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Weekly Update 04/23/15

Weekly Update 04/23/15

Weekly Update-April 23, 2015                                                                                             


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

News Flash!

Enjoy and Share 1U on Earth Day at Lake Eola!         

Sign up for a couple of hours of comradery at the 1U Tent!

Help tell attendees about the great things they can find at 1U!

Explore some of the 225+ exhibitors from all over Central Florida!

Friday – April 24

Saturday – April 25

1U at Central Florida Earth Day – 10:00am-6:00pm, Lake Eola, Orlando

Come join the 1U Tent at Earth Day. This is a HUGE event with over 15,000 attendees and over 225 exhibitors from all over Central Florida. 1U will have a tent in a prime location for letting lots of folks know what a great place we are. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to come to Earth Day! Please join in for an hour or two to help us cover our tent. You can sign up online by clicking this link, or contact Charlie Behrens via Volunteers@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – April 26

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary   (Two services)

Dreaming of Paradise, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Following the 35th Anniversary of the first “Earth Day” we consider that opportunities and challenges in caring for the planet we call home.     Dr. Lillian Green, viola, will perform.

This Sunday’s Share-the-Plate collection will be donated to Shepherd’s Hope, an interfaith effort to deliver health care to the uninsured of Central Florida. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Shepherd’s Hope returns 97 cents of every donated dollar to patient programs and services. Please extend a warm welcome to Shepherd’s Hope Volunteer Manager, Jean Zambrano, who will be joining us, and give generously to help provide medical care to those in need in our community.

Children’s Religious Education

(Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org)

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years. (EC Room 14)

9:30am-10:30am Childcare during early worship or Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

11:00am-12:00pm Children enrolled in OWL for Grades K-1 along with their parents (EC Assembly Room)

11:00am-12:30pm Children enrolled in OWL for Grades 7-9 go directly to class (Enrichment Center Rm 18)

11:00am-11:15am All other children begin in Worship with their families (Sanctuary)

11:15am-12:15pm Children Pre-school through High School will go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)

Looking ahead in Children’s RE

May 3 – Children’s RE Worship Service: The Children will lead our worship service at 11:00am as we mark the end of our CRE program year. There will be a rehearsal at 9:30am in the Sanctuary for all children.

If you have a child participating in the Children’s RE program please join our facebook group & stay informed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1UChildrensReligiousEducation/

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly!)

Full schedule at http://1uweb.wordpress.com under the Learning tab.

9:30am in the Library: Share the Plate, with Shepherd’s Hope. (Learn more)http://1uweb.wordpress.com/learning/adult-religious-education/sunday-morning-adult-programs/social-justice-stp/

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

11:00am in the Library: Storytelling: “April Fools, True or False,” with Bill Spoone. (Learn more)

Chalice Choir Spring Sing Tickets on Sale in Gore Hall   (100+ attendees wanted to show the love for our Choir)

The Chalice Choir Spring Sing comes Saturday, May 9, at 8:00pm in the Sanctuary. Under director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario, 1U vocalists will solo, duet, and perform in chorale hits from the past 3 years plus new tunes just for the occasion. Professional lights, sound and other F/X are being laid on, so don’t miss this vocal/visual extravaganza! Tickets are $5 each, and proceeds benefit the Capital Campaign Building Fund. To request a flier you can email to friends or post to social media, please email EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org.

Building Process– 12: Discussion 15pm, Gore Hall  (Childcare will be available)

Your Building the Dream Team would like to update you on where we are with the building process. Because we want to be absolutely confident we build a campus we can afford, we are pausing to make the financials work before we proceed with further construction plans. This is just a pause, not a stop, as we don’t want expediency to trump diligence. A full letter went out to the Congregation yesterday—find it at www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com/news-updates/  Please join us for details and answers to questions.

Cost of Poverty Experience – 1:30-4:00pm, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Apopka (Car pool leaving 12:50 pm)

The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) is designed to help participants begin to understand what it can be like to live as a low-income family in the US. It is a two-hour simulation and debriefing that provides a brief glimpse into what it feels like to walk for a month in the shoes of families trying their best to just survive with incomes between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty level. COPE is an invaluable experience for people who, instead of merely talking about poverty as a problem, choose to be part of the solution to end poverty. This training is appropriate for middle school age and older individuals. Sign up at coffee hour, contact Sandy Cawthern, or email Volunteers@orlandouu.org and put COPE in the email subject line. Please bring a bag lunch and store it in the 1U second refrigerator for after the service.

Monday – April 27

1U Gay Men’s Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

Open to gay men regardless of race, economic, social, political, or religious affiliation/background providing a safe, neutral, respectful space for socializing, fellowship, spiritual growth and support for Gay Men in the Orlando area. Activities include group chat, gay community outreach and community service to the congregation and beyond.

