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Weekly Update 10/23/14

Weekly Update 10/23/14

Weekly Update-October 23, 2014

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Our transitional website is your best source for up-to-date information:  1uweb.wordpress.com


Friday – October 24

Saturday – October 25

1U at Central Florida VegFest – 10:00am-6:00pm, 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.

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.

Sunday – October 26                                                                                                                                                               

October Blood Drive – 8:30am-1:00pm, 1U Parking Lot  

Be frightfully good by saving lives and get a vampire t-shirt. There is nothing scarier than a blood shortage. One in three of us will need a blood transfusion in our lifetime. This October share your power and donate blood on the big red bus or at any donor center and help save lives in your community. As a special thank you, all donors will get a ghoulish gift:

  • A free limited-edition Starve a Vampire T-shirt*!
  • Free wellness checkupincluding blood pressure, pulse, iron count, temperature and cholesterol screening.

See you at the First U Blood drive on the Big Red Bus! Please come if you are able as all blood types are needed and each pint saves multiple lives.

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

  • Pirates for Peace, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
  • Our choices for Halloween costumes can raise some interesting questions. What message do we send when we don our masks?
  • New Members will be welcomed!  Welkin will perform.

Children’s Religious Education   

If you have not yet registered your child(ren), registration packets are available in the RE coordinator’s office in the Enrichment Center. Or you may download a registration form from the temporary 1U website: http://1uweb.wordpress.com or the Children’s RE facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1UChildrensReligiousEducation/

  • 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 Children who are registered for OWL Grades 7-9 go directly to class (EC Room 18)
  • 11:00am-11:15am  All other Children begin in Worship
  • 11:15am-12:15pm Children Pre-school through High School will go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)

We need Adult Volunteers to chaperone and drive to the Nov. 2 CRE Powwow Field Trip. Come and be a part of the fun! See the info in the Plan Ahead section, and Contact Children’s RE Coordinator Regina Knabe for more details: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Social Justice, Share the Plate with the Orlando Youth Alliance (Learn more)
  • 9:30am in EC Room 18: UU Theology, led by Lois Cole. (Learn more)
  • 11:00am in the Library: Storytelling: “Lessons My Mom or Dad Taught Me,” led by Bill Spoone. (Learn more)
  • Looking ahead in Sunday Morning Adult Education: Our latest lineup is here. Read all about it!
  • No Movie Talk in November. The next Movie Talk film, Fury will be discussed December 7.

Welcome Home Wednesdays Signup, 12:15pm, Gore Hall Foyer (Registration deadline for meals: Monday at Noon)

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

 Monday- October 27      

Tuesday- October 28

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

On fourth Tuesdays we have a speaker of note. Today we will hear Christine Perea from the Orange County Library System speaking about their Epoch program dedicated to preserving local legacies.

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 29       

Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) #2 – 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. Welcome!

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – October 30

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

Rummage Sale Shout Out

HUUGE thanks to everyone who participated in the 1U Annual Rummage Sale. We are so grateful for all our volunteers who helped set-up, helped during the sale assisting shoppers, and helped to clean-up after the sale. And let’s not forget our generous donors and shoppers!!  We had some great items to sell, and some happy shoppers to buy them.  A very special “thank you” goes out to the Alliance for all of their valuable assistance. The Rummage Sale made $2625.75 (net income).  Of that, the Alliance will receive 30% and the remainder goes to 1U’s general fund.

Hat Tip to Pumpkin Fest

The Pumpkin Fest was a success: lots of happy, smiling faces, lots of good food – pancakes and baked goods, lots of 1U men cooking in the kitchen, and pumpkins all around. The contra band and caller were a special treat and helped burn those pumpkin pancake calories. Thank you to everyone who participated in any way! It was a joyful fellowship event!! See you at the Blueberry Fest in April!! We made $ 457.81 (net) for 1U’s general fund.

Building the Dream Update

This week we have had our UUA Consultant, Barry Finkelstein, here with us interviewing a cross-section of 1U members about their knowledge, excitement and financial commitment to our Capital Campaign. In early November, he will be pulling together a full report giving us a comprehensive view of the momentum we have, the 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. Get the most up-to-date information at our website http://1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com/.

1U Hosts 2015 Florida UU Choral Festival March 7-8

SAVE THE DATES: 1U is hosting the Annual UU Choral Festival (as it last did so successfully in 2012), anD all Florida UU choir and/or music ministry members are being invited to participate. The Festival theme is Building a Dream, as the singers gather together for fine choral performance and fellowship. The itinerary will be similar to prior Festivals: attendees will arrive Saturday midday, have rehearsal, dinner, a variety show and the next morning perform for two services at 1U.The 1U Music Department invites your  participation and support in making this Festival as successful as the 2012 Festival hosted here. So, please, put these dates on your calendar and share the info with other UU members and friends. A dedicated email address and Festival website will be available shortly, but for now direct questions and comments to MusicDirector@OrlandoUU.org.

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.

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.)

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share-the-Plate will be October 26, when the beneficiary will be Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA). Founded in 1990 as Delta Alliance for Youth, OYA provides a safe space for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (GLBTQ) youth to gather and be themselves in the self-discovery and development phase of their teen years. OYA also empowers GLBTQ youth to be advocates and leaders in the community by collaborating with other organizations and causes in the Central Florida area. Please welcome Floyd Benfield of OYA, and give generously to support our community partners.

 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

November 2 – Powwow Field Trip!

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 5 – Welcome Home Wednesday (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. Welcome!

 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 (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. Welcome!

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 (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. Welcome!

December 3 – Welcome Home Wednesday (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. Welcome!

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.

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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