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Weekly Update 07/10/14

Weekly Update 07/10/14

Weekly Update-July 10, 2014


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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.


Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot

Join us as we tend to and beautify the church campus until noon (snack time social at 11:00am). We are now doing the volunteer workdays quarterly instead of monthly, and help is always needed to help maintain our buildings and grounds. If you can volunteer, we still need assistance with Sanctuary polishing and gardening. To sign up, email buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org or simply show up. Next Work Day: October 11.


Service – 11:00am,  Sanctuary    

(Summer Schedule:  11:00am Single Service)

Commitment to the Common Good, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

What is the Common Good and are we moving toward it or away from it? Delegates at General Assembly chose a new issue for congregational study and action over the new four years. This morning, we begin our consideration of Escalating Inequality.

 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 Child begins in Worship
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm Childcare during Worship (EC Assembly Room)

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

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Francis David Cafe. An open-ended Q&A session with fellow UUs, giving perspectives on all kinds of topics. Led by Bob Leger.
  • Looking ahead:  July 20 – Fluent in Faith. Readings and discussion from the Rev. Jean Nieuwejaar’s book on religious language for UUs.

Building Update Meeting, 12:30pm, Hiett Library

The Building Committee would like to invite you for an update on the process of designing our new campus buildings. Since our Congregational Vote in May, we’ve had two Charettes with our architects where we’ve talked about our space needs, sustainability and aesthetics. Come learn where we are and about our next steps. A link to a written copy of the update will be available after the meeting.



The Alliance – 10:00am, Gore Hall

Due to the use of Gore Hall by Planned Parenthood, there will be no meeting of the Alliance in Gore Hall this morning. Instead, at10:00am, a group of Alliance members will make bologna sandwiches for the Homeless in the Enrichment Center Assembly Room. At 11:45am, Alliance members and anyone interested will gather for lunch at Pho K5 on Bumby Ave. For more information contact Ellen Hone or Sharon Durrant.

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.


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

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


RUUM – 10:30am, 1U Parking Lot

Retired Unitarian Universalist Men will meet in the church parking lot before traveling to lunch and the Orange County Historical Museum. For information contact Bob Ledger, 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

Intern Housing Needed  

Lois and her two well-behaved cats are looking for a place to live for a year starting around August 1. Ideally it will be a small house or apartment near church, up to $750/month, yard for tethered (!) cats to explore. Ideas? Contact Joan Erwin.

Pledge Reminder

The church fiscal year ended on June 30. All those who have not yet completed their pledge for the previous fiscal year are urged to do so as soon as possible. To help us credit your pledge payment properly, please note in the memo field of your check whether your payment is for the current fiscal year (2014-2015) or the past fiscal year (7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014).  If there is no designation, all payments received will be credited to the current fiscal year.  If not sure if your pledge is paid-up, still need to pledge for the upcoming fiscal year, or have a question about your pledge? Contact Amy in the church office (churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or 407-898-3621 x0).

What Feeds Your Soul?

Connecting with people? Helping develop a child’s self-concept? Leading our youth and presenting our UU principles? You’re in the right place! Children’s Religious Education seeks to connect YOU to a positive and rewarding experience as an RE teacher. Kids range in age from preschool through high school. You will serve on a teaching team with others passionate about our youth and will lead once or twice per month. If leading isn’t your cup of tea, volunteer to assist a teacher. No experience necessary. Contact Regina Knabe at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org and be an inspiration to a child this year.

Alliance Appreciation

The Alliance thanks you for your support. Our membership drive collected $2,600.00 from dues and donations. We are 83 members strong. Ask any Alliance member for a membership list. You can join us any month for $15.00.

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.

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.

July 26 – Game Night: Let’s Play!6:00pm, Gore Hall

Bring your favorite game, snacks, and playful spirit to indulge in Scrabble, Clue, Taboo, Trivial Pursuit, Cranium–you name it—until 9:00pm. Children are welcome to join their families.

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

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.

October 11 – Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day, 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot

Join us as we tend to and beautify the church campus. Volunteer workdays are now quarterly instead of monthly, and help is always needed to maintain our buildings and grounds. If you can volunteer, email buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org.


I have never found that god in national matters unites us, makes us, as the next word says, indivisible. It’s not that I don’t want god in our country; I don’t want god in our pledge…or our formal institutions. I think god belongs in the personal and social sphere. I think we have the best chance to be united, indivisible, when we can all agree that god is not a governmental matter, but rather a private one.

Celebrating our national holidays can be a reminder to us that indivisibility is a work in progress. Part of the process is that we must stand up for the principles we hold most dear. Others will do the same. We have to continue to co-create this grand experiment in democracy. We may disagree on the details, but I think we find common cause in the overarching principles as called forth in the preamble of the Constitution we debate:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

One Nation – Indivisible, sermon by The Rev. Kathy Schmitz, July 6, 2014

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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Phone: 407-898-3621 Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org
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