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Weekly Update 04/17/14

Weekly Update 04/17/14

Weekly Update-April 17, 2014

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Friday

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!  For more information, email or call Harriett Smithson.

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

1U Tent #15 at Earth Day – Lake Eola, 10:00am

Come join 1U for Earth Day. This is a HUGE event with over 15,000 attendees and exhibitors from all over Central Florida. 1U ‘s tent #15 is 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.  In the next tent, 1U is sponsoring the Farmworker Association of Florida. Be sure to say hi and check out their display when you stop by 1U’s.

Sunday

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

Easter Sunday, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

A “traditional” service at 9:30am is followed by an intergenerational service at 11:00. Both services feature musical offerings from the Chalice Choir, Welkin, and musical guest Kiya Heartwood.

Children’s Religious Education

  • 9:15am – 12:15pm   Nursery (EC Room 5)
  • 9:30am – 10:30am   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!
  • 9:30am   NO Childcare During Worship
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm   NO Children’s RE, All are invited to the Intergenerational Worship Service

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions is here. 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 – Francis David Café: free flowing question and answer session led by Bob Ledger.
  • NO 11:00am Adult R.E. Because of the Intergenerational Easter service.

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Education:

  • The last RUUM Storytelling session for the program year will be on April 27 at 11:00am.
  • Learn about legislative issues at 9:3am on May 4.
  • The Movie Time film for discussion May 11 is “Noah.”

Sunday (continued)

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance is looking forward to hearing Karina Veaudry speak to us on Earth Day regarding “The Importance of Using Native Plants in Our Community.” Alliance meets at 10:30am, eats at 12 noon and Karina will have the floor at 12:30pm.  Be sure to come hear Karina, who is an authority on native plants and the ecological needs of our planet.

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.

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.

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

Blueberry Fest Appreciations

The 1U Blueberry Festival was a wonderful and enjoyable fellowship event!  Many thanks to the men of 1U for a great breakfast!  The event could not have happened without our 1U men cooking, serving, setting-up and cleaning-up.  And, many thanks also to all our many volunteers – blueberry pickers, sales, bakers, last minute food shoppers, our 2 blueberry-ettes (Julia & Kaylee, 2 of our RE children in blueberry costumes who helped with the baked goods sales and general merry-making), our blueberry costume maker, set-up and clean-up volunteers. Thank you to everyone who
participated and helped make the event a success. We had gross income of $1,101.52, expenses of $561.58, for a net income of $539.94 – all of which goes to 1U’s general fund.  We consumed 8.5 gallons of blueberries (in pancakes, in
baked goods, and sold fresh in pints)!

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 Sunday, April 27, when our beneficiary will be Shepherd’s Hope. Shepherd’s Hope operates four medical clinics in the Central Florida area for low-income and/or uninsured people. While each clinic has a paid health center manager, all doctors, nurses and other workers are unpaid. Shepherd’s Hope also saves money on rent, since each of their locations serves some other function during the day. Shepherd’s Hope welcomes additional volunteers, especially medical volunteers, since the more volunteers they can recruit, the more patients they can serve.

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 25-26 – Florida UU District Assembly, Vero Beach 

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. Official 1U delegates will be Joan Erwin, John & Martha Hartgering, Kathy & Dan Homblette, and Rev. Kathy. Rachel Gardiner will also attend. For the first time ever, 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 – What’s Next for Florida? 9:30am, Hiett Library

The UU Justice Florida (UUJF) board hosts a discussion of local initiatives, new state legislation and proposed Florida constitutional amendments. Ann Hellmuth, former Orlando Sentinel editor, former local League of Women Voters (LWV) president and current state LWV board member will be our guest resource person. Martha Hartgering of the UUJF board and involved 1U members will share and invite insights and concerns.

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 – Spring Common Read, 1:30pm, Hiett Library

We have a new Spring common read in the works:  Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman. It is an expose of the way people are exploited in the restaurant industry, and how that negatively impacts both them and us! There are 6 copies of the book remaining to be checked out, or buy one from our bookstore or on Amazon.  A second discussion date is May 12 from 7:00-9:00 in the Assembly Room.  Discussion sessions will be led by Sandy Cawthern and Charlotte Fleming.  Hope to see you there.

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

Join others from 1U until 8:30pmfor 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 12 – Spring Common Read, 7:00pm, Assembly Room

Behind the Kitchen Door, by Saru Jayaraman, is an expose of the way people are exploited in the restaurant industry, and how that negatively impacts both them and us! There are 6 copies of the book remaining to be checked out, or buy one from our bookstore or on Amazon. Discussion will be led by Sandy Cawthern and Charlotte Fleming.

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.

June 25-29 – General Assembly (GA) 2014, Providence, RI

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.


Our progressive religion has always been about taking the lead, being on the cutting edge of loving the earth and imagining the fullness of life…of making each community member and the world a better place. 

If our Universalist past saved souls…

If our Unitarian Universalist present LGBTQ advocacy saves lives…

I might be so bold as to say our campus leadership in sustainability might save the world.

By being early adopters and sustainability advocates, we can set an example that not only transforms the future of our campus, but shifts the tone of environmental discussion in society. That is a goal we dearly desire, and can reach.

But what then?

I think…in 25 years or so…we will want to let go of our claim to that “old” uniqueness, and move forward to another trail we can blaze.

From The Gifts of Nature, April 13, 2014 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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