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Weekly Update 05/08/14

Weekly Update 05/08/14

Weekly Update-May 8, 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.



1U Budget Forum – 9:30am, Hiett Library

The last of two budget forums offered for those who have questions about the proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). The forum lasts until 1:30pm.

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

A Home for the Heart, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

There are many ways of defining both family and home. On this Mother’s Day, we explore the richness found when our heart guides us.

Children’s Programming this Sunday

  • 9:15am – 12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 5)
  • 9:30am – 10:30am Childcare During Worship (EC Assembly Room)

Looking Ahead in Children’s Programming:

May 18 Children’s Service 11:00

  • 9:30am – rehearsal for Children’s Service: all participating children please meet in the Sanctuary
  • 11:00am – Children’s Service: worship to be led by the children and teachers of 1U Children’s RE Program

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions is here. If you are interested in any of the future activities, please contact Michelle Smith, Coordinator of Children’s Religious Education in person or at coordinator@orlandouu.org

Sunday – continued

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in EC Room 18  Movie Time: “Noah” is the film for discussion led by Kathleen Smee.

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Education

May 18 – 9:30am in the Library: Francis David Café: Questions and answers about any topic with a UU perspective, led by Bob Leger. 


Spring Common Read – 7:00pm, Assembly Room

Behind the Kitchen Door, by Saru Jayaraman, is an expose of the way people are exploited in the restaurant industry, and how that negatively impacts both them and us! There are 6 copies of the book remaining to be checked out, or buy one from our bookstore or on Amazon. Discussion will be led by Sandy Cawthern and Charlotte Fleming.


The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

A busy Alliance day: At 10:30 we have our joint board meeting. The prior board and the new board gather to turn over the reins of responsibility. Other members in attendance will continue working on the bazaar. We’re having lunch out at thePho K 5 on Bumby and will leave at 11:30 to be there. Pho K 5 is on the left between side streets Robinson and Central after you have turned right onto Bumby.  Moderately priced, everyone is raving about it. Please feel free to join us.

If you are thinking of donating items to the Alliance, now is the time before your garage gets too hot to work in. We take all items except electronics and furniture. It helps if items are clean, in working order, and reasonably up to date. As always we appreciate your generous donations!

Last Reminder: Alliance membership dues are $15.00 per person, $25.00 per couple. We accept extra contributions with gratitude. Any Alliance member will take your check payable to the Alliance. Thanks to all of you, we gave $10,000 to local charities last year. We may never “see” you on Tuesdays, but we are appreciative and proud of your support.

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

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

 Architect Proposal to go to Annual Congregational Meeting

The Building Committee appreciates everyone who turned up for the four Cottage Meetings to review Architect proposals. We took your comments to heart and have made a recommendation to the board to go forward with our campus renovation and a Capital Campaign with KTH Architects in a Design-Build model. We will be putting forward a vote to the congregation to that effect at our Annual Meeting on May 18 (details in Plan Ahead section, below). While we felt both architects were outstanding and we’d have great success with either of them, we chose KTH Architects because:

  •   We prefer the Design-Build model.
  • KTH complied with the requirements of the Request for Proposal.
  • A majority of the Cottage Meeting attendees voted for KTH.
  • KTH has shown how much they want to work with us as well as a genuine enthusiasm and strong willingness to work through lots of changes and meetings. They are also very willing to incorporate our ideas.
  • After interviews, we feel we would have a stronger working relationship with them.
  • Their references were glowing.
  • There is a significant cost savings with them.

We will go into much more detail at the Congregational Meeting about our recommendations, reasoning, plans and next steps. Please plan on attending. The packet for the meeting, along with wording of the vote for the campus renovation is attached. If you have any questions please contact bldgcommunications@OrlandoUU.org

Rev. Kathy Away

Rev. Kathy will be away from the congregation from May 20-24 for the anticipated birth of a grandchild.

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be May 18, when our beneficiary for Children’s Religious Education Sunday will be New Image Youth Center (NIYC). Shanta Barton-Stubbs founded NIYC in the summer of 2004 as a summer camp in the inner city Parramore neighborhood of Orlando, beginning with just $1,500 and eight children. With the help of other volunteers and sponsors, NIYC has grown into an after-school and summer program that 50 children per day depend on to provide education, mentoring, and hope for the future.

