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Weekly Update 06/05/14

Weekly Update 06/05/14

Weekly Update-June 5, 2014


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Friday – June 6

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 – 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.

Sunday – June 8

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

Intergenerational Flower Communion

With Child Dedication Ceremony

Bring a flower from garden, shop, or field to add to our beautiful bouquet representing the congregation’s diversity.

A pot luck lunch follows the service. Bring an offering of your choice to share.

Sunday – June 8 (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 – Noon Intergenerational Worship (Sanctuary)

Our formal children’s program restarts in September. Over the summer there is Nursery all morning and Childcare at 9:30 and 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.

Sunday – June 8 (Continued)

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Movie Time-This month’s discussion will be “Million Dollar Arm with Jon Hamm. See the movie beforehand and come ready to talk about its connection to UU values, led by Kathleen Smee.

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Education

  • June 15 – Francis David Cafe. Free-wheeling Q&A session with fellow UUs.

Sunday – June 8 (Continued)

Nora Staton Bookstore Open

The bookstore will be open this Sunday in Gore Hall after church. Stop by to find books for your summer reading!
Cash and checks accepted; sorry, no credit cards. More info at bookstore@orlandouu.org.

Gift Shop Takes a Break

The Alliance Bazaar/Thrift Shop in Gore Hall will not be open Sunday due to the pot luck meal celebrating the end of the Program Year of the Sunday school.

Monday  – June 9

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 – June 10

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance Members will work on the Bazaar/Thrift Shop before enjoying a pot luck lunch at noon.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall  Yoga cancelled 6/10&6/17

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.

Wednesday – June 11

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary  (on summer hiatus until August 27)

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

Thursday – June 12

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

New Coordinator of Religious Education

We are delighted to announce that 1U member Regina Knabe has agreed to serve as our Interim Coordinator of Religious Education for the 2014-2015 Program Year. Regina comes to the position with a strong background with children’s organizations, as well as abundant energy and creativity. She has been teaching in our preschool class over the last year. Regina will serve 20 hours a week beginning July 1. She is already meeting with the Children’s Religious Education Committee and we are excited about the year ahead. More info to follow in the coming weeks.

Minister Away

Rev. Kathy will be away from the congregation from Friday, June 13 through Saturday, July 5. This will be a combination of vacation (see the new grandbaby) and work. She will attend General Assembly in Providence, RI and conduct two weddings for congregational couples, one in New York and one in Rhode Island. While she is away, she will monitor email and mobile voice mail but be responding only to emergency or very timely matters. Please contact the appropriate staff person or lay leaders for all other matters. She will be away for an additional week later in the summer.

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 11:59pm on Thursday, June 12. 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.”

Share the Plate Update

On Children’s Religious Education Sunday, we collected $994.43 for 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 Share the Plate, 1U has sent a total of $10,987.05 to Central Florida community organizations in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Thank you for all your contributions! Watch for more information from the Social Justice task force about how our list of organizations for next year’s Share the Plate will be selected.

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 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.

Get the Scoop! Join Justice GoogleGroup

What are 1U’s and UUU’s directing their social justice energies toward?  If you want to know quickly–or want to share easily about Justice events in central Florida and beyond, join 1U Justice googlegroup. 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, for example:


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.

June 13 – 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 15 – Blood Drive at First U, 8:30am, 1U Parking Lot

There is no substitute for human blood. When you donate blood, you are making an immediate contribution to the health and welfare of your community. Blood is needed by patients facing planned and unplanned medical procedures, trauma victims, cancer patients and premature babies. Your donation will help an ill or injured patient within a few days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant. All blood types are needed. Please join us until 1:00pm. If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Garber at blooddrive@orlandouuorg.

June 21 – Dinner with Friends, 6:00-ish, Member Homes    (Signup deadline: June 9)

Mark your calendar and save the date! 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, as well as other specific needs, are honored

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.

The interdependent web of life means that every living thing relies on all others, whether we know it or not. Let us be mindful of how we tug on this web. One good guide for interdependence is: maximum efficiency and minimal effort for mutual welfare and benefit.

From Coming of Age, June 1, 2014 sermon by Sam Reed and Daniel Bass

 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