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Weekly Update 03/05/15

Weekly Update 03/05/15

Weekly Update-March 5, 2015

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Friday – March 6

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 – March 7

Pot Luck Dinner, 6:00pm, Gore Hall

Florida UU Choral Festival participants gather for a potluck dinner with 1U members and friends (all of whom are invited to bring green salads, side dishes to go with a pasta main dish, or desserts to join in dining with our Choral Fest guests).

Festival Variety Show, 7:30pm Sanctuary

2015 Florida UU Choral Fest participants offer an advance look at their abundant and impressive talents. This fun and fabulous entertainment is free to all. “Don’t miss this!” is the consensus from last Festival.

Return to Daylight Savings Time – Move Clocks Ahead 1 Hour, Midnight, All Over Orlando

Sunday – March 8

Please join us this Sunday during worship, as we extend a warm welcome to, and enjoy the talents of, our fellow UUs from around the state who have joined us as part of the 8th Annual Florida UU Choral Festival.

Represented with us today: Manatee UU Fellowship, UU Church of Tallahassee, UU Church of Tampa, UU of Clearwater, UU Congregation of Lakeland, UU Fellowship of Gainesville, UU Fellowship of Vero Beach. We thank them for being with us and for creating beautiful music for both our worship services.

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

Choral Festival, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Our services this morning features the extraordinary gifts of those gathered for the Florida UU Choral Festival, from special prelude performances through premiere performances of original works during the service, to the concluding postlude. Every musical moment will be memorable.

A very warm thank you to all those who made the 8th Annual Florida UU Choral Festival possible. We truly appreciate ALL the volunteers who participated and helped host. A special thanks to Jamie Sterrett, our Music Director, for all his hard work to bring this Fest to fruition.

Children’s Religious Education  

(Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org)

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years. (EC Room 14)

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

11:00am-12:30pm OWL for Grades 7-9 (EC Room 18)

11:00am-11:15am All other children begin in Worship with their families, then go to the EC after 15 minutes. (Sanctuary)

11:15am-12:15pm Children Pre-school through High School will go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)

Plan Ahead

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/   

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

Full schedule at http://1uweb.wordpress.com under the Learning tab.

9:30am in the Library: Cosmos Revisited, Video and Discussion, with Bob Leger. (Learn more)http://1uweb.wordpress.com/learning/adult-religious-education/sunday-morning-adult-programs/social-justice-stp/

9:30am in EC Room 18: Topics in Buddhism, with Charlotte Fleming. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: UUA Social Justice Series. (Learn more)  “Inequality for All Documentary Part 1

Today and April 12 we will be offering the documentary “Inequality for All’ from Robert Reich. This morning we screen the first 45 minutes; on April 12 the final 45 minutes of this outstanding film. A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, Inequality for All features Reich–professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member–as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. After each showing, we will discuss points Reich raises in the film.

Monday – March 9

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 – March 10

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Members work on donations to the continuing bazaar and to prepare for spring rummage sale. Afterwards, all gather for a potluck lunch, iced tea provided.

The Alliance would like the congregation to know that we have given $500 to the minister’s discretionary fund, which exists to help 1U members when they are in need of financial assistance.

Special Notice: The Alliance Annual Meeting will be April 7 at 12:15pm. Elections will be held. The slate submitted by the Nominating Committee is:

President – Charlotte Fleming
1st Vice President-sales – No candidate
2nd Vice President-programs – No candidate
Recording Secretary – Patty Reynolds
Corresponding Secretary – Ellen Hone
Treasurer – Cathy Spoone

Nominations will be accepted from the floor. All members of record are welcome to attend this meeting. Bring a bag lunch.

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 – 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.

 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 – March 12

 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

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.

Share the Plate Update

In March, we’ll be sharing the plate with The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). On January 29, CIW received a presidential medal at a White House forum on human trafficking. Secretary of State John Kerry said then of CIW, “The Coalition of Immokalee Workers have organized communities, stood by tomato workers for more than 20 years, and changed the face of this industry. They’ve pioneered a zero tolerance policy that puts workers and social responsibility at the absolute center.”

