Weekly Update – April 19, 2018
Sign Up to Enjoy & Share 1U at Earth Day April 21!
Details in Saturday – April 21
Spread the Word: 1U Seeks Music Accompanist
Details for both the above in Other News
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website
under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – April 20
Teaching Craft Circle: Calendula Salve — 7:00 pm, EC Assembly Room
Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! This month’s topic is “Calendula Salve” based on the recipe at https://www.mommypotamus.com/calendula-salve-recipe/. Learn how to make your own calendula oil, roll-ons, and salve. This class is limited to 15. Cost is $5. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/341599589649394/.
Saturday – April 21
Enjoy and Share 1U at Earth Day — 10:00am-6:00pm, 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. This year, there will also be a Science March around Lake Eola on the same day, so you can come to both! 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 by clicking this link, or contact Charlie Behrens via Volunteers@orlandouu.org.
Sunday – April 22
Reflections on Earth Day, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
The Folk Ensemble will perform.
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Room 14)
9:30 am K-1 OWL class – EC Classroom 5. These OWL classes will continue every Sunday for 8 weeks.
9:30 am-10:30 am Childcare During Worship (EC Nursery Room 14)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Children begin in service with their parents.
11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s RE programming
12:15 pm Parents pick up your children in the Enrichment Center
Visitors and Guests: while your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service.
Online registration is open – register your children today: https://app3.jackrabbitclass.com/reg.asp?id=528392
Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at DRE@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here)
No offering today.
May 20 — 11:00 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk – Isle of Dogs
Is Atari’s search for his dog, banished like all canines to “garbage island,” merely a search for Spots or is it a search for truth, science, kindness, justice and democracy? Dogs, metaphors, dry humor and human values will inform our discussion of Isle of Dogs. See the movie and come discuss in the Community Room (located in the far corner of the Enrichment Center). After the movie talk, be sure to stay for the 1U Annual Meeting in Gore Hall.
We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For 1U Social Justice Read — 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Community Rm
1U Member Sandy Cawthern is offering this dual-book Read as an offshoot to 1U actions Wrestling With Our Understandings About Race, and Beloved Conversations. Today’s book references the first, so it is useful to read both. Sign up sheet is available at Gaby’s Table/1U Central. Limited numbers of each book will be available for purchase or for checking out for the duration of the Read. Today’s Read discussion will feature “They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement,” by Wesley Lowery, team reporter and 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for national reporting for the Washington Post’s coverage of police shootings. (“A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it,” according to the book’s jacket summary.)
Monday – April 23
WUURL Regular Luncheon Meeting 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Room
It’s the 4th Monday of the month, and WUURL ( Women Unitarian Universalists Relishing Life) will be meeting for lunch. This group offers a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. Today 1U member Steph Garber will be sharing information and insights from her recent service trip to Haiti. We look forward to learning more.
While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your own lunch; ice water will be available. In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.
EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMC@orlandouu.org.
Tuesday – April 24
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
Annual meeting & Pot Luck lunch in Gore Hall at 12:00 noon. Members gather at 10:30 to work on projects and set up for the lunch. Please bring a dish to share or come to share what others bring.
New officers will be elected, goals achieved this past year reviewed and the budget for next year presented for a vote. A pot luck luncheon will be served. Following that meeting, memberships must be renewed for the new fiscal year. Your membership serves 2 purposes:
1. You have a vote in deciding which Central Florida charities we support, and
2: Your dues support those charities, whether it is a direct gift or seed money for other fundraisers we do throughout the year.
Thank you, all members of this past year. Come to the annual meeting to realize all that you have done.
The Alliance Resale Shop will be open to receive and to sell donated goods. Your support directly funds our community outreach. For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.org.
Yoga Practice – 6:00-7:00 pm, Enrichment Center Studio
Are you seeking a respite to a busy week? Some time to unwind? Company as you improve your balance and flexibility? You are welcome to participate in yoga practice with our wonderful instructor, Melissa. We gather at 1U every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The suggested donation is $10; however, no one will be turned away. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Join us Tuesday evenings on the mats (bring your own or borrow one from us). For more information, email email@example.com.
Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Welkin & EMC practice.
Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Wednesday – April 25
Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUS – 8:30-9:00 am, 11648 McCulloch Rd
All are welcome to participate in a lightly guided morning sitting practice to get the day started. Join the University UU folks on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.
Brown Bag Dinner #6 – 6:15-7:00 pm, Gore Hall
A chance for mid-week fellowship before evening classes or choir. Wednesdays through May 9, bring your dinner from home or pick it up on the way. Visit with others before heading to our film series (Africa’s Great Civilizations), a class with Rev. Kathy (see below), choir rehearsal, or OWL class. Feel free to join us even if you are just heading home afterwards.
