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Weekly Update 03/20/14

Weekly Update 03/20/14

Weekly Update-March 20, 2014

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Friday, March 21

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 22

Ostara Ritual, Enrichment Center Courtyard, 6:00pm

Ostara is the time to plant seeds of growth, observing the balance between light and dark as the Spring Equinox. This is a time of renewal and looking towards the light, becoming stronger. Come join us to welcome the light. We will gather at 6:00pm if you’d like to help set-up or have potluck offerings to organize. The ritual begins at 7:00.  Potluck to follow at approximately 8:00pm. Dress is “come as you are” or in colors of the season if you wish: yellow, green or pastels. For more info, please email or visit us on facebook.

Sunday, March 23

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

Let Your Soul Shine, Rev. Kathy Schmitz & the Pastoral Associate Team

We have abundant resources to support us when we encounter life’s challenges, both around us and within us. Welkin will perform.

Sunday, March 23 (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 NO High School OWL – Spring Break

11:15am – 12:15pm NO Children‘s RE (Assembly Room) – Spring Break

RE needs teachers to fill in when needed – this is NOT an every week commitment

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

  • 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 (and encouraged) to attend!
  • April 20: RE Spring/ Easter Celebration

9:00-10:00   Breakfast potluck-bring a dish to share and enjoy the games!
10:15-10:45 Easter Egg Hunt!
11:00 Intergenerational Easter service

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, March 23 (continued)

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library – Social Justice.

9:30am in EC Room 18 – Buddhism 101: Mindfulness in Plain English led by Bob Leger

11:00am in the Library – Cottage Meeting on Campus Renovation: Come hear more about the 1U campus’ future.

 Plan Ahead in Adult Religious Education:

Next Sunday (3/30): True Stories: Storytelling for all adults with RUUM.

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

Monday, March 24

Tuesday, March 25

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Want to be the early bird who gets the worm at the Spring Garage Sale? Come help the Alliance set up and price donations on Thursday, March 27 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. All hands will be greatly appreciated! And you can save a trip by bringing in your own donations when you come to help on Thursday! The sale itself is Friday and Saturday, March 28-29. The more donations, the bigger the sale! The sale opens early and closes midafternoon. See you there!

The 2013-2014 year is coming to an end. New officers will be elected April 29 at the annual business meeting. Candidates for the 2014-2015 year are: President-Charlotte Fleming; 1st Vice President, in charge of the Bazaar-Jean Cawelti; 2nd Vice President, in charge of programing-Sherry Rondi; Treasurer-Cathy Spoone; Recording Secretary-Lynn Rigney: and Corresponding Secretary-Ellen Hone.

The Alliance annual membership drive is has begun. Both men and women are cordially invited to join. The new membership fee is $15 per person. Shirley Jantzen has agreed to chair the membership drive.

 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 26

Campus Renovation Cottage Meeting – 7:00pm, Hiett Library

Meet with Building Committee members to review and discuss architect proposals in more depth, get answers to questions, help provide congregational input, which will help us choose the right architect.

 Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly.

Thursday, March 27

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

Alliance Yard Sale Vols Needed 3/27-3/30

Volunteers are needed, especially during Pack-up on Sat. from 2:45-4:00pm. Sale set up will happen Wed. evening 5:00-8:30pm, and Thurs. from 9:00am-4:00pm. The sale will be open Fri. and Sat. from 8-3. Contact Charlotte Fleming with questions or offers of help.

Rallying the Men of 1U for a Breakfast Feast

The Men of 1U will serve a blueberry pancake breakfast before each service on Sunday, April 13 as part of 1U’s Blueberry Festival. We need about 18 volunteers to cover several shifts. There are openings for cooks, servers, dish washers, and ticket sellers. So, Men, let us hear from you. To volunteer, see Mike Haddad or email him.

General Assembly 2014 Delegate Consideration (Deadline for consideration: April 13)

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. 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.

Building Update

Thanks to all the Members and Supporters who came to the Congregational Meeting on Sunday. During the meeting, we saw an overview of proposals that came back from two architects. We’d like to formally invite you to attend one of four “Cottage Meetings” to review and discuss the proposals in more depth:

  • Sunday, 3/23 11:00 am – in Hiett Library
  • Wednesday 3/26 7:00 pm – in Hiett Library
  • Sunday, 3/30 12:30 pm – in Hiett Library
  • Sunday, 4/13 9:30 am – in the Assembly Room

The meetings objective is to answer questions you have and to get congregational input, which will help us choose the right architect. The proposals account for 30% of our decision criteria, with an additional 30% being the team qualifications and 40% being the interview with the architects. With a goal of transparency, we have put the proposals in a cloud website for you to review. Also in this website are the Request for Proposal (which we recommend you read before the proposals) and the presentations from both the January 26 and March 16 Congregational meetings.

