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Weekly Update 04/24/14

Weekly Update 04/24/14

Weekly Update-April 24, 2014

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Friday

Florida UU District Assembly, Vero Beach 

Details and registration information are here.  Anyone is welcome to attend. Official 1U delegates are Joan Erwin, John & Martha Hartgering, Kathy & Dan Homblette, and Rev. Kathy. For the first time ever, the other 3 Southern Region Districts will be having their Assemblies at the same time so some programming can be shared through live streaming.

Saturday

Florida UU District Assembly, Vero Beach 

Details and registration information are here.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Sunday

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

Waking Up In Austin, Rachel Gardiner, Worship Associate

Why, when & where does transformation happen? Once we’ve had an “Ah Ha!” moment, how do we hang on to it, and can we share it with others?

Note: Summer single service schedule begins next week! Details are in Plan Ahead section below.

Today’s Share the Plate beneficiary will be Shepherd’s Hope. Shepherd’s Hope provides health care to uninsured, low-income people in Orlando and the surrounding area through partnerships between faith communities, schools and/or facility partners, and hospitals. Shepherd’s Hope’s newest health center, opened in 2013, is at Vista Clinical Diagnostics in Ocoee—a for-profit medical lab that is donating its facility to Shepherd’s Hope three nights a week. Please give generously to support a true community-wide effort to care for local residents in need.

Sunday – continued

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am – 12:15pm   Nursery (EC Room 5)

9:30am   Childcare During Worship

11:15am – 12:15pm   Children’s RE

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 – Shepherd’s Hope, led by Social Justice Team.

9:30am in EC Room 18 — Buddhism 101, led by Bob Leger (final session for the program year).

11:00am in the Library — True Stories: Storytelling for All Adults, led by RUUM (final session for the program year).

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Edcuation

May 4: What’s Next for Florida? A discussion of legislative issues with the League of Women Voters, at 9:30am in the Library; Meditation at 9:30am in Room 18.

May 11: The Movie Time film for discussion is “Noah.”

Sunday – continued

Carpools & Planning for SUUSI, 12:15pm, Gore Hall Foyer

Going to SUUSI this year? Registration is open!  All SUUSITES:  Let’s meet in the Gore Hall foyer to plan carpools….roommates…..staying over on Sat…..etc. Find Bob Leger.

Monday

Tuesday

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Today includes a joint meeting between the outgoing and the incoming Alliance board members. Additionally this is the day of the Alliance annual business meeting where elections are held for officers for the coming year, the annual budget is presented, and the work of the year just past is reviewed. Please note: there will be no pot luck luncheon today.

The Alliance fiscal year begins May 1. The membership voted to raise our yearly dues from $10.00 to $15.00 per member, $25.00 per couple. If you wish to contribute more, we accept with gratitude. Besides supporting our 2 churches, we gave $9000 to community charities last year. Although we may never “see” you on Tuesdays, we are appreciative and proud of your support. Any Alliance member will take your check payable to the Alliance.

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.

Wednesday

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday

RUUM – 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) for conversation and planning for our May evening at the Orlando Fringe Festival. For information, contact Mike Haddad or Bob Leger, RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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

Annual Congregational Meeting May 18

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting on May 18, at 12:15pm in Gore Hall. Friends, supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. Please read the meeting information packet atthis link, as several items will be voted upon. Please also note that additional information has been added to the Annual Meeting packet that was emailed to the congregation on Tuesday afternoon. Those additions are:  the inclusion of the motion regarding the 1U campus renovation, the minutes from the March 2014 Congregational Meeting, as well as the agenda and annual report from 1U’s Endowment Board.  If you cannot open the meeting packet .pdf file, please contact the church office.

Two Budget Forums are being offered in advance of the Annual Meeting for all who may have questions about the proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). The budget forums will be held on May 4 at 12:15pm, and on May 11 at 9:30am,both in the Hiett Library.Details can be found in the following Plan Ahead section. The proposed budget is included in the meeting packet at this link.

Blood Donor Appreciation!

