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Weekly Update 08/21/14

Weekly Update 08/21/14

Weekly Update-August 21, 2014


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

1U Phone System Update

The church telephone lines have been repaired. Unfortunately, our internal phone system did not survive the recent lightning surges. We now a simple interim telephone system in place while we research other options. The church office can receive calls at (407) 898-3621, but voicemail messages will be left in a common staff mailbox (no extensions). So, if your message is of a personal/sensitive nature, please feel free to contact individual staff members via email: (Minister@OrlandoUU.org, Churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org, Musicdirector@OrlandoUU.org, RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org ). Note that if multiple calls are received simultaneously, callers will receive a busy signal. Thank you for your continued patience!

Friday – August 22

Saturday – August 23

Sunday – August 24

Another “Undies Sunday,” 11:00am, Sanctuary

We need underwear again, lots of it. Bring new underwear with you to 1U service today; collection boxes are in the sanctuary foyer. All sizes for men and women can be used. Large sized bras are also needed. NO children’s underwear at this time. The Coalition for the Homeless will be our grateful recipient, and is excited with our offer. Please be generous!  (This is an example of a Social Justice Project 1U participates in from time to time. Check in at the Social Justice table during the Opportunities Fiesta in Gore Hall to learn how you can participate.)

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary

(Summer Schedule:  11:00am Single Service)

Service is our Prayer, Multiple Speakers with Logan Donahoo and Christine Haskins, Worship Associate

This is the final service in our three-part series exploring our statement that Love is the doctrine of this church, the quest for truth is its sacrament, and service is its prayer.  Welkin 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 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 – The Cosmos Revisited. A look at the lessons of the Carl Sagan series, led by Bob Leger.

Looking ahead:

  • Aug. 31 – Do You Believe in the Seven Principles? Discussion of a recent UU World article.
  • Sept. 7 – Movie Time: The movie for September is “A Most Wanted Man.” See it ahead of time and discuss.

1U Opportunity Fiesta: The Encore – Noon, Gore Hall

As the kids go back to school and we prepare to start our new program year, come discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved… from one-shot service projects to on-going community service… from taking a single class to teaching a whole series… from receiving the care you need to sharing the gift of yourself with others… come find your unique way to be involved at 1U this year – the way that is just right for you! Questions? Contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org. Note: If your group does not have plans to be involved and would like to, please contact Rev. Kathy.

Note: this is where you’ll be able to vote on the organizations with which we are Sharing the Plate this coming year. Also, the place for Pride Parade early sign-up, and a great time to learn more about participation in our Social Justice efforts and getting out into the community with a faith based message.

Monday – August 24

Tuesday – August 25

The Alliance

Due to use of GORE HALL for primary election the Alliance will not meet today. Plans for our next activity/lunch are to be announced.

Other Alliance News – For the last 8 years, the Alliance has given gift cards for shoes to the Homeless Coalition in August. This year we gave 100 $20 gift cards, and caseworkers give them to the families. We thank you for your support.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Assembly Room (Note new location this week)

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.

Wednesday – August 26

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

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

Thursday – August 27

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

Welcome our New Ministerial Intern

Please welcome our newly arrived Ministerial Intern, Lois Cole. Lois started on Aug. 15 and will be with us for 10 months, until June 15, 2015. She will be involved in many aspects of congregational life. Our Internship Committee is helping Lois to get settled and will meet with her regularly throughout her time with us. Internship Committee members are Mike Haddad (coordinator), Sharon Durrant, Kathy Homblette, Dayle Peabody, and Christian Scholer. You can reach Lois at intern@orlandouu.org and the committee at interncommittee@orlandouu.org.

