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Weekly Update – August 11, 2016

Weekly Update – August 11, 2016


News Flash!

Sunday: Blessing of the Backpacks

Students of any age or type: bring your backpacks (or other symbols of their new beginnings). Details in Sunday – August 14 Service listing.

Share the Plate Partner Nominees Sought

If you know of a group that supports our community and has 501-C3 status, now is the time to nominate them! Details in Other News.


Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.



Friday – August 12

Black Cat Cafe – 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

At this open-mic coffeehouse, share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome-bring a friend! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web. More info on facebook (including a free beverage coupon for first-time vistors)!

Saturday – August 13

Sunday – August 14

1U Blood Drive  – 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Little Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

The Red Bus from OneBlood will again be at 1U and appointments may be made online now to give. All blood types are badly needed. Our congregation gave a resounding response to the need at the time of the Pulse tragedy. But the need continues for those needing transfusions for cancer treatments, surgery patients, newborns and others waiting for your gift. Please consider giving as we really need you NOW.

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

An Old Time Revival, UU Style, led by Retired UU Men’s Group (R.U.U.M.)  Welkin will perform.

This has been a tough summer to be in Orlando. RUUM thought we would have a good ‘ol revival, UU style. So join us and lift up your spirit. Sing with gusto, clap with joy, and shout out amen or hallelujah whenever your spirit is moved.

The service will include a Blessing of the Backpacks. Children (and other students about to start a new year) are invited to bring their backpacks (or other symbols of their new beginnings) as part of the Blessing. We will send them back to school knowing they go with the congregation’s love and support.

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 available in Nursery

11:00 am-11:15 pm Children begin in service

11:15 am-12:15 pm Summer Program for ages 5-17 (Enrichment Center Assembly Room)

June 5 – August 14 we’ll be studying children of the world in a One Room School House “Lite” format. All children ages 5 to 17 are welcome. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to assist one Sunday over the course of the summer to give our hardworking volunteers the summer off.

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: dre@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

We are now on our summer schedule and offerings will change week to week. Watch here for updates.

9:30 am in the Library: “The Committee” with Bob Leger

Fifty years ago, Florida’s Legislative Investigative Committee, led by Senator Charley Johns, sought to remove homosexuals from Florida’s state universities. As a result of the “Johns Committee’s” efforts, more than 200 gay and lesbian students and teachers were expelled or fired. Featuring two of the victims and one interrogator, the film exposes the committee’s subversive activities and how its effects are still felt today.

T-Shirts on Sale, 1U Central Table, Gore Hall

Check out the Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts and paraphernalia on sale each Sunday.

Monday – August 15

Tuesday – August 16

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

Covenant House of Winter Park is sending a speaker to bring us up to date on their program. We support Covenant House in Winter Park because they provide a safe haven for runaway and abandoned children. In addition to immediate sanctuary, they provide counseling, case management, onsite health services, teen parent education, school classes, transportation assistance, and much more. Join us at Noon with your bag lunch. Sandwich making for the Coalition for the Homeless begins at 10:00 in the Gore Hall kitchen.

Plan ahead for August 23, when our speaker will be from the League of Women Voters, explaining the issues facing us in the August 30 primary.

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 – August 17

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – August 18

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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

Eclectic Music Group – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

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. 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. Emphasis on artistic quality, promotion of UU’s seven principles and building community through collaboration. Questions to John Brockman at EMG@OrlandoUU.org.


Other News

Pride Parade Housing & Ride Assistance Needed

Because of Pulse Orlando Strong Keep on Dancing! Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence** are coming from other Abbeys to our Pride Parade! We’re asking folks with generosity of spirit to help us. If you can dedicate a bed and/or a ride please respond. We will match you up‼

The Pride Parade is Saturday, October 8. Most folks may arrive Friday and leave Sunday. Some may extend their visit. Sandy Cawthern (1U member and Fully Professed Sister) is 1U’s point person for this effort. She will be happy to answer questions as you decide whether to extend hospitality. Please contact her with your offers at: orlandosisters@googlegroups.com. Please remember to include the following in your email: in the subject field write: Sandy Cawthern. In the body of the email please include information regarding number of  available beds, days you are willing to host, whether or not you can offer transportation, your address and contact information, whether or not you have pets or allergies. You will receive a response from Sandy shortly afterwards.  The Sisters are from all over the world so this is a grand opportunity for networking for justice and friendships! What a lovely connection! Wouldn’t it be serendipitous if 1U and the Sisters were next to each other in the marching order?  

** The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an order of postmodern nuns, dedicated to the promulgation of omniversal joy, and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. (Mission statement: We work to raise money for charitable organizations, fight for queer rights and visibility, do safer sex outreach, bring joy and unity to our community, and strive diligently to keep our sense of humor, never taking ourselves so seriously that we forget to have fun. We gladly welcome all races, creeds, genders and sexual orientations.) The Orlando Sisters are a 1U-sponsored group, meeting on Second Mondays in Gore Hall at 7:30pm. All are welcome to visit.  

