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Weekly Update 07/31/14

Weekly Update 07/31/14

Weekly Update-July 31, 2014


To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement (in Arial 9 pt font if possible) to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.

Temporary Alternate 1U Web Site:  http://1uweb.wordpress.com

1U Office Phone System Down

Due to a recent lightning surge, the office phone system is not working at this time. For the immediate future, the very best way to reach the church staff is by email:

Thank you!


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.


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.

Mystic Grove Lughnasadh Ritual – 7:00pm, EC Assembly Room

Join us for our Egyptian-themed celebration of Lughnasadh. Bring a pot luck dish for feasting after the ritual. All are welcome! More information here. https://www.facebook.com/events/289088171263665/?context=create&source=49


Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary

(Summer Schedule:  11:00am Single Service)

Poetry: Words that Heal, Inspire & Change Us, Nicki Drumb, Worship Associate

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: Meditation. Join us for a session of Vipassana meditation led by Bob Leger.
  • Looking ahead: Aug. 10 – Movie Time. See “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and come ready to discuss how it relates to UU principles.


VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!

1U Gay Men’s Group – 7:00pm, EC Room 18   (Note new meeting location)

Meeting every other Monday, the 1U Gay Men’s Group is open to gay men regardless of race, economic or social status, political views or religious interest/affiliation/experience. We provide a safe, neutral and respectful space for socializing, fellowship, spiritual growth and support for gay men. Activities include group discussions of shared joy and concern, trending topics, gay community outreach and community service to the congregation and beyond. Drop in once or participate in every meeting. We meet every first and third Monday (with a few exceptions). Join us for our next meeting! For more info contact Gaymensgroup@OrlandoUU.org.

Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00pm, Hiett Library

The regular meeting of the 1U Board of Trustees is held on the first Monday of each month until 9:00 pm. The meeting is open unless a specific Executive Session is called, which is rare. Note: this is a change from recent years when Board meetings were regularly held on the second Monday.


The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance has received a generous donation of a large jewelry box full of women’s jewelry that belonged to member Margaret Greiber, who died a few years ago. Margaret was a greatly esteemed long-time member of this congregation. She was also a warm and elegant lady. For the next two Sundays (August 3 and 10) we will be showcasing her collection. All items will be on sale. There are over 20 pairs of clip-on earrings as well as many other very nice items, including some of silver and some with semi-precious stones. Please come by and see the collection and help us tell interesting stories about Margaret.

Other Alliance activities include the postponement of the first Tuesday board meeting to the second Tuesday (Aug. 12). Bring your bag lunch to either of these meetings and enjoy your noon hour.

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.

Energy Medicine Study Group – 7:15pm, Assembly Room

Learn techniques to keep you happy and healthy in this study group based on Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine practices, led by Patrice McFadin. The book will be available for purchase at each class at cost ($17.95). Meeting the first Tuesday each month, class includes a daily energy routine and much more until 9:00pm. Drop in or attend them all. More information at Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org; please write “Energy Medicine” in the subject field. Free & open to everyone.


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

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).

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.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz

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 on August 10 at 12:15 p.m. in the Hiett Library in Gore Hall.

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

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 8 – 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.

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 by August 10.

August 16 – Capital Campaign Workshop & 1st Round Building Drawings Review

COME BE PART of an open workshop from 1:30-2:30 focusing on what we should expect as we organize our Capital Campaign. Our UUA Capital Campaign Consultant will meet with the building committee and anyone else who is interested. As our Consultant, we are lucky to have Barry Finkelstein, husband of Roberta Finkelstein, our interim minister from 5 years ago. After his visit, we will go through the first round drawings from our architects, which have incorporated our suggestions to date. There will be opportunities for both committees and individual congregants to give further feedback. As always, if you have any questions or concerns contact Bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

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.

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 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