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Weekly Update 02/06/14

Weekly Update 02/06/14

Weekly Update-February 6, 2014


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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.


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 12:00pm. Snacks included!

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, this event if for you. You’ll find out more about 1U 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 or any member of the Program Coordinating Team.


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

Defying Gravity, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Making changes in our lives sometimes requires us to do the seemingly impossible. The choir will perform a choral version of the song Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked, which inspired the title for the sermon.

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 (Assembly Room)

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)

9:30 in the Library Spiritual Literacy:  DVD viewing and discussion led by Charles Davis.
9:30 in Room 18 – Everyday Spiritual Practice:  “Spiritual Practice for Our Time” led by Mary Ann Horne.
11 in the Library Movie Talk: Discussion of UU values as related in the film “Her,” led by Kathleen Smee.

Info on Upcoming ARE Sessions here.

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).



The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

It’s time for the Alliance to go out to eat again!  Members have chosen Mogul’s Indian Cuisine at 401 N. Semoran in Winter Park. Moghul’s is just past the Cady Way overpass. We’ll be carpooling from the 1U church building hopefully at 11:15 am as parking is quite limited. Mark your calendars: March 27 to March 29 is the Spring Garage Sale.That’s 6-7 weeks away, so start looking over your home for those goodies you no longer need or want! Items should be clean and in good repair. No electronic items please. Be watching for more information to be posted soon.

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.

Monthly Interfaith Forum Prep – 7:15pm, Community Room (Room 18 of the Enrichment Center)

The second Tuesday of each month until 8:30pm, Rev. Kathy leads a discussion based on a question to be discussed at an upcoming interfaith forum. These drop-in-friendly sessions are a chance to learn about other faith traditions and to engage in dialog with other UU’s on a variety of topics. This month’s topic is: Is the World Coming to an End? Does your faith tradition have a teaching about an end of the world? Is it a grand and glorious dawning of a new era? A terrible destruction? Both? What comes after? In what ways does such a teaching impact the way adherents live life daily?

The actual interfaith session will take place 12/18 at the Holocaust Center with representatives of Christianity, Buddhism & Baha’i, and Rev, Kathy moderating. More info here.


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

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be Feb. 23, when our beneficiary will be Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO). PPGO’s mission is “to provide affordable, quality healthcare and relevant information in support of every person’s right to make voluntary, informed decisions about family planning, healthcare and responsible sexual behavior.”

Got Change? Want to better understand life’s inevitable transitions? – 7:00pm, Assembly Room

Consider signing up for Rev. Kathy’s next Life Transitions class. More info here. Until 8:30 pm on the first and third Wednesdays of March and April (3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16). Sign up with Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org. Childcare is available. Please let Rev. Kathy know the ages of your children when signing up.

Get the Scoop! Join Justice GoogleGroup

Why are some 1U members and friends going to Raleigh for a Saturday March? Why are others going to Vero Beach to feel and learn about environmental joy in two weeks? If you want to know sooner–or want to share easily, join the 1U Justice Googlegroup to quickly receive and share listings about Justice events in central Florida and beyond. Email (email ) your request to join 1U Justice Googlegroup. Include the name and the e-mail address that you want used.

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.

 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).

Building Steering Committee & RFP Introduced

At 1U’s recent Town Hall meeting, the 1U Building Steering Committee (BST) unveiled the plan for the first steps of building our dream on our campus. The plan includes creating three teams, as well as someone overseeing all:  Communications, Building/Design and Finance. The team has put together an initial Request for Proposal (RFP) that is going out to five architectural firms. This RFP reflects the wishes and dreams that we’ve talked about for many years. Another congregational town hall on March 16 will focus on the proposals we receive in response. See here for a letter with an overview of the meeting, here for the RFP and here for the PowerPoint presentation that was shared at the meeting. This is the very beginning of the process and by no means does this RFP include everything that will be in our final building, but it is a way to get us started. We’re off to an exciting adventure—we’d love for you to read it all and be involved! At any times, comments and questions can be sent to BldgCommunications@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.

January Board Minutes Available

Approved Minutes for the January 2014 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 2014, (01)_january_2014_bot_minutes_Packet.pdf. 

Missed a Sunday?

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

Plan Ahead

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. This 6th annual event is a positive and powerfully visual way to Stand on the Side of Love, and demonstrates 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 at Loch Haven Park (Mills Av/17-92 & Princeton Av.) for a lovely moment (sunset, 6:14pm) of relevant, meaningful, creative good times wrapping up in 45 minutes by candlelight. Visit the facebook event here for more information, or email Nicki Drumb at PCT_Communications@OrlandoUU.org. Visit www.StandingOnTheSideOfLove.org for more information on the UUA’s national campaign to harness the power of love to stop oppression.

February 14 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.

February 15 – 1U Social Justice Movies: Billy & Alan, 6:30pm, Hiett Library (Is CANCELLED)

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 12 showing of “Water’s Journey: The Hidden Rivers of Florida” and Saturday, May 17 showing of “Immigration: The ‘Unpardonable Sin.'”  All are welcome.

February 21-22 – Healing our World & Ourselves 2nd Annual Conference, Vero Beach  

Attend Friday, attend Saturday, or attend both days. Be part of discussions and solutions for: the Environment safe water, organic farming, Move to Amend, an addictive society, Florida state legislative issues, Kayla Nelson, dying manatees, earth jurisprudence. Sliding scale fees; $50.00 stipend for two hotel rooms per Florida congregation. For information and registration, link to http://healingourworldandourselves.org/.

February 23 – Choices at the End of Life Panel Discussion, 1:00pm, University UU Society

1U and Triple U Pastoral Associates are sponsoring a panel discussion at the Triple U Church, 11648 McCulloch Rd. The panel features Dr. Faye Girsh, President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, along with representatives from Florida’s Hemlock Society and the Final Exit Network. Snacks will be provided. Please note-you are on your own for lunch before the meeting. For questions or information contact: info@universityuus.org.

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.

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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