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Weekly Update 04/09/15

Weekly Update 04/09/15

Weekly Update-April 9, 2015                                                                                               

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News Flash! BOLO!

Volunteers & Containers Urgently Needed!

  • Urgently needed for the blueberry sale: many clear plastic vented containers with attached lids! (Used for fruit and vegetables at most supermarkets. Drop in 1U kitchen ASAP!)
  • Help needed in many Blueberry Fest roles (see Amy or Karina on Sunday during both Social Hours).
  • Help cook pancakes for the Blueberry Breakfast (See Dan Homblette).
  • Help at the District Assembly (use Sign-up Genius).

Friday – April 10

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.

Saturday – April 11

Campus Tenders Volunteer Work Day – 9:00am-Noon                                                        

Individuals and families can come out to the church campus and tend to the buildings and grounds. We’ll have a snack and fellowship at 11:00am. No RSVP needed.

Sunday – April 12

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

In the Neighborhood, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Ease of communication and travel has put the average person in relationship with many more people than used to be the case. How, then, can we embrace our newest “neighbors?”

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 Children enrolled in OWL for Grades 7-9 proceed directly to class (Enrichment Center Rm 18)

11:00am – 11:15am All other children begin in the sanctuary with their families. then go to the Enrichment Center.

11:15am – 12:15pm One Room Schoolhouse for ages 5 – 18 (EC Assembly Room).  It is suggested that only those with outstanding classroom skills attend ORSH.

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 (All sessions are drop-in friendly!)

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

9:30am in the Library: Cosmos Revisited, Video and Discussion, with Bob Leger. (Learn more)

9:30am in EC Room 18: Topics in Buddhism, with Charlotte Fleming. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: UUA Social Justice-Restoring Faith in Our Democracy: with Michael Greenman. We welcome Michael Greenman, Moderator of Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus, to tell us about the perils of Corporate Personhood and its relationship to Escalating Inequality. (Learn more)

Blueberry Festival Breakfast Tickets On Sale TODAY in Gore Hall

Tickets ($7, $4 for children 12 & younger) for the April 19 Blueberry Festival Pancake Breakfast will be on sale during both coffee hours TODAY in Gore Hall. Volunteer to help and dine free! Festival details in Plan Ahead section below.

Monday – April 13

1U Gay Men’s Group – 7:00pm, Hiett Library

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 – April 14

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Today the Alliance meets for lunch at Sweet Tomatoes on East Colonial at 11:30. Dues for the coming year are $15 per person or $25 for a couple. See any active Alliance member on Sunday to become (or remain) a member of the Alliance. Contributions above the dues are always welcome! We distribute all our earnings to local charities who serve women, children, or the homeless.  As our income is likely to be less this year due to the construction and renovation, income from dues is especially important. And here is the newly elected Alliance Board of Directors:

President – Charlotte Fleming
1st Vice President-sales – Jean Cawelti
2nd Vice President-programs – Arlene Deleur
Recording Secretary – Patty Reynolds
Corresponding Secretary – Ellen Hone
Treasurer – Cathy Spoone                                     

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 15

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – April 16

 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 17

FL District Annual Assembly Opens    (Don’t miss this!!)

Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, is our special guest at this year’s District Assembly, held at 1U. Volunteers are needed to help host the Assembly. Please consider volunteering in any capacity you are able, for any amount of time you can. Sometime during these 2 days, we need your help to assist our guests and create a welcoming environment for fellow UUs from around the state. Further assembly details here. Look over available options and consider how your time and talents might best fit via SignUpGenius (www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0849A4AB28A3FD0-2015) Thank you!

Crafty Crafters’ Circle – 6:30-8:30pm, Room 9

Join us this month as we learn how to make elderberry aquavit! Next month on May 15 we learn how to make meade. All are welcome to attend. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.                                                    


Other News

Pancake Crisis!

