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Weekly Update – April 14, 2016

Weekly Update – April 14, 2016

Weekly Update – April 14, 2016

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

To include information 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.


News Flash!

Sunday: Building the Dream Committee hosts representatives from M Paul sharing new concepts.

Details in Sunday, April 17 listings.

and,

April 23 – Enjoy (& Share 1U) at Earth Day at Lake Eola!

Come join the 1U Tent at Central Florida Earth Day! This is a HUGE event with over 20,000 attendees and 250+ exhibitors from all over Central Florida. Please sign up for an hour or two to help staff our tent. Details in Plan Ahead: April 23 listings.


Friday – April 15

New Member Potluck – 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join church leaders in getting to know and involve new member candidates at a Potluck. Candidates will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during worship services on April 17.

Craft Circle: Satin Ribbon Headband – 6:30-830 pm, Assembly Room

Come learn how to make floral headbands in time for Beltane next month. Supplies will be provided. $5 donation welcome to replenish supplies. For more info email mystic grove@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – April  16

Sunday – April 17

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Getting There, Tracie Barrett-Welser, Ministerial Intern at the UU Fellowship of Marion County 

In the middle of every journey there comes a moment when you can no longer see where you came from and you can’t quite see where you’re going. How we can keep pushing through to continue on the journey? The Chalice Choir will perform.  (1U Ministerial Intern Rachel Christensen is in the pulpit in Marion County this morning.)

Today our shared plate will be donated to Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE). Organize Now is an Orange County constituent of FIRE, a nonpartisan, nonprofit that trains and develops leaders in low-to moderate-income communities in Florida. Their dedicated organizers and members bring communities together one door at a time to fight for safe neighborhoods, healthy families, quality education, good jobs, justice, equality, and a more representative democracy. Diane Jones of Organize Now will present an Adult RE session at 9:30 a.m. in the Hiett Library, and she’ll also speak briefly during the service at 11:00 am. Please support this grassroots effort to empower Orlando area neighborhoods!

Children’s Religious Education

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

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

9:30-10:30am 4th-6th grade OWL (EC Room 16)

11:00 am-11:15am Children begin in service with their parents.

11:15-12:15pm Children proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s RE programming

If you have not registered your child please do so today. You may register before service in the RE Director’s office in the Enrichment Center. Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information on CRE: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

9:30 am in the Library: Share the Plate with Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (Learn more)

Plan Ahead:

April​ ​ 24  Movie Talk 11:00 in the Library – the chosen movie is “​Zootopia​.”​ We believe in Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations.  What about in Rabbit relations? What about Rabbits who want to be police officers? Join the April Movie Talk to discover the UU values hidden beneath the veneer of this children’s movie.

See our Adult RE full schedule

Building the Dream Update Meeting — 12:30 pm, Hiett Library 

We hope congregation members received an important email update earlier this week from the Building The Dream Team.  We’ve recently finished up remaining business with our former Architect and contractor and are now moving forward with a new contractor: M Paul, who have great ideas for our campus. Representatives from M Paul will be at today’s meeting to share some of their concepts with us. We hope you can join us. Please feel free to email us at bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org with any questions. Thanks for all the continued support!

Children’s RE 1st Annual Parent Luncheon – 12:30-2:00pm, Assembly Room

Lunch and childcare will be provided to parents in celebration of your commitment to 1U’s Children’s Religious Education.

3rd Sunday Movie Nite: Life of Brian – 6:30-830 pm, Room 9

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays in Room 9 for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! April’s selection is “Life of Brian.” (R) Plot summary: “Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.” You can read more about it here.  For more info email mystic grove@orlandouu.org.

Monday – April 18

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group – 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  All are welcome!

Tuesday – April 19

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall    (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)

“Homelessness in Central Florida” will be the topic at lunch time today. Our speaker is Harry Thompson. This is also sandwich-for-the-homeless making day. Volunteers are needed in the kitchen at 10:00 am.

Remember the annual meeting April 26. We will elect officers and set the budget for the coming year.

Donations to the Continuing Bazaar have been wonderful lately. We have been given several fine art pieces that are available for sale in Gore Hall. Some are limited edition prints, signed by the artist. All are beautifully framed.

Yoga Class – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

Be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Open to all.

