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Weekly Update – April 20, 2017

Weekly Update – April 20, 2017

News Flash!

Saturday: Enjoy & Share 1U at Earth Day Lake Eola

Sign up to help ASAP

Also Saturday: 1U at Orlando’s March for Science 

Details for both events in Saturday – April 22 listing.

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Friday – April 21

Teaching Craft Circle – 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! This month topic will is “Flower Fairy Peg Dolls.” It is based on the tutorial found here. Wooden peg dolls and assorted felt will be provided. If you want special colors of felt, please feel free to bring. Donation of $5 welcome to replenish supplies, but not required. For more info, email mystic grove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP.

Saturday – April 22

Enjoy & Share 1U at Earth Day Lake Eola – 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Lake Eola

Come join the 1U Tent at Central Florida Earth Day. This is a HUGE event with over 20,000 attendees and 250+ exhibitors from all over Central Florida. This year, there will also be a Science March around Lake Eola on the same day, so you can come to both! 1U will have a tent in a prime location for letting lots of folks know what a great place we are. Please sign up for an hour or two to help staff our tent. You can sign up online by clicking this link, or contact Charlie Behrens via Volunteers@orlandouu.org.

1U at Orlando’s March for Science –  10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Meet at 1U 9:15-9:45 am), Lake Eola

This weekend is the March for Science in Washington, DC, which will have over 500 satellite marches. Folks from 1U are forming a contingent in Orlando’s March for Science. Meet in Gore Hall between 9:15 and 9:45 am to walk or shuttle to Lake Eola. You can help with planning by filling out this simple form.

Sunday – April 23

Two Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary  

The Blue Marble, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Viewing Earth from space in 1972 changed the way many people look at and think about our planet home. Welkin will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-12:15 pm  Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (Wiggle Rm adjacent to Sanctuary)

9:30 am-10:30 pm  Childcare during early Worship & Adult RE (Wiggle Rm adjacent to Sanctuary)

11:00 am-11:15 am  Children begin in service with their parents

11:15 am-12:15 pm  Children & Youth proceed to Children’s RE Programming (Gore Hall)

12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in Hiett Library

Online registration is open – register your children today!

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly!  Learn more here)

9:30 am in Hiett Library:  Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis.

Meet & Greet With Rev. Kathy Schmitz – 12:30-1:30 pm, Hiett Library

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend this one-hour Meet and Greet.

Constitutional Study Group – 12:30 pm, Sanctuary   

This week we will look at the we will be reviewing the War Powers Clause. This  group invites you join them in developing greater knowledge and understanding of our rights and being empowered to make your voice heard. Convener is Michael Mataluni.

Monday – April 24

Tuesday – April 25

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall    (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)

The Alliance will hold it’s annual business meeting and pot luck luncheon at 12:00 noon. All Alliance members are urged to attend. Elections will be held and the budget for next year will be voted on. Of course, the pot luck will be sumptuous if everyone shows up.

Annual membership dues are due now. Do join! We do a lot with your $15 membership ($25 for a couple). If there is a start-up charity in Central Florida that deserves a boost, the Alliance has traditionally given that boost. We are proud of our critical support to the Planned Parenthood Indigent Fund and the Healthcare Center for the Homeless in their formative years. Most recently we have given support to the New Image Youth Center on Parramore Ave in Orlando and to the Samaritan Resource Center in east Orange County. Watch them change the communities they serve!

Yoga Class – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall  

Be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Open to all.

Band Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – April 26

Issues & Actions:  Summer “Lite” Version – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

Tonight’s issue: The Roots of Migration with Dominique Aulisio, the new Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Coordinator for the National Farm Workers Ministry.

For summer, we switch to a less formal program. No meal will be offered but you are invited to bring your brown bag dinner and eat with others before the program (6:00 pm). We will continue with time of centering (6:45 pm), and a timely program (7:00 pm), although programs may sometimes be a structured conversation rather than an outside speaker. Free & open to the public. Donations welcome. Email programassistant@cfl.rr.com or stop by 1U Central for info or to volunteer.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.

Thursday – April 27

EMC Rehearsal – 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary  

Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMG@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall  

An open, ongoing group offered free of charge. All are welcome, no registration required.

Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library

“Cosmos – with Neil Degrasse Tyson” is a 2014 American science documentary television series. The show is a follow-up to the 1980 television series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” presented by Carl Sagan. Today’s topics are: “Sisters of the Sun” and “The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth.” Full description of sessions here and here. Email: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP.