Rumors are flitting about that the April 19 pancake breakfast is so popular there is potential for riots in the pews if the masses can’t be fed delicious cakes on that Sunday morning. MEN OF THE CHURCH! Your time has come. Stand up and be counted. Dozens, if not hundreds, are dreaming of the fabulous breakfast provided to them a year ago. They want more, NOW! On top of that, out-of-towners are scheduling a trip to 1U just for pancakes (and a District meeting).

Want to be part of a fun morning, preparing easy-to-cook yet awesome food for fabulous people? Join the Men of 1U for this creative and rewarding cooking opportunity. Check in with Dan Homblette if you want to be part of the team. Task assignments will be available from 7:30am thru 1:00pm. Here’s looking at cooking with you!

VOLUNTEERS Needed To Help Host the 2015 Florida District Assembly    (Don’t make us beg you!)

1U is the host site for the 2015 District Assembly to be held April 17 & 18. Please consider volunteering in whatever capacity you are able. We need your help to assist our guests and create a welcoming environment for fellow UUs from around the state. Look over the available options, consider how you might want to be involved and please sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0849A4AB28A3FD0-2015. Thank you!

1U at Central Florida Earth Day

Come join the 1U Tent at Earth Day, Saturday, April 25, from 10:00am-6:00pm, at Lake Eola in Orlando. This is a HUGE event with over 15,000 attendees and over 200 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 staff our tent.  Contact Charlie Behrens via Volunteers@orlandouu.org.

1U Common Read in May

The last common read for this church year will be Class Lives: Stories across Our Economic Divide by Chuck Collins and Jennifer Ladd.  Books will be available on Sunday, with discussions on May 19 from 1:00-3:00pm and May 20 from 7:00-9:00pm. Charlotte Fleming and Sandy Cawthern will facilitate the discussions.

Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) – Save the Date: April 26

The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) is designed to help participants begin to understand what it can be like to live as a low-income family in the US. It is a two-hour simulation and debriefing that provides a brief glimpse into what it feels like to walk for a month in the shoes of families trying their best to just survive with incomes between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty level. Sign up at coffee hour, contact Sandy Cawthern, or email Volunteers@orlandouu.org and put COPE in the email subject line. Details in Plan Ahead.

 What will we DO during construction? A Program Perspective

Want to learn about what is in store for next year? Want to be part of creating it? How will Children’s Religious Education, Adult Programs, fellowship, affinity groups, and meeting space all be affected? How can we creatively manage this time of joyful chaos. We have IDEAS… and we want to share them with you… and we want your input. Join Rev. Kathy and others Saturday, May 31 for a morning full of possibilities. (Details in Plan Ahead section below) This is open to everyone, but leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Please email minister@orlandouu.org to RSVP or with questions.

Are You Welcoming? Extra Hands Needed!

Are you looking for an easy way to be of service at 1U? How about helping make members and guests feel welcome, as you were when you first attended? This is a perfect chance to “turn in the bib of being served for the apron of service,” as Rev. Kathy spoke of in a recent sermon. Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All the directions for each task are provided. Most Welcome Team members sign up to serve at one service a month. Consider being part of one of the most fun teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Share the Plate Update

Our Share-the-Plate collection for April will be donated to Shepherd’s Hope, an interfaith effort to deliver health care to the uninsured of Central Florida. Patients who are eligible for services through Shepherd’s Hope have income at or below 200% of the poverty level and are 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.

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 cfsolaradvocates@gmail.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.

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 17-19 – FL District Annual Assembly  

Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, will be our special guest at this year’s District Assembly, to be held at 1U. Volunteers are needed to help host the Assembly. Sometime during these 2 days, we need your help to assist our guests and create a welcoming environment for fellow UUs from around the state. Further assembly details here. Look over available options and consider how your time and talents might best fit via SignUpGenius (www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0849A4AB28A3FD0-2015).

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 1U Blueberry Festival, 8:30am-Noon, Gore Hall

All are welcome to this tasty 1U fellowship event! Tickets for the blueberry breakfast will be on sale after church services in Gore Hall or through the church office. Breakfast is $7 adults; $4 for children 12 and younger. We will also have: blueberries for sale (fresh-picked, organic, locally grown); blueberry plants for sale (grow your own!); plus, homemade blueberry baked goodies for sale.

