drum if you have one, some instruments provided.  Fourth Sundays, Courtyard, weather permitting, or Social Hall.

Coffee and Social Justice  This participant-led group discussion of social justice topics focuses on how our UU values lead us to respond to the world. Weekly, Social Hall.

Children’s Fall RE
Nursery (Sprouts)
 Nursery care is available during the RE hour (9:30-11:00) for children infants to Preschoolers in Room 214 every Sunday.  Nursery care continues during the service as well, though all children are welcome in the service. Infants and toddlers in the nursery will be engaged with an age-appropriate chalice-lighting, story, activity and snack each week, as well as ample time for play.  Elena Meeks and NaQueesha Puckett, Leaders.  Room 214.

Preschool - 1st Grade (Explorers) Treasure Hunting-Take 2 Each Sunday, we hunt for a treasure to add to our take-home treasure boxes and our classroom treasure chest.  Through games, crafts, songs, and stories, we explore the meaning behind a Unitarian Universalist principle or value. Themes will focus on treasuring our own and others' thoughts and feelings. Room 212.

2nd - 4th Grade (Seekers) Spirit of Adventure recognizes that there are many ways of learning, and that engaged, active learning about our UU faith is essential at this age.  Our Principles and Sources as well as the lives of those who have exemplified our UU values are taught using activities that offer physical movement, challenge, and adventure.  The themes for the year include sports, medicine, food, winter holidays, science, building, exploring, and the web of life.  Examples of activities include building a cantilevered architecture using graham crackers, interviewing a sports coach, sampling unusual foods, learning first aid, and dissecting an old computer. Room 207.

5th - 8th Grade (Questers)  Lodestone The Middle School years are a time of intense change for parent(s) and for kids.  Lodestone provides a peer group so that as middle-schoolers separate from the family in their teen years, they will have a place of values, friendship, open-mindedness and spiritual exploration to call their own.  The themes covered include UU identity, money, race, and death.  The sessions begin conversations that are continued in once-monthly Family Conversations and Social Gatherings on a Sunday afternoon.  The curriculum celebrates our multiple intelligences with hands-on activities that include movement/time outdoors, silence/mindfulness, service, and silliness. Room 202.

Senior High: Individual Apprenticeships Senior high students will work with the Director of RE to find meaningful and fun involvement in the life of the church.  Opportunities might include assisting in a classroom, learning a skill such as working tech deck, or working directly with the DRE.

All Ages One Room Schoolhouse on Monthly Ministry Themes-2nd Sundays, Rm. 205

Calendar Events

9:45   Religious Exploration
11:00 Celebration of Life