Weekly Update – August 16, 2018
Saturday: Share the Plate Nominations Close
Details in Saturday – August 18 listings
Sunday: Opportunity Fiesta I and Community Garden Action Day
Details for both of the above in Sunday – August 19 listings
“Caring for Our Community” training and Dinner with Friends Sign-ups Now Open
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 17
Teaching Craft Circle: Beginner Acrylic Painting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room
Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! This month’s topic is beginner friendly acrylic painting! We will base this craft circle on these two Art Sherpa tutorials:
Supplies will be provided to make two 9 x 12 paintings on canvas paper. Please bring 2 large cardboard pieces to tape your paper to and give them some support while you work on them. An empty cereal box you can open up or other cardboard that is roughly 12 x 15 would be good. $5 donation suggested to replenish supplies.
Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544518925677487/
Saturday – August 18
Share The Plate Nominations Deadline Today!
It has been the custom of First Unitarian Church to Share the Plate once each month of the Program Year plus Christmas Eve (total of 10 each year). This means choosing an organization whose mission is in keeping with the values of this congregation and sending them 100% of the undesignated funds given to our offering plates on the chosen Sunday. When possible, we offer opportunities to know more about our selected group and their work. Organization and sponsor information is gathered between now and August 18, 2018 with voting taking place during Opportunity Fiesta on August 19 & 26. 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 Sunday to fill out a form or fill out the online form. Looking forward to another great year for Share The Plate!
Sunday – August 19
Hymn Sing — 10:15 am, Sanctuary
Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary
Emerging Love, Rev. Kathy Schmitz;
Opportunities abound for growth and for love if we are able to keep our hearts open and risk vulnerability. As we consider what might emerge in our lives this year we consider the ways we might cultivate a loving heart. (This is a congregation of Loving Hearts!) First Opportunity Fiesta follows the service.
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
9:15 am-12:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)
10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents
10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s summer programming
11:45 pm Parents pick up 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 for more information: DCYM@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 Adult RE offering today.
September 16 Movie Talk:
Two movies fold time to look at the present from the past. We will compare these two journeys looking at how each informs and illustrates our UU principles:
Go see “Christopher Robin.” A search across time and acres for lost friends, lost creativity and perhaps a lost soul. The movie is not treacly (despite title), nor is it melancholy; in fact there are laugh-out-loud moments.
Go see “BlacKkKlansman.” Return to a time when the Colorado Springs Police Department was all white and the Klan was active. This movie is not a comedy (despite trailers), to quote Rotten Tomatoes it “uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events.”
We will meet at 9:30 am in the Community Room (located in the far corner of the Enrichment Center) to discuss Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin and Denzel Washington’s son as Ron Stallworth.
Opportunity Fiesta I — 11:30-12:30 pm, Gore Hall (Second chance August 26)
As the kids go back to school and we prepare to start our new program year, come discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved…from one-shot service projects to ongoing community service…from taking a single classes to teaching a whole series…from receiving the care you need to sharing the gift of yourself with others…come find your unique way to be involved at 1U this year – the way that is just right for you! Questions? Contact Rev. Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: If your group does not have plans to be involved and would like to, please contact Rev. Kathy.
Community Garden Action Day — 5:00-7:00 pm, 1U Garden
Come help us prepare for the Fall, or just stop by to say “hi” and learn about our new garden design. Wear work clothes and closed-toed shoes.
Monday – August 20
Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room
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 – August 21
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
3rd Tuesday of the month = Alliance pot luck lunch! We welcome all to attend. Actually, during construction and renovation of the campus last year, we dragged construction workers in to taste and brag about our recipes. We can cook! For those less gifted, we can recommend local grocery stores, take-outs and sandwich shops within a 5 block radius. Bring your dish and join us at noon in Gore Hall. For more info contact us at email@example.com.
Check out our Resale Shop in Gore Hall during Opportunity Fiesta this Sunday following the 10:30 service. Wine and wafers will be served as we commune in a spirit of Alliance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 – August 22
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.