Africa’s Great Civilization Video #6 of 6 – 7:00-8:30 pm, Gore Hall Room B
Wednesdays through April 25. In the final hour of the series Africa’s Great Civilizations: Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations, we look into the nineteenth century, when a fierce competition for resources and trade stimulated ingenuity, while also enticing European powers and inciting conflicts that would threaten the stability and wellbeing of the continent. No sign up is needed. Note: A second showing of each video in this series is being offered at 8:45 pm Wednesdays right after the 7:00 pm showing.
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – April 26
The Iliad of Homer Class 4 — 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1
Professor Vandiver makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told, but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written. Indeed, it is probably true to say that only the Bible rivals Homer for sheer depth and scope of cultural and literary influence. Come join us for this 4-session DVD film course! This class is “drop in” friendly. Come for it all or just the ones you like best.
TOPICS THIS WEEK
-The Role of the Gods
-The Longest Day
-The Death of Patrokios
Upcoming Worship Schedule
4/29 Last Double Service
5/06 Religion Education Sunday, Children Lead Worshop (Single Services Begin).
Rev. Kathy away for former 1U Intern Rev. Rachel Christensen’s Installation in Maryland.
5/13 Mother’s Day, Karla Kizzort
Rev. Kathy away for former 1U Intern Lois Cole’s Ordination in Iowa
5/20 Flower Communion, Rev. Kathy, followed by lunch and Annual Congregational Meeting
5/27 A Ramadan theme, Rev. Kathy
Dinner with Friends – May 19, 6:00 pm-ish, Various Member Homes
Join groups of members and friends, dining together, all over town on May 19. 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, or you can follow this link. Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@Orlandouu.org.
Your Child in 1U Child Dedication Ceremony May 20?
A Child Dedication Ceremony will be offered during our Sunday services on May 20. 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 by Monday May 14 at firstname.lastname@example.org. The service that day will be our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion followed by the Annual Meeting.
Share the Plate Update
In May, we’ll be sharing the plate with Organize Florida Education Fund. Organize Florida Education Fund is committed to mobilizing and training the next generation of grassroots organizers and leaders in low-to-moderate-income communities across Florida to help them engage more effectively in the political process—a crucial part of the larger project of creating a more just and equitable society.
Return to Single Services Starts May 6 – And We’ll Be Deciding What to Do Next Fall
As we have done for the past several years, the last Sunday in April will be our last one of the double worship service schedule. Beginning with the Children’s Religious Education service on May 6, we will have a single service at 11:00 am each Sunday. We will also be evaluating what the worship schedule in the Fall will be. (Any change would take place after Water Communion in mid-September.) Watch for opportunities to provide your input or email Rev. Kathy at email@example.com.
Call for Photos – Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show Submission Deadline — May 10
Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday, May 10. 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.
Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm in Gore Hall
Mark your calendars! 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. The Meeting Agenda, Proposed Budget and the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates with their biographies are are available on our website (www.orlandouu.org, select the “About 1U” drop-down tab, then select “Governance”). Lunch from Baja Burrito Kitchen will be provided for a small fee. Childcare will be available. A link for more detailed information will be available shortly.
1U Seeks Music Accompanist
First Unitarian Church of Orlando is seeking an interim accompanist (with the possibility for the position to become permanent) to provide piano or keyboard music for Sunday morning services and accompany adult choir rehearsal once a week on Wednesday evenings. Accompanist will work under the direction of the choir director. For details, please contact Aubrey Connelly-Candelario at ChoirDirector@orlandouu.org.
Leave 1U a Gift from Your Estate and Get a 10% Match Now
If you name 1U or certain other UU organizations as beneficiaries in your will, living trust, or IRA, and notify the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge, the named beneficiary organization(s) could be eligible to receive a 10% match immediately. Shelter Rock, a very generous UU congregation, is currently providing up to $5 million in matching funds for this campaign with the goal of encouraging people to strengthen Unitarian Universalism through planned giving.
So, for example: If someone identifies their intention to leave $100,000 to 1U and files an application for the match, 1U could be eligible to receive $10,000 in matching funds now. One third of the $5 million is already committed, so it is important to act now, while the match is available. To learn how you can participate, visit www.wakenowourvision.org, visit the Wake Now Our Vision table in Gore Hall on Sundays in April, or email Endowment@orlandouu.org.
Rev. Kathy’s Blog
Rev. Kathy writes to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.
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 email@example.com or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
April 28 — Community Garden Action Day, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Mark your calendars! Our next action morning for the Community Garden will be on. We will use this time to start rebuilding the raised beds and plan the paver pathway. All ages and abilities are welcome, but please note that the majority of needs require heavy lifting as we level soil, build paver pathways, and build cement block raised beds. Please bring gloves, water, hats, sunscreen, work clothes, and a smile! For questions contact Elizabeth Horn or Dan Homblette.
