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Weekly Update 03/12/15

Weekly Update 03/12/15

Weekly Update-March 12, 2015

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News Flash!

Building the Dream & Operating Campaigns Need Your Action

We’re ready to move to the next step of the annual operating budgeting process and the financing & construction process for our new building/renovated campus.

But we are still waiting for pledge cards from just a few members.

PLEASE turn in your Annual Operating Pledge and Capital Campaign Pledge as soon as you can so the many volunteers working on this can move forward. We have lots of exhilarating initiatives & are excited for your involvement in them! Thank you!

Friday – 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.

Saturday – 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.

Sunday – 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.

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

Escalating Inequality, Lois Cole, Ministerial Intern and others

The promise of upward mobility, the chance to achieve success and prosperity, is dying as a new gilded age is beginning, a time where wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a few. The dream of equal opportunity for all people seems more of an impossibility than ever. Lois Cole, Dan Homblette, Sandy Cawthern, and John Hartgering will share their insights on the Congregational Study/action issue of Economic Justice, and invite the congregation to reflect, respond and act.  The Chalice Choir will sing.

Our Share the Plate partner this morning is The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). CIW is aiming to raise $15,000 to underwrite the costs of the buses and caravans preparing to trek from the wintery north and from points all around the state of Florida to sunny St. Petersburg for the Concert and Parade for Fair Food on Saturday, March 21. A generous donor has offered to match CIW supporters’ contributions to the Concert — so if CIW makes their $15,000 goal, they’ll receive another $15,000, and that will directly translate into thousands more students, faith groups, and community leaders being able to join them in St. Petersburg on March 21.

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 (Sanctuary)

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

Plan Ahead in Children’s Religious Education

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 & 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: Social Justice: Share the Plate with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. (Learn more)

9:30am in EC Room 18: Francis Dávid Café, with Bob Leger. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: Great Religious Books, with David Morris. (Learn more)

Monday – 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.

Tuesday – March 17

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Members work on donations to the continuing bazaar and to prepare for spring rummage sale. All gather for a potluck lunch, iced tea provided. Afterwards, special guest Marna Rasmussen will be speaking about acupuncture.

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.

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.

Wednesday – March 18

Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) #6 Final Session – 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.

 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 19

 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

CIW Parade and Concert for Fair Food March 21

Time to get on the bus again and head to St Petersburg for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Parade and Concert for Fair Food. 1U has obtained a grant to help defer the cost of a bus. Jake Ratner with the Alliance For Fair Food is working Central Florida to get the CIW allies on the bus. That includes 1Us….as well as many other groups, so don’t miss your chance to reserve a seat. Everyone must RSVP. RSVP to be on the bus here. Make a donation here to help defray the cost if you are able. More info about the bus and the event via Facebook here.

Pancakes & Blueberries: Tickets on Sale March 29! (Calling all 1U men qualified to cook pancakes with blueberries)

Tickets go on sale after the second service for the Blueberry Festival Pancake Breakfast to be held on April 19 in Gore Hall. The Festival will include pancake, eggs and bacon breakfasts with organic, locally grown fresh blueberries, plus baked goods for sale. We will also offer a delicious vegetarian and vegan breakfast option. Contra dancing with a live band and caller begins at 12:00pm. These are not just any pancakes, but the most superior in the western hemisphere! 1U men 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. 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.

Chalice Choir Concert in May

The Chalice Choir will hold a concert on Saturday, May 9 at 8:00pm in the sanctuary. The 1U vocalists will sing a mix of songs from the past 3 years under director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario as well as some new tunes added just for the occasion. Tickets are $5 each and go on sale early in April. Watch for updates!

Scholarship money for 2015 Florida District Assembly or UUA General Assembly  (March 30 Deadline)

Be involved! Be inspired! Scholarships to registration fees** are available to members interested in taking part in the 2015 Florida District Assembly or UUA General Assembly. Connect, worship, witness, learn, and participate in the democratic process of our Unitarian Universalist Association:

  • Florida District Assembly – April 17-19, 2015, Orlando

Registration: $95 for adults, $45 for young adults (18-35), $15 for children. Early registration ends March 30.

  • UUA General Assembly – June 24-28, Portland, Oregon

Registration: $350 for adults, $205 for youth (grades 9-12). Early Registration ends April 30th    http://www.uua.org/ga/registration

Youth, young adults, and adults are invited to consider this exciting way to engage with the larger beloved community. Email 1U President, Rachel Gardiner by March 30 to apply to be considered for scholarship funds.

