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Weekly Update 10/30/14

Weekly Update 10/30/14

Weekly Update-October 30, 2014

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Friday – October 31

Saturday – November 1

Mystic Grove Samhain Ritual and Ancestor Feast – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

This is the time of year we remember our departed loved ones. The veil has thinned. Come join us for the Ritual and our Ancestor Feast to follow. Bring a picture or memento of a loved one for our Ancestor Altar, and a dish to share at our Ancestor Feast. Gathering is 6:00pm, Ritual begins at 7:00. Details: http://www.facebook.com/events/1475081059446667/

Sunday – November 2                                                                                                                                                 
Daylight Savings Time Ends – Fall Back!

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

  • Expanding, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
  • Our 1U mission statement says that we have a “commitment to compassionate service to the community.” Let’s explore the many forms this commitment takes within our congregation. The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education   

  • 9:15am – 12:15pm Nursery for ages 9 months through 4 years of age (EC Room 14)
  • 9:30am – 10:30am Childcare during early Worship or Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)
  • 11:00am-12:30pm Children who are registered for OWL Grades 7-9 go directly to class (EC Room 18)
  • 11:00am-12:00pm All other Children join the adults for Intergenerational Worship

Contact Children’s RE Coordinator Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org

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: Caring for Your Parents, led by Bonnie Rich. (Learn more)
  • 11:00am in the Library: There will be no adult offering at 11:00 pm.
  • Looking ahead in Sunday Morning Adult Education: Our latest and regular lineup is here. Read all about it!
  • No Movie Talk in November. The next Movie Talk film, Fury will be discussed December 7. (Learn more)

Welcome Home Wednesdays Signup, 12:15pm, Gore Hall   (Meal registration deadline: Monday Noon)

Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. Childcare and programming for young people are available. We use registration to ensure that enough providers are on hand for children’s programming, and enough food is available for all diners.

  • 5:30 Supper – $7 adults, $4 youth, $2 children 5 and younger. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal and we’ll all break bread together.
  • 6:30 Midweek Worship – for all ages in the Sanctuary.
  • 7:00 Adult Education Classes – class registration fee is $15. Scholarships are available.

You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. More information, and a downloadable brochure and signup sheet here. Welcome!

Camping Adventure Signup—LAST CHANCE—12:15pm Gore Hall

If you are still interested in joining us for the 1U Camping Adventure, Nov. 7 & 8th, please contact Alan Oberholtzer or Wendy McCluskey as soon as possible. A few spots remain on our group tent camping site. The cost is $5 per person, per night. We have lots of great activities planned (a pancake breakfast Sat. morning, geocaching training, owls education including slide show, potluck dinner and large group campfire with entertainment Sat. night, a campsite UU service Sun. morning and more.  You can participate in any or none of the activities– you decide. And, you can camp one or both nights, or join us for part of the day.

Monday – November 3

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 – November 4

The Alliance – 10:30am, 1U Parking Lot   (Note temporary location change)

Alliance members will meet in the parking lot at 10:30 to go to the Menello Art Museum to view Thomas Caitlin’s collection and other pieces on the Southwest Native Americans.  Cost of the tour is $4. At noon we will go north up 17/92 to First Watch for 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.

Energy Medicine Study Group – 7:15pm, Assembly Room  (There will be no EM Study Group in November)

Final class will be in December.

Wednesday – November 5

Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) #3 – 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Registration deadline for meals: Monday at Noon)

WHW (through Dec. 3) is 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. More information, and a downloadable brochure and signup sheet here. The menu this week is All American Burgers and Spuds: Bean and Regular Burgers plus a Baked Potato Bar.

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – November 6

RUUM 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men [RUUM] for conversation and for planning an activity for the month of November. For information please contact Bob Leger at 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

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.

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

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. Books may be purchase through Amazon including Kindle or borrowed from Charlotte Fleming (12 copies). Discussion dates are Mon., Nov 17, 7-9pm and Tues., Nov 18, 1-3pm. Please see Charlotte Fleming to sign up for the discussion dates as they are limited to 15 people each.

If you have borrowed a church copy of Fed Up: the High Cost of Cheap Food and have finished it, please return it to Sandy Cawthern on Sunday so someone else can read it.  We have only 12 copies, and there are 30 slots in the discussion groups.  We are hoping each copy can circulate twice. If you are NOT done reading it, please do so, and return it ASAP.  It doesn’t take long to read it.

Dinner with Friends Coming Around Again

SAVE THE DATE! Members and Friends, Dining Together, All Over Town! Dinners will be held on Saturday, November 22, around 6 p.m., at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Sign up no later than Nov. 8. Hosts and group arrangements will be notified by Nov. 15. Signup fliers will be available in Gore Hall, the OOS, and in this Weekly Update. Contact Alan Oberholtzer for further information.

Building the Dream Update

Thanks to everyone who met with our UUA Consultant, Barry Finkelstein (who met with many of our members about their knowledge, excitement and financial commitment to our Capital Campaign). He will be pulling together a full report for us giving us a comprehensive view of momentum we have, challenges we may face and an estimate of the amount of money we should be able to raise. Based on this, we will make revisions to our plans and move to the next round of drawings. Last week we also trained our Visiting Stewards for our High Donor appeals which will be starting in mid-November. Get the most up-to-date information at our website http://1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com/.

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share-the-Plate will be November 16, when the beneficiary will be the Coalition for Immokalee Workers (CIW). Guests from both CIW and Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida will be joining us that day to give us an update on all their activities, especially the Thanksgiving week theatrical release of the documentary, “Food Chains.”

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.

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

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:

  • October 28 – 6:30pm ‘HamBingo’ night at Hamburger Mary’s
  • November 12 – 6:00pm Wine Wednesday at Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • December 7 – Movie Matinee: Wild
  • 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

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.

November 9 – 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 this one-hour Meet and Greet.

November 12 – Welcome Home Wednesday #4 (WHW), 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Monday Noon)

WHW (through Dec. 3) is 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. More information, and a downloadable brochure and signup sheet here. The menu is Pasto Paisano: Vegetarian lasagna, marinara meatball sauce for carnivores to add, hearty bread and mixed salad greens with toppings selection.

November 15 – 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.

November 19 – Welcome Home Wednesday #5 (WHW), 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Monday Noon)

WHW (through Dec. 3) is 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. More information, and a downloadable brochure and signup sheet here. The menu is Chillin Before T’givin: Vegan chili, hearty bread, salad with toppings selection.

November 22 Dinner with Friends, 6:00pm-ish, various member homes (Sign up no later than Nov. 8)

Members and Friends, Dining Together, All Over Town! Dinners will be held at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Signup fliers are available in Gore Hall, the OOS, and via this Weekly Update. Contact Alan Oberholtzer for further information.

November 23 Teddy Bear Picnic, 12:30pm, Enrichment Center Courtyard

1U families with children in Pre-School, Nursery, or still in arms, please plan to attend our Teddy Bear Picnic hosted by Rev. Kathy and Sterling, her teddy bear. Lunch will be served. Children from infant through pre-school are invited to attend with their families (including older siblings) and their teddy bear or other cuddly companion. You are also encouraged to bring a friend who is not (yet) part of our 1U community. RSVP: minister@orlandouu.org.

December 3 – Welcome Home Wednesday #6 (WHW), 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Monday Noon)

WHW is 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. The menu is Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa plus a Salad Bar.

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

SAVE THE DATE: 1U is hosting, and all Florida UU choir and/or music ministry members are invited to participate. The Festival theme is Building a Dream. Attendees from around the state will arrive Saturday midday, have rehearsal, dinner, a variety show and the next morning, 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