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Weekly Update 03/06/13

Weekly Update 03/06/13

Weekly Update-March 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.

Journey to Membership Workshop Part 1 – 7:00pm, EC Assembly Room

Until 9:00 p.m., 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. Register by email at Members@OrlandoUU.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop


Journey to Membership Workshop Part 2 – 9:00am, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Until noon, Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation.

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!

Health Care Enrollment Fair: Enroll for Coverage! – 1:00pm, Gore Hall & Hiett Library

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.


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

Spring has Sprung, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We may not need spring as much as our northern friends and relations do this year, but the themes of hope and renewal are still worthy of our time and attention.

Welkin will perform.

Sunday  continued

 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)

2:00pm Youth Standing on the Side of Love Event in Gore Hall – Tickets $2 a person $5 per family

Info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

Looking ahead in CRE:

  • March 23: No RE – It’s Spring Break time!
  • April 6: Super Sunday! The New Image Youth Center will present!
  • April 6: CPR class begins at 12:30pm in the Assembly Room. $35 per person – Everyone is invited to sign up to attend!
  • RE needs teachers to fill in when needed – this is NOT an every week commitment.

If you are interested in any of these things please contact Michelle Smith, Coordinator of Children’s Religious Education in person or at coordinator@orlandouu.org

Sunday  continued

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library – Spiritual Literacy: DVD and discussion, led by Charles Davis.

9:30am in Room 18 – Everyday Spiritual Practice: Book discussion, led by Charlotte Fleming.
11:00am in the Library – NO Adult R.E.

 Sunday  continued

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.



The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

We will be having our quarterly Pot Luck luncheon. Please feel free to join us at noon.

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.

Religion 201 “Prep” Session – 7:15pm, Community Room (Room 18 of the Enrichment Center)

The second Tuesday of each month until 8:30, 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 Your Faith Tradition the Only Path to Heaven/Nirvana? Does your faith view itself as having any sort of monopoly on truth and the path to “salvation”? If so, how does that affect how you relate to those of other faith traditions or those of no faith? The actual interfaith session will take place 3/18 at the Holocaust Center with representatives of Islam, Buddhism, & Baha’i. 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

Don’t You Want To Be Yellow Too? 

Go yellow for the CIW March in Lakeland this month and plan on “showing your color” all year: Purchase a Standing on the Side of Love tee-shirt here. Tee shirts seem to run small so buy the next larger size than your usual.

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.

New Covenant Groups

New Covenant Groups are in place.  If you believe you signed up but haven’t heard from your group Anchor (facilitator), please email Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org.

Building Update

It has been an exciting week!  Monday was the day when architectural firms submitted their proposals for our new building(s).  We got beautiful submissions from some quality architects that have us very excited.  We will be reviewing them this week, presenting to the board next week and then sharing the big ideas at the Congregational Meeting on March 16.  We’ll also be having some smaller group gatherings to review the proposals, pictures, ideas and plans.  Plan to be inspired!  If you haven’t had a chance to read the Request for Proposal, please click here and submit any questions to BldgCommunications@OrlandoUU.org.

Pledge Drive Update

Thank you to everyone who has turned in their pledge cards so far. We’re thrilled with the responses! So many people increased their pledges—THANK YOU! In fact, a full 52% of the pledge cards that have been returned so far have had increases!  We still have a bunch of pledge cards to be turned in. Our campaign ends on March 16. Please turn your cards in as soon as you can so we can report all our good news at the congregational meeting on the 16!

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be March 23, when our beneficiary will be The Hope CommUnity Center (HCC) in Apopka. HCC is a service learning community dedicated to the empowerment of the Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy and spiritual growth.

Get the Scoop! Join Justice GoogleGroup

Why are 1U’s and UUU’s marking March 15 on their calendar for a Lakeland bus trip? Why are others thinking of attending the Florida District Annual meeting for the very first time in Vero Beach? 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 name and the 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 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. 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. 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.

Often when we think about freedom, we think about freedom from some kind of constraint. But there is another kind of freedom: Freedom to do.

Once you are free from oppression, from injustice, from constraint of any kind…what are you going to do with it? Is freedom really freedom if we don’t DO something with it? Is freedom of any value, if we don’t exercise it?

Many, if not most of us, live with a freedom unprecedented in the history of humankind. For our freedom to be most effective, most life giving, most alive in the world, we must use it to make commitments. Commitments which would seem to limit our freedom. But our freedom is not limited, is not constrained, as long as we remember that our commitment are freely made…to create the world of our dreams.

From Let Freedom Ring, March 2, 2014 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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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