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Weekly Update 05/22/14

Weekly Update 05/22/14

Weekly Update-May 22, 2014


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

A Joyful Noise, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We reflect on Thich Nhat Hanh’s, assertion that: The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present. Our intergenerational worship service features the United Girls’ Choir from New Haven, CT. Children are encouraged to attend to experience the gifts of this elite musical group.

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)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – Intergenerational Worship (correction from emailed version)

Sunday – continued

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library – Cosmos:  A viewing and discussion of the original 1980 Cosmos series in which Astronomer Carl Sagan leads an engaging guided tour of various elements and cosmological theories of the Universe, led by Bob Leger. This series continues the 4th Sunday each month.

Looking ahead: in Adult Religion Education

  • June 1 – Meditation.
  • June 8 – The Movie Time discussion will be “Million Dollar Arm.”



The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Member Lynn Rigney has invited the Alliance to luncheon at her lovely, lakeside condo on Lake Faith in Maitland. Lynn will provide the meal and charming event at a cost of $10 per person as a fund raiser for the Alliance. If you choose to attend please contact Lynn so she can have an accurate attendance count. Thank you Lynn, you are much appreciated!

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.


Council Gathering – 6:30pm, 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.

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.”

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:

  • 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.

June 7 – Second Harvest Food Packing and Sorting, 1:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive

THEY ARE BUSY AND NEED EVERY VOLUNTEER POSSIBLE—PLEASE JOIN US…plus, we always find this activity fulfilling, rewarding and fun–a great combo for a Saturday afternoon. We are expected to have 15 volunteers each time! Second Harvest requires us to register ahead of time and we can bring MORE than 15, if we are so fortunate. Therefore, please go to the site and register for June 7 from 1pm-4pm. You sign up for the date and shift on the food bank website, GET INVOLVED section (Blue Tab on top), VOLUNTEER. Then it’s going to ask you if you have a JOIN CODE. Ours is A100. This will connect you with the USER GROUP for First Unitarian.

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 – Blood drive at First U, 8:30am, 1U Parking Lot

All blood types are needed. Please join us until 1:00pm.

June 21 – Dinner with Friends, 6:00-ish, Member Homes

Mark your calendar and save the date now! Enjoy a lovely evening in a member’s home spending time with new and old friends as well as sharing a delicious covered dish meal. There is no requirement to be a gourmet cook since the main objective is to get to know each other and have a wonderful evening in a relaxed atmosphere. Singles as well as couples are welcome. Consideration of food allergies and restrictions are honored as well as other specific needs a person may have. Signup sheets to be hosts, co-hosts or guests will be available soon in Gore Hall and in the Order of Service. Signup deadline will be June 9.

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.

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First Unitarian Church of Orlando


Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Phone: 407-898-3621 Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org
Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org Minister’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz
Website: www.facebook.com/orlandouu Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com