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Weekly Update 10/02/14

Weekly Update 10/02/14

Weekly Update-October 2, 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!

Friday – October 3

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 – 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.

Sunday – October 5                                                                                                                                             

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

Deepening, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Our 1U mission statement says that we have a “commitment to lifelong spiritual growth.” What does that look like for individuals throughout the lifespan?     The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education   

To register your child(ren): registration packets are available in the RE coordinator’s office in the Enrichment Center. You may also download a registration form from the temporary 1U website or the Children’s RE facebook group.

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-12:30pm OWL Grades 7-9 (EC Room 18)
  • 11:00am-11:15am Children begins in Worship
  • 11:15am-12:15pm One Room Schoolhouse for all ages (EC Assembly Room)

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Meditation, led by Bob Leger. (Learn more)
  • 9:30am in EC Room 18: Mid-life Issues, led by Bonnie Rich. (Learn more)
  • 11:00am in the Library: NEW! Social Justice ARE track (Learn more) – We will begin the program with a review of the Actions for Immediate Witness [AIW]. We’ll discuss how these witness statements are prepared and presented for consideration at General Assembly each year, followed by brief discussions of the process that leads to their review and adoption by the delegates. This track will continue on the second Sunday each month, same time and place.

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

  • Preparedness alert:  The Movie Talk selection for October 12 will be “Gone Girl.” See the film and come prepared to discuss it in context of UU values.

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.

Building the Dream Update – 12:30pm, Gore Hall

We’re excited! Come see the drawings and plans from our architects for our new Religious Education, Community Outreach, Music and Fellowship purposes. We’re gearing up for our UUA consultant to come and assess how much money we can raise in a Capital Campaign. We already have our Cornerstone $150,000 donor! Come talk to us at the table set up in Gore Hall:  about the campaign, the timeline and the design. On October 12, go on a “walking tour” of the new campus so you can visualize where everything will be. Check out all our information at the Building website:

www.1UBuildingthedream.wordpress.com. For more fun and info, watch the video with some thoughts from our members. If you have any comments or questions, please send them to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

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.

COME OUT WITH PRIDE Details Available, Gore Hall

Everyone is invited to join 1U for Orlando’s annual Come Out with Pride celebration. You can run, walk, work at our booth and march or float in the parade. If you have extra time, we’ll also need help with float decoration, booth setup/teardown and managing all the events of the day. Visit the PRIDE information table to ask questions, sign up to volunteer, and buy and official t-shirt. Details on our participation can be found in the Plan Ahead section below.

Monday – October 6

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.

Tuesday – October 7

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance Board meets in the library before the meeting at large. Today is also a 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.

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.

Wednesday – October 8

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – October 9

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

1U Common Read Begins in November, Get Your Books Now (Signup Deadline: Nov. 15)

The common read for this fall is Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food. Books (including Kindle) may be purchased through Amazon or borrowed from Charlotte Fleming (12 copies). The discussion dates are Nov. 17, 7-9pm and Nov. 18, 1-3pm. Please see Charlotte Fleming to sign up for the discussion dates as they are limited to 15 people each.

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be October 26, when the beneficiary will be Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA). OYA provides a safe space for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (GLBTQ) youth to gather, talk about issues and concerns that are important in their lives, and meet other gay youth. OYA is a peer-based youth group with members ranging from the ages of 13 to 24.

 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.

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.

Board Minutes on Transitional Website

Approved Minutes of meetings of your Board of Trustees are available to members from the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT area of the website, scroll to the Board Minutes area, then select and click to open the document for the month of interest, as exemplified here:

2014 September BOT Meeting Minutes Packet

2014 June BOT Meeting Minutes Packet

Plan Ahead

October 10 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.

October 11 – COME OUT WITH PRIDE with 1U!

Everyone is invited to join 1U for Orlando’s annual Come Out with Pride celebration. You can run, walk, work at our booth and march or float in the parade. If you have extra time, we’ll also need help with float decoration, booth setup/teardown and managing all the events of the day. Visit the PRIDE information table in Gore Hall to ask questions, sign up to volunteer, and buy and official t-shirt. Here are details on our participation:

Zebra Run – 7:30am, Lake Eola

The Zebra Coalition, which supports LGBT+ youth, is sponsoring a 5K race, and 1U is fielding a team! (We had 21 1U participants last year for a pride race sponsored by another organization.) Registration is $25. 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! Campus Tenders gathering on Saturday to beautify our grounds are urged to come early to help cheer on our team as they pass.

Booth Volunteers – Noon-8:00pm, Booth 105, Lake Eola  

We need at least two people to staff our booth for each of several 2-hour shifts during the time the booth is open. Our booth is #102 and is near the corner of Robinson and Eola Drive. You may sign up for a shift using our poll set up on “Doodle” or directly at our table in Gore Hall on Sunday. If you have trouble, 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.

To assist with booth setup and teardown (before 11:00 and after 8:00), please contact the Gay Men’s Group.

Pride Parade – 3:00-5:00pm, Carpool from 1U parking lot or meet at Lake Eola/Robinson St.

You’re invited to join what we hope will be 100 fellow 1Us to march or ride in the Pride parade. We’ll meet and carpool to Robinson Street to line up for the parade, or you can meet us at Lake Eola before the 4:00pm step-off. We’ll have signs, banners, giveaways and a lot of fun. This is a family-friendly event not to be missed.

Other Pride Activities

There are entertainment events, food offerings, demonstrations, a fireworks show and other fun that will continue after the parade.  A complete list of the Saturday offerings may be found at the Come Out with Pride website.

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 18 – Fall Social Justice Movie, 6:30pm, Home of Bob and Mary Dipboye    (RSVP by Oct. 15)

Every Three Seconds is a documentary about the potential of individuals to end poverty and hunger. The film follows the stories of five ordinary people who saw suffering in their communities and around the world and then took action. Every Three Seconds is about changing the world and changing your life in the process. Showing at the home of Bob and Mary Dipboye in Winter Park. RSVP by Oct 15 to SocialJustice@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 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 at Central Florida VegFest, 10 am – 6 pm, Festival Park, Orlando

Did you know that Central Florida Veg Fest had 15,000 attendees last year? Sign up now to help staff our 1U Tent for an hour or two and help festival attendees discover First Unitarian and Unitarian Universalism. We will have lots of goodies to hand out, prepared talking points to help untie any shy tongues, and games for the kids. To sign up, talk with Charlie Behrens or email Volunteers@orlandouu.org with “VegFest” in the subject line.

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.

November 17 – Apopka Farmworkers: “Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food,” 4:00-6:00pm, Gore Hall

Save the date for time with the Apopka Farmworkers, who will share their stories found in the book,” Fed Up, The High Cost of Cheap Food.” They will tell you a story “that you will not hear anywhere else” about Lake Apopka muck farmers and the poisoning of the land and lake. Land restoration, clean up, and wildlife protection were done, but the Farmworkers were left to die out. And we will have an opportunity to help.

November 17 – 1U Common Read, 7:00-9:00pm, Location TBA

The common read for this fall is Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food. Books (including Kindle) may be purchased through Amazon or borrowed from Charlotte Fleming (12 copies). The second discussion date is Nov. 18, 1-3pm. Please see Charlotte Fleming to sign up for the discussion dates as they are limited to 15 people each.

November 18 – 1U Common Read, 1:00-3:00pm, Location TBA

The common read for this fall is Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food. Please see Charlotte Fleming to sign up for the discussion dates as they are limited to 15 people each.

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