Your ticket (or volunteer service) buys a blueberry pancake breakfast which will also include eggs, bacon and juice. Vegetarian and gluten free option available. We will have 2 primary breakfast service times: 8:30-9:20 am and 10:15-10:50 am. While breakfast will be available from 8:30 am-12 pm, we encourage you to plan on eating during one of the two service times, so that the men of 1U (our chefs and servers) can also attend a worship service. Contra dancing with caller Eric Harris and a band begins at noon – free to all.

VOLUNTEERS needed! This is an easy, fun morning, preparing awesome food for fabulous people! Join the Men of 1U for this creative and rewarding cooking opportunity. Check in with Dan Homblette if you want to be part of the team. Task assignments of many lengths will be available from 7:30am through 1:00pm.

April 20 – Parents of Adult Children Discussion Group Monthly Meeting, 7:00pm, Hiett Library

When our children become adults, we need to renegotiate your relationships. This can be tricky, especially in a world that offers many obstacles to economic stability for our young adults. This experimental group offers parents a place to reflect on our relationship with our now adult children and to support one another in ensuring ensure healthy and enriching relationships for all. Rev. Kathy facilitates on the third Monday of each month. All are welcome!

April 21 – Worship Planning Open Sessions, 7:15pm, Hiett Library

Rev. Kathy is seeking your input on worship. For the next several months, you are invited to join her on the third Tuesday of the month for conversation and planning. She will be in the Library to hear your ideas and chat about upcoming services. Whether you want to be actively involved or just want to be part of the creative process, you are welcome to join the conversation.

April 25 – 1U at Central Florida Earth Day, 10:00am-6:00pm, Lake Eola, Orlando

Come join the 1U Tent at Earth Day. This is a HUGE event with over 15,000 attendees and over 200 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 Volunteers@orlandouu.org.

April 26 – Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) – 1:30-4:00pm, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Apopka

The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) is designed to help participants begin to understand what it can be like to live as a low-income family in the US. It is a two-hour simulation and debriefing that provides a brief glimpse into what it feels like to walk for a month in the shoes of families trying their best to just survive with incomes between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty level. COPE is an invaluable experience for people who, instead of merely talking about poverty as a problem, choose to be part of the solution to end poverty. This training is appropriate for middle school age and older individuals. Sign up at coffee hour, contact Sandy Cawthern, or email Volunteers@orlandouu.org and put COPE in the email subject line. Car pool from 1U leaving promptly at 12:50 pm. Please bring a bag lunch and store it in the 1U second refrigerator for after the service.

 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.

May 19 1U Common Read, 1:00-3:00pm, location TBA

The last common read for this church year will be Class Lives: Stories across Our Economic Divide by Chuck Collins and Jennifer Ladd. Charlotte Fleming and Sandy Cawthern will facilitate the discussions.

May 20 1U Common Read, 7:00-9:00pm, location TBA

The last common read for this church year will be Class Lives: Stories across Our Economic Divide by Chuck Collins and Jennifer Ladd. Charlotte Fleming and Sandy Cawthern will facilitate the discussions.

May 24 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am-1:00pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many here in Central Florida in need. Please join us if you are able. You are truly giving the gift of life. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

May 30 What will we DO during construction? A Program Perspective, 9:30am, Hiett Library (Date correction from emailed version)

Want to learn about what is in store for next year? Want to be part of creating it? How will Children’s Religious Education, Adult Programs, fellowship, affinity groups, and meeting space all be affected? How can we creatively manage this time of joyful chaos? We have IDEAS…and we want to share them with you…and we want your input. Join Rev. Kathy and others for a morning full of possibilities. This is open to everyone, and leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Please email minister@orlandouu.org to RSVP or with questions.

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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 First Unitarian Church of Orlando  Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz
Phone: 407-898-3621 Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org
Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org Minister’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz
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