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Weekly Update 09/18/14

Weekly Update 09/18/14

Weekly Update-September 18, 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 Status

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 – September 19

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.

Saturday – 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.

Sunday – September 21

Building Update!

We have plans and pictures for our new buildings! Please come visit our table in Gore Hall before or after services on Sunday to be the first to see the pictures and the new plans. We will also have all of them available on the website. In addition, we’ll have a short overview during both of the services. Come and get informed!  Come and get excited!

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

A New Threshold, Lois Cole, Ministerial Intern

We continue exploration of our annual theme: deepening our connections.  The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education   

If you have not yet registered your child(ren), you will have the opportunity to register before service in the RE coordinator’s office in the Enrichment Center. Or you may download a registration form:

CRE Schedule for today:

  • 9:15am – 12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 14)
  • 9:30am – 10:30am Childcare during early Worship & Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)
  • 11:00am-11:15am Child begins in Worship
  • 11:15am-12:15pm Children Pre-school through High School will go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Spiritual Literacy led by Charles Davis.
  • 9:30am in EC Room 18: Francis David Cafe: A Roundtable Discussion of Participants’ Questions led by Bob Ledger
  • 11:00am in the Library: Religious Books led by David Morris Genesis: A Biography Part 1

Looking ahead in Sunday Morning Adult Education: Our new lineup is in place. Read all about it!

Pumpkin Festival Tickets on Sale Today!! 

Tickets to the 1U Pumpkin Festival pancake breakfast will be on sale in Gore Hall after the 11:00am service. Tickets are $7. The Pumpkin Festival will be held on Sunday, October 12, in Gore Hall.

Panel Discussion: Interfaith Dialogue at Global Peace Film Festival – 6:30pm, Rollins College

Following the screening of Film Every Three Seconds at 5:00pm in Bush Auditorium @ Rollins College (on Holt Ave., Winter Park, FL), a panel of leaders from different faiths will talk about taking action regarding the issues raised in the film. No ticket required for panel. Ticket for the film IS required.

Monday – September 22

Tuesday – September 23

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Today is a regular Bazaar/Thrift Shop work day. Bring your own lunch and break bread with us at approx. 11:30, then at 12:30 enjoy the “Reimagine Life” program for adults of all ages, which will be presented by AARP.

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.

Grief Group – 7:00pm, EC 18/Community Room

Rev. Kathy leads this four-week series for those seeking a supportive environment to process experiences of grief. Sessions will run until 9:00pm every other Tuesday starting today. Additional dates are Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. Please let Rev. Kathy know you will attend. A daytime series is being considered. Please contact Rev. Kathy (minister@orlandouu.org) if you are interested in a daytime group.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Wednesday – September 24

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – September 25

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

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Registration   (Deadline Sept. 19)

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.

To Kill a Mockingbird – Tickets Available

Join Rev. Kathy and Charlie for a Sunday afternoon performance of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. We will see the 2:00pm show on February 15 and then gather for refreshment and conversation at their home. Tickets are $28 and may be reserved by email to minister@orlandouu.org. Payment must be received by January 15. Our block of twelve tickets can be expanded if there is sufficient interest. Those with season tickets or who will see the show before February 15 are welcome to join us for conversation.

Four-Sessions Grief Group

Rev. Kathy will lead this short series for those seeking a supportive environment to process experiences of grief. Sessions will be 7:00-9:00pm every other Tuesday beginning September 23. Additional dates are Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. Please let Rev. Kathy know you will attend. A daytime series is being considered. Please contact Rev. Kathy (minister@orlandouu.org) if you are interested in a daytime group.

Thanks from the Internship Committee

Thank you to all who offered items for our Intern, Lois Cole, to furnish her apartment while she is with us. Thanks also to the folks, mostly from the UU men’s group, who helped schlep and move the items to Lois’ apartment. UU’s come through!!!

