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Weekly Update 02/19/15

Weekly Update 02/19/15

Weekly Update-February 19, 2015

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Friday – February 20

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.

Saturday – February 21

Dinner with Friends – 6:00pm-ish, Various Member Homes

There will be group dinners at members’ homes and a family dinner at the church. Send questions to dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – February 22

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

Living and Celebrating Our Strengths, Christine Haskins, Worship Associate

We all know our weaknesses—we can name them and give plenty of examples of them. But do we really know what our strengths are? If we do, are we leveraging them as much as we can? Christine Haskins, who has been coaching on strengths for over a decade, brings the topic of strengths to a spiritual realm with a premise that by knowing and leveraging our strengths, we can find our own unique way to make a difference in the world that so desperately needs them.

Welkin will perform.

Share the Plate – today we’re Sharing the Plate with Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA). Founded in 1990 as Delta Alliance for Youth, OYA provides a non-exploitative, safe, drug-and-alcohol-free, social outlet for youth ages 13 to 24 who are grappling with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning issues. Michael Slaymaker, longtime activist and President of OYA, will present an Adult R.E. session at 9:30 a.m. in the Hiett Library and will also speak briefly from the pulpit during the 11 a.m. service. Please dig deep to support OYA and their unique role in our community.

Children’s Religious Education   (Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org)

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 14)

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

11:00am-12:00pm Children who are registered for K-1 OWL along with their parents go directly to the EC Assembly Rm

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 will go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)

Plan Ahead

March 1Preschool OWL: Healthy Bodies, Safe Bodies, 11:15am-12:15pm

A single-session class for preschoolers and their parents. Families with preschoolers registered in the Children’s RE program will be contacted with more information.

April 5 Easter Party, 9:00-10:45am.

Come one, come all to the annual Easter Brunch & Party hosted by the Children’s RE committee. There will be a pot-luck breakfast followed by games for all ages and an Easter egg hunt for children ages 1 – 10.

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/   

LOVE TREE to Help Support New Image Youth Center

Have you seen the “Love Tree” on the stage in Gore Hall? Our children have created valentine decorations for the tree which list items for donation to the New Image Youth Center of Parramore. Help support this worthy organization by taking a decoration home with you and donating the item listed – simply drop the donation underneath the tree during the month of February. The children of 1U will deliver the donated items to the children at the New Image Youth Center.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library: Share the Plate, with the Orlando Youth Alliance. (Learn more)

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

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

The next Movie Talk film, American Sniper be discussed March 1. (Learn more)

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

Monday – February 23

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 – February 24

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

At 10:30, members meet to work on donations to continuing bazaar and to prepare for spring rummage sale. At 11:30, members have brown bag lunch, iced tea provided.

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 – February 25

Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) #3 – 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Mon. Noon)

WHW (through Mar. 18) are a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. More information, a downloadable brochure and signup sheet here. The menu is Vegan farro, kale & white bean soup, hearty bread, salad.

 Volunteers Needed

If you can come a little early, and/or stay a little late on Wednesday nights, your help would be appreciated! Email WHW@Orlandouu.org, write “WHW helper” in the subject line and send us your name and phone number. Or simply show up in Gore Hall at 4:45pm on Wednesdays and ask what you can do.

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – February 26

 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

Grant Writer Needed for CIW Rally Trip

Many 1U members are planning on going to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers event in St Pertersburg on March 21. Last year when we went to a CIW rally, we rented two buses to transport 1U members, others from different faiths, and student groups. It was a fun way to travel, and to rest our weary feet on the way home. We paid for the buses through fund raising and a UU grant. We would like to pursue a grant again this year and are looking for someone to take the lead. The grant is an Actions of Public Witness grant from the Fund for UU Social Responsibility. If anyone is interested in pursuing the grant, and helping 1U make the trek to the rally, please see Dan Homblette.

Building the Dream Update

We have a contractor!  We interviewed three, and have selected Interstruct as our contractor. Several factors resulted in our unanimous decision:

  • They are a smaller company and very excited about this project. The owner (Ryan Young) will be our main contact. In fact, he owns property across the street and is personally motivated to have a result that he’ll feel proud about.
  • They have a high focus on Value Engineering (great results for less money).
  • They have wide experience getting great results on higher-end buildings with special touches.
  • They have very strong relations with the City of Orlando.
  • They are well-versed in green/sustainable elements, to help us choose those that give the biggest bang for our buck.
  • They understand 1U and our values and we believe they will be fun and easy to work with.

The next steps are for us to work on a contract and for them to start working with KTH on the plans. Find out more about Interstruct at Interstuctinc.com or on the Building the Dream website.

