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Weekly Update 03/26/15

Weekly Update 03/26/15

Weekly Update-March 26, 2015

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement (in Arial 9 pt font if possible) to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.


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News Flash!

Annual Budget Drive Sooooo Close to Goal – Please Help Get There!

Thank you to everyone for the response to the Annual Budget Drive and Capital Campaign!

We are at 92% of goal for the Annual Budget Drive.

Are your still-outstanding pledge cards among the few keeping us from 100%?

Please turn in your cards right away if you haven’t.


Friday – March 27

Annual Alliance Spring Rummage Sale – 8:00am-3:00pm

Come to the Alliance Annual Spring Rummage Sale for good bargains, all donated for recycling. All money goes to local charities and 1U. Traditionally the Alliance puts all the lost and found kitchenware in the sale. This is your last opportunity to check out that overflowing box in the 1U kitchen for things you might have left behind.

Saturday – March 28

Annual Alliance Spring Rummage Sale – 8:00am-3:00pm

Alliance welcomes all to shop and socialize! Note: This is your last opportunity to check out that overflowing box in the 1U kitchen for things you might have left behind, before they go into the Rummage Sale.

Sunday – March 29

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

Love One Another, Rev. Kathy & the 1U Lay Pastoral Care Team

We lift up the many ways we can reach out and support each other both within our congregation and in the rest of our lives.

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-11:15am All other children begin in Worship (Sanctuary)

11:15am-12:15pm No regular RE classes due to Spring Break. Childcare during Worship is available for children ages 4 and up. Younger children may go to the Nursery.

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. Regular ARE offerings are on Spring Break today)

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

9:30am Special ARE in the Library: Revisit WWII with “Easy” Company (part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,101st Airborne Division) from jump training in the U.S. through its participation in major actions in Europe, and up to Japan’s capitulation and war’s end. Presentation based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose‘s 1992 non-fiction book of the same name.

Building the Dream Briefings, after each service, Hiett Library

We are thrilled to announce that we have $1.14 Million in pledges for our Building the Dream campus renovation program! Thank you to everyone who donated. For an update on the campaign and the building process, we will have 30-minute meetings after each service. Please join us 10:30-11:00am or noon-12:30pm to hear the latest.

Blueberry Festival Breakfast Tickets On Sale – after 1st Service, Gore Hall

Tickets go on sale after the first service for the Blueberry Festival Pancake Breakfast to be held April 19. Festival details in Plan Ahead section below. The Festival will include pancake, eggs and bacon breakfasts with organic, locally grown fresh blueberries, plu 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.

Calling All 1U Msen Qualified To Cook Pancakes With Blueberries:

Blueberry Fest pancakes 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.

Monday – March 30

Early Registration DEADLINE – FL District Annual Assembly    (Late Registration Fees apply after today!)

Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, will be our special guest at this year’s District Assembly, to be held at 1U. Please do register to attend the District Assembly, and participate in some of the planned activities, workshops, and fellowship with other UUs. Details here. To volunteer to help with the Assembly, contact Amy at 1U (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org)

Scholarship Application DEADLINE: 2015 Florida District Assembly or UUA General Assembly

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 (boardoftrustees@orlandouu.org) 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.

 Tuesday – March 31

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Members recuperate after the spring rummage sale, gather for a brown bag lunch, iced tea provided.

 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

Welkin practice.

Wednesday – April 1

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – April 2

 Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

 An open, ongoing meditation group offered free of charge each week. All are welcome, no registration required.

Friday – April 3

1U Passover Seder – 6:00pm Gore Hall (Reservation deadline: Sun., March 29, 2nd social hour)

Seder workers have readied for the big night. At 6:00pm the Seder meal and Seder wine are provided. Bring one dessert per couple or family; ok to bring your own wine to share. The meal will be vegan/vegetarian friendly, with no dairy products. V/V diet? Please bring an entrée to help with your food requirements; V/V appetizers available along with fresh chopped liver and 2 bottomless pots of Matzo Ball soup (one Vegan prepared). Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child, $20 per family (infants and toddlers no charge). Complimentary tickets available, please ask! Reservations no later than March 29 to help in meal planning. Please bring boxed or canned food for the Catholic Charities pantry on Semoran Blvd. Come, it’s a wonderful evening to share! More info here.                                                       


Other News

Coalition for the Homeless Needs – Can You Help?

The Coalition for the Homeless is in immediate need of the following:

Diapers—all sizes
Pack n Plays
Steel Toe Work Boots
Feminine Hygiene Products
Men’s flip flops

Share the Plate UpdateThey accept donations at 639 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, Mon-Sat 9-5 or by appointment.

In April, we’ll be sharing the plate for the second time this church year with Shepherd’s Hope. Shepherd’s Hope is an interfaith organization of volunteers that operates five walk-in clinics to provide access to health care for the uninsured of Central Florida.

SmugMug Stats Outreach Update

Photographers Alex Moore, Jeffri Moore, and John Hartgering have done it again! Photos on our SmugMug site have been viewed over 98,000 times in the last 30 days. The Weddings event and Choral Festival are the top galleries. Access is public at 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. Additional photos may be added.

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.​

 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 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 Available

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

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 – Move to Amend Presentation, 11:00am, Hiett Library

We welcome Michael Greenman, Moderator of Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus, as a guest speaker to tell us about the perils of Corporate Personhood and its relationship to Escalating Inequality. (The Inequality for All film scheduled for this time is rescheduled to May 10 at 9:30am.)

April 17-19 – FL District Annual Assembly    (Late registration fees apply after March 30)

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)

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 10 – Inequality for All Documentary (Rescheduled), 9:30am, Hiett Library

We offer the second half of the documentary Inequality for All from Robert Reich as part of our study related to the Escalating Inequality CSAI. On March 8 we screened the first 45 minutes; today we will show the concluding 45 minutes of this outstanding film. 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. Over 500 reviewers on Amazon have rated the film 4.7 out of 5 stars! After each showing, we will discuss some of the points Reich raises in the film.

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.

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

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

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