Other News

Building The Dream Construction Update and Pix

The call has gone out and the congregation is responding! Efforts are underway to raise additional funds for the Labyrinth, which will be the centerpiece of our new campus. Monies raised this past Sunday have put us over the 50% mark! More support is needed, so look for more opportunities in the coming days to contribute or pledge. Our deadline is April 30, so please reach out to Marty Haynie or drop her an email at capitalcampaign@orlandouu.org should you have questions or want to discuss a Labyrinth contribution or pledge.  Thank you for your continued support!

On campus this week, work continues at the Enrichment Center with preparations to pour concrete in the courtyard as final grade work is completed. Another item to note: PVC work to tie all three buildings together with conduit for a future communications & networking system is wrapping up.

Please don’t hesitate to drop us an email to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org should you have any questions. Don’t forget that pictures for all the work can be found here.

Please feel free to park in the Special Needs lot on the north side of Gore Hall if you have either small children or 4 or more people in your car. Otherwise, please use all of the alternative parking options. Click here for a parking map.

Annual Congregational Meeting: May 21

Mark your calendars! All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, 1U’s annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote.  The meeting agenda, proposed budget and Nominating Committee slate of candidates and biographies are available on our website (www.orlandouu.org, select the “About 1U” drop-down tab, then select “Governance”.)  Lunch will be provided  for a small fee.  Childcare will be available. Here is the link for more detailed information.

Dinner with Friends: May 6

Held at the homes of various church members around 6:00 pm, each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Please sign up no later than April 6. Hosts will be notified about their groups by April 30. Questions? Follow this link to sign up on line or contact Alan Oberholtzer at
dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Share the Plate Update

Great job! We collected $1091.10 for our April Share the Plate partner, Samaritan Resource Center (SRC). For our final Share the Plate opportunity of this church year, our Children’s Religious Education program has selected New Image Youth Center, an enrichment program for school age children located in the Parramore section of Orlando. Through summer camp programs and after school care—including lot of tutoring, mentoring, and encouragement—New Image Youth Center’s founder and staff strive to inspire and support the children they serve.

Endowment Board Needs Info

The Endowment Board is updating its list of Caroline Gore Legacy Society members for the upcoming annual meeting in May. We want to be sure to have your name if you remembered First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment in your end-of-life papers. If you have done so but are not sure we have your name, please contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. If you are curious to learn more about the Caroline Gore Legacy Society and giving to the Endowment, please contact any of the Endowment Board members: Al Wileden, Mike Haddad, Steph Garber, Diane P. Kerkhoff, Jean Siegfried or Mike Cohen. We would love to help!

Rev. Kathy’s Weekly Contribution to the Central Florida 100

Each week Rev. Kathy is one of 100 Community Leaders in Central Florida commenting on the news of the day. Read last Sunday’s offering here.

Blood Donation During Construction

Are you missing our blood drives while we are going thru construction? Your donated blood is greatly needed! Find another location to give near your home or work by going to oneblood.org or email blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

1U Central for Information and Assistance

Is it your first, second, or third time visiting? Feel a bit out of the loop? Want to know what is going on within the congregation? Stop on by to 1U Central located in Gore Hall near the foyer and say hi to Gaby! She can fill you in on current actions, events, and groups. She can help you get signed up for the Weekly E-Blasts, get a nametag, or sign up for all the great things 1U offers!

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  

See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.

Food Pantry Need Growing – Please Help!

There is an increasing, urgent need for food at the pantry we support. Most-needed items: canned goods, including: Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.) pasta (whole wheat) rice and beans dry cereal shelf stable milk peanut butter. Items that are easy for children to open are preferred. No glass items, please. Please gather what you can and bring it with you on Sunday. The box is in Gore Hall. Thanks for your continued generosity.

Update Your Contact Information!

Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!


Plan Ahead

April 29 – RUUM – Behind the Scenes at Dr Phillips Center, 10:30 am

RUUM, the Retired UU Men’s group, will tour the Dr. Phillips Center. Lunch will follow at The Boheme restaurant in the nearby Grand Bohemian Hotel. Friends and members are welcome, but there is a tour limit and a reservation is needed. Contact Dave Harvey at ruum@orlandouu.org for RSVP or details.

May 6 – Dinner with Friends, 6:00 pm-ish, Church Member Homes

Held at the homes of various church members, each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Please sign up no later than April 30. Hosts will be notified about their groups by May 2. Questions? Follow this link to sign up on line or contact Alan Oberholtzer at programassistant@orlandouu.org.

