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Weekly Update 05/28/15

Weekly Update 05/28/15

Weekly Update-May 29, 2015                                                                                              

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Transitional 1U Web Site:  http://1uweb.wordpress.com


News Flash!

Blood Supply Crisis! You Can Answer a Need

The blood supply has reached critical levels. Please give at the 1U drive this Sunday.


Friday – May 29

Crafty Crafters – 6:30-8:30pm, EC 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 – May 30

What will we DO during construction? A Program Perspective9:30am, 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.

Sunday – May 31

Nora Staton Bookstore: Big Sale! Before & After Service, Gore Hall Foyer

Come shop the Nora Staton bookstore’s large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore will be open quarterly this year, and this is the Spring event. We have some purchase awards: bumper sticker or UU Principles and Purposes 8″ x 10″ poster for free with a $30 purchase! Cash and checks are always accepted; sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Contact us at bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

1U Blood Drive – 10:00am-12:30pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot   (Note the 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.

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

Change & Transformation, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

This is Rev. Kathy’s last sermon (not last service since she will lead the Flower Communion) before being away for 8 weeks over the summer. It will be a bit of a wrap of this year and a peek ahead to next year.

Our revived Folk Ensemble graces us with music for the first time.

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 (EC Assembly Room)

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.

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.

Monday – June 1

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 – June 2

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

This first Tuesday of the month will be our business meeting. Elected officers meet at 11:00. General membership meets at noon over a bag lunch. Our membership drive ends in June, but new members are welcome throughout the year. Dues are $15 per member or $25 per couple. Join us in discussing an exciting year ahead with building construction, an expanding Continuing Bazaar, and many programs for members to enjoy.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

No class June 2. See you next week!

Folk Ensemble – 7:30pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room    (Note: New location and time!)

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Wednesday – June 3

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – June 4

RUUM – 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men [RUUM] for conversation and planning upcoming activities. Chairperson elections are also slated. 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

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.

Flower Communion & Pot Luck

Our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion take place during the service on Sunday, June 14. Bring a flower from garden, shop, or field to add to our beautiful bouquet representing the congregation’s diversity. Two of our graduating high school seniors will share their reflections with us as part of the service. A pot luck lunch follows the service. Bring a dish or other offering of your choice to share.

Building the Dream

Using a boat metaphor, we were looking for additional captains and rowers to steer our boat to the completion of a new campus. If you’re interested in applying for a role, please contact bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org or fill out an application at 1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com.

  • Act now to support the Building fund through a purchase of beautiful artwork from Dawn Wicklow. See Dawn’s artwork in Gore Hall and the Sanctuary and contact her directly at facebook.com/joyofdawn.

We are reviewing the architect’s ideas for campus designs that fit our budget. We’ll look forward to giving you updates soon.

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.

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? Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All 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 enjoyable teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Plan Ahead

June 6Second 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 12 – 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.

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.

June 25 – Solar Co-op Meeting, 7:00-9:00pm, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park

Open to homeowners with single family residences in Orlando and Winter Park, another Solar Co-op Information Meeting is slated this month. For more information, contact Mary Dipboye, Joan and Jim Erwin and Michael Cohen or email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com.

July 26 – 1U Blood Drive, 10:00am-12:30pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

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.

August 1 – 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.

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. Sales of coffee, chocolate and tea benefit 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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