Share the Plate Update

Our first opportunity to Share-the-Plate this church year will be September 28, when our partner will be Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO). Jenna Tosh, CEO for PPGO, will lead the 9:30am Adult R.E session in the Hiett Library, and she’ll also speak to the congregation about PPGO during the 11:00am service. In addition, on October 17, PPGO will be celebrating twenty years of providing reproductive health services in Central Florida, and as part of that celebration, they will be honoring us as one of their long-term community partners. Both 1U and The Alliance, separately, are being recognized as PPGO sponsors at the Policymaker level (3rd level of 5) for contributing over $2,500 in the past year.

What feeds your soul?

Connecting with others? 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 a 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 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.

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 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.

September 27 – Mabon Ritual & Potluck, 7:00pm, Assembly Room (EC Room 18)

Come celebrate the Mabon Sabbat with Mystic Grove!  As we reach the Autumnal Equinox, we balance our energies and we also thank the gods and goddesses for our harvests! Ritual begins in the Assembly Room, feasting to follow. Please bring a dish to share and enjoy in the fellowship! More info here.

 September 28 Pumpkin Festival Tickets on Sale Today!!

Tickets to the 1U Pumpkin Festival pancake breakfast will be on sale in Gore Hall after the 11:00am service. Tickets are $7. The Pumpkin Festival will be held on Sunday, October 12, in Gore Hall.

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 5 – 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 a one-hour Meet and Greet.

October 11 – Zebra Run, 7:30am, Location TBA

As part of this year’s Come Out with Pride celebration, the Zebra Coalition, which supports LGBT+ youth, is sponsoring a 5K race. 1U is putting together a team. (We had 21 First Unitarian participants last year for a pride race sponsored by another organization.) Registration is $25 before 9/30. To join the 1U Orlando Run and Walk group on facebook, message Rev. Kathy (www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz).

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 12 – 1U Pumpkin Festival! 8:50am, Gore Hall

All are welcome to join us for this tasty 1U fellowship event from 8:50am to 1:30pm. The Pumpkin Festival will offer a pumpkin pancake breakfast, homemade pumpkin goodies, cappuccinos/lattes, and music & contra dancing. We will have 2 primary breakfast service times: 8:50-9:20am and 10:15-10:50am. While breakfast will be available from 8:50 to 11:30am, we encourage you to plan on eating during one of the two service times, so that the men of 1U (our chefs and servers) can also attend a worship service. Tickets for the pumpkin pancake breakfast are $7 and are on sale in Gore Hall during the noon social hour as well as from the church office Monday – Friday. After the Breakfast, please join us at approx. 12:15pm for contra dancing (free to all) in Gore Hall, with caller Eric Harris!  


  • Breakfast menu:Pumpkin (and plain) pancakes, eggs, bacon & veggie patties, juice & coffee. Gluten-free & vegan options will be available.
  • Also on offer: homemade pumpkin baked goodies for sale, by donation.
  • And: made-to- order pumpkin flavored cappuccinos and lattes will be available, by donation.
  • Last but not least: fresh whole pumpkins will be on hand.

Come enjoy the day — join us!

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 – Worship Workshop, 12:30pm, Hiett Library

Come learn about why we do what we do on Sunday morningat least from Rev. Kathy’s point of view. The first hour is for everyoneeven those who just want an overview of the basics. The second hour (until 2:30pm) is a continuation that goes a little deeper for those who would like to participate in worship or its planning. RSVP or questions to minister@orlandouu.org.

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.

November 7- 8 – 1U Camp Out! Save the Date!

Campers! Save the Date: We have reserved a group tent camping site at Moss Park in Orange County ($3 per person per night). We will be in group campsite B and have room for 30 – 35 campers of all ages. If you have a camper you can reserve a site for yourself close by–just Google “Moss Park camping” for more information. For details, to reserve your spot, or if you have suggestions, please contact dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org or talk with Alan Oberholtzer. See this Weekly Update and the Weekend Update in Sunday’s Order of Service for details in coming weeks.


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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