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Weekly Update 11/13/14

Weekly Update 11/13/14

Weekly Update-November 13, 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

Friday – November 14

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 – 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.

Mystic Grove Steaks for the Lord Ritual – 7:00pm, Enrichment Center courtyard

Mystic Grove, mysticgrove@orlandouu.org, is hosting a “Steaks for the Lord” Ritual and Feast, to which all are welcome.  We start with stories and wisdom from the Divine Masculine Energy and the closely associated Divine Mystery of the Cycle of life.  Our goal is to share and learn while honoring and respecting the work, accomplishments, and sacrifices of men.

Sunday – November 16

Building the Dream Congregational Gathering: Feedback on Plans, 9:30am, Assembly Room

The Capability Study report from UUA Consultant Barry Finkelstein is in hand and it is full of great news about our new building initiative!  Go to our Building Website (www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com) to look at it. We’ve provided an overview of the results, as well as a downloadable copy of the full report. Then, please come join us at one of several meetings to give input on the plans, in preparation for the next set of revisions.

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

  • Heaven on Earth, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
  • We are less concerned with getting people into heaven and more concerned with getting heaven into people. Let’s explore religious metaphors from a liberal perspective.  The Chalice Choir will perform’
  • Share the Plate:  Please extend a warm welcome when representatives from the Coalition for Immokalee Workers and Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida will be joining us for Share-the-Plate. We’ll get to hear more about the launch of the Fair Food label to help consumers identify tomatoes from ethical farms, and the Thanksgiving week theatrical release of the documentary, “Food Chains,” as well as the Publix protest planned in Orlando to coincide with the movie release. Please give generously to support the work of our long-term social justice partners.

Children’s Religious Education   

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

  • 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 Classroom)
  • 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 thru High School go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Social Justice/Share the Plate, with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. (Learn more)
  • 9:30am in EC Room 18: Francis Dávid Café, with Bob Leger. (Learn more)
  • 11:00am in the Library: Great Religious Books, with David Morris (Learn more)
  • Looking ahead in Sunday Morning Adult Education: Our latest and regular lineup is here. Read all about it!
  • The next Movie Talk film, Fury will be discussed December 7. (Learn more)

Monday – November 17

1U Common Read – 7:00-9:00pm, Hiett Library

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.

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 18

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Alliance members gather to make sandwiches for the homeless and work on the continuing Bazaar. Brown bag your own lunch and join us!

1U Common Read – 1:00-3:00pm,  Hiett Library

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.

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 – 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.

Volunteers Needed

If you can come a little early, and/or stand to miss a bit of the service on Wednesday nights. If you’d like to join in, you can email WHW@Orlandouu.org, write “WHW helper” in the subject line and send us your name and phone number, or you can simply show up in Gore Hall at 4:45pm on Wednesdays and ask what you can do.

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – November 20

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

You Are Cordially Invited To Thanksgiving At 1U on Nov. 27! 

(RSVP & Potluck Sign-up Deadline: Nov. 22)

Join in the fun, fellowship and food:  $5/person includes the main dish (turkey or a substitute), dressing/stuffing and gravy. (Note:  no one will be turned away over a cover donation.)

The way it works: You provide a side dish that will feed at least 8-10 people. Sign up here to see what is needed and to let us know what you will be bringing. (Please bring containers to take home any leftovers you might like. If you worry about being a glutton, make a separate “leftovers donation” of any amount you feel appropriate.)

  • 4:30pm Appetizers and wine  (please provide your own wine)
  • 5:00pm Meal time

Please RSVP with Bonnie or Steve Rich, or Dayle Steakley. We need to hear from you by 11/22 to make sure we purchase the appropriate amount of turkey or turkey substitute.

Volunteers are critical to make this a success!

  • Turkey roasters – people to roast and slice the turkey or meat substitute (which will be provided to you), and then bring it to1U at the appointed time.
  • Set up team – helps in setting up Gore Hall for the festivities (moving tables, placing table cloths on tables, setting places with plates/silverware, etc.)
  • Clean up team – helps cleaning up Gore Hall after the meal, dish washing, table cleanup, etc.
  • Serving team – to help feed beloved members and friends and make everyone feel welcome! (It’s fine to make reservations and bring friends/family if you care to.)
  • Food receivers – to place food on the serving table and label everything (what this is, any allergen foods contained, vegetarian or vegan, etc.)

Sign up TODAY! We look forward to having fun with you!


Toy Drive for Hope Community Center

The Hope Community Center has asked First Unitarian to help support their annual Christmas Toy Sale for the Apopka farm workers. This event is part of a 36-year tradition, and is unique in that the new toys are gathered by HCC to be sold to the farm workers and their families in the setting of a two day affordable toy sale. The money collected each year is used to support programming at HCC. They are asking for unwrapped gifts valued in the $10 or more range such as dolls, balls (of all kinds), art supplies, trucks and cars and board games. A decorated box will be available on the stage in Gore Hall for the toys. We are starting early as they want all items delivered to the HCC by 12/12/14. Please support this special event for the Apopka farm workers!

Building the Dream Update

After the exciting update from our UUA Consultant last week (see it all at www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com ), we are moving on with feedback to the plans this week. This week, we are also fine tuning the (still rough) financials on the building, setting up financial systems as well as bringing in an arborist to make sure that the big tree outside of our Sanctuary will be safe with the new plans. And some of our Lead Donors will be asked for their Capital Campaign pledges in the next few weeks—stay tuned for results.

UUSC Holiday Cards Available

Purchase your holiday cards Sundays in November during coffee hour.  For $10/box these beautiful holiday cards are a colorful, fun way to celebrate the holidays, while promoting justice and compassion in human relations. By purchasing a 10-card pack, you support UUSC in our efforts to promote workers’ rights, civil liberties, the human right to water, and the rights of vulnerable groups in humanitarian crises (and a fundraiser for 1U). You can contact Cheryl Tyson to order, or email the church office at volunteers@orlandouu.org, putting “UUSC Holiday Cards” in the subject line for prices and purchasing details.  Limited quantities — don’t be disappointed!

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.

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.

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:

  • 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.

Organ Donation for 1U and YOU!

Studies show that the majority of people think donating organs is a good idea, but they don’t seem to “get around” to registering. Leaving your family to have to make this decision at a very emotional time is often simply too tough. Decide today and go to donatelife.net to join the registry for your state, and be sure to also discuss your wishes with your family members. You are truly giving the gift of life.

Plan Ahead

November 22 Dinner with Friends, 6:00pm-ish, various member homes

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. 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.

December 6 – Pastoral Care Training for Lay Leaders, 9:30am-12:00pm, Assembly Room

This morning session is designed for lay leaders interested in learning and practicing the basics of pastoral care as a way of becoming more effective in any congregational leadership position. Topics will include listening skills, boundaries, when and how to refer, as well as a fuller understanding of congregational resources. While targeted to lay leaders, any member or friend is welcome to attend. This will also be the first step in the training for our newest Pastoral Associates. To RSVP for this single training, or to find out more about participating in the on-going Lay Pastoral Care Program, please contact Harriet Smithson at pastoralassociates@orlandouu.org.

December 7 – 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.

December 14 – Blue Christmas: A Special Holiday Service of Remembrance and Hope, 4:00pm

Join the Pastoral Associates for this new and very special offering. While the holiday season is indeed joyous, many also find the expectations, hectic activity and memories overwhelming. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year.

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
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