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Weekly Update 01/22/15

Weekly Update 01/22/15

Weekly Update-January 22, 2015

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Friday – January 23

Saturday – January 24

OWL for Grades K-1: Parent/Child Orientation – 9:30am-Noon, EC Room 18

This orientation is mandatory for families who plan to enroll their K-1 children in OWL.

A Celebration of Community & Mission – 3:00-6:00pm

Family-friendly, all-congregation event! Plan to be with us as we celebrate our community, its mission, and its future with a celebratory kickoff event for both our Capital Campaign and our Annual Budget Drive. The day will feature three venues with two shows going on in each hour. There will be a concert featuring 1U talent in the Sanctuary. Local favorite, Mr. Richard, will host a family-friendly musical show in the Enrichment Center Courtyard (or Assembly Room if required by weather), and Gore Hall will feature a UU-authored play about a discouraged activist and the imaginary dinner party guests who give her hope. Light snacks will be served. Fun for everyone! No reservation is needed. More info here.

Sunday – January 25

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary      (Two services)

Possibilities, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

As we kick off our Capital Campaign and Annual Budget Drive, let’s imagine the possibilities that lie before us.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 14)

9:30am-10:30am Childcare during early Worship or Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

11:00am-12:30pm OWL for Grades 7-9 (EC Room 18)

11:00am-11:15am All other children begin in Worship (Sanctuary)

11:15am-12:15pm Children Pre-school through High School go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)

We are still in need of teachers and classroom assistants for the second half of the Children’s RE program year (once or twice per month from January to the beginning of May 2015). Whether you are an experienced RE teacher or have no prior experience, we have a rewarding opportunity just for you. Contact Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

If you have a child participating in the Children’s RE program please join our facebook group. It’s a great way to stay informed:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1UChildrensReligiousEducation/   

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library: Share the Plate, with Planned Parenthood. (Learn more)

9:30am in EC Room 18: UU Theology, with Lois Cole. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: Storytelling: True or False, with Bill Spoone. (Learn more)

The next Movie Talk film, The Imitation Game, will be discussed February 1. (Learn more)

Our full schedule can be found at http://1uweb.wordpress.com under the Learning tab.

Voter Rights Petition Signing Each Social Hour, Gore Hall Social Justice Table

Several million Floridians are disenfranchised from voting because they have a prior felony conviction on their record. Many of these convictions are for non-violent drug offenses. In 2016 there will likely be a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot which will restore the voting rights of many disenfranchised Floridians. At the Social Justice table during both social hours, we will have petitions we encourage you to sign: 68,000 petitions need to be signed by the end of January in order for them to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court. Please help to include this important initiative on the 2016 ballot!

Congregational Meeting – 12:45pm, Gore Hall

All Members of Record are strongly encouraged to attend. To vote at the Meeting of the Congregation requires that one’s membership status be in good standing. This includes making a responsible financial contribution to the Church and committing to do so annually. Members who are not in good standing have been moved to “inactive” and will not be able to vote at the meeting. (We do not anticipate a vote on significant items of interest at this time)

Agenda

  • Opening words and chalice lighting
  • Sharing of Information: Campus Renovation Update
  • Capital Campaign
  • Closing & Extinguishing the Chalice

Childcare will be available. Lunch will also be available at a small cost. More information here.

Dr. Will Tuttle at 1U – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

Dr. Will Tuttle, well known writer, speaker, musician, former Zen Buddhist monk, and author of Amazon #1 bestseller, The World Peace Diet, will speak at 1U. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Green Team. Click here for more info.

Monday – January 26

1U Gay Men’s Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

Open to gay men regardless of race, economic, social, political, or religious affiliation/background providing a safe, neutral, respectful space for socializing, fellowship, spiritual growth and support for Gay Men in the Orlando area. Activities include group chat, gay community outreach and community service to the congregation and beyond.

Tuesday – January 27

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Members work on the continuing bazaar/thrift shop. AT 11:30 bring your lunch and join us, iced tea furnished.

Common Read on Modern Day Slavery – 1:00-3:00pm, Hiett Library

The current Common Read book is Not for Sale, by David Batstone, about modern day slavery. Discussions, led by Sandy Cawthern and Charlotte Fleming, will also be held on Wednesday, January 28. Come and learn about this timely issue, one we face right here in Florida today.

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.

Wednesday – January 28

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Common Read on Modern Day Slavery – 7:00-9:00pm, Hiett Library

The current Common Read book is Not for Sale, by David Batstone, about modern day slavery. Discussions will be led by Sandy Cawthern and Charlotte Fleming.

Thursday – January 29

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

Minister Traveling

Rev. Kathy will be away from the congregation from January 28 through February 6. During this time she will have limited ability to respond to email. Text, call, or contact the office in an emergency. Rev. Kathy will be in California for the bi-annual UU Ministers’ Institute for Excellence in Ministry.  Her workshop for the week will be Preaching & Worship for the Future Church and the Future of Church. In advance of the Institute, she will be attending the first of four retreats for an exciting new program that she has been accepted into on Entrepreneurial Ministry.

