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Weekly Update 10/09/14

Weekly Update 10/09/14

Weekly Update-October 9, 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.

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Friday – 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.

Saturday – October 11


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. Here are details on our participation:

Zebra Run – 7:30am, Location TBA

The Zebra Coalition, which supports LGBT+ youth, is sponsoring a 5K race, and 1U is fielding a team! 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  

Our booth is #102 and is near the corner of Robinson and Eola Drive. To assist with booth setup, staffing or teardown, please contact gaymensgroup@orlandouu.org.

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.

Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day – 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot

Join us as we tend to and beautify the church campus. Help is always needed to maintain our buildings and grounds. If you can volunteer, email buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org. The ZEBRA (assistance to gay, lesbian and trans-gender youths) walk-a-thon is this morning.  If you want to get to the work day early with your home-made signs, Campus Tenders will be cheering them on from 7:30-8:30am.  Next  Quarterly work day: January 10.

Sunday – October 12

TODAY!   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 available “at the door.”  Contra dancing (free to all) will start at 12:15pm in Gore Hall, with caller Eric Harris!  

  • Breakfast:Pumpkin (and plain, and gluten-free) pancakes, eggs, bacon or veggie patties, juice & coffee.  Gluten-free & vegan options available, upon request.
  • 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 available, as well as Seminole squash (grown at 1U!).

Come enjoy the morning with us, and stay for the contra dancing at 12:15pm!

 Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

The Power of Practice, Lois Cole, Ministerial Intern

We will explore why so many in our congregations are turning to meditation, the legacy left by our Transcendentalist forebears, and the power of developing a daily practice that helps us live more mindfully in the world.

Children’s Religious Education   

  • 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 (except OWL) begin in Worship
  • 11:15am-12:15pm Children’s Religious Education Classes (EC Assembly Room)

 Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Cosmos Revisited, led by Bob Leger. (Learn more)
  • 9:30am in EC Room 18: Topics in Buddhism, led by Charlotte Fleming. (Learn more)
  • 11:00am in the Library: Movie Talk, about the movie “Gone Girl.” See the film and come prepared to discuss it in context of UU values. (Learn More)
  • Looking ahead in Sunday Morning Adult Education: Our latest lineup is here. Read all about it!

Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) Signup, 12:15pm, Gore Hall Foyer

WHW, Oct. 22 – Dec. 3, are a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. Supper is from 5:30-6:30pm with a simple savory meal. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal ($7 adults, $4 youth, $2 children 5 and younger). Midweek Worship for all ages begins at 6:30 in the Sanctuary with a brief service of story and song. Adult Education Classes run 7:00-8:30. The class registration fee is $15. If you are interested in several classes that allow drop-ins, you may register for an additional class at no cost. Scholarships are available. Childcare and programming for young people are available. We will use pre-registration to ensure that enough childcare providers are on hand for children’s programming. Please be sure to reserve a spot for your child. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. Welcome! Brochure and registration form can be found here.

Building Update:  “Tour” the New Campus – 12:30pm, Just Outside Hiett Library

Are you having problems visualizing what our new campus will look like?  Come join Building Construction Chairperson Karen Schultz as she takes us on a walking tour around our campus to see where everything will be. We will also show you new photos of Gore Hall and the inside of the new Enrichment Center. Meet right outside Hiett Library at 9:30 and 11:00am.

Plans and drawings for our two new buildings—and information about the Capital Campaign that will pay for it all—can be found at www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com.

Monday – October 13

Tuesday – October 14

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Last chance to retrieve any kitchenware from our lost and found box in the Gore Hall kitchen! As of October 16 any unclaimed items will be put in the garage sale to clear out our kitchen and create a little more profit from the sale. Better check it out because you know you’ve been wondering where that certain something went to!

Today the Alliance will work on the bazaar and learn about emergency preparation from guest speaker Mary Sue Kennington.  Please join us for the potluck and speaker.

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.

Wednesday – October 15

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – October 16

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

Worship Readers & Actors Sought

Rev. Kathy is creating two lists of people interested in being involved in providing worship. One is for readers and the other for actors. Email her at minister@orlandouu.org:

  • To be on a list of people who will be invited to do a reading (provided by Rev. Kathy) in a worship service. Opportunities are generally emailed out in the middle of the week preceding the service. Those who are not trained Worship Associates will attend a brief orientation before being asked to read. (Please see Worship Workshop on 10/19.)
  • To be on a list of people who will be invited to do performed in skits during worship. Opportunities will be emailed out in advance. Some may be simple and require very little preparation. (There is not usually memorization.) Others may require more commitment. Commitment level will be indicated when the opportunity is announced. We expect these to happen about once a month.

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, by Dale Slongwhite. The book is about the farm workers in Apopka who were poisoned by chemicals used in the muck farms on the shore of Lake Apopka. Copies of the book will be available to borrow this Sunday after both services.  Sign up for one of the discussions, either on November 17 from 7-9pm, or on November 18 from 1-3ppm.  Sandy Cawthern and Charlotte Fleming lead the discussions.

On November 15 from 4-6pm, come to 1U to hear Dale Slongwhite talk about writing her book, listen to some of the farmworkers she wrote about, and study the beautiful memorial quilts written about in the book, up close. This event is open to anyone, whether or not you have read the book. This promises to be a powerful experience that will make you think.  (See the plan ahead section for that date.)

Food Bank Thanks

A full crew of food bank packers and sorters from First Unitarian worked Saturday, 10/4, to assist in feeding the hungry in our area through Second Harvest Food Bank. Thank you to every single one of them. Plan to join us Dec. 6 at our next group volunteer effort.

Share the Plate Update

In September, Share-the-Plate collected $1,030.95 for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando. Our next opportunity to Share-the-Plate will be October 26, when the beneficiary will be Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA). OYA was first formed in 1990, as a support group called “Delta Youth Alliance,” to assist at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender youth, then evolved into “GALIXY,” Gay And Lesbian Idea eXchange for Youth. The group exists today as the Orlando Youth Alliance Inc. (OYA), but maintains the same mission statement, and has helped hundreds of Central Florida youth over the years. Floyd Benfield of OYA will be our guest on October 26.

 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 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 22 – Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) Begin, 5:30pm, Gore Hall

WHW, Oct. 22 – Dec. 3, are a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. Welcome!

  • 5:30-6:30pm Supper – a simple savory meal ($7.00 adults, $4.00 youth, $2.00 children 5 and younger).  If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal.
  • 6:30-7:00pm Midweek Worship for all ages in the Sanctuary.
  • 7:00-8:30pm Adult Education Classes.

Childcare and programming for young people are available. We will use pre-registration to ensure that enough childcare providers are on hand for children’s programming. Please be sure to reserve a spot for your child.

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 2 – Field Trip! CRE Powwow

Mark your calendars! Children’s RE is arranging a field trip for any interested  families to the 28th Annual AIA Orlando Powwow at the Central Florida Fairgrounds – 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808. Pick up your registration forms in the Children’s RE classrooms in the Enrichment Center. We need Adult Volunteers to chaperone and drive to the event. Come and be a part of the fun! Contact Children’s RE Coordinator Regina Knabe for more details: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org

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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