A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuary
Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.
Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!
Thursday – August 23
Meditation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center)
Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Led by Rev. Kathy. Drop in friendly.
Caring for Our Community Training (Sign Up Deadline: September 26)
Would you like to help 1U become a more welcoming and caring community and become a better partner, friend, parent or congregant through the practice of Compassionate Listening?1U’s Pastoral Associate group is presenting a training about the power of Compassionate Listening and 1U’s Pastoral Associate program on Friday, September 28, 7:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, September 29, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. The training will address how our congregation cares for its members, define Compassionate Listening, and give guidelines and practice in the art of Active Listening. Click on this link for more information and to register.
Youth Group & Parent Sundae Potluck August 27
We’re excited to get Youth Group started this year! Want to find out more? Bring your favorite topping, we’ll provide the ice cream! This is for Youth and Parents. We will be discussing this year’s goals, schedules, opportunities, and a big trip! Hope to see you Monday, August 27, 7:00-8:00 pm Assembly Room! If you have any questions, email Jess Hunt at: email@example.com.
Dinner with Friends September 8 (Signup deadline: September 2)
Dinners will be held around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person brings a different part of the meal. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, see Gaby’s table or click here for signup info. This is a great way to get to know your fellow members.
Brainstorming & Potluck with the Board of Trustees September 9
As we emerge from our renovation project, it’s time to look towards our future and image what we can become. The Board of Trustees invites you to a brainstorming session on Sunday, September 9, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Gore Hall, to discuss your future hopes and dreams for our congregation. Our annual Potluck lunch that follows our Ingathering Service and Water Communion seems the perfect time to begin a conversation that will last throughout the year.
Meal Train for Julia Chinnock
Julia is scheduled to have her baby very soon. So exciting! Despite the fact that there will be time off from work after the baby is born, this will still be an exceedingly busy time for the family. Therefore, there is now a Meal Train setup starting August 20 and then every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the end of September… and possibly longer. Please click this link to sign up to bring a meal to the family. Obviously the meal would be for two adults, as the baby will not quite be up to solid food by those dates.
Sign Ups for Fall Beloved Conversations Now Open (Signup deadline: Sept. 10)
Over 40 members of the 1U community have participated in Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity, some twice. All members are encouraged to take part as their schedule permits. Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity is an experiential curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing. New ways of being are learned through the actions of conversation and probing dialogue. (More info)
The next series will take place this Fall, beginning with the required retreat on September 14 & 15 (Friday 6-9 pm & Saturday 9 am-5 pm). Participants will then be part of a facilitated small group that will meet weekly for eight weeks (two hours each session.) Sign up here (preferred) or with our Program Assistant, Gaby, (email@example.com) on Sunday morning.
Sign Ups for 2018-2019 Covenant Groups Now Open (Signup deadline: Sept. 16.)
Covenant Groups are a great way to get to know others and make connections. They are a form of Small Group Ministry in which groups of approximately 10 people commit to meet monthly (October 2018-May 2019). Gatherings are 90 minutes and are facilitated by a trained “anchor.” Sign up here (preferred) or at 1U Central (aka Gaby’s Table) on Sundays. Deadline for sign-ups is Sunday 9/16/18.
Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)
Sunday evening service is on hiatus until further notice. Potential reboot being planned for September start.
Join us as we continue our six-week worship series exploring themes of emergence and becoming.
8/26 – Emerging Service, Second Opportunity Fiesta Follows
Serving with Joy & Generosity is the theme for the coming program year at 1U (First Unitarian.) Today we explore ways to discover where our gifts and passions meet the needs of our congregation and the larger community. (This is a congregation of Helping Hands!)
9/2 – Emerging Justice, Labor Day Weekend
One this Labor Day weekend, we consider the ongoing movement for economic justice and what might emerge as this is achieved.