Child Dedication Ceremony Schedule

A Child Dedication Ceremony will be held during our intergenerational service on June 8. This is the Unitarian Universalist ceremony by which we name and welcome our children. While typically involving infants, it is also quite common to include older children when they are new to the community. If you would like your child to be included in the ceremony, please let Rev. Kathy know at minister@orlandouu.org. This service will also be our Flower Communion celebrating the end of the Program Year.

Donate Medical Equipment

Stepping Stone collects medical equipment of all kinds graciously donated by those who no longer are in need. The items are then reconditioned and made available to people in need, either free or at a nominal fee. Items needed include canes, elevated toilet seats, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, etc. Drop off from 8-4 during the week at 3711 Vineland Rd. near The Holy Land or email blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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 will continue the food drive for Catholic Charities Semoran Food Pantry through the upcoming 30 Days of Love. So 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

Why are 1U’s and UUU’s thinking of attending the Florida District Annual meeting for the very first time in Vero Beach? If you want to know sooner-or want to share easily, join 1U Justice googlegroup to quickly receive and share listings about Justice events in central Florida and beyond. 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:


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 month – 4 years) is available all morning each Sunday.

Exceptions of Note:

  • May 18 – Children will rehearse at 9:30am for the 11:00am Children’s Religious Education service which celebrates the end of their program year.
  • May 25 – Our worship service features a guest girls’ choir. Children are encouraged to attend to experience the gifts of this elite group.
  • June 1 – Our worship service is presented by the young people in our Coming of Age program. Other children, as well as adults, are encouraged to attend to hear the wisdom of these young people as they take an important step in their spiritual journeys.
  • June 8 – our worship service includes our year end Flower Communion as well as a Child Dedication Ceremony.

May 17 – 1U Social Justice Movies: ” Immigration: The ‘Unpardonable Sin,” 6:30pm, Hiett Library

The 1U Social Justice Film series continues with a 2013 documentary that gives perspectives of many “regular Americans” on the undocumented immigrant debate. Director Andrew Mwangi explores pathways to comprehensive immigration reform without added media hysteria and political polarization. Community resource guest is attorney Rana Tiwari. All are welcome. For more information, contact Mary Dipboye or Joan Erwin.

May 18 – Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:15pm, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting. Please read the meeting information packet atthis link, as several items will be voted upon. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote.


• Opening words and chalice lighting
• Approval of minutes from last year’s Annual Meeting
• Year in Review
• Campus Planning Process
• Stewardship Report
• Proposed Budget
• Vote for Board officers and Trustees, Nominating Committee members
• Announcement of delegates to represent our congregation at GA
• Recognition of outgoing elected leaders
• Installation of incoming elected leaders
• Closing, extinguishing the chalice
May 20 – “Let’s Talk Wages!” 6:00pm, Gore Hall

All are invited to join us for a bipartisan community forum regarding Florida’s minimum wage to be held until 8:45pm.

Community discussion will follow the screening of “Inequality for All,” a 90 minute documentary by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. Come for a reception with light snacks at 6:00pm, the movie showing at 6:30pm, and discussion at 8:00pm, co-sponsored by 1U and Wage Advocates Valuing Empowerment (WAVE).

May 28 – An “Old-Style” Program Council, 6:30pm, Gore Hall

An opportunity for program leaders to meet next year’s Ministerial Intern, Lois Cole, hear about plans for the coming year, and share highlights from various areas of congregational life.

June 8 – Child Dedication Ceremony Scheduling

A Child Dedication Ceremony will be held during our intergenerational service on Sunday, June 8. This is the Unitarian Universalist ceremony by which we name and welcome our children. While typically involving infants, it is also quite common to include older children when they are new to the community. If you would like your child to be included in the ceremony, please let Rev. Kathy know at minister@orlandouu.org. This service will also be our Flower Communion celebrating the end of the Program Year.

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.

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 First Unitarian Church of Orlando  Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz
Phone: 407-898-3621 Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org
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