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Weekly Update 02/20/14

Weekly Update 02/20/14

Weekly Update-February 20, 2014


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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/.

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.


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/.


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

Annual Music Sunday

The Chalice Choir, Welkin, & More

We celebrate and worship through the gift of music with offerings from various music talent in our congregation.

Our Share the Plate beneficiary today is Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO). Anna Eskamani and Maribeth Healey of PPGO join us to spread the word about health insurance availability and tell us about their recent efforts to improve healthcare access through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please give generously to support this important effort.

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)

Info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

Looking Ahead in Children’s Religious Education:

  • March 2 – The next Super Sunday. The Coalition of Immokalee Farm Workers will have a presentation for the children.
  • March 9 – The annual Standing on the Side of Love concert will be at 2:00pm.
  • March 22 – We will be hosting CPR/ First Aid classes from 9:00-11:00am; $35 per person cost. We encourage everyone to attend!
  • 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.

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 Social Justice: The Affordable Care Act. Information from Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando. (This month’s Share-the-Plate recipient.)
9:30am in Room 18 Buddhism 101:  “Mindfulness in Plain English” led by Bob Leger
11:00am in the Library Social Justice: The Affordable Care Act.
11:00am in Room 18 True Stories: Storytelling for Adults, valentine stories, led by RUUM. (Note room change.)

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.



The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance is taking a short imaginary, but also very real, trip to last year’s General Assembly! We’re watching a video entitled Breakthrough Congregations. Each year GA highlights a number of congregations of different sizes for the phenomenal work they have done in recent years. We’ll see a small, a mid-sized, and a large congregation (and maybe more) as they share what they accomplished that makes them so very special and how they made it happen. These videos are shown each year at GA and receive standing ovations every time. There is a reason for the accolades! You are welcome to join us in the Hiett Library at 12:30 for our “trip back in time!”

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

New Covenant Groups

Be assured… New Covenant Groups assignments are coming. We are working out the last few logistics. Those who have signed up to participate for the coming year can expect to be contacted by their new Anchors (facilitators) by the middle of next week.

 Coalition for the Homeless: Immediate Needs

The Coalition for the Homeless has immediate needs for:

  • Underwear and socks (for both men and women)
  • Razors
  • Baby wipes
  • Men’s flip flops

Donations are accepted Mon-Sat 9-5 or by appointment at 639 W. Central Blvd., Orlando. NOTE: They do not accept clothing other than as specified.

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 folks going to a “Created Equal” film and panel discussion in Sanford on February 28? And, why are others marking March 15 on their calendar for a Lakeland trip? If you want to know sooner–or 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 name and 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.

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

March 4 – Energy Medicine Class, 7:15pm, Assembly Room

Have you always wondered what energy medicine is all about? Do you want to learn and practice easy techniques to keep you happy and healthy? This free study group is open to everyone and will be based on Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine practices. The book is used for reference and will be available for purchase at each class for cost ($17.95). Meeting the first Tuesday of each month until 9:00pm, each class will include the daily energy routine and more — so drop in or attend them all! Questions or need more information? Contact Patrice McFadin at Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org, and please write “Energy Medicine” in the subject field.

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 8 – Health Care Enrollment Fair: Enroll for Coverage! 1:00pm, Room TBA

Get answers to questions, complete an application and enroll for coverage! 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. Enrollment for 2014 ends in less than 30 days. Planned Parenthood and local ACA Navigators will be on hand to explain the law and to help make sure 1U members, friends, and those they care about get enrolled for the affordable health insurance they need.

March 9 – Youth on the Side of Love Talent Show, 2:00pm, Gore Hall   (Note date change)

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 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.

March 16 – 2014 Congregational Meeting, 12:45pm, Gore Hall

All Members of Record are strongly encouraged to attend. Childcare will be available. Lunch will be available at a small cost.To have a voice or vote in 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 or have a voice at the meeting.


  • Opening words and chalice lighting
  • Endowment Update
  • Ministerial Intern Update
  • Board Vision for 1U Campus Update
  • Closing & Extinguishing the Chalice

Other items may be added to the Agenda as they become known

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 believe the world needs more Liberal Religion. What is Liberal Religion’s message to the world?

We stand for openness, understanding and inclusion. We stand for freedom and justice. (As Cornel West said: “Justice is what love looks like in public.”)

We believe a religion must adjust to changing times, within a context of continuity and consistency provided by the existence everywhere of the Divine. We believe in we, and our religion, expanding as we know more, within a context of autonomy.

 Nurturing Our Dreams, Sermon by the Rev. Kathy Schmitz, Feb. 16, 2014

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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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