Band Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – April 20

Welcome Home Wednesday Session 4 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule:

5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal

6:30 Midweek Worship

7:00 Classes. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm

Please sign up! We need advance information to successfully arrange meals, classes, and childcare. Additional program and menu details plus registration forms are available in Gore Hall on Sundays and online (Connect/Programs/Welcome Home Wednesdays) and here. You can also register or make a request to WHW@OrlandoUU.org.

Sign up to bring a dessert to share. We are looking for volunteers to sign up at registration to bring dessert goodies to share.

WHW can also use a little help with registration, set up, and clean up each week. Helping does not interfere with your participation in classes unless you volunteer in a class. Please sign up to help and/or send questions to Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

Meal RSVP or cancellation should be made on Monday before noon.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – April 21

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

An open, ongoing group offered free of charge. All are welcome, no registration required.


Other News

Return to Summer Schedule begins May 1

Sunday, April 24, is our last double service and the end of our regular program year from an educational perspective. Beginning May 1, we will have a single Sunday worship service at 11:00 am. The Children’s Religious Education Program will lead our worship that day.  Over the summer, there will be activities for children’s during the 11:00 service. Nursery care will be available all morning as usual.  We will continue to have a single Adult Education program in the Library at 9:30 am. Our summer schedule continues through our Water Communion on Sunday, September 11.

Second Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show   (Slide submission deadline: May 6)

Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon on Friday, May 6. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may include her name, birthdate and, if relevant, date of 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.” If you submitted a photo last year it will be used this year unless we hear from you.

Sanctuary Endowment Loan Paid Off

The Endowment Board is pleased to announce that we received the Church’s final payment for the $150,000 Endowment loan that was made in 1994 to help finance the construction of our Sanctuary. We’d like to acknowledge this milestone as a testament to the church’s financial stewardship and recognize the generosity of our congregation and its many leaders whose skill and judgement made this decades-long achievement possible. Thank you!

Dinner with Friends May 14     (Sign up deadline: May 7)

Join groups of members and friends, dining together, all over town. You can choose to travel to meet new people or attend a group nearby. You can alert hosts in advance to food allergies or other restrictions or conditions. Signup forms for hosting or guesting will be available in Gore Hall basket on April 17 and in the Order of Service on Apr. 24 and May 1. Questions to Alan Oberholtzer, dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Child Dedication Ceremony to be held May 15

A Child Dedication Ceremony will be held during our Sunday services on May 15. This is the Unitarian Universalist ceremony by which we name and welcome our children. While typically involving infants, it is also quite common to include older children when they are new to the community. If you would like your child to be included in the ceremony, please let Rev. Kathy know at minister@orlandouu.org. The service that day will be our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion followed by the Annual Meeting.

May 15 Annual Congregational Meeting

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting at 12:30 pm 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 by Baja Burrito for $5 per person.  Childcare will be available. Agenda, budget, nominating committee officers slate and bios are all available online via the links within this listing, and also via links in the Governance section of the 1U Website.

Program Report Available

You can read the most recent Program Report, highlighting the activities of the congregation’s programs, here. Additional program information can be found in the Our Organization section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

Chair 1U’s Sanctuary Flower Committee

Irma Scudder is retiring as the chair of the Sanctuary Flower Committee. If you are interested in assuming this important role of organizing volunteers to bring flowers for Sunday Service contact Amy at (407) 898 3621 or speak with Irma on Sundays during coffee hour in Gore Hall.

Rev. Kathy’s Weekly Contribution to the Central Florida 100

Each week Rev. Kathy is one of 100 Community Leaders in Central Florida commenting on the news of the day. Read last Sunday’s offering here.

Minister’s Day Off

Rev. Kathy is changing her day off to Fridays. Thursday will be her writing day, which means she will typically be focused on worship preparation. Therefore, her most available days (aside from Sunday) will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners

Bulletins about the critical needs of our primary Community Partners will shortly be available on the 1U web site. Keep your eye on this space for the links to come!

First Sunday Fellowship

1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, Conway, 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. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Food Pantry Need Growing – Please Help!

There is an increasing, urgent need for food at the pantry we support. Most-needed items: canned goods, including: Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.) pasta (whole wheat) rice and beans dry cereal shelf stable milk peanut butter. Items that are easy for children to open are preferred. No glass items, please. Please gather what you can and bring it with you on Sunday. The box is in Gore Hall. Thanks for your continued generosity.

Update Your Contact Information!

Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sales of coffee, chocolate and tea benefit small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!


