ONGOING ACTIVITIES, DONATIONS, AND VOLUNTEERING
1U Central: Your One-Stop Place for Information about First Unitarian Church (1U)
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 after the Sunday worship service, 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!
The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – The Weekly 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 (facebook.com/orlandouu/).
1U A/V Team Needs Helpers!
All those buttons on the scary-looking audio mixing board? You really only need to know how to use 3-4 of them. The rest are duplicates of those few. The only difference is which microphone the buttons affect.
Know how to use PowerPoint? Or want to learn? The 1U Audio/Visual team can teach you the basics in 30 minutes, then help you polish your skills as you run slides for the occasional Sunday service.
If you’d like to amaze your friends and enchant the congregation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can just show up at the A/V room right before or after service. Your jaw will drop when you see how easy it is!
It takes 2 people each Sunday to get the job done, so many Sundays the same few volunteers provide these services with few or no breaks. Your help would make a huge difference for the team and the congregation (if you want sound and visuals, that is)!
1U Maintenance Contact Info
We now have an email for you to use to let the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) know if you observe something on campus that you feel needs repair or some loving attention. Remember that we now will have monthly inspections of the campus in order to monitor buildings and grounds, so we should be more on top of routine maintenance than we have been in the past. That said, the more eyes on things the better. You can always mention an item to the team members: Alan Oberholtzer, Alex Moore, Dan Homblette, George Hooper, John Hartgering, or Mike McCleskey. However if you want to send us an email, please use LTM@orlandouu.org. please be as specific as possible, including details on the location. Send a picture rather than a thousand words. Thanks, LTME Team.
Update Your Contact Inforation!
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 email@example.com or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
Missed a Sunday?
Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.
Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!
Board Minutes Available
You can read the minutes of the 1U Board of Trustees for the current church year here.
Since we moved to a single service, more folks are needing to find parking all at one time. This has resulted in a few folks parking on the sidewalk on the north side of the Enrichment Center. Please do not park in this area for two reasons. First: the sidewalk is just that, a sidewalk not a driveway. It was not built to support cars. The orange rumble strip is the edge of the drive and should not be crossed. Secondly: no one should park on the driveway in this area because the drive was designed for the radius needed for fire trucks and they would not be able to pass through with cars. Thanks for your assistance with this. The solution (a reminder) is for those who can to park off campus on Hampton or elsewhere. With Love, Your Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team LTM@Orlandouu.org.
Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry
The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We are back to having a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place the items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others. Examples of items to donate are: dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.
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 Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Caring Circle contacts are listed in the Weekly Update; they can also be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org.
Pastoral Care Associates
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts.” – Fred Rogers
Pastoral Care Associates are caring, supportive members of the congregation trained to listen and encourage in times of stress or need. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community offer support as you deal with life’s challenges. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.
Join the Flowers Team
Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! Spot the pretties bouquets at grocery stores and elsewhere? 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 purchased 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. No need to attend early services to participate! To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.
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.
Can You Search a Library Catalog from Your Computer? Use PowerPoint to Make Slide Shows?
If you can do either, the Words for All Ages (WFAA) Team could use your hep. We need helpers to search online catalogs of local libraries for Easy/Early Reader books that fit a sermon theme, then submit the best options they find to the team. Another options is to be one of those who phone-camera photograph the pages of selected WFAA books, then plug those pics into PowerPoint slides. If you’d like to help, or have further questions, contact Karla Kizzort at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair Trade Coffee and Tea – 1st and 3rd Sundays, Gore Hall
Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available on the first and third Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the service. Sales of coffee and tea benefit small independent growers. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!
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.
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)
Do You Have an RMD and Are 70½ or Older?
A Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA or Inherited IRA can cause a higher tax burden. Consider paying your pledge to the Church via a direct Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older you can instruct your IRA or Inherited IRA custodian to send your QCD directly to the Church to pay your pledge. A QCD counts dollar-for-dollar toward fulfillment of an RMD (up to $100,000) but is excluded from taxable income. You can view or download a sample letter for instructing your IRA custodian here or contact Amy at the Church office to receive it by email. If you have questions contact Michael Cohen or any other member of the Church Endowment Board (Mike Haddad, Diane P. Kerkhoff, Ken Lofgren, Louise Christie, or Julia Chinnock). For specific tax advice contact a tax professional.
Mystic Grove Offerings Outlined Online
Plan ahead for what offerings interest you! The Mystic Grove Brochure and Calendar are now available online. You can download and print at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/calendar/.
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.
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.