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Weekly Update 05/01/14

Weekly Update 05/01/14

Weekly Update-May 1, 2014

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Friday

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

Benefit for Ugandan LGBT rights – 6:30-8:30pm

It’s illegal to be gay in Uganda: has been since colonial times. This February, the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into law by the country’s President, leading to many citizens living in constant fear. In response, allies have been waging peaceful opposition to the legislation. For years, some has risked their lives to hold LGBT conferences and care for the children orphaned by AIDS.

We will hear from those on the front line about the current Uganda situation to help us understand how we can educate other Americans about this monstrous violation of human rights. All proceeds go to support the work of allies in this work. Cash bar & light refreshments; musical Entertainment by Welkin. Co-sponsored by Equality Florida, suggested donation: $5.00 for individuals, $10.00 for families of 2 or more.

Sunday

What’s Next for Florida? – 9:30am, Hiett Library

Review results of Florida Legislative session and discussion of local initiatives and Florida constitutional amendments on Fall ballot. Guest facilitator and analyst: Ann Hellmuth, former Orlando Sentinel deputy managing editor, former local League of Women Voters (LWV) president and current state LWV board member. Come contribute to the discussion or come to listen.

Worship Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary  (Summer Schedule begins: Single Service at 11:00am)

The Importance of Unitarian Universalism, Rev. Mark Kiyimba, Guest Minister

Rev. Mark Kiyimba of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda visits with us.

Sunday – continued

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am – 12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 5)

9:30am – 10:30am Childcare During Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

10:45am – 12:15pm High School OWL

11:15am – 12:15pm Last Day of RE The children will practice for the upcoming RE Service

12:15pm – Party in the RE courtyard Join us for food and fun!

Bring a side or dessert to share and join us for a Children’s RE picnic in the Enrichment Center courtyard. This is an opportunity to celebrate the end of another year of Children’s RE and socialize with families with children in the program. Some friends from the New Image Youth Center will also be joining us!
Please R.S.V.P. to childrenre@orlandouu.org so that we may have a sense of how many plan to attend.

Looking Ahead in Children’s Religious Education:

May 11 – Mother’s Day – no children’s RE. Toddler nursery will be open and there will be Childcare During Worship

May 18 Children’s Service 11:00

  • 9:30am – rehearsal for Children’s Service: all participating children please meet in the Sanctuary
  • 11:00am – Children’s Service: worship to be led by the children and teachers of 1U Children’s RE Program

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 – What’s Next Florida: Discuss issues that relate to our values, led by Social Justice and League of Women Voters.

9:30am in EC Room 18 – Meditation:  led by Bob Leger.

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Education

May 11 – 9:30am in the Library: 1U Budget Forum – Questions and answers about the church operating budget

9:30am in EC Room 18: Movie Time film for discussion is “Noah.”

 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.

Monday

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!

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

Alliance Members will be hard at work maintaining the Bazaar.

Social Justice Common Read – 1:30pm, Hiett Library

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!  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!

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.

Life with God (No Session tonight)

There is no Life with God gathering in May but we will gather again in June. Tonight, please consider joining us for the Religion 201 Session at the Maitland Library.

 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.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Energy Medicine Study Group – 7:15pm, Assembly Room

Learn techniques to keep you happy and healthy in this study group based on Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine practices, led by Patrice McFadin. The book will be available for purchase at each class at cost ($17.95). Meeting the first Tuesday each month, class includes a daily energy routine and much more until 9:00pm. Drop in or attend them all. More information at Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org; please write “Energy Medicine” in the subject field. Free & open to everyone.

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

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.

Share the Plate Update

We collected $1,017.02 on Sunday, April 27, for Shepherd’s Hope. Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be Sunday, May 18, when our beneficiary for Children’s Religious Education Sunday will be New Image Youth Center (NIYC). The mission of NIYC is to help inner city children in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando obtain a “new image” by building strong character and life values through positive, motivating, and exciting learning experiences.

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/(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

Summer Worship: Single Service Schedule Begins!

Our Sunday mornings move to their summer schedule!  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 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 9 – 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 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.


Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one, notes author and spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson.

May the transformative power held in our knowing hearts lift us, strengthen us, inform us, remind us of all that is good and true, and bring us to–and over–the edge of courage.

From Waking Up In Austin, April 27, 2014 sermon by Worship Associate Rachel Gardiner

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