Mid-Week Update December 14, 2017

FYI

Members to be Remembered Come send holiday wishes to our "Members to be Remembered" this Sunday in the social hall.

Recycle Your Old Christmas Lights First U's Solar Array Project will take your old lights and turn them into cash which will be used to buy more solar panels for First U! Drop them into the SAP aluminum can receptacle in the courtyard (outside the kitchen door) or give them to Joe or Kathy Kremer. Questions? Email Joe at joe_kremer_99 [at] yahoo.com.

Vigil in Remembrance of Gun Violence Victims and Survivors Saturday, December 16 at 11 am. From Mission and Outreach Ministry: December 14, 2017 is five years since of the heartbreaking Sandy Hook tragedy. Since that tragic day in Newtown five years ago, 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns and there have been more than 1,500 mass shooting incidents. Gun violence impacts all of our communities and the victims, survivors, and the families impacted by gun violence are often forgotten. Therefore, the Newtown Foundation, in partnership with Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown Survivor Network, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Organizing for Action, States United to Prevent Gun Violence and the Women's March will host the annual national vigil service of mourning and loving remembrance at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Washington DC. This national memorial service on December 6 will kick off the Nationwide Vigils to #EndGunViolence throughout the 50 states during the month of December.  In Louisville, First Unitarian Church, together with the local Moms Demand Action chapter, will host a vigil for the Louisville community. Let's #HonorWithAction to #EndGunViolence in America! We urge you to join us in our effort to continue to shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our city and in our nation. Trish and Del Ramey

Coffee in the Social Hall Join us for a cup of coffee before or after the service! (If you are the one making coffee, please remember to just use one package per pot!) Contributions toward the cost are welcomed.

Member Kiosk Remember to check on the Member Kiosk in the Social Hall for holiday ideas and opportunities.

Winter Break for RE All RE classes will be on Winter Break December 17-January 7.  RE classes will resume January 14 with One Room Schoolhouse for children and youth and new class offerings for adults.  Did you have a great experience during fall RE?  Be sure to let your RE Leaders know!

Vespers Reception Please help to make this the tastiest Vespers Reception ever!  Donations of finger foods are requested. Please bring your favorite treats to the church kitchen on December 24 by 3 pm, so the kitchen elves can arrange everything on platters for the reception.  If you’d like to stay and be a kitchen elf yourself, please do. (Remember, elves come in both sexes!) Contact Maureen Taylor (maureenptaylor69 [at] att.net) to volunteer or for more information.

Guest at Your Table We hope that you will feed the Guest at Your Table box regularly between now and Christmas Eve (or before if you will be out of town), when we return the boxes. Every little bit helps support our partners around the world!

December 24 AM Cancellation There won’t be any morning activities on December 24. We encourage you and your family to join us for Christmas Eve Vespers at 5:00 pm.

Christmas Eve Vespers December 24 Following the Light Musical Preludes  begin at 5:00 The service begins at 5:30.  Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Vespers service. Everyone is welcome to join the pageantry and light as we Follow the Light through our living tradition.  The service concludes with candlelit singing in our beautiful darkened sanctuary, a moment not to be missed!  A cookie and punch reception will follow the service.  Plan to join us, and invite your family and friends!

Children at Vespers Hi Families! The RE Ministry had discussion this month about Christmas Eve Vespers and decided that, because it is rarely used, child care during the service will be discontinued. Child care WILL be available during Vespers rehearsal from 3:00-5:15. The service runs an hour. The Library will be available with sound piped in and quiet toys, coloring, and a rocking chair available if littler ones need a break. Flameless electronic candles will be available for young children so they can participate fully in the candle-lit portion of the service. The Ministry would really like to encourage families to be in this special service together!

2018 Calendars CLCM clients can use your unwanted 2018 calendars!!! Bring them anytime and place them in the box on the volunteer desk.

10th through 12th grade OWL Do you know a 10th through 12th grader who would benefit from age-appropriate, values-based, scientifically driven sexuality education? If so, please contact Linette at dre [at] firstulu.org. Classes will begin in January.

Sunday, December 17
Celebration of Life 11:00 am
“Solstice Rituals”
Speakers: Christe Lunsford and the Solstice Singers

The Solstice Singers will present a Winter Solstice Ritual during the Celebration of Life. This will be the only opportunity this year to participate in this lovely ritual of singing, spoken words, and celebration of the dark and the returning light.

Religious Exploration will not meet December 17-January 7

Calendar Events Sunday, December 17
9:45am    NO Religious Exploration 
11:00am  Celebration of Life—Sanctuary
11:00am  rental: Spiritual Israel Church – Choir Room
4:00pm    rental: KRCRC Board Meeting – library
6:00pm    CUUPs Yule Ritual and Potluck – Sanctuary and Social Hall
7:00pm    rental: Derby Mine Rehearsal – Choir room