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Weekly Update 04/10/14

Weekly Update 04/10/14

Weekly Update-April 10, 2014

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Friday

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.

UU of Lake County Peter Seeger Tribute, State Theater, Eustis

A tribute to the late folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger, benefitting Hearts and Hands Ministries, will be held at the State Theater, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis. The concert, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County, will feature musicians and groups performing Seeger songs such as “If I Had a Hammer,” ” We Shall Overcome” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Seeger died in January at age 94. Hearts and Hands was selected as a beneficiary because of its ongoing food distribution to more than 600 needy families. Tickets are $15 and are available in Eustis at the box office.

Saturday

Campus Tenders Workday, 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot

This will be our last monthly Campus Tenders day. Campus Tenders volunteer work days to beautify the campus and do light repairs and maintenance will be scheduled on a quarterly basis now instead of monthly. Today we will be planting new landscape plants by the Hampton Entrance /Office area. Please bring gardening gloves, trowels if you have them and some water. At approximately 11:30am, we’ll enjoy a social snack time.  All are welcome to join us!

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.

1U Social Justice Movies: “Water’s Journey: The Hidden Rivers of Florida”– 6:30pm, Hiett Library

Free film and discussion facilitated by Chuck O’Neal. You often hear people talk about an aquifer, but have you been there? Watch Water’s Journey!  All are welcome.

Sunday

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. The proposals are available 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 remember we’re not discussing the details of any proposed plan, but whether we are interested in the ARCHITECTS that proposed them. For questions contact Christine Haskins at BldgCommunications@OrlandoUU.org.

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

The Gifts of Nature, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

The berries we enjoy as part of today’s Blueberry Festival are among the many gifts that nature offers us. With Earth Day just around the corner, we pause to remember and celebrate these gifts.   The Chalice Choir 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)
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm  Children’s RE  (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 – Spiritual Literacy, led by Charles Davis.
  • 9:30am in EC Room 18 – Everyday Spiritual Practice: “Everyday Relationships,” led by Mary Ann Horne cancelled
  • NO 11:00am Adult R.E.

Plan Ahead: Next Sunday (4/20):Francis David Café at 9:30 in the Library; No Adult R.E. at 11 because of the Intergenerational Easter Service. On May 11, the Movie Time film for discussion is “Noah.”

1U Blueberry Festival! – 9:00am, Gore Hall     (primarybreakfast service times:  8:50-9:20am and 10:15-10:50am)

The 1st annual First Unitarian Church Blueberry Festival takes place until 12:00noon. For $6.00, you will receive 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:  8:50-9:20am and 10:15-10:50am.  While breakfast will be available from 9am to 12noon, 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. Baked Goods, blueberry plants and fresh-picked organic blueberries will also be on sale. Please join us for this 1U fellowship event!

Monday

Tuesday

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance will hear from Joan Erwin, representative from the 1U Endowment board, as a special guest speaker. Other Endowment Board members may attend as well. In a Q & A format, the Alliance will serve as a Focus Group for a new endeavor the E-board is considering.  Joan Erwin and other board members will have the questions and the Alliance will have answers and opinions.

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.

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.

Wednesday

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday

 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.

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. Shepherd’s Hope provides to low-income and uninsured people the kind of health care services you would expect to receive in a family practice setting. Founded in 1996, Shepherd’s Hope operates four medical clinics in the Central Florida area. Each Shepherd’s Hope Health Center is the result of a partnership between a faith community, school or facility partner, and hospital. Volunteer doctors, nurses and other lay volunteers regularly staff each health center, which typically are open several evenings each week.

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:

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

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 22 – Religion 201 “Prep Session,” 7:15pm, Community Room  (Note different week of the month.)

Until 8:30pm, help Rev. Kathy prepare to represent Unitarian Universalism as part of an upcoming interfaith panel which will also include representatives of Judaism and Buddhism. The questions to be addressed this month are What Do Other Faiths Have to Teach You? As we travel through life, we encounter individuals, families, communities and even nations that have practices and characteristics we particularly admire. What values and practices do you see in other faith traditions that you admire and would like to see emphasized more in your own?  All are welcome to come consider these questions from a UU perspective. The panel event takes place on May 6. More info: minister@orlandouu.org.

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. 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. The Annual Choral Festival scheduled at this time has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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 6 – Religion 201, 7:00pm, Maitland Public Library (Note venue change)

Join others from 1U until 8:30pm for the final event in this series. Rev. Kathy, representing Unitarian Universalism, joins representatives of Judaism and Buddhism on an interfaith panel to discuss What Do Other Faiths Have to Teach You? As we travel through life, we encounter individuals, families, communities and even nations that have practices and characteristics we particularly admire. What values and practices do you see in other faith traditions that you admire and would like to see emphasized more in your own? This program is cosponsored by the Holocaust Center of Florida and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. To carpool to the event, meet in the 1U parking lot by 6:20pm. More info: minister@orlandouu.org.

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.                

What happens when a new understanding means there is no way to return to business as usual? That kind of transformation takes us out of our culture, our context, our place of comfort, out of everything that we thought we knew.

As a liberal religious tradition, UU is particularly well suited to provide the preparation, the opportunity, and the support for transformations.

We haven’t traditionally thought of ourselves this way. Perhaps because we value reason, we don’t want an emotional upheaval. But this is an opportunity I wish to develop with this community, so that this will truly be a congregation that changes lives…and transforms the world.

Our values provide us with the openness and help us create the opportunities, through classes, covenant groups, outings and more. What else will it take for 1U to be transformative?

From No Going Back, April 6, 2014 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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