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Weekly Update 01/08/15

Weekly Update 01/08/15

Weekly Update-January 8, 2015


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

Guest at Your Table

Our Guest at Your Table program, the annual fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) winds up this week. Please convert your coins into bills, or even checks, and bring them to service on Sunday.

Friday – January 9

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– January 10

 ‘Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day – 9:00am-Noon

Join us as we tend to & beautify the church campus the second Saturday of each quarter (January 10, April 11, July 11 and October 10). If you haven’t already signed up, just show up at 9am in the 1U parking lot. Children/family-friendly tasks available. We’ll have refreshments and social time.

We Want to Marry You! A Special 1U Wedding Event – 1:00-5:00pm

First Unitarian will hold a wedding event celebrating marriage equality in Orlando. The day will include simple free private ceremonies with an ongoing reception with flowers, wedding cupcakes and photos. More info including updated information can be found here. 1U members and friends wishing to help with the celebration or just be present to celebrate can show up in Gore Hall in advance of the event. (Helpers wear gold “Side of Love” tees, observers/witnesses wear afternoon wedding wear.)

Sunday– January 11

1U Blood Drive – 8:30am-1:00pm, Big Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

You have the opportunity to save up to 3 lives with a simple blood donation at First U in the Big Red Bus.  If you are healthy and able to give, please do so. You can reserve a slot online or just show up!  All blood types are needed.

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary      (Two services)

In Pursuit of Happiness, Lois Cole, Ministerial Intern

In a time of happiness studies and blue zones, we’ll reflect on our relationship with happiness, personally and theologically, and why the pursuit of happiness may not only be a worthy new year’s resolution, but a way to address social change.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 14)

9:30am-10:30am Childcare during early Worship or Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

11:00am-12:30pm OWL for Grades 7-9 (EC Room 18)

11:00am-11:15am All other children begin in Worship

11:15am – 12:15pm Children Pre-school through High School go RE classes (Enrichment Center)

If you have a child participating in the Children’s RE program please join our facebook group. It’s a great way to stay informed:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1UChildrensReligiousEducation/   

We are still in need of teachers and classroom assistants for the second half of the Children’s RE program year (once or twice per month from January to the beginning of May 2015).   Whether you are an experienced RE teacher or have no prior experience, we have a rewarding opportunity just for you. Contact Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library: Cosmos Revisited, Video and Discussion with Bob Leger. (Learn more)

9:30am in EC Room 18: Topics in Buddhism with Charlotte Fleming. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: Movie Talk: Discussing the film The Theory of Everything. (Learn more)

Our full schedule can be found at http://1uweb.wordpress.com under the Learning tab.

OWL for Grades K-1:  Parent Information Meeting –12:30pm EC Assembly Room

Are you interested in finding out more about Lower Elementary OWL (grades K – 1)? Come learn about this wonderful program for Kindergarten through 1st grade-aged children that will be beginning next month. A mandatory Parent/Child OWL Orientation is scheduled for all participating families on January 24 from 9am to 12pm.

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.

Monday– January 12

1U Gay Men’s Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

Open to gay men regardless of race, economic, social, political, or religious affiliation/background providing a safe, neutral, respectful space for socializing, fellowship, spiritual growth and support for Gay Men in the Orlando area. Activities include group chat, gay community outreach and community service to the congregation and beyond.

Tuesday– January13

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Members will be working on the continuing bazaar/thrift shop. Join us at 11:30 for a brown bag lunch.

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– January 14

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday– January 15

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

An open, ongoing meditation group offered free of charge each week. All are welcome, no registration required.

RUUM – 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) for fellowship and discussion of upcoming plans.

Other News

 2015 Congregational Meeting Notice

A Congregational Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015, beginning at 12:45pm in Gore Hall. All Members of Record are strongly encouraged to attend. To vote at the Meeting of the Congregation requires that one’s membership status be in good standing. This includes making a responsible financial contribution to the Church and committing to do so annually. Members who are not in good standing have been moved to “inactive” and will not be able to vote at the meeting. (We do not anticipate a vote on significant items of interest at this time)


  • Opening words and chalice lighting
  • Sharing of Information: Campus Renovation Update
  • Capital Campaign
  • Closing & Extinguishing the Chalice

Childcare will be available. Lunch will also be available at a small cost. More information here.

