Weekly Update – December 1, 2016
Sunday: Free Defibrillator Training
Our trainer is from Take Heart Orlando. Training will last approx. 30 minutes. All adults are welcome!
Details in Sunday – December 4 listing.
December 9: Black Cat Cafe
An open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! Details in Plan Ahead.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – December 2
Craft Circle – 6:30-8:30 pm, Room 9 & Assembly Room
Bring your knitting, crochet and other projects to do while enjoying the company of other crafters.
Saturday – December 3
Second Harvest Food Bank Sorting and Packing – 1:00-4:00 pm, Second Harvest Facility
Mark your calendars now for our next Second Harvest service date. Please meet promptly at 1:00 pm, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32805. You must wear closed-toed shoes. Please RSVP or ask questions at Foodbank@Orlandouu.org.
Sunday – December 4
Free Defibrillator Training – 10:30 am, Hiett Library
1U has a portable defibrillator in Gore Hall! A 1U member donated it, and today we’re training interested 1U members & friends to use it in case of a medical emergency. We have a trainer from Take Heart Orlando today. Training will last approx. 30 minutes. All adults are welcome!
Alliance Holiday Boutique Opens – Gore Hall Foyer
We have collected donated items all year for this annual event, so you can buy recycled gifts, decorations and treasures at bargain prices and support local causes. Open each Sunday in December for Unitarians. Open Fridays and Saturdays (Dec 9 – 17) to the public. Shop here before you go to the crowded retail stores…reuse, recycle, relax.
Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary
Looking in the Mirror, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
Sometimes a little self-reflection can be a good thing. The Chalice Choir performs.
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years. (EC Room 14)
9:30-10:30 am Childcare available during early Worship & Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)
11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents (Sanctuary)
11:15 am-12:15 pm Children’s RE programming Children proceed to Enrichment Center
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! )
9:30 am in the Library: Francis David Café with Bob Leger
December 11 – 11:00 am Movie Talk: “Arrival”
When the Aliens arrive, who will talk to them and how? Will we shoot and ask questions later? Religions and Laws were not crafted with Extra-terrestrials in mind. “Arrival” explores the ethical questions of communicating with VERY different beings and the pressure to succeed as the world arms for a military solution. Join the discussion as we examine the film with a clear and responsible search for truth and meaning.
Gift Basket Raffle Tickets On Sale Now
Raffle tickets for Gift Baskets assembled by the Alliance go on sale today at both UU Churches: $1 for one ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. These baskets are large and generously filled with goodies. The winners will be drawn on or about December 18 at each Church. Look for the ticket seller at your Church on Sundays or call an Alliance member. More info by emailing Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.
Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30 pm, Hiett Library
The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. Bring your questions and concerns and join with others in conversation. This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month.
Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting – 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Room 9
The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Rituals are volunteer led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists. First Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. We are currently planning for Winter Solstice. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. Facebook RSVP here/ For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Sunday Fellowship
Here it is – the first Sunday of December! How is that even possible? The good news? That means a chance to socialize with 1U friends at a 1st Sunday Fellowship event. 1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Conway, Winter Park, East of the 417, Downtown/Delaney Park, West Orange County, and South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections on the first Sunday of the month. 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 to find a group near (or far from you), contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.
Monday – December 5
1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett Library
The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.
Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall
For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!
Tuesday – December 6
The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)
All members are invited to a 1:00 pm potluck Holiday luncheon at the home of Cathy Spoone. For address, phone and directions, email Alliance@OrlandoUU.org. Please bring a dish to share. There is adequate parking on the street, but if you wish to share a ride please call another member or bring a friend.
The Holiday Boutique has been set up in Gore Hall and will be open to the public on December 9 & 10, and December 16 & 17. Holiday items are still welcome if you have something you wish to donate. You may shop until December 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 – December 7
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – December 8
EMG Rehearsal– 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
We will work on our first group rehearsals and performance. 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.
Learning Tarot Series Session 6 – 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 9
Always wanted to learn to read Tarot? This 10-session Thursday series will include content on the Major Arcana and Court Cards presented by class leaders, discussion, exercises, tarot spreads, and homework you can do at your own pace. The class will be creating their personal Rider-Waite-Smith flashcard decks. Email email@example.com to register. Cost: $30 for the series. If you need tuition help, please include that in the email. There will also be a Facebook study group for distance learners and/or those who cannot come to each class. We want to make this doable for you! For more details, click here.
12/11 4:00 pm Blue Holiday Service followed by Reception
12/18 11:00 am Holiday Pageant, Single Service followed by PotLuck Lunch
12/21 7:00 pm Winter Solstice Service followed by Yule Vigil
12/24 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider
7:30 pm Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider
12/25 11:00 am Christmas Day Service (simple single service)
Share the Plate Update
Our next Share-the-Plate collection will be given to Adriana’s Attic, a not-for-profit community outreach program. Adriana’s Attic provides food, clothing, hygiene supplies, medical supplies, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing to those in need. Rita and Joe Marullo, who founded and run Adriana’s Attic, rely entirely on community generosity to provide this much needed 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.
