Weekly Update 11/20/14
Weekly Update-November 20, 2014
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Friday – November 21
Going to the CIW Movies – 3:00 and 8:00pm, Altamonte AMC
Food Chains, the movie highlighting the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program and their effort to get Publix to participate, will be showing today and Saturday at the Altamonte AMC, 433 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, 32701. The movie was produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, Movie information at BIT.LY/FOODCHAINSORLANDO. For more information contact Claire@interfaithact.org.
Crafty Crafters’ Circle – 6:30pm, Room 9
Church members and friends gather to talk, sew, weave, craft, share, philosophize and just generally enjoy the heck out of everyone’s company until 8:30pm. All are welcome! BYO crafts, games, and conversation.
Saturday – November 22
Going to the CIW Movies – 3:00 and 8:00pm, Altamonte AMC
Food Chains, the movie highlighting the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program and their effort to get Publix to participate, will be showing today at the Altamonte AMC, 433 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, 32701. The movie was produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, Movie information at BIT.LY/FOODCHAINSORLANDO. For more information contact Claire@interfaithact.org.
Dinner with Friends – 6:00pm-ish, various member homes
Members and Friends, Dining Together, All Over Town! Dinners held at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Contact Alan Oberholtzer for further information.
Sunday – November 23
Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary
The Home of Hospitality, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
We explore the concepts of hospitality from a spiritual and religious perceptive as we kick off our Guest at Your Table program, an annual fundraiser for our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Welkin 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 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)
Contact Children’s RE Coordinator Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org
If you have a child participating in the Children’s RE program please join our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1UChildrensReligiousEducation/ It’s a great way to stay informed!
Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)
9:30am in the Library: Spiritual Literacy, led by Charles Davis. (Learn more)http://1uweb.wordpress.com/learning/adult-religious-education/sunday-morning-adult-programs/social-justice-stp/
9:30am in EC Room 18: UU Theology, with Ministerial Intern Lois Cole (Learn more)
11:00am in the Library: Storytelling: Stories of Gratitude, with Bill Spoone (Learn more)
Looking ahead in Sunday Morning Adult Education:
Our full schedule can be found at http://1uweb.wordpress.com under the Learning tab.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIW Picket – 4:30pm, Lake Eola Publix on Central Blvd
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers will be holding a picket at the Publix at 400 E Central Blvd near Lake Eola. Join the farm workers and Interfaith Action for this important event as CIW continues their effort to get Publix to join a dozen other national food service companies in the Fair Food Program and to pay 1 cent more per pound of tomatoes. Pull on your “yellow shirt” and hit the streets! For more information: Claire@interfaithact.org
Monday – November 24
Tuesday – November 25
The Alliance – 9:00am, Gore Hall
Alliance members will be setting up the Holiday Boutique. We need all hands on deck! Other church members are welcome to help as well, 9:00am-3:00pm.Brown bag your lunch and join us!
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
Wednesday – November 26
Welcome Home Wednesday #5 (WHW) – No WHW this week due to Thanksgiving
Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary No Choir practice this week due to Thanksgiving
Thursday – November 27
You Are Cordially Invited: The Final Thanksgiving Info for 1U Inquiring Minds
Thanksgiving Feast at 1U features wine and appetizers 4:00 pm -5:00 pm, dinner at 5:00 pm, optional Table Games and Conversation after Dinner. Stay as long as you like! Cost is $5 for all except children under 6, no charge. Turkey, stuffing and gravy provided; you bring holiday pot luck to feed 10. BYO wine, non-alcoholic drinks provided – Vegan entree will be provided – vegans please pot luck other appropriate food for yourselves. Pay this Sunday or pay at the door: no one will be turned away. HOWEVER: reservations help us know how much turkey to buy. They can be made on line here.
Pot luck dishes can be Salads – Veggies – Appetizers – Desserts – Breads – Relishes. Traditional family favorites are encouraged! Do also bring a pantry item for the less fortunate in Central Florida. Your hosts are Bonnie and Steve Rich along with many helpers.
Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall No Meditation Group this week due to Thanksgiving
Samaritan Resource Center Asks for Men’s Jeans & Sneakers
The Alliance has received an appeal from the Samaritan Resource Center for used men’s jeans – sizes 28, 30, 32, 34 – and men’s sneakers. Please drop off all items in the Gore Hall storeroom or give to an Alliance member on Sunday morning during Social Hour. Thanks for helping!
Call for Artists: Holiday Lights, Holiday Darks
Works wanted for a Sanctuary exhibition of festive art by 1U members and friends. Anything goes: painting and drawing, mixed media, fiber, photography, ornaments, collage, fabric, etc. ALL AGES WELCOME! Team up with family members, friends to create SUPER-DUPER works. Nuts and bolts: Drop off date is Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Hiett library. Work must be gallery ready. Tape, hooks, frames will not be available at the drop-off time. 3D works are acceptable if they can be hung. Depending on the number of entries, the exhibit will be up Dec. 21. Take down date: TBA. For information: art@OrlandoUU.org.
Appreciation for Poll Workers
Our thanks to the 1U poll workers – led by Jean Siegfried – who staffed the polling site in Gore Hall for the November 3 general election. Thanks to their generosity, 1U received a check for $1,230 from the Supervisor of Elections. That check represents the 1U poll workers’ earnings – all donated to 1U’s general fund! We truly appreciate it.
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 email@example.com.
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!
Share the Plate Update
In November, we raised a total of $1402.35 for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). For the month of December, we’ll be sharing the plate with two community partners. Our Christmas Eve Share-the-Plate collection will be donated to Zebra Coalition, a network of local social service groups who provide help and support to at-risk LGBT+ youth. Our fourth Sunday Share-the-Plate collection on December 28 will be donated to Shepherd’s Hope, an interfaith effort to deliver health care to the uninsured of Central Florida.
Building the Dream Update
We are still fine tuning the 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 underwrite 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.
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Missed a Sunday?
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Board Minutes on Transitional Website
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 1 – Clean the World Volunteer Opportunity
Clean the World takes partially used soaps from local hotels and recycles them and distributes them in hygiene kits to areas of the world where cleanliness is greatly needed. Are you interested in volunteering with a 1U group at Clean the World right here in Orlando? If so, email email@example.com and let her know you’d like to come Dec. 1 from 1:30-3:30pm with the First Unitarian Group and she will reply with all the info you will need. You can also contact Steph Garber or firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to see you there!
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 Ba
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 email@example.com.
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.
December 16 – Life Long Spiritual Growth, 6:00-8:00 pm, Hiett Library
Are you interested in the evolving possibilities for spiritual growth at 1U? Do we have opportunities for people at every age and stage of their development? What do we do well? What could we do better? What’s missing? Join us for a “Deep Chair” discussion. With no pressure of decision-making, let’s ponder the possibilities. Open to anyone with interest in the topic. Come share or just listen. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
January 24 – Capital Campaign/Annual Budget Drive Kickoff, Location TBA, 3:00-6:00pm
SAVE THE DATE for a family-friendly, all-congregation event! Plan to be with us as we honor our congregation, its mission, and its future with a celebratory kickoff event for both our capital campaign and our annual budget drive. More on all the fun will follow shortly.
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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