Tuesday – April 28

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Today the Alliance attends a luncheon at Lynn Rigney’s home. We will gather at 221 W. Lake Faith Drive in Maitland at 11:30. This is a fundraiser, and lunch will be $10 per person. As our income is likely to be less this year due to the construction and renovation, income from dues is especially important. Dues for the coming year are $15 per person or $25 for a couple. See any active Alliance member on Sunday to become (or remain) a member of the Alliance. Contributions above the dues are always welcome! We distribute all our earnings to local charities who serve women, children, or the homeless.

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.

Folk Ensemble – 7:00pm, Enrichment Center Room 9

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Wednesday – April 29

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – April 30

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             

Capital Campaign Update AND – Challenge Grants!

We have $1,157,000 pledged in our Capital Campaign. Thank you SO MUCH for digging deep and giving. We have THREE Challenge Grants for a total of $30,000 by our members. That means that any NEW or INCREASED pledges before June 1 will be matched up to that $20,000 amount. So if you increase your pledge by $500, it is as if you’re giving $1000. Please fill out a new Pledge Card. We already have $8,500 towards that $30,000. Getting these grants will get us to our minimum goal of $1.2 Million in pledges.

Second Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show (Deadline to submit photos: May 8)

Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon on Friday, May 8. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include her name, date birth and, if relevant, death. Be sure to include how you would like to be listed. “Alternative” mothers and like-a-mothers are welcome but be sure to indicate how you would like them listed. Examples: “Doris Jones (1936- ), like a mother to me, Sylvia Brown.” “Rita LeBlanc (1920-1998), My Mom, Julianne LeBlanc.”

Minister’s Summer Schedule

In addition to regular travels for General Assembly and vacation, Rev. Kathy is planning to take a month of sabbatical time this summer. Although details are still being worked out she expects to be away from the congregation from June 17 through mind-August. Excellent coverage for worship and pastoral care will be in place.  Planning for next year’s programs is already underway.

1U Common Read in May

The last common read for this church year will be Class Lives: Stories across Our Economic Divide by Chuck Collins and Jennifer Ladd.  Books will be available on Sunday, with discussions on May 19 from 1:00-3:00pm and May 20 from 7:00-9:00pm. Charlotte Fleming and Sandy Cawthern will facilitate the discussions.

Blueberry Festival Thanks & News

THANK YOU to all the volunteers who made the 2nd Annual Blueberry Festival such an enormous success. Whether you were in the kitchen cooking, serving, selling, preparing or cleaning up – everything was very organized and it was a well-received event with many positive comments. A very special thanks to the men of 1U for preparing and serving a fabulous breakfast, to the 1U Bakers for their many tasty blueberry treats, and to our smallest (costumed) blueberries (our children from CRE) and their princess, who visited and helped spread some blueberry joy. Everyone had time to eat, visit and dance or listen to music. To top it off, we are able to contribute $364.03 to 1U’s general fund!

Blueberry Festival & District Assembly Photos

Enjoy images from last weekend’s 2 major events at 1U. Blueberry pix can be found in one gallery: http://orlandouu.smugmug.com/2015/Blueberry-Festival-2015. While there are two galleries from District Assembly: http://orlandouu.smugmug.com/share/HWlg1u9PsCrl6. (The DA Sampler gallery has representative photos. DA All has everything shot at DA). DA photos are by John Hartgering, Martha Hartgering, and Michael Haddad. Thanks to Mike Haddad for the blube views.

District Assembly Appreciation

You did a great job! Heaps of thanks to all the volunteers who worked so diligently to host last weekend’s District Assembly at 1U. Our UU guests had a wonderful time and expressed praise and many thanks for our hospitality.

Return to Summer Schedule begins in May

Sunday, Aug. 26 is our last double service and the end of our regular Adult Education program, as we switch to summer programming in May. Beginning May 3 we will have a single Sunday worship service at 11:00am. We will have a single Adult Education program in the Library at 9:30am. This will continue through our Water Communion, Sunday, Sept.13.

 Are You Welcoming? Extra Hands Needed!

Are you looking for an easy way to be of service at 1U? How about helping make members and guests feel welcome, as you were when you first attended? This is a perfect chance to “turn in the bib of being served for the apron of service,” as Rev. Kathy spoke of in a recent sermon. Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All the directions for each task are provided. Most Welcome Team members sign up to serve at one service a month. Consider being part of one of the most fun teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

OFFICIAL NOTICE: 1U Annual Congregational Meeting, May 17

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting at 12:15pm in Gore Hall. As is customary, 1U’s annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. Lunch will be provided at a small fee; childcare will be available. Details in Plan Ahead section.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

1st Sunday of the Month Fellowship

An experiment is underway to connect 1U members and friends for fellowship on the 1st Sunday of each month. Groups gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of the 417, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections. These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “DInner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes: less work for everyone. If you are interested in learning more or to find a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. It’s always the 1st Sunday, but times and locations vary. You will be put in touch with a neighborhood host, who handles the details of their local arrangements, as well as RSVPs.

