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Weekly Update 06/19/14

Weekly Update 06/19/14

Weekly Update-June 19, 2014


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Friday – June 20

RUUM Luncheon and Pool Tournament – 10:30am, Gregg Buckingham’s Home

Gregg Buckingham will host the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM). Early birds may arrive at 10:30am, lunch is served at 11:30am. At about 12:30pm the group will go to nearby Trick Shots Billiards for a tournament with prizes. Reminder: the price of the lunch is completion of a homework assignment that Gregg has distributed. For details, contact Mike Haddad, RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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 21

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

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. No need to be a gourmet cook: the main objective is to get to know each other and have a wonderful evening in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sunday – June 22

Stimulate Thinking on Building(s) Aesthetics – Before and After Service, Gore Hall

The Building Committee is looking for your input on what the outside aesthetics of our building/buildings should look like. So far, we’ve focused on how much space we need and what we need it to do functionally. But we also want to give the architects some direction on what kinds of aesthetics we like. We will have a table full of design and architectural magazines. Please feel free to stop by, look through them and pull out pictures you like and think would fit our new buildings. They should be stimulus, they aren’t to be taken literally. In the end, we’ll have lots of pictures on the wall that will stimulate our thinking about what our building could look like.

Sunday – June 22 (continued)

Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary  

(Summer Schedule:  11:00am Single Service)

Mid-Summer Service, Mystic Grove

The Mystic Grove will be in the pulpit for our annual pagan-themed worship service. This year we will celebrate the spiritual challenges and unexpected insights we discover when we remain open to continuous revelation.

Sunday – June 22 (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-11:15am Children begin in Worship
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm Childcare during Worship (EC Assembly Room)

Our formal children’s program restarts in September. Over the summer there is Nursery all morning and Childcare at 9:30 and 11:15 am unless otherwise noted.

Sunday – June 22 (continued)

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Cosmos Revisited – viewing and discussion of the Carl Sagan series about the Universe, led by Bob Leger.

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Education:

  • July 6 – Movie Time – discussion of “The Fault in Our Stars.” See the movie beforehand and come ready to discuss.

Sunday – June 22 (continued)

Midsummer Celebration & Potluck

Please bring a dish to share and join us after service for potluck, conversation, and fun. Water play, tie dye, and games are part of our midsummer celebration, with a picnic on the lawn and in the Enrichment Center Assembly Room. A wading pool and lawn games will be available. Everyone welcome!Casual attire/swimsuits recommended. More info here.

Learn to Tie Dye – Enrichment Center Courtyard

Cat Rigby is teaching basic tie dye at the Midsummer Picnic! Everything provided – you just bring your T-shirt after church. RSVP mysticgrove@orlandouu.org so we can have enough supplies on hand for you. More info here.

Monday – June 23

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 24

The Alliance – 10:00am, Gore Hall

Members will work on the Bazaar/Thrift Shop, have lunch, and then gather to watch a film.

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.

Wednesday – June 25

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 26

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 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 weddings for two 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.

Adult RE Help Needed

We would like to continue to offer adult RE at 9:30 in Room 18 when the new program year starts up in September. Anyone who has a burning desire to share any topic related in any way to our Seven Principles or congregational life, on a monthly basis from mid-September through May, please find Charlotte Fleming and share your ideas. We need 4 people, and each person can tap others to lead individual sessions. The possibilities are endless, and the task easy.

Share the Plate Update

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 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.

July 20 Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:15p.m., 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 a one-hour Meet and Greet.

August 31 – Special UU World / Adult RE Session, 9:30

Wait!  Stop!  Don’t recycle that UU World just yet. There will be a discussion of the provocative article “I don’t ‘believe in the Seven Principles” by Doug Muder, led by Charlotte Fleming. Read it, think about it, come and share your thoughts.  If you don’t have a copy, the article can be found at UUA.org.

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