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Weekly Update – November 10, 2016

Weekly Update – November 10, 2016

News Flash!

Saturday: Campus Tenders Work Day and Orlando Pride Parade

Details in Saturday – November 12 listings

Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.



Friday – November 11

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

At this open-mic coffeehouse share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

Saturday – November 12

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

Come join us as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds.  We need about 12 people to assist. No need to RSVP, just show up. Children- and family-friendly tasks available. Bring a bucket, cleaning supplies, sponges/rags, water canteen,  gardening gloves (if you want to volunteer on grounds work) and a hat. We’ll have refreshments and social time. Questions or details of projects to be accomplished, please contact buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org. NEXT QUARTERLY WORK DAY:  Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Orlando Pride Parade – 4:00 pm step off, 2:30 pm meet at 1U to carpool

1U continues to celebrate diversity & embrace unity. All are invited to march, float, parade & stand on the side of love at Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride Parade & Festival. This is a fun and meaningful way to put our UU values of LGBTQ equality in action, Standing on the Side of Love. Family friendly and all abilities welcome. Parade line-up is 3:00; step-off is 4:00 pm. Come as you are, but all are encouraged to wear your 1U or Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts.  Additional details:  https://www.facebook.com/orlandouu.

Sunday – November 13

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

No Matter What,  Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Whether we like everything that happened this week or not… our faith calls us on.

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

Online enrollment is open so register your child today. Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more CRE information: ECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

9:30 am in the Library: UU History – Margaret Fuller with Ken Lofgren

Pioneering author, editor, journalist, women’s rights advocate, and war correspondent: please join us as we learn about Fuller’s life and share readings from her works. Those who have read the Margaret Fuller biography will be sharing
their perspectives, too.

Plan Ahead:

November 20 – 11:00 am in the Library: Movie Talk – Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of World War II hero Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. Is it an anti-war movie or an appreciation of our American military? Producer David Permut says: “This is a movie about a man who stood by his convictions at all costs; it appeals to everyone, no matter what side of what issues you are on.” Does this film illustrate our 3rd Principle “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth” or does it illuminate our 5th Principle “The Right of Conscience…?” Join the discussion at 11:00 am on Sunday November 20th.

Monday – November 14

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library 

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

Tuesday – November 15

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

Raffle Prize Baskets: Members of the Alliance please bring offerings for the Holiday Basket raffle to Gore Hall before November 22. We will make up raffle prize baskets from your donations. Raffle tickets go on sale December 4, when the baskets go on display. The raffle drawings will be held at both Unitarian Churches on December 18. Donations may be any small boutique item relating to the holidays or a cash contribution for the volunteer shoppers. This is a fundraiser for our chosen charities and a great prize for the winners of the raffle.

Soup Making, 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Kitchen

Join us in the kitchen as we prepare soup for tomorrow evening’s Conversations with our Faith Neighbors. All are welcome. No skill necessary. You will be offered tasks with which to assist.

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 – November 16

Conversation with our Faith Neighbors, Final Session (Free Thought) – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join us for the final installment of this series. Tonight our guest speakers are David and Jocelyn Williamson. A collaboration with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, the series goal is to learn, embrace and celebrate religious diversity in Central Florida. We provide soup and salad; presenters are invited to provide dishes significant in their practice. Please RSVP so we can ensure enough food is available. Donations welcomed.

5:30-6:00 pm – Set up

6:00-6:40 pm – Meal (we will split donations with any communities that provide a food offering)

6:40 – Centering inspired by the tradition

7:00-7:30 pm – Presentation

7:30-8:00 pm – Q&A over tea and cookies

8:00 pm – Cleanup

Please contact Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com with questions.  See here for details, include speaker schedule.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – November 17

RUUM Holocaust Center Tour, 2:00 pm (RSVP deadline: Nov. 15)

RUUM, the Retired UU Men’s group, will visit the Holocaust Center in Maitland today for a docent-led tour. A 12:30 pm luncheon at Mamak Asian Street Food restaurant (1231 E Colonial Dr, near Shine) will precede the visit. All 1U members and friends are invited. Please RSVP  to Mike Haddad by November 15 at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

Orange County Solar Co-op Meeting, 6:30 pm, RUUM@orlandouu.org

Have you wondered if solar would work on your roof? How much a solar system would cost? How to obtain a good price and find a good installer? Bring your questions to a “Solar Information Meeting” today at First Green Bank Winter Park, 862 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, Fl 32789. First U is a local partner with the Orange County Solar Co-op project. For information, contact First 1 members Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen at cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com. And visit flsun.org for more info.

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 4 – 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 mysticgrove@orlandouu.org 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.


Other News

November 12 Dinner with Friends Canceled

Please keep an eye out for theFebruary 4 Dinner with Friends event.

New Treasurer

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Tommy Harrison has agreed to step into the Treasurer position. Tommy was serving his second year as a Trustee on the Board. We thank President-Elect, Kim Holdridge, for her oversight of the responsibilities of the Treasurer position after the unexpected relocation of the Treasurer elected by the congregation at its Annual Meeting last June.

Hope CommUnity Center Christmas Toy Drive Nov. 27-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.