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 Events and information 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.

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.

1U Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly contact people follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other members serve in providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events, medical appointments, meals for a while, pet care, etc. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Jenny Lockington at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate.

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 Available

Approved Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes are available to members on the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT Minutes area, then scroll to the month you’re interested in. Minutes through April 2015 are now available.

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.

Northeast Cluster Breeze

Read how other Florida congregations are doing “church” on their campuses and in their communities at neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com/

Plan Ahead

May 9 – Spring Sing! Chalice Choir Choral Celebration, 8:00pm, Sanctuary

Under director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario, 1U vocalists will perform anthems from services over the last 3 years plus older favorites and new tunes just for the occasion. Professional lights, sound and other F/X are being laid on, so don’t miss this vocal/visual extravaganza! Tickets are $5 each, proceeds benefit the Build the Dream capital campaign. Invite your friends & make it a date!

May 10 – Inequality for All Documentary (Rescheduled), 9:30am, Hiett Library

We offer the second half of the documentary Inequality for All from Robert Reich as part of our study related to the Escalating Inequality CSAI. On March 8 we screened the first 45 minutes; today we will show the concluding 45 minutes of this outstanding film. A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, Inequality for All features Robert Reich–professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member–as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. Over 500 reviewers on Amazon have rated the film 4.7 out of 5 stars! After each showing, we will discuss some of the points Reich raises in the film.

May 16 – Solar Co-op Information Meeting, 9:00-11:30am, Gore Hall

Are you interested in “going solar?” Own a home in the city limits of Orlando or Winter Park? Interested in reducing the cost and effort of installing PV panels on your home? Then plan on attending this meeting. Learn how solar panels work, how solar co-ops work, and different ways to pay for them. Once 20 households have joined together, a 1U-led team will develop a Request for Proposal for rooftop systems, solicit bids, and choose an installer to work individually on a separate contract for each household. System costs through co-ops are typically half those of non-coop costs. Email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com to receive an Eventbrite invitation to register for the meeting, or to learn how you can help. Fliers and other materials are available to email and hand out. Help spread the word on this unique approach to making solar more affordable! Solar installation tax credits for homeowners end in December 2016. Here’s your chance to make use of them, on a least-cost basis! For more information, email or talk with Mary Dipboye, Dan Homblette, Joan Erwin, Jim Erwin or Michael Cohen.

May 17 – OFFICIAL NOTICE: 1U Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:15pm, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, 1U’s annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund. A link to the meeting packet will be made available soon. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. A copy of the Board-approved 1U Operating Budget & Summary as well as the Endowment Board Annual Report can be found here. Lunch will be provided at a small fee. Childcare will be available.      


Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund

  • Call Endowment Annual Meeting to order
  • Endowment Annual Report
  • Caroline Gore Legacy Society
  • Vote on new trustees 

Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando

  • Call 1U Annual Meeting to Order
  • Opening words and chalice lighting
  • Approval of minutes from last Congregational Meeting
  • Year in Review
  • Proposed Budget
  • Vote for Board officers and Trustees, Nominating Committee members
  • Announcement of delegates to represent our congregation at General Assembly
  • Stewardship Report
  • Building the Dream – Campus Project
  • Recognition of outgoing elected leaders
  • Installation of incoming elected leaders
  • Closing, extinguishing the chalice

May 19 1U Common Read, 1:00-3:00pm, location TBA

The last common read for this church year will be Class Lives: Stories across Our Economic Divide by Chuck Collins and Jennifer Ladd. Charlotte Fleming and Sandy Cawthern will facilitate the discussions.

May 20 1U Common Read, 7:00-9:00pm, location TBA

The last common read for this church year will be Class Lives: Stories across Our Economic Divide by Chuck Collins and Jennifer Ladd. Charlotte Fleming and Sandy Cawthern will facilitate the discussions.             

May 31 – 1U Blood Drive, 10:00am-12:30pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot   (Note the date & times change!)

Our schedule for blood drives has slightly changed, due to low donor turnout. Let’s do all we can to donate, or find a friend to bring that can give! Thank you for your willingness to give. Each unit can save up to 3 livesright here in the Orlando area. Questions:  blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

May 30 What will we DO during construction? A Program Perspective, 9:30am, Hiett Library

Want to learn about what is in store for next year? Want to be part of creating it? How will Children’s Religious Education, Adult Programs, fellowship, affinity groups, and meeting space all be affected? How can we creatively manage this time of joyful chaos? We have IDEAS…and we want to share them with you…and we want your input. Join Rev. Kathy and others for a morning full of possibilities. This is open to everyone, and leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Please email minister@orlandouu.org to RSVP or with questions.

June 24-28 – UUA General Assembly, Portland, Oregon

Registration: $350 for adults, $205 for youth (grades 9-12). Early Registration ends April 30: http://www.uua.org/ga/registration.

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