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Weekly Update 02/13/14

Weekly Update 02/13/14

Weekly Update-February 13, 2014


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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.

Black Cat Café 7:30pm, Gore Hall

Just a reminder that 1U’s open mic, the Black Cat Cafe (held on the second Friday of every month) continues to be a leading venue in Central Florida. We have made one change that we want all to be aware of: Our sign up time for performance slots is now changed from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM.  All the other things that have made us the (as far as we know) the oldest continually operating open mic in Orlando remains the same. 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. Check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Blackcatcafe.



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

Nurturing Our Dreams, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Thoreau wrote: If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. How will we put the foundations under our dreams?

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am – 12:15pm  Nursery (EC Room 5)

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

11:15am – 12:15pm  Children‘s RE (Assembly Room)

1:00pam – Coming of Age

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 Francis David Café. Get together with other UUs for a free-wheeling question-and-answer session on any topic. Led by Bob Leger.
9:30 in Room 18 Your Ready-to-Go Documents.  Collecting necessary documents before disaster strikes can help you and your loved ones. Led by Deborah Farrell of NAV Advisers.
11 in the Library Talking About UU Faith. The vocabulary of our faith can sometimes be baffling. Share your feelings about it with other UUs. Led by Mary Ann Horne

Info on Upcoming ARE Sessions here.


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.


The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

This is the day to make Baloney and Cheese sandwiches. In two hours 250 sandwiches are put together, (including mustard), individually packaged, mass-packed in bigger bags and sent on their way to the Coalition of the Homeless to be distributed. Really a short task, but it feeds a lot of homeless men; Alliance members are glad to do it!

At 12:30pm, Maribeth Healey, Affordable Care Act Outreach coordinator from Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO), will be joining us to spread the word about health insurance availability and to tell us about their recent efforts to improve healthcare access. All are welcome-especially those who need, or know someone who needs, healthcare insurance!

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.

Religion 201 – 7:00pm, Holocaust Center, Maitland

Until 8:30. An interfaith panel with representatives of Christianity, Hinduism & Baha’i will take on the question: 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?

Rev. Kathy is the moderator for this month’s session. Contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org for carpools leaving 1U at 6:30 pm. More info on series 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 has been training volunteers and sponsoring “Enrollment Nights” to help people sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Representatives from PPGO will be joining us on Feb. 23 to spread the word about health insurance availability and to tell us about their recent efforts to improve healthcare access.

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.

Building Steering Committee Update

Update on the architect-selection process as the first step our new building initiative:  The Request for Proposal (RFP) has gone out to 5 local architects. Overall, it has been very favorably received with several comments about its detail and depth. One architect actually asked if we were already working with an architect because of the professionalism of the RFP. So far, 2 of the 5 architects have visited our campus and one is planning a visit soon. Their proposals are due back on Mar. 3.  If you would like to see the Request for Proposal, click here. See the presentation shared with the congregation in January here  and the letter that explained what happened at that January meeting, here.  As always, if you have any questions about the process or any part of the RFP, e-mail us at BldgCommunications@OrlandoUU.org. Here are selected architect notes and comments:

1.      KTH – They performed a site visit with Amy last week. I had a prior lengthy phone conversation with them to discuss the RFP and to ensure they understood our vision. They are well versed in sustainability and the concept of building within nature. They were impressed with the detail and depth of the RFP.

2.      Le-Huu Partners – I met with them on site. They loved the property and identified with our mission statement and 7 principles. Very excited about project and loved all of the detail in the RFP.

3.      McCree – They have not had a site visit, but have emailed a list of questions and are planning a visit. They asked if we were currently working with an architect due to the professionalism and depth of our RFP.

4.      R Miller – Has received the RFP, no comments.

5.      HuntonBrady – Has received the RFP, no comments.

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 your request to join 1U Justice Googlegroup. Include the name and e-mail address 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.

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

Find Out More about the Affordable Care Act at 1U in February and March

You, someone you know, and tens of thousands of people in Greater Orlando are wondering what the new health care law (also called Obamacare) is all about. Millions of uninsured people will have access to more affordable health insurance. Enrollment for 2014 ends in less than 60 days. Planned Parenthood has special programs to help you understand the law and what it means for you and others, and they are offering multiple opportunities to help make sure 1U members and friends, and those they care about, get the care they need. Be sure to attend one or more of the 1U-sponsored events on this topic:

February 18 – Alliance Speaker Meeting, 12:30pm, Hiett Library

February 23 – Adult Education Sessions, 9:30 and 11:00am, Hiett Library

March 8 – Details coming, watch this space. This will event, from 1:00-5:00pm, will be an enrollment opportunity and well as an education opportunity.

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 2 – Youth on the Side of Love Talent Show, 2:00pm, Gore Hall

Stay after Social Hour and enjoy the show as our talented youth put on a performance that you won’t soon forget!  Admission is $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family and refreshments will be on sale. All proceeds will be donated in support of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.

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.

March 15 – The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ New Spring Time Fair Food Program

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ new spring time Fair Food Program event is called Now Is the Time. It involves a 10-day, 10-city tour to raise awareness throughout the eastern part of the country with a key stop in Ohio focused on Wendy’s and a culmination visit to Lakeland to bring the message of the Fair Food Program to Publix. The final details are still in the works. But it is clear we will have an opportunity to participate in a big event on Saturday March 15 in Lakeland. Get this date on your calendar now and we will provide more details in the near future on times and car-pooling. More information here.

April 12 – 1U Social Justice Movies: “Water’s Journey: The Hidden Rivers of Florida,” 6:30pm, Hiett Library

All are welcome.

May 17 – 1U Social Justice Movies: ” Immigration: The ‘Unpardonable Sin,” 6:30pm, Hiett Library

All are welcome.

I’m through accepting limits…  ’cause someone else says they’re so

Some things I cannot change… But till I try, I’ll never know!

– from Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked

There will be opportunities in life…opportunities for growth – growth of our hearts and our minds. Sometimes we will create these opportunities. Sometimes they will come unbidden. Life is like that sometimes. And these opportunities – sometimes we will welcome them. And sometimes we would prefer to take a pass.

But I say, whenever we have a chance, let us embrace, let us engage, the possibilities that await us. This may be the moment, an offering from the universe, a gift of greater awareness and deeper understanding. This may be your chance to expand the limits of our existence. Be of good courage, my friends, take a chance, take a chance, and see if you just might defy gravity.

 Defying Gravity, Sermon by the Rev. Kathy Schmitz, Feb. 9, 2014



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