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Weekly Update 04/03/14

Weekly Update 04/03/14

Weekly Update-April 3, 2014


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Date Night – 6:00pm, Leu Gardens

The1U Gay Men’s Group invites everyone to “Date Night at LeuGardens.” The movie “Gravity” is being shown on the outdoor screen. Leu Gardens opens at 6:00pm and the movie starts at 8:30pm. Admission is free to Leu Gardens members, $6 for adults and $3 for children. Food and alcohol are permitted. The Chi Phi food truck will be onsite. Contact Gene Lee or Ron Fittro with questions on Sundays or visit www.leugardens.org/events.htm.

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.


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

Join us in 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. 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 with any questions.


1U Blood Drive – 8:30am, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Our next blood drive is coming up and we need you to give!!  If you are not eligible to give, please consider bringing a friend or family member who can donate. Blood is taken until 1:00pm. All blood types are needed. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org . Thank you for giving the gift of life!

Worship Service – Sanctuary, Two Services:  9:30 & 11:00am  Note: New Member Ceremony at 11:00 service only (change)

No Going Back, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

What happens when a new understanding means there is no way to return to business as usual?    Welkin 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 Super Sunday –The New Inage Youth Center will speak to our children.  (EC Assembly Room)

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions is here.

  • 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 (continued)

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library – Meditation, led by Bob Leger.

9:30am in EC Room 18 – Pagan Paths: “Raising Children in Paganism,” led by Mary Murphy

11:00am in the Library – Movie Time: “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” See the movie beforehand and come ready to discuss how UU values are portrayed. Led by Kathleen Smee.

Plan Ahead: Next Sunday (4/13): Spiritual Literacy at 9:30am in the Library and Everyday Spiritual Practice at 9:30am in EC Room 18. 

 Sunday (continued)

Nora Staton Bookstore Out Of Winter Hibernation, Social Hours, Gore Hall

Stop by to see many of the books published by the UUA’s publishing groups: Skinner House Books and Beacon Press, as well as a few other books. Cash and checks are accepted; sorry, no credit card purchases. For more information, contact Ken and Carolina Lofgren, Bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

Buy 1U Blueberry Festival tickets early! Social Hours, Gore Hall

Tickets will be on sale during today’s social hours for the April 13 1U Blueberry Festival breakfast. Enjoy an organic locally-grown blueberry pancake breakfast with trimmings for $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!


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.

VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!


The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

On April 8th, the Alliance will be having a Pot Luck Lunch.  Please come join us!  We will also be doing work on the Continuing Bazaar. Thank you to the many people involved in the Garage Sale, which netted $1,640.  It could not have been done without you!

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.


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

Earth Day Tent Helpers Wanted

Come join the 1U Tent at Earth Day at Lake Eola on April 19. This is a HUGE event with over 15,000 attendees and exhibitors from all over Central Florida. 1U will have a tent in a prime location for letting lots of folks know what a great place we are.  Please sign up for an hour or two to help cover our tent.  Contact Charlie Behrens via greenteam@orlandouu.org.

Rallying the Men of 1U for a Breakfast Feast

The Men of 1U will serve a blueberry pancake breakfast before each service on 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.

Building Update

We’d like to formally invite you to attend our final “Cottage Meeting” on April 13at 9:30am in the Assembly Room to review and discuss the architect proposals for our new building(s). The objective is to answer any questions you have and to get congregational input, which will help us choose the right architect. 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:  https://app.box.com/s/xf08zat8cb2twj4jlhuo.  Also on this website are the Request for Proposal (which we recommend you read before the proposals) and the presentations from 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 meeting, 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.

Florida UU District Assembly (Delegate nomination deadline: April 13)

The annual Florida UU District Assembly will be held in Vero Beach the weekend of April 25-26. Details and registration information are here.  Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to serve as an official delegate from 1U, please let the Board know by April 13 at the latest.

 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.

Child Dedication Ceremony Schedule

A Child Dedication Ceremony will be held during our intergenerational service on 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.

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be April 27, when our beneficiary will be Shepherd’s Hope. According to their website, patients who are eligible for medical care through Shepherd’s Hope have income at or below 200% of the poverty level, are uninsured and not eligible for government assisted health care programs. Utilizing these criteria, Shepherd’s Hope has provided over 160,000 free medical visits and patient services since first opening in 1997.

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.

Get the Scoop! Join Justice GoogleGroup

Why are 1U’s and UUU’s 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:




Missed a Sunday?

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

Plan Ahead

April 11 – 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.

April 12– RUUM Lakeridge Winery Tour

RUUM will travel to the Lakeridge Winery for a tour, wine tasting, and Blues entertainment.  For information, contact Mike Haddad, RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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! Noon, Gore Hall

Join us on Sunday, April 13, 2014 and enjoy an organic locally-grown blueberry pancake breakfast with the trimmings for $6!!  The men of 1U will both cook and serve the breakfast.  And, we’ll also have home made baked goods for sale – all with the organic blueberries we have picked ourselves.

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.

April 19 – 1U Tent at Earth Day, Lake Eola, 6:00pm

Come join 1U for Earth Day. This is a HUGE event with over 15,000 attendees and exhibitors from all over Central Florida. 1U will have a tent in a prime location for letting lots of folks know what a great place we are. For more info, contact Charlie Behrens via greenteam@orlandouu.org.

April 20 – Celebrate Easter with Kiya Heartwood! Gore Hall, 1:00pm

Award winning singer-songwriter Kiya Heartwood delivers “soulful confessions, political broadside and a wicked groove.” Kiya is a solo singer/songwriter, a member of the duo Wishing Chair and the lead singer and songwriter for the Arista rock band, Stealin Horses. Tickets are just $10; light lunch at 12:30 for $5. (Heartwood is also performing at the morning services.)

April 25-26 – Florida UU District Assembly, Vero Beach  (Delegate nomination deadline: April 13)

Annual Florida UU District Assembly details and registration information are here.  Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to serve as an official delegate from 1U, please let the Board know by April 13 at the latest. For the first time ever, the Assembly will be concurrent with the District Choir Festival so that Sunday morning will be blessed with beautiful music. Also, the other three Districts of the Southern Region will be having their Assemblies at the same time so that some programming can be shared through live streaming.

May 4 – Summer Worship Schedule Begins

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.

Sometimes things need to be broken down before they can be built back up stronger and better. Change affects us in predictable ways: it makes us sad for the loss of the familiar, scared about what is to come, and then excited about the chance for positive growth. Having faith in ourselves and in the predictability of the change process is a useful way to move through each stage of change and growth.

I believe one of the key components about Unitarian Universalism is that we inherently seek growth. And growth doesn’t happen without change. 

What is sleeping inside of you that should be awakened? 

What is holding you back from the change you desire? 

Or think of it a different way:  What amazing things could happen to you if you take that step towards change?  What new ways of looking at this world might you discover if you say yes to change?  What growth might you experience if you let go of fear, embrace the faith and jump? 

From Breaking Down, March 30, 2014 sermon by Christine Haskins


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