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Weekly Update 01/16/14

Weekly Update 01/16/14

Weekly Update-January 16, 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.


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.


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.


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.

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

A New Normal, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We continue our theme of Letting Go by exploring what our culture might need to let go of to overcome systemic oppression. The Chalice Choir will sing.

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  Coming of Age (Room 15)

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

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.

  • RE needs teachers to fill in when needed. This is NOT an every week commitment.
  • We will be hosting CPR/First Aid classes in March – more info coming soon!

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Michelle Smith, Coordinator of Children’s Religious Education in person or at coordinator@orlandouu.org.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library Francis David Café: Bring your questions on any topic and get answers and lively discussion from your fellow UUs, led by Bob Leger.

9:30am in Room 18 – No Adult RE offering here today.

11:00am in the Library Talking about UU Faith: Canceled due to family emergency

Info on Upcoming ARE Sessions here.



The Alliance – 9:00am, Gore Hall

This is the third Tuesday and so the Alliance makes sandwich after sandwich after sandwich. The hope is that a free lunch will offer some nutrition and some encouragement to men that are homeless–250 sandwiches cost little compared to the benefit of letting the homeless who receive these sandwiches know that some people really do care. Those who are not making sandwiches will sort through the many donations received through the week for the bazaar.  Members bring a bag lunch for the 12:00 hour followed by a short meeting.

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

Rev. Kathy away 1/27-2/4

Rev. Kathy will be out of town from Monday 1/27 until Tuesday 2/4 to attending the annual gathering of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists in NY. She will monitor email while she is away, but if possible prefers that you contact her in advance about anything you might need during that period.

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.

Guest at Your Table Closure

If you were not able to return your Guest at your table contribution last weekend, please place it, well labeled in the offering basket this week.

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.

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.

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). IA coordinates faith-based participation in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Campaign for Fair Food, leveraging the moral, consumer, shareholder, and social power of faith communities to effectively call on major tomato purchasers to ensure fair wages and human rights for farmworkers. IA also provides a wide range of logistical and technical assistance to the CIW, both in Immokalee and in planning national tours and actions. IA is an affiliate of Interfaith Worker Justice, and a founding member of the Alliance for Fair Food.

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 Associates Coordinator Harriett Smithson (pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org).

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.

December Board Minutes Available

Approved Minutes for the December 2013 meeting of your Board of Trustees are now available to members from the 1U website. Click here to access them directly with a member login, or log into the 1U website, click on Members, File Downloads, Governance, Board of Trustees, and then 2013, (12)_december_2013_board_minutes_Packet.pdf. 

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 26 – Special Adult R.E. at 9:30 in the Library (Voting for UUA Social justice Issues!)

The UUA is asking congregations to vote on the selection of the Congregational Study Action Issues (CSAI) that will be presented at General Assembly this year. For those of you not familiar with CSAIs, this is the process where UU member congregations vote to select key issues that will be studied for four years and from which Statements of Conscience are developed. Examples would be: Immigration as a Moral Issue, and the current one–Reproductive Justice. At the present time 6 are proposed and the list needs to be narrowed to no more than 5. The topics will be presented, discussed and we will vote, then results will be forwarded to the UUA. Come participate in the democratic process! Everything from Gun Violence to Escalating Inequality is on the table.

 January 26 – Come to the 1U Town Hall Meeting, 12:45pm, Gore Hall

The Board has been hard at work moving forward with plans for upgrading the 1U campus. At this meeting, they will share their draft RFP (Request for Proposal) which describes our basic needs. This document will be sent to potential firms so that they can give us initial input on scope and what is possible. Other updates will include information of the Building Steering Committee, the search for a Ministerial Intern for next year, and the conversation on a vision for future staffing. All are welcome. Members are encouraged to attend. Childcare provided. Light lunch available for a small fee. The next update, by way of Congregational Meeting, is expected to be March 16.

February 8 – Get Engaged (or Just Have Dinner) – 4:00pm, Gore Hall and Hiett Library

Please join us for an evening of information, reflection and social time, as we talk about deeper involvement with 1U. Whether you’re a recent acquaintance or are in a committed relationship with 1U, you’ll find out more about its offerings and activities. Get to know us better; tell us what you think; consider ways to be involved … or who knows, maybe even “get engaged.” Whatever you’re looking for at 1U, we’ve got a match. The event lasts until 7pm, so come on by. What the heck – it’s only dinner, and you can definitely bring the kids. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Ann Horne at PCT_education@orlandouu.org, or any member of the PCT.

February 9 – 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).

March 7 & 8 – Journey to Membership Workshop

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@OrlandoUU.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday 3/7/14 in the Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday 3/8/14 in the Hiett Library in Gore Hall). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, Apr. 4, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, Apr. 6.

Voices in our heads can be a burden or a help.

 We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you NOT to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. (Adapted from “Our Greatest Fear” by Marianne Williamson)

 Our hope is to expand our circle of love and concern—to those that we know and those that we don’t know—eventually to all beings. But the starting place is with learning to love ourselves.

 Letting go of our ideas about who we are supposed to be allows us to be who we really are.

 Excerpts from “What If It Were Easy?” 1/12/14 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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