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Weekly Update 02/27/14

Weekly Update 02/27/14

Weekly Update-February 27, 2014


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

Let Freedom Ring, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We explore our theme for the month of March, Freedom.

The choir will sing.


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  Super Sunday: The coalition of Immokalee Farm Workers will present

Info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

  • March 9 – The annual Youth on the Side of Love concert, 2:00pm, Gore Hall. Tickets will be on sale this week and all proceeds go to the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.
  • March 23 – No RE – It’s Spring Break!
  • April 6 – We will be hosting CPR/ First Aid classes from 12:30-2:30pm; $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)

9:30 in the Library Meditation: Join us for a session in Vipassana meditation led by Bob Leger.

9:30 in Room 18 Pagan Paths: Comparing the UU Seven Principles to the Wiccan Rede – a core ethical statement for Wiccans. Session led by Carie Mendyk.

11:00 in the Library Movie Time: Oscar Edition! Which of this year’s Best Picture nominees is the “most UU”? See as many of the movies as you can beforehand and come ready to make your case.

11:15  in the Assembly Room – SUUper Sunday with CRE: Special interactive session with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).



VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!


The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The monthly board meeting convenes at 11:00am and the membership meeting at 12:30pm. What happens March 27, 28, and 29? The Alliance Spring Garage Sale. Time to sort through your closets, cupboards and cubbyholes with the Garage Sale in Mind. Consider it a Spring Cleaning!

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.

 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.

Life with God – 7:15pm, Hiett Library

Our Life with God group gathers in the Library the first Tuesday of the month until 8:30 pm. This evolving group is for folks who wish to explore a deeper understanding of, or relationship with, God. Bring your passions and your struggles as we consider together the meaning and beauty to be found in this relationship. All are welcome at this drop in group. Rev. Kathy facilitates.


Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

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

Rev. Kathy’s 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.

1U Gay Men’s Group – 7:00pm, Hiett Library

Meeting every other Monday and open to gay men regardless of race, economic, social, political, or religious affiliation/background providing a safe, neutral, respective 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.


RUUM 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) for conversation. For information, contact Mike Haddad, RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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

New Covenant Groups assignments are coming. Those who have signed up to participate for the coming year can expect to be contacted by their new Anchors (facilitators) by 03/02/14. If you believe you signed up but haven’t heard by then, please email Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org. 

 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.

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.

Building Update:

We are delighted to share that Marty Haynie has stepped up to lead the efforts of the Capital Campaign that goes along with our Building Initiative. Marty, if you don’t know her, is the Orange County Comptroller. Information about her can be found here. Marty will be part of the finance committee with John Hartgering, Dan Homblette and Ken Lofgren and will provide the leadership that is so critical for running a successful Capital Campaign.

The deadline for architects to send proposals for how they would approach our building is March 3. The Building Steering Committee will review them and give recommendations to the Board at the meeting on March 10. Then we will share those at the Congregational Meeting on March 16. After that, look for small group meetings to discuss the proposals and start talking about the possibilities. If you haven’t read it yet, we encourage you to read the Request for Proposal (RFP) that we sent to five architects. You can find the link here. At any time, comments and questions can be sent to BldgCommunications@OrlandoUU.org.

Share the Plate Update

We collected a total of $1065.85 for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO) last Sunday. Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be March 23, when our beneficiary will be The Hope CommUnity Center (HCC).

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.

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 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 – Campus Tenders Volunteer Work Day, 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot

Join us to tend to our Buildings and Grounds on our Church campus until noon. Snacks included!

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 CIW will be taking a 10-day 10-city road trip through the east and Midwest called the “Now Is The Time” tour (more information here). The campaign is focused on bringing Wendy’s and Publix into the Fair Food Program and will culminate in a big event on 3/14-15 in Lakeland. Jake Ratner, a CIW worker, with Just Harvest USA will be at church this Sunday, speaking from the pulpit about the cause and the event. They will also be with the Children’s RE program that day. 1U and several other central Florida interfaith partners and social justice groups are planning on taking two buses to Lakeland for the 3/15 event. If you would like to attend, speak with Dan Homblette or Jake Ratner this Sunday. If you would like to support the trip, please drop a donation off in the tomato bucket in Gore Hall before or after the service. More on the bus trip in the coming days. Get ready to rally for the Fair Food Program!

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.

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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