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Weekly Update – August 10, 2017

Weekly Update – August 10, 2017

News Flash!

Friday: Black Cat Café

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more!

Details in Friday – August 11 listing.

and,

Sunday: Celebration of Jamie Sterrett’s Retirement: Please Join In!

Details in Other News.

and,

1U Open House October 7, 2017

Save the Date! It’s time to celebrate our new space with our neighbors. Details in Plan Ahead.

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Friday – August 11

Black Cat Cafe – 7:30-10:30 pm, Sanctuary

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.

Saturday – August 12

Sunday – August 13

Parking Plan for Today and Other Busy Days

Grass parking north of the Enrichment Center is now allowed for those with special needs. Able-bodied members should continue to park off-site. Or you can walk, take the bus, car pool or ride a bike. (The bike rack is now located on the north side of the Enrichment Center near the office.) The parking map is on our website; get a copy and put it in your car. And put a flashlight in your car, too, in case you come to an evening event.

Summer Schedule – Single Service, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

The Music of Our Lives

As we say goodbye to Jamie Sterrett, our Music Director of 15 years, we fill the service with music and celebrate its gifts to our spiritual lives. A special Social Hour with cake in the Studio will follow the service.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

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

11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth may proceed to Children’s Activities (New EC Nursery)

12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in the New EC Nursery

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!

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!  Learn more here)

9:30 am in the Community Room: Spirituality….Science….And Healing (offering 4 of 6) with Bob Leger.  A stimulating video of a sermon or talk followed by engaging conversion. (The Community Room is in the northwest corner of the Enrichment Center just past the Assembly Room.)

Children’s Religious Education Volunteer Fair – Noon, EC Assembly Room

Representatives from our Children’s Religious Education program will be on hand during social hour with information about all of the opportunities for volunteering with the Children’s program. Whether you have a little bit of time or a lot, there are many ways for you to connect with the wonderful children and youth of 1U. Come and speak with us about what we may have to offer each other

Constitutional Study Group — 12:30 pm, Community Room (On hiatus during August)

Join this group in developing greater knowledge and understanding of our rights and be empowered to make your voice heard. Convener is Michael Mataluni.

Monday August 14

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Studio

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.

EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary 

Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMC@orlandouu.org.

Tuesday – August 15

The Alliance — 10:30 am-1:00 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room 

Members and friends meet at 10:30 for fellowship and a shared lunch. We will not be making sandwiches for the homeless until Gore Hall renovations are complete. The Continuing Bazaar is also on hold until this fall, but it is time now for all of you to put aside special items for sale in the shop this October and at the annual Holiday Boutique at the end of the year. Please hold them until we have a place to store them at 1U.  Contact the Alliance anytime at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

Yoga Class — 6:00 pm, EC Studio

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, EC Studio 

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

Wednesday – August 16

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – August 17

Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, EC Studio

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


Other News

August 13 Celebration of Jamie Sterrett’s Retirement: How You Can Participate

To acknowledge & celebrate Music Director Jamie Sterrett’s contributions to the music ministry at 1U, the August 13 service will be one of music and memories, followed by a “Happy Retirement” snacks reception in the Assembly Room, followed by cake and festivities in the Studio.

We could use your help in these ways:

-Bring finger foods for the reception. (Be mindful of the fact that we have no real kitchen facilities and very limited space.)

-Show up at 9:30 am and after the service, to help with setup and/or cleanup for the reception.

Meet & Greet Opportunity August 20

Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism? Or perhaps more about First Unitarian? Join us at a “Meet and Greet” hosted by the Membership Team. Sunday, August 20 at 12:30-1:30, in the Community Room. No reservations are needed.