9/9 – Emerging Community, Water Communion
Everyone is invited to bring a bit of water to represent their summer travels or adventures to share on our community building ritual that starts the new program year.
9/16 – 10/14 – New Series: Follow the Leader… or Not
This new five-week series will explore when to lead, when to follow, and who and why.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
August 24 — Moon Circle (Online Offering)
The in-person class is full, but the Facebook “lite” version has spots available. Go to https://tinyurl.com/ fall2018mooncircle to sign up for the online group. We continue our study of “Gatherings for Goddess” by examining “Persephone” and the mother connection.
August 25 — Mystic Grove Foodie Field Trip, 12:00-2:00 pm, International Food Club
It’s a field trip for all the foodie fans! Mystic Grove and friends meets up at noon at the cafe for lunch and then enjoy grocery shopping at International Food Club, 4300 L B McLeod Rd A, Orlando, FL 32811. You can check out the cafe menu online at http://internationalfoodclub. com/cafe-bakery/index.php.
Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/285166522089141/
August 26 — Opportunity Fiesta II, 11:30-12:30 pm, Gore Hall
As the kids go back to school and we prepare to start our new program year, come discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved…from one-shot service projects to on-going community service…from taking a single classes to teaching a whole series…from receiving the care you need to sharing the gift of yourself with others…come find your unique way to be involved at 1U this year – the way that is just right for you! Questions? Contact Rev. Kathy at email@example.com. Note: If your group does not have plans to be involved and would like to, please contact Rev. Kathy.
August 26 — Pagan Pride Planning Meeting. 12-2:00 pm, Assembly Room
Mystic Grove and Orlando Pagan Pride Committee are cohosting Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2018 in Gore Hall on September 29. If you would like to help out, please attend this meeting as we begin last touches and the final countdown to the event! Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook. com/events/1823902647724322/.
August 27 — Youth Group & Parent Sundae Potluck, 7:00-8:00 pm, Assembly Room
We’re excited to get Youth Group started this year! Want to find out more? Bring your favorite topping, we’ll provide the ice cream! This is for Youth and Parents. We will be discussing this year’s goals, schedules, opportunities, and a big trip! Hope to see you! If you have any questions, email Jess Hunt at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 6 — Fall Garden Workshops Begin
Save the dates for our Fall garden workshops covering topics ranging from Intro to Permaculture to Environmentally-Conservative Crafts, held on Thursdays, September 6, October 4, and November 8 from 7:00-8:30 pm. More details to come.
September 8 — Dinner with Friends (Signup deadline: September 1)
Dinners will be held around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person brings a different part of the meal. Email email@example.com, see Gaby’s table or the website for signup info. This is a great way to get to know your fellow members.
September 9 —Brainstorming & Potluck with the Board of Trustees, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Gore Hall
As we emerge from our renovation project, it’s time to look towards our future and image what we can become. The Board of Trustees invites you to a brainstorming session to discuss your future hopes and dreams for our congregation. Our annual Potluck lunch that follows our Ingathering Service and Water Communion seems the perfect time to begin a conversation that will last throughout the year.
October 7 — 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.
December 9 — 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.
1U Maintenance Contact Info
We now have an email for you to use to let the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) know if you observe something on campus that you feel needs repair or some loving attention. Remember that we now will have monthly inspections of the campus in order to monitor buildings and grounds, so we should be more on top of routine maintenance than we have been in the past. That said, the more eyes on things the better. You can always mention an item to the team members: Alan Oberholtzer, Alex Moore, Dan Homblette, George Hooper, John Hartgering, or Mike McCleskey. However if you want to send us an email, please use firstname.lastname@example.org. please be as specific as possible, including details on the location. Send a picture rather than a thousand words. Thanks, LTME Team.
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 email@example.com 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 Jenny Lockington, who can each also be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org.
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 2018 Offerings Outlined Online
Plan ahead for what offerings interest you in the rest of 2018! The Mystic Grove 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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!
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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