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Weekly Update 12/18/14

Weekly Update 12/18/14

Weekly Update-December 18, 2014

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Holiday Services Details Are Available On The 1U website.)

Friday – December 19

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 20

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 21

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

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary      (Note: Single service today, followed by a Pot Luck lunch)

Intergenerational “Pageant”

Children rehearse at 9:30.The service is followed by a pot luck. Please bring a dish of your choice to share and join in the festivities!

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 Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

9:30am-10:30am Children meet in Sanctuary to rehearse the Intergenerational Pageant

11:00am-Noon All Children remain in service for the Intergenerational Pageant

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: Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis. (Learn more)

9:30am in EC Room 18:  Francis Dávid Café, with Bob Leger. (Learn more)

11:00am in the Library: NO ARE at 11:00 today. Come and enjoy the Intergenerational Pageant.

            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.

Winter Solstice Service – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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.

Monday – December 22

Tuesday – December 23

The Alliance – 9:00am, Gore Hall

Holiday Boutique closes; all hands needed on deck to take down the Boutique. At 10:30, 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 24

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

The Chalice Choir, Welkin and a host of 1U musicians and vocalists will perform. Cookies & Cider in Gore Hall follow each service.

Thursday – December 25

No Services on Christmas Day                   

No Meditation Group Today

Sunday – December 28

Regular Two-Service Schedule for Worship & Adult Religious Education.

No Children’s Religious Education classes. Childcare during worship available for both services.


Other News

We Want to Marry You! A 1U Wedding Event

First Unitarian will hold a wedding event celebrating marriage equality in Orlando on Saturday, January 10 from 1:00-5:00pm. 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.

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.

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’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. 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. Please extend your holiday spirit of generosity to include these worthy causes.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 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 on all the fun to follow.

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
Website: www.facebook.com/orlandouu Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com