Order UUSC Holiday Cards Now!
Order your UUSC Holiday cards here. Many past year designs are vastly discounted!
Hope CommUnity Center Christmas Toy Drive Thru Dec. 11
1U has been invited to be part of the 42nd Annual Toy Store for Hope CommUnity Center. As with past years, they are asking for new unwrapped items with tags left on. They then create a store at their site to sell the items to the families. The monies support the Center. We will be collecting items from Sunday 11/27 through Sunday 12/11. A collection box will be placed on the Gore Hall stage. Thanks in advance for supporting this holiday cause for the local farm worker community.
If anyone lives in or around the Curryford / Goldenrod area and would be willing to give a ride to 1U member Maribel and her son to 1U on Sundays and/or Wednesday evenings (for the Conversations with our Faith Neighbors program), please send an email to Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org (and write “Maribel” in the subject field).
Guest at Your Table – through January 15
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) oversees our annual intergenerational program, Guest at your Table. This is an opportunity to raise support and awareness about the work that UUSC does around the world to advance human rights. This year the theme is Defying Hate. More details will be coming shortly.
The UUSC identifies and works in many areas to defy hate every day of the year. That may be “When the unaccompanied minors are deported from the Dominican Republic simply because they are of Haitian descent,” or when “…US religious groups export discrimination against LBGTQ individuals to African nations” or “When loud voices assign blame to innocent people and fan the flames of fear, prejudice and xenophobia…” Read more about Guest at your Table at uusc.org/gayt.
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!
December 9 – Black Cat Cafe – 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
December 11 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 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 a one-hour Meet and Greet.
December 11 – Blue Holiday: A Special Service of Remembrance & Hope, 4:00 pm, Sanctuary and Gore Hall
We are inviting the larger community to join 1U for a Blue Holiday Service on the day before the 6-month anniversary of Pulse. Offered by the Pastoral Associates, the service is designed to welcome all–of every faith or of no faith. While the holiday season can be joyous, many also find the expectations, hectic activity, and memories overwhelming. This year, in addition to our individual losses, we acknowledge our communal loss. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust, and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year. A simple reception in the fellowship hall will follow the 30-minute service in the sanctuary.
December 14 – Interfaith Yoga Project, 7:15-8:15 pm, American Muslim Community Center
This adaptive and inclusive yoga class is for all levels. Please join us for healing breath, mindful movement and peaceful unity. Free and open to all, however this month’s class: “Sisters in Peace” is open to females only. Location: 811 Wilma St., Longwood, Fl 32750. Prayers at 7:00 (all invited to observe). Food and chat to follow. Questions and RSVP: email@example.com. Please let us know how many and if you will need a yoga mat.
December 18 – 1U Blood Drive, Red Bus in our parking lot, 8:30 am-1:00 pm
All blood types are needed! Please contact for questions: Blooddrive@orlandouu.org
December 18 – Congregational Vote to Ordain Rachel Christensen, Noon, Sanctuary
Join our formal congregational meeting to vote to ordain Rachel Christensen to the Unitarian Universalist ministry, in conjunction with University Unitarian Universalist Society.
December 18 – Alliance Holiday Gift Baskets Raffle Prizes Awarded
Offered by the Alliance at both Unitarian Churches, these beautiful baskets raise money for the homeless men’s favorite gifts: underwear!!
December 21 – Winter Solstice Service, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice in a lovely evening service in the sanctuary and the annual spiral dance in the courtyard. Our biggest ritual of the year! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season. Worship begins at 7:00, Coffee Hour and potluck finger food snacks to follow at 8:00 in the Assembly room and ends at 9:00 when we have a tug-o-war game and light the Yule Log. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. If you would like to continue the celebration, consider attending the “after party” — The Annual Yule Vigil! RSVP here.
December 21 – Annual Yule Bonfire Vigil, 9:00 pm, RE Courtyard
Join us for camaraderie around the Yule Log bonfire as we keep watch over the longest night of the year and do our part to ensure the sun rises! Bring your conversation, games, instruments, movies, and dish for Midnight Potluck! Some bring their sleeping bags, lawn chairs and tents for camping out on the green. RSVP here.
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 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.
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.
Minister’s Day Off
Rev. Kathy is changing her day off to Fridays. Thursday will be her writing day, which means she will typically be focused on worship preparation. Therefore, her most available days (aside from Sunday) will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Elise Harrison at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Here are monthly contacts for the rest of 2016:
November-Tommy & Elise Harrison December-Tommy & Elise Harrison
The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – This 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.
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 email@example.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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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz
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