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Weekly Update 07/24/14

Weekly Update 07/24/14

Weekly Update-July 24, 2014


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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.


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

Lighting the Fire, Rachel Gardiner, Worship Associate

A Chordia will perform.

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 Children’s Religious Education 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: Cosmos Revisited. Viewing of excerpts and discussion of the Carl Sagan series. Led by Bob Leger.

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Education: 

  • Aug. 3 – Meditation.
  • Aug. 10 – The Movie Time movie for discussion on is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”



The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Members meet in Gore Hall to work on Bazaar/Thrift Shop donations, then at 11:30 enjoy brown bag lunches

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

Morales Columns

Last Sunday, Rev. Kathy read from two columns by UUA President, Rev. Peter Morales, one was “Get Religion” and the other was “Crossing Borders.” To read other columns by Rev. Peter Morales, see here.

Minister Away

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

Building Committee Update

The building process is underway. Our architects have taken our feedback and are incorporating it into their first draft drawings. Our next big milestone is August 16 when our UUA Capital Campaign Consultant comes to visit. He will be meeting with our building committee with a special focus on how to organize our Capital Campaign. COME BE PART of an open workshop from 1:30-2:30 that day. He’ll be talking to anyone who is interested about what we should expect. We are lucky to have Barry Finkelstein, who is the husband of our interim minister from 5 years ago, Roberta Finkelstein. After his visit, we will also be going through the first round drawings. There will be opportunities for both committees and individual congregants to give feedback. As always, if you have any questions or concerns contact Bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

Furniture for UU Intern

Our Ministerial Intern will be here August 9. We will need to loan her some household furnishings for the year. We already have some items offered, but in case there are choices among items that would fit better in her space, we are posting the full list: Bed (king or queen), couch and/or comfortable chairs, coffee and/or side tables, book shelf. We haven’t asked her about lights, but lamps might be needed. If possible, please send a picture of the items along with your description, to the Internship Committee at: Interncommittee@orlandouu.org

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.

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.

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 10 – Share the Plate Discernment

We will be selecting organizations for Share the Plate for this next church year. We plan to have voting on 8/17 and 8/24 at our annual Opportunity Fiestas. We will choose four groups to support two times each during the year. Please put on your discernment hat and provide your ideas for worthy organizations to Dan Homblette on August 10.

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.

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.

Our religion is about what we love passionately, how we aspire to live, what moves us at the center of our being. Religion concerns that which links us to one another. It is through the practice of our religion that we create community, that we strengthen the bonds that sustain us, and that we build compassionate connection to the wider world.

Learning to cross borders of culture, ethnicity and class is also a spiritual practice and requires discipline. Here are some keys to success:

  • Experience is critical – we have to experience cultures and people.
  • Active is better than passive – we must find ways of engaging.
  • Do it together – experience is far more powerful when it was shared.
  • Begin at home – there are plenty of borders to cross right where we are. Ultimately, crossing borders is about learning to be fully alive and fully aware.

What is your comfort with getting religion? How do you feel about crossing borders, crossing boundaries? Might you be courageous enough to cross some more, even it means being a little uncomfortable?

Could you do it if we did it together?

A Religion for Our Time, sermon by The Rev. Kathy Schmitz, July 20, 2014 (Drawing on columns from Rev. Peter Morales)

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