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Weekly Update – April 28, 2016

Weekly Update – April 28, 2016

Weekly Update – April 28, 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!

Lois Wood Remembrances to Rev. Kathy for Memorial Service

With great sadness we announce that a beloved member of our congregation, Lois Wood, passed away on April 26. To share a special memory or thought(s) of Lois please send to minister@OrlandoUU.org by 5:00 pm April 29 for the Memorial Service on Saturday.

Details in Friday and Saturday listings. 


Friday – April 29

Lois Wood Remembrances to Rev. Kathy for Tomorrow’s Memorial Service

With great sadness we announce that a beloved member of our congregation, Lois Wood, passed away on April 26. If you would like to share one or two sentences of a special memory or thought(s) of Lois for tomorrow’s Memorial Service, please send to Rev Kathy at minister@OrlandoUU.org by 5:00 pm today.

Saturday – April  30

Lois Wood Memorial Service, 2:00 pm, Sanctuary

We will hold a memorial service to celebrate the life of Lois Wood. Reception follows. The Alliance will coordinate the reception in Gore Hall. Please communicate with Jean Cawelti at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org if you wish to bring finger foods.

Sunday – May 1

Building the Dream Update Meeting — 9:30 pm, EC Room 18 

We’ve had two BTD meetings over the past two weekends – thanks to all who were able to attend! We want to make sure all voices are heard as we process through recent changes, so please join us today and the upcoming two Sundays if you can.

May 1 and May 8 during Coffee Hour, we will give tours of the Enrichment Center for folks interested in learning about more about the current condition and planned improvements to this part of our campus. The Campus Renovation Project website is now updated with recent communications – check it out! Thanks for all the ongoing feedback – we appreciate it! Please email us at bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org with any questions.

Single Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary   (Summer single services continue through September 11)

Children’s Religious Education Service, Children-Led Worship 

Come celebrate the end of the children’s religious education year as they lead worship and share the wisdom they have gleaned this year.     The Chalice Choir will perform.

Our Share the Plate partner will be New Image Youth Center. Founded in 2004 by Shanta Barton-Stubbs, New Image Youth Center offers after-school tutoring, a summer program, and help preparing for higher education to young people in the Parramore area of downtown Orlando. New Image Youth Center, according to Ms. Barton-Stubbs, “provides an environment where students feel safe to dream” and supports “the realization of those dreams through programs designed to foster academic, social, and physical wellbeing.”

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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 & rehearse for 11:00 Worship Service (Sanctuary)

11:00 am-Noon Religious Education Sunday: Children lead Worship Service

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!

Plan Ahead:  Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Summer Program

Children’s Religious Educaiton will have a special program for children ages 4-17 on Sundays during the 11:00am worship service which will begin after Mother’s Day and run all summer. Keep an eye on the weekly newsletter and Facebook for details.

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

9:30 am in the Library: Francis David Cafe with Bob Leger (Learn more)

See our Adult RE full schedule

Social Hour in the Enrichment Center Courtyard Today

Following the worship service led by our children, we will gather for refreshment and conversation in the Enrichment Center Courtyard. (Refreshments will be in the Assembly Room.) All the rooms will be open so that everyone can take a look at the space we are hoping to renovate.

Budget Discussion – 12:15-1:00 pm, Assembly Room    (Please note changed location)

The proposed budget for the fiscal year running July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2107 has been posted along with the Annual Congregational Meeting notice. Want a chance to learn more about the budget and get all your questions answered before the vote on May 15? Come join us for an informative discussion.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. Bring your questions and concerns and join with others in conversation.

Monday – May 2

Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

Tuesday – May 3

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

The Alliance elected its new board of officers at the annual meeting on April 26. The old and new boards will meet today 11:00. The monthly membership meeting will follow at 12:30. Fellowship begins at 10:30 am and continues with a bag lunch at noon.

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 – 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. 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 – May 5

RUUM Regular Meeting – 11:30 am, Hiett Library

Bring a lunch and join in the fun!

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 May 1

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.

Introducing at 1U: The Eclectic Music Group!

The mission: To produce, introduce and highlight a diversity of eclectic music styles and genres from punk to post-modern; jazz to classical; any music from any point of cultural origin with one or two mixed media performances a year, more if interest, talent, resources and schedules support.

We solicit participation from the congregation or friends thereof for everything from audio tech support, visual arts, dance, poetic works, to instrumental and vocal performance. With an emphasis on artistic quality, promotion of UU’s seven principles and building community through collaboration.

The first performance is scheduled for the July 10 Sunday service featuring Electronic Ambient and Dance music. Please contact John Brockman at EMG@OrlandoUU.org if you are interested in participating and committing your time, talent, ideas and support.

Save the date: A Peek at Next Year’s Programs May 21

Next year will be full of rich opportunities to build our 1U community, deepening our spiritual lives, and serve the wider Central Florida community. Join Rev. Kathy for a look at plans in place and to provide input to what is still emerging. Everyone is invited. Leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Info and RSVP minister@orlandouu.org.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy on May 22

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet on Sunday, May 22 at 12:15 pm in the Hiett Library in Gore Hall.

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.

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.

Next Blood Drive Could Be Our Last

Our next blood drive here at 1U is coming up June 12 from 8 am-1 pm. All blood types are needed. Each unit of blood that is collected can save up to three lives. If you are willing and able you will truly be giving the gift of life. Our participation rate has been so low this year, One Blood may elect to discontinue sending us their Red Bus. Please be part of a strong donation showing on June 12. Questions? Blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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.

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 audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.

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

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.

May 19 – RUUM Speaker Meeting, 10:30 am, Hiett Library

Note the special arrangements: We will meet at the church at 10:30 am to hear a special presentation by Arnold Breman called “Make ‘em Laugh”. Arnold has put together a multimedia presentation on comedy that will lighten your step and brighten your day. We will have lunch after the presentation. Details on that portion will be emailed out to all.

May 21 – A Peek at Next Year’s Programs, 9:30-11:30 am

Next year will be full of rich opportunities to build our 1U community, deepening our spiritual lives, and serve the wider Central Florida community. Join Rev. Kathy for a look at plans in place and to provide input to what is still emerging. Everyone is invited. Leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Info and RSVP minister@orlandouu.org.

May 22 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall.

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet.

June 2 – RUUM Regular Meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library

This meeting is very important for all members to attend as we will be selecting our Chairman for the next year. We usually select the person not in the room. 😉 Bring a lunch and join in the fun!

June 16 – RUUM Annual Pool Tournament, Bill Spoone Home

More details to come!

July 7 – RUUM Regular Meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library

Bring a lunch and join in the fun!


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)

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

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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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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