Weekly Update – April 6, 2017
April 10: Church Office Closed, All Water Off
All water will be shut off so water lines to our 3 buildings can be replaced.
That work should be completed by late afternoon; all evening meetings should have running water.
April 14: Black Cat Cafe
Details in Plan Ahead.
April 22: Enjoy & Share 1U at Earth Day Lake Eola
Sign up to help ASAP. Details in Plan Ahead.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – April 7
Saturday – April 8
‘Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day – 9:00 am-Noon
Come Join us as we tend to and beautify the church campus. If you have these items bring them: a bucket, Windex, lemon oil, sponges/rags. We’ll have refreshments and social time. We need about 12 people to assist. Children & families welcome. No need to RSVP. Projects we will do focus on the Sanctuary: Add weather stripping between one set of glass doors, replace loose nails with gutter screws above Sanctuary foyer door, clean exterior windows along Robinson, oil pews, wash floors, clean windows, clean candle wax off pew cushions. NEXT WORK DAY: Saturday, July 8.
Sunday – April 9
Two Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary
I Know You Can, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
It is easy to wonder, in this complex world, can I make a difference? Yes, I know you can. Paul Burdette will play cello.
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (Wiggle Rm adjacent to Sanctuary)
9:30 am-10:30 pm Childcare during early Worship & Adult RE (Wiggle Rm adjacent to Sanctuary)
11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents
11:15 am-12:15 pm Children & Youth proceed to Children’s RE Programming (Gore Hall)
12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in Hiett Library
April 16 – 1U Easter Party, 9:30 am
It’s time for the annual 1U RE Easter Party for 1U RE Families and their guests. Plan to bring a brunch potluck dish to share and a basket for your child to hunt for Easter Eggs. Dining in Gore Hal; Easter Crafts and Egg Hunt in the SE Gardens. *REMEMBER – Arrive early to find parking.
Online registration is open – register your children today!
Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! Learn more here)
9:30 am in Hiett Library: Unitarian History with Ken Lofgren.
This new group invites you join them in developing greater knowledge and understanding of our rights and being empowered to make your voice heard. Convener is Michael Mataluni.
Monday – April 10
Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall
1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.
Tuesday – April 11
The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)
On April 11 join us for a potluck luncheon at the home of member Lynn Rigney in Maitland at 12:00 noon. We are unable to publish addresses or phone numbers, but you may contact the 1U office (407 898-3621) if you need directions. Rides will be available from the 1U Church parking lot at 11:15 am to ease the parking at Lynn’s address. Lynn is a great hostess, but bringing potluck will lighten her responsibilities.
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
Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Wednesday – April 12
Issues & Actions – Last Session in this Series, 6:00 pm, Gore Hall
Tonight’s issue: The Environment, Tonight’s Action: Letters to the Editor
Join us for a light dinner (6:00 pm), a time of centering (6:45 pm), and a timely program led by representatives from Orlando League of Women Voters (7:00 pm). Taking place the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, each session has a short issue update, a short action/advocacy tool presentation and an interactive session where we work in small groups to practice putting the action of the evening to use in service of the issue of the evening. Free & open to the public. Donations welcome. Email email@example.com or stop by 1U Central for info or to volunteer. (More info)
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – April 13
EMC Rehearsal – 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMG@orlandouu.org.
Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall
An open, ongoing group offered free of charge. All are welcome, no registration required.
Cosmos with Carl Sagan 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library
Building The Dream Construction Update and Pix
Behind the fences this week, there is more infrastructure being done on the plumbing, electrical and site work. We are finalizing the details to get our FDOT permit so we can begin work on the parking lot area. We are putting together a lot of details and working on the budget for the furniture, fixtures and equipment that we are buying separately. So far we have saved several thousand dollars by buying products directly from the suppliers and using our tax-free status. Things are proceeding well and we haven’t found any major surprises in the Enrichment Center. For pictures of all the work, click here. Please don’t hesitate to drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
Parking Notes: Please feel free to park in the Special Needs lot on the north side of Gore Hall if you have either small children or 4 or more people in your car. Otherwise, please use all of the alternative parking options. Click here for a parking map.
