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Weekly Update – August 17, 2017

Weekly Update – August 17, 2017

News Flash!

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



Friday – August 18

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

Wooden Box Decoupage is the project this week. Learn to make a special for for your treasures, tarot, or as a personal mini altar! Example boxes or to Facebook RSVP, click here. BYO wooden box and any special clip art you want to use. Paint, glue, and basic clip art for altar buttons and wheel of the year will be provided. Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! Facebook RSVP or email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – August 19

Sunday – August 20

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

Considering a Theory, by Guest Speaker: The Rev. Bryan Fulwider

Rev. Fulwider serves as Founding President and CEO of the nonprofit Building US.  He is an ordained minister who has served as a local church Pastor for over 30 years in both the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ.  He has served congregations in Colorado and Arkansas, then in 1999 was called as the 17th Senior Minister of the historic First Congregational Church of Winter Park, Florida where he served for 13 years. In 2012, with his friends and colleagues Rabbi Steve Engel and Imam Muhammad Musri, Fulwider founded and co-hosts the weekly radio show “Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys” (he serves as managing partner for the production company). Fulwider serves as chairperson of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, as well as a board member of a number of worthy non-profits, including The Innocence Project FloridaThe Atlantic InstituteProfessional Advisory Group, Florida Hospital CPE Program, and is a member of the Host Committee of Equality Florida’s 2017 Greater Orlando Gala.  Fulwider is a “Life Trustee” of the Chicago Theological Seminary.

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 5 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.)

Meet & Greet About Unitarian Universalism — 12:30-1:30 pm, 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.

Monday August 21

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

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

Tuesday – August 22

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

Members and friends gather in the 1U assembly room for fellowship at 11:00, to share a bag lunch at noon and to hear and shape plans for the new Alliance presence on the renovated campus.

Now is the time for all of us 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. Space will be limited for display and for storage, so we ask that you consider donating only items like current  books, jewelry, fine collectibles, popular kitchen items, giftables, and small items of fashion. If in doubt, you may contact the Alliance in advance.  Thank you for supporting our work in Central Florida. Contact the Alliance anytime at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

WUURL to 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.

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 23

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – August 24

Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, EC Studio

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


Other News

No Opportunity Fiesta This Year

Please note that this year, because of space considerations, we have decided not to attempt an Opportunity Fiesta, which has been an annual late-August chance to learn about various ways to connect and volunteers at 1U’s. We will look for other ways to promote the various program as we move into the fall. We hope to have documents with some key dates and theme info out within the week.

“A Matter of Balance” Fall Prevention Program: New Session Sept. 13

“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.  A new 8 week course will be held onWednesdays, from September 13 through November 1,  from 2-4 pm (with snacks) in 1U’s Studio (in the Enrichment Center). Class size is limited, and registration is REQUIRED.  This class is FREE and open to all! Register with Claudia, movements4life@gmail.com.

Rev. Kathy Away for all of August

Rev. Kathy is in 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 27     Christine Dance (formerly Haskins)

·   Sept 3            Plans Brewing, Intriguing Possibilities

·   Sept 10          Water Communion, Rev. Kathy back

Building The Dream Update

Lots going on in Gore Hall these days. Flashing work is being completed to tie down the new roof. AC units are on the new roof and will be started up this week. The new double door facing the sanctuary is in. First coats of primer are going on. Bathrooms are being primed and textured. Great progress is being made. We are still on track to finish late August / early September.

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 18. Please consider helping!  You can donate on Sundays, by check or online (mark that it is “for the building“). Check out the latest photos here. Have questions?  Feel free to drop us an email and let us know.

Clean the World Needs

One of our previous Share the Plate Partners, Clean the World, has reached out with a new list of needs. If you can help, please email at info@cleantheworld.org if you are able to donate any of these items or call them directly at 407-574-8353.

Washer & Dryer, Batteries (AA and AAA), 2-way radio, Towels, 6ft ladder, Wall mount soap pumps
Wall mount trash receptacles, Cleaning supplies, Swifter mops, Paper towels, Baby changing stations
First aid kits, Crowd control posts w/ropes, Table umbrellas with base, Outdoor fans, Latex-free gloves
Box cutters, Tape guns, Packing tape, Dry erase markers (black), Sharpies (black), 8 ft. centerfold tables
Folding chairs, Anti-fatigue mats, USB Flash Drives, Hand Truck

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 growinginplace.wordpress.com.

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.

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

September 1 – BYO Craft Circle, 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Looking for a low stress activity? Wnt to meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle! You can bring any project you want to work on while chatting with others. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1301239489987471. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

September 3 – Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, 12:30-1:30 pm, Room TBA
The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Rituals are volunteer-led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists. 1st Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting.  Room will be determined. Look for the door sign in the Enrichment Center! Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/14633585594106. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

September 8 – 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.

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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Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com