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Weekly Update 01/09/14

Weekly Update 01/09/14

Weekly Update-January 9, 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.


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.


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.


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

What if it Were Easy, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We continue our theme of Letting Go by exploring the obstacles we put in our own way.

Guest at Your Table contributions will be collected. During the 11:00am service we will video record our Chalice Lighting and Song of Dedication so that they can be part of Kierstin Homblette ordination in Denver next Saturday.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am -12:15pm  Nursery (EC Room 5)

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

10:45am – 12:15pm  High School OWL

11:15am -12:15pm  Children’s RE (EC Classrooms)

1:00pm  RE Committee Meeting

Looking Ahead in Children’s Religious Education (CRE):

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

Relief nursery workers needed – the Children’s Religious Education Program is looking for members of the 1U congregation to substitute for our regular nursery workers when needed.  Experience with young children is a requirement. If you are interested please contact Michelle Smith, Coordinator of Children’s Religious Education at coordinator@orlandouu.org.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library Spiritual Literacy:  DVD viewing and discussion led by Charles Davis.
9:30am in Room 18 Everyday Spiritual Practices:  “Exercise”- book discussion led by Charlotte Fleming.
11:00am in the Library Movie Talk: “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Anyone who has seen the movie is invited to come and discuss how UU values are illustrated. Led by Kathleen Smee.

Info on Upcoming  ARE Sessions here.

Nora Staton Bookstore Open

Yes, it’s time to prepare your reading list  for 2014, and what better place to supply it than at the Nora Staton Bookstore? Stop by our tables in Gore Hall after either service and see the collection of UU-related books we have in stock. Cash and checks accepted; sorry, no credit cards. Bookstore@OrlandoUU.org for more info.

Meet and Greet With Our Minister -12:15pm, 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).

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. The vocal trio from Welkin will perform. We are hopeful that some 1U children will participate as part of the “Everybody’s Children” choir. Check out the other events around the city here.



The Alliance -10:00am, Gore Hall

Many people are carefully watching their weight this month as a bi-product of the rich holiday foods of the last two months. So we’re having a salad buffet today. Each person has or will sign up for a salad topping, grape tomatoes, olives, shredded cheddar, and cucumbers for example, while lettuces will be provided. Good bread and whatever else is needed (including dessert) will be available. See or contact Dayle Steakley for the sign-up list in order to avoid duplications. As always guests are welcome. Do plan on coming!

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.


Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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.

Other News

Don’t Miss This!! UUA President’s Council Tapestry of Faith Adult Curriculum (Registration Deadline: Jan. 31)

A new Tapestry of Faith adult curriculum initiated by the UUA President’s Council offers twelve 90-minute workshops to explore our money-related stories, attitudes, and actions in the context of our Unitarian Universalist faith. The Wi$dom Path is designed as a sequential adult religious education program. 1U is among the 50 select congregations field-testing the curriculum. The class will begin Feb. 3 and be co-facilitated by Ken Lofgren and Marni Harmony. It will meet on alternating Mondays with a couple of Saturday sessions in order to finish by early May. Anticipate some lively and provocative conversations! Sign-up now by writing MinisterEmerita@OrlandoUU.org by Jan. 31, putting “Wi$dom” in the subject field. All classes will be held in the Hiett Library.

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.

Guest at Your Table Continues

The Guest at your table program continues until Sunday, January 12.  Details are here.

Continuing Food Drive

We will continue the food drive for Catholic Charities Semoran Food Pantry through the upcoming 30 Days of Love. So please continue to bring items in and place them in the box in Gore Hall. Thanks for sharing with those in need.

Kierstin Homblette to be Ordained – a Presentation to Her and to Us

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

On Christmas Eve, we collected a total of $1,700 for the Zebra Foundation for Youth.Our next opportunity to Share

the Plate will be Jan. 26, when our beneficiary will be Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida (IA). IA is a network of people of faith and religious institutions that works in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).

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.

Monthly Program Report

Want to catch up on all that has been happening at 1U? Read the Program Report covering activities 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.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Plan Ahead

January 17 – RUUM – Bok Tower Gardens Trip

The Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) will visit Bok Tower Gardens. Spouses and partners are welcome. For information, contact Mike Haddad, RUUM@orlandouu.org.

January 19 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am, 1U Parking Lot

Please come donate between until 1:00pm. All blood types are greatly needed. Thank you for giving the gift of life. For questions contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

When we trust the wisdom in each of us, every color every creed and kind, and we see our faces in each other’s eyes, then our heart is in a holy place

When we listen with a loving mind, and we hear our voices in each other’s words,

then our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place, we are blessed with love and amazing grace. 

— Excerpts from “When Our Heart is in a Holy Place,”

Unitarian Universalist Hymn


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