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Weekly Update 09/25/14

Weekly Update 09/25/14

Weekly Update-September 25, 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

After recent storm damage, we now have a simple interim telephone system in place while we research our next 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!


Journey to Membership Workshop Session 1 7:00-9:00pm, Hiett Library

Would you like to become a 1U member? In this pair of workshops, Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation.


Journey to Membership Workshop Session 2 9:00-noon, Hiett Library

Reverend Kathy tells participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders 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.

Building Bonanza Informational Meeting – 9:30am, Gore Hall

This is actually happening TOMORROW, Sunday, September 28, at 9:30 am in Gore Hall. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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.



Staging for the Florida Hispanic Festival & Parade takes place on Robinson St. and Hampton Ave. today beginning at 9:00am. We are working with organizers to ensure access to our campus. If you encounter a roadblock, let them know you are headed to 1U. Also, consider arriving early, attending the 9:30 service, and approaching from the north or south (Hampton) or from the west on Robinson. Approaching from the east (the Executive Airport) will be difficult. (The Festival & Parade will kick off at 11:00am.)

Building Bonanza Informational Meeting – 9:30am, Gore Hall

Come see the plans and drawings for our two new buildings—a renovation of Gore Hall and a new 2-story building to house all of our Religious Education, music and community outreach efforts. Stop by the information table in Gore Hall over the next four weeks to see illustrations and plans and get information about the Capital Campaign that will pay for it all. There will be another informational meeting Oct. 5 and a “tour” around the new campus on Oct. 12. You can also review all the materials at www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com. Visit and learn about all the excitement going on!

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

An Understanding Heart, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

In honor of the Jewish High Holy days, we reflect on the value of forgiveness.   Welkin will perform.

Share the Plate Today will be our first opportunity to Share-the-Plate this church year. Our partner is 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. Please give a warm welcome to our guest, and give generously to PPGO, one of our longest-term community partners.

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)

  • Looking ahead in Sunday Morning Adult Education: Our latest lineup is here. Read all about it!
  • Preparedness alert:  The Movie Talk selection for October 5 will be “Gone Girl.” See the film and come prepared to discuss it in context of UU values.

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 October 12, in Gore Hall.


1U Gay Men’s Group – 7:00pm, EC Room 18

The 1U GMG 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 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). More info? Contact Gaymensgroup@OrlandoUU.org. Visit at our next meeting!


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.

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.


RUUM – 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) for conversation and for planning activities for October and beyond. For information, contact Bob Leger, RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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

For the Holidays (and Beyond) from UUSC: thegoodbuy.com

As we prepare to purchase gifts for the upcoming holiday season, say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth.  Say hello to sustainable living at thegoodbuy.com.  Proceeds from the Good Buy fund human rights programs around the world through the UUSC, so you can make a difference with each purchase. Questions? Contact Steph Garber.

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.

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

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 5 – Building Bonanza Informational Meeting – 12:30am, Gore Hall

Come see the plans and drawings for our two new buildings—a renovation of Gore Hall and a new 2-story building to house all of our Religious Education, music and community outreach efforts—and get information about the Capital Campaign that will pay for it all. Don’t miss the “tour” around the new campus on Oct. 12 in the Hiett Library. You can also review all the materials at www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com.

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 fielding a team! (We had 21 1U 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). 1U is on the race course at mile 2, so there is a cheering option for non-runners!

October 11 – COME OUT WITH PRIDE! 8:00am, 1U parking lot

1U will have an information booth and will also march in the Pride Parade. Help is needed with tent transport and setup, and with booth staffing. Transport and setup prep start at 8:00am at 1U. Our booth (#102) can be found at a great location near Robinson St. and Eola Dr. To sign up to help with transport, setup or staffing, please contact John Brockman, Ron Fittro, Jeter Walker or sign up with your name, contact information, task interest, and hours available in an email to gaymensgroup@orlandouu.org. Stay tuned for details from the march coordinators, coming shortly.

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:Pumpkin (and plain) pancakes, eggs, bacon & veggie patties, juice & coffee. Gluten-free & vegan options 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 12 – Building Bonanza “Tour” of the New Campus – 12:30pm, Hiett Library

Please come see the plans and drawings for our two new buildings—a renovation of Gore Hall and a new 2-story building to house all of our Religious Education, music and community outreach efforts—and get information about the Capital Campaign that will pay for it all. You can also review all the materials at www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com.

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, 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, we can’t accept some items (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 pint saves multiple lives.

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 25 – 1U Halloween Party, 6:00-9:00pm, Enrichment Center Courtyard

Please join us for a party that promises to be frightfully fun for all ages: The Annual Halloween Party and Haunted House, sponsored by the Children’s Religious Education Program! Come in costume, bring potluck to share, and enjoy activities and games for the whole family. We will be doing a reverse “trick or treat” where children can bring fun novelties (no candy please) to share. Admission is $2.00 per person or $5.00 for a family.

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