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Weekly Update 05/14/15

Weekly Update 05/14/15

Weekly Update-May 14, 2015                                                                                              


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

News Flash!

                                Meet Saturday 9:00am for Info on Solar Systems & Discounts!

Solar energy is free and plentiful but the cost and effort of solar panel systems can be challenging.

Solar co-ops provide a solution. Learn more at this meeting in the Sanctuary.


Annual Congregational & Endowment Fund Meeting Sunday 12:15pm

Childcare and lunch available

Friday – 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.

Saturday – May 16

Solar Co-op Information Meeting – 9:00-11:30am, Sanctuary

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.

Sunday – May 17

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary   (Summer Schedule: One service thru 9/13/15)

Hope & Courage, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Hope & Courage are two of the gifts that Liberal Religion offers the world. There are others. Which ones would you name?  The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years. (EC Room 14)

9:30am-10:30am Childcare During RE (Join younger children in Room 14)

11:00am-11:15am Children begin in Worship (Sanctuary)

11:15am-12:15pm Childcare During Worship for children ages 4-14 (EC Assembly Room)                                                              

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

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!)

9:30am in the Library: Film & Discussion: Band of Brothers with Bob Leger (learn more)

Full schedule at http://1uweb.wordpress.com under the Learning tab.

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. More information here. 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.        

Vote to Change 1U Endowment Tax Status

Members will be asked to vote on an amendment to the 1U Endowment Fund’s Articles of Incorporation in order to change its tax exemption from IRS 501(c)(2) to the more common 501(c) (3). The change will be fully explained at the meeting. If you would like to review the details now, our attorney’s recommendation letter with the proposed (amended) Article II, and the existing “Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws” from 1968 are located here. (You do not need an account to read them.)

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.

Monday – May 18

Parents of Adult Children 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 group offers parents a place to reflect on relationships 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 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Library. All are welcome!

Tuesday – May 19

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Join us to make sandwiches for the homeless! Please consider membership in the Alliance. Individuals join for $15 per year beginning in JUNE. Couples join for $25. Membership entitles you to vote on all Alliance matters, including where our money is spent.

1U Common Read 1:00-3:00pm, Hiett Library

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.

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. You are invited to join her on the third Tuesday of the month for conversation and planning. She will be in the Library starting at 7:15 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 – May 20

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

1U Common Read 7:00-9:00pm, Hiett Library

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.

Thursday – May 21

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

Second Annual Father’s Day Slide Show    (Deadline June 16, noon)

Want to include your dad in our Father’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon on Tuesday, June 16. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include his name, year of birth and, if relevant, death. Be sure to include how you would like to be listed. “Alternative” fathers and like-a-fathers are welcome but be sure to indicate how you would like them listed. Examples: “Dan Jones (1936- ), like a father to me, Sylvia Brown.” “Joe LeBlanc (1920-1998), My Dad, Julio LeBlanc.” Photos submitted last year will be used this year unless we hear from you.

Spring Sing Adds $1,065 to Build the Dream—With Thanks!

The Chalice Choir thanks all who came to the May 9 concert! It was wonderful to see so many people in the pews and to spend time together making music. Through sales of tickets, beverages, and generous donations, the Spring Sing raised $1065.28 for the Capital Campaign…and that amount will be matched so $2130.56 is now going toward building the dream! The choir also thanks all the volunteers who helped prepare for the concert, usher, work the bar, and participate in making it a wonderful evening! Photos of the event can be found here.

Building the Dream Capital Campaign Challenge Grants

Response is slowing  to our three Challenge Grants, with increased or new pledges now standing at only $19,374. 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! We have two ongoing opportunities to help raise money for the building and also help ourselves:

  • 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.

 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. She expects to be away from the congregation from June 17-August 14 (inclusive). Time away will include cross country train travel, time with grandchildren, a visit to New England, some puttering, some organizing, and some rest. Excellent coverage for worship and pastoral care is 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 T-shirt! 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.

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.

Plan Ahead

May 23 Dinner with Friends, 6:00pm-ish, homes of 1U members & friends.

For these group dinners, each person brings a different part of the meal. Forms will be available in the orders of service and Gore Hall. For more information email dinnerwithfriends@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.

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 31 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:15pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend this one-hour Meet and Greet.

June 6  Second Harvest Food Sorting & Packing Project, 1:00-4:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando

Must wear closed toed shoes. Students over the age of 10 may attend with parent or guardian. Short training occurs before each session, so please join us at any time! Willingness to enjoy yourself and recognize the good you are doing are the only other requirements. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

June 24-28 – UUA General Assembly, Portland, Oregon

Registration: $350 for adults, $205 for youth (grades 9-12) at http://www.uua.org/ga/registration.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

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.

1st Sunday of the Month Fellowship

1U  members and friends 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. If you are interested in learning more or to find a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

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.

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/

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Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com