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Weekly Update 04/16/15

Weekly Update 04/16/15

Weekly Update-April 16, 2015                                                                                             

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News Flash!

Tickets go on sale this Sunday for the May 9 1U Spring Fling Concert at 8:00pm!

Don’t miss this exciting display of vocal talent in many permutations,

magnified by professional lighting and other special effects

Friday – April 17

FL District Annual Assembly

Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, is our special guest at this year’s District Assembly, as UUs from around the state gather at 1U. Further assembly details here.

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 – April 18

FL District Annual Assembly

Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, is our special guest as UUs from around the state gather with us.

Sunday – April 19

2nd Annual 1U Blueberry Festival – 8:30am-11:50am, Gore Hall

All are welcome to this tasty 1U fellowship event! Tickets for the blueberry breakfast will be on sale through the church office or at the door. 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- 11:50am, 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.

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

Building a New Way, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We welcome Unitarian Universalists from around Florida who have been with us for District Assembly. We explore the theme of the Assembly, “Building a New Way.”

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 K-1 along with their parents (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.
  • 11:15am-12:15pm Children Pre-school through High School will go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)

Looking ahead in Children’s RE

May 3 – Children’s  RE Worship Service: There will be a rehearsal at 9:30am in the Sanctuary for all children, then the Children will lead our worship service at 11:00am as we mark the end of our CRE program year.                                                                      

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: Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis. (Learn more)
  • 9:30am in EC Room 18: Francis Dávid Café, with Bob Leger. (Learn more)
  • 11:00am in the Library: Great Religious Books, with David Morris. (Learn more)

Chalice Choir Concert Tickets on Sale TODAY in Gore Hall      (Don’t miss this 1Upalooza!)

The Chalice Choir Spring Fling Concert comes Saturday, May 9, at 8:00pm in the Sanctuary. Under director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario, 1U vocalists will solo, duet, and perform in chorale hits from the past 3 years plus new tunes just for the occasion. Professional lights, sound and other F/X are being laid on, so don’t miss this vocal/visual extravaganza! Tickets are $5 each.

Pagan Movie Night – 6:30-8:30pm, Room 9

Bring your dinner and join us this month for “FairyTale: A True Story” (PG). After enduring family tragedies, young cousins Elsie and Frances spend time in rural Yorkshire, England, where they see fairies in a nearby meadow. They snap pictures of the fairies, which suddenly gain international notoriety. Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle announces he’s a believer. Magician Harry Houdini, however, is a skeptic. Both join a media circus to see if the pictures indeed are genuine and if fairies are real. All welcome to attend. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Monday – 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!

Tuesday – April 21

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Today the Alliance makes sandwiches for the homeless. Bring a bag lunch and join us.  As our income is likely to be less this year due to the construction and renovation, income from dues is especially important. 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.

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.

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.

Wednesday – April 22

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – April 23

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

1U Troops the Green at Central Florida Earth Day

Come join the 1U Tent at Earth Day. This is a HUGE event with over 15,000 attendees and over 225 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. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to come to Earth Day! Please sign up for an hour or two to help us cover our tent. You can sign up online by clicking this link, or contact Charlie Behrens via Volunteers@orlandouu.org.

OFFICIAL NOTICE: 1U Annual Congregational Meeting, May 17

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting at 12:15pm in Gore Hall. As is customary, 1U’s annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. Lunch will be provided at a small fee; childcare will be available. Details in Plan Ahead section.

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.

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. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Shepherd’s Hope cared for 21,000 uninsured and underinsured Central Floridians at its five clinic locations in 2014, yet still had to turn away 2,000 people due to lack of capacity. Shepherd’s Hope clinic visits have increased 22% since 2012, and they expect to staff 25,000 clinic visits by the end of 2015. A guest from Shepherd’s Hope will be joining us on April 26 to share more about their program.

 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 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 225 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. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to come to Earth Day! Please sign up for an hour or two to help us cover our tent. You can sign up online by clicking this link, or 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 – 1UPALOOZA! Chalice Choir Concert, 8:00pm, Sanctuary

Under director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario, 1U vocalists will solo, duet, and perform in chorale hits from the past 3 years plus new tunes just for the occasion. Professional lights, sound and other F/X are being laid on, so don’t miss this vocal/visual extravaganza! Tickets are $5 each.

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 17 – OFFICIAL NOTICE: 1U Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:15pm, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, 1U’s annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund. A link to the meeting packet will be made available soon. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote.

Lunch will be provided at a small fee. Childcare will be available.     

AGENDA

  • Call meeting to order
  • Brief review purpose of Endowment Fund Board and annual report
  • Treasurer’s Report and Update
  • Vote on new members
  • Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando
  • Opening words and chalice lighting
  • Approval of minutes from last Congregational Meeting
  • Year in Review
  • Proposed Budget
  • Vote for Board officers and Trustees, Nominating Committee members
  • Announcement of delegates to represent our congregation at General Assembly
  • Stewardship Report
  • Building the Dream – Campus Project
  • Recognition of outgoing elected leaders
  • Installation of incoming elected leaders
  • Closing, extinguishing the chalice

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

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 30: http://www.uua.org/ga/registration.


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