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Weekly Update 12/25/14

Weekly Update 12/25/14

Weekly Update-December 25, 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

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

Our offering this evening benefits the Zebra House Coalition (zebrayouth.org) which offers a safe and supportive environment for at–risk LGBTQ youth. The Chalice Choir, Welkin and a host of 1U musicians and vocalists will perform. Cookies & Cider in Gore Hall follow each service.

Friday – December 26

Saturday – December 27

Sunday – December 28

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary      (Note: Back to 2 services)

A New Year Ahead, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

As we gather in the midst of the holiday season, we offer this service with a more meditative quality. May we catch our breath and find our balance as we head into the gift of a whole new year.

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 NO middle school OWL today

11:15am-12:15pm NO Children’s RE today

 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/

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.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library: Social Justice (Share the Plate) with Steph Garber. (Learn more)

9:30am in EC Room 18:  UU Theology, with Lois Cole, Ministerial Intern. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: Storytelling, with Bill Spoone. (Learn more)

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.

Monday – December 29

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 30

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Join us for a brown bag lunch.

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 31

1U New Year’s Eve Party – 7:00pm-9:30am

Family-friendly annual New Year’s Eve gathering. New Year’s Eve party in Gore Hall. Everybody is welcome! Free, no rsvp. Just bring yourselves and pot luck contributions to the all night open buffet. Games, fire works, musical instruments, your favorite beverages. Bring them all!!! Doors open at 7:30 pm and close at 9:00 am. Hosted by 1U’s Black Cat Café.

Thursday – January 1

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

2015 Congregational Meeting Notice

A Congregational Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015, beginning at 12:45pm in Gore Hall. All Members of Record are strongly encouraged to attend. To vote at the Meeting of the Congregation requires that one’s membership status be in good standing. This includes making a responsible financial contribution to the Church and committing to do so annually. Members who are not in good standing have been moved to “inactive” and will not be able to vote at the meeting. (We do not anticipate a vote on significant items of interest at this time)


  • Opening words and chalice lighting
  • Sharing of Information: Campus Renovation Update
  • Capital Campaign
  • Closing & Extinguishing the Chalice

Childcare will be available. Lunch will also be available at a small cost. More information here.

 Share the Plate Update

Our 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 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. Please welcome our guest, Martha Mannarino, the Development Director at Shepherd’s Hope, and give generously to support this broad-based community project.

Year-end Statements Coming in January

2014 year end pledge statements will be emailed in mid-January. An additional pledge statement will be emailed to all those who have made a Capital Campaign pledge.

Another Voter Rights Issue – Please Help

Do you know that several million Floridians are disenfranchised from voting because they have a prior felony conviction on their record? Many of these convictions are for non-violent drug offenses. In 2016 there will likely be a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot which will restore the voting rights of many disenfranchised Floridians. On January 4, 2015 at the Social Justice table, during both social hours, we will have petitions we encourage you to sign. 68,000 petitions need to be signed by the end of January in order for them to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court. Please help to include this important initiative on the 2016 ballot.

WHW 2015 Team Wants YOU!

Welcome Home Wednesdays (WHW) is a time for all ages to take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at an evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. 1U’s WHW organizing team needs volunteers to help plan and arrange classes and teachers, menus and food vendors, and logistics for setup and cleanup. If you’d like to take part in setting up the next in 1U’s series of Wednesday adventures, starting now, please email WHW@Orlandouu.org, write “I’d like to be part of the WHW team” in the subject line and send us your name and phone number, along with any area of special organizing or planning interest.

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.

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.

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 Social Justice information and 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

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.

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

Say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth. 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.

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

January 4 –Voter Rights Petition Signing, Each Social Hour, Gore Hall Social Justice Table

Do you know that several million Floridians are disenfranchised from voting because they have a prior felony conviction on their record? Many of these convictions are for non-violent drug offenses. In 2016 there will likely be a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot which will restore the voting rights of many disenfranchised Floridians. At the Social Justice table during both social hours, we will have petitions we encourage you to sign: 68,000 petitions need to be signed by the end of January in order for them to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court. Please help to include this important initiative on the 2016 ballot.

January 10 – We Want to Marry You! A Special 1U Wedding Event, 1:00-5:00pm

First Unitarian will hold a wedding event celebrating marriage equality in Orlando. The day will include simple free private ceremonies with an ongoing reception with flowers, wedding cupcakes and photos. Couples may request a ceremony time by emailing minister@orlandouu.org. More info including updated information can be found here. 1U members and friends wishing to help with the celebration can sign up on Sundays in Gore Hall or email Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org.

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 18 – Discuss Dir. Of Religious Education Selection Process/Job Description, Assembly Rm, 12:15pm

As you may recall in 2013 we decided to hire an interim Coordinator of Religious Education to allow us time to consider our next steps in Religious Education staffing. We are nearing the end of that interim. Prior to the RE Committee Meeting, we want to review the job description, and proceed with the process of having a Director of Religious Education.  Rev. Kathy will help lead and explain this process. Open to all interested.

January 24 – Capital Campaign/Annual Budget Drive Kickoff, Three 1U Venues, 3:00-6:00pm

Save the date for this 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. The day will feature three venues with two shows going on in each hour. There will be a concert featuring 1U talent in the Sanctuary. Local favorite, Mr. Richard, will host a family-friendly musical show in the Enrichment Center Courtyard (or Assembly Room if required by weather), and Gore Hall will feature a UU-authored play about a discouraged activist and the imaginary dinner party guests who give her hope. Fun for everyone!

January 25 – Congregational Meeting, 12:45pm

Reserve the date for our Congregational Meeting with a light lunch and childcare available. See the formal notice in the Other News section above and online.

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

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
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