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Weekly Update 12/19/13

Weekly Update 12/19/13

Weekly Update-December 19, 2013 


To include your announcement in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement 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.

Please take extra note of  the deadline for our holiday food drive listed in the Other News section!


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.


Winter Solstice/Yule Service – 7:00pm, Sanctuary, Assembly Room, Enrichment Center Courtyard

Join the Mystic Grove in the Sanctuary for the annual Winter Solstice service at 7:00pm. Gathering, potluck, and overnight vigil until 9:00am Sunday will follow the service in the Assembly Room and Enrichment Center Courtyard. For more info: mailto:mysticgrove@OrlandoUU.org.


Worship Service – Sanctuary, 11:00am (Only One Service Today)

Intergenerational Pageant, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

This morning we come together for a single participatory intergenerational service sure to delight the little ones and warm the hearts of our elders. A Chordia will sing.

Please bring something to share for the Holiday Potluck Lunch following the service.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 5)

9:30-10:30am Rehearse for Pageant

11:00am-12:00pm Worship & Children’s Pageant (Sanctuary)

Looking Ahead

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library – Social Justice. Shepherd’s Hope.

9:30am in EC Room 18 – Buddhism 101.  “Mindfulness in Plain English”

9:30am in the Assembly Room – Kierstin Homblette will talk about the process of becoming a UU minister and the important role that congregations play at every step of the journey.

NO ADULT R.E. AT 11:00am – because of the Children’s holiday service



The Alliance – (No meeting Dec. 24)

Alliance is delighted to have closed the Holiday Boutique and to announce that we took in over $2,000! Special thanks go to those who donated so many items and those who worked the store during business hours. The meeting schedule for the rest of the year is as follows: There will be no meeting on Dec. 24, but there will be a meeting on Dec. 31, which will be a bring-your-own lunch day as well as the White Elephant Gift Exchange. Members are encouraged to bring a wrapped item costing less than $10 that is attractive and possibly useful.

The Alliance has an urgent request for pant or skirt hangers. Preferred is a swivel hook with clothespin style pinchers at either end of the hanger. We will accept all skirt or pants hangers as our shortage is acute. Plastic or wood is just fine. Please, no other types of hangers at this time. Many thanks to the generous hearts who help us in so many requests. The best of holidays to each and every one of you!

Christmas Eve Services – 5:30 & 7:30pm, Sanctuary

Traditional Christmas Eve Services of Readings & Carols, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Our two services are the same except for some of the musical offerings. A music lover might enjoy attending both! Children are welcome in the Sanctuary and Wiggle Room. There is no nursery or childcare available this evening. Coffee, hot apple cider and cookies will be served after each service. Please bring holiday goodies to share (finger food only– to keep clean up easy).

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

No yoga class this evening – enjoy one or both Christmas Eve services!

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

No Welkin practice this evening – enjoy them at one or both Christmas Eve services!


No Services on Christmas Day

Choir Practice – (No practice Christmas Day, next rehearsal 1/2/14 rather than New Year’s Day)

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


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

Keeping the Food Pantry Shelves Stocked

Over the past several weeks, 1U members have been gracious in providing canned and dry goods food items for distribution to the Catholic Charities Semoran Food Pantry. They are able to package to the size of family and have special packs for the homeless who cannot cook their food. The food pantry served over 1000 individuals in November, but in December they slowed access hours for the needy because they were running out of food. 1U will continue this effort through the Christmas Holiday. Please bring your items to church and place them in the marked boxes in Gore Hall. Thanks for sharing what you can with other Central Floridians.

Kierstin Homblette to be Ordained: A Presentation To Her And To Us

Kierstin Homblette, the daughter of 1U members Kathy & Dan Homblette, will be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in January in Denver. At that time, 1U will be presenting Kierstin with her first stole. If you would like to make a financial contribution toward this gift, please contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org.  Also, join Kierstin for a special Adult Religious Education offering THIS Sunday while she is home for the holidays. At 9:30am in the Assembly Room, Kierstin will talk about the process of becoming a UU minister and the important role that congregations play at every step of the journey.

Got Change? Want to better understand life’s inevitable transitions?

Consider signing up for Rev. Kathy’s next Life Transitions class. More info here. Two identical series will be offered. Choose either A or B:

A: The Second and Fourth Thursdays of January and February (1/9, 1/23, 2/13, 2/27).

B: The First and Third Wednesday of March and April (3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16).

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be Dec. 22, when our beneficiary will be Shepherd’s Hope. First Unitarian’s Steph Garber will present an Adult R.E. session about Shepherd’s Hope at 9:30am in the Hiett Library. Shepherd’s Hope provides health care to uninsured, low-income people in Orlando and the surrounding area. First Unitarian will also be making a special Christmas Eve Share the Plate collection on Dec. 24 for the Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations which provide services to LGBT+ youth ages 13–24. Please let the holiday spirit guide you in giving generously to our carefully chosen community partners.

Congregational Meeting Update

Information from the Nov. 17 Congregational Meeting is available on the 1U website. Links to supporting information as well as input received are given.

Guest at Your Table Continues

The Guest At Your Table program continues until January 12. Details are here.

Missed A Sunday?

The last two week’s sermons are on the 1U temporary website:  see Past Sermons under the Worship tab.

Plan Ahead

December 29 – Regular schedule for Worship & Adult Religious Education

No Children’s classes, but Childcare During Worship will be available for both services.

December 31 – New Year’s Eve at Black Cat, 7:30pm, Gore Hall

Black Cat Cafe will be hosting their annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve party! EVERYONE is invited, it’s FREE and no RSVP is needed. Doors will open at 7:30pm…. but come anytime before we close them at 9:00am on Jan. 1. We will have an open potluck buffet table all night long so bring your munchees and favorite beverages to enjoy and share. Bring games, fireworks, and musical instruments!!!!!!

January 10 & 11: Journey to Membership Workshop

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register at the Visitor table in Gore Hall during Social Hour or by email at Members@OrlandoUU.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00-9:00pm on Friday 1/10/14 and 9:00am-noon on Saturday 1/11/14 in the Hiett Library). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday 1/24/14, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday 1/26/14.

In this season of gifts, may we remember the present–the moment in which we currently dwell. May we treasure the gift that our presence can be… in that moment … when we are truly ourselves… open-hearted…with one another

From Abiding Present, Abiding Presence

— From Abiding Present, Abiding Presence by Rev. Kathy Schmitz, 12-15-2013 sermon

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