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Weekly Update 03/13/14

Weekly Update 03/13/14

Weekly Update-March 13, 2014


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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.


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 taking two buses to Lakeland for the grand finale. If you would like to attend, speak with Dan Homblette. Get ready to rally for the Fair Food Program!


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

Dream Weavers, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Just as diversity makes an eco-system strong and healthy, might the diversity of our dreams be a sign of vitality?

The Chalice Choir 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)

1:00pm – 2:00pm    Coming of Age

Info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

Looking Ahead in Children’s Religious Education:

  • 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 the future activities, 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 – Francis David Cafe: Question and Answer session led by Bob Leger

11:00am in the Library – Talking About UU: Discussion of faith language led by Mary Ann Horne

Plan Ahead: See “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and come ready to discuss at 11:00am on April 6 during Movie Time.

 Sunday continued

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


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.


The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance makes baloney and cheese sandwiches to take to the Homeless shelter. March is a busy month: time to gear up for the Spring Garage Sale!  And that means that your donations are doubly appreciated. Dig through those closets, workrooms and garages for items suitable for men, women and children. Please bring items that are clean, in good condition and working order. Sadly…we cannot take electronic items of any kind. Not only do they not sell, but the dealers who take away leftover sale items do not accept electronic equipment. Please also check in the Gore Hall kitchen for any kitchenware you may have left behind, as such unclaimed items will be added to the sale tables. If you bring your donations during the week, please call to see that the church administrator, Amy, will be available to let you in. The dates? Thurs., March 27, is Setup Day. Garage Sale Days are March 28-29. The more donations, the bigger the sale! Everyone loves a bargain!

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.

Religion 201, 7:00pm, Holocaust Center, Maitland

Until 8:30pm, Rev. Kathy moderates as an interfaith panel with representatives of Islam, Buddhism, & Baha’i takes on the question 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? Contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org for carpools leaving 1U at 6:30. More info on series 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 Saturday 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 usual.

General Assembly 2014 Delegate Consideration

If you are interested in being a 1U Delegate to General Assembly (GA) 2014, June 25-29 in Providence, RI, please communicate your interest to the Board of Trustees. 1U will be responsible for the Registration Fee; transportation and hotel will be the delegate(s) responsibility. The deadline for consideration is April 13. General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Universal Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.

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

The Building Committee reviewed the received architecture proposals with the board and is excited to be able to share an overview with you at the Congregational Meeting on March 16. The headline is that we will be in good hands whichever architect we choose. We’ll be providing dates for you to come look into the proposals more thoroughly so you can be more familiar with them and we can get your feedback. If you haven’t yet seen the Request for Proposal, please click here and submit any questions to BldgCommunications@OrlandoUU.org.

Pledge Drive Update

This Sunday is the last day of our Pledge Drive. The good news is that we’ve received over half of our Pledge Cards so far! The bad news is that we haven’t received the other half! Please be considerate to the volunteers who will have to follow up after the drive is complete and turn in your Pledge Card by this Sunday. Thank you for your generosity.

Share the Plate Scorecard

Have you ever wondered how our contributions to Share the Plate are adding up? Here’s what the donations sent from our church out into the community have amounted to so far this year:

Sept. 2013:           $750.87 for the Homegrown Local Food Cooperative

Oct. 2013:              $1,420.02 for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (matched by $1,000 from 1U and UUUS Alliance)

Nov. 2013:            $1,308.81 for The Hope CommUnity Center

Dec. 2013:            $782 for Shepherd’s Hope

Christmas Eve:    $1,700.00 Zebra Foundation for Youth

Jan. 2014:             $991.12 for Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida

Feb. 2014:             $1,135.85 for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando

Total Donated To Date 2013-2014:  $8,088.67

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be Sunday, March 23, when our beneficiary will be The Hope CommUnity Center (HCC) in Apopka.

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 1U Justice googlegroup to quickly receive and share listings about Justice events in central Florida and beyond. Email your request to join, including the name and e-mail address 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

April 5 – Second Harvest Volunteer Day, 1:00pm, 411 Mercy Dr.

Food packing and sorting until 4:00pm, on the corner of Mercy Dr. and Old Winter Garden Rd.  Pease be sure to wear closed toed shoes and plan on a fulfilling, rewarding and fun afternoon.  We are expected to have at least 15 volunteers each time to help them deal with the workload they are now carrying–far greater than before. We have to register in advance, so please go to the food bank site and REGISTER for April 5. Sign up for the date and shift and the system will ask for a JOIN CODE, which for 1U is A100. Follow the rest of the instructions as prompted. If you can’t make it after saying you could, or you think you can’t come and suddenly have the time to attend, it’s not a problem. Our dates as a group are the first Sat. of every even numbered month. For 2014 that is: Apr. 5, June 7, Aug. 2, Oct. 4, and Dec. 6. Thank you again for your devotion to helping our many hungry neighbors here in Central Florida. If you have any questions: mailto:foodbank@orlandouu.org.

April 6– CPR class, 12:30pm, Assembly Room.

Don’t miss this extremely valuable class, sponsored by the 1U Children’s Religious Education program! Open to all at the low rate of $35 per person – now is the time to sign up to attend!

April 12 – 1U Social Justice Movies: “Water’s Journey: The Hidden Rivers of Florida,” 6:30pm, Hiett Library

All are welcome.

April 15 – Life with God Book Discussion, 7:15pm, Hiett Library. (Note different week of the month.)

The Life with God group invites you to join them for a book discussion until 8:30pm at their April meeting. We’ll be reading Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander. All are welcome.

May 4 – Summer Worship Schedule to Begin.

1U will switch to our Summer Worship Schedule a couple of weeks earlier than usual. We have normally switched on the third week of May. But as there are lots of special events this spring that will impact the flow of Sunday mornings, it makes sense to make the change this year on the FIRST Sunday of May. On the Summer Worship schedule, there is a single 11:00 am worship service. Mark your calendars!

May 17 – 1U Social Justice Movies: ” Immigration: The ‘Unpardonable Sin,” 6:30pm, Hiett Library

All are welcome.

Spring has two equally important meanings in Central Florida: It is a cyclical season of rejuvenation for plant and animal life; and it is also a dazzling array of natural gifts, of liquid sources of constant renewal. These two types of watering holes for the spirit, whether intermittent or with us always, are each necessary to help us meet the challenges of modern life.

From Spring Has Sprung, March 9, 2014 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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