Plan Ahead

April 23 – Enjoy and Share 1U at Earth Day at Lake Eola! 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Lake Eola, Orlando

Come join the 1U Tent at Central Florida Earth Day! This is a HUGE event with over 20,000 attendees and 250+ exhibitors from all over Central Florida. This year we’re hoping more kids will participate too. 1U will have a tent in a prime location for letting lots of folks know what a great place we are. Please sign up for an hour or two to help staff our tent. You can sign up online here, or contact Charlie Behrens via Volunteers@orlandouu.org.

April 24 – “With One Voice” Part II, 9:30 am, Hiett Library

With One Voice brings together mystics from fourteen different spiritual traditions to share their perspectives on the unifying truth that transcends all religions. In this seventy-eight minute documentary, these awakened teachers address profound questions about life and love, the existence of God, the path to spiritual awakening and the way to true peace in the world. Through their words and compelling presence, they ask us to look within our own hearts and listen deeply, so we too can join the conversation and speak With One Voice. Presented in 2 parts, with Bob Leger.

April 27 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 5, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal; 6:30 Midweek Worship, 7:00 Classes. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm.

May 4 – Welcome Home Wednesday Final Session, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal; 6:30 Midweek Worship, 7:00 Classes & pickup activities. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm.

May 7 – Dinner with Friends Signup Deadline 

Join groups of members and friends, dining together, all over town on May 14. You can choose to travel to meet new people or attend a group nearby. You can alert hosts in advance to food allergies or other restrictions or conditions. Signup forms for hosting or guesting will be available in Gore Hall basket on April 17 and in the Order of Service on Apr. 24 and May 1. Questions to Alan Oberholtzer, dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

May 14 – Dinner with Friends 

Join groups of members and friends, dining together, all over town. Travel to meet new people or attend a familiar group nearby. Questions to Alan Oberholtzer, dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

May 15 – Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:30 pm, 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. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote.  Lunch will be provided by Baja Burrito for $5 per person.  Childcare will be available. Agenda, budget, nominating committee officers slate and bios are all available online via the links within this listing, and also via links in the Governance section of the 1U Website.

 


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

Please Do Not Leave Packages of Any Kind Around the Campus Buildings

If you are bringing items for the Alliance or any other activity, please plan ahead. Make sure a staff person or other church member will already be at the church to take the package(s) and put them in the right place. Thanks for your cooperation.

GIVE BY TEXT – a new contribution option is available!

You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! The process involves simply sending a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $25).  NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount.  Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! It gets easier all the time to support 1U, and we thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do members know when their donations are processed? Members receive an immediate confirmation via text that their contribution has been received. After a text contribution has been processed, it appears on the member’s credit/debit card statement.

Are all contributions set at a fixed dollar amount? No. The member chooses the amount of the donation.

Are members assessed any special fees? No, but normal text messaging fees from their cell phone carriers may apply.

Are text contributions ever charged to a member’s mobile phone bill? Give by Text is safe and secure. Your phone carrier only sends the text exchange and never has access to any financial information. Contributions are processed using the payment method specified in the member’s online profile.

What payment methods are available for giving by text? Available payment options are credit and debit cards.

Can members set up recurring donations by text? No, text is great for one-time contributions. Recurring contributions are easily set up through 1U’s “Donate” button on our  website (www.orlandoUU.org).

Can members text contributions to individual funds? Yes! 1U’s Funds that you can contribute to via text are:

Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge)

Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)

Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge),

Donation (textingcode:  generaldonation).

Please include the text code in your text message.

Join the Welcome Team! 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? Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All 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 enjoyable teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Join Justice GoogleGroup

To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond), join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email socialjustice@orlandouu.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.

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 Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

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.

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.

Board Minutes Available

You can read the minutes of the most recent meeting of the 1U Board of Trustees here. Previous minutes can be found in the Governance section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

Program Report Available

You can read the most recent Program Report, highlighting the activities of the congregation’s programs, here. Additional program information can be found in the Our Organization section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

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.

1U Cookbook On Sale

Created by a 1U New Member Class, it’s full of tasty recipes and cookery data: a wonderful addition to your kitchen or as a gift. Cost: $8 per single copy or $6 each for 2 or more. Available Sundays at the Fair Trade Good’s table in the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service (see Nancy Kellman), or email Karla Kizzort at 1UCookbooks@gmail.com.


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