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Weekly Update 07/17/14

Weekly Update 07/17/14

Weekly Update-July 17, 2014


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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.



Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary

(Summer Schedule:  11:00am Single Service)

A Religion for our Time, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

The president of our Unitarian Universalist Association, Rev. Peter Morales, offers a prescription for us as we move toward our potential: Get Religion, Grow Leaders, & Cross Borders. Let’s explore this remedy.

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: Fluent in Faith. Readings from the book by Rev. Jean Nieuwejaar. Led by Mary Ann Horne.
  • Looking ahead: July 27 – Cosmos Revisited. Viewing and discussion of the Carl Sagan series.

Aug. 10 – The Movie Time movie for discussion is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz –12:15pm, Hiett Library

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.


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.


The Alliance – 10:00am, Gore Hall

Members meet in Gore Hall to work on Bazaar/Thrift Shop donations, then at 11:30 enjoy brown bag lunches. At 12:30 attendees (all are welcome!) assemble in Hiett Library for a presentation by Joan and Jim Erwin on three November ballot amendments. Joan and Jim have been instrumental in organizing support for the Legacy Water Conservation amendment, and they will also help us get more informed on the amendments addressing medical marijuana as well as the next round of Florida judges to be appointed by the exiting governor.

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.


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

Minister Away

Rev. Kathy will be away from the congregation from Wednesday, July 23 through Saturday, August 2. In an emergency, call or text her cell or the congregation’s main office.

Building Committee Update

Thanks to everyone who came to hear the update on the building process last Sunday. For those who missed it, you can find a link to the update here. Over the next month we’ll be gearing up for the Capital Campaign, including having our UUA Consultant, Barry Finkelstein, joining us on August 16. Our architect will have preliminary plans for us to review by the middle or end of August. As always, if you have any questions, contact Bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

Rethink Homelessness

The 90-second video Rethink Homeless, which was shown in worship on July 13 can be viewed here.

Campus Tenders Appreciation

The Campus Tenders team thanks this past Saturday’s participants for their gracious and energetic support in tending to and beautifying the church campus and facilities. The strong turnout is especially appreciated since this team has moved to a quarterly, rather than monthly, meeting schedule.

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.

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 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 2 – Second Harvest Packing/Sorting, 1:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive

This activity is fulfilling, rewarding and fun–a great combo for a Saturday afternoon. Besides, they count on us for the workload they are now carrying–far greater than before. We are expected to have 15 volunteers each time and can bring MORE, if we are so fortunate. Second Harvest requires us to register ahead of time. Therefore, I ask you to GO TO THE SITE AND REGISTER FOR August 2 from 1pm-4pm. (GET INVOLVED section: Blue Tab on top, then VOLUNTEER.) When you sign up for the date and shift it’s going to ask you for our group JOIN CODE: A100. This will connect you with the USER GROUP for First Unitarian. Contact Stephanie Garber with any questions. As always, please be sure to wear closed toed shoes and plan to enjoy yourself and your fellow volunteers.

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

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.

The homeless are often not who we think they are. They can easily be you and me.

Commitment to the Common Good, sermon by The Rev. Kathy Schmitz, July 13, 2014

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