30 Days of Love and Reflection

In her January 18 sermon, Rev. Kathy invited the congregation to join her in 30 Days of Love and Reflection to open our minds and strengthen our hearts so we can bring commitment and compassion to the cause of justice and a better world for all. Read the introduction here. To see daily entries, go to Rev. Kathy’s blog and scroll down. Entries are in reverse chronological order.

6th Annual Aaron Teel Spaghetti Cook-off Coming Feb. 7

Tickets to this fundraiser for Aaron Teel’s Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Fund are $20-adult and $10-child, covering an endless pasta dinner and sauce tasting, 1 drink ticket, 1 sauce voting ticket, music, entertaining and informative videos and great fellowship! Both the event and “Best Sauce” contest are open to the public. Be there or miss some yummies and fun: 6:00-9:00pm, in Gore Hall.

Pancakes and Blueberries, Oh My!

Calling all men of the church who are qualified to cook pancakes with blueberries in them. These are not just any pancakes, but the most superior in the western hemisphere! We have been asked to present another awesome breakfast to the friends and members of 1U – and guests from the District meeting. If you are up to the challenge, we are looking for volunteers to assist with the April 19 event. For those that feel intimidated about the pancake cooking skill part, there are lots of other jobs, and we have a blast doing it. Let Dan Homblette know if you want to be part of this traditional event.

Save these Dates! More Info Coming

Volunteers are needed to help host all 3 events.  Interested?  Contact Amy in the church office:  churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org

  • Choral Fest 2015 – 1U will be the host of this year’s Choral Fest on March 7 & 8, 2015. Plan on attending!! Meet follow UUs from around the state and hear some excellent music.
  • FL District Annual Assembly – April 17-19 at 1U. An entire weekend of activities with fellow UUs – workshops, speakers, fellowship and good food.
  • 2ndAnnual Blueberry Festival – April 19.  It’s back!  Those organic, locally grown blueberries you loved so much last year will be available again. Join us for a blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry baked goods, and contra dancing!

1U Blood Drive Thanks

Thank you to all that came to give at the recent blood drive. Each unit can save up to 3 lives!  We have scheduled future drives for March 15, May 24, July 26, Sept. 27, and Nov. 29. Please mark your calendars so you can join us every time.

Update: Director of Religious Education Search

After an 18-month interim period in Religious Education staffing, we are ready to move forward in hiring a permanent Director of Religious Education. With input from stakeholders, we have reviewed the job description and made only minor changes. The position will continue to be 20-hours per week overseeing the Children’s Religious Education program as well related children’s ministries including nursery, childcare, OWL, and youth programing. At the urging of the UUA and personnel professionals, we will use an “inside candidate process” to consider our current Coordinator of Religious Education, Regina Knabe. In this process, a person acting in a certain role, if interested, applies for the job and is considered before going to an open search. The idea is that we have experienced the person in the role and should know whether or not they are the right person for the permanent position. Still it is important to clearly define the position and go through the formal interview process. We will keep you updated as the process unfolds.

 New Covenant Groups Start in March

All 1U members are encouraged to sign up for one of our new Covenant Groups. Each group meets monthly for a year. The 90-minute session is a great way to get to know one another and engage the theme for the month. More info, including on-line signup, is here.

Share the Plate Update

Our Share-the-Plate recipient for January is Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO). Anna Eskamani will share the latest PPGO news, including the opening of the new Kissimmee health center, on Sunday, January 25, at the 9:30 a.m. Adult RE session in the Hiett Library. She’ll also make a brief presentation during the 11:00am service. The Alliance encourages everyone to attend, and will stretch your generous gift by matching the first $1,000 donated.

Building the Dream Update

The BTD web site is now reachable via a Quick Reference Code (QR code), below. Wherever you see it, scan this QR code with your smartphone to reach the Building the Dream website easily.

Give Pennies for Publix to Support Farmworkers

The holiday season is a good time to use a highly effective tool in the ongoing effort to get Publix to sign the Fair Food pledge with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Tape a penny to a note that reads:

I want to see Publix sign the Fair Food pledge with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers so farmworkers can have better pay and decent working conditions. Please use my pennies so Justice is done.

By signing the Fair Food pledge Publix will commit to pay one extra cent per pound for tomatoes they sell in their store, thus helping to ensure that these farmworkers get better pay and decent working conditions. More info here. Create your own notes or download here our already prepared document for printing out multiple notes at once. Tape a penny to each note, take them with you on each Publix shopping trip, and hand your cashier the penny’d note to urge Publix to support CIW.

Discussions on Escalating Inequality and Homelessness Being Planned

Watch for several opportunities to be in conversation with others around Escalating Inequality, the current UUA Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI). Let’s consider ways to engage this issue. How can we support the renew commitment to address issues of homelessness in Central Florida?  How can we be more effective in our relationships with other organizations such as those supporting farm workers? If you would like to be on a direct email list for those particularly interested in these issues, please let us know at socialjustice@orlandouu.org.