Share the Plate Update
For the month of April, Share the Plate will focus on Samaritan Resource Center (SRC). SRC is a coalition of thirteen churches in East Orlando who work with social service agencies throughout Orange County to help those at risk of poverty and homelessness. Four days a week, SRC provides showers, laundry, clothes, and haircuts to those in need, as well as help with food stamp applications and resumes. SRC also provides volunteer staff at two medical clinics, Shepherd’s Hope and Orange Blossom Family Health, in the late afternoon hours.
Endowment Board Needs Info
The Endowment Board is updating its list of Caroline Gore Legacy Society members for the upcoming annual meeting in May. We want to be sure to have your name if you remembered First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment in your end-of-life papers. If you have done so but are not sure we have your name, please contact email@example.com. If you are curious to learn more about the Caroline Gore Legacy Society and giving to the Endowment, please contact any of the Endowment Board members: Al Wileden, Mike Haddad, Steph Garber, Diane P. Kerkhoff, Jean Siegfried or Mike Cohen. We would love to help!
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.
Share the Plate Update
For the month of April, Share the Plate will focus on Samaritan Resource Center (SRC). SRC is a coalition of churches in East Orlando who work with social service agencies throughout Orange County to help those at risk of poverty and homelessness. SRC assists with everything from resume writing and retrieval of military and personal records, to hygiene supplies, reading glasses, and access to government benefits such as food stamps and unemployment.
Food Bank Appreciation
Thank you to the many hard-working volunteers that came to the Second Harvest Food bank April 1 to sort and pack food for our many hungry neighbors! We hope to see you back again on June 3 from 1-4. Please alert me no later than 5/31 if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org. So much good work by many gave great results!
Blood Donation During Construction
Are you missing our blood drives while we are going thru construction? Your donated blood is greatly needed! Find another location to give near your home or work by going to oneblood.org or email email@example.com.
1U Central for Information and Assistance
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 Gore Hall near the foyer 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!
Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners
See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
April 8 – Florida UU Gathering, UU Fellowship of Marion County (Event has been CANCELLED)
April 14 – Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
The 2nd Friday of each month, join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.
April 17 – Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group, 7:00 pm, Hiett Library
Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more) Dayle Steakley facilitates this month. All are welcome!
April 22 – Enjoy & Share 1U at Earth Day Lake Eola, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, 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.
May 17 – Fall Prevention Program: A Matter of Balance (Class Size Limited: Register Now)
“A Matter of Balance” helps you to protect yourself from falls and injury now and in the years to come. We exercise and address the many issues surrounding falls: our individual concerns, our fall-ty habits, how to accomplish events we will someday find challenging and how to protect ourselves in and after a fall at home/in public. The next 8 week class will begin on May 17 from 2:00-4:00 pm (with snacks) in Gore Hall. Class is FREE and open to all; however class size is limited, and registration is REQUIRED. Register: email@example.com.
June 21-25 – RESIST AND REJOICE IN NEW ORLEANS: General Assembly Delegates Sought
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. More information regarding the 2017 General Assembly can be found at http://www.uua.org/ga.
Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources
Pastoral Care Associates
These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. The holiday season can also cause stress and painful emotions. 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.
Missed a Sunday?
Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.
Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!
Help Keep Our Pulpit Beautiful!
Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! 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 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. To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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!
1U Smoking Policy
The First Unitarian Board of Trustees has adopted a new smoking policy effective January 1, 2017. It reads: No smoking of any kind, including the use of e-cigarettes, is allowed within any courtyard area on the First Unitarian Church of Orlando campus or within 25 feet of any building. This applies at all times and to all persons and groups making use of the campus.
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.
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.
The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – ThisWeekly 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 email@example.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.
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