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Weekly Update 12/04/14

Weekly Update 12/04/14

Weekly Update-December 4, 2014

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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.


Transitional Alternate 1U Web Site:  http://1uweb.wordpress.com


Friday – December 5

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 – 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.

Second Harvest Volunteers Needed, 1:00-4:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive

Another food Sorting and Packing Group happening at Second Harvest Food Bank! Please join in making meals available to our many hungry neighbors here in Central Florida. We need your help. We are expected to have 15 volunteers each time!  Second Harvest is requiring us to register ahead of time and we can bring MORE than 15, if we are so fortunate. Please GO TO THE SITE, CREATE A LOG-IN ACCOUNT AND REGISTER FOR Dec 6 from 1pm-4pm.  When you sign up for the date and shift, the system will ask you if you have a JOIN CODE. The 1U group JOIN CODE IS A100. For questions contact Steph Garber at foodbank@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – December 7

Alliance Holiday Boutique, 8:00am-3:00pm

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

What? No Creed?, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We continue of exploration of our 1U mission with the question: What does it mean that 1U is a liberal religious community? What does it mean that we are held together by covenant rather than creed?

 Children’s Religious Education

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery 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 for Grades 7-9 go directly to class (EC Room 18)

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

11:15am-12:15pm One Room Schoolhouse for all ages (EC Assembly Room)

During this season of giving, won’t you consider giving the gift of your time to the Children of 1U? We are looking for teachers & 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). 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. 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/

 Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library: Meditation, with Bob Leger. (Learn more)http://1uweb.wordpress.com/learning/adult-religious-education/sunday-morning-adult-programs/social-justice-stp/

9:30am in EC Room 18:  Mid-life Issues: Grieving for your Parents, with Bonnie Rich. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: Movie Talk: Discussing the film Fury. (Learn more)

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

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.

Monday – December 8

Tuesday – December 9

The Alliance – 9:00am, Gore Hall

  • Today we will be wrapping new underwear the Alliance purchased for the homeless. In addition work will continue in the Bazaar.
  • The Alliance is putting out a call for Holiday-themed items and nice gift-able items for the Holiday Boutique. As you get out your holiday decorations, think of us. Also, we would appreciate donations of jewelry of all types.
  • On Dec. 16 the Alliance will be attending a Holiday pot-luck lunch at 1:00pm at Cathy Spoone’s house. There will be no meeting at the church. RSVP to Cathy if you have not already signed up at Alliance.

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 – December 10

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – December 11

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

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 the 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.

Share the Plate Update

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. Zebra Coalition was established in response to the growing number of LGBT+ youth who are experiencing homelessness, bullying, extreme physical and sexual abuse, isolation from their families, and a wide range of life challenges or setbacks. Zebra Coalition’s mission is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBT+) and to provide them an opportunity to grow up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.

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!

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.

UUSC Holiday Cards Available

Time is running out! Purchase your UUSC holiday cards Sundays during coffee hour. At $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). Limited quantities — don’t be disappointed! You can also 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.

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.

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.

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.

1U Can Help Clean the World

Join the Global Hygiene Revolution! Clean the World is an Orlando non-profit which collects from many hotels soaps that are left over once someone has checked out. These soaps are sanitized and made into new bars to ship to help the needy around the world as well as in the U.S. If you’d like to volunteer for a 2-hour shift at Clean the World (near the Bob Carr center just off I-4), contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org, or call Steph Garber. Provide your email address to receive a copy of their wish list. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

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 Justice 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

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.

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:

  • 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

December 12 – 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.

December 13 – Alliance Holiday Boutique, 8:00am-3:00pm

December 14 – Alliance Holiday Boutique, 8:00am-3:00pm

December 14 – Blue Christmas: A Special Holiday Service of Remembrance & Hope, 4:00pm, Sanctuary & Gore Hall

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. A simple reception will follow the service.

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? minister@orlandouu.org

December 16 – RUUM Goes to Bok Tower, 9:30am, Carpools Meet in 1U Parking Lot

The 1U RUUM group is organizing a trip to Bok Tower, including a tour of the Pinewood Estates Christmas display. Meeting for lunch at Bok Tower at 11:00am. Cost is $20 per person. Details: see Bob Leger or email RUUM@orlandouu.org.

Saturday, December 20

  • Alliance Holiday Boutique, 8:00am-3:00pm

 Sunday, December 21:

  • Alliance Holiday Boutique, 8:00am-3:00pm

 Holiday Services   (More details available on the 1U website.)

 Sunday, December 21

Intergenerational “Pageant,” Single Service at 11:00 am, Followed by Pot Luck Lunch.

Children Rehearse at 9:30, Adult Programs at 9:30, No Adult Programs at 11:00

 Winter Solstice Service at 7:00 pm

 Wednesday, December 24         

Christmas Eve Services at 5:30 & 7:30 pm, Cookies & Cider follow each service

Thursday, December 25              

No services on Christmas Day

Sunday, December. 28

Regular Schedule for Worship & Adult Religious Education. No Children’s’ Class, Childcare during Worship available for both services

January 11 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am-1:00pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

All blood types are needed! Drop in, or sign up for an appointment online. Give Blood–you are truly giving the gift of life!

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 celebrate our congregation, its mission, and its future with a kickoff event for both our capital campaign and annual budget drive. More soon on all the fun.

January 25 – Congregational Meeting, 12:45pm

RESERVE THE DATE for our Congregational Meeting with a light lunch and childcare available. Formal notice to follow.

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

SAVE THE DATE: 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
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