May 12 – Black Cat Cafe. 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

The 2nd Friday of each month, join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

May 17 – Fall Prevention Program: A Matter of Balance (Class Size Limited: Register Now)

“A Matter of Balance” helps you to protect yourself from falls and injury now and in the years to come. We exercise and address the many issues surrounding falls: our individual concerns, our fall-ty habits, how to accomplish events we will someday find challenging and how to protect ourselves in and after a fall at home/in public.  The next 8 week class will  begin on May 17 from 2:00-4:00 pm (with snacks) in Gore Hall.  Class is FREE and open to all; however class size is limited, and registration is REQUIRED. Register: movements4life@gmail.com.

May 20 – Youth Group Fundraiser

Save the Date! Our fabulous Youth Group will be hosting a fundraiser (dinner & entertainment) to support their June Civil Rights trip to Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham. Come support this emerging group and this great chance for them to deepen their understanding of the history of justice work. Details to follow!

May 21– Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:30 pm, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, 1U’s annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. The meeting agenda, proposed budget and Nominating Committee slate of candidates and biographies are available on our website (www.orlandouu.org, select the “About 1U” drop-down tab, then select “Governance.”)  Lunch will be provided  for a small fee.  Childcare will be available. Here is the link for more detailed information.

June 21-25 – RESIST AND REJOICE IN NEW ORLEANS: General Assembly Delegates Sought

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. More information regarding the 2017 General Assembly can be found at http://www.uua.org/ga.

July 8 – ‘Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day – 9:00 am-Noon

Come Join us as we tend to and beautify the church campus. If you have these items bring them: a bucket, Windex, lemon oil, sponges/rags. We’ll have refreshments and social time. We need about 12 people to assist. Children & families welcome. No need to RSVP.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Pastoral Care Associates

These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. The holiday season can also cause stress and painful emotions. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

UUA Video

Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!

Help Keep Our Pulpit Beautiful!

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! Do you grow flowers or ornamental shrubs? Pass a wildflower field en route to church? Love to create floral arrangements? Want to make an almost effortless contribution to our community on the occasional Sunday? We even provide the vases. Join the Flowers Team and help provide pulpit flowers & greenery for a few services a year! On the Sundays of your choice you can supply cut fresh flowers, a potted plant or flower, an orchid, wildflowers, something from your garden or that of a neighbor (after you are given access)– even fine silk arrangements. Then you can take it home, give it away, or leave it in Gore Hall for church visitors to enjoy. To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

Join 1U A/V Team

Want to learn about sound systems, or how to present a slide show or video? Then the 1U Audio/Visual team is for you! You don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun. Personalized training is provided, and you can polish your skills as you go. Contact us at audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sales of coffee, chocolate and tea benefit small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!

1U Smoking Policy

The First Unitarian Board of Trustees has adopted a new smoking policy effective January 1, 2017. It reads: No smoking of any kind, including the use of e-cigarettes, is allowed within any courtyard area on the First Unitarian Church of Orlando campus or within 25 feet of any building. This applies at all times and to all persons and groups making use of the campus.

First Sunday Fellowship

1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, Conway, South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections. These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Give By Text 

You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! Simply send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $25).  NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount.  Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically!  To text contribution to individual funds include the text code in your text message:

Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge)      Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)

Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge)        Donation (textingcode:  generaldonation)

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

Are you looking for an easy way to be of service at 1U? How about helping make members and guests feel welcome, as you were when you first attended? Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All directions for each task are provided. Most Welcome Team members sign up to serve at one service a month. Consider being part of one of the most enjoyable teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Join Justice GoogleGroup

To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond), join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email socialjustice@orlandouu.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.

1U Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly contact people follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other members serve in providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events, medical appointments, meals for a while, pet care, etc. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Kathy Homblette at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate.

The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – ThisWeekly Update

The Weekly Update is posted to the 1U website by Thursday of each week. An email reminder is then sent to the members and visitors who have provided their email addresses. If you are not receiving the weekly email reminder, please contact ChurchAdministrator@orlandouu.org. A reminder is also posted to the 1U facebook page.

Become a Home Hospitality Host

On occasion, 1U has the opportunity to host other UUs for events like District Assembly, Choir Festival, District meetings, and other events. Some of our fellow UUs who come into town for a day or two to join us and/or use our facilities appreciate being welcomed into our homes for the night to cut down on hotel expense while getting to know us. If you have space in your home to host a guest or two, please consider joining in this Hospitality offering! Email 1uhomehospitality@gmail.com to be added to our database to be contacted about opportunities as they arise.

Board Minutes Available

You can read the minutes of the most recent meeting of the 1U Board of Trustees here. Previous minutes can be found in the Governance section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

Program Report Available

You can read the most recent Program Report, highlighting the activities of the congregation’s programs, here. Additional program information can be found in the Our Organization section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

Say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth. Proceeds from the Good Buy underwrite human rights programs around the world through the UUSC, so you can make a difference with each purchase.


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