Mid-Week Update November 21, 2018

Midweek Update November 21

FYI
First U Family Thanksgiving November 22 at 2:00 We will have a warm space with plenty of food for any and all of you, your friends and family, and any who don't want to be alone on Thanksgiving. All you need to bring is a dish and some time to pitch in and make it happen. This is a low-key and friendly event. Please RSVP if you can, to Trish Ramey and let her know you're coming and what you can bring. (tramey [at] alum.bu.edu) The Rameys will provide the turkey, cornbread stuffing, and a pie or two.
Everyone else will help with the other dishes, more pies (we hope) and the cleanup. Many hands make light work and many cooks make a feast! Bring a dish and your favorite libations, then enjoy a meal with friends.  Everyone welcome!

Chalica Begins December 2 We look forward to celebrating this unique UU celebration. Chalica is a week-long celebration of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a holiday organized around Unitarian Universalist values. Each day, a chaliceis lit and the day is spent reflecting on the meaning of that day’s principle and doing a good deed that honors that principle. Not all Unitarian Universalists celebrate Chalica, but it has a growing following. There is a Chalica Facebook page you may enjoy (https://www.facebook.com/UU.Chalica) and many Chalica-themed  videos on YouTube.

Christmas Tree Decorating December 2  It’s holiday time!  Help us make the season festive by joining us immediately after the first-Sunday luncheon on December 2 to help decorate the Christmas tree in the Social Hall.  If you can and wish to, please bring an ornament from home or use those we have at church.  Cookies and Christmas carols provided!  Any questions please contact Bev Daly or Kathy Thackeray of the Aesthetics Team. 

Ushers Needed for Vespers Please see or email Pam (pamiddleton1gmail.com).

CLCM Holiday Trivia Saturday, December 8 Central Louisville Community Ministries Holiday Trivia will be held at Central Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 6:30 and Trivia begins at 7:00. The set up is tables of six with a suggested donation of $10 per person. Come & join a table! The winning table receives $100. RSVP your table name to clcmoffice [at] gmail.com. Walk-ins and individuals are welcome. Concessions are available. Central Presbyterian is located at 318 W Kentucky Street, on the corner of W. Kentucky and S. 4th Streets. There is parking behind the church, off of the alley, and at the corner lot on 3rd and  Kentucky. Enter doors on the Kentucky Street side of the building. For more information, contact Kathy Gapsis. Please see the announcement about donations needed below.

CLCM Holiday Trivia: Boutique and Baked Good Donations Needed Donations of baked goods and holiday items to set up a Holiday Boutique are requested. Bring your ornaments and decorations to the CLCM office located at First U on Monday thru Thursday between 9:30 – 11:30am or leave them CLEARLY MARKED in the Volunteer area. Thank you.

Calling All Santa’s Helpers! Holiday Assistance for Coleridge-Taylor Families (Deadline to bring in items December 9) During the upcoming holiday season, we are again reaching out to our neighbors at Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary School, located at 1115 W. Chestnut Street.  Coleridge-Taylor’s student population is a mix of children from all parts of the Louisville metro area who are in preschool through grade five. More than 600 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch prices due to low family income. 

If you would like to play Santa’s Helper and “adopt” a family or child by providing a toy and clothing gift for the holiday season, we will begin assigning students to their “Secret Santa” after church on Sunday, November 18. Gifts may be returned to church by Sunday, December 9 for delivery to Coleridge-Taylor.  We’ll also be collecting gift cards, in any amount, to be given to the families.  If you have questions, please contact Mary Ballard (502-594-9347 or   ballardmb2 [at] bellsouth.net).  Thanks!

Poinsettias for Vespers $15 (order deadline December 2) It is our tradition to decorate the Sanctuary with Poinsettias for the Vespers Worship Service on December 24th. The Aesthetics Team does this with your help!  We offer you the opportunity to purchase a poinsettia(s) to honor, in memory, or give thanks someone or some group. Your words will be printed in the Vespers Order of Service.  After Vespers you may take your poinsettia(s) home with you to enjoy.
Orders may be made in person or by calling or sending your order.  The Aesthetics Team will have a table in the Social Hall to take your order(s) and payment (each poinsettia is $15.00) on Sundays after the Sunday Worship Service on November 18, 25, and December 2.  All orders must be at First U by December 2. You may mail your order to Barbara Creasy, Office Administrator, First Unitarian, 809 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203. Make checks out to First Unitarian and note for poinsettia in the memo line.
Please write neatly as we don’t want a mistake on your loved ones’ name when it is listed  in the order of service  Christmas Eve. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Thackeray or Bev Daly of the Aesthetics Team.  

Join Us November 25
Celebration of Life 11:00am
"Reclaiming Armistice Day"
Speaker: Steven Gardiner, Veterans for Peace

Since the end of WWI, Armistice Day has morphed into Veterans Day. Is there a difference? Can those once described as warriors return to the desire for peace? Isn’t that what we all want? Let’s listen to those who have gone and returned. 

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

Adult Classes Meeting November 25
            Popcorn Theology ) in the Library, room 103
            Tending the Flame: The Art of UU Parenting in room 203
            Women’s Spirituality Group closed group meets in the Parlor

Calendar Events November 25
 9:00 RE
11:00 Celebration of Life - sanctuary
11:00 rental: Spiritual Israel Church – choir room
2:00   rental: Kundalini Yoga – choir room