Mid-Week Update October 11, 2017


Potluck and Game Night! Join us this Friday, October 13, 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!

Churchyard Friends We'll be weeding and doing some fall garden clean-up at church THIS Saturday, Oct 14, at 10 am. Gardening at First U is a family-friendly event, and all levels of experience is appreciated. Your involvement helps keep our church home beautiful! Contact Kathy Gapsis for more info: kgapsis [at] gmail.com

Parking Lot Closed for Paving  The church parking lot will be closed for repair and repaving Wednesday evening until Saturday morning.  The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday, but you can contact Barbara at office [at] firstulou.org. CLCM will also be closed. First U events scheduled on Thursday (Beloved Conversation and Choir Practice) will continue. Please plan to park on the street. There is an event at the library Thursday night so parking will be limited. We look forward to our improved parking area.

First U Hikers The next First U hike will be Sunday October 15 beginning at 5 pm at Cherokee Park, meeting at the pavilion by Hogan's Fountain. 3110 Scenic Loop, Louisville 40205. All are welcome, no experience needed.

Ironman The IronMan race returns Sunday, October 15. Check this link to see if you need to adjust your travel either before or after the service. http://bit.ly/2xAgg0x

CUUPs Class Please join us in the library on Wednesday, October 18th when we will be discussing the holiday of Samhain. Learn all about this time of the 3rd harvest to help you better understand the ritual on the 22nd. CUUPs (Covenant of UU Pagans) is a free and open community of people who practice earth-based spiritualties. Our classes are a blend of lecture and discussion with seekers, those new to the path and experienced practitioners in attendance. We meet the first and third Wednesday of each month. Our classes start at 7pm and last till about 8:30pm.

Women’s Alliance Tea Bring your white gloves, favorite tea cup and your most "ladylike" hat for the Women's Alliance Tea - 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday October 21st in the Social Hall. If you have an extra hat, bring a spare to share.  We will have a speaker from Moms Demand Action against Gun Violence, an important business meeting and lots of time to socialize.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fresh Stop Market Order by Friday, October 20 for October 25 delivery. This will be the last delivery of the year. Contact www.newroots.org or 502-509-6770; or Barbra Justice or 502-234-0607 or velma2720 [at] yahoo.com.

First U Movie Night October 20 at 6:00 pm. Free popcorn - Other concessions available for purchase.

Opportunity to Join First U on October 22 We look forward to welcoming new members at our bi-annual new member ceremony which will take place October 22 during the service.  All those who are over 16 years of age and whose values align with the mission and covenant of First Unitarian Church are welcome to join. Please let Reverend Kathy know your intentions to join ahead of time if possible. And come for celebratory cake and conversation following the service!

CUUPs Samhain Sunday, October 22. Everyone is welcome to join us. Samhain means “End of Summer” and is the third and final Harvest. The Dark half of the year commences on this Sabbat. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. It is said that communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on Samhain. The doors open at 5:30pm and the Circle starts at 6pm.  A potluck dinner will follow around 7 pm.

Wednesday Evensong Service Join us on Wednesday, October 25 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.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Come Trick-or-Treat with us October 29 and help children all over the world!  Children, youth and adults are invited to wear your (not too scary) costumes to church, where we will trick-or-treat for change in the service. Please bring, change and small bills to the service for the kids to collect and let’s see if we can break our record amount of $420!

Hope in Action Awards Dinner Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light (KIPL) invites First Unitarian to attend its annual “Hope in Action Awards” annual banquet on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40207. Popular folk singer and songwriter John Gage will perform (http://www.kentuckyhomefront.org/john-gage.html). KIPL engages with congregations to care for creation by showing them that a religious response to climate change is as much a matter of loving your neighbor as it is about protecting the planet. First Unitarian Church will be among past Hope In Action Award winners named as part of KIPL’s tenth anniversary celebration. This year’s winners are Catholic Action Center, Lexington, Kentucky; Crescent Hill United Methodist Church; and Portland Avenue Presbyterian Church, both in Louisville. Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase a ticket or for more information, please contact Kathy Kremer at or 502-459-4109 or kathykremer11 [at] gmail.com. For more information about KIPL, go to http://www.kentuckyipl.org.

First U Justice Broadsheet 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
Celebration of Life 11:00 am
"The Faith of Cats"
Speaker: Rev. Kathy Hurt
While emotions enrich our experience, they can also get us into trouble. This service looks at the problematic side of emotional intelligence.

Religious Exploration  Sundays 9:45-10:45
Classes Meeting October 15
See Class Descriptions at firstulou.org/cre (children) and firstulou.org/lre (adult)
Nursery care is available 9:30-12:00. Room 214.
Preschool -1st Grade (Explorers) Treasure Hunting-Take 2 Room 212.
2nd - 4th Grade (Seekers) Spirit of Adventure Room 207.
5th - 8th Grade (Questers) Lodestone Room 202.
Senior High  Individual Apprenticeships  See the DRE

Unconditional Parenting Room 203.
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven Room 101 (Parlor)
Faith Like a River: Themes from UU History Room 103 (Library)
Coffee and Social Justice Social Hall.

Calendar Events
9:45   Religious Exploration
11:00 Celebration of Life, 4-6 grade OWL
12:00 Black Lives Matter vigil
1:00   Beloved Conversation, room 203
2:00  rental: Women to Women Kentuckiana, Open Classroom, Social Hall