Please note that one of the proposals has an actual plan and drawings and one of them has a proposal for how they’d get to that point. We understand that it makes the comparison difficult. In the meetings, we’ll discuss both approaches and we look forward to getting your perspective. Please also remember that we’re not discussing the details of the proposed plan, but whether we are interested in the ARCHITECTS that proposed them. We’ll get into the details of specific plans at a later point in the process. If you have any questions, contact Christine Haskins at BldgCommunications@OrlandoUU.org.

Pledge Drive Update

Thank you to everyone who has turned in your pledge card and for your generous pledge for our financial well-being! If you haven’t turned in your card yet, PLEASE do so as soon as possible so we don’t need to have volunteers try to track you down.

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’s immigration team has worked diligently to support immigrant rights, helping to change the lives of individual immigrants and advocating on behalf of the whole local undocumented immigrant community. In late 2013, HCC co-hosted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program legal clinics with the Mexican Consulate in Orlando. These events provided assistance to young undocumented immigrants seeking entrance into DACA, which grants temporary relief from the threat of deportation. Please continue to give generously to support our long-term community partners.

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.

Board Minutes Available

Approved Minutes for the 2014 meetings of your Board of Trustees are now available to members from the 1U website. Click the links belowhttps://www.orlandouu.org/documents/(01)_january_2014_bot_minutes_packet.pdf 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 select the document for the month of interest:

https://www.orlandouu.org/documents/(01)_january_2014_bot_minutes_packet.pdf

https://www.orlandouu.org/documents/(02)_february_2014_bot_minutes_packet.pdf

https://www.orlandouu.org/documents/(03)_march_2014_bot_minutes_packet.pdf

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.


Plan Ahead

March 28 – RUUM @ UCF Baseball

The Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) will watch the UCF Knights play the Temple Owls at UCF on Friday night, March 28 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome. For information, email Mike Haddad.

 March 28-30 – Alliance Spring Yard Sale, Gore Hall

The huge Alliance Yard Sale is coming soon! Donations of all sorts are welcome through Thursday, 3/27, when we will be setting up the sale from 9-4. Small furniture, bikes, etc., can be donated Wed. evening 5:00-8:30pm, and Thurs. from 9:00am-4:00pm. The sale will be open Fri. and Sat. from 8-3. Volunteers are needed, especially during Pack-up on Sat. from 2:45-4:00pm. Contact Charlotte Fleming with questions or offers of help.

March 30 – Campus Renovation Cottage Meeting – 12:30pm, Hiett Library

Meet with Building Committee members to review and discuss architect proposals in more depth, get answers to questions, help provide congregational input, which will help us choose the right architect.

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. Email If you have any questions.

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 13 – Annual 1U Blueberry Festival Launches! 9:00am, Gore Hall

The first annual First Unitarian Church Blueberry Festival will take place until noon. Meet and socialize with 1U members and friends over blueberry pancakes and other blueb goodies! Between now and 4/13, look for details and buy your tickets in Gore Hall after each Sunday service.

April 13 – Campus Renovation Cottage Meeting – 9:30am, Assembly Room

Meet with Building Committee members to review and discuss architect proposals in more depth, get answers to questions, help provide congregational input, which will help us choose the right architect.

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.

April 18 – 1U Seder, Gore Hall, 6:00pm

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! More details will follow soon. For more information, and to volunteer to help with preparation, email or call Harriett Smithson.

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.

June 8 – Child Dedication Ceremony Scheduling

A Child Dedication Ceremony will be held during our intergenerational service on Sunday, June 8. 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 will also be our Flower Communion celebrating the end of the Program Year.


When I started thinking about the ways that a congregation, or any group of people, weaves their diverse dreams into something greater, I was glad to recall that Unitarian Universalist voices have historically been those that welcome human diversity, universality, collaboration…the voices that elevate the human spirit. Within our community, we are called to practice freedom and tolerance. But also freedom and tolerance for those who are NOT in our religious community. Those we disagree with, really disagree with. If we say we believe in freedom and tolerance in religion–and we do–then we have to grant it to others–not just claim it for ourselves.

Freedom, tolerance and love–another of the many bricks used in building our liberal religious tradition–teach us to look more closely for the unity within our diversity…and the diversity within our unity.

A unity that does not respect diversity is oppression: everyone must be the same. A diversity that will not recognize unity is chaos: we are unable to find common ground or make common cause. Weaving our freedom and tolerance with love ennobles the human spirit and allows each person to be the true self – as we continue the long march toward beloved community.

From Dream Weavers, March 16, 2014 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz


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