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Weekly Update 12/11/14

Weekly Update 12/11/14

Weekly Update-December 11, 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.

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

Friday – 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.

Saturday – December 13

Call for Artists Drop Off Day: Holiday Lights, Holiday Darks 10:00amm-Noon, Hiett Library

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: 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.

Alliance Holiday Boutique – 8:00am-3:00pm, Gore Hall Foyer

As you get out your holiday decorations, dishes, and finery think about donating some of it to the Boutique. And take a peek in your jewelry box while you’re at it.  New or gently used gift-able items are welcome. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for the gorgeous gift basket!  Tickets are $1, or 6 for $5.  You can’t win it if you’re not in it!

Sunday – December 14

Alliance Holiday Boutique – 9:00am-1:00pm, Gore Hall Foyer

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

Cultivating a Generous Spirit, Lois Cole, Ministerial Intern

What does it mean to be someone with a generous spirit? In this holiday season of giving, we will explore the characteristics of being wholly generous, and the actions and ways of being that can enrich our lives and community.

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: Cosmos Revisited, video and discussion with Bob Leger. (Learn more)

9:30am in EC Room 18:  Topics in Buddhism with Charlotte Fleming. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: Topics from UUA’s Social Justice Process. (Learn more)

Looking Ahead in ARE:

The next Movie Talk film, The Theory of Everything, will be discussed January 11.

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

Building the Dream Tree Update, 10:30am and Noon, In Front of the Trees Outside the Sanctuary

Many people have been concerned about our beloved oak trees outside the sanctuary during the New Campus Renovation process.  We’ve used a thorough process (including the City of Orlando, Orlando Manager of Forestry and an independent arborist) to make sure that these treasured trees will be well protected. Come meet today after each service for a 15-minute discussion of the plans to ensure their longevity.

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.

Monday – December 15

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 – December 16

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

The 1U RUUM group is traveling to Bok Tower for a tour that will include the Pinewood Estates Christmas display. Meet us for lunch at Bok Tower at 11:00am, tour to follow. Cost is $20 per person. On the way home we’ll be stopping at Sh-Booms for ice cream. Details: see Bob Leger or email RUUM@orlandouu.org.

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

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.

As you get out your holiday decorations, dishes, and finery think about donating some of it to the Boutique. And take a peek in your jewelry box while you’re at it.  New or gently used gift-able items are welcome. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for the gorgeous gift basket!  Tickets are $1, or 6 for $5.  You can’t win it if you’re not in it!

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

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 17

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – December 18

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

Second Harvest Appreciation

Thank you to all the kind volunteers that worked at Second Harvest on Dec. 6. The work was truly appreciated. Join us again Feb 7!

Share the Plate Update

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. Patients who are eligible for services through Shepherd’s Hope have income at or below 200% of the poverty level, are uninsured, and are not eligible for government-assisted health care programs. Utilizing these criteria, Shepherd’s Hope has provided over 160,000 free medical visits and patient services since first opening in 1997.

Building the Dream Update

The architects are incorporating all our feedback from the first round of plans and we’re getting the land officially surveyed to start the process. We are getting donations from some of our most generous members early and we encourage you to make a donation in 2014 (a great way to get a tax deduction). We are eager for the official Capital Campaign Kick-Off on Jan. 24.

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 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.

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!

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

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:

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

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

Saturday, December 20

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

Sunday, December 21:

Alliance Holiday Boutique, 9:00am-1:00pm

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

Please join us after the Winter Solstice service for lighting of the Yule Log, wassail punch and nibbles! We
invite you to bring your favorite finger foods to share. Drop off at the assembly room before the service and volunteers will plate them. For those staying for the “All Night Yule Vigil” to watch the sun
rise, there will be a later ongoing potluck during the night. Food to share during the vigil is also welcome. If you would like to volunteer for this special coffee hour or vigil potluck please contact Cat Rigby at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

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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