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Weekly Update 01/02/14

Weekly Update 01/02/14

Weekly Update-January 2, 2014


To include your announcement in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement to  EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm.Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.

Welcome to the New Year at First Unitarian!


Crafty Crafters’ Circle – 6:30pm, Room 9

Church members and friends gather to talk, sew, weave, craft, share, philosophize and just generally enjoy the heck out of everyone’s company until 8:30pm. All are welcome! BYO crafts, games, and conversation.



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

Letting Go, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We begin our new year with a monthly theme of “Letting Go” and ask what we need to let go of to fully live “The Dream.”  The Chalice Choir will sing. Children’s Religious Education resumes with a Super Sunday gathering.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am -12:15pm: Nursery is available (EC Room 5)

9:30 am -10:30am:  Childcare During Worship (EC Assembly Room)

10:45 am – 12:15pm: High School OWL

11:15am -12:15pm:  Super Sunday (EC Assembly Room)

1:00 PM: Coming of Age

Further info on upcoming Children’s Religious Education Sessions here.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library – Meditation in the Vipassana tradition, led by Bob Leger.
9:30am in Room 18 – Pagan Paths: “The Kemetic Path,” led by Lesley Horwarth.
11:15 in the Assembly Room – SUUper Sunday with Children’s Religious Education:  Join the kids to explore UU principles and have some fun.

Info on Upcoming Adult Religious Education Sessions here.

Caring Circle Communications Chat – 12:30pm, Assembly Room

Ongoing and new participants in the Caring Circle are invited to a discussion of the role of the Caring Circle in helping church members in times of need and ways to be involved. Refreshments will be served. Kathy Homblette and Jenny Lockington will facilitate. RSVP to caringcircle@Orlandouu.org.


VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!


The Alliance – 9:00am, Gore Hall

This is a bring-your-own lunch day.

The Alliance has an urgent request for pant or skirt hangers. Preferred is a swivel hook with clothespin style pinchers at either end of the hanger. We will accept all skirt or pants hangers as our shortage is acute. Plastic or wood is just fine. Please, no other types of hangers at this time. Many thanks to the generous hearts who help us in so many requests.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

Come be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Class is open to all.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Life with God – 7:15pm, Hiett Library

Our Life with God group gathers in the Library the first Tuesday of the month from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. This evolving group is for folks who wish to explore a deeper understanding of, or relationship with, God. Bring your passions and your struggles as we consider together the meaning and beauty to be found in this relationship. All are welcome at this drop in group. Rev. Kathy facilitates.

Energy Medicine Study Group – 7:15pm, Assembly Room

Have you always wondered what energy medicine is all about? Do you want to learn and practice easy techniques to keep you happy and healthy? This free study group is open to everyone and will be based on Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine practices. The book is used for reference and will be available for purchase at each class for cost ($17.95). We will meet the first Tuesday of each month in the Assembly Room (note that there will be no meeting in February, but we will have 2 meetings in January on 1/7 and 1/28). Each class will include the daily energy routine and more, so drop in or attend them all! Class concludes at 9:00pm. Class leader: Patrice McFadin. Questions or need more information? Contact Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org, and please write “Energy Medicine” in the subject field.



Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary (temporary date change)

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

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Life Transitions Class – 7:00pm, Community Room (Room 18 of the Enrichment Center)

Got Change? Want to better understand life’s inevitable transitions? More info here.

Two identical evening series will be offered. The alternate series is on the First and Third Wednesday of March and April (3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16)

Other News

Sign up Now for new Covenant Groups

1U members are encouraged to consider signing up for the next year of Covenant Groups, which begin in March. These once a month gatherings are a great way get to know others in the congregation and to discover more about yourself. More info here.

Got Change? Want to better understand life’s inevitable transitions?

Consider signing up for Rev. Kathy’s next Life Transitions class. More info here.

Two identical evening series will be offered. Choose either A or B.

A: The Second and Fourth Thursdays of January and February (1/9, 1/23, 2/13, 2/27);

B: The First and Third Wednesday of March and April (3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16)

Kierstin Homblette to be Ordained – A Gift from the Congregation

Kierstin Homblette was raised at 1U and is the daughter of 1U members Kathy & Dan Homblette. She will be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in Denver on Jan. 18. At that time, 1U will be presenting Kierstin with her first stole. If you would like to make a financial contribution toward this gift, you may place your clearly marked check in the offering basket or mail it to the office. Please contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org with any questions.

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be Jan. 26, when our beneficiary will be Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida (IA), http://interfaithact.org. IA is a network of people of faith and religious institutions that works in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), http://ciw-online.org.

The Best Way To Know What Is Going On Around 1U Is 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.

Monthly Program Report

Want to catch up on all that has been happening at 1U? Read the Program Report covering activities in November that Rev. Kathy, in her Chief-of-Staff role, submits to the Board of Trustees.

Congregational Meeting Update

Information from the Nov. 17 Congregational Meeting is available on the 1U website. Links to supporting information as well as input received are given.

Guest  at Your Table Continues

The Guest at Your Table program continues until January 12. Details are here.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Plan Ahead

January 10 – Black Cat Café – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

Come out for this open-mic coffeehouse; share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! Entertainment until 10:30pm: $2 donation. More info: email or visit on the Web.

January 11 – Campus Tenders Volunteer Work Day, 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot

Join us to tend to our new landscape garden and other maintenance and repairs on our Church campus until noon. We meet every second Saturday of the month.

January 12 – Meet and Greet With Our Minister, 12:15, 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 a one-hour Meet and Greet with Our Minister (formerly called Newcomer Orientation).

January 12 – Interfaith MLK Celebration, 5:00pm, Carpools Meet in 1U Parking Lot

Join others from 1U as we participate in the City of Orlando’s annual interfaith celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Carpools will leave 1U at 5:00pm to join the gathering at City Hall at 5:30pm. A “candlelight” procession will leave City Hall at 6:00 headed to First United Methodist Church for the service. This year’s theme is “The Words of Enemies and the Silence of Friends.” Rev. Kathy will deliver the Call to Action and Benediction. Check out the other events around the city here.

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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org

Website: www.facebook.com/orlandouu

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org

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

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