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Weekly Update 04/30/14

Weekly Update 04/30/14

Weekly Update-April 30, 2015


To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement (in Arial 9 pt font if possible) to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.

Temporary Alternate 1U Web Site:  http://1uweb.wordpress.com

News Flash!

Get Your Spring Sing Tickets Now!

This Chalice Choir Choral Celebration will be a vocal & visual extravaganza! Reception with hors d’oeuvres follows.

Tickets are $5 each, proceeds benefit the Build the Dream capital campaign. Invite your friends & make it a date!

Friday – May 1

Mystic Grove BYO Craft Circle – 6:30-8:30, EC Room 9          

Join us with your craft or help us prepare the Maypole while enjoying conversation. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – May 2

Mystic Grove Beltane Celebration – 7:00-9:00pm, Gore Hall

Come as you are or dressed in red as we celebrate the start of the summer season. Ritual s at 7:00pm so come a bit early to set up your potluck offering. The Potluck will be at 8:00. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – May 3

Operating Budget Discussion – 9:30-10:30am, EC Room 9

There will be a forum to discuss the operating budget for the Fiscal Year 2016 [July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016]. A link to the FY2016 budget summary may be found here  and the operating budget is here. If you have any questions about this coming year’s budget, please drop by and see us!

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary (Summer Schedule: One service)

It takes a Village, Children’s Religious Education Program

Join us in celebrating the end of the Children’s Religious Education Year.  The ChaliceChoir will perform.

Today, our Share-the-Plate collection will be donated to New Image Youth Center. Founded by Shanta Barton-Stubbs in 2004 as a small summer program, NIYC has expanded to offer after-school tutoring and community programs and activities to youth in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando year-round.

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 Rehearsal for Children’s RE Service in the Sanctuary (all children ages Preschool to High School)

11:00am-11:00am Children to lead a special Worship service (Sanctuary)                                                              

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: Solar Coops – An Introduction, with Dan Homblette and Mary Diboye. (Learn more)

Chalice Choir Spring Sing Tickets on Sale in Gore Hall (100+ attendees wanted to show the love for our Choir)

The Chalice Choir Spring Sing 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, and proceeds benefit the Capital Campaign Building Fund. To request a flier you can email to friends or post to social media, please email EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org.

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting 12:30-1:30, EC Room 9

All are welcome as we plan our next classes, rituals, craft circles and more. Lunch out at a nearby restaurant for those who wish to enjoy fellowship.

Monday – May 4

VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!

Tuesday – May 5

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Today the Alliance Board meets in the Hiett Library before the meeting at large. Note: 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.

Wednesday – May 6

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – May 7

RUUM – 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men [RUUM] for conversation and planning activities for May and June. For information contact 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

Summer Schedule now in Effect

Effective this Sunday, May 3, we are on Summer Schedule, which will continue through Sunday, September 13. During the summer we have a single Worship Service at 11:00am each Sunday. There is a single Adult Religious Education offering in the Library at 9:30am. The Nursery is open all morning with the older children welcome during the 9:30 hour if their parents are attending the adult program. Older children begin the 11:00 hour in the sanctuary with their families and then, unless it is an intergenerational service, have the option of going to supervised activities after Words for All Ages. Intergenerational services are planned for June 14 (Flower Communion) and September 13 (Water Communion).

Building the Dream Capital Campaign Challenge Grants

We have seen a great response to our three Challenge Grants. We now have $14,850 in increased or new pledges.  Remember, if we can get to $30,000, we will get another $30,000 from these challenge grants—and we will exceed our goal of $1.2 Million in pledges!

In addition, we have three unique opportunities to help raise money for the building and also help ourselves:

  • SPRING SING CONCERT: On Saturday, May 9 at 8:00pm the 1U Chalice Choir is offering a special concert in the Sanctuary. The cost is $5 and all proceeds will be donated to the Building the Dream campaign. Details in Plan Ahead.
  • ARTWORK:  Dawn Wicklow is donating 50% of sales of any of her artwork bought by members by June 1. There are three paintings on exhibit & for sale in Gore Hall and the Sanctuary. To buy contact Dawn at facebook.com/joyofdawn.
  • JEWLERY:  Patrice McFadin is contributing all profits from any sales from her Origami jewelry business to the Building the Dream campaign until May 25. That is 30-50% of every sale. Order at patrice.origamiowl.com and enter jewelry bar code 45286 at checkout.

Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting last Sunday to hear about how we are pausing in order to make the finances work. Your committee is hard at work to give us a campus that we’ll love and that we can afford. Your understanding and support are very much appreciated.

Second Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show (Deadline to submit photos: May 8)

Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon on Friday, May 8. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include her name, date birth and, if relevant, death. Be sure to include how you would like them to be listed. “Alternative” mothers and like-a-mothers are welcome but be sure to indicate how you would like them listed as well. Examples: “Doris Jones (1936- ), like a mother to me, Sylvia Brown.” “Rita LeBlanc (1920-1998), My Mom, Julianne LeBlanc.” If you submitted a “Mom” photo last year it will be used this year unless we hear from you.

Dinner with Friends Coming May 23            

Group dinners will be held May 23 at the homes of various members and friends. Each person brings a different part of the meal. Forms will be available in the next several orders of service and Gore Hall. For more information email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Minister’s Summer Schedule

In addition to regular travels for General Assembly and vacation, Rev. Kathy is planning to take a month of sabbatical time this summer. Although details are still being worked out she expects to be away from the congregation from June 17 through mind-August. Excellent coverage for worship and pastoral care will be in place.  Planning for next year’s programs is already underway.

Blood Supply Crisis – You Can Help on May 31

The blood supply has recently reached critical levels with less than a 2 day supply of certain types… Please join us at our drive on May 31! Details in Plan Ahead. All donors receive a FREE Tshirt! We thank you in advance on behalf of the ill and injured patients in our hospitals. Remember to eat and drink prior to attending! Walk-ins welcome.

More District Assembly Photos

Three more photo galleries have been added from District Assembly, including workshops and attendee pix: http://orlandouu.smugmug.com/share/DA2015.

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.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources    

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.

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.

Board Minutes Available

Approved Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes are available to members on the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT Minutes area, then scroll to the month you’re interested in. Minutes through April 2015 are now available.

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

May 8 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.

May 9 – Spring Sing! Chalice Choir Choral Celebration, 8:00pm, Sanctuary

Under director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario, 1U vocalists will perform anthems from services over the last 3 years plus older favorites and 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, proceeds benefit the Build the Dream capital campaign. Invite your friends & make it a date!

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 15 – Mystic Grove Teaching Craft Circle, 6:30-8:30pm, EC Room 9

Join us as we learn to make honey meade! $5 donation welcome to cover supplies. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

May 16 – Solar Co-op Information Meeting, 9:00-11:30am, Gore Hall

Solar energy is free and plentiful but the cost and effort of PV solar panel systems can be challenging. Now solar co-ops provide a solution by bringing homeowners together to take the journey as a group and negotiate a volume discount. To learn more, attend this meeting. Note: this first co-op is open to homeowners with single family homes in the city of either Orlando or Winter Park but everyone is welcome to attend. Email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com to register for the meeting. For more information, email or talk with Mary Dipboye, Dan Homblette, Joan Erwin, Jim Erwin or Michael Cohen.

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. A copy of the Board-approved 1U Operating Budget & Summary as well as the Endowment Board Annual Report can be found here. Lunch will be provided at a small fee. Childcare will be available.      


Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund

  • Call Endowment Annual Meeting to order
  • Endowment Annual Report
  • Caroline Gore Legacy Society
  • Vote on new trustees

Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando

  • Call 1U Annual Meeting to Order
  • 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 17 Pagan Movie Night, 6:30-8:30pm, EC Room 9

Join us in as we watch “Sleepy Hollow.”  In 1799, New York City police constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is facing imprisonment for going against traditional methods and favoring forensic investigation techniques such as finger-printing and autopsies not considered to be orthodox at that time. He is sent from New York City to investigate a series of murders in the village of Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

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 31 – 1U Blood Drive, 10:00am-12:30pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot   (Note the date & times change!)

Our schedule for blood drives has slightly changed, due to low donor turnout. Let’s do all we can to donate, or find a friend to bring that can give! Thank you for your willingness to give. Each unit can save up to 3 livesright here in the Orlando area. Questions:  blooddrive@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, including next year’s intern, 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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