**Scholarship recipients will be expected to represent 1U by attending all business meetings during the Assemblies as a delegate. Scholarship recipients will receive reimbursement registration fees by presenting receipts and filing the required form with Amy Fairweather, 1U Church Administrator.

Child Dedication Ceremony Slated April 19

Child Dedication Ceremonies will be held during our Sunday services on April 19. This is the Unitarian Universalist ceremony by which we name and welcome our children. While typically involving infants, it is also quite common to include older children when they are new to the community. If you would like your child to be included in the ceremony, please let Rev. Kathy know at minister@orlandouu.org. This service is the day following our Florida UU District Assembly we are likely to have a number of guests still with us from the Assembly.​

Choral Festival Photos

Check out photos of the Choral Festival here; access is public. They can also be viewed directly: www.orlandouu.smugmug.com. You may download individual images at full resolution via the download icon at the bottom right of the selected photo. If you view the photos as a slide show they will display full screen. This gallery is a compilation of photos taken by John Hartgering, Alex Moore, and Jeffri Moore. Additional photos may be added.

 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:

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 21 – CIW Parade and Concert for Fair Food, 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot to Get on the Bus

Time to get on the bus again and head to St Petersburg for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Parade and Concert for Fair Food! Jake Ratner with the Alliance For Fair Food is working Central Florida to get the CIW allies on the bus.That includes 1Us as well as many other groups, so don’t miss your chance to reserve a seat. Everyone must RSVP here to be on the bus. Make a donation here to help defray the cost if you are able. More info about the bus and the event on Facebook here.

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. Learn ways to energize your path with peace, then in the afternoon choose 1 of 3 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; or 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. Register here or call or write Martha Harnit Hartgering. Raffle for SSL tee shirts, and for large SSL banner. 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.

March 29 – Blueberry Festival Breakfast Tickets On Sale, After 2nd Service, Gore Hall

Tickets go on sale after second service for the Blueberry Festival Pancake Breakfast to be held April 19. Festival details in Plan Ahead section below.

April 3 – 1U Passover Seder, 6:00pm Gore Hall

All are welcome to the 1U annual “Seder!” Come join us for a fun evening! All you have to do is bring one dessert. All other food is furnished. Almost all food will be made Vegan and Vegetarian friendly. No dairy products. V/V persons are invited to bring an entrée to help with their food preferences. Make your reservations in Gore Hall. Family, guests and/or children all are welcome. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for a family. (Complimentary tickets are available if you are financially strapped at this time. It is perfectly OK to ask for assistance.) Workers are always appreciated. Please let Harriet Smithson know, as soon as possible, that you are available. Contact her through Sedersupper@orlandouu.org or see her at church. Core dinner menu: Roast Chicken, Roast Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary, and steamed Vegetables.

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 12 – “Inequality for All” Part 2, 11:00am, Hiett Library

We will be offering the last half of the documentary “Inequality for All’ from Robert Reich as part of our study related to the Escalating Inequality CSAI. A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, Inequality for All features Robert 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 discuss points Reich raises in the film.

April 17-19 – FL District Annual Assembly    (Volunteers are needed to help host)   (Registration deadline: April 2)

An entire weekend of activities with fellow UUs at 1U: workshops, speakers, fellowship & good food. Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, will be with us for the Assembly! Register online to attend; by March 30 to avoid a late registration fee. Interested in volunteering? Contact churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org

April 19 – Child Dedication Ceremony

Child Dedication Ceremonies will be held during Sunday services. This is the UU ceremony by which we name and welcome our children. Typically involving infants, it is also quite common to include older children when they are new to the community. If you would like your child to be included in the ceremony, please email Rev. Kathy. This service follows our Florida UU District Assembly, so we are likely to have a number of guests still with us from the Assembly.​

April 19 – 2nd Annual Blueberry Festival, Gore Hall

It’s back! Those organic, locally grown blueberries you loved so much last year are available again. Join us for a blueberry pancake, eggs and bacon breakfast or a delicious vegetarian and vegan breakfast option (with organic, locally grown fresh blueberries), and blueberry baked goods for sale.  Contra dancing with live band & caller begins at noon.

May 9 – Chalice Choir Concert, 8:00pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir will sing a mix of songs from the past three years under director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario as well as some new tunes added just for the occasion. Tickets are $5 each and go on sale in April. Watch for updates!

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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