Weekly Update 03/19/15
Weekly Update-March 19, 2015
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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 20
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 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.
“Free the Giant Within” Workshop – 9:00am-Noon, Gore Hall
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. Lunch1:00-2:30pm; 2:30-3:00 Pulling it Together, 3:00pm Vote for next Coordinator.
Sunday – March 22
Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary (Two services)
A Spirituality Called Wisdom, Guest Ministers
We welcome a guest clergy couple to our pulpit, letting us experience more of the wider Unitarian Universalist world.
There is a lot of talk about spirituality these days, and some people say they are spiritual but not religious. But can we really “be spiritual?” Perhaps spirituality is an activity, or as the wise ones might say, a practice. Maybe we grow “in the spirit” by practicing and practicing again. Many people find that the way to grow “in the spirit” is in community, in the company of others who share the journey. Let us explore the spirituality called wisdom. Welkin will perform.
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: Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis. (Learn more)
9:30am in EC Room 18: UU Theology with Ministerial Intern, Lois Cole. (Learn more)
11:00am in the Library: Storytelling with Bill Spoone. (Learn more)
Monday – March 23
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 24
The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall
Members work on donations to the spring rummage sale. Afterwards, all gather for a potluck lunch, iced tea provided. At noon, Esther Gonzalez from the American Youth Alliance is our guest speaker.
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 and show your support. Dues for the coming year are $15 per person or $25 for a couple. Shirley Jantzen is our membership chairperson.
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.
Folk Ensemble – 7:00pm, Enrichment Center Room 9
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary
Wednesday – 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 email@example.com.
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.
Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – March 26
Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall
An open, ongoing meditation group offered free of charge each week. All are welcome, no registration required.
Alliance Spring Rummage Sale Welcomes Donations
The annual yard sale will be open Friday and Saturday March 27 and 28 from 8:00 till 3:00. All donations should be in Gore Hall by Thursday. We still need jewelry, furniture, and kitchen and bath donations.
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.
Share the Plate Update
Last Sunday, we collected $681.31 for The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). In April, we’ll be sharing the plate for the second time this church year with Shepherd’s Hope, an interfaith effort to deliver health care to the uninsured of Central Florida.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
March 27 & 28 – Annual Alliance Spring Rummage Sale, 8:00am-3:00pm
Alliance’s annual Spring Rummage Sale will be open Friday and Saturday. All donations should be in Gore Hall by Thursday. We still need jewelry, furniture, and kitchen and bath donations. We welcome you to come shop and mingle.
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
Thinking of coming to the Passover Seder? We’d love to have you there! All you need to do is make a reservation, pay and show up April 3 with a dessert to share. Almost all foods are made Vegan/Vegetarian friendly. No dairy products. V/V persons are invited to bring an entrée to help with their food preferences. The ceremonies and rituals start at 6:00pm. Cost is $20 for a family, $10 each for adults, $5 each for children, and no charge for the littlest ones. Feeling a little strapped at this time? We have complimentary tickets available and it’s OK to ask for them for your party. Dress is business casual. More information here.
Passover is in two parts. The first is a ritual and celebration of God saving the Jewish people from slavery. Then we eat and enjoy the evening and each other’s company. It’s a sacred evening celebrated all over the world on the same night. You are invited to join in. The dinner starts with the traditional appetizer of chopped liver on Matzo, with a version made special for V/V’s. The core meal includes 2 steaming and bottomless pots of Matzo ball soup (1 Vegan prepared), Roast Chicken, Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary and steamed vegetables. Bring wine to share if you like. Passover wine will be available.
In the spirit of the evening, please bring canned or boxed food for those less fortunate than we. This food will be distributed by the Semoran Food Pantry.
Workers are always appreciated. You get the inside scoop! Please let Harriet Smithson know, as soon as possible, that you are available. Contact her through Sedersupper@orlandouu.org or see her at church.
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 (REGISTER NOW! Deadline: April 10)
Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, will be our special guest at this year’s District Assembly, to be held at 1U. He will also deliver a message to all district sites–streamed live–from 1U. Please do register to attend the District Assembly, and participate in some of the planned activities, workshops, and fellowship with other UUs. Assembly details here. To volunteer to help with the Assembly, contact Amy at 1U (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org)
Scholarships: 2015 Florida District Assembly or UUA General Assembly (March 30 Application Deadline)
Be involved! Be inspired! Scholarships for 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.
Late registration: (with an additional $20 late fee) begins 30 March
- 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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, 8:30am, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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