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Weekly Update 08/28/14

Weekly Update 08/28/14

Weekly Update-August 28, 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 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!



Standing on the Side of Love to Stop the Violence – 1U parking lot/Solid Rock United Methodist Church, 5:00pm

1U justice group has been asked to show up in a BIG  BLOCK of yellow–a visual statement of support–for the candlelight vigil to Stop the Violence. Admission to the vigil is free, and attendance includes dinner from Queen Bee’s Restaurant and entertainment! The Church is at 440 S. Kirkman Rd. Doors open at 5:00pm; show starts at 6:00, the event ends at 8:00.

You may drive yourself or car pool from 1U parking lot at 5:00pm (please wear a yellow shirt if you don’t have the T-shirt), and please email the 1U Justice Google Group if you are carpooling so we won’t drive off without you!


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.

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

The Trouble with Brains, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

The recent death of actor Robin Williams opened discussions about mental health and diseases of the mind and body. Let me address part of that.  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 September 15. 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 – Do You Believe in the Seven Principles? Discussion of the recent UU World article, “Why I don’t believe in the Seven Principles,“ led by Charlotte Fleming. (Click on the title link to go to the article.)

Looking ahead Adult Religious Education

  • Sept. 7: In the Library at 9:30 – Meditation
  • Sept. 7:  In Room 18 at 9:30 – Movie Time: “A Most Wanted Man.” See it ahead of time, discuss in context of UU values.


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

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). For more info contact Gaymensgroup@OrlandoUU.org.


The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance meets Tuesdays from 10:30am to 1:30pm in Gore Hall (unless otherwise noted). Among other activities, we prepare donated items for sale in our Continuing Bazaar. Bring along a bag lunch; iced tea is provided. All are welcome! Our general pattern is:

  • 1st Tuesday of the month the Alliance Board meets in the library before the meeting at large.
  • 2nd Tuesday is potluck lunch or we make plans to dine out. (The rest of the time is BYO.)
  • 3rd Tuesdays we gather in the kitchen first thing in the morning to make sandwiches for the homeless.
  • 4th Tuesdays and 5th Tuesdays may have a speaker of note.

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

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


RUUM  – 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men [RUUM] for conversation and

for planning an activity for the month of September. For information, please contact Bob Ledger,


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

Building Update

Thank you to all who came out last Saturday to hear Barry Finkelstein talk to us about the details of a Capital Campaign. He will be coming back in October to do a Capacity Assessment, speaking to a cross-section of members about their excitement and level of interest in the Capital Campaign. From that, he will give us an estimate of what we should expect to raise in the Capital Campaign, which in turn, will give us some guidance on how big a building to design.

Leading up to that, in September we will be unveiling pictures and plans of our new buildings which we hope will get you excited and even more ready to enter into this phase.  We’ll have information galore around the campus as well as lots of opportunities to ask questions. Look for more information next week.  If you are excited about this project and are interested in helping us drum up excitement OR you have any questions, please contact bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

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.

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.

Plan Ahead

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 8 – 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. 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 4 – Second Harvest Food Packing/Sorting, 1:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive

Join us for a fulfilling, rewarding and fun Saturday afternoon! Located at 411 MERCY, on the corner of Mercy Dr. and Old Winter Garden Rd., this worthy organization is hugely busy and IN NEED OF EVERY VOLUNTEER POSSIBLE! As always, be sure to wear closed toed shoes. We are required to register ahead of time, and are expected to have 15 volunteers each time. (We can bring MORE if we are so fortunate.) They count on us for the workload they are now carrying. Please GO TO THE SITE AND SIGN UP FOR October 4 from 1pm-4pm. Be sure to register if you have not done so in the past, so you have a user name and password. When you sign up for the date and shift you’ll need our JOIN CODE, which is A100. This will connect you with the First Unitarian USER GROUP. If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Garber.

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