Weekly Update – March 16, 2017
Friday: Signup Deadline for GA Delegates
Details in Friday – March 17.
Sunday: Rachel Christensen Ordination. Please RSVP!
Details in Sunday – March 19.
Pledge Cards are Due!
Details in Other News.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – March 17
RESIST AND REJOICE IN NEW ORLEANS: General Assembly Delegates Sought (Deadline: TODAY)
Are you interested in representing 1U at the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, LA, this June? Delegates will meet to learn of the congregation’s input, represent the congregation during the business of the Association, attend learning and enrichment events, and report back to the congregation on the experience. If you are interested, contact Board Secretary Cheryl Tyson, or Board President Jock Smee.
Saturday – March 18
Ostara Spring Celebration – 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall
Join us in celebrating the Spring Equinox! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: light green, lemon yellow, pale pinks, and similar. Ritual will include a time for sharing songs, stories, poems, chants, etc., related to Ostara, spring, rebirth, etc. Bring yours if you’d like to participate! Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1305008512897860/
Sunday – March 19
Two Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary
A Voyage, A Pineapple, A Welcome, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
Rev. Kathy returns from some time away with something a little different for our time together. The Chalice Choir will sing.
Today we’ll be sharing the plate with The Russell Home for Atypical Children. The Russell Home is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind in Central Florida, providing loving, round-the-clock care to severely disabled children for over 60 years. Betty Turner, granddaughter of The Russell Home’s founder “Grandma” Russell, will present an Adult R.E. session at 9:30 a.m. in the Hiett Library, and she’ll also be speaking at the 11:00 a.m. service. Please give generously – we’ve received a matching pledge for the first $500, making every dollar you give go farther!
Children’s Religious Education (CRE) (Note: new locations)
There will be no regular Children’s Religious Education programming due to Spring Break.
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
11:15-12:15 am Children and Youth proceed to group activities (Gore Hall).
12:15 am Parents pick up children (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!
March 26 – 1U Youth Field Trip to Hope Church, 10:00 am, 3035 Monte Carlo Trail, Orlando, FL 32805
Teachers, 1U Youth and families will attend a worship service led by Hope Church youth. The Hope Church is a largely African-American congregation with a range of vibrant ministries and services to the community.
We will have carpools from the church, meeting up in the 1U parking lot between 9:00-9:15 am. Families who want to go to The Hope Church independently should plan to meet us there around 9:45 so we can sit together and talk with Elder Virginia Lewis Whittington before the service begins. Casual clothes, including jeans, are appropriate for our visit. Avoid shorts.
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! Learn more here)
9:30 am in Hiett Library: Share the Plate with Betty Turner, Russell Home for Atypical Children
Building The Dream Monthly Update Meeting – 12:30 pm, Hiett Library
We’ll have sample chairs you can sit in as well as some pictures of tables that we’re considering. We are also close to deciding on paint colors. Come for an update on everything that is happening and what is up next.
Constitutional Study Group – 12:30 pm, Sanctuary
This new 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.
Christensen Ordination (How Might you Participate?) – 4:00 pm, Sanctuary & Gore Hall
Please join us as, together with University Unitarian Universalist Society, we ordain Rachel Christensen to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry. The ordination service will be followed by a reception. Invitation and other details here. Volunteers are needed to help contribute to the potluck reception and generally help out. Perfectpotluck.com is being used to organize the food (planner: Homblette, password: 1901). You can sign up to bring a variety of items, from deviled eggs to gluten free dessert. For more details, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. RSVP to Chris Reid using the email on the invitation.
Monday – March 20
Tuesday – March 21
The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)
The Alliance will meet in Gore Hall at 10:30 to make sandwiches for the Coalition for the Homeless and to socialize. Bring a bag lunch for our noon meal. Alliance members will be receiving 2 special emails this week, so watch your emailbox.
Sadly, we announce the death of long time Alliance (and UUUS) member Kathy Anderson. No memorial service is planned, but her family is hosting a gathering for friends and family at Leu Gardens on March 31 at 2:00 pm. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to Alliance@OrlandoUU.org (or to the church office at 407-898-3621) by March 20.
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
Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Wednesday – March 22
RUUM – Dominoes Beside the River, Gator’s Riverside Grill
RUUM, the Retired UU Men’s group, will have lunch at Gator’s Riverside Grill beside the St. Johns River in Sanford. A game or two of Mexican Train dominoes will follow. RSVP is requested. For more information contact Phil Wack at RUUM@orlandouu.org
Fall Prevention Program Session 1 – A Matter of Balance
“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. This 8 week class will be held on Wednesdays, March 22 through May 10, from 2:00-4:00 pm (with snacks) in Gore Hall. This class is FREE and open to all! However class size is limited, and registration is REQUIRED. Register with Claudia to attend.