Building The Dream Update

The BTD team is working very hard with our Contractors, Designers and Banks and are almost ready to show you plans and discuss financing for our beautiful new renovated campus. We are planning a presentation of the material in early to mid-September with a vote on the plans and financing 30 days later (per our bylaws), in early to mid-October.

Please join us for our Monthly Update on August 21 at 12:30 after the service for a preview. We will have lots of opportunities to review and discuss the materials before the votes.  We’re very excited to show you what our beautiful new campus will look like!

Opportunity Fiesta August 28

Are you looking for new ways to be involved in congregational life at 1U? Wondering how you might help share the good news about Unitarian Universalism? Curious about what’s happening outside of Sunday service? Looking for a way to connect in fellowship with 1U members and friends? You need to be at the OPPORTUNITY FIESTA on Sunday, August 28 after the 11:00 am service. Various program groups will have tables of information, and look forward to meeting you and sharing.

Share the Plate Partner Nominees Sought (Deadline 8/21)

As we have in the past, we are now soliciting organizations for this next year. Organization and sponsor information gathered between now and August 21 will be compiled for voting at the Opportunity Fiesta on August 28. We will select eight organizations and then Rev. Kathy and Children’s RE select the other two. If you know of a group that supports our community and has 501-C3 status, AND you are willing to be the sponsor for providing information to the eblast and hosting on the day of Adult RE when they come to 1U, use this form to submit the information or check with Gaby on Sundays to fill out a form or click here for the online form. Looking forward to another great year for Share The Plate! Questions? See Dan Homblette (CIWEventinfo@OrlandoUU.org) or Gaby Cabrera (programassistant@cfl.rr.com).

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.

Minister Away July 28-September 3

Rev. Kathy is away from the congregation through September 3. She will lead worship next on September 4. Her time away includes a month of sabbatical, travel, attendance at her last Entrepreneurial Ministry Intensive, and her 40th High School Reunion. Strong worship leadership as well as compassionate pastoral care are in place. If you are in need of assistance in her absence, any staff person or lay leader can help you know who to contact.

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.

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.

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 churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!


Plan Ahead

August 19 – Teaching Craft Circle: Rock Painting, 6:30 pm, Assembly Room

Join us as we create meditation stones, elemental stones for your altar, or simply fun designs! $5 donation to help pay for supplies welcome. RSVP on Facebook.

August 21 – Building The Dream Update Meeting, 12:30, Location TBA

The BTD team is working very hard with our Contractors, Designers and Banks and are almost ready to show you plans and discuss financing for our beautiful new renovated campus. We are planning a presentation of the material in early to mid-September with a vote on the plans and financing 30 days later (per our bylaws), in early to mid-October. We’re very excited to show you what our beautiful new campus will look like!

August 28 – Opportunity Fiesta, Noon, Gore Hall

Are you looking for new ways to be involved in congregational life at 1U? Wondering how you might help share the good news about Unitarian Universalism? Curious about what’s happening outside of Sunday service? Looking for a way to connect in fellowship with 1U members and friends? You need to be at the OPPORTUNITY FIESTA on Sunday, August 28 after the 11:00 am service. Various program groups will have tables of information, and look forward to meeting you and sharing.

August 29 – 3rd Sunday Movie Nite: Ladyhawke, 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays in Room 9 for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! August’s selection is “Ladyhawke” (PG13). Plot summary: Thief Philippe Gaston escapes from the prison of the medieval city of Aquila. Chased by the guards of the evil Bishop of the city, Philip meets a mysterious knight with a beautiful hawk and begins to follow him. Philip soon discovers that the knight has been cursed by the Bishop. Punished for loving each other, Navarre must become a wolf by night whilst his lover, Lady Isabeau, takes the form of a hawk by day. Together, with Phillipe, they must try to overthrow the corrupt Bishop and in doing so break the spell.

September 22 – CIW Wendy’s Boycott Summit

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be holding a summit in Immokalee from September 22-25 to discuss/energize/plan for further action on the Wendy’s boycott called by the farm workers to get Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program. We are hoping that a member of First Unitarian would be willing to attend the event as an ally and bring back to 1U the news and actions that are planned for the near future. Please go to their website for more information.  We have been working with the CIW on their campaign with Publix for the past 7 years. This will continue, but we need to better understand the specifics of the boycott in order to be most effective. If you are interested please contact Dan Homblette. You can email him at CIWEventinfo@OrlandoUU.org.

October 8 – Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day – 9:00 am-Noon

Come join us as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds. No need to RSVP, just show up. Children- and family-friendly tasks available. Bring a bucket, cleaning supplies, sponges/rags, water canteen,  gardening gloves (if you want to volunteer on grounds work) and a hat. We’ll have refreshments and social time. Questions? Email buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org.

October 8 – Orlando Pride Parade

Details to come.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

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.

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 

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.

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 Elise Harrison at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Here are monthly contacts for the rest of 2016:

July-Jenny Lockington                        October-Jane Austin

August-Heather Bodiford                   November-Tommy Harrison

                       September-Gregg Buckingham         December-Elise Harrison

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.


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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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