Share the Plate Update

Our Share the Plate partner for November is Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE). Organize Now, a community-based nonprofit organization, has waged one of the largest accountability campaigns in the state of Florida. Winning three lawsuits against Orange County government for their failure to obey public records laws, members seek to continue holding local government accountable to the public through public records requests, direct actions, and media campaigns. Other issues championed by Organize Now include the $15 minimum wage, earned sick time for all workers, and the widening of access to healthcare for the uninsured.

Project Cheer Underway

The Mental  Health Association of Central Florida‘s annual Project Cheer is beginning collections. Aimed at spreading smiles and cheer during the holiday season to patients in the Central Florida area, last year Project Cheer delivered gift bags (containing games, puzzles, hygiene items, and personalized cards) to 182 patients at Aspire, a Central Florida behavioral hospital. This year the goal is to bring gift bags to about 200 patients, including children. In order to get this done we need help in the form of generous monetary contributions or item donations that will be delivered to the patients. Donate in one of two ways:

1. Online through GoFundMe, which you can access here , or

2. Send a check by mail to:
Mental Health Association of Central Florida
1525 E. Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801

You can dropoff items to the MHA office or make your own office a collection spot!
The types of suppliessought for these bags include: Colorful socks for child patients, white socks for adult patients, playing cards, puzzle books, drawing pads, books for journaling, candy, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Thank you for helping spread cheer to those in need.

RIDE NEEDED Sundays and/or Wednesday Eves

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).

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!

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

November 13 – Special Showing and Sale of Eva Brinson Treasures, Gore Hall

and November 20 – Eva has moved to nursing care at Lutheran Towers, has no room for them, and has donated them to the Alliance. You may find items that remind you of your time with Eva here. Your purchase will benefit 1U and the Alliance.

November 17 – RUUM Holocaust Center Tour, 2:00 pm 

RUUM, the Retired UU Men’s group, will visit the Holocaust Center in Maitland today for a docent-led tour. A luncheon at a nearby restaurant will precede the visit. All 1U members and friends are invited. Contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org for details.

November 19 – 1U Musical Variety Show, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Save the date for “With Love from Us to 1U,” a musical variety show with a range of talented performers, including, but not limited to: the Folks Ensemble, A Chordia, Welkin, EMG, 1U Youth Trio, and Bella Sutra.

November 20 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

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.

November 20 – 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.

November 20 – Special Showing and Sale of Eva Brinson Treasures, Gore Hall

Eva has moved to nursing care at Lutheran Towers, has no room for them, and has donated them to the Alliance. You may find items that remind you of your time with Eva here. Your purchase will benefit 1U and the Alliance.

November 21 – Volunteer at Clean the World, 1:00-3:00 pm. Mark your calendar!

Clean the World collects and recycles soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that would otherwise generate environmental waste. Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, they prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year and encourage vigorous childhood development. In 2 hours, we help by separating the donated soap from other hygiene products so the organization can melt it down, sanitize it and make it into full size bars for use by those in need. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old. Children ages 8 through 15 require supervision by a parent or guardian. Please remember to wear closed toed shoes. Gloves will be provided. The location is at 400 Pittman St., Suite A, Orlando, FL 32801. To RSVP or with questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Thanksgiving Dinner at 1U!

Looking for company for Thanksgiving dinner? Join us at 1U for dinner with family and friends. The gathering begins in Gore Hall at 5:00 pm; appetizers and soft drinks available. Bring your own wine or beer. Dinner will be served as close to 5:30 pm as the volunteer committee can make it happen!

Turkey, vegan loaf, gravy and mashed potatoes will be provided. Plan to bring a holiday potluck dish/dessert to round out the meal. See Gaby at the 1U Connection table to find out how to officially signup online with the number of people in your party, and what you plan to bring. More details soon.

Everyone is invited: friends, family, even neighbors and Uncle Felix from out of town. Again, the more the merrier and that means you!

** This is a perfect chance to bring items for the Food Drive!

November 30 – Orange County Solar Co-op Enrollment Deadline

Enrollment in the 2016 Orange County Solar Co-op began in July and will end on Nov. 30. Orange County property owners (plus Seminole and Osceola) are invited to join this Co-op by completing the online form at flsun.org/orange-county/. For more information, contact either Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen at cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com.

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 at 411 Mercy Drivem
Orlando, FL 32805. You must wear closed toed shoes. Please RSVP or ask questions at Foodbank@Orlandouu.org.

December 4 – Alliance Holiday Boutique Opens, Gore Hall Foyer

Gore Hall foyer will be transformed into a splendid Holiday Boutique by the Alliance. We will assemble an overflowing selection of holiday items for sale to support our service projects. 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.

December 4 – Alliance Holiday Gift Baskets Raffle Ticket Sale Begins

Offered by the Alliance at both Unitarian Churches, these beautiful baskets raise money for the homeless men’s favorite gifts: underwear!! The raffle tickets will remain on sale until the drawing December 18.

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 – 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!!


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

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.

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 socialjustice@orlandouu.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. 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.

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 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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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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Minister’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz

Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com