Voter Rights Restoration Petition – Many Thanks

Thank you to everyone who signed the Petition on January 4 to have a Constitutional Amendment placed on the ballot restoring the voting rights to many Floridians previously convicted of felonies. In case you did not have the opportunity to sign the Petition, there will be another opportunity on January 18 after both services: 68,000 Petitions with valid signatures are required to be submitted by the end of January. If the Petition passes initial Florida Supreme Court review another Petition will be circulated, at which time approximately 600,000 signatures will be required in order to have the proposed amendment placed on the 2016 ballot.

Share the Plate Update

Our Share-the-Plate recipient for January is Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO). PPGO’s mission is to provide affordable, quality healthcare, and relevant information in support of every person’s right to make voluntary, informed decisions about family planning, healthcare and responsible sexual behavior. PPGO first opened its doors in 1994, and has grown from one small clinic to two Orlando health centers and one Kissimmee health center. PPGO clinics see 21,000 patients annually and provide over 15,000 young people with comprehensive sexual health education.

WHW 2015 Team Wants YOU!

Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) is a time for all ages to take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at an evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. 1U’s WHW organizing team needs volunteers to help plan and arrange classes and teachers, menus and food vendors, and logistics for setup and cleanup. If you’d like to take part in setting up the next in 1U’s series of Wednesday adventures, starting now, please email WHW@Orlandouu.org, write “I’d like to be part of the WHW team” in the subject line and send us your name and phone number, along with any area of special organizing or planning interest.

Give Pennies for Publix to Support Farmworkers

The holiday season is a good time to use a highly effective tool in the ongoing effort to get Publix to sign the Fair Food pledge with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Tape a penny to a note that reads:

I want to see Publix sign the Fair Food pledge with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers so farmworkers can have better pay and decent working conditions. Please use my pennies so Justice is done.

By signing the Fair Food pledge Publix will commit to pay one extra cent per pound for tomatoes they sell in their store, thus helping to ensure that these farmworkers get better pay and decent working conditions. More info here. Create your own notes or download here our already prepared document for printing out multiple notes at once. Tape a penny to each note, take them with you on each Publix shopping trip, and hand your cashier the penny’d note to urge Publix to support CIW.

Year-end Statements Coming in January

2014 year end pledge statements will be emailed in mid-January. An additional pledge statement will be emailed to all those who have made a Capital Campaign pledge.

Discussions on Escalating Inequality and Homelessness Being Planned

Watch for several opportunities to be in conversation with others around Escalating Inequality, the current UUA Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI). Let’s consider ways to engage this issue. How can we support the renew commitment to address issues of homelessness in Central Florida?  How can we be more effective in our relationships with other organizations such as those supporting farm workers? If you would like to be on a direct email list for those particularly interested in these issues, please let us know at socialjustice@orlandouu.org.

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.

Join Justice GoogleGroup

Did you receive an e-mail that gives you information so you can attend, march, protest, support, or learn about an activity that may appreciate your 1U involvement? To get immediate messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice information and events in central Florida and beyond that you learn about, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used. (We just changed the e-mail address, so if you tried to join before and haven’t gotten the information–our apologies. Please try again.)

Become a Home Hospitality Host

On occasion, 1U has the opportunity to host other UUs for events like District Assembly, Choir Festival, District meetings, and other events. Some of our fellow UUs who come into town for a day or two to join us and/or use our facilities appreciate being welcomed into our homes for the night to cut down on hotel expense while getting to know us. If you have space in your home to host a guest or two, please consider joining in this Hospitality offering!  Email 1uhomehospitality@gmail.com to be added to our database to be contacted about opportunities as they arise.

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

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday–Noon, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available every Sunday at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sale of coffee, chocolate and tea benefits small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts.

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

Say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth. Proceeds from the Good Buy underwrite human rights programs around the world through the UUSC, so you can make a difference with each purchase. Questions? Contact Steph Garber.