Continuing Food Drive

We continue the food drive for Catholic Charities Semoran Food Pantry. Please continue to bring items in and place them in the box in Gore Hall. Thanks for sharing with those in need.

Join Justice GoogleGroup

Did you receive an e-mail that gives you information so you can attend, march, protest, support, or learn about an activity that may appreciate your 1U involvement? To get immediate messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information in central Florida and beyond that you learn about, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

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.

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.

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 Jenny Lockington at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate.

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.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Board Minutes on Transitional Website

Approved Minutes of meetings of your Board of Trustees are available to members from the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT area of the website, scroll to the Board Minutes area, then select and click to open the document for the month of interest, as exemplified here:

2014 September BOT Meeting Minutes Packet

2014 June BOT Meeting Minutes Packet

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday–Noon, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available every Sunday at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sale of coffee, chocolate and tea benefits small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts.

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. Questions? Contact Steph Garber.

Northeast Cluster Breeze

Read how other Florida congregations are doing “church” on their campuses and in their communities at neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com/


Plan Ahead

February 1 – Caring Circle Salad Lunch, 12:30pm, EC Assembly Room

Current and potential members of 1U Caring Circle are invited to a Salad Lunch. We will discuss plans for effectively serving the congregation in the year ahead, review the schedule of monthly contacts, and discuss some electronic communication upgrades that are in the works. We will also recognize and appreciate the kind efforts of everyone who supports the church and the Caring Circle in ongoing or occasional roles. Lunch and drinks will be provided. RSVP to Jenny Lockington at caringcircle@orlandouu.org.

February 4 – Give Good Health to Children, Families around the World, 1:30-3:30pm, Clean the World

By giving just two hours of time today, you can help prevent disease around the globe. Work with Clean the World to collect partially used soaps from over 500,000 hotel rooms in hundreds of Orlando and Las Vegas hotels. (The soap would otherwise go to landfills.) The bars are sanitized and recycled into new bars of soap to be used to help prevent disease in the U.S. and around the world in areas where proper hygiene is not currently available. CTW is at 400A Pittman St., near the Bob Carr Center just off Interstate 4. The project involves standing, so make sure to wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Enjoy sharing this worthwhile project with fellow First Uers. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Children ages 8-15 will need parent or guardian supervision in order to join in!!  (Clean the World asks you to donate an unwrapped, new bar of soap for the event. NOT required, tho.)  Please contact Whitney Magers at wmagers@cleantheworld.org, and tell her you would like to join the First U Group. You will be asked to sign a waiver to participate. You will find great satisfaction in knowing you spent 2 hours making a difference to so many!

February 7 – 6th Annual Aaron Teel Spaghetti Cook-off, 6:00-9:00pm, Gore Hall

Tickets to this fundraiser for Aaron Teel’s Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Fund are $20-adult and $10-child, covering an endless pasta dinner and sauce tasting, 1 drink ticket, 1 sauce voting ticket, music, entertaining and informative videos and great fellowship! Both the event and “Best Sauce” contest are open to the public.

February 8 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:15pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, 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.

February 14 The Human Heart: An OUTright LOVE-In, 6:14pm, Loch Haven Park

On Valentine’s Day: for equality, for fun, for free, for everyone. We have lots to celebrate this year! This 7th annual event is a positive and visually stunning way to Stand on the Side of Love, and demonstrate that at the heart of the LGBTQ equality issue is love. We’re creating a huge heart made from as many human beings as possible – uniting as one human family, celebrating what all humans have in common, and showing our community that 1U is the 1U Love for supporting equality and justice. All are welcome – please invite others and join us on The Lawn of Fabulousness – Loch Haven Park (Mills Av/17-92 & Princeton Av.) for a lovely moment (sunset, 6:14pm) of relevant and meaningful good times wrapping up in 45 minutes by candlelight. (Rain/after-party location TBA.) Visit facebook for more information, or email Nicki Drumb. Also, learn about UUA’s national campaign to harness the power of love to stop oppression.

February 27 & 28: Journey to Membership Workshop, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00-9:00pm on Friday, February 27 and 9:00am to noon on Saturday, February 28.) 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, March 20, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on March 22.

March 7-8 – 2015 Florida UU Choral Festival, 1U Campus

1U is hosting, with all Florida UU choir and/or music ministry members invited to participate. The Festival theme is Building a Dream. Attendees from around the state will arrive Saturday midday, have rehearsal, enjoy dinner then a variety show and the next morning, will perform for two services at 1U. Direct questions and comments to MusicDirector@OrlandoUU.org.

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 First Unitarian Church of Orlando  Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz
Phone: 407-898-3621 Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org
Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org Minister’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz
Website: www.facebook.com/orlandouu Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com