Rev. Kathy Away for all of August

Rev. Kathy is headed to NH for all of August to be with her mother who has recently begun a relationship with hospice. Plans are in place to ensure excellent worship and smooth congregational operations during her absence. If you have questions while she is away, please contact our Program Assistant Gaby Cabrera on Sunday morning or at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

Summer Worship Leaders are:

·   August 13      Music Service with Celebration of Jamie Sterrett

·   August 20     Rev. Bryan Fulwider

·   August 27     Christine Dance (formerly Haskins)

·   Sept 3            Plans Brewing, Intriguing Possibilities

·   Sept 10          Water Communion, Rev. Kathy back

1U Open House October 7, 2017

Save the Date! It’s time to celebrate our new space with our neighbors. Plan to spend the middle of the day celebrating and helping out with a 1U Open House. We will have food, music and activities. We will invite the neighbors and our community friends. More info to follow! Mark you calendar now!

Building The Dream Update

Work work work work work….! Roof work at Gore Hall continues and is coming together well. Walls are up now in the new Gore Hall meeting rooms. MPaul is finishing up their punch list items in the Enrichment Center and the outside of the Sanctuary is being cleaned and prepped for painting. The team is working closely with MPaul as we scope out appliance options for the kitchen and pick out additional furniture for Gore Hall and the Counseling Room. New chairs for Gore Hall have been ordered. We’ll have new photos soon to post here.

The congregation continues to make amazing things happen with donations.  The Contingency and Fundraising List can be found here; we’re hoping to have the latest update to this list on the Web by August 10.  Please consider helping!  You can donate on Sundays, by check or online (mark that it is “for the building“). Have questions?  Feel free to drop us an email and let us know.

Rev. Kathy Blogs While Away

Rev. Kathy is taking a break from writing for the Orlando Sentinel while she is away. She will however, still write to her blog weekly and you can check it out here.

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.

Adriana’s Attic Needs: Can You Help?

One of our Share the Plate Partners, Adriana’s Attic, has reached out with a new list of needs. If you can help, please contact them directly at

Adriana’s Attic, Inc.
Attn: Rita Marullo
13615 Cepheus Drive
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 446-8585

Here are the needs:

Clothes and shoes for all ages

School supplies–backpacks (new or very gently used); 24 count crayons and pencils; #2 pencils; children’s scissors; 1 subject notebooks; black or blue pens (do you have some around you got free at a meeting?); pencil sharpeners; markers, and white lined paper.

Newborn baby clothes and supplies

Canned and boxed food for the emergency pantry

Toys, pots and pans, kitchen items, towels and sheets, craft supplies, socks, underwear, deodorant

Used magazines, plastic hangers, hotel-size soap, shampoo and lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste from your dentist, gifts you do not want for bingo prizes, sample makeups, pads of paper from conferences, etc.

Thank you for all the generosity and kindness shown to Adriana’s Attic!

Food Drive on Hiatus

We want to thank everyone that has supported the on-going food drive, for helping with this important effort. While we are in transition between spaces during construction we are going to put this effort on hold. We will let you know when it will continue after re-settling back into Gore Hall this fall. Thanks!

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 blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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!

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!


Plan Ahead

August 18 — 3rd Friday Teaching Craft Circle  – 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! Facebook RSVP or email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

August 20 – Meet & Greet Opportunity, 12:30-1:30, EC Community Room

Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism? Or perhaps more about First Unitarian? Join us at a “Meet and Greet” hosted by the Membership Team. No reservations are needed.

August 22 – WUURL to the Morse & Boca, 10:15 am, Morse Museum (RSVP deadline Aug. 16)

The WUURL group is planning a tour of the Morse Museum at 10:15 am, followed by lunch at Boca in Winter Park.  If you would like to join us for either or both, please contact Karen Ramberg during Coffee Hour on Sundays or email WUURL@OrlandoUU.org by Wednesday, August 16.

October 7– 1U Open House 

We celebrate our new space with our neighbors! Plan to spend the middle of the day celebrating and helping out with a 1U Open House. We will have food, music and activities. We will invite the neighbors and our community friends. More info to follow! Mark you calendar now!


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. 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.

UUA Video

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 flowers@orlandouu.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 audioteam@orlandouu.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, Assembly Room

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.

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.

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 – 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.

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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