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 7:15-8:30pm in the Hiett Library. Next session: March 16. 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 ensure healthy and enriching relationships for all. Rev. Kathy facilitates.

Worship Planning – Open Sessions

Rev. Kathy is seeking your input on worship. For the next several months, you are invited to join her on the third Tuesday of the month for conversation and planning. Next session: on March 17. She will be in the Library starting at 7:15 to hear your ideas and chat about upcoming services. Whether you want to be actively involved or just want to be part of the creative process, you are welcome to join the conversation.

 Free the Giant Within Workshop

Make Saturday a Justice Saturday! If you are not marching with Coalition of Immokalee Workers in St Petersburg, come to the Empowerment Workshop sponsored by UU Justice Florida and the Northeast Cluster. First you will learn ways to energize your path with peace and in the afternoon you can choose one of three breakout sessions: Environmental Justice and Commit2Respond with UU Ministry for Earth leaders Irene and Bob Keim; Creating a Message that Delivers for varied platforms with our own Lois Cole; and First Steps for a Justice Initiative: applying Nancy Nordyke-Shelley’s Florida’s mass incarceration initiative as a model. Details in the Plan Ahead section, below.

1U Seder April 3 – Save the date!

All are welcome to the 1U annual “Seder!” Dinner (6:00pm) will be a traditional Seder Meal, and there will be Vegan and Vegetarian food available. Come join us for a fun evening!  For more information, email or call Harriett Smithson.

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.

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.

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

March 13 – Black Cat Café 7:30pm, Gore Hall

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.

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 16 – Are You the Parent of Adult Children? Discussion Group, 7:15-8:30pm, Hiett Library

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 ensure healthy and enriching relationships for all. Rev. Kathy facilitates.

March 17 – Worship Planning, 7:15-8:30pm, Hiett Library

Rev. Kathy is seeking your input on worship. For the next several months, you are invited to join her on the third Tuesday of the month for conversation and planning. She will be in the Library starting at 7:15 to hear your ideas and chat about upcoming services. Whether you want to be actively involved or just want to be part of the creative process, you are welcome to join the conversation.

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 21 – “Free the Giant Within” Workshop

Make Saturday a Justice Saturday! If you are not marching with Coalition of Immokalee Workers in St Petersburg, come to the Empowerment Workshop sponsored by UU Justice Florida and the Northeast Cluster. First you will learn ways to energize your path with peace and in the afternoon you can choose one of three breakout sessions: Environmental Justice and Commit2Respond with UU Ministry for Earth leaders Irene and Bob Keim; Creating a Message that Delivers for varied platforms with our own Lois Cole; and First Steps for a Justice Initiative: applying Nancy Nordyke-Shelley’s Florida’s mass incarceration initiative as a model. Come for just the morning. Or don’t pay, bring your lunch and contact Martha to register. Or, register here. Raffle for SSL tee shirts, and for large SSL banner. Or, just call or write Martha Harnit Hartgering. Times are 9:00am-noon; Lunch1:00-2:30pm; 2:30-3:00 Pulling it Together. AND: vote for next Coordinator at 3:00pm.

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.

In addition, we have been alerted that approximately 500 additional volunteers a month will be needed this year. Would you be interested in signing up for a shift on your own or with a friend?  There are opportunities M-F from 9:30-11:30am and 1:30-3:30pm. Saturday shifts are 9:00am-12:00pm (excluding holiday weekends). Sign up online or call Whitney Magers at

Clean the World: (407) 574-8353 Ext. 1023.

April 3 – 1U Seder, 6:00pm Gore Hall

All are welcome to the 1U annual “Seder!” Dinner will be a traditional Seder Meal, and there will be Vegan and Vegetarian food available. Come join us for a fun evening! For more information, email or call Harriett Smithson.

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 17-19 – FL District Annual Assembly    Volunteers are needed to help host

An entire weekend of activities with fellow UUs at 1U: workshops, speakers, fellowship and good food. Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, will be with us for the Assembly! Register online to attend. Registration deadline is April 2 (register by March 30 to avoid the late registration fee). Interested in volunteering? Contact churchadministrator@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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