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – March 23
EMC Rehearsal – 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary (No rehearsal this week; join us again on 3/16)
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 Carl Sagan 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library
We continue to explore the DVD series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” hosted by Carl Sagan. David Itzkoff of The New York Times described it as “a watershed moment for science-themed television programming.” The series is notable for its groundbreaking use of special effects, which allow Sagan to seemingly walk through environments that are actually models rather than full-sized sets. Full description of sessions here. Email: email@example.com. Facebook RSVP.
Pledge Cards are Due
Members who have not yet returned their pledge cards for the following year are asked to do so as soon as possible. This will allow for responsible budgeting for the 2017-2018 program year. Non-members who are interested in making a pledge are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one be mailed. Members who have did not received, or misplaced, theirs may do the same.
Return to Human Rights Tour
As we heard a couple of weeks ago, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ social justice effort coming up later this month is the Return to Human Rights Tour. The tour ends in Tampa on Wednesday March 29. There will be a rally at both a Wendy’s and a Publix with a short march in between. The event starts at 5:00 pm. If you are interested in car-pooling to Tampa for the event, please check in with Dan Homblette at Gaby’s desk the next three Sundays. Dan will try to connect those that want to go with drivers. MorE info here.
Rev. Kathy will be traveling until March 18 and will be blessedly disconnected until then. During her absence, contact the office to be pointed toward someone else who might be able to help. Please delay emailing her until her return.
Building The Dream Update AND PHOTOS!
Construction Update: Demolition continued last week. The road from Robinson is gone and the parking lot concrete is gone. The big Camphor tree that was outside of the northwest corner is gone to make space for the new community garden. A lot of work on the land and trees is happening to prepare the space for the new parking and Common Area. The breezeway from the Common Area to the Enrichment Center courtyard is cut out and the walls for the new office area have been framed. The team is starting to make as many direct purchases as possible (to save money) and is narrowing down our choices for things like office furniture, chairs and tables. We have released some of our contingency funds for the Enrichment Center with the good news that we haven’t found anything unexpected there at this point. For pictures of what happened last week, click here. Please don’t hesitate to drop us an email to email@example.com should you have any questions.
Parking Notes: 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.
1U Justice Survey
There’s lots going on in our world and it seems like a good time to get a read on people’s interest in current events. Whether you think of yourself as an activist or not, please take a few minutes (maybe 10 if you ponder) to fill out our 1U Justice Survey. It will help to inform our work going forward.
Pop Up Events – for a Vibrant Democracy
A vibrant democracy requires an educated and engaged citizenry. Throughout the Winter and Spring, activities will “pop up” that give participants a chance to deepen their understanding of issues in our world today. Examples might include Common Reads (Books or Articles) and Films & Discussions and more. Although events will be shared in the Weekly Update, let our Program Assistant, Gaby, know if you would like to be on a special announcement email list.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
April 14 – 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.
March 26 – 1U Youth Hope Church Field Trip, 10:00 am, 3035 Monte Carlo Trail, Orlando, FL 32805
Teachers, 1U Youth and families will attend a worship service led by Hope Church youth. The Hope Church is a largely African-American congregation with a range of vibrant ministries and services to the community.
We will have carpools from the church, meeting up in the 1U parking lot between 9 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Families who want to go to The Hope Church independently, should plan to meet us there around 9:45 a.m., so we can sit together and talk with Elder Virginia Lewis Whittington before the service begins. Casual clothes, including jeans, are appropriate for our visit. Avoid shorts.
March 26 – Social Justice Confab, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library
Join others interested in Social Justice (defined broadly in these interesting times) to consider events and activities and particularlyleadership for the months ahead. All are welcome! More info to follow!
March 29 – Next CIW Rally in Tampa
The 14-day, 10-city Return to Human Rights Tour tour approaches! Allies are mobilizing their congregations, campuses, communities and Fair Food Groups nationwide to converge in Columbus, OH–Wendy’s hometown–for the tour’s culminating weekend of action on March 24-26, including a powerful vigil at Wendy’s headquarters and a lively human rights parade in downtown Columbus! In Florida, allies are additionally organizing for the tour’s finale: a march and vigil in downtown Tampa on March 29 calling on both Publix and Wendy’s to end their disregard for farmworkers’ human rights.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.
T-Shirts on Sale — 1U Central Table, Gore Hall
Check out the Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts and paraphernalia on sale each Sunday.
1U Passports are Here! Get Yours Today!
We’ve created 1U “Passports” for you to keep track of your adventures this fall. Pick up yours at 1U Central any Sunday and play along.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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