Northeast Cluster Breeze

Read how other Florida congregations are doing “church” on their campuses and in their communities at neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com/

Join & Enjoy the UUUS Women’s Group

The women of the University Unitarian Universalist Society have formed a group that you don’t have to officially join. If you are a woman and you have attended UUUS at sometime or are a friend of someone who attends, the UUUS Women’s Group invites you to join them for fun and fellowship. Their planned events include:

  • January 31- Gathering of Goddesses Annual Retreat

For more information, or to get on the group mailing list, email them: info@universityuus.org.

Plan Ahead

January 18 – Voter Rights Petition Signing, Each Social Hour, Gore Hall Social Justice Table

Several million Floridians are disenfranchised from voting because they have a prior felony conviction on their record. Many of these convictions are for non-violent drug offenses. In 2016 there will likely be a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot which will restore the voting rights of many disenfranchised Floridians. At the Social Justice table during both social hours, we will have petitions we encourage you to sign: 68,000 petitions need to be signed by the end of January in order for them to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court. Please help to include this important initiative on the 2016 ballot.

January 18 – Discuss Dir. Of Religious Education Selection Process/Job Description, Assembly Rm, 12:15pm

As you may recall in 2013 we decided to hire an interim Coordinator of Religious Education to allow us time to consider our next steps in Religious Education staffing. We are nearing the end of that interim. Prior to the RE Committee Meeting, we want to review the job description, and proceed with the process of having a Director of Religious Education.  Rev. Kathy will help lead and explain this process. Open to all interested.

January 24 – Capital Campaign/Annual Budget Drive Kickoff, Three 1U Venues, 3:00-6:00pm

Save the date for this family-friendly, all-congregation event!  Plan to be with us as we celebrate our congregation, its mission, and its future with a kickoff event for both our capital campaign and annual budget drive. The day will feature three venues with two shows going on in each hour. There will be a concert featuring 1U talent in the Sanctuary. Local favorite, Mr. Richard, will host a family-friendly musical show in the Enrichment Center Courtyard (or Assembly Room if required by weather), and Gore Hall will feature a UU-authored play about a discouraged activist and the imaginary dinner party guests who give her hope. Fun for everyone!

January 25 – Congregational Meeting, 12:45pm

Reserve the date for our Congregational Meeting with a light lunch and childcare available. See the formal notice in the Other News section above and online.

February 4 – Give Good Health to Children, Families around the World, 1:30-3:30pm, Clean the World

By giving just two hours of time today, you can help prevent disease around the globe. How? Work with Clean the World to collect partially used soaps from over 500,000 hotel rooms in hundreds of Orlando and Las Vegas hotels. (The soap would otherwise be filling our landfills.) The bars are sanitized and recycled into new bars of soap to be used here in the US and around the world in areas where proper hygiene is not currently available, to help prevent disease. CTW is at 400A Pittman St. right near the Bob Carr Center just off Interstate 4. The project involves standing, so make sure to wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Prepare to enjoy the time sharing this worthwhile project with fellow First Uers! Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Children ages 8-15 will need parent or guardian supervision in order to join in!!  (Clean the World asks you to donate an unwrapped, new bar of soap for the event. NOT required, tho.)  Please contact Whitney Magers at wmagers@cleantheworld.org, and tell her you would like to join the First U Group. You will be asked to sign a waiver to participate. You will find great satisfaction in knowing you spent those 2 hours making a true difference to so many!

February 8 – 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.

February 27 & 28: Journey to Membership Workshop, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00-9:00pm on Friday, February 27 and 9:00am to noon on Saturday, February 28. 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, March 20, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, March 22.

March 7-8 – 2015 Florida UU Choral Festival, 1U Campus

1U is hosting, with all Florida UU choir and/or music ministry members invited to participate. The Festival theme is Building a Dream. Attendees from around the state will arrive Saturday midday, have rehearsal, enjoy dinner then a variety show and the next morning, will perform for two services at 1U. Please put this date on your calendar and share the info with other UU members and friends. Direct questions and comments to MusicDirector@OrlandoUU.org.

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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