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Weekly Update 05/15/14

Weekly Update 05/15/14

Weekly Update-May 15, 2014


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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.


1U Social Justice Movies – ” Immigration: The ‘Unpardonable Sin,” 6:30pm, Hiett Library

The 1U Social Justice Film series continues with a 2013 documentary that gives perspectives of many “regular Americans” on the undocumented immigrant debate. Director Andrew Mwangi explores pathways to comprehensive immigration reform without added media hysteria and political polarization. Community resource guest is attorney Rana Tiwari. All are welcome. For more information, contact Mary Dipboye or Joan Erwin.

Sunday – May 18

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

Religious Education Sunday

Our intergenerational worship is led by the children and adults of the Children’s Religious Education program as they celebrate the end of their program year and prepare for summer break.

Children will gather in the sanctuary at 9:30am for a final rehearsal.

Our Share the Plate beneficiary today is New Image Youth Center (NIYC). NIYC is an after school program and summer camp for youth in grades K-12 in the Parramore community of downtown Orlando. Through tutoring, educational activities, emotional support, and counseling, NIYC shelters children from drugs, gangs, and negative influences. Please support NIYC’s mission–helping at-risk kids dream big.

Sunday – May 18 (continued)

Children’s Religious Education

  • 9:15am – 12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 5)
  • 9:30am – 10:30am CRE Rehearsal
  • 9:30am & 11:00am No Childcare during Worship
  • 11:00am Worship (Intergenerational Religious Education Service)

Looking Ahead in Children’s Religious Education:

With today’s service we end the formal year for our Children’s Religious Education Program. The new program year begins in September. The next three weeks we have intergenerational service, which families are encouraged to enjoy together. Throughout the summer there is Nursery and Childcare every week.

Sunday – May 18 (continued)

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the LibraryFrancis David Café: Question and answer session with fellow UUs, led by Bob Leger.

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Education

  • May 25 – revisit the Cosmos. The Movie Time discussion for June will be “Million Dollar Arm.”

Sunday – May 18 (continued)

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.

Please read the meeting information packet for 1U’s Annual Meeting at this link, as several items will be voted upon, including a recommendation to go forward with our campus renovation and a Capital Campaign with KTH Architects in a Design-Build model.

Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend the annual meeting, although only active members may vote.

Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund, Inc.

  • Call meeting to order
  • Brief review purpose of Endowment Fund Board and annual report
  • Treasurer’s Report and Update
  • Vote on new members

  Annual Meeting of the First UnitarianChurch of Orlando

  • 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
  • Campus Planning Process

Motion to be put: – We, the Board, affirm the Building Committee’s Recommendation to go forward with a Capital Campaign for the proposed renovation of the campus with KTH as architect on a design-build model.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Before loans are undertaken, a “Special” vote, in accordance with 1U Bylaws, will likely be required.

  • Recognition of outgoing elected leaders
  • Installation of incoming elected leaders
  • Closing, extinguishing the chalice


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.


The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

If you are thinking of donating items to the Alliance, now is the time before your garage gets too hot to work in. We take all items except electronics and furniture. It helps if items are clean, in working order, and reasonably up to date. As always we appreciate your generous donations!

 “Let’s Talk Wages!” – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

All are invited to join us for a bipartisan community forum regarding Florida’s minimum wage to be held until 8:45pm.

Community discussion will follow the screening of “Inequality for All,” a 90 minute documentary by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. Come for a reception with light snacks at 6:00pm, the movie showing at 6:30pm, and discussion at 8:00pm, co-sponsored by 1U and Wage Advocates Valuing Empowerment (WAVE).

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Assembly Room (note room change)

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.


Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

  • No choir rehearsal tonight


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

Rev. Kathy Away

Rev. Kathy will be away from the congregation from May 20-24 for the anticipated birth of a grandchild.

Transition in Religious Education Staffing

We are in the midst of a two year interim period in Religious Education staffing. You can read more about an upcoming staff change for our second year here.

Father’s Day Slide Show

Want to include your dad in our Father’s Day remembrance? People appreciated our recent visual celebration of mothers so now we will give fathers the same treatment. Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon on Friday, June 13. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include his name, date 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: “Jack Jones (1938- ), like a father to me, Sam Brown.” “Ron LeBlanc (1920-1980), My Dad, 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.

Donate Medical Equipment

Stepping Stone collects medical equipment of all kinds graciously donated by those who no longer are in need. The items are then reconditioned and made available to people in need, either free or at a nominal fee. Items needed include canes, elevated toilet seats, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, etc. Drop off from 8-4 during the week at 3711 Vineland Rd. near The Holy Land or email blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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:


Missed a Sunday?

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

 Plan Ahead

Summer Schedule in Effect

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 & 11:00 am, except when there are intergenerational services. Nursery Care (ages 9 months-4 years) is available all morning each Sunday.

Exceptions of Note:

  • May 25, our worship service features guest vocalists the United Girls’ Choir from New Haven, CT. Children are encouraged to attend to experience the gifts of this elite musical 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 intergenerational worship service includes our year end Flower Communion as well as a Child Dedication Ceremony. Each person attending is invited to bring a flower for garden, shop, or field to add to our beautiful bouquet representing the congregation’s diversity. The service is followed by a pot luck lunch.

May 28 – Council Gathering, 6:30-8:30 pm, Gore Hall

An opportunity for program leaders to meet next year’s Ministerial Intern, Lois Cole, hear about plans for the coming year, and share highlights from various areas of congregational life. All committee chairs and team leads are encouraged to attend. Others are welcome! For more info contact Rev. Kathy.

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 15 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:15pm, Hiett Library

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

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.

What is home? Our definition may be an easy short answer or an essay question. But at its best, home equals family…blood or chosen…the place where we are accepted, where we belong, where we most truly share who we are.

From A Home for the Heart, May 11, 2014 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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