Thank you so much to all who came to give blood at First U on 4/6. Those gifts can save up to 36 lives of Central Floridians.  I hope you will join us again June 15.

Mother’s Day Service to Feature a Mom Slide Show

Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon on May 9. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include her name, date of birth and, if relevant, death. Be sure to include how you would like to be listed. “Alternative” mothers and like-a-mothers are welcome but be sure to indicate how you would like them listed. Examples: “Doris Jones (1936- ), like a mother to me, Sylvia Brown.” “Rita LeBlanc (1920-1998), My Mom, Julianne LeBlanc.”

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.

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

May 3 – Benefit for Ugandan LGBT rights in at 1U, 6:30pm

Co-sponsored by Equality Florida, a guest from the frontlines of the Ugandan  struggle will speak until 8:30pm about the current situation in Uganda and help us to understand how we can educate other Americans about this monstrous violation of human rights. All proceeds will go to allies in the struggle. Find more event information here.

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: Single Service Schedule Begins!

Our Sunday mornings move to their summer schedule!  Starting May 4 through September 8 (Water Communion), we will have a single worship service each Sunday morning at 11:00 am.

Throughout the summer, Adult Education offerings are available at 9:30 am. Childcare for children five and over is available each Sunday at 9:30 & 11:00am, except when there are intergenerational services which include the children. Nursery Care (ages 9 month – 4 years) is available all morning each Sunday.

Exceptions of Note:

  • May 4 – Our final children’s classes of the year include class parties and final preparation for the Children’s Religious Education service (5/18).
  • May 18 – Children will rehearse at 9:30am for the 11:00am Children’s Religious Education service which celebrates the end of their program year.
  • May 25 – Our worship service features a guest girls’ choir. Children are encouraged to attend to experience the gifts of this elite group.
  • June 1 – Our worship service is presented by the young people in our Coming of Age program. Other children, as well as adults, are encouraged to attend to hear the wisdom of these young people as they take an important step in their spiritual journeys.
  • June 8 – Our worship service includes our yearend Flower Communion as well as a Child Dedication Ceremony.

May 4 – Ugandan LGBT rights in at 1U, 11:00am, Sanctuary

Visiting Ugandan Unitarian Universalist Minister.

May 4 – 1U Budget Forum, 12:15pm, Hiett Library

The first of two budget forums offered for all those who may have questions about the proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). The forum lasts until 1:30pm. The next forum is May 11 at 9:30am.

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. 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 11 – 9:30am, Hiett Library

The last of two budget forums offered for all those who may have questions about the proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015).

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.

May 18 – Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:15pm, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting. Please read the meeting information packet atthis link, as several items will be voted upon. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote.

Agenda:

• Opening words and chalice lighting
• Approval of minutes from last year’s Annual Meeting
• Year in Review
• Campus Planning Process
• Stewardship Report
• Proposed Budget
• Vote for Board officers and Trustees, Nominating Committee members
• Announcement of delegates to represent our congregation at GA
• Recognition of outgoing elected leaders
• Installation of incoming elected leaders
• Closing, extinguishing the chalice

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.


In the Gospel account of the first Easter, the disciples of Jesus discover an empty tomb. In a confusing encounter, they are greeted by a man in white robes, or is it two men, or is it an angel? Though the words spoken as well as the response vary, depending on which account you look to, it is the case that the disciples receive a message.  An angel is, after all, a messenger, a bringer of news.

The news? There is no need to be afraid. There is more to know and more to understand. 

The question isn’t whether you believe in the resurrection. The question is: can you let this ancient story speak to you? Of human needs that transcend time and space…and… when you encounter another – who may find a different understanding – are you open to appreciating something new, if not about the story, then about the person who stands before you. Are you afraid? Or are you open to the gift of human difference?

When we encounter the unexpected, when we are confused, it is easy to be afraid. It is the death of our understanding. Our worldview has become unglued. We are untethered.

It would be easy to despair. But what if, instead, we allowed ourselves to be filled with hope? What if we allow ourselves to believe that on the other side of confusion, the other side of being lost, we will come to new understanding, new connection, new life?

From Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz


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