You’ll also see that phase one of the tree trimming has been completed on the big tree outside the sanctuary. We’ll be trimming some more in March and then pruning the roots right before construction to make sure the tree is protected and healthy going into this next stage. Additionally, we have had people on campus doing survey work in preparation for the Site Plan, which we’ll need for final Construction Documents.

Pancakes & Blueberries, Oh My! (Calling all 1U men 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. Up to the challenge? We are looking for volunteers to assist with the April 19 event. For those that feel intimidated about their pancake cooking skills, there are lots of other jobs, and we have a blast doing it. Contact Dan Homblette to be part of the fun at this event.

Solar Co-op Information Meeting – Organizers Wanted

First Unitarian will be hosting a Solar Co-op Information Meeting on Saturday, May 16. We have a small group (as in Mary Dipboye and Dan Homblette ) working on the details and would love to have more folks help us take the meeting to the next level. We need help with graphics/handouts, financial analysis, audiovisual support on the day of the meeting, getting the word out to the community and event day logistics. Help us spread the word on this unique approach to making solar more affordable. Have time and energy to offer? Email solarcoopflorida1@yahoo.com.

Are You the Parent of Adult Children? Discussion Group to Continue Monthly

After a successful first gathering, this new discussion group has decided to meet regularly on the third Monday of each month from 7-8:30 in the Library. All are welcome!  When our children become adults, we need to renegotiate your relationships. This can be tricky, especially in a world that offers many obstacles to economic stability for our young adults. This experimental group offers parents a place to reflect on our relationship with our now adult children and to support one another in ensuring healthy and enriching relationships for all. Rev. Kathy facilitates.

The Choral Fest is Coming!!

1U will be the host site for the 8th Annual Florida UU Choral Fest on March 7 & 8.  Florida UU choir and/or music ministry members will be at 1U to participate in this event. The overall theme for the Fest is “Building the Dream.” as we gather together for fine choral singing and fellowship. The music will reflect that theme.  1U volunteers are needed to host this event.  Please contact Amy (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org) to volunteer or for more information.

1st Sunday of the Month Fellowship

An experiment is underway to connect 1U members and friends for fellowship on the 1st Sunday of each month. Groups gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of the 417, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections. These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “DInner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes: less work for everyone. If you are interested in learning more or to find a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. It’s always the 1st Sunday, but times and locations vary. You will be put in touch with a neighborhood host, who handles the details of their local arrangements, as well as RSVPs.

Save the Date! FL District Annual Assembly

An entire weekend of activities with fellow UUs April 17-19 at 1U:  workshops, speakers, fellowship and good food. More info coming. Volunteers are needed to help host.  Interested?  Contact churchadministrator@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.

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 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 4 – Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) #4 – 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Mon. Noon)

WHW (through Mar. 18) are a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. More information and signup sheet here. The menu: Vegan vegetable chowder, falafel, rolls, salad.

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.

March 11 – Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) #5 – 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Mon. Noon)

WHW (through Mar. 18) are a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. More information and signup sheet here. The menu: Vegan butternut squash and apple soup, spinach quinoa patties, salad.=

March 14 – Orlando UU History Tour, 10:00am, Meet in 1U Parking Lot

Time to enjoy a pilgrimage walk! Meet leaders Ross and Bob in the church parking lot, and visit many downtown locations that are significant to the history of Unitarian Universalism in Orlando. The walk covers about 2.5 miles, taking an hour and a half (some stops along the way). Children are welcome.

March 15 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am-1:00pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many here in Central Florida in need. Please join us if you are able. You are truly giving the gift of life. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

 March 18 – Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) #6 – 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Mon. Noon)

WHW (through Mar. 18) are a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. More information, and a downloadable brochure and signup sheet here. The menu: Vegan mushroom barley soup, bread, salad.

March 25 1U Clean the World Volunteer Day, 1:30-3:30pm

Join us to help this worthwhile non-profit. Clean the World recycles soap and other discarded hygiene products from hundreds of local hotels. They save lives with items that traditionally end up in landfills. Bar soap and hygiene education provided by Clean the World makes differences in lives worldwide, and for two hours today you can be part of that!  Closed toed shoes required. For info, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

April 4 Second Harvest Food Sorting & Packing Project, 1:00-4:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando

Must wear closed toed shoes. Students over the age of 10 may attend with parent or guardian. Short training occurs before each session, so please join us at any time! Willingness to enjoy yourself and recognize the good you are doing are the only other requirements. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

April 19 – 2nd Annual Blueberry Festival, Gore Hall

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!

May 16 – Solar Co-op Information Meeting, More info TBA

Help us spread the word on this unique approach to making solar more affordable. Have time and energy to offer? Email solarcoopflorida1@yahoo.com.

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