A Word from Ministerial Intern, Lois Cole

Read a note of introduction from our ministerial Intern, Lois Cole, here.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Registration

Who will provide your kids with a comprehensive overview of human sexuality? OWL is the age-appropriate compliment to any parents’ efforts. This secular curriculum is based firmly on the values of respect, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. The 25-session course for youth ages 12 and 13 will be led by trained OWL teachers, and will meet from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Room 18 of the 1U Enrichment Center, beginning Oct. 5. In order to enroll their children, parents must attend an in-depth orientation on the OWL course on September 20 from 9:30am-noon in the EC Assembly Room. Child care is available but the need for it must be communicated at least one week prior to Regina Knabe. For more OWL information, your resources are:

  • OWLCoordinator@OrlandoUU.org- Carie Mendyk
  • RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org – Regina Knabe
  • org/re/OWL– additional information

1U will offer the 8-week Lower Elementary OWL course in Feb. 2015. Stay tuned for more information.

Thank You Blood Donors!

Thank you to our eight donors that took of their time Aug. 17 to give blood and help our many friends and neighbors here in Central Florida who are in need. I hope you and others will join us for the next drive, Oct. 19, right here in the 1U parking lot.

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.

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

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.

Plan Ahead

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

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.

September 6 – 1U Community Gardener Gathering & Breakfast Potluck, 9:00am, EC Assembly Room

There will also be a brief presentation about ‘pests of interest’ that your US Department of Agriculture is on the lookout for. This event, which runs until 10:30, is open to all those interested in gardening, agriculture and insects. For more info or to RSVP please contact Bekah Keyes (Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org, and please write “Garden gathering” in the subject/reference field).

September 7 – Intergenerational Water Communion, 11:00am, Sanctuary   Summer Schedule Comes to an End

Our last single service of the summer season will be the Water Communion on Sunday September 8. Our children will join adults in the sanctuary for the entire hour as we acknowledge the adventures of the summer and celebrate our coming together in community. Each person is invited to bring a small bit of water representative of their summer travels, near or far, to add to our communal bowl.

September 7 – Pot Luck Lunch, Noon 1:00pm

We will top the morning off with a Pot Luck Lunch at noon. Bring a dish, any dish, to share as we begin a new year in the life of 1U!

September 14 – We Return To Our Program Year Schedule

Worship and Adult Religious Education offered at both 9:30 and 11:00am. Childcare is available at 9:30 and Children’s Religious Education meets at 11:15am. Nursery care is available all morning.


September 14 Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:15pm, 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 this one-hour Meet and Greet.

September 20 – OWL Enrollment Session for Parents, 9:30am, EC Assembly Room

In order to enroll their children, parents must attend an in-depth orientation on the Our Whole Lives (OWL) course until 12 noon. Child care is available but must be communicated at least one week prior to Regina Knabe at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

September 26 & 27: Journey to Membership Workshop, Hiett Library

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@orlandouu.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00-9:00pm on Friday 9/26 and 9:00am-noon on Saturday 9/27). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, October 24, and will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, October 26.

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.

October 17 & 18 – Annual All-Church Rummage Sale, Gore Hall

Each October 1U has a rummage sale fundraiser for the church. It’s also one of the ways we live our UU Principles. How?  By recycling & re-using! This reduces the amount of “junque” sent to the dump.

You can participate by donating items. We accept new and slightly used items – clothing, small appliances, jewelry, books, luggage, kitchen items, children’s toys, small furniture, art, etc., etc. – that are in reasonably good shape, clean, and have all their parts. You can drop them off on Sundays (see Eva Brinson at the Alliance table in Gore Hall during the 12:00 Social Hour) or drop them off during the week from 8 – 2pm (call the church office first to make sure that Amy is there to accept your items). Unfortunately, there are some items we can’t accept (large furniture, large appliances, computers and printers).

We also need your help to host the sale; we need volunteers to:

  • set-up the sale – unpacking items, sorting and pricing on Thursday, October 16 from 8am – 4pm
  • help shoppers during the sale – cashiers, packers, general helpers on Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18
  • help packing up all leftover items after the sale – on Saturday, October 18 from 3 – 3:45pm.

This is a short term commitment – a few hours or more will do!  Questions?  Interested in volunteering?  Contact Amy (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org or 407-898-3621).

October 19 – Blood Drive, 8:30am, 1U Parking Lot

See you at the First U Blood drive until 1:00pm on the Big Red Bus.  Please come if you are able as all blood types are needed and each pints saves multiple lives.

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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