May 5 — Beltane Celebration, Gore Hall, 7:00 pm
As Samhain is about honoring Death, Beltane, its counter part, is about honoring Life. Halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, Beltane marks the passage into the growing season. It signals a time when the bounty of the earth will once again be had. May is a time when flowers bloom, trees are green and life has again returned from the barren landscape of winter, to the hope of bountiful harvests not too far away, and the lighthearted bliss that only summer can bring. Join Mystic Grove in celebrating the “wedding” of Green Man and Flower Woman and dancing around the Maypole this evening. Potluck follows at 8:00. Event details are at https://www.facebook.com/events/430578847359321/. If you are interested in taking a small volunteer job for Beltane, please visit for job descriptions: https://wordpress.com/post/mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/1593. You can come for orientation/reherasal for your job at 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm on May 5.
May 6 – Return to Summer Single Services Starts Today (And We’ll Be Deciding What to Do Next Fall)
As we have done for the past several years, the last Sunday in April will be our last one of the double worship service schedule. Beginning with the Children’s Religious Education service on May 6, we will have a single service at 11:00 am each Sunday. We will also be evaluating what the worship schedule in the Fall will be. Watch for opportunities to provide your input or email Rev. Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 6 – Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show Submission Deadline — Noon
Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to email@example.com by noon on 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.
May 11 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
May 17 — RUUM Meets at Phil Wack’s Home
Phil will serve lunch and send out more information on the day’s program as the date gets closer.
May 20 — Flower Communion
Our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion takes place during the service on Sunday, May 20. Bring a flower from garden, shop, or field to add to our beautiful bouquet representing the congregation’s diversity. The service will be followed by a light lunch and the Annual Congregational Meeting.
May 20 — Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:30 pm, Gore Hall
Mark your calendars! 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. The Meeting Agenda, Proposed Budget and the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates with their biographies are are available on our website (www.orlandouu.org, select the “About 1U” drop-down tab, then select “Governance”). Lunch will be provided for a small fee. Childcare will be available. A link for more detailed information will be available shortly.
May 29 – Iftar at First Unitarian, Evening (more details to follow)
Save the date! We partner with CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations) for this breaking of the daily Ramadan fast in the Islamic tradition. Exact time and further information to follow. RSVP’s will be necessary. Eventbrite to follow.
June 3 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot
Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.
Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources
1U Central: Your One Stop 1U Info Spot
Is it your first, second, or third time visiting? Feel a bit out of the loop? Want to know what is going on within the congregation? Stop on by to 1U Central located in the EC Assembly Room and say hi to Gaby! She can fill you in on current actions, events, and groups. She can help you get signed up for the Weekly E-Blasts, get a nametag, or sign up for all the great things 1U offers!
Do You Have an RMD and Are 70½ or Older?
A Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA or Inherited IRA can cause a higher tax burden. Consider paying your pledge to the Church via a direct Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older you can instruct your IRA or Inherited IRA custodian to send your QCD directly to the Church to pay your pledge. A QCD counts dollar-for-dollar toward fulfillment of an RMD (up to $100,000) but is excluded from taxable income. You can view or download a sample letter for instructing your IRA custodian here or contact Amy at the Church office to receive it by email. If you have questions contact Michael Cohen or any other member of the Church Endowment Board (Mike Haddad, Jean Siegfried, Diane P. Kerkhoff or Ken Lofgren). For specific tax advice contact a tax professional.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.
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 Kathy Homblette at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Caring Circle contact for this month is Cindy Schleier, who can also be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org. For April: Neil & Adena Boris.
Pastoral Care Associates
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts.” – Fred Rogers
Pastoral Care Associates are caring, supportive members of the congregation trained to listen and encourage in times of stress or need. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community offer support as you deal with life’s challenges. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.
Mystic Grove Spring 2018 Offerings Outlined Online
Plan ahead for what offerings interest you in Spring 2018! The Mystic Grove Spring Brochure and Calendar are now available online. You can download and print at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/calendar/.
Missed a Sunday?
Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.
Join the Flowers Team
Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! Spot the pretties bouquets at grocery stores and elsewhere? Do you grow flowers or ornamental shrubs? Pass a wildflower field en route to church? Love to create floral arrangements? Want to make an almost effortless contribution to our community on the occasional Sunday? We even provide the vases. Join the Flowers Team and help provide pulpit flowers & greenery for a few services a year! On the Sundays of your choice you can supply purchased cut fresh flowers, a potted plant or flower, an orchid, wildflowers, something from your garden or that of a neighbor (after you are given access)– even fine silk arrangements. Then you can take it home, give it away, or leave it in Gore Hall for church visitors to enjoy. No need to attend early services to participate! To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at email@example.com.
Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!
Join 1U A/V Team
Want to learn about sound systems, or how to present a slide show or video? Then the 1U Audio/Visual team is for you! You don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun. Personalized training is provided, and you can polish your skills as you go. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.
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!
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.
Give By Text
You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! Simply send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d 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! To text contribution to individual funds include the text code in your text message:
Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge) Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)
Